Sunday, 14th June 2014 was a memorable day in the life of the community of The Ballagh, a rural parish enveloped in a rich history and heritage. located in the heart of Co Wexford.
This time last year, the local school Parents Association decided that it would be good for the community to record and preserve some of the memories of events, people, and social developments associated with the local primary school throughout both the distant and recent past. Many people from the area were delighted to provide old photographs and articles on local history and folklore as handed down from their ancestors.
A hard-working team led by Elizabeth Freeman spent several months collecting the information and photographs. Assistance was provided by editing expert Michael Freeman of Three Sisters Press and Joe Hogan of Enniscorthy based Hogan Print. The result of their work entitled “Schooldays in the village” was launched by the community’s oldest resident, Mrs Doyle, ably assisted by her great grandson at a ceremony in the school grounds.
The launch was preceded by open air mass in wonderful sunshine in the school grounds, led by Bishop Denis Brennan. Bishop Brennan blessed the new school extension and playing field and complimented all concerned for their ongoing commitment to maintaining vibrant rural communities such as clearly evidenced in The Ballagh.
Wexford Loal Development (WLD), throughthe LEADER Programme 2007-2013, are delighted to have been able to provide advice and grant aid towards the printing costs of the book. The grant aid helps to ensure that information of historical significance to the area is recorded and preserved for future generations to enjoy.
The book is available locally and will be of great interest to past and present residents of the wider area, as well as students and historians throughout the region.