This month on www.roscreathroughtheages.org features many new and interesting articles. There is an article about Martin Cunningham who spent over 60 years in the labour movement working tirelessly for the people of Roscrea. Martin was sent in the 1920s as a delegate to Russia to see how the Soviet system was working, on his return he spoke to the people of the town in the Abbey Hall and caused controversy by placing a statue of Lenin on a table beside him. The full story of this meeting is on his page along with newspaper articles of the time about Martin. In 1923 when the road workers went on strike because their wages had been cut Mr Cunningham brought Jim Larkin to town to talk to the strikers .This story and newspaper articles can also be seen.
In our Roscrea publications there is a copy of a booklet brought out to commemorate WM Maher auctioneers 100 years in business. Lisa Tierney from Roscrea did a thesis on proposed heritage cycling and walking routes around town this makes for great reading and should be of interest to tourists visiting our town.
Also this month is the story of the trout from Roscrea fish farm that were flown to New York for a fishing competition to try to promote fishing in Ireland in the 60s. In the recourses section you will find a video of the Cummins family talking of their time on the road with their band and of their time recording for radio in the 40s. There is also a recording from the 70s of Tom Larkin interviewing Neddy Troy who was one of the great characters of the time.
In the gallery under the sports section there is a picture of a group at a coursing in 1967 and a picture of the Bacon Factory from 1913.
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Dromakeenan Fyfe and Drum band from 1905