Locals get set for ‘Ghosts of Arvagh’ launch

A glimpse of how Arva looked in the pre World War Two era on Farmers Market Day.
Most communities, it has to be said, are doing their bit for this year’s Gathering intiative. And the town of Arva would appear no different as it gears up for the Arva 3 Provinces Festival at the end of July.

Most communities, it has to be said, are doing their bit for this year’s Gathering intiative. And the town of Arva would appear no different as it gears up for the Arva 3 Provinces Festival at the end of July.

To coincide with that ten day celebration, organisers have decided to compile a book, charting the town’s ups and downs and that of its citizens over the past century or more.

The Ghosts of Arvagh is the work of local man, David Brady. An anticipated 100 page long dossier, the finished product is expected to hit bookshelves from the beginning of July.

“You could call it a history book as there are lots of photos and newspaper articles that go back to the time of the Titanic, (War of) Independence, things like that,” said the son of Sean and Breda Brady.

Presently studying for a maths degree through the Open University, David was quite open about how he became the book’s author in chief.

“It was last October and a few of us got talking about doing something with an historical slant. We were going to put together a local newspaper but we decided to go a bit further by doing this,” he said when referring to the book itself. “But no, I don’t really know how I ended up doing it.”

David’s research has also resulted in extracts being added from the London and New York Times.

Local stories feature heavily too, something the 28-year-old former Moyne student believes could not have been realised without the support of locals.

For more information contact David, simply phpne (086) 4475514 or email davidbrady3@gmail.com.