Some History Publications from Athenry and its hinterland

"Rebellion in Galway - Easter Rising 1916" Kevin Jordan 2016. (Turner Printing Co. Longford) Excellent book on the "forgotten" County Galway and Athenry Rising in 1916. For the first time in 100 years we have, here, 384 pages of the pure Athenry history written by a grandson of one of the participants of the Rising.

"Pathway to Rebellion - Galway 1916" William Henry 2016 - (Mercier Press) Another excellent book!

"The Easter Rebellion 1916 - A new Illustrated History" Conor McNamara 2015

"Easter 1916: A Research Guide" Conor McNamara 2015

"The West of Ireland in the Nineteenth Century: New Perspectives" Conor McNamara 2011

"Athenry News and Views" Editor Sharon Dolan D'Arcy - an excellent bi-monthly local

"Land and Revolution" - Nationalist Politics in the West of Ireland 1891 - 1921- Fergus Campbell (Excellent book for the Land War / 1916 / War of Independence -"twas all about the land")

"The Black & Tans" - British Police and Auxiliaries in the Irish War of Independence - by D. M. Leeson 2011 (While not an Athenry book it is an important one for that period of Irish history)

"He Who Dared and Died" - The Life and Death of an SAS Original, Sergeant Chris O'Dowd MM - Gearóid O'Dowd 2011

East Galway News and Views - Editor Gerry Ahern - - monthly throughout County Galway 

"Sean Lester, Poland and the Nazi Takeover of Danzig" - Paul McNamara - Sean Leister, a Belfast Protestant and Irish Nationalist, became one of Ireland's first truly international diplomats when, in 1934, he took up the post of High Commissioner of the League of Nations in the Free City of Danzig, a Baltic Port which both Germany and Poland coveted. 2009 

"The Ploughman on the Pound Note" by Eugene Duggan! This impressive book -a must for those interested in the history of farming especially in County Galway - was launched by John Dillon, President of the IFA, in Keane's Bar, Athenry on Saturday 26th. November 2004. 

"Eagles over Ireland" by Paul Browne 
Published by "Flying Fortress Athenry 1943" tells the facts about one of the "best kept secrets" of WW11. It is the extraordinary story of some top ranking US Army Generals who crash landed in Athenry during the war, were repatriated with their fellow soldiers and went on to have a huge impact on the outcome of the war. 2003 

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"Athenry GAA Story" - A History of Gaelic Games in Athenry - St. Mary's GAA Club, Athenry, Editor Jarlath Cloonan 2003 

"Turoe and Athenry: Ancient Capitals of Ireland" by Fr. Tom O'Connor: Edited by Kieran Jordan - 2003

"Wildflowers of Annaghdown" - Br. Conal Thomas 2002 

"Horse And Hand" - Farming Practices in the Parish of Lackagh during the first half of the 20th Century - Eugene Duggan 2000 
"The Athenry Journal" founded and edited by Finbarr O'Regan (and later Conrad O'Broin) was published by Athenry ADC and contains all the local news! 1995 - 2004 (some back issues available)

"Kiltullagh Killimordaly - As the Centuries Passed" - A History from 1500 - 1900 Editor Keiran Jordan 2000 

"The Lamberts of Athenry" by Finbarr O'Regan - A book comprising of articles on the townlands of Castle Lambert, Castle Ellen and Carnaun, The Lambert Families of the Athenry Area and their connection with Sir. Edward Carson of Ulster whose mother was Isabella Lambert from Castle Ellen. 1999  (SOLD OUT)

"The Blazer"  -  21 issues  - published by Fr. Martin Coen from 1975 - 1994 
"The Blazer" - final issue in memory of Fr. Coen by P. J. Callanan 1998 

"Athenry - History 1780, Folklore, Recollections" - Aggie Qualter 

"Athenry - A Brief History and Guide" - Ann Healy 

"The Reddingtons of Clarinbridge" - Leading Catholic Landlords in the Nineteenth Century - Joseph Murphy 1999 

"Our Lady's Well, Athenry" - Lady's Well committee, chairperson Tommie Quinn 1999 

"St. Clerans" - The Tale of a Manor House - William Henry 1999 

"Tiaquin National School and District" - History and Heritage - Tiaquin Heritage Society, Editor Kevin Devally1998 

"A Time and Place for Mirth and Mischief" - by John Corbett 1998 

"The Shimmering Waste" - The life and Times of Robert O'Hara Burke by William Henry 1997 

"Monivea and its People - The Story So Far" - Community Employment Scheme 1994/1995 

"Carnaun School Athenry 1891-1991" by Finbarr O'Regan an important chapter in the social history of Athenry. 1991 

"History of Moylough-Mountbellew" - John A. Claffey, M. A., PhD - 1983 

"Athenry GAA Story" - Centenary History - Editor Jarlath Cloonan 1984 

"The Galway Blazers" - Memoirs - Edmund Mahony 1979 

"Falcons and Foxhounds" - Edmund Mahony 1984

"The Parish of Lackagh Turloughmore" - Parish History Committee, Chairperson Pat Moore 

"The Story of Esker" - Editor Patrick O'Donnell CSSR

"Blackcock's Feather" - Maurice Walsh 1932 
Maurice Walsh was born on April 21, 1879 in Ballydonoghue, near Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland. He was the third child and first son of John Walsh, a local farmer, and his wife Elizabeth. John Walsh's main interests were books and horses and he himself did little about the farm, preferring to have a hired man. The most famous of these was Paddy Bawn Enright, whose name was to be immortalised by Maurice Walsh in his story The Quiet Man (though the name was not used in the movie version). John Walsh passed on to his son not only a love of books but also legends and folk tales and the theory of place that were later to be a feature of many of Maurice's books.

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