Carloviana 2020 was launched Thursday 28th November in the Seven Oaks hotel by Turlough O’Brien, Carlow Senior Football manager, author of Cycling South Leinster and proud Carlovian.
Carloviana 2020 has 220 pages of history relating to Carlow. It contains 36 articles ranging from the Bronze Age to the 21st Century. It covers issues such as archaeology, education, religion, social traditions and the decade of centenaries. This edition is well-illustrated, with a number of previously unseen photographs and illustrations.
On the night there was also a screening of a restored version of a film of the 1913 Home Rule demonstration in Carlow. Dr Shay Kinsella gave a short introductory talk before the screening of the film. It was made on 26 October 1913 by Ralph and Christopher Silvester, who owned a cinema in Dublin Street. The 5-minute film features local and national political personalities of the time, including Michael Governey, John Dillon MP (Deputy Leader of the Irish parliamentary party) and members of parliament: Michael Molloy, William Field, Matthew Keating, PJ Meehan, and Denis Kilbride. Over 10,000 people marched that day, along with seven bands and groups from fraternal, sporting and national organisations.
The film was loaned to the society by Michael Doyle, who also kindly paid for the restoration of the film. The film was digitally restored by Julien Dorgere of Super8 Ireland. On the night copies of the film were presented to Dermot Mulligan of Carlow Museum, Dan and Eugene Carbery – grandsons of Michael Governey, Michael and Ann Doyle – owners of the film, Turlough O’Brien – guest speaker for launch and Chris Power – Carlow County Library.
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