A native of Aughadown parish, William Casey has a lifelong interest in local history.
His interest in children’s burial grounds began about ten years ago when he was involved in a number of local graveyard surveys. In 2013 as part of course work, he undertook a survey of the cillíní in his native parish and since then the study of these sites has become a passion of his. As a result, he has mapped close to 300 cillíní in West Cork and has visited around 70 of these sites. Along the way, he has gathered as much information as possible from local sources.
Apart from his interest in burial grounds, he has researched other historical topics as diverse as nineteenth century Protestant missions, Loan Funds and the history of local churches. William recently completed a masters in local history. The topic of his thesis was The Early Fenian Movement in the Skibbereen Region.
Clon Historical Journal re-printed
Due to the sellout success of the "The Clonakilty Historical and Archaeological Journal”, published just before Christmas last year, and continuing demand and enquiries, Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage has re-printed several hundred copies of the book which are now available in all local bookshop and other outlets.
It would make an ideal present for Clonakilty people anywhere in the world and would be great to receive at any time of the year.
Anyone having difficulty sourcing the journal should contact: Marian O' Leary, on 087-7642465 who will organise delivery.
Further details also on Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage Facebook and Twitter
PHOTO: Mayor of Clonakilty, Anthony McDermott, (centre), relaunching Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage's “Clonakilty Historical and Archaeological Journal”, with some of those who contributed articles to it.
From left: Kieran Doyle, ("A re-examination of the perception of the RIC during the Revolutionary Period: A West Cork Focus"); Conor Nyhan, ("The Nearly Forgotten"); Clíodhna O' Leary, Editor, ("Historical Ramblings on Clonakilty"); Tim Feen, ("SS Pegu: From Rangoon to Ringlea") and Donal Whooley, ("The Old Order Changeth: The Development of Timoleague as a Significant Town and it's Subsequent Demise in the Medieval Period") . The first run of the journal was published in November 2015 and sold out a few months ago. Several hundred copies have been re-printed due to continuing interest and demand and are now available in local bookshops and other outlets. (Photo: Anthony Brennan).