PROFESSOR William Smyth of the Department of Geography in UCC and a native of Tipperary who was a co-author of the recently published Atlas of the Irish Famine, will launch the Tipperary Historical Journal 2012 in The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, on Saturday, October 13th at 2.30pm.
This year’s journal contains, as usual, a wealth of articles for those interested in our county’s past.
Míchael Ó Droma writes about two medieval coin hoards from Cashel and Twomileborris while Leon O’Doherty recounts the sack of Cashel in 1647.
Hugh Sweeny looks at the history of Newport between 1766 and 1835 whilst Brendan Ó Cathaoir examines the legacy of Rev. John Barry, ‘Champion of the Poor’.
John Reynolds reveals a military man’s perspective of life in Templemore in 1847 while Seamus King discovers Tipperary’s ‘stolen railway’. Daniel Grace looks at alter denunciations in Monsea whilst Ian Wiseman recounts Calum Iain McLean’s time in Clonmel.
Denis Marnane contributes two articles to this year’s journal: one an account of Thomas St George MacCarthy and the Abbey School Tipperary, the other an examination of general elections in Tipperary from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Denis Marnane and Mary Guinan Darmody introduce recent acquisitions of the Tipperary Studies library relating to the third Tipperary Brigade. Cáit Logue looks at historical references in the Schools Folklore Project from 1938 whilst Richard O’Brien recounts the success of last year’s celebrations of the Synod of Ráith Bressail conference.
Liam MacPeaircín writes a very interesting article in Irish on Piaras Mac Canna who though born in Wexford, spent most of his life in County Tipperary. The article traces the life of McCann who was a staunch Catholic involved in the national movement and very active in the Language Revival. In An Gleann agus a Raibh Ann: Cur Chuige Eagóirtheachta Proinsias Ó Drisceoil gives us a very comprehensive account of the editing and publishing which went into the book.
The launch will be followed by the County Tipperary Historical Society’s AGM.
All are welcome.