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Monday 22 July 2019

Book launched to honour priests

Back: Brendan Howlin, Fionnuala MacAodha, Fr Jim Hamill and Brian Ó Cléirigh. Front: Déaglán De Bréadún, Fr Séamas de Vál and An tAth Frank Ó Brádaigh at the launch of ‘Sagairt Chróga Fhearna’ by Séamus S. de Vál in the Athenaeum.
Back: Brendan Howlin, Fionnuala MacAodha, Fr Jim Hamill and Brian Ó Cléirigh. Front: Déaglán De Bréadún, Fr Séamas de Vál and An tAth Frank Ó Brádaigh at the launch of ‘Sagairt Chróga Fhearna’ by Séamus S. de Vál in the Athenaeum.

Brendan Keane

A very special book launch took place recently in Enniscorthy that would be of interest to lovers of history.

The event, which was held in the Athenaeum, saw the launch of 'Sagairt Chróga Fhearna' , which is a new book by Séamas de Vál, taking place.

The book was launched by historian Brian Ó Cléirigh, who said he took great delight in being invited to do so.

The book is a short account of four priests from the diocese of Ferns who played an important role in certain events in the history of the country.

As a document of their role in the history of the model county and Ireland it's an invaluable resource.

The launch was organised in conjunction with Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta, which has published books on spirituality and culture in Irish since 1956.

The event was in many ways a celebration of history, writing, culture and creativity as musical entertainment was also provided for those in attendance by John Furlong, Mattie Murphy, Séamus Mac Mathúa, Nick Sheridan and Lar White.

The event attracted a large crowd to the Athenaeum and among those present were Deputy Brendan Howlin, Fr Jim Hamill and the author, Fr Séamas de Vál.

Such was the local interest in the book that members of the community in Enniscorthy were also in attendance.

Everyone in the community was invited to attend this event especially those with a keen interest in the history of the town and its people.

The launch ended with a great fantastic rendition of 'Boolavogue' which was very fitting given that it was a night where the specific focus of attention was on Wexford history and people who played an important role in it.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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