HISTORY BOOK: Local historian Conor Doolan has published a book on the history of Kilcummin. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Sean Moriarty

A new book on the stories of the Kilcummin area, the first of its kind to be published in 20 years, was launched by author Conor Dolan last night (Thursday) at Kilcummin GAA club.

Doolan, a well-known local writer and historian, has compiled the book entitled ‘Kilcummin: Folk, Land and Liberty’.

At last night’s launch Dolan, and former Irish Examiner journalist local man Donal Hickey, discussed the process and content of the book to a packed audience.

Conor believes the publication will prove vital for genealogists, the Irish diaspora or anyone tracing family history. The book’s main focus is the period between the 1700s and 1920s.

“It is a combination of trade directories, information from old maps, newspaper and military archives and it paints a picture of Kilcummin in that period of time,” Conor told the Killarney Advertiser. “There has been great interest from abroad.”

Popular former parish priest of Kilcummin, Fr Tom Looney, was guest of honour at last night’s launch.

“Fr Tom assisted in the choosing of the title of the book,” he added. “I spent a lot of time in Killarney Library and the Local History and Archives department at Kerry Library in Tralee. I thank all the institutions and individuals who assisted me during my research.”

The evening concluded with music by local musician Thady O’Connor who sang ‘My Killarney Rose’, a song written by the author’s grandfather, Daniel J Hannon of Brosna and written in praise of his grandmother Peggy Guerin who hailed from the Reanlougha area of Kilcummin.