Editor of Teathbha James MacNerney
There is great anticipation among devotees of history and especially members of County Longford Historical Society as they await the forthcoming launch of the journal Teathbha in Longford Library on Thursday, December 6 at 7.30pm.
Denis Glennon, historian and former principal of St Mel’s College, will do the honours.
It is expected that a large attendance will wish to welcome this edition of the journal as it is full of interesting material and is unique in being the fourth in a row and the ninth edited by James MacNerney since he was appointed to the position of editor in 2006.
Keith Millar and the editor are to be congratulated on the beautiful creations they have produced in the past twelve years, in conjunction with the master printers at Turner’s Print.
This year marked the centenary of the 1918 Armistice (November 11), the end of the great slaughter and waste of young lives which was the Great War. So it is no wonder that we remember all those Longford soldiers who lost their lives or were injured in the conflict.
The journal’s front cover reflects the signing of the armistice and there are several articles on the subject inside.
The back cover reminds us of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Maria Edgeworth on January 1, 1768. Her letters are the subject of a major study by one of our esteemed contributors, who sees this correspondence, which has been edited by Valerie Pakenham, as a rich source of information for future researchers.
The story of John Dungan, a man of taste and native of Granard, is told by someone new to the pages of Teathbha. Dungan acquired great wealth abroad in commerce and returned to Granard to sponsor three harp festivals in the 1780s.
The Farrells of Annaly also ventured into Europe, playing an active part in political and military life, for which they were suitably rewarded. This detailed account is written by one of two new contributors to the journal.
The history of Barry Castle, The Little Famine of 1878, Horse Racing in Co Longford, Toll Roads, The Crimean War, The Mystery of the Missing Stone, A Serious Miscarriage of Justice for a man from Ballinulty, the torpedoing of the steamer Leinster in the Irish Sea by a German submarine, the Forgotten Irish in Britain, a Carrickedmond man who made good in Australian politics and a man from Longford who walked across America in eighty days.
These are just some of the main topics within the pages of Teathbha.
Not surprisingly, there are two articles on the hero of Clonfin, General Sean MacEoin, both of which readers will find interesting, one of them giving new insights into the man.
Dromard features in its wit and humour and in two deep studies of family and social history.
The history of the INTO is told by a former teacher and Blind Tom Kiernan is again honoured for his musical importance. There is an obituary of a former active member of the society, a revered teacher.
There are reviews of three books and the usual excellent snippets of history in Times Past. Finally there is an Author and Subject Index for Vol IV, Nos 1 – 4 compiled by the editor.
If you think you will find something of interest here, be in the library at 7.30 pm on Thursday, December 6. There is excellent value to be had at €12 a copy, same as last year, with special terms on the night.
There are family members abroad who would love to have a copy for Christmas, so mark your calendar now.