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Phil Cleary's view on Australian politics, people, vfl and afl football, music, history and literature Phil Cleary's view on Australian politics, people, vfl and afl football, music, history and literature Home : Literature : The Galtees Anthology Phil Cleary's view on Australian politics, people, vfl and afl football, music, history and literature

 

 

........The Galtees Anthology is particularly timely on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the Battle of Kinsale. This defeat effectively saw the end of the old Gaelic Order in much of Ireland by which culture and tradition survived in South Limerick for nearly one hundred years into the 18th century.

Thus, much of Limerick, which lies in the shadow of the Galtee Mountains, still today shows in its culture and in regard for its past, the influence of the older Gaelic traditions and values.

......The buzz words of the 21st century are "Globalisation" and "Connectivity." ......there is much benefit to mankind and to the people of County Limerick from the technologies....but globalisation fails to give one a sense of place - a point of reference - a place which one is proud of.

Thus the connectivity of modern technologies does not alone adequately satisfy the human soul. Councillor John Gallahue, in editing and contributing to this Anthology, has ensured that the present generation of County Limerick will have an opportunity to connect with their historic past, for without a knowledge of a past, there can be no future.

This Anthology excites one with the achievements of great Irish men with connections to the Galtee Region, from Geoffrey Keating at the start of the 16th century, in his cave in the Aherlow Valley, commencing his monumental history "Foras Feasa ar Eireann", to the steadfastness of the Cleary family of "Boro Road" in the struggle against landlordism, all complemented by the sufferings of the O'Mahony and the Mandeville families in the 19th century for the cause of Irish freedom.


.........The poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, recognised the value of history and his verse challenges us today, just as this Anthology does:

"If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes and the light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us!"

Beirim fáilte Uí Cheallaigh roimh an cnuasach scéalta seo.

Roibárd O Ceallaigh

Bainisteoir Contae Luimní

 

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