Great reading in the Tipperary Historical Journal

The Tipperary Historical Journal 2012 was launched in the Source Library, Thurles, on October 13 by Professor William J. Smyth, Professor Emeritus UCC, and a native of Tipperary.

The Tipperary Historical Journal 2012 was launched in the Source Library, Thurles, on October 13 by Professor William J. Smyth, Professor Emeritus UCC, and a native of Tipperary.

In keeping with the occasion, this being the 25th edition of the Tipperary Historical Journal, Professor Smyth presented a scholarly and comprehensive overview of research in the Journal since its inception, and gently pointed to fruitful avenues of study for future contributors.

Pictured here are, from left to right, are Dónall Ó Fionnáin, editor of the Tipperary Historical Journal, Denis G. Marnane, Richard O’Brien, Chair of the County Tipperary Historical Society, Professor William J. Smyth, Fr. Christy O’Dwyer, President of the County Tipperary Historical Society, and Proinsias Ó Drisceoil.

The Tipperary Historical Journal 2012 is on sale now.

This year’s journal contains, as usual, a wealth of articles for those interested in our county’s past.

Míchael Ó Droma writes about two medieval coin hoards from Cashel and Twomileborris, whilst Leon O’Doherty recounts the sack of Cashel in 1647. Hugh Sweeny looks at the history of Newport between 1766 and 1835, whilst Brendan Ó Cathaoir examines the legacy of Rev. John Barry, ‘Champion of the Poor’. John Reynolds reveals a military man’s perspective of life in Templemore in 1847, whilst Seamus King discovers Tipperary’s ‘stolen railway’.

Daniel Grace looks at alter denunciations in Monsea, whilst Ian Wiseman recounts Calum Iain Mclean’s time in Clonmel.

Denis Marnane contributes two articles to this year’s journal: one an account of Thomas St George MacCarthy and the Abbey School Tipperary, the other an examination of general elections in Tipperary from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Denis Marnane and Mary Guinan Darmody introduce recent acquisitions of the Tipperary Studies library relating to the 3rd Tipperary Brigade. Cáit Logue looks at historical references in the Schools Folklore Project from 1938, whilst Richard O’Brien recounts the success of last year’s celebrations of the Synod of Ráith Bressail conference. Liam Mac Peaircín writes a very interesting article in Irish on Piaras Mac Canna who though born in Wexford, spent most of his life in Co. Tipperary. The article traces the life of McCann who was a staunch Catholic involved in the national movement and very active in the Language Revival. In An Gleann agus a Raibh Ann: Cur Chuige Eagóirtheachta Proinsias Ó Drisceoil gives us a very comprehensive account of the editing and publishing which went into the book.