April 17th will prove to be another historic evening in the social history of Roscrea, with the launch of “Roscrea Through The Ages”.
The big launch which promises to be a most memorable evening will take place in The White House at 8.30pm and all are invited to come along and see for themselves the fruits of this great project.
The story of the website can be traced back to 2013 when Sharon Mulrooney, Joe Moloughney and Joe Coughlan got together and opened a facebook page called “Roscrea Through The Ages”. They all have an interest in local history especially the folk history of the area and its people. They all had heard tales of times past from parents and grandparents and were afraid all these stories would be lost so they decided to collect and compile these and share them with others. In May 2013 they started a facebook page and were astonished by the response they got in the first week alone. To date nearly 1,400 people have joined the site and they are getting as many as 5,000 hits per week. Among the features on the new website are stories such as the train crash in 1910 on the Roscrea to Birr line in which 800 people were injured. The story of 90 orphan girls between the ages of 14 and 17 who were sent to Australia from the workhouse in 1848 because there was a shortage of females in Australia is also recalled. The amazing story of Daisy Bates who was born in Main Street, Roscrea, and went to Australia and spent the last 40 years of her life living in a tent and documenting the lives and fighting for the rights of Aborigines after spending years living among the gentry is told. This is just a small selection of the vast wealth of material that has been collected for the new website, which is now ready to go live and will be launched on the night by local historian and folklorist Kathleen Moloughney. There will be an exhibition of photos of Roscrea going back as far as 1900 on the night and there will also be stories and songs from Roscrea on the night with special guests. Admission is free and all are welcome.