Local books on Christmas wish list


A unique history and the ideal gift

‘An Inheritance Celebrated’ is a wonderful history of education at the Abbey Boys’ NS and would be a lovely Christmas gift for family or friends at home or abroad.

  The Abbey Boys’ N.S., cradled in the arms of Roscommon’s Abbey, celebrates 30 years of all-boys’ primary education on this most historic site, while reminiscing on the preceding 50 years as a Christian Brothers’ Primary School located at Abbeytown.

  Following an era of 80 years of all boys’ primary education, ‘An Inheritance Celebrated’ is a fitting tribute to a community’s dedication to teaching and learning, in the spirit of St. Comán, patron saint of town and county. The Abbey Boys’ NS became the senior site of a co-educational school, ‘St Comán’s Wood Primary School, which opened in September.

  ‘An Inheritance Celebrated’ is a book which is a unique, once-off compilation of Roscommon town’s history and memories, and the hard work and achievements of our boys across 80 years of education. There are limited copies remaining so buy yours now as it’s an ideal gift for Christmas.

  Available in shops locally or call Teresa Hand-Campbell on 085-8115811.

Cracking crime thriller by Elphin writer

‘The Groundsman’s Secret’ is the debut novel by Elphin native Michael Dalton. This engrossing crime thriller is set in the rural village of Dunkerin, Co. Galway and features some truly realistic characters.

  Michael utilises the knowledge he acquired as a Detective Sergeant in An Garda Síochána to great effect as he details local and international criminal activity in a previously tranquil rural setting.

  In his review of ‘The Groundsman’s Secret’, J. Ward wrote: “This is the sort of crime fiction novel that the crime fiction buff will really want to read. I confidently recommend The Groundsman’s Secret as an enjoyable companion that will help you pass the long winter evenings”.

The Groundsman’s Secret is out now and available in local shops.

The Life and Times of Martin McDonnell

A new book, written by William Keaveney, titled ‘The Life and Times of Martin McDonnell – Merchant, Landlord & Poor Law Guardian’ relates the life and times of a member of a noted 19th century Roscommon family – the McDonnells – who carried on business as merchants in Roscommon Town.

  A member of the family, Farrell McDonnell, who practiced as a solicitor, became first chairman of Roscommon County Council.

  The book specifically deals with the life of his uncle, Martin McDonnell, who left Roscommon and set up a business at Dunmore, Co. Galway in 1838, in which he became very successful. He also became the owner of extensive estates in counties Galway and Roscommon. Mr. McDonnell died in 1905, having retired to Roscommon some years before.

  The book is available from local shops and from Kennys.ie and is a great read for anyone interested in local history.