The 2023 edition of County Longford Historical Society’s Journal, Teathbha, will be launched on Monday evening, 27 November at 7.30 pm in Longford Library. The launch will be performed by the recently appointed Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, Dr Paul Connell. This is the twenty-second edition of the journal and the first to be edited by Martin Morris. The previous editor was James MacNerney, who edited thirteen editions.
As always, Teathbha contains a remarkable variety of articles about Longford’s history, written by established contributors and some new ones. Subjects covered include Inchcleraun Island, the O’Farrells in the medieval period, land and society in the barony of Moydow, the Montgomery family, marching bands, Padraic Colum’s poem ‘A Drover’, the GAA and the elusive Francis McDonagh/Hanlon. There is a piece about a Longford emigrant’s experience in New York and details of Longford holders of American passports a century ago. Recent major centenaries feature, with articles on the establishment of the Civic Guard and the 1923 general election. You can read about the descendants of Richard More-O’Ferrall, reminiscences of a man who helped ‘save’ the 1946 harvest and an account of the first international conference on the Edgeworths’ role in education.
The journal will be available at €12 per copy at the launch and in many local outlets in the run up to Christmas.