There was a good turnout at Áras an Chontae on Tuesday for the launch of the 14th County Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society Journal by Roscommon County Council Heritage Officer, Nollaig Feeney.
The Society’s PRO, Darragh Kelly, acting as MC for the evening, said it was “very encouraging and heartening” to see so many in attendance. Attendees had been treated to music by Ukephoric from Knockcroghery before proceedings got underway.
The journal features an extensive colour section and was co-edited by James Hoban and Jim Ganly, with illustrations by Albert Siggins.
The President of the County Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society, Mary O’Connell, compared the journal to a butterfly as it “emerges and appears on bookshelves as the holidays begin”.
She said the journal covers a wide range of local historical events as well as investigating the Dominican and Franciscan orders’ presence in the county. She thanked the large number of contributors who had made the publication possible.
Co-Editors James Hoban and Jim Ganly both echoed Mrs. O’Connell in offering their thanks to contributors as well as CEO Eugene Cummins and staff of Roscommon County Council for their continued support of the society and the use of Áras an Chontae for Tuesday’s launch.
Quoting Jamaican activist and publisher, Marcus Garvey, Mr. Hoban said he hoped the journal would encourage people to branch out and take an interest in history.
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots,” he said.
Roscommon County Council CEO Eugene Cummins said he was delighted to welcome the society to Áras an Chontae adding that he was looking forward to reading the “most extensive” journal to date.
“The society is to be commended…we at Roscommon County Council are delighted to host this event as an acknowledgement of all the great work you do,” he said.
Officially launching the journal, Roscommon County Council Heritage Officer, Nollaig Feeney, said: “It’s a huge honour to be asked to launch the 14th County Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal. The society was one of the first groups I came into contact with here and the relationship we have built has been extremely helpful and beneficial in my work.
“I get a lot of queries from Roscommon and overseas and my first port of call is the Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society,” she said before adding that the county was “very lucky to have such a strong and vibrant society”.
The 14th Co. Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society Journal is available now at bookshops across Co. Roscommon priced at €15.