Second Clonakilty Historical Journal launched
PHOTO: Seen at the launch of the Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage “Clonakilty Historical and Archaeological Journal Volume 2" at the Parish Centre before Christmas were:
Back: Tim Feen, (Cathaoirleach Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage); Tony McCarthy, (contributor); Mayor John Loughnan; Tomás Tuipéar, Michael O’ Mahony and Dr. Bernadette McCarthy, (all contributors).
Front: Sam Kingston, Diarmuid Kingston and Áine Ní Chonnaill (all contributors); Michael Galvin, (who launched the journal); Clíodhna O’ Leary, (Editor) and Marian O’ Leary, (contributor). (Photo: Anthony Brennan).
Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage “Clonakilty Historical and Archaeological Journal Volume 2" was launched at the Clonakilty Parish Centre before Christmas and sales are going well in local bookshops and other outlets.
With over 300 pages and 15 articles on diverse local historical and archaeological topics – including two by authors in the United States, this journal is a must for all locals and a great companion to Volume 1 published two years ago.
Kilmurry local historian and author Michael Galvin launched the journal on the night.
Tim Feen, Cathaoirleach Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage welcomed the crowd of around 60 people in attendance, complimenting the journals editor Clíodhna O’ Leary and her editorial board who’ve been working on the project since the publication of the inaugural journal of 2015. It is a very busy and efficient sub-committee of Dúchas.
Mayor John Loughnan, (founding chair of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage), paid tribute to all involved in bringing the book to publication before Christmas, and referred to many of the articles contained in it. He encouraged everyone to purchase and promote it.
Clíodhna Ó Leary, editor thanked all her fellow authors who have contributed excellently written and well-researched articles as well as the editorial board and the outlets that are selling the journal.
Michael O’ Mahony, on behalf of the Editorial Board (and an author himself), outlined the process from writing an article to it’s eventual appearance in the journal, referencing, etc.
Special guest Michael Galvin officially launched the publication referring in detail to many of the 15 articles contained in the journal. He praised the quality of the writing and the excellent research – backed up by referencing, in all of them. It was quite clear that all contributors have a real passion for history and research and in many cases their articles were the culmination of years of research and investigation. He commended the journal to all who are interested in history both local and with a local slant.
The formalities concluded with Tim Feen thanking everyone and encouraging people to purchase the book, which at €10 in most local bookshops, newsagents, etc. is great value.
The following local outlets currently has it in stock- Coughlan’s Bookshop; Kerr's Bookshop; Clonakilty Bookshop; Meade’s Newsagent; Scally's Supervalu; The Golden Pheasant, Courtmacsherry and Barryroe Co-Op. It will be available in bookshops in the wider West Cork area over the coming couple of weeks.
Clon community welcomes in 2018
An estimated crowd of 250 – many carrying lighted lamps and torches, attended the New Year’s Eve “Ringing in the New Year” event at Asna Square, Clonakilty, organised by the Clonakilty Mayoral Council, (which was held at 8pm, this year instead of the usual time of 12 midnight).
Included were many children and families – including in some cases three generations out together.
Mayor John Loughnan and fellow members of the Mayoral Council (which organised the event), along with young children in attendance, assembled under the chestnut tree where he extended a welcome to all.
Several musicians – including Ger Deasy, Kathleen Spillane, James Calnan and John Joyce volunteered their time and talents and lead the crowd in singing Christmas Carols.
In his address, the Mayor commended everyone who had added so much to Clonakilty over the last year – in business and as members and volunteers in the dozens of local organisations and clubs. He welcomed the opening of the new Clonakilty Blackpudding plant during the year but expressed his regret at the recent closure of McCarthy’s Newsagents after 105 years and encouraged people to always shop local which supports the local economy and jobs and businesses who are so generous in supporting the local community.
He thanked all who were involved in making the event such as success, including Mike Deasy who erected the information signs, local media, the clergy from the various churches who announced the event at services and the musicians who gave of their time before the ceremony concluded with Ger O’ Driscoll on trumpet playing “Amhrán an na bhFiann”.