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Wexford & Wicklow


You may not be very surprised that we try to stock as many books of local interest as possible, leaping on copies whenever we see them on our travels. But you have to act fairly quick to get them.

The latest, just published, is the magnificent Camolin Parish Through The Ages, by John J Kavanagh. It’s a 672 page hardcover edition, lavishly illustrated. A limited number of copies is available at E30 each. [Now sold out. There MAY be a limited reprint. Phone me – 086 1233137 – to place orders.]

Among the items that have come and gone recently are various books and pamphlets describing walks in the Wicklow Mountains, back issues of The Past: The Organ of the Ui Ceinnsealaigh Historical Society,  old Wexford Opera Festival programmes and a host of more specialist volumes.  Some of these have now been sold, alas, but no doubt they will soon be replaced by even greater local delights.

Currently, we have a small stock of copies of a delightful booklet, Macamore Millennium, compiled in 2000 by Peter Carton and Anne McLoughlin. (The ‘Macamore’ is that particular type of clayey soil that covers an area east and south of Gorey, wonderful for making homemade ashtrays but less good for septic tanks.) Full of photographs of old Ballygarrett and memories of life from early in the last century, it ought to be snapped up at once! (5 Euro.)

New (NOT second-hand) books of local relevance that are currently in stock include:

Tara Hill: St Kevin’s Centenary Celebrations 1987 Edited by Walter Forde.  A Zozimus Bookshop Limited Edition. Paperback 15 Euro. (A facsimile reprint of the very elusive historical celebration of the unique community on the north-east border of Gorey. 96 A4 pages; illustrated.)

County Wexford in the Rare Old Times 1880-1980 by Nicholas Furlong. Large signed paperback 10 Euro. (The eminent Wexford historian displays 100s of photographs, with copious delightful and informative background notes. A real bargain.)

The Windswept Shore: A History of the Courtown District by Anna Kinsella. Paperback 10 Euro. (An exemplary volume of local history, by one of Wexford’s most respected historical researchers. Local history can be both enjoyable and informative, and this book shows how. It is full of good stories and illustrations, and to be highly recommended.)

An Armchair Tour of the Courtown District by Anna Kinsella. DVD 10 Euro –  limited stocks available. (In a visual recreation of the Wexford seaside village where she grew up, the veteran historian narrates her way through the history of  the harbour and its people.)

On Our Own Ground: County Wexford Parish by Parish (Vol. 1 – A to D) by Edward Culleton. Hardcover 35 Euro. (A fine beginning to what will be a very valuable set of essential reference books. Stunningly illustrated.)

The Wexford Book: Who’s What and Where’s Where by Michael Doyle, Michael Freeman & Phil Murphy. Paperback 25 Euro; hardcover 40 Euro. (What it says on the tin: the most comprehensive ever biographical guide to people in the county, living or dead, complete with accounts of the places and institutions of Wexford.)

County Wexford and Savannah, Georgia 1848-1860 by Monsignor Lory Kehoe. Paperback 10 Euro. (This volume will be valuable to anyone researching Wexford’s social or family history, for it is a compilation of records and articles about the many emigrants from the county to Savannah. And for the rest of us, it is a fascinating bedside book!)

Let us know if you have any particular wants in this area, and we will remember you when they appear. Phone or email to inquire about, reserve or order any titles.