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St. John's Point, County Donegal: In Former Days and Now Paperback – Jul 2010


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  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Brid Ward (July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956590802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956590800
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,930,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Stewart on 23 July 2011
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I know St.John's Point from visiting it with my family ( when the children were growing up) and more recently my dog who loves the sea by the small beach.
For my part I love the views and the history of the place - a landmark for Coastal Command aircraft operating out of Castle Archdale and the site of a "L.O.P." for the Irish Coastal Watch Service in "The Emergency" (as WW2 was referred to).

I met the author (Brid) in Killaghtee Cemetery whilst she was researching this book , I was looking for the grave of a young Canadian sailor from "SS Nerissa" (sunk in April 1941 by Erich Topp's U-552).

As a regular visitor to the area I was delighted to be made aware of Brid's forthcoming book and buying a copy was a natural conclusion of our chance meeting.

The book itself - a very good read it certainly makes the area come alive and brings a huge awareness of the people , their history , lifestyles, their relationship with the sea whilst in equal measure you can understand the uniqueness of their community and how much in common they had with similar rural environments.

An enjoyable and informative read which is well worth its cover price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L.M. Buckley on 28 Jun. 2011
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With this book the Author has taken a unique approach to telling the history and stories of her native place. She brings the reader on a journey along the roads and byways, through fields and over hillocks, along the shore and sailing out to sea with the fishermen of yesteryear. We experience the intimate lives of the people who once lived in the the cabins of the deserted villages, who walked the roads and played in the school yards. We leave the peninsula and travel to the nearby town of Dunkineely to trade cattle, shop and socialise and to worship at the churches in Dunkineely, Killaghtee and Bruckless.

We lean of Chieftains, castles, ringforts, churches, holy men, landlords, emigration, teachers, working women, fishermen, ancestors, flora & fauna, cures and traditions.

I am very impressed with this book - if you have ancestors/family connected to any of the townlands of St John's Point, in Killaghtee Parish, Co Donegal, this book will not disappoint with it's wealth of information - there are extracts from census, school rollbooks, the Griffith's Valuation and more.
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By evelyn on 15 July 2012
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I have had this book on order for one week short of 12 months so far. What is the problem?
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