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Photos Of Blueshirt Meetings In Carrick And Tramore

'Blueshirts' Giving The 'Nazi' Salute In Carrick-on-Suir
We were delighted to get a recent donation of five photos of 'Blueshirt' rallies held in Carrick-on-Suir and Tramore.

I suppose as historians we should always try and keep an objective point of view. Normally this is not too difficult, particularly if we are dealing with events in the distant past. Sometimes we have to deal with people and events that even the most dispassionate will have an opinion on. Such a group is 'The Blueshirts'.

The Army Comrades Association (ACA), later named the National Guard and better known by the nickname 'The Blueshirts', was a right wing political organisation active in the 1930s. Some historians have described them as 'Quasi Fascist' in that many of the rank and file members did not possess a fascist ideology. Personally I feel that the sight of so many people gathered in small Irish towns giving the 'Roman' (or Nazi) salute is a frightening reminder of where the country could have ended up. It is very important that we remind ourselves of the 'difficult' or less savoury aspects of our history as a warning to future generations. Thanks very much to the donor of the images. The 'Blueshirt photos' can be viewed on our image archive.

New Book On Clonea Power Church

History Of Clonea Power Parish Church

A History of the Church of Saints Coan and Brógan Clonea Power was launched recently by Julian Walton historian and broadcaster. This lavishly produced book was written by Mossy Hunt local historian and was launched in conjunction with the re-dedication of the church on July 10th the feast day of the Saints.

The church was designed by J. J. McCarthy in 1860 and completed in 1863. The Gothic style church was built of limestone with Bath stone windows and door surrounds. An attractive feature of the church is the stained glass windows. These are by Joshua and Harry Clarke Studios and Watsons of Youghal. Many pictures in the book are dedicated to these windows. The Harry Clarke windows stand out because of their vibrant colour and sophisticated design.

The book divided into 12 chapters covers many items of interest regarding the church and its parish. The cross of Mothel which was made in the 15th century is one item, as is the life of Fr. Dowley one of the founders of the church. A family tree for the priest  is in included as are some pages from his parish ledger.

A list of some of those buried in the graveyard is given at the back of the book, which may be helpful for anyone wishing to trace their family roots.

Overall this is a very colourful and well produced publication with many interesting features on the church. It is available to buy at €20 here in the museum,  from the Author Mossy Hunt at 051-646187 and Marie Cox  at 051-396626.

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