Dr. Des Marnane has been broadcasting historical pieces about Tipperary on Tipp Mid-West Radio for the past two years.
They cover a wide range of interesting facts relating to the county’s history over many centuries, but particularly the 19th and 20th centuries.
There’s a piece on Daisy Bates from Roscrea, who ended up making a name for herself with the Aboriginees in Australia.
There’s a visit to Tipperary Town by De Valera in 1925, and Dean Innocent Ryan’s attempts to rid Cashel of sex in the 30’s. There’s also the famous case of ‘Bigamy in Cashel’.
There’s lots of stories of Tipperary men in World War 1. There’s plenty more, much of which won’t be found in the standard textbook but all throwing an interesting light on our fascinating past. These radio pieces were recently collected and printed in book form entitled The First 100: Talks on Tipperary’s History - launched by Seamus J. King at Cashel Library recently.