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    Cregg Castle
    Cregg Castle

    This section will build into a bibliography and list of resources about the Slieve Aughty. The books listed below have been cited or recommended elsewhere on this site.

    Local Studies Resources Guide 2014 (pdf)

    History of the O’Gradys of Clare and Limerick
    by Gerard Madden
    ISBN 0 92951150
    The Celtic imagination produced a genealogy of 98 generations before Dungal who lived about 700 AD gave his name to Cinéal Donghaile the territory of the O’Gradys in north /east county Clare. Their patrimonial lands consisted of the modern parishes of Whitegate, Mountshannon, Scariff and Tuamgraney. This scenic region, at the foothills of the Sliabh Aughty Mountains, on the western shore of Lough Derg, bears ample testimony to their presence and influence. Lough O’Grady and Knockygrady commemorate the name.

    History of the O’Maddens of Hy-Many
    by Gerard Madden
    ISBN 0 952952277
    Maine Mór led a ferocious people out of Tyrone in the 5th century and conquered East Galway. His territory known as Hy-Many extended from Clontuskert near Ballinasloe to Tuamgraney in Co. Clare and from Athlone and Lusmagh in Offaly, westward to Sheefin and Athenry in County Galway.

    Hynes of Ireland
    by James Patrick Hynes.
    ISBN-10 1906205779
    A short history of the ancient Hynes family and their kinsfolk, the other descendants of King Guaire, the O’Shaughnessys, O’Clearys, O’Cahans, O’Cahills and Killikellys. Friends and foes are mentioned too: among them the Berminghams, Burkes, De Lacys, Fitzgeralds, Gregorys, Martins, MacDermots, MacFirbis’s, MacNamaras, O’Briens, O’Connors, O’Donnells, O’Dowds, O’Flahertys, O’Kellys, O’Loughlins, O’Moghans and O’Neills.

    by James Patrick Hynes. 
    ISBN-10 1906205841
    The O’Shaughnessys is a companion book to The Hynes of Ireland, so ideally it should be read shortly after the other. Where most of the narrative of The Hynes of Ireland centres on the seaside town of Kinvara, on the edge of Galway Bay, Ireland, The O’Shaughnessys centres on the market town of Gort, a few miles inland.

    Killeenadeema-Aille: History and Heritage / Stair agus Oidhreacht
    Pat O’Looney (Editor)
    ISBN 978 0 9561736 0 7

    A History of Kilconieron GAA Club 1885 - 2005: Rich in Hurling Tradition
    Compiled and Edited by Michael Fahy
    Published by Kilconieron GAA Club
    Available €20 c/o Michael Fahy, Gort Road, Loughrea. (087) 6623805
    The publication of this club’s history provides testimony to the great sporting heritage of the parish of Kilconieron. Within it’s pages one can glance through photos and stories spanning over 120 years. This book reflects and records most of the activities over this period of time and is certainly a dedication to the hundreds of volunteers, players, officers and members since the foundation of the club. Many changes in style, skills and character of the game are revisited, compared and contrasted to that of today. It contains a wealth of hurling folklore of the area within more than 270 pages.

    An Seacht nDícheall

    Eagarthóirí: Eoghan Mac Cormaic
    Pádraig ó Baoill

    © Na húdair agus Craobh Baile Locha Riach
    Dearadh agus Leagan Amach: Eoghan Mac Cormaic
    Clo: Loughrey Print
    Athchló Leabhran Sheachtáin na Gaeilge 1945 agus foilsiú na ndánta a leamh ag Féile Baffle na Gaeilge i mBaile Locha Riach 2001 atá sa leabhar seo.
    An Naíonra Nua: Céim chun tosaí - Pádraig ó Baoil
    An Cupla Focal - Baffle na Gaeilge
    Iris na Craoibhe 1945
    Logainmneach le Máire Barker
    Páistí ag Fás leis an Gaelscoil - Pól Mag Lionnían
    Ó Suirbhé go Tairbhe - Eogan Mac Cormaic
    Ógras - Michelle Nic Suibhne

    The Weavers Grave

    by Seumas O'Kelly
    Novelist, Short Story Writer, Playwright, Poet, Journalist
    Published by: Norman Morgan, Loughrea, Co. Glaway
    Printed at Loughrea Printing Works, 1981
    The Publication of this book is Dedicated to Mr. Alphonsus Sweeney nephew of Seumas O'Kelly in appreciation for his help and encouragement.
    'THE WEAVERS GRAVE" has been taken from 'THE GOLDEN BARQUE' and 'THE WEAVER'S GRAVE' a book of short stories, first published in 1919. An adaption of this work for the Radio by Michael O'hAodha, in 1961, won the International Telecommunications Competition for the Italia Prize.

    The Gray Lake (Loughrea)
    By Seumus O'Kelly
    Published by: Norman Morgan, Loughrea, Co. Galway
    Printed at Loughrea Printing Works 1991
    "THE GRAY Lake" is taken from 'Waysiders', a book of short stories, published in Dublin, in 1917.
    Seumas O'Kelly was born in Loughrea in 1875 where his father had a shop at Mob Hill, Main Street. In 1903 he started as a journalist on a local newspaper - "The Connacht Weekly. His literary career began in 1906, with the publication of his first collection of short stories, "By The Stream of Kilmeen".
    It may be said that his most fitting memorial is his writing which depicts faithfully the wit, charm and sentiment of the ordinary Irish people of his time.

    Another Time: Growing up in Clare
    Colette Dinan
    Douglas Village, Cork
    16 Hume Street, Dublin 2
    © Colette Dinan, 2002
    1 85635 404 0
    When I think about my young years I naturally think of Scariff in the 1940s and 1950s - a charmed time and a magic place for all of us growing up there then. Those were the days of cubbies and games, dolls, burnt toffee and pictures seen in the firelight flames. There was time for everyone and its semed for us too. In the summer we read so many books, we swam in the mucky flaggers and in the evening in Tomgraney, heard the rooks. Sometimes we sat on rocks in the river Graney and planned while the water gurgled and chuckled and swam in silver bubbles over our feet - and we shared our Dandy toffees. We shared our girlish hopes, our fantasies and our fears, though our fears were very few in those bygone lovely years.

    Cúirt an Mheán Oíche
    The Midnight Court

    by Brian Merriman
    Text and Translation by PATRICK C. POWER

    © Patrick C. Power 1971
    SBN 85342 244 3
    Third Edition 1986.
    Printed by Litho Press Co., Midleton, Co. Cork
    Cúirt an Mheán Oíche - The Midnight Court - written by Brian Merriman in 1780 is considered one of the most important contributions to Gaelic literature in the eighteenth century. The theme is the celebration of the right of women to sex and marriage. The poem opens with a description of mountain, lake woods, swans, fish and birds together with a hunting scene.
    All we know definitely about Merriman is that he was a native of County Clare, where he appears to have been born in the middle of the eighteenth century; that he lived for a while in Feakle in that county and that he died in Limerick in 1805.

    By Kieran Sheedy
    Published 1990 by Feakle GAA Hurling Club
    Copyright 1990 Kieran Sheedy
    Printed by Clare Champion Ltd, Ennis
    This comprehensive history of the Parish of Feakle in Northeast Clare ranges from the period of the pre-histoic passage graves to the cattle raids of the middle ages, and from the calamitous effects of the Famine to the emergence of "the hillside men" in the late nineteenth century and to the developments of modern times. It also charts in detail the history of sporting activity in the parish with particular emphasis on the hurling, camogie and athletic teams. There are chapters also on well known histocial figures associated with the parish including Biddy Early, Brian Merriman and Johnny Patterson, and the book is illustrated with a selection of evocative photographs from the locality.
    This book is dedicated to past generations of Feakle men and women.

    Gort Inse Guire: A Journey Through Time
    Edited by Marguerite Grey
    Researched and compiled by the Gort Heritage Project 1995 - 2000,
    a FáS Community Response Project
    Publication Coordinator: Margueritte Grey
    Project Coordinator: Marie Mc Namara
    Assistant Project Coordinators:
    Gerry Coy, Margaret (Peigi) Dooley and Marguerite Grey.
    © Marguerite Grey August 2000

    This book is published by the Gort Heritage Trust
    © Gort Heritage Trust, 2000.
    ISBN 0 9533200 2 2 (Hardback
    ISBN 0 9433200 3 0 (Paperback)
    The parish of Gort Inse Guire is already on the map thanks to its literary associations but the town itself has a rich and varied history which extends back many centuries. Gort and its environs abound in history, from humble beginnings as a firbolg settlement to its present status as a thriving agricultural and tourist centre. The parish once formed part of the ancient territory of Hy Fiachradh Aidne, which produced fourteen kings of Connacht. Guire, who became King of Connacht in the seventh century, had one of his royal residences in Gort on an island formed by the river. The town of Gort , known as Gort Inse Guaire, takes its name from the king and translates as the 'island field of Guaire'.

    The Locus Project
    The aim of this project, which is funded by a very generous grant from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, is to produce a new Historical Dictionary of Irish placenames and tribal names to replace Fr Edmund Hogan's Onomasticon Goedelicum. We have previously received funding from Toyota Ireland Ltd. and from the Higher Education Authority.
    Historical Dictionary of Gaelic Placenames / Foclóir Stairiúil Áitainmneacha na Gaeilge
    Fascicle 1 [Names in A-] / Fascúl 1 [Ainmneacha in A-]
    Pádraig Ó Riain, Diarmuid Ó Murchadha and Kevin Murray
    (Irish Texts Society, London, 2003) xxxiv + 172pp. ISBN: 1-870166-70-1.
    The Locus Project would like to appeal to anyone who has new or additional information on any placename, whether cited by Hogan or not, to make this information available. Every addition or correction will be credited to the scholar who submits it. Any additional bibliographical information about placenames will also be very welcome.
    Locus Project, c/o Roinn na Sean- agus na Meán-Ghaeilge, Coláiste na hOllscoile, Corcaigh, IRELAND.
    Phone: 353-21-4903192; Fax: 353-21-4903102.

    Lough Derg - The Westside Story
    Editorial Panel: Kate Devlin, Kieran Flaherty, Cora Flanagan, Ultan Hynes.
    Cartographer: Geraldine O'Daly.
    Artist: David Leech
    Co-Ordinators: Kieran Flaherty, Cora Flanagan.
    Typeset by Herald Quick Print, Tuam. (093) 24183
    Printed by Ordnance Survey, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
    Copyright The East Galway Family History Co. Ltd. 1993
    This map covers a scenic and heavily wooded area dominated by the Sliabh Aughty mountains to the west and Lough Derg on the Shannon to the east. The region stretches from Killimor in the north to Scariff in the south, and from Derrybrien in the west to Terryglass in the east.
    On the back of the map: introduction, social history, ancient stone monuments, ancient dwellings and burials, religious sites, castles, big houses, industry, flora and fauna, fishing and leisure, folklore, towns and villages, bibliography.
    The name Sliabh Aughty is derived from a story in Celtic Mythology. Eachta, the daughter of Urscethah, one of the Tuatha De Danann, was asked for her hand in marriage by the warrior Fergus. Having no stock or wealth, he gave her some mountain land which later became known as Sliabh Eachta or Aughty.

    Woodford Heritage Centre, Woodford, Loughrea, Co. Galway
    Tel: 353 (0) 90 9749309
    Fax: 353 (0) 90 9749546
    Contact: Angela Canning

    Glórtha ár Sinsear – Béaloideas Oirdheisceart na Gaillimhe
    Curtha in eagar ag Pádraig Ó Baoill i gcomhar le Loughrea History Project
    Foilsitheoir: Coiscéim, Tigh Bhríde,
    91 Bóthar Bhinn Éadair,
    Páirc na bhFianna, Binn Eadáir,
    Baile Átha Cliath 13.
    Coiscéim 2005-18
    Bhí an t-ádh ar cheantar Locha Riach go raibh bailitheoir fostaithe ag Coimisiún Bhéaloideas Éireann sna tríochaidí. Seán Ó Flanagáin an t-ainm a bhí air agus chónaigh sé i gCois Carraige, Baile Locha Riach le linn dó a bheith ag bailiú béaloidis sa chomharsanacht máguaird ag deireadh na tríochaidí. Baintear úsáid as an fó-nóta CBÉ 615 ag tagairt don ábhar a bhailigh sé sa chnuasach seo.
    Mar aon le lámhscríbhinn Uí Fhlanagáin atá in úsáid anseo, bhí cnuasaigh cumasacha curtha le chéile i gcuid de na scoileanna áitiúla; Cillíní Díoma – CBÉ S184, Dún Doighre – CBÉ S164, Creachmhaoil – CBÉ S92, Caisleán Uí Dhálaigh – CBÉ S59 agus Cill Chon Iarainn – CBÉ S94.
    Ní amhain go bhfuil scéalta is stair áitiúil curtha i gcló anseo ach is cinnte go raibh cuid den ábhar ar fáil ar fud na tíre. Is cinnte, áfach, go bhfuil blas ar leith ar na síscéalta, finscéalta, nósanna is traidisiúin ón cheantar. Tá sé suimiúil a thuiscint fosta go raibh leaganacha scéalta is amhráin ag taisteal na tíre an uair úd. Roghnaíodh na samplaí is spéisiúla sa chnuasach le léiriú.

    Athenry: A Brief History and Guide
    By Ann Healy
    Published by Ann Healy
    Printed by The Connacht Tribune Lts
    © Ann Healy 1989
    The author of this history of Athenry - Ann Healy - says in the opening sentence of the first chapter that 'There is a tangible sense of place and time" in and around Athenry.
    Yet it does happen, that when a visitor (or an inquisitive child with an enquiring mind) asks for information on one or other of our many historical monuments or antiquities, that most of the residents feel entirely inadequate to give the required information - and will invariably "pass the buck" by referring the enquirer to somebody with a reputation for local knowledge.
    On behalf of the people of the town and parish of Athenry/Newcastle, I thank Miss Healy for making the book available and I congratulate her on the high standard of the production. I know it will be welcomed and appreciated and that in years to come it will be regarded "a possession for all time", as Thucydides said when beginning his account of the Peloponessian War.
    Along with the "Fields of Athenry", I hope that it may appeal to a wider audience outside the borders of the town and parish.
    Msgr. Michael J. Oooney, Parish Priest, October 29th, 1988

    Songs Recitations & Short Stories
    by "The Postman" Joe Noonan
    © All rights reserved - Joe Noonan, 1993
    Knockbeha, Caher, Co. Clare.

    As a postman - for over twenty years - I have travelled the byways and boreens around Lough Graney. In fact it was only when I became a postman that I realised how little I knew about the parish in which I lived and more importantly about the people and interesting characters that lived around me.
    I've had twenty years observing, twenty years conversing, and twenty years of learning.

    This song that I've just written
    On this fine long Summer's day
    Is worth far more at least to me
    Than a shed of the finest hay

    In a hundred years, the hay is ate
    And the cattle long since gone,
    The money squandered, lost or spent,
    And still they sing my song

    Joe Noonan, July, 1992
    "It is the best of all trades to make songs, and the second best to sing them."

    The Clare Young Environmentalists
    Clare Youth Impact
    A Social, Educational & Environmental Exercise

    By Hugh Weir 1998
    Ballinakella Press
    Whitegate, Co. Clare, Ireland
    Tel.+353 61 927030
    Fax.+353 61 927418
    ISBN 0 946538 22 0
    I am happy to write a foreward for Dr. Weir's book in The Clare Young Environmentalists (alias Clare Youth Impact). Here, we have set down what I might call a loose diary chronicling the ups and downs, the growth, and at times, the stagnation of an idea and an ideal that was given a reality in the Clare Young Environmentalists.
    Dr. Weir, in his preface, describes the book as a keepsake and heirloom. As Minister with responsibility for our heritage, I would describe it as setting down part of our recent folklore. It is part of our written heritage and for much of its content describes an era that has so quickly gone. We can admire the idealism that led to the founding of the Clare Young Environmentalists almost 20 years ago.
    I would like to commend Dr. Weir for his work in the important area of our environment over the years and hope that those who read this little book will derive pleasure from it and will appreciate what was achieved particularly in the early days, a time when concern for the future of our environment was not perhaps as high on the agenda as it should have been.
    Síle De Valera TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht & The Islands

    Portumna Castle and Its Lords
    Michael Mac Mahon
    First published in 1983 by Shannon Books, Portumna, Co. Galway
    This edition (revised) 2000
    ISBN 0 9538667 0 X
    Printed by: Intype Ltd., Limerick.
    Published by: Kincora Books, Corofin, Co. Clare
    'Can it be imagined that a stranger should come into this county of Galway and think to compass his ends, and draw the people to him, if he does not profess to love the house of Clanricarde?'
    - Ulick, 1st Marquess of Clanricarde in 1642
    Portumna castle, an imposing Jacobean mansion, is pleasantly situated on the oaklands that fringe the northern shore of Lough Derg on the river Shannon. Built before 1618 by Richard, 4th Earl, who was nicknamed 'Kinsale', Portumna remained the principal seat of the de Burgo Earls of Clanricarde until the castle burnt down in 1826.
    Only a bow-shot from the castle walls are the refurbished remains of a fifteenth-century Dominician Priory; and between this place and the water's edge once stool Portumna's 'black castle' of which only indefinite traces remain. Much of Portumna's past is in this place, and to stroll amid the ruins here is to walk into history.
    That history begins with the de Burgos.

    Kiltartan - Many Leaves One Root: A History of the Parish of Kiltartan
    Mary de Lourdes Fahy, R.S.M.
    Published by the Kiltartan Gregory Cultural Society
    Kiltartan Cross, Gort, Co Galway 2004
    ISBN 0 9547775 0 6 Hardback
    ISBN 0 9547775 1 4 Paperback
    Growing up in a small rural half parish without a village, post office, dance hall, garda station or pub, a person could be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that nothing of major importance ever happened in Kiltartan. How wrong one would be! Few, if any rural parishes can now boast of having not one, but three heritage centres, namely Coole, Kilrartan and Ballylee. I have allowed contemporary sources to speak for themselves in the hope that it will encourage subsequent researchers to make their own contribution and re-evaluate my findings.
    Researchng this book has been a labour of love for me. If it gives you the reader, even a fraction of the joy I have known, It has been a worthwhile experience.
    Faoi chuimirce Dé agus na Maighdine sibh.
    M. de Lourdes Fahy (Sr.),
    August, 2004

    Castles & Demesnes: Gleanings from Kilconieran and Clostoken

    Compiled by Fr. Cathal Stanley
    First published September, 2000
    Printed at Loughrea Printing Works
    Bride Street, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland
    Tel.: 091 842 900
    International: Tel.: 353 (0) 91 842 900
    The purpose of this book is to record the story of our people, past and present, and to arouse interest in the rich heritage and culture of this historic region.
    The word 'gleanings' in the title of this volume, is an apt word to describe our attempt to glean and rediscover some fragments of the overlooked and neglected history of our people.
    What we have scraped together, therefore, is only scratching the surface of this stony landscape of cathairs, castles and chapels but it is a beginning that may inspire others to undertake further research and exploration.
    This is not a parish history then, because in the time available we could only cover some aspects of the ancient pre-Reformation parishes of Kilconieran, Clostoken (Kilconickny) and Lickerrig (Carrabane), extending from Loughrea to Athenry and bordering close to Croughwell, Kilchreest, Bullaun and Kiltulla.
    This publication is only a beginning, and heartfelt thanks is due to all who contributed or collected data for this co-operative community enterprise.
    Cathal Stanley (Fr.)

    Seanchas Cois Tine
    A Signpost of Ballinasloe & District
    (Important people and events)

    By Tadhg MacLochlainn (1995)
    Designed and printed by Clonfert Print Kiltormer (0905) 27307
    There is an immense amount of information to be discovered in the most remote areas, that unfortunately has not reached history pages. Modern historians continue writing at national and international levels on historical events relating to the bigger cities and towns.
    Present-day writers and potential historians would be well advised to start researching in the rural areas of the country where the roots of history can be frequently found. If this was thoroughly done many new facets of information would come to light. Most of the early history that is read today was first got from the country Seanchai. I must say that the interviewing of the Seanchai was very rewarding.
    The material included in this compendium is taken from different periods from the 5th to the 20th century that relates to the district.
    Finally, to emphasise, as already done in other books, I do not claim the status of a historian. Most of the information in this chronicle of events was acquired through folklore.
    Mise le meas,
    Tadhg MacLochlainn (1995)

    Many's the Pleasant Day I Spent
    Folklore from the Portumna and South East Galway area
    • Abbey • Eyrecourt • Kilimor • Lorrha • Power's Cross • Tynagh • Woodford

    Realised by Eamon O'Hara 1999
    ISBN 0952951134
    Compiled by Margaret Grant
    Consultant Editor Caoilte Breathnach
    Published by Irish Countryside Care
    Supported by Galway Rural Development
    As we move towards the new millennium in a time of ever socio-economic and environmental change, where fast cars, electricity and the flushing toilet are taken for granted, it could be easy to forget the many changes of recent times.
    The older generation can remember a time that was very different. It is important to know our origins to have a greater understanding of who we are today. This book came about through the combined knowledge and expertise of many people from the Portumna and Woodford areas, all of whom have seen many changes in their life time.
    Their personal and unique memories recorded in these pages follow an age-old tradition of oral history, recounted in a rich, expressive style, unique to the Irish countryside. No doubt the vivid accounts in this book will be of interest to the visitor and the native alike, and of informative merit to future generations.
    Irish Countryside Care is very happy to have been associated with this harvest of folk memories, in a very worthwhile community project indeed
    Eamon O'Hara.

    "The Revival of Irish
    The Ten Commandments
    And a kick in the arse"

    by Pat Barrett, Loughrea
    Published by Pat Barrett 1999
    Printed by Corrib Printers, Galway, Ireland.
    Sir Walter Scott once said "It is the privilege of tale-tellers to open their story in an inn." If that line could be adapted to "It is a privilege of tale-tellers to open their story in Loughrea," then the man that could begin the story would be Pat Barrett.
    To live at the end of the twentieth century, particularly in a busy and fast environment, is to force us to practice an economy of memory, allied to an economy of observations - when you read this book be prepared to look back at a world where one remembers everything. Pat in his tale remembers the long forgotten detail of the pattern of how we used to live, of the characters and people who inhabited the known world of a child's life in his growth towards manhood.
    This is a book, not just about Loughrea, more it is a book about hope linked to experience. Those who know Pat deem it to be a privilege that he has chosen to share his tale with us - for here he reveals to a wider audience the perceptive, witty man that he is. On a personal note, this is the culmination of a long desire of mine to get Pat to put down on paper some of the many stories and views that have entertained us over the years, so that future generations may benefit from hearing the tale of how every name and every detail of colour adds to the dreams we have for our future by our knowledge of our past.
    Tom Gately.

    A man once asked Tommy Fergus where he was educated. He replied:
    'Listen Sonnie, when I was going to school it was:
    The revival of Irish
    The Ten Commandments
    And a kick in the arse'
    Loughrea is my town, means the world to me. All those who know me say; "Pat will go anywhere, as long as he can come home that evening." Writing these pages have brought back so many happy memories, and indeed the good times outweigh the bad. The Millennium beckons, the Bypass looms, but locked within the streets of Loughrea are memories that no one can take away. May the Loughrea of the future retain its gift of friendship, to its own and all who enter our town. From a group of sixty school children in 1951 about eight remain in Loughrea today.

    Kiltullagh/Killimordaly: As The Centuries Passed - A History from 1500 - 1900
    Edited by Kieran Jordan
    First published 2000 by Kiltullagh/Killimordaly Historical Society
    ISBN 0 9538684 0 0
    Printed by Litho Press, Midleton
    Related articles have been categorised into different sections. Each article can be read individually and without reference to the other articles. Yet together the articles form a continuous story of the Parish from about 1500 to 1900.
    List of Contributors:
    Gerry Ahern was born in Cloyne, Co Cork and now lives in Athenry. He has been Principal at Attymon National School for many years.
    Maura Burke-Hardiman although from the Parish, is not living in Athenry and is teaching in Ballymacward. She has writted a thesis on Attymon-Loughrea Light Railway.
    Ciaran Cannon is from Knockroe, but now lives in Carabane and works with Galway County Council. His interest in local history stems from the discoveries of his great-grandfather.
    Catherine Kelly-Desmond, although born in Longon has strong family ties with Killariff, spent many Summer holidays in Kiltullagh.

    Tynagh Millennium Review
    Welcome to the Tynagh Millennium Review. The dawning of the new millennium prompted a great deal of reminiscence and reflection in our community. Local characters and deceased family members were especially remembered at this time. This resulted in many anecdotes of old being recounted. Similarly in this publication we recall many events, achievements characters and customs. We wish to show our appreciation of the endeavours of our ancestors and contemporaries at home and abroad.
    The wide variety of articles submitted reflect the diversity and vibrancy of parish life. The enthusiasm displayed on a voluntary basis by our members and contributors has resulted in a publication which we hope the reader finds informative and entertaining. We are indebted to all who provided photographs and other memorabilia. Similarly many others shared their time and knowledge with us. The generosity of our sponsors ensured the viability of this project.
    Tynagh has a rich and varied history worthy of additional research and documentation. Hopefully the foundations laid here will inspire others to proceed further in this task. We strongly believe that local initiative and a united approach to development issues offer great hope for the future of Tynagh as a thriving rural community.

    Tynagh & District Development Society Ltd 2000
    Tynagh Millennium Review is available at a cost of €13 + p.p. (if required) and can be purchased at Sammons, Ballinasloe, Hughes & Hughes, Galway and Moloneys, Tynagh.
    Contact Mary Moloney at 0509-45101 for further information

    The Parish of Kilkeedy: a Local History
    compiled by Frank Brew
    First published by Frank Brew, Castlequarter, Tubber, Co Clare, Republic of Ireland, 1998
    ISBN 0 0534788 0 7
    The publication of this book has been supported by the Heritage Council under the 1998 Publication Grant Scheme. The aim of the scheme is to bring to the public domain high quality information on all aspects of our heritage. Kilkeedy, a parish of the eastern Burren, is a microcosm of Ireland's haritage. This history of the parish, compiled by Frank Brew, demonstrates the value of collecting information on the more ephemeral heritage that disappears quickly over generations. This book is very much a community project and the contributors have great pride in their own place, but they ensure as well that the general public is made aware of Kilkeedy and its heritage. The Heritage Council appreciates the contribution that Frank Brew and the people of Kilkeedy have made to our heritage and is happy to sponsor this book under the Heritage Publication Scheme 1998. (Freda Roundtree, Chairperson)

    Lickmolassy By The Shannon:
    A History of Gortanummera & Surrounding Parishes

    by John Joe Conwell
    (for Gortanumera Historical Society
    Copyright © 1998 Published by John Joe Conwell
    JayCee Printers Ltd., Galway, Ireland ISBN 0 9534776 0 6

    The Parish of Inchicronan (Crusheen)

    Thomas Coffey
    ISBN 0 94653811 5 cloth
    ISBN 0 946538 131 paperback
    Published by Ballinakella Press, County Clare, Ireland in 1993
    Ballinakella Press is an Irish publishing house specialising in high-quality books of Irish historical and genealogical interest.
    Tel.+353 61 927030
    Fax.+353 61 927418

    For God or King: The History of Mountshannon*
    by Gerard Madden
    ISB - 0952951126

    Holy Island: Jewel of the Lough*
    By Gerard Madden
    ISB 095295110X

    * Available in local bookstores or through
    East Clare Heritage Centre, Tuamgraney, Co Clare.
    Phone: 061-921615 | Email:

    Memories in Time - Folklore of Beithe: 1800-2000
    Caoilte Breathnach
    (ISBN 0-9525625-6-1 Published by Beagh Integrated Rural Development Association Foxtailhill, Tubber, Co Galway.) Email:

    Ireland: A General and Regional Geography
    TW Freeman
    London: Methuen & Co., 1950