On Friday 16th September 2011 at 7 pm in Gleeson’s Townhouse, The Square, Roscommon a new book – ‘Mote Park Revisited’ – by local man and avid historian John Kerrigan will be launched.
This nostalgic memoir is a fascinating series of reflections on the role Mote Park and the Crofton family have played in John’s life and in the history of Roscommon Town. The book is published by The Roscommon People.
As the title suggests the book takes the reader down Main Street and Goff Street and out the Golf Links Road, making first contact with Mote Park a mile out.
The style is conversational as if two companions walking the road were commenting on all to be seen left and right, recalling humorous anecdotes from boyhood years and relevant information on the Crofton family thrown in.
The objective of the walk is always borne in mind, the Church of Kilmaine, straight in front, the coppice surrounding it, clearly visible from the starting point in the town square. A lot of information is imparted to the reader in a light-hearted manner to help shorten the journey.
A number of people have been invited to speak including Richie Farrell, County Librarian, Roscommon County Council (also acting as MC) and Teresa Hand Campbell, Principal, Abbey National School, who has been a staunch supporter of the author in recognition of his efforts over many years to instil pride of place in students through tours of historic places in Roscommon Town. Also speaking will be Eilish Feely, Mote Park Conservation Group, a tireless worker promoting the Mote Park amenities and who provided every assistance with the publication. Also addressing guests will be Dr. Kieran O’Conor, Department of Archaeology, NUI, Galway, who has always given his expertise in promoting Roscommon’s historic past.
In the week which sees the launch of his book ‘Mote Park Revisited’ (see details alongside), author John Kerrigan wants to take this opportunity to thank all those who helped in the production of the publication.
“Many thanks to my generous sponsors. It wasn’t solely a matter of finance, it was the knowledge that so many of my fellow townspeople were willing to support me,” stated John.
The people who John would like to thank for donations are as follows: Abbey Boys National School; Paddy Joe Burke; Michael Cormican School Supplies Ltd.; Pat Hughes and Co. Ltd; John O’Gara; Tommy and Anya Grealy, Abbey Hotel; Jim Ganly, Derrane, Kilbride; Roscommon Co-operative Livestock Mart Ltd.; John Murray, Knockcroghery; Fr. Eugene McLoughlin; Terry O’Keeffe; Fr. Charles Travers; Roscommon County Council Library Services; MJ Farrell Jeweller; Francis De Tarr;
Roscommon Credit Union Ltd.; John Finn, Goff St.; St. Mary’s Convent Primary School; Anon.; Gerry and Caitlin Browne; Gleeson’s Townhouse; Earley Property Partners; Louis O’Doherty; McGuinness Pharmacy; Liam and Mella Stephens, Klassic Cleaners; Sean Mahon, Mahon Sweeney Solicitors; Dermot Hughes; Molloy’s Bakery and Fine Food Emporium; Liam Byrne; JJ Ward and Sons Ltd.; Roscommon Church of Ireland (St. Coman’s); Carmel Caulfield; John Kilmartin; Padraig Kilcline; Eithne Gavin; Pat Eadie; Vincent & Annie Timothy, Londis; Mote Park Conservation Group; Lisnamult Tenants and Residents Association; Anna and Seamus Brennan, Mote Park (in memory of Eugene Hoare); James Moran, Athleague; Tom Beirne, Knockmaine; Deputy Denis Naughten.