How much do you know about Letterkenny? Did you know, for example, that Michael Palin of Monty Python fame has ancestral roots in the town? Or that almost 100 men from all religious denominations from Letterkenny lost their lives on the fields of Belgium, France and Turkey in the terrible conflict of World War I?
These are just two of the facts about the town revealed in the new publication by the Letterkenny Community Heritage Group on sale now. Entitled ‘By the Way’, the 40-page full colour magazine looks at different stories from the town’s rich history and heritage that people may not have known before or perhaps have simply forgotten over time.
Edited and designed by local school teacher, Kieran Kelly, the magazine contains contributions from many local people such as May McClintock, Jimmy Sweeney, Ali Moore, Gabriel Flood, Paddy Walsh, Johnny Keys, Dessie Larkin, Jimmy Kavanagh and Alan Speer that look at the different points of interest about the town’s heritage that you may have never heard before. Old photographs of the town are also contrasted with modern photographs captured from the same angle in the ‘Now and Then’ sections while a special tribute is written to one of the leading figures in the preservation of Letterkenny heritage, Sam Fleming of Windy Hall.
The official launch of the magazine by guest of honour May McClintock took place on Monday evening in the Station House Hotel and it is now available to buy for only €5 in selected shops throughout the town – Eason’s, Clarke’s Newsagents, Mac’s Mace, Universal Books, Black’s Centra and Checkout Express.
If you have an interesting story about Letterkenny that you wish to share in a future issue, please do not hesitate in contacting the group at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook.