Book of photographs opens window on the past

Aine Fitzgerald


Aine Fitzgerald

Eddie O'Connor, Glen View, and Johnny Connors, Ballintubber on their way to Sunday Mass in 1962. The picture will appear in Pictorial Memories of Kilfinane (Volume 2)
THE finishing touches are being put to a book of photographs which opens a window on Kilfinane’s treasured past.

THE finishing touches are being put to a book of photographs which opens a window on Kilfinane’s treasured past.

Pictorial Memories of Kilfinane (Volume 2) is being compiled by Kilfinane Photographic Society and is expected to be launched in November, in time for the Christmas market.

“It will make a great Christmas present - that’s why we are bringing it out early so people can post it to friends and relations,” said Hugh Murphy, secretary of Kilfinane Photographic Society.

To date, the society have received in the region of 830 photographs for the publication.

“In the last book, we had 934 photographs but we felt that some of the pictures were too small. It was nobody’s fault. We know now that we want bigger pictures,” Hugh explained.

Many great events and characters through the years will be chronicled in the book. It will include lots of family pictures - pictures of various occasions including confirmations, and Holy Communions as well as old festival and parade photographs, and some sports photos including GAA teams.

“One of the first photos in the book is of Nicholas Flood Davin who was born in Kilfinane in 1847 and who became an MP in Canada. We have a wedding photograph from 1888 - one of the McCarthys,” Hugh explained.

“We also have a few old posters from Kelleher’s bar from dances.”

One of these posters concerns a dance in 1925 - the Kilfinane Grand Yuletide dance which was scheduled to take place in the new hall.

“It was to take place on St Stephen’s night in 1925 and tickets were 15 shillings each. There was music by the Clarke Barrys Irish American band,” said Hugh.

There is also a Kilfinane sports programme dating from 1931 with all the names of the people involved.

“We have a few old shop fronts and show committees. We have a lot of school pictures, Kilfinane Brass Band photos and the last three pictures in the book are of children at the playschool on their graduation in June, the sixth class in the primary school and the Scoil Pol Leaving Cert class.”

A total of 750 copies of the first volume were printed and a huge local interest saw them sell out fast.

“There isn’t one book left,” said Hugh.

“The photographic society would like to thank all those who submitted photographs for this edition and all those who allowed photographs available to be selected,” he added.

A patrons’ page will be included in the new edition and anyone who wishes to have their name included in the publication can do so at a cost of €25.

They can forward their name to Hugh Murphy, 7 New Terrace, Kilfinane, or to Sr Patricia, at St Paul’s Convent, Kilfinane.

Pictorial Memories of Kilfinane (Volume 2) will be launched in mid-November and will available for purchase from November priced €20.