In the Shadow of the Steeple No. 11, the journal of Tullaherin Heritage Society will be launched by Senator Pat O’Neill in the Longman, Kilfane on Friday at 8.30pm.
As in previous issues, the topics cover many aspects of social and political history, ranging from recent to distant past, and, while the Society is Tullaherin-based, articles have a broader appeal than the immediate Bennettsbridge/ Tullaherin area, touching on events in a number of the adjoining parishes – Gowran, Thomastown, Aghavillar and Knocktopher.
For the followers of horse-racing there is an article on the early days of Gowran Park Race Course, the personalities involved and the important events. There is also a short article on the establishment of a national school in Gowran under the patronage of the Church of Ireland in the late 19th century.
As usual, there are a number of articles shedding light on aspects of Thomastown’s history. Three articles deal with the different paths taken by men from the parish during a time of strife at home and abroad – Nicholas Mullins, who died during the Coolbaun Ambush in June 1921; Johnny Doolan, a member of the Dublin Fusiliers who survived the horrors of the Great War; and Joseph Murphy, who also served in that war, and later, while a member of An Garda Síochána stationed in Dublin, was seriously wounded while attempting to apprehend IRA men who had detonated a bomb.