Wednesday 11 August 2021

Limited edition local history booklets published for Heritage Week

With Heritage Week coming around again - it starts this coming Saturday, 14 August and runs to Sunday 22nd – Steve Dolan has once again researched, written and published a series of booklets on a variety of topics of interest to local and family historians, especially those with a connection to county Galway.

Steve, a former lecturer for the University of Limericks's Certificate in Local History and, until September 2019, general manager of the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna, is now CEO of Galway Rural Development.

This year, his booklet titles are:

  • Camogie Pioneers: Galway newspaper reports, 1906-1932 
  • Eighteenth Century Newspaper reports from Athlone 
  • Loughrea 1846: County Galway’s major town in the mid-nineteenth century,
  • Slater’s Castleblakeney, 1846 
  • Slater’s Dunmore, 1846 
  • The Herald Reports: Tuam Herald reports on club football, 1889-1914 
  • The Monuments of Kilconieron – Clostoken parish 
  • The Workhouses of County Cork

As in previous years, Steve has produced the booklets to raise as much money as possible for local community groups from publication sales. The charities to benefit in 2021 will be Galway Hospice, Castleblakeney Heritage Centre, Loughrea Community Radio, Tuam Mall Theatre, Kilconieron Camogie Club, Ballyglunin Station, Gateway Youth Project, and IRD Duhallow.

Each booklet costs €5, and has been produced in a limited edition of just 100 copies. If you would like to buy any of the Heritage Week booklets, email or send a text to 086 4070851. Booklets can also be purchased, in person, at Craughwell Post Office.