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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Another great collection of local news and views

Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00

The committee behind the Bannow/Ballymitty Parish Journal, with Fr Jim Kehoe, who performed the official launch. From left: Nicola Howlin, Anne Farrell, Fr Jim Kehoe, Eleanor Browne, Tom Hennessy.

The annual Bannow/Ballymitty parish journal was launched on Thursday, as musicians tuned up for the start of the Phil Murphy Weekend in the picturesque coastal village of Carrig on Bannow.

The annual Bannow/Ballymitty parish journal was launched on Thursday, as musicians tuned up for the start of the Phil Murphy Weekend in the picturesque coastal village of Carrig on Bannow.

For the first time, the 88-page 'Our Parish' tome, is in full colour and once again packed with interesting local articles.

A committee of six dedicated locals compile the book every year, which is headed up by Chairperson, Nicola Howlin, Editor, Tom Hennessy, Eleanor Browne, Mairead French, Frank Donnelly and Anne Farrell.

This 2013 to 2014 edition, marks 18 years of the publication of the book, which this year features the ship 'The Mexico' which foundered off the Keeragh Islands 100 years ago.

An article called 'Saving the Hay' describes the old methods of harvesting in the region while a story called 'History and Mystery', recounts how the medieval baptismal font came from the ruined church in Bannow to the Carrig on Bannow Church today. An interesting piece entitled 'The Night of the Big Wind' tells of the destruction caused by a January storm in 1839, which tore the thatch off the Clongeen Parish Church.

On a lighter note the daring and hilarious exploits of two local fundraisers - Ger Woolley and the late George Galvin - are reported detailing their use of prams, bikes, beds and chairs to sail across the sea to raise money for worthy causes including The Adams Trust, and The Sunshine Club.

The creative writers from Ballymitty National School and Danescastle Primary School have also been put in print, featuring four winners from each school, from the 5th and 6th classes.

There are two pages of photographs of young people who have emigrated from the parish and now live and work in Australia.

The journals wouldn't be complete without an article about the Phil Murphy Weekend and for the first time there is also an report on the Kiltra School of Music and the talent it produces.

The cost of the engaging journal is €7 and provides plenty of local information and lore.

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