The last few copies of an important, historical document in the life of this area remain in a handful of shops throughout hill and valley. Priced at only €10 it would be a gift in the true sense of the term for anyone even remotely interested in tracing and finding out more about the origins and development of their family name.
The publication of ‘A Brosnan Gathering’ before last summer’s clan summit was timely and welcome. Its main purpose was to provide as complete a story of family fortunes and misfortunes as possible.
In that it passed with great acclaim and stands as a model or ‘way-to-go’ as many of the Summer 2013 visitors might put it. It certainly provided food for reflection and a deep well of insight and knowledge for the roots-hungry pilgrims who made a huge effort to be here for the great event last June.
Edited by Currow born poet and writer, Tommy Frank O’Connor, the 68 X A4 page book is packed with the low-down on the Brosnan clan origins from many and varied sources.
Former Kerry Group CEO, Denis Brosnan provided the introductory article in which he traced his progress from his childhood in Kilflynn to following the fortunes of the world famous food brand as it expanded its reach to include all five continents of the globe.
Elsewhere in the publication you can read about a Currow childhood under the shadows of Inchincummer Hill; the impact of the Civil War; clan members who settled in Kerrytown in New Zealand.
There isn’t a twist or turn in the history of the name that isn’t followed to a logical (wherever possible) conclusion.
There are some copies still available at the following shops: Lynch’s Pharmacy, Castleisland; McCarthy’s Food Store and O’Sullivan’s Centra, Currow and Daly’s in Scartaglin.