Former post office manager delivers remarkable history book

first_imgLetterkenny native, Seamus O’Doherty, will launch a new book this weekend depicting the remarkable history and heritage of the famous Abbey Friary in Donegal Town.Entitled ‘Abbey of Donegal – Headstones & Heritage’, the comprehensive publication also details 400 graves and burial grounds located at the historic site.Now resident in Dublin and a former Senior Manager with the General Post Office, the Ard O’Donnell man took early retirement in 2005 and for a brief spell lived in Donegal Town from where his wife, Mary (McGonigle) hails. “I was always into genealogy and had done a lot of research on my family’s graves and backgrounds. I would visit regularly the old graveyard at Leck and I also have two uncles buried at New Leck.”But it was while resident in his wife’s home town – they lived there for four years – that inspired him to research and ultimately produce a book that is as almost as remarkable as the structure and surrounds it depicts.The story of Donegal Abbey is the story of Ireland from the 15th to the 17th century, Seamus indicates.“It is also the story of the O’Donnell chieftains of Tir Chonaill, who founded the Abbey in 1474, and their epic struggle as one of the last strongholds against English rule in Ireland. From the Act of Suppression of 1535 by Henry VIII to long after the destruction of their abbey in 1600 the friars continued to administer to and received support from the people of Donegal.” The completion of the Annals of the Four Masters by four of their members in 1636 represented a further testament to the extraordinary friary.Seamus, who put four years of research into the publication, points out that his book brings together for the first time all the strands of history that had contributed to the establishment, flourishing and finally the destruction of the famous Abbey.“The multitude of characters, like Aodh Ruadh, Niall Garbh, Michael O Cleirigh, Ineed Dubh, Lord Mountjoy and many others are brought to life as their lives and actions intertwine and impact on the historical events that shaped this period of Irish history.”The book also details those buried in the Abbey from the O’Donnell chieftains and their sub-chieftains through the turbulent times of the Plantation, the Famine and the establishment of the Irish Free State to the present day.“It puts down a marker in time to record the graves and inscriptions still legible there which cries out for this remarkable monastic site to be given the due recognition if deserves and never received,” Seamus declares. Having resided in Donegal Town for those four years, he had ample opportunity to visit the landmark building and its surrounds. “It’s a very tranquil place and there are beautiful view of the bay.”Despite its history, there had been no record of the graves there but now thanks to the Letterkenny native’s relentless endeavours there is. In all he investigated 400 graves at the site incorporating 1,000 people. “There are also other graves that are unmarked.”Apart from the text and many of the images inside, Seamus was also responsible for designing the cover of the book and the photograph on the back.“Abbey of Donegal – Headstones & Heritage’ will be launched at Pier One in Donegal Town this Friday night at 7.p.m. while on Saturday afternoon, Seamus will be in Eason’s book shop at the Letterkenny Shopping Centre from 2.p.m. to 4.p.m. to sign copies of his impressive new publication. Former post office manager delivers remarkable history book was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bookDonegal TownlaunchletterkennySeamus O’Dohertylast_img read more

VVIP chopper scam: ED summons M.P. CM’s nephew

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate informed a Delhi court on Wednesday that it has summoned Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, for interrogation in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam. ED told Special Judge Arvind Kumar that Mr. Puri, Chairman of Hindustan Powerprojects Pvt Ltd, was summoned for confronting him with Sushen Mohan Gupta, an arrested middleman in the case, whose custodial interrogation was on Wednesday extended by three more days by the court. Seeking the extension of Mr. Gupta’s custody, ED told the court that he was required to be confronted with various people including Mr. Puri in the case pertaining to the now scrapped ₹3,600 crore chopper deal. Mr. Puri, who was summoned to join the probe on Wednesday, denied having “any connection or involvement of any kind in defence or the case”.In a statement, his company said: “He would be fully cooperating with the ED investigation and provide any clarification or information as may be required.” Middleman’s statementAccording to ED sources, Mr. Puri’s name appeared in the statement recorded by middleman and Dubai-based businessman Rajeev Saxena, who recently turned approver in the case. ED’s special public prosecutors D.P. Singh and N.K. Matta also told the court that the agency wanted to identify one “RG”, in whose name entries of over ₹50 crore were made in Mr. Gupta’s diaries.“The custodial interrogation of Gupta is required as he is misguiding the probe by deliberately giving wrong explanation of abbreviations in his diaries wherein abbreviation ‘RG’ finds mention in many pages as well as pen drive data.“More than ₹50 crore shown to have been received from ‘RG’ between 2004 to 2016, whereas the ‘RG’ identified by Mr. Gupta, i.e., Rajat Gupta, had admitted to have cash transactions with Sushen from 2007 onwards and the same are being quantified,” the agency told the court. The agency submitted that Sushen said he only knew one ‘RG’ who was Rajat Gupta, whereas Rajat denied the transactions made in the name of RG and said he not the person being referred to.last_img read more

Chhattisgarh panchayats to have disabled quota

first_imgThe Chhattisgarh Cabinet has approved the nomination of at least one differently abled member to each panchayat, if not elected, making it the only State to have such members in all panchayats. “Differently abled people constitute 6% of the population of Chhattisgarh. As promised in the jan ghoshna patra [manifesto], we have taken the landmark step of strengthening their voices at the grassroots level,” said T.S. Singh Deo, State Panchayati Raj Minister. ‘Elected or nominated’“Every panchayat will now have differently abled members, either elected or nominated,” he said. If differently abled members are not elected through the electoral process, then one member, either male or female, would be nominated as a panch. And as for janpads and zilla panchayats, the State government would nominate two such members, one male and one female, to them. During a meeting at the house of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, the Cabinet approved the amendment to the State Panchayat Raj Act, 1993. The proposals will be tabled in the Vidhan Sabha, where the Congress holds 68 of the 90 seats. This means, said Mr. Deo, the State would have 11,000 people with special needs as members of panchayats. “We strongly believe that no one should be left behind. We are committed to empowering the common people. This is the top most priority of the Congress government in Chhattisgarh.” Meanwhile, the Cabinet also decided to drop the educational qualifications eligibility criterion for contesting panchayat elections. “It is mandatory for a contestant for the position of a panch to be at least a Class V pass, and above that Class VIII pass. In the three-tier panchayati raj system, only being literate would be enough to contest elections,” said a note from the government.last_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan president Scaroni reveals new stadium plans

first_imgAC Milan president Scaroni reveals new stadium plansby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan president Paolo Scaroni has revealed plans for a new stadium.Scaroni says Inter Milan are also involved in the talks.“I am representing the owners, who invested a great deal of money, and dealing with important elements like the new Milan stadium,” Scaroni told reporters at the Christmas party for the youth team.“We are thinking of building a new stadium along with Inter.”Scaroni also spoke of the current form under coach Gennaro Gattuso.“We aren’t going terribly well, but we are fourth and that is the important thing. We need Milan to get back into the Champions League. It’s important to stay in fourth place.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month ago​Chelsea hero Nevin: Kepa should be unhappy with goal record

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea hero Nevin: Kepa should be unhappy with goal recordby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea legend Pat Nevin believes that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will not be happy about his start to the season.The young goalkeeper has already conceded 14 goals in the first six competitive games of the season.While he has not been at fault for a significant majority of those goals, Nevin believes conceding so many will bother Kepa.The Spaniard will be hoping to get his first clean sheet of the season soon enough.”Chelsea this season have already given away 11 goals in just five games, that is the second most in the entire league after Norwich with 12!” Nevin wrote on the club’s official website.”The thing is, that can happen if you play such open, high-tempo football and you have a young team who are learning, even if they are learning very fast.”The positive flip side of course is that we are third top scorers in the league after Man City and Liverpool, this time scoring 11.”They are by a distance the most extreme goal statistics in the league, underlining just how exciting it has been.”In fact only Man City fans have watched more goals in their side’s matches, 23 to our 22, a measly one more for the reigning champions.”Frank will be working hard to reduce the slippage at the back and I am sure it is not making Kepa particularly happy, but as long as we keep scoring it will be fun.” last_img read more

The Célinaissance How Celine Dion became cool

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, Céline Dion has been many things throughout her career, but “cool” has rarely been one of them. As one of the bestselling artists to call this country home, and an unabashedly proud Canadian and Quebecer, Céline should have won us all over long ago. But she never quite broke through to the more cynical younger generation.Until that generation stopped being cynical, that is. It turns out Céline Dion was always cool. She was just waiting for us to come to her. And over the past few years, we have, by the millions.GUEST: Suzannah Showler, the WalrusYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img