Oldest All-Ireland medal holder launches community magazine

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

A VARIETY of reminiscences and reflections by the people of Knockainey and Lough Gur have been captured in a newly published community magazine.

A VARIETY of reminiscences and reflections by the people of Knockainey and Lough Gur have been captured in a newly published community magazine.

Boasting 170 pages, the publication features memories from elderly residents in the locality who recall days of yore, as well as key moments in the community over the past 12 months.

“We started it last year. It comes out once a year around Christmas. It went very well last year, people were delighted with it so we decided to go again this year. It’s bigger this year - last year there was 150 pages and this year there are 170 pages,” explained Mary O’Grady, chairperson of Knockainey Community Council.

“The first year would have been more difficult because we only thought of the idea before September. This year was easier because we all had it in our heads – all of us in the community council which is about 20 people – so we would have all been keeping an eye out, gathering stuff and taking the photo-graphs our-selves,” she added.

The Knockainey/ Lough Gur Community Magazine which is a Knockainey Community Council project supported by Lough Gur Development Association was launched by the pride of Knockainey, legendary hurler, Tommy Cooke.

At 96-years-of-age, Tommy is the oldest living All-Ireland medal holder.

In an effort to compile as much information as possible, the different clubs in Knockainey and Lough Gur were asked to provide a synopsis of their activities for the past year along with photo-graphs.

“We also invited articles from people who wanted to submit. We have had reminiscences from older people about when they were living here in the 60s, 70s or 80s. We covered all the events which happened over the year – the Summer Fest in Lough Gur and the village fair in Knockainey. We had an article about each of those events and a lot of other events as well as photographs to go with them,” Mary continued.

The magazine, copies of which have made their way across the globe in the form of Christmas presents also contains articles from ex-pats.

“We have a couple of articles from people from Knockainey who are abroad – somebody in Australia and somebody in America, just to see what their life is like where they are,” Mary explained.

The Knockainey/ Lough Gur Community Magazine which is on sale for €15 each and €40 for three can be bought at the community office in Knockainey, the Honey Fitz theatre and in local shops including Nagles in Bruff, Centra and Costcutters in Hospital, Creeds in Elton and Ryan’s of Holycross.