Schooner on new journal
THIS column is set to give the latest 'Journal of the Bannow Historical Society', pictured above, a thorough once-over before the summer is out. In the meantime, it may be mentioned that the third volume in the series is worth acquiring if only on the strength of the illustration which adorns the cover.
It is a picture of a sailing ship, a detail from a painting by Brian Cleare, a schooner of 56 tonnes which was a regular caller to Bannow after it was constructed in England during 1858.
Copies of Power book
Historian and all-round good guy Christopher Power has been in touch, throwing down a marketing challenge. He reveals that copies of his recently published 'From Vinegar Hill to Wexford 1798' are still available for purchase and he wants help shifting them.
So anyone with suggestions as to how to publicise this collection of reprinted letters from the field of battle by Major Joseph Hardy of the Antrim Militia should get in touch promptly with Christopher – his number is 086 6089198.
Perhaps the sales drive should be based on publicising the excellent illustrations contained in the slim 40-page volume. Maybe there is scope to tap into the Wicklow market, given that Hardy was associated more with the Garden County rather than Antrim and he was resident at Cherrymount in Avoca. Alternatively, he may depend on the value of old-fashioned scholarship to attract the readership he deserves.