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Friday 20 September 2019

Journal blends past and present

Ann Heffernan and Eileen Walsh.
Ann Heffernan and Eileen Walsh.
Ann Heffernan, Isabell Walsh and Ollie Walsh.
Rita Carroll, Cllr Oliver Walsh, who launched the journal, Dr Aoife Whelan, editor, and Kathlyn O'Brien.
Rita Carroll, Cllr Oliver Walsh, who launched the journal, Dr Aoife Whelan, editor, and Kathlyn O'Brien.
John and Kate Dooley.
At the launch of the Blackwater Journal in Saturday night were John and Kate Dooley
Fr Hugh O'Byrne and Fr Brendan Nolan PP.
Declan Whelan and Martin O'Connor.

By maria Pepper

The 9th Blackwater Parish Journal was launched by Dr. Aoife Whelan, a lecturer in the Department of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore at University College Dublin.

Dr. Whelan, a native of Crosshue, Blackwater complimented the editorial committee of Rita Carroll, Kathleen Uí Bhriain, Margaret Mythen, Declan Flanagan and Frank Cullen on a fine publication laden with historical articles and stories from the past year.

The list of contents includes an article by Frank Costelloe about Blackwater in 1916 and one about the fascinating history of the Blackwater coastline by Rita Carroll.

Declan Flanagan continues his series on the Carthy Letters written by a Blackwater family to their daughter who emigrated to the US in the 1860's.

Bernard Buckley writes about his mother Mary's upbringing and emigration from Blackwater.

The journal includes a profile of Sr. Johanna Power, a native of Ballyroe who passed away in 2015 and was a Medical Missionary of Mary who worked on the missions in Africa and in the US.

Dr. Whelan complimented everyone who contributed to the publication which also features articles about sporting, educational and social happenings in the area during the past year with up-to-date school photos included. A tribute is paid to Margaret Sinnott, a dedicated volunteer in the parish.

Dr. Whelan said she looked forward to writing an article for the next edition.

The journal is currently available in local shops.

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