A compliation of historical stories, facts and other matters of interest 1305-1960s.

During the 1940s, Paddy spent his early days at Coopers of Beaugh, Clears House which adjoined Coopers house, was often regarded as his second home where over the years he had breakfast, dinner and tea, with Martin Clear and Billy “Barney” Bergin (nephew) listening to Martins many stories, also stories told to his father, Joe Murray by Bill Pratt, John Mooney, Andy Quinlan, Tom and Geroge Smith.

His house in Gurteen was a rambling house where people would congregate to discuss the news of the day where the Midland tribune was read aloud beneath the flickering light of the oil lamp (no radio, television or phone). Mikie Chester (Clashroe) and Martin Whelan The Grove, Gurteen) seemed the wise men of the bunch. Later in life I got to know Bill and Pakie Guinan (Upper Gureen) Michael Walsh Postman, Brownhills) and Pakie Mulvey (Summerhill) who was a fountain of knowledge.

A brief encounter with Pat Cordial (1891-1969) Kinnitty in 1963 impressed on him the history of Roscomroe. The book includes plenty of information on the local area and the families that have lived there and it took fifteen years for Paddy to research, write and finish the book. Paddy gives the history of the area from 1305 all the up to 1960.

Paddy wanted to have a traditional cover for the book. ordered a book block especially for the project and all involved were happy with the result. The book is hardback and all at have no doubt that it will be a valuable resource for future readers and historians for generations to come.

For more information or to buy a copy, see the books website.