Thursday, May 13, 2010

Images of Meath

Book: Meath
This is a fascinating collection of images from County Meath, accompanied by a warm and lively narrative. Tommy Murray presents intimate snapshots of Meath life since the 1930s; characters big and small, such as Michael Collier, Meath's own Robin Hood, and events that gripped the public, from harvests and horse racing to the descent of Hollywood in 1994, when "Braveheart "was filmed in Trim. This resource pays homage to the people of Meath, with engaging and often poignant images of the locals, young and old, at work and at play. This work is a fantastic record of County Meath and the lives played out against its beautiful backdrop of landmarks and wildflowers.

Meath Voices

Meath is a constantly changing and developing county, close to the capital and yet full of natural beauty and renowned heritage sites. This vivid and entertaining book captures the memories, tales and hopes of the people who have witnessed this rapid change in recent times, and remember the years when the roads were cattle tracks and gathering blackberries was a favourite past time. Featuring voices from the county's citizens and images from the author's own collection, this book will appeal to both visitors of the county and those who call it home.

Voices of Trim

Featuring entries from the culchie of the year, local politicians, ordinary workers and FCA men and characters known throughout the town, Voice of Trim displays the colour and life of Trim at its remarkable best. Featuring images and postcards from the authors own collection and photographs and pictures from other collections, this book will appeal to all those who live in or know Trim. Tommy Murray is a well known author and poet living in Trim. He has produced numerous successful books and publications and has received many prizes and awards for his work and poetry. It features: Local Content; Engaging tone; Excellent collection of postcards and images.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Meath Anthology

Wednesday 30th June will see one of the most important literary events in a long time take place in the Navan Library. On that night a coming together of some of Ireland’s best known poets and writers in the form of an anthology of Meath Writing will happen. The book which has already gone to a second run even before it is launched is expected to become a personal bible for Meath people everywhere. Apart from the well known like William Butler Yeats, Seamus Heaney, John Boyle O’ Reilly and Patrick Kavanagh there is work from some locally known writers including John Quinn , footballer Paddy Meegan, Tommy Murray and Tom French. The book, which costs twenty Euro, has already been ordered by libraries and colleges right across the world. Watch this space for more on this exciting development in Meath’s
Literary history and yes, Mary Lavin and William Rowan Hamilton are there too.

Photograph with Paddy Meegan