Sunday 8 December 2019

A wealth of historical gold in new journal

The sixth Rosslare Journal
The sixth Rosslare Journal

Anna Hayes

The sixth journal of Rosslare Historical Society will be launched by Dr Austin O'Sullivan in Kelly's Resort Hotel, Rosslare on June 6 at 8pm.

'Rosslare in History' is edited by Gerry Breen and includes a wide variety of articles which shed light on the place and its people, in which there is great interest.

In this volume of the journal, every aspect of life in Rosslare is examined, from the founding of a Youth Club 50 years ago to the closure of a hotel training college, a Killinick murder in 1932, a tragic boating trip, a battle with rack-renting landlords and many more anecdotes.

The tale of Edward 'Ned' Wickham, a lifeboat hero who discovered a live blue whale near the old Fort at Rosslare in 1891 is also recounted. In 1937, pupils from the Rosslare area collected material from their districts as part of an Irish Folklore Commission and their selections make for interesting reading.

The contribution of the O'Brien family, of Mauritiustown, to the Postal Service is examined, while Patsy Byrne from Grange recalls Rosslare when it had 14 shops and, in an interview, shares his memories of a way of life that has since ceased to exist in the seaside resort.

All are welcome to attend the launch.

Wexford People

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