Wexford Historical Society makes history with the launch of 25th journal

By amy lewis

Published 15/12/2015 | 00:00

Back: Hilary Murphy, Jarlath Glynn, John Patterson, Revd Canon Prof Patrick Comerford and Tom Ryan. Front: Celestine Raferty, Peter Prendergast who launched the journal, Nicholas Furlong and Brian Matthews.
Back: Hilary Murphy, Jarlath Glynn, John Patterson, Revd Canon Prof Patrick Comerford and Tom Ryan. Front: Celestine Raferty, Peter Prendergast who launched the journal, Nicholas Furlong and Brian Matthews.

Wexford Historical Society have been delving into the past for years and now they have made history themselves with the launch of their 25th journal.

Members of the society gathered together for the momentous launch which followed their annual Christmas lunch in the Talbot Hotel. Guests included former Fine Gael General Secretary Peter Prendergast, who marked the occasion with a passionate speech. Mr Prendergast honed in on a journal essay by Tom McDonald which looked newspaper clippings from the past. He voiced his opinions about the modern day press, which according to journal editor Celestine Raferty, he said has become unreliable and dumbed down.

The most recent journal compiles essays by local historians on a wide range of subjects of interests.

'There is the usual mixture of material, from archaeology to more contemporary pieces,' explained Celestine. 'These include an article by Rev Patrick Comerford about an Anglican Clergyman. There is also a piece by two authors John Patterson and David Ian Hamilton concerning their common ancestor who emigrated to Virginia and became a slave owner and book owner.'

Other interesting pieces include Tom McDonald's piece on the outbreak of lawlessness in the wake of the 1798 Rebellion and an article by Bernard Brown about John Barry- a politician from Bannow who pioneered the manufacture of linoleum.

The Wexford Historical Society launch a journal every second year. The recent edition will soon be available for sale in local bookshops and in all public libraries in Wexford.

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