New book published about Parish of Clabby

‘Clabby on the Map – The Church of Ireland Parish of Clabby and its People’

The Church of Ireland Bishop of Clogher, the Rt. Revd. Dr Michael Jackson, will launch the book ‘Clabby on the Map – The Church of Ireland Parish of Clabby and its People’ at a function to be held in Clabby Church Hall on Thursday evening 14th December 2006 at 8pm. Following an introduction by the Rector, the Revd Maurice Armstrong, the launch will follow an illustrated talk given by the author, Mr Sam Morrow. The book, which has a foreword written by Bishop Jackson, covers in detail the various aspects of the life of St Margaret’s Parish Church from the time it was built in the 1860s up to the present time.

The topics dealt with include the clergy who have served over the years, the church wardens and members of the select vestry from the time the church was built, aspects of worship, church finances and relationships with the local Methodist church. Those from the Parish who gave their lives in the service of their country during two World Wars and in more recent times receive particular attention. Clabby School has been at the centre of Parish activity from the time it was built in the 1840s until its closure, demolition and replacement by the new church hall. The school teachers and pupils over the years feature prominently in the publication.

The Parish Sports, which during the 1950s and 1960s had the ‘All Ireland Donkey Derby’ as its main event, receives detailed coverage. The final chapter deals with the social and economic development of the Parish in which the challenges facing those earning a living in the Parish over the decades make interesting reading. The personalities from Clabby who made a significant contribution to wider society are also included.

The book is well illustrated with over 100 photographs and complements the earlier publication by the same author ‘The Church of Ireland Parishes of Clabby and Tempo – A Shared Heritage’.

7th December 2006