Appeal in Ballylanders for material for pictorial history

Members of the public who were in Our Lady's Day Care Centre, Ballylanders for last Sunday's launch of a pictorial history of the village - anyone with suitable material should contact a member of the publication committee. (Pic: John Ahern)

To mark the Golden Jubilee of the Church of the Assumption in Ballylanders, a local committee has formed to produce a book that will chronicle the changes to the Limerick village over the decades.

An appeal for material, especially, old photographs was made in Our Lady’s Day Care Centre, Ballylanders last Sunday morning.

Speaking to a nice sized crowd, head of the publication committee John Kelly, said it was important to capture as much of Ballylanders’ past as possible.

“Ballylanders has experienced huge changes since I was a boy and a lot of the younger generation wouldn’t be aware of the different businesses and trades people that operated in the village.

“Along with a whole host of small shops and pubs, we had blacksmiths, cobblers, bakers, harness makers and tailors. It would be great to have images of these premises and their owners, we’d like to go back as far as possible, hopefully back as far as the 1920s.

“All photographs submitted will be scanned and returned without delay. We can also arrange to come to people’s houses and scan the photographs, we will be very careful in this regard. The main thing at the moment is get the word out and start getting material in,” John said.

Fr Tom Breen, also endorsed the project saying it’s a really good idea and with the necessary goodwill and co-operation, it should be possible to produce a publication that will act as a historical reference for the village.

A facebook page outlining the aims of the publication committee is in the process of being set up. Meanwhile, anyone with relevant material should contact John Kelly or any member of the publication committee.