Christmas journal recalls town folklore
The work of more than 20 contributors — poetry, reminiscences and history — is contained in the 35th edition of Innishannon’s just-published and hugely popular annual Christmas journal.
The 52-page seasonal community journal is now on sale in shops throughout West Cork.
Work started on the magazine in the summertime, with members of the organising committee contacting local residents, requesting contributions.
“We always try to find someone who will recount the history of their specific townland,” said well-known author and Innishannon resident Alice Taylor, a member of the committee.
“It’s about recording the history of your locality — within living memory,” Ms Taylor explained, adding that the committee collects and keeps each and every history of a local townland which is submitted for inclusion in the magazine.
This year’s Within Living Memory contribution is “From Farran to the Rectory” by Kitty Roche. It is eventually hoped the committee will have living memory history of every townland in the parish, at which point it plans to publish a special book which would provide a history of the entire parish.
This year’ also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Innishannon Tidy Towns group with a double page spread on the work of the group over the years. The tidy towns’ body was set up in 1968, by Brom Rohu, Rev Matchette, Gabriel Murphy and Margaret O’Sullivan.
A group of five children hold glowing candles pose for the traditional Candlelight photograph, always a feature of the journal’s opening pages. The children are Darragh McKeon, Ellie Angland, Fionn Deane, Lelia Tyner and Padraic Sweetnam.
Copies of Candlelight are held in the city library, while some families also have all the back copies. Ms Taylor who said people should treasure their collection and, better still, suggests they take them to the Cork Book Bindery and have them bound.
The financial returns from sales of aided the village’s eye-catching sculptures, and the and also helped with the cost of rea storing the valuable historic map in St Mary’s Church.
The village also celebrates the 50th birthday of the local Parish Hall which, Ms Taylor recalls, was built by voluntary labour: “As there were no grants available, it was funded and built locally. At the time you did it yourself or went without and the people of Innishannon did it for themselves.” The main cog in the wheel of Innishannon’s social life, Ms Taylor added: “We are blessed to have it and owe a huge debt of gratitude to the committee who keep the hall functioning with efficiency and expertise.”