WORK has begun on a book on the history of Camolin which is set to be published this time next year.
'Camolin Parish Through The Ages' aims to preserve the history of the area before it is lost for good.
Those responsible for preparing the book are researching manuscripts, documents and newspaper archives in the National Library, the National Archives and the County Library. However, they are also now looking for any old documents, photographs, postcards, billheads, meeting minutes, that local people, their parents or grandparents, may have stashed away at home.
'You don't need to be an academic to assist in this publication,' said John Kavanagh, who is one of those working on the book. 'All we are looking for in our local community is for people to perhaps consider sending photographs, letters, articles, memories, snippets, illustrations etc.'
Among the items they are looking for are: photographs and information of Camolin Park, Valentia House, or the Quakers Meeting House, Ballinclay; old photographs of the village; old houses in the area; the RIC Barracks; the snow of 1947; housing developments; roadworks; Parish Churches; Halls; Schools; The Mills in Camolin, Newbridge, and Ballycanew; Candy's; and Sinnott's Forge.
They are also hoping people might have letters and documents during turbulent times including: the Famine; evictions; landlords; emigration; National League Meetings; Parish Courts; The Volunteers; Easter Rising; War of Independence; Civil War; World War I and World War II; the local Security Force; Congo and Vietnam.
Documentation relating to Colaiste Carman (the Irish college in Valentia House in the 1930s) is also being sought.
John said they would also like to know more about the history about various organisations and committees in the village including: Famine Relief; Trade and Labour Leagues; Camolin Agricultural Bank; AOH Division in Camolin; Ploughing Match.
They also want to hear about sporting activities.
If you have any material like this, and would like to make it available for inclusion in the book then please contact John Kavanagh at 087 2618474 or Fr Joseph Kavanagh at 053 9383136 or 087 2324549e.
A meeting and workshop will take place in Camolin Hall, Friday evening, December 14, at 7.30 p.m.