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Wicklow Historical Society launches 2012 journal

THE 25TH EDITION of the Wicklow Historical Society Journal will become available this week.

The society is once again celebrating a 25th year with this publication, as last year they celebrated their 25th year in existence and were presented with an honour by Wicklow Town Council.

This year, Wicklow County Council, in coordination with the Heritage Officer, Deirdre Burns, will officially launch the journal on July 4 at Wicklow Gaol. The journal is an extended issue for 2012 and runs to 100 pages.

Included with the usual old photographs and prints by local and widely respected artist Pat Dover are the following articles. John Finlay looks at the Eucharistic Congress and Wicklow in 1932. Stan J. O'Reilly looks at Transportation from Wicklow Gaol. Jim Scannell looks at the town during the Emergency ( WW11).

Arklow based historian and co-founder of Wicklow Historical Society, Jim Rees, looks at the life of Wicklow Newsletter magnate William McPhail. Jimmy Cleary looks at Wicklow built and owned sailing ships in the 1870s. John Finlay looks at Wicklow 100 years ago. Stan J. O' Reilly examines the history of the famed Rathnew Brickworks.

An examination of Wicklow from Lewis' Topographical Dictionary is also looked at. Vincent O' Reilly continues his look at the history of the Murrough and the Manure Works/Chemical Works and Mary J. Kavanagh looks at the Pioneer Association in Wicklow town.

The journal is packed with information on local historical and heritage interest. Hon. Sec. Stan J. O'Reilly said ' the society is still producing this quality journal at a very affordable price, despite these troubled times at €3 a copy. It is thanks to our loyal patrons who support our work that we can do this, as one of our aims is to make sure everyone can afford the publication. We would also like to thank our loyal band of friends and supporters also who help us out in so many ways, including the lending of photographs.'

Chairperson John Finlay said 'I would like to thank those who have put so much time and effort into the research and writing of articles the society has published in the past 25 years. It takes long hours and a lot of dedication. Thank you also to those who have helped us out in so many ways, our patrons, Joe Roberts in particular, for producing the publication and last, but not least, the hardworking committee who keep the society going.'