Lorrha society launches much-loved "Lamp"

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john.ocallaghan

Lorrha & Dorrha Historical Society launched their much-loved and always anticipated journal ‘The Lamp’ in December. This is the society’s 6th annual edition, which once again is full of fascinating articles and is available in a number of local outlets.

The proceedings were opened by David Broderick, to a full pub, who thanked all for attending and introduced Dr Christy Cunniffe, archaeologist with Galway County Council.

Christy is a great and helpful friend to the society. He gave a synopsis of the journal’s articles and praised the work the Historical Society engage in to promote local history and archaeology amongst the members of the local community.

He paid tribute to all the contributors to the journal.

The proceedings were brought to a conclusion by James Heenan who thanked Christy for his kind words.

The journal covers a wide range of topics including a local interview with Kathleen Kennedy reminiscing on her childhood and early years; the story of the Grubb family, famous astronomical equipment producers and the Lorrha connection; stories of World War 1 and Lorrha connections; many stories with Australian connections from famine ships to Sir William Deane’s visit to Ireland in 1999; 17th century monumental sculpture in the Dominican Priory; the story of St Kieran’s well; spells in the Lorrha Missal; and Public Houses in the parish of Lorrha & Dorrha. Also included are pictures and old poems.

The Lamp is an ideal gift for anyone with an interest in history or who has a Lorrha connection. The journal is available at SCEAL shop, Lorrha & Colette’s Hair Salon, Lorrha. It’s also available at Mulrooney’s at The Ferry and Supervalu, Portumna. The price is €10.

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