Castlemahon journal is launched with a touch of Texas

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

WITH articles on everything from the Titanic to Michelle Obama and over 150 new and old pictures, this year’s Feohanagh-Castlemahon parish annual has plenty for even the most ardent reader to bite down on.

WITH articles on everything from the Titanic to Michelle Obama and over 150 new and old pictures, this year’s Feohanagh-Castlemahon parish annual has plenty for even the most ardent reader to bite down on.

The 31st journal was launched in Castlemahon last Friday evening by special guest Sean Tracey, a Texas attorney with roots in the parish who travelled over to mark the occasion with his relatives.

Margaret Doody-Scully, a member of the Castlemahon History Group who put the annual together, said that 2011 is another milestone for them.

“This is our 31st consecutive journal. As far as we can ascertain, we’re the only parish in the country who’ve published 31 consecutively.

“Some parishes have had more journals going back over the years, but we’re the only one that’s kept it going”.

The journal, which is over 100 pages long, contains 94 articles and 157 photographs, both old and new.

Among the articles are pieces on the recent visits to Ireland by President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle; an article on Mary Flynn, the last survivor of the great fire of Dromcollogher in 1926; a piece by local historian John Cussen about memories of Broadford, and many more.

“It’s a great Christmas present,” Ms Doody-Scully said of the journal. “A lot of people buy it and send it to relatives living abroad”. The journal is on sale now across West Limerick for €10.