MAY 2005


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1.Another short installment on Inistioge History
from Billy Kirwan
Amongst the Tighe Papers, which are housed in the PublicRecordOffice of Northern Ireland, is a manuscript estimate for building an almshouse in the village of Inistioge in 1788. There it is, a two-storey building (in the photograph above) which sheltered seven poor women supported by a weekly donation. Each woman had two small rooms and sufficient subsistence. An eighth appartment was appropriated for a small school for girls.The house was built, nearly approximate to the plan of an alms house at
Ross.(W.Tighe,Statistical Observations)

In Feb 1855 a fire broke out in this building.There were three women living there at the time, Mary Gorman,Susan Wills and Miss Hickey. The latter and Susan Wills were rescued from the fire by Constable Cunningham and Constable Doran. Alexander Hamilton Col.Tighe's agent supervised the rescue supplying refreshment "liberally". This building only ceased to be an alms house as late as 1973, being converted to private use. The stone inscription on the building is still there,a few words taken from St Luke's Gospel.The apartments of old had each a bedstead with a straw ticken bag, and a blue serge quilt; a table, a stool and a wheel for spinning flax or wool, provided by Richard Tighe at the expense of Sarah and William Tighe.Each woman received one shilling and sevenpence-halfpenny weekly from Mrs. Tighe's steward and three stone weights of potatoes. Two cows were kept at Woodstock for their use and yearly fourstone weight of wool was divided among them and the victuals of
four sheep.

2.Do not miss Cathach Books,
Duke St., if visiting Dublin

Holding history in their hands
Excerpt IRISH TIMES 01/02/2005

  Cathach Books is a haven of first editions and signed copies. The owner explains to Eileen Battersby how the past became his future

More than 500 years of human existence have passed since the venerable folio I am looking at in a Dublin antiquarian bookshop, was printed. The date of that printing, in the infancy of the process, is 1493 - the year after Christopher Columbus discovered America. Time has left its traces on this ancient book. The original vellum spine is battered, the boards are loose, damp spots fleck the cover, a number of pages are missing, yet it has survived with its magnificence intact.

The text, written half a millennium ago in Latin by a German doctor, Hartman Schedel, accompanied by fabulous illustrations, woodcuts, the work of Michael Wolgemut and his then apprentice, the young Albrecht Dürer, along with Wolgemut's business partner, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff, charts the history of the world from creation up until the end of the 15th century.

This is a first edition of the famous Nuremberg Chronicle, the Liber Chronicarum, printed in that pioneering German printing centre by Anton Koberger, Dürer's godfather, for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister. It is the first printed and illustrated history of the world and is also the most illustrated book of the 15th century. The chronicle was recently purchased at auction by Cathach Books of Duke Street, Dublin which consists of a family trio of antiquarian book dealers; Éanna Mac Cuinneagáin, son David, and daughter Aisling.

To hold this book is to hold history in your hand. It is exciting and also slightly terrifying; it is to visit the Middle Ages with its specific world view. The medieval images include an early map of the world, as well as one of Europe. The creation story and individual stories of various saints are illustrated by the wood cuts. There is even a three-page entry on Ireland, dominated by the respective careers of saints Colum Cille, Patrick and Brigid.

The book dealers, father, son and daughter, look on with impressive composure, pleased with their successful bid at auction for this book of books which they intend to display, not sell on, as it is a book not held by any of the major Irish libraries. The firm is well accustomed to being in possession of rare and valuable texts such as several first, early and signed editions of Oscar Wilde, Yeats, Bram Stoker, Joyce, Beckett and, increasingly, Kinsella, Heaney and Montague as well as McGahern and Banville.

Cathach Books is well named, after the Cathach of Colum Cille, the oldest surviving Irish illuminated manuscript, dated circa AD600. The association with Colum Cille is deliberate; Éanna Mac Cuinneagáin is most emphatically a Donegal man and he describes the sixth-century saint as one of Ireland's finest visionaries, alongside chronicler Mícheál Ó Cléirigh, one of the masters of the Annals of the Four Masters and the 19th-century scholar, John O'Donovan. Cuinneagáin, is, with series editor, archaeologist Michael Herity, currently republishing the Ordnance Survey letters through their Four Masters imprint. Kilkenny, the sixth volume in the letters series, is the most recently published one.

1986 he was operating a small shop in the George' s Street Arcade. In 1988 Eanna Mac Cuinneagain established his Bookshop in Duke Street, where he established the family firm in partnership with David and Aisling.

In 2000 he wrote a history of his family, for his family. "You might like to have a look at it," he said. It is a vivid, beautifully written chapter of Irish social history. As well as giving his account of the family history, and that of the building firm, the booklet also contains a remarkable document, a statement written by his father for the Military History Bureau. In it, James Cunningham outlines his activities as a gun-running member of the IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood) while working in England as a joiner in the early 1920s .

Earlier the book dealer, who is committed to local history and republished T.C. McGinley's 1840s classic, Cliff Scenery of South-Western Donegal, in 1999, mentioned a further ambition: "I'd love to publish the all the Ordnance Survey Place Name books." Of those so far published, these texts had been typed out by a team of women organised by the Republican activist priest, Father Michael O'Flanagan in the 1920s. The books in their current typed format run to more than 120 volumes so it would be quite a project. "It's very important stuff," says Mac Cuinneagáin. "That Father O'Flanagan was a great man, he knew the importance of heritage."

3.if your flight to usa this year suddenly backtracks:
31.000 names on U.S.A no-flight list, and flights can be cancelled internationally !!!
Sunday, Apr. 17, 2005
Air Safety
Extending the No-Fly Zone
TIME magazine

The no-fly list created by U.S. authorities, which singles out passengers who are potential terrorist threats, is the target of frequent criticism that it's incomplete and unreliable. But that hasn't stopped it from expanding dramatically. Aviation sources say the list has grown to more than 31,000, up from 19,000 last September. And a little noticed incident on April 8, involving a Dutch KLM 747 flight from Amsterdam to Mexico City, may result in the list being used even more aggressively. The plane was forbidden by American authorities to enter U.S. airspace because the Department of Homeland Security discovered after the flight had taken off that two of its passengers were on the no-fly list. According to government sources, the two were Saudi men who had undergone pilot training with Sept. 11 hijacker Hani Hanjour. The flight was turned back and landed in London, where the men were questioned by Dutch authorities and allowed to go because they were not on any Dutch watch list. Now, in the wake of the KLM incident, the Transportation Security Administration is seeking to expand the use of the no-fly list, proposing that all foreign airlines—even those not flying to a U.S. destination—check their manifests against the list if they are flying over U.S. airspace. That has already raised hackles. Some airline experts say it may contravene international agreements and could cause major disruptions in the coming summer travel season. "This could open up the U.S. to retaliation," says a former transportation official. Overflight rights are long established in international skies, he notes, and restricting them "would be much more of a burden for U.S. airlines, which fly over many more countries than foreign airlines passing through U.S. airspace." — With reporting by Sally B. Donnelly and Timothy J. Burger

DOES THIS EXPLAIN THE SECURITY DELAYS IN DUBLIN AIRPORT MID APRIL?If you are radio active and register on a radar screen,you don't see George Bush ,you can be sure he is hiding in a Bunker...........


The mansion wrecked by the Black and Tans and subsequently burnt by the IRB is still a ruin.......

5. Line, Form & Colour

Thursday 21 April - Sunday 8 May 2005

Newtownbarry House Gallery presents "Line, Form & Colour", an exhibition of work by Alice Norton and Clody Norton. The exhibition will present drawings and paintings on paper which have been selected > by Anya Von Gosseln. This is the first time the artists have exhibited together in a two person exhibition.

Clody Norton was awarded both Graduate and Postgraduate scholarships at the Byam Shaw School of Painting and has exhibited at Eigse, Carlow, The Oireachtas Exhibition 2003 and has regularly exhibited in The Lismore Arts Centre. Alice Norton is a painter and a designer who is a graduate of NCAD. She has exhibited regularly at Newtownbarry House Gallery. Both artists were selected for Cill Rialaig Residencies in 2005.

Clody Norton has worked in a variety of media throughout her career. "Line, Form & Colour" will present work by the artist on paper using many different media including charcoal, watercolour, crayon and gouache. Norton's work is based on the figure and landscape. These work's present the artist's response to the natural world and the space that surrounds these objects. "I like to feel the space, to find this relationship between objects, to feel tension and discover what is in front of me." Alice Norton's work will include charcoal drawings based on her observations in the Botanical Gardens in Glassnevin. The artist bases her drawing and painting on organic forms and explores colour and the movement of line.
> Admission free .  Open Daily 12 - 6pm . Closed Mondays . All Welcome
> For further information contact Newtownbarry House Gallery. Invites to
> follow.
> 054 76383/054 77340

MOOT III – Shutdown : restart
In Cleeres Parliament street, Kilkenny @ 8pm Thursday May 26th
Admission Free

Also professional Development course in New Media and Digital Technologies hosted by Anna Hill ( )
And John Gerrard ( on Thursday 26th May 10 am –1pm at No. 72 John Street, admission € 15. For more info/booking contact the Arts Office on 056 7794137 or email

Louise Allen,Education Curator,Butler Gallery
The Castle,Kilkenny,Ireland
t 00 353 (0)56 7761106
f 00 353 (0)56 7770031