West Limerick historian launches new poetry collection

Gerard Fitzgibbon


Gerard Fitzgibbon

A NEW poetry anthology published by a County Limerick historian is a reflection on the folklore, history and natural beauty of her part of the world.

Margaret Doody-Scully from Broadford launched her new book ‘Inside Looking Out’ at the Newcastle West library last Friday night.

The 200-page book contains a total of 165 of Ms Doody-Scully’s poems, which have been compiled over the last four years.

Ms Doody-Scully described the publication as “an anthology” which captures her thoughts on the people, places and history of the corner of County Limerick that she calls home.

“It’s all my own work. The title is ‘Inside Looking Out’, and I chose that because it depicts my thoughts and feelings of this part of the world.

“There is an inherent beauty to West Limerick that I’ve noticed since I came to this part of the world seven years ago.”

There is hardly a corner of West Limerick which doesn’t feature in some shape or form in Ms Doody-Scully’s comprehensive work, with poems on Dromcollogher, Broadford, Kileedy, Feohanagh-Castlemahon, Newcastle West, Knockfierna and beyond forming parts of the collection.

‘Inside Looking Out’ is Ms Doody-Scully’s first book since her most recent piece of local historical research, ‘From the bog to the Bishop’, which was published in 2005.

‘Inside Looking Out’ has been self-published through Ms Doody-Scully’s own imprint, Thistle Publications. She said that 200 copies out of the first print run of 250 have already been sold.

“It’s been a real labour of love, with a strong family connection”, Ms Doody-Scully said. The typesetting and layout of the book was done by her son and daughter-in-law, she added.

The remaining copies of the book are currently on sale in shops in Dromcollogher, Broadford, Raheenagh and Castlemahon as well as in the book shop in Newcastle West. Copies are also set to be donated to local libraries and third level institutions as far afield as the University of St Thomas in Houston, Texas, which has specifically requested a copy.

Ms Doody-Scully said that self-publishing remains a difficult business, but luckily enough ‘Inside Looking Out’ is shaping up to be a success, as the majority of the first print run was sold at last week’s launch. She said that if the rest of the books sell strongly enough, she hopes to order another print run.

‘Inside Looking Out’ is on sale now for €20.