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Chris Lawlor with Donal McDonnell, Paul Gorry and John O’Toole.

Chris Lawlor with Donal McDonnell, Paul Gorry and John O’Toole.

Sheila O’Toole, Treasurer.

Sheila O’Toole, Treasurer.

Phylis Flanigan and Mary O’Connor.

Phylis Flanigan and Mary O’Connor.

Noel Lyons and Reis Heffernan at the launch of the West Wicklow Historical Society Journal in Baltinglass Golf Club.

Noel Lyons and Reis Heffernan at the launch of the West Wicklow Historical Society Journal in Baltinglass Golf Club.

Phylis Flanigan and Mary O' Connor.

Phylis Flanigan and Mary O' Connor.

Thomas Corrigan.

Thomas Corrigan.

Maura O'Halloran.

Maura O'Halloran.

Emma Lyons.

Emma Lyons.

Luke Doogue.

Luke Doogue.

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Chris Lawlor with Donal McDonnell, Paul Gorry and John O’Toole.

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The West Wicklow Historical Society launched the eleventh edition of its journal at Baltinglass Golf Club in early November.

15 people contributed articles on the local history of the area from medieval archaeology up to the 20th Century with topics such as the O’Tooles from the Glen of Imaal, the courthouse in Baltinglass, and the local links included in Ulysses by James Joyce.

Chris Lawlor edits the journal with Donal McDonnell and said: “We were lucky we got to have the launch at all, if we had waited a couple of weeks we could have postponed it with Covid. Everything was well laid out on the evening.

“I’d like to thank all of the contributors to the journal, my co-editor Donal McDonnell, and the members of the West Wicklow Historical Society for their hard work and for funding it.

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“We think that local history is very important and how it can illuminate national and international history. We always encourage new people to get involved too.”

The 168-page journal costs €15 and is available from Burke's in Baltinglass, Dermot Hughes's in Dunlavin, and Crafty Craic in Knockanarrigan as well as irishlocalhistorybooks.com.

“It’s the perfect stocking filler for Christmas,” said Chris.


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