Bishop to launch book

'Ballymahon - A Journey Back in Time' will be launched in Cooney's Hotel on Friday, November 1
Bishop Francis Duffy will make his first official visit to Ballymahon next week when he attends the launch of a new publication in the town.

Bishop Francis Duffy will make his first official visit to Ballymahon next week when he attends the launch of a new publication in the town.

‘Ballymahon - A Journey Back in Time’, will be launched in Cooney’s Hotel on Friday, November 1 next at 8pm. The book, which details the social and economic history of the picturesque town from 1578 right up to present day was edited by Ann Browne and Mary Carey. It is published by the Leo Casey History Group which is based in Ballymahon and will cost €20 when it hits the shelves next week.

“This is a wonderful publication,” local historian, Paddy Egan told the Leader. “It is an effort by a group of 14 people who have already got one successful book behind them, and now here they are again with ‘Ballymahon - A Journey Back in Time’. The book details the social and commercial history of Ballymahon from the 1500’s right up to present day, and it contains some beautiful photographs as well as lots of information on the town and local area.”

The book will be launched by Sr Assumpta, retired principal, Mercy Convent, Ballymahon on the night. The nun was instrumental in the publication of the Sisters of Mercy which was produced by the Leo Casey History Group about five years ago. With 260 pages and over 1,000 photographs between its covers, ‘Ballymahon - A Journey Back in Time’ is one book that is sure to bring a smile to faces - both at home and overseas - this festive season.