New books tell of past times in Wexford
A group of mainly retired Wexford people have taken a journey back in time thanks to a tailor-made course in which they recorded their personal records of past days in a selection of newly-published books.
Wexford-based CTEC last year received funding from the IPB Community Engagement Fund to run a programme aimed at retired and mature members of the County Wexford community. The project, entitled 'Way Back When in Wexford', assisted participants to collate information from the past - from memoirs, family histories and local customs to old recipes and pictures. Those taking part then compiled this information and used online publishing software - BookSmart from Blurb - to create print books that capture the history and tradition of the county. The group met once a week at CTEC where tutors Rachel Tucker and Pat Howlin provided participants with training in research and ICT skills to enable them to successfully complete their book project. Wexford writer Billy Roche officially launched the books at the CTEC Training Centre in Peter's Square last week. At the launch, Billy talked to each of the authors about their books commenting that 'Way Back When in Wexford' was a wonderful project, allowing people to improve their IT knowledge while capturing stories, memories and photographs from the past to preserve them for future generations.
The books and the authors are 'My Little Book of Blackwater', by Rita Carroll; 'Elizabeth (Sr Mary Catherine)', by Catherine Dooley; 'What Granny Told Me', by Myriam O'Brien Duggan; 'Old Irish Scenes', by Ray Flynn; 'The Hogan Family' by Patrick Hogan; 'A Tale of Bravery', by Therese O'Reardon Burke and a 'Diary of the Tomhaggard Women's Shed', by the Women of TWS.