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The Story of Newmarket-on-Fergus

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Fr Reuben Butler & Máire Ní Ghruagáin
ISBN 9781782182771



Newmarket-on-Fergus (Cora Chaitlín) developed as a territory within two cultures, but, as elsewhere, the old Gaelic culture gradually gave way to the politically more powerful English influence. In this engaging and wide-ranging account of its development, Canon Reuben Butler chronicles its social, religious, geographical, political and economic history from earliest times to the late twentieth century. Drawing on a wealth of sources, including the Annals of the Four Masters, the Inchiquin Manuscripts, Griffith’s Valuation, headstone inscriptions, census returns and newspaper reports, the author paints a vivid picture of life in this corner of County Clare. The Story Newmarket-on-Fergus will resonate with readers attuned to the importance of micro-history in elaborating upon the emergence of the Irish nation state. The volume is illustrated throughout with a diverse collection of photographs and documents that make this history both enlightening and enjoyable.

Reuben Butler was born in 1931, the son of a Tipperary father and Mayo mother. He grew up in Mayo and Tipperary, entering St Flannan’s College as a boarder in September 1944. Ordained a priest on 17 June 1956 for the diocese of Killaloe, he was appointed to the staff of St Flannan’s in August 1958. During the 1960s he became involved in counselling and career guidance. Between 1977 and 1981 he was national chairperson of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. He was president of St Flannan's when he was appointed parish priest of Newmarket-on-Fergus in October 1989.

Máire Ní Ghruagáin belongs to one of the old families of Tradaree. She was educated at Coláiste Muire and Clochar Lughaidh, Monaghan. She studied mathematics and science at University College, Galway, and taught for many years. She became interested in local history through meeting descendants of emigrants. She has led parish historical walks over the last twenty years and organised projects in flax growing. Famine commemoration, graveyard inscriptions and place names.

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