Thursday 18 January 2018

Remarkable history of Usher's Mill highlighted in new book

Richard Gerrard with the new book to be launched on December 1.
Richard Gerrard with the new book to be launched on December 1.

THE REMARKABLE history of Usher's Mill will be launched in the mill on Sunday, December 1 at 2 p.m.

A book entitled 'The Mill' has been written by Richard Gerrard and runs to 416 amazing pages of detail, with a highlight, interviews with people who worked in the historic linen mill for many years.

The publication is typical of Richard's earlier works, where he chronicled the likes of St Mary's, Naomh Mhuire, Scotch Hall/ Marsh Road and Newtownstalaban, plus more recently, St Peter's school.

His patience seems to be never ending and when Eric Hewson passed away before his dream of an Usher's history could be completed, Richard took on the role of researcher and writer.

The completed work is magnificent.

He has spoken to over 100 people in putting it together, names like Hughie Reilly, Pat Thornton, Brian Hoey, Ronnie Dyas, Christy Duffy, Pat Connor, Tom Woods, Oliver Kimmins, The Allen family, Michael Walsh, Sean Gerrard, Patsy Boyle and Joe Balfe.

It is not only a history of the mill as a building, but its very soul, the families that worked there.

There are endless photographs, stories, tales (and maybe fairytales!).

For those with any links to the mill or with a love of Drogheda, it's a must have.

Drogheda Independent

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