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Friday 29 August 2014

Unique insights into the lives of Luachra

KEVIN HUGHES

Published 29/11/2012 | 08:58

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Sonny Breen Knocknagree, Martin Murphy Chairman, Donal Hickey Editor and Ray Ryan Mallow at the launch of the 15th Sliabh Luacra Journal of Cumann Luachra in Gneeveguilla on Friday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin.

THE latest glossy publication from the team behind the Sliabh Luachra Journal offers a unique insight into the area's links with the ill-fated Titanic, providing a point of reference for all, from the serious historian to those with just a fleeting interest in social history.

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The 15th issue of the respected journal published by local history society, Cumann Luachra, the latest edition was launched in Gneeveguilla at the weekend by Ballydesmond journalist and Mallow resident Ray Ryan.

An information packed 120 pages including almost 100 photographs, featured are 38 articles covering an eclectic range of subjects, including football matches of yesteryear, notable anniversaries, the life and times of traditional musicians Nickie and Anne McAuliffe and a visit to the area by Countess Markieviez.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster and Sliabh Luachra's connections are vividly recalled, accompanied by photographs and details of the nine people from the area who were amongst the passengers, five of whom survived.

One survivor - Nora Herlihy (nee O'Leary) from Glencollins, Ballydesmond - was just 16 when she boarded and is believed to be one of the last rescued by the Carpathia.

Spending several years in New York, she eventually returned home and married local farmer and IRA man Tom Herlihy in 1922, spending the remainder of her life in Ballydesmond until her death in 1975. Nora's great grandson, Barry O'Leary, recalls her life and times.

Others featured include Danny Buckley who survived the tragedy only to be killed by a German sniper's bullet in France just a month before WWI ended.

Also included is the story of Barraduff man Paddy O'Donoghue who helped future Taoiseach Eamon de Valera escape from Lincoln Jail in 1919 and whose bestman was Michael Collins. Paddy is reputed to have driven Dev to a safe house which was the home of a local parish priest.

The journal is on sale in shops throughout the area.

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