Book Launch

Thursday, 13 December 2018

A ‘must have’ for bookshelves of those with an interest in, or links to, Moycullen

Event details

Book to be launched by well-known and popular Ollie Turner of Galway Bay FM

Date & Time:  6.30pm, Thursday, 13 December 2018

Venue:  The Village Bookshop, Moycullen.

All Welcome to attend.  Books will retail at €10.00 each and all profits go towards funding further heritage projects in our community.


Moycullen must be quite exclusive in that there can’t be many villages in Ireland that can boast their origins mentioned in mythology.  Do YOU know how Moycullen got its name?

2018, designated ‘The Year of O’Flaherty’, is the year our heritage group, Cumann Staire Ruaidhri Ui Fhlaitheartaigh, had chosen to honour our namesake by holding a series of events and projects. One such project involved working with the pupils of our four Moycullen parish primary schools, namely, Scoil Mhuire, Scoil Bríde, Scoil Baile Nua and Scoil Naomh Colmáin. The pupils of 5th and 6th class in each of these schools worked to illustrate the mythological story of how Moycullen got its name – a story over 4,000 years old passed down through the ages by ancient Irish poets, referred to by Ruaidhrí O’Flaitheartaigh (1629-1718) in his writings West or Iar Connaught and Ogygia, and now adapted by ourselves at Moycullen Heritage. The purpose of our book ‘Ruaidhrí’s Story: How Moycullen got its name’ is to tell this mythological tale and also to introduce a new younger audience to Moycullen’s once famous but until now, largely forgotten man.

As Moycullen is in a Gaeltacht area, everything we do as a group we do bilingually, but we are also very aware that we have others of different heritage living in our community and would like them to feel included and know about the place in which they have chosen to live.  This is where the idea of a tri-lingual book to include the country’s third most spoken language, Polish, came about.

If you require any further details please contact or 087 4364699

This page was added on 04/12/2018.

Comments about this page

  • I would be very interested to hear about stories from 4000 years ago, that is, before the arrival of the Celts circa 600 B. C., The ancient King lists and so on hardly predate this period, tho’ I’m sure some local i. e. Irish stories might possibly have left traces in our early memory? I think it will be of great interest to many different groups.

    By Carmel NAUGHTON (04/12/2018)

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