Christ­mas jour­nal re­calls town folk­lore

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

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.”

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