AN illustrated history of the Diocese of Limerick should prove just the tonic for those looking for a book of local interest under the Christmas tree.
The 224-page volume is the work of retired professor of history at Mary Immaculate College, Liam Irwin. Commissioned by the diocese, the project was conceived during Dr Donal Muray’s term as bishop and the book will be launched next Monday night by his successor Bishop Brendan Leahy and Dr Pat Wallace, former director of the National Museum and native of Askeaton.
“I am particularly pleased to recommend this beautifully produced book on the diocese of Limerick. It is like an ‘Acts of the Apostles’ for our diocese in that it offers an overview of some of the significant developments and places, people and events that have marked our diocesan journey throughout its long history,” commented Bishop Leahy.
“History can hide important characters but when a book such as this is published, it preserves forever the inspirational deeds that could otherwise be lost in the past.”
The book features the contribution to the life of the diocese of both clerics and lay people. The Diocese of Limerick: An Illustrated History will be launched at 6pm on December 16 in Mary Immaculate College.