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Your GAA – Writing the Story

Why GAA Club Stories Matter Lots of groups or organisations vie for the title of “backbone of the country”. Sometimes it doesn’t matter whether you agree or disagree with them. What matters is that there are some organisations who can lay claim to being a vital part of their local community, whether it’s in the Men’s Shed movement, the ICA, the Youth, Women’s or Community Organisation, or those tidy towns people out in wind and rain, making the place look better. The Gaelic Athletic Association is one of those groups. The GAA’s  place […]

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Too Beautiful for Thieves – Book Launch

History of Spike Island – Launch on Monday Too Beautiful for Thieves and Pickpockets If you are around Cork on Monday afternoon (16th of May), why not drop into LHQ, Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road at 3pm for the launch of Too Beautiful for Thieves and Pickpockets – A History of the Victorian Convict Prison on Spike Island, published with and written by Cal McCarthy and Barra O’Donnabhain. About the Book “For almost four decades the Victorian prison on Spike Island was home to Ireland’s most serious and notorious criminals. Established in the […]

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Haulbowline Revisited – Tom Hamilton

Tom Hamilton was born in New Ross, Co Wexford. He joined the Naval Service in April 1963 and was to return to Wexford two months later for Naval Honour Guard for President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Trained as a chef, Tom spent many years both ashore and at sea. He was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Office in catering in the 80s and remained as assistant catering officer until 2007. He went on to work in the Naval Dockyard until his retirement in January 2013, having spent nearly 50 […]

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Relating to Roscomroe – Paddy Murray

A compliation of historical stories, facts and other matters of interest 1305-1960s. During the 1940s, Paddy spent his early days at Coopers of Beaugh, Clears House which adjoined Coopers house, was often regarded as his second home where over the years he had breakfast, dinner and tea, with Martin Clear and Billy “Barney” Bergin (nephew) listening to Martins many stories, also stories told to his father, Joe Murray by Bill Pratt, John Mooney, Andy Quinlan, Tom and Geroge Smith. His house in Gurteen was a rambling house where people would […]

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