My Killaloe is a companion volume to Henry Murdoch’s memoir, Remembering Killaloe. Aimed both at visitors to the heritage towns and local residents, the book provides a personal tour of 100 places of interest in Killaloe and Ballina, most with both historic and contemporary photographs.
We visit the old railway station, which commenced in 1862 with a connection to Birdhill, three miles away, and discontinued in 1944. We visit the swimming area at ‘Two Mile Gate’, now called Ballycuggaran, where the author and his friends would spend every sunny day possible, even to the point of sun stroke. We visit local businesses like Benson Box, which was founded in 1938 and at one point employed 145 people, a sizeable proportion of the 900 residents of Killaloe.
The author takes us down main street where he reminisces about the barber Freddie Collins and his newly arrived electrically powered clippers, and about Mr Minogue and his huge winnings on Royal Tan in the Irish Sweepstake. He takes us to the Pier Head and to Peter Lacy, who trained the boys and girls of Killaloe/Ballina how to swim and yet could not swim himself.
Beautifully illustrated, My Killaloe is an affectionate and nostalgic portrayal of growing up in rural Ireland.
All author’s royalties for this book, in addition to those for the companion volume Remembering Killaloe, will go directly to the charity The NRH Foundation for the benefit of patients of the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin.
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Author Murdoch, Henry Editor No Print Format Paperback ISBN-10 No ISBN-13 978-1-908308-603 Illustrations Colour photographs throughout Date of Publication June 18, 2014 Number of Pages 176