The latest edition of ‘Mining the Past’ will be launched in Dolla this Friday night.

Launch of new ‘Mining the Past’ book

It's that time of year again, approaching Christmas and Silvermines Historical Society’s launch of Mining the Past, which takes place this Friday night, November 25, at the Eagle’s Nest in Dolla. Proceedings get under way at 8.30pm and SHS are delighted that Simon O’Duffy of the Nenagh Guardian has agreed to do the launch. As the more recent editions were launched online, the group are glad to get back to in-person events, and according to Chairman John Kennedy, it promises to be another great occasion.

“We usually get a great crowd at the launch; it has become an important event in our year. It’s great to get all contributors and friends together for a few social hours.”

This year’s edition has, as is said, something for all tastes. The opening article, ‘Sinking the Knight Shaft, by Denis Gleeson, describes the development of the main shaft, which was a key part of the infrastructure of the Mogul mines in the ‘60s. Paddy Ryan, in very interesting detail, tells the story of the rise and demise of Castle Otway. William McGrath with Tom Hickey describe how modern technology - DNA tracing - was used to connect both authors, from Canada to Logg, near Dolla.

‘A Centenary’ by Patrick J Ryan, SJ, gives a most interesting account of his father, Paddy Ryan Lacken, while Liam Gleeson and Billy Feehily give a glimpse into more local and rural childhood activities in their articles, ‘School Days in Ballinaclough’ and ‘Set in Stone’. The journal also contains the usual collection of photographs from the area.

All are welcome to what promises to be an enjoyable occasion. The journal retails at €10, with volume discount available on the night. This is an ideal stocking filler, particularly for those who may be away from home.