A launch of the book is expected to be held shortly and 'More Dundalk Memories’ will go on sale from next week
A very special book will be published in Dundalk next week.
It’s special because it is the latest in a series published by Victor Whiatmasrh, the town’s best known purveyor of recent history in the area.
Dundalk born Victor, who once ran a second half book shop in Anne Street, developed his interest in all things local while running his business.
Through contact with his customers and others Victor started a collection of photographs from the recent and distant past, and in many cases he researched the history associated with the pictures.
This led to the publication over 20 years ago of a series of books by Victor which were extremely popular and are still sought out by townspeople even though they are long since out of print.
Subsequently Victor moved to reside in Galway where he continued his interest in historical pictures and events, publishing a number of books about Galway.
However, he always knew that he wasn’t finished with his native town and, in the last year, he again delved into his collection to produce his latest - and he says it won’t be his last - book, titled “More Dundalk Memories”.
Not content with this Victor has made an extremely generous gesture to the town in recognition of his affinity and love of Dundalk for he is covering the cost of publishing the book and donating the entire proceeds of the sale to the Vincent de Paul in Dundalk.
“It’s an a very welcome donation to the Society” said Kevin Mulligan, Area President who added “we anticipate that because of the success of Victor’s books in the past that the sale will yield a considerable windfall for SVP and we are very appreciative of this gesture by Victor and his family”.
It is intended that a launch of the book will be held shortly and it will go on sale from next week in the three Vincent de Paul shops in Dundalk in Clanbrassil Street, Jocelyn Street and Castletown Road.
“More Dundalk Memories” has been printed by a local firm. Dundalk Bookbinders in Wolfe Tone Terrace and Colum McEvoy who heads the firm has taken a keep interest in the publication,
With over 400 pages Victor says his latest pictorial record of Dundalk “enables us to imagine what life was like in the town many years ago. The photographs allow us to see the people in the streets, at work and play”.
“We see how people coped with those difficult years when they worked long hours and wages were low. However people found pleasure in the simple things like going to the cinema, enjoying pantomimes or competing in sports in the old Athletic Grounds” said Victor.
He added his reason for compiling the book is to record a Dundalk that is quickly disappearing today but he hoped that it would encourage young people to take an interest in their heritage.
There are notable features in the book about the Greenore railway line, “The Troubles”, including many previously unpublished pictures and accounts.