A new book revealing the history of Carnew and the surrounding district was recently launched.
The book, entitled ‘A Brief History and Memories of Carnew and District’, was launched at a special event by Carnew Rural Society.
Work on the book started appoximately a year ago.
“To start we asked Mrs Florence Chambers if she would do some research into the history of Carnew and she very willingly agreed and gave us some very interesting facts,” explaineda spokesperson for the Society.
“We also embarked on an application for the funding from Awards For All to publish a book of 48 pages but as time and information and photos came in we now have a finished book of 80 pages and indeed we could have probably gone to 100 pages but to keep as close to the cost allowed we had to close at 80 pages.”
At the launch of the book, the group thanked Myrtle Johnston and Cynthia Aiken for talking to locals and compiling photographs.
They also thanked Dianne Gault for assisting in the compilation.
“We would like to thank anyone who helped in any way in the production of our book by providing photos, stories etc,” continuedthe spokesperson.
“This information was then given to Mrs Louise Mc Dowell who edited the book ready to go to print and we would have to say she was very helpful as the information was given to her in several different formats such as old press cuttings, photos and recorded information from local people on the dictaphone.
“We would also like to thank AD Prints Banbridge for the very friendly and personal manner he gave us in preparing the book so that it was ready to go to print.
“We are so pleased to now have the finished book for you to read and enjoy and have all the photos and stories together for the future generations to look at and for the current generation to reminisce.”
If you wish to purchase a copy of the book you can contact Myrtle on 028 9753 2072 or Cynthia on 028 9753 2578.