A journal alive with rich history of Lyre

Stephen Fernane

When it comes to celebrating everything that's positive about community life in Lyreacrompane, the locals are never found wanting and proof of this can be found in the pages of 'The Lyreacrompane and District Journal' which is now on sale in local shops.

Packed full of interesting stories covering a year in the life of Lyreacrompane and its environs, it consists of articles offering a unique insight into a world long since vanished, complemented by a colourful collage of photos, events and stories of parish life in 2017.

There's a fascinating story of how the British in 1888 considered using Lyreacrompane as an artillery range; a short history of the Dan Paddy Andy Festival (which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018); there's a wonderful piece on pre-Famine houses; memories and reflections of Lyreacrompane by people living abroad; insight into a major scandal and court case arising from a political meeting held outside the Glen school house in 1889; recollections of childhood days on Stacks Mountain by the late John B. Keane are included, as is a wonderful tribute to his late wife Mary (a native of Knocknagoshel) by her son Billy; readers will also enjoy a lovely tribute penned by Sonny Egan to the much loved Fr Pat Moore who sadly died in May 2017.

Joe Harrington is the journal's editor and he said the tradition of communities producing local journals is as strong as ever in Kerry with Lyreacrompane a prime example having produced its first journal back in 1990.

"One might wonder how local history material can keep surfacing from what appears to have always been a quiet, isolated, rural community. A quick dip into this journal shows that the Lyreacrompane area had a fascinating past and a story well worth telling," Joe said.

It's obvious when reading the journal that many hours of effort and coordination are involved. Moreover, the benefits of such a publication are often not realised until many years from now when local historians and people in search of ancestry are rewarded thanks to the hard work of people who today understand the value of collating history for future generations.

Joe wishes to express his thanks to Kay O'Leary for her in-depth research and articles, as well as from contributors Buddy and Mary Kelliher, Billy Connell, Jack and Dan Joyce, Sean White, Mike Doyle, Thomas Dillon, Caoimhe Lyons, Billy Keane, Nora Scanlon, John Stack, Helen Harrington Schisas, Mary Nash Orr and Bridget McAuliffe.

"We've already received some articles for the next journal and it's great to see so many people taking the time to put pen to paper. I know that some are already planning their contributions for the next one," Joe said.

There is something to capture the attention of every reader within its 76 pages and the journal is now available from local shops at a price of €10.