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COMERAGH: MOUNTAIN, COUM, RIVER, RUMOUR BOOK LAUNCH

snippedDungarvan Library, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, Thursday 15th November at 6:30pm

The Comeragh Mountains in Co. Waterford are renowned for their dramatic ice-gouged coums and lakes – the word Comeragh means ‘abounding in hollows and river confluences.’ Many stories have arisen in these wet and burly mountains. They were often used as a hideout. Here Lackendarra Jim lived alone in a cave, for some 40 years, after traumatic experience in the First World War. Crotty’s Rock is named for William Crotty, the eighteenth-century highwayman who conducted his raids from another cave. The West Waterford Flying Column kept themselves safe and kept arms and prisoners here.

For the last 5 years the poet Mark Roper and photographer Paddy Dwan have been working on a book about the mountains. This gorgeous book contains some 150 colour photos; the accompanying text is a rich mix of history, natural history, culture, individual experiences, Irish language poetry, folklore, legend and original poetry.

The authors will be reading from the book in the following locations. All are welcome. There will be a special launch price and the authors will be happy to sign books.

Dungarvan: Thursday 15th November, 6.30 pm, Dungarvan Library, Davitt’s Quay.
Kilrossanty: Tuesday 20th November, 7 pm, St. Brigid’s Hall.
Kilmacthomas: Wednesday 21st November, 6.30 pm, Kilmacthomas Library, Main Street.

Comeragh: Mountain, Coum, River, Rumour, Mark Roper and Paddy Dwan, Whimbrel Press, 2018, is available from bookshops in the South-East, and from whimbrelpress@gmail.com

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