Our Village - Clogh in pictures and words

Mary Cody

Reporter:

Mary Cody

102 years of village life will be celebrated on Sunday (December 1) at 4pm in St Patrick’s Church in Clogh when St Patricks National School Parents Council launch its first ever publication Our Village - Clogh.

102 years of village life will be celebrated on Sunday (December 1) at 4pm in St Patrick’s Church in Clogh when St Patricks National School Parents Council launch its first ever publication Our Village - Clogh.

The book captures in images and words the life and times of a contemporary Irish village. What started as a school fundraiser has grown into a local archive project with a high level of community support. This local enthusiasm partnered with the keen interest of local village photographer John Coffey, resulted in over 3,000 local images being generously handed over to the Parents Council’s Project. Our Village - Clogh hosts a selection of 500 photographs and features from a variety of local organisations on: community and sports organisations; amilies; Local Features and Places; Mining; Livelihoods; Emigration and People of the Parish.

The publication Our Village - Clogh began as a local initiative by the parents’ council of St Patrick’s NS Clogh, Co Kilkenny. With the Parent’s Council’s guidance the publication never lost sight of needing to raise badly needed funds for the school while making sure that’s its activities always make a positive contribution to the whole community and village life.

The Parents Council found that their vision for the Our Village – Clogh publication was shared by key local people and organisations setting a positive platform from which both the historical and the contemporary story of Clogh village could be captured. A steering group was formed to manage the production of Our Village – Clogh. It’s members are: Aine Geoghegan from Chatsworth, Clogh; Sharon Brennan, Tourtane, Clogh and John Coffey, Joyce’s, Clogh.

Our Village – Clogh is dedicated to the memory of the late Martha Langton, Eileen Crennan and Jim Buggy whose enthusiasm, faith and creativity local people cherish and to the people of Clogh Parish, who have and continue to, inspire and shape the local heritage.

Celebrations will continue in Clogh Parish Centre after the launch where over 300 pre booked publications will be collected. Homemade refreshments will be served with entertainment from local musicians.

Our Village – Clogh will be for sale after the for €20 in Wilsons and McCarthy’s shops Clogh and Mary Houlihan’s Book Shop in Castlecomer, Co’ Kilkenny.