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Ballon-Rathoe Chronicle 2019-05-23T16:32:14+01:00

Photographs from the Archives

On Monday 15th April ‘Photographs from the Archives’ compiled by Michael Dawson was launched in Kavanagh’s Lounge.

The 160 pictures shown betweeen the covers of this publication give an insight into the local area history and heritage and preserve the past for future generations. They are cleverly subdivided into events such as farming, bands, stage performances, dancing, religous, national schools, celebrity visitors, sporting events, village residents and architecture.
The MC was Seamus Hogan who introduced Colette O’Daly, retired Keeper of the Books at the National Library, but also a native of Connaberry. In her analysis of the book she was able to add an extra dimension in that she had full local knowledge and able to give personal memories to some of the pictures. She gave an excellent presentation.

Cllr John Murphy gave praise to Michael and the team for preserving the past so well in this polished product. He also thanked Michael for his fifty-two years as local correspondent to the Nationalist, a record unlikely to be broken.

Michael thanked all who contributed especially those who supplied photographs. He made special mention of Clem Delaney for the quality of the layout of the pages.

Kathleen Fitzgerald concluded the event by thanking Colette for doing an excellent job on launching this collection of photographs.

Photos on the night were limited because it was standing room only for many who attended. Suffice to say all went to plan with a good supportive atmosphere.

A full narrative is being prepared for the Nationalist with supporting pictures.

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Jimmy O’Toole,  Seamus Hogan, Colette O’Daly, Michael Dawson, Kathleen Fitzgerald,

Breeda McDonald and Mary Hogan.