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Chairman's Address

Le himeacht na bliana tá Cumann Staire ag dul í dtréise. Seo é an 7ú eagrán agus an ceann is mó go dtí seo. Leirionn sé suim an phobal i stair a náit dhúachais. Le linn na bliana bhí An Chumann an ghnóach le cúpla tionscnamh.
Ba mhaith linn ár mbuiochas a ghabháil le gach einne a chabhraigh linn le linn 1999 go háirithe einne a bhi pairteach i nochtadh An Famine Pot sa tsráid agus na leaca thuas i gCéim an Fhia. 
Bantry Historical Society and our Cumann Staire finally saw the unveiling by Bishop John Buckley of the memorial plaque in Céim An Fhia. The Famine Pot in Ballingeary village was dedicated the same day.
We launched our first CD and Tape ----- "Ar Bruach Na Laoi/ On The Banks Of The Lee"  which is accompanied by a booklet of lyrics. We are very grateful to everybody  who helped in making this a success. There will be another in the future.
The Uibh Laoire Collection of Photographs Volume 3 was launched just before Christmas. The proceeds from the sale of this book of photographs will help the Parish Council building fund for Senior Citizen accommodation.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody  who lent us their photos or contributed to the printing cost. 
Ag diriú ar an Iris seo mar a scriobhánn Donnacha Ó Laoire,
"ag teacht go deireadh an chéid agus deireadh na mílaoise, tá sé go  maith dúinn agus suimúil, féachaint siar ar 60 bliain na Ceárd Scoile (1939), 40 bliain Mheán Scoil Mhuire (1959)  agus 25 bliain Scoil Mhuire(1974)."
Is mór an abhar bhróid é do sráid bhaile reasúnta beag go bhfuil scoil an dara leibheal againn le trí scór bliain. Tá altanna againn faoí bunú na Céard Scoile;  faoí Fionbarra Ó Murchú agus bunú na Méan Scoile agus alt faoi teacht le chéile an dá scoil , Scoil Mhuire, i 1974.
We have articles from Canada and the USA. We remember war heros;  Michael O'Leary, Kilbarry who fought in the British Army and Michael Lehane from Morleys Bridge near Kilgarvan. He fought with Michael O'Riordan against Fascism and Franco  in the Spanish Civil and died in the mid-Atlantic in World War Two as a member of the Norwegian  Merchant Navy.
We have a beautiful set of poems which will ring true for many along with recollections of working in the 1940s.The personal papers of  the Grehan Family  of Banteer (who owned land in Ballingeary and Inchigeela) and Daniel Corkery, the writer, are described by Carol Quinn of UCC.
Whether you're  in search of Maire Bhuí, looking for a brief history of the Pipe Band or want to know where your town land ranks in size in Uibh Laoire Parish, we hope you enjoy this years Journal.
Mile buiochas do gach einne a scriobh alt duinn. Buiochas chomh maith le Nora Levis, Eithne Concannon agus Con Ó Murchú agus VEC Co. Chorcaí.
Le gach dea ghuí don mílaoisé nua,
Seán Ó Súilleabháin