Monday 22 January 2018

Fifth Rosslare Journal to be launched

By David tucker

A German spy alert which caused considerable excitement in Rosslare in 1915 is recalled in the latest Journal of the Rosslare Historical Society which will be launched by local historian Brian Murphy at 8 p.m. on Friday (May 20), in Kellys Resort Hotel. The people of Rosslare have always been fascinated by The Duggan Millions, a vast fortune which, it was said, was waiting to be claimed by members of the Duggan family.

This extraordinary story, involving vast wealth in gold and landed property and links to the British aristocracy, is also examined in the latest publication of the society. This is the fifth journal to be published by the society since its establishment 12 years ago, and it contains many articles and features which should prove of interest to a wide readership.

In Churchtown's ancient cemetery in Rosslare lie the remains of John and Mary Barry (nee Kelly), parents of Commodore John Barry, Father of the U.S. Navy. Laurence Doyle of Orchard Park, Tagoat, has compiled a list of those who are interred there.

Christine Murphy (nee Duggan), a former principal of Rosslare National School, shares her memories of growing up in the Burrow, Rosslare, at a time when fishing was a very important part of life in the area and when there were seven or eight cots fishing out of the Burrow. There is something for everyone in the journal and all are invited to the launch.

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