By Dan Walsh at Kilmore Quay
The 51st Kilmore Parish Journal was launched in the Stella Maris Centre, Kilmore Quay, last night by Ruairí Ó Cuív, Public Arts Manager with Dublin City Council, who has discovered the beauty of the south Wexford region at Neamstown and Sarshill.
A grandson of the founder of Fianna Fáil and President of Ireland, Eamon de Valera, Mr Ó Cuív paid tribute to the editor (Seamus O’Brien) and the list of contributors and advertisers for producing “a really important social and historical record of the whole area for a very special people.”
“Please keep it going,” pleaded Mr Ó Cuív who spoke fondly about his association with the parish and stated how proud he was to be asked to launch the 51st Kilmore Parish Journal.
Editor Seamus O’Brien is standing down after ten years “to make way for new blood” and he received a special presentation for his “dedication and excellent work in putting all the contributions together into a first-class publication.”
Breda Hayes acted as Master of Ceremonies for the pleasant launch and acknowledged the work of getting the work printed and having the first ‘in person’ launch in three years although the publication was virtually launched during the covid years. “It is very much a team effort,” concluded Ms. Hayes.
The attendance included Teasy Murphy (née White), the only surviving member of the original Parish Journal Committee from 1972, who was honoured by cutting the birthday cake, Cllr Jim Moore and Fr. Pat Mernagh, parish priest.
KILMORE PARISH JOURNAL No. 51, 2022-2023, 150 pages, illustrated, ISSN 1649 284 will be appearing in all good bookshops in the coming days and would make an excellent Christmas present for parishioners at home or abroad.