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New Arklow nostalgia book is flying off the shelves


Front cover of 'Under the Black Shawl'.

Front cover of 'Under the Black Shawl'.

Front cover of 'Under the Black Shawl'.


Following on from their successful publication “The Centre” three years ago, local Arklow group ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ has another anthology of nostalgic stories on the bookshelves, and they are selling fast.

Under the Black Shawl’, edited by Billy Lee, John O’Toole and Jim Rees, is a collection of tales from twelve contributors about life in Arklow in years gone by.

Among other yarns, Jim Rees tells stories from this time attending the bottom school on Harbour Road in the 60s before it was closed in 1970, Nancy Quinn brings the reader back to her childhood, while Michael Fitzgerald recounts his forty years on the lifeboats.

The book, whose publication was delayed a year by the pandemic, costs €10 and is available from local retailors in Arklow, including Stephen Burke’s, 7/11, Paddy Kavanagh's, Paul Doyle’s, and Beat That record shop.

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500 copies were printed and Rees speculates that only 200 remain a week after they hit the shelves.

All proceeds, after clearing the print costs, go to the Arklow Cancer Support Group. The charity was chosen by Billy Lee, whose riveting tale about youthful mischief is not to be missed.