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Cunga 2020

Cunga 2020 has arrived in the shop and is full of local news, articles, history and photographs. It is also available to purchase online here.

We also have limited stocks of back copies of Cunga. More details on our website or call into the shop.

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New Catalogue of Books related to Irish History published before 1950

We have recently acquired two collections of books related to Irish history that were published before 1950 and compiled a short catalogue of titles. The catalogue includes titles covering a long period of Irish history but has a number of notable titles related to the nineteenth century including a rare copy of “Three Lectures on Gaelic Topics” by Padraig Pearse. The catalogue is available here.

Further information is available about any of the titles.

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George Macnemara of Cong

“George Macnemara of Cong. Folklore and Facts. 1722-1760” is a fascinating and very readable account  of the life of one of the most celebrated characters in the history of Cong. The work is the culmination of many years of research by local historian and archivist Brigid Clesham.

George, a Catholic gentleman from County Clare, leased the Cong Abbey estate during the 18th century and is celebrated in local folklore as the highwayman of Cong. But his real life is just as complex and fascinating as that of the folk hero that was created during the 19th century. Drawing on documents and archives from around the world Brigid has meticulously reconstructed the life of a Catholic middleman during the Penal era. 

Hero or villain? Outlaw or philanthropist? Brigid has written a detailed account of the life of George Macnemara which contributes substantially to our knowledge of the history of Cong during the 18th century and illustrates life under the Penal Laws in the West of Ireland. The book is highly recommended to all interested in the history of the period and the West of Ireland particularly Cong and the surrounding area.

Click here to purchase a copy of the book.

George Macnemara of Cong. Folklore and Facts. 1722-1760. Brigid Clesham. Mayo Historic Estates. Cong. 2020. 9781916366701

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Achill Painters – An Island History

Local author Mary J. Murphy dropped into the shop yesterday with copies of her new book “Achill Painters- An Island History”. The beautifully illustrated book explores the rich history of painters associated with Achill. Copies of the book are available for sale in our bookshop in Cong.