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Thursday 19 September 2019

45th Kilmore Journal launched

Hannah Dodd and Shannon Moran, winners of a creative writing competition at Bridgetown Vocational College, pictured with Frank Lonergan.
Hannah Dodd and Shannon Moran, winners of a creative writing competition at Bridgetown Vocational College, pictured with Frank Lonergan.
Pictured at the launch of the 45th Kilmore Parish Journal: from left, front - Seamus O'Brien, editor; Seamus O'Keeffe, chairman; Billy Roche; and Patricia Boyd, treasurer. Back - Breda Hayes, committee member; Frank Lonergan, secretary, and Lucy Moore, committee member.

By Maria Pepper

The 45th edition of the Kilmore Parish Journal was launched by the author and playwright Billy Roche at a reception in the Stella Maris Centre in Kilmore Quay.

Billy read extracts from the journal including an essay by Shannon Moran and a poem by Hannah Dodd which are featured in the new edition as the winning entries in a school competition. Shannon and Hannah are students on a Bridgetown Vocational College creative writing course and were presented with vouchers by committee member Frank Lonergan to mark their achievement.

A highlight of the annual journal are published projects about the lives of their grandparents by 6th class pupils in Kilmore national school.

The author and local historian John Power has written about thatched cottages in Kilmore.

Journal chairman Seamus O'Keeffe intrdouced musician Kevin Whitty who played beautiful airs on the tin whistle and mandolin before the launch while brothers Marty and Nick Kinsella gave a rendition of 'The Land Where the Slaney Flows' as a tribute to their sister Kathleen, a resident of the USA for 51 years who has recounted her life in America for the latest edition of the journal.

Seamus thanked the committee, especially the editor Seamus 0'Brien and typesetter and originator Hilary Mullen for their work in putting the current edition together.

He complimented all the contributors who submitted articles and photos and thanked Billy Roche for taking time out from his busy schedule to perform the launch.

Wexford People

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