Sliabh Luachra Journal No. 17 Being Launched Tonight in Gneeveguilla

The 17th issue of the Sliabh Luachra Journal, published by Cumann Luachra, a local history society in the Cork/Kerry border area, will be launched on Friday, November 25.

The 120-page souvenir edition has a special focus on the 1916 Rising centenary, including the death of Captain Patrick O’Connor, of Rathmore, in Dublin during the Rising.

A booklet published with the journal contains a shortened version of Spiorad na Saoirse, an epic poem written by Fr Patrick Dinneen, best known for his Irish dictionary, in the aftermath of 1916.

There are also articles on traditional Irish music, the GAA, the activities of Whiteboys during agrarian troubles in the area and the O’Keeffe Clan, in north Cork, to mention just some of the subjects covered.

Fr Pat Moore will officially launch the journal in Gneeveguilla GAA Club, at 8.30pm, on Friday. Everybody welcome.

We thank Dónal Hickey, Journalist supreme, for alerting us to this important Launch.  (S.R.)

A Stranger In Ballydaly

Since from there I have been quite a long time away
I would be a stranger to many in Ballydaly today
By the Boggeragh Ranges far inland from Hibernia’s shore
In the Parish of Millstreet on the road to Rathmore

At the end of the Autumn with Winter quite near
It is cool and wet in Ballydaly in November of the year
Clara, Gortavehy and Caherbarnagh half cloaked in the gray fogs of rain
And brown storm water flowing in every roadside and field drain

The people of Ballydaly as I recall have a charm of their own
Where today I would be a stranger to many where I once was well known
But this is going back some three decades ago
And time as we know becomes everyone’s foe

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