His­tory of the Black­stairs ex­plored in new book

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

THE rich lo­cal his­tory of com­mu­ni­ties in the shadow of the beau­ti­ful Black­stairs Moun­tain is the topic of a brand new book which was of­fi­cially launched at Kil­lanne Hall. ‘Black­stairs Moun­tain, Spring­mount and Sur­round­ings’ by Myles Ka­vanagh takes a look at the his­tory and folk­lore of the area, tak­ing in vil­lages such as Rath­nure, Kil­lanne, Tem­pleudi­gan, Spring­mount, Kil­tealy, Tem­ple­shanbo and the Black­stairs Moun­tain com­mons area.

The book was of­fi­cially launched by Bishop De­nis Brennan, a na­tive of the area him­self, who found the book to be a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­pla­na­tion of what he said Fr Fin­tan Mor­ris used to call ‘ the high coun­try’.

Known as a school teacher at Clo­ha­mon Na­tional School, Tom­nalos­sett na­tive Myles later worked at Gar­ry­hilll and Bal­linabranna schools in Car­low be­fore set­tling in Ba­ge­nal­stown with his wife Philom­ena. He was de­lighted to see such a strong at­ten­dance and in­ter­est in the topic at the of­fi­cial launch in Kil­lanne Hall and stated that it had been a real labour of love with quite a bit of time and re­search be­ing in­vested to ar­rive at the fin­ished prod­uct. He thanked fam­ily and friends for their sup­port in get­ting the project to this point and also thanked Bishop De­nis Brennan for per­form­ing the launch.

Copies of ‘Black­stairs Moun­tain, Spring­mount and Sur­round­ings’ are avail­able at lo­cal out­lets for the price of €10.

Marie Nolan, Myles Ka­vanagh, Ann Mur­phy and Breda Ka­vanagh at Myles Ka­vanagh’s Book Launch in Kil­lanne Hall.

Carmel Crean, Ella Ka­vanagh, Mark Ka­vanagh and Gill Ka­vanagh.

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