You’ll indulge me, I’m sure, while I give a plug to a local endeavour of significant note. This comes in the form of the annual magazine of the Aghamore area, Glór Achadh Mór, which was published, as it always is, just before Christmas.
This year’s annual is a significant one, as it’s the 30th anniversary edition. Much has changed in Aghamore and the wider world since the late Eighties and, thanks to those contributing to the Glór every year, plenty of detail about that change, coupled with information on what life was like in the locality in the distant and not-so-distant past, has been captured within the annual’s covers down the years.
My late uncle used to refer to Glór simply as ‘Joe Byrne’s book’ and that wasn’t far from the mark as an apt description of it. The annual was Joe’s brainchild and it’s largely thanks to his indefatigable stewardship that this milestone has been achieved.
Joe would, though, be the first to point out that the magazine is a team effort. Many of those who put their shoulders to the wheel on it have done so for several years and, in his Introduction to this year’s edition, Joe pays tribute to four people who’ve been involved every single year since 1988. This ongoing effort is, surely, community action at its finest.
This year’s edition is organised around four main sections – Contemporary, Arts & Review, Reminiscence & Reflection and Sport & Leisure. Each section contains a wealth of articles and photos, with the sports section edited once again by Adrian Hession, who, of course, has guested here on the site on a number of occasions.
Packed to the brim with local lore, as well as stories from Aghamore people who have spread their wings far and wide, there’s plenty in this year’s edition to interest everyone. Glór 2018 is on sale widely in Aghamore, Kilkelly, Knock and Ballyhaunis.