By Dan Walsh
The Bishop of Ferns, Bishop Denis Brennan, launched a new book entitled ‘Blackstairs Mountain, Springmount and Surroundings’ by Myles Kavanagh, at a function held in Killanne Hall on Wednesday night.
A native of the area, Bishop Brennan said the late Fr Fintan Morris used to describe the area as “the high country.”
“It is indeed the high country, affording sweeping panoramas of the rest of County Wexford. It only takes a short climb up the Blackstairs as darkness falls to glimpse the lighthouses at Tuskar and The Hook winking their warning to passing sailors.”
The book takes a glimpse into the history, folklore, places, lives and events of the people who lived in the shadow of the Blackstairs Mountain, encompassing the areas of Templeudigan, Rathnure, Killanne, Springmount, Kiltealy, Templeshanbo, and the Blackstairs mountain commons area.
Some family genealogies are covered and many photographs of the past and present are included along with maps and copies of official documented evidence are found in this fine local production.
The work was compiled by Myles Kavanagh, born at Tomnalossett, near Enniscorthy, a primary school teacher at Clonhamon National School, in Co. Wexford, and later at Garryhill and Ballinabranna schools in Carlow, and currently lives with his wife, Philomena, in Bagenalstown.
Mr Kavanagh explained the time and research that went into the volume and expressed his thanks to all the families and sources that assisted him in bringing this labour of love into a published treasure detailing the history and heritage of a special part of Co. Wexford.
The launch was well attended and local historian Gloria Binions acted as master of ceremonies.
Copies of ‘Blackstairs Mountain, Springmount and Surroundings’ by Myles Kavanagh, 160 pages, illustrated, €10 per copy, are available locally or at local outlets.