44th Kilmore Parish Journal launched

By David tucker

Seamus O'Keeffe, chairman, presenting the first copy of the journal to Gerry Breen who launched the journal along with Seamus O'Brien, editor of the journal.
Seamus O'Keeffe, chairman, presenting the first copy of the journal to Gerry Breen who launched the journal along with Seamus O'Brien, editor of the journal.

THE 44th edition of the Kilmore Parish Journal has just been launched, packed with 169 pages of facts, features and photographs covering many aspects of life in the village, from bygone times to the present.

Edited by retired primary school teacher Seamus O'Brien, the Journal reflects the history and culture of the parish of Kilmore and events of the past year.

Among the articles is one based on a witness statement from a member of a Murphy family from Kilmore surrounding events in Enniscorthy on Easter Sunday 1916.

Tommy Cousins, who is in his 80s, writes about Kilmore in the 1940s and '50s, while his daughter Ann, who writes for RTE's Sunday Miscellany, recalls childhood memories in an article entitled 'A Ballad for Bastardstown'.

Frank Scallan writes about his life as fisherman and John Power, a former editor of the Journal, talks about the thatched houses of Kilmore, with three pages of pictures of them, many long gone.

Contemporary events covered in the Journal's pages include coverage of the RNLI, the festival in the village, the seafood festival in Kilmore Quay and reports from the primary school and the seconday school in Bridgetown, including prose and poetry by students Ciaran Mernagh and Victoria Gudaiti, the winners of the Writers in Residence programme, presented by Billy Roche.

Children in 6th class at the primary school write articles about their grandparents each year and the Journal features 10 profiles written by the youngsters.

The cover of the Journal is an unusual drone's eve view of Bridgetown, showing all three modes of transport there - the road, railway and the canal.

The Kilmore Parish Journal costs €12 in the parish and a little more in the book shops.

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