Over the last two years Peter Dooley from Neilstown has been conducting interviews with people from all walks of life in Camross Parish.
No criteria were used, the interviewees were selected at random. The first seven people all have an amazing story to tell and Peter is fascinated with the results.
Michael Lalor of Northgrove, hurler, politician and trade union official. Con Galvin of a famous Coolrain dynasty quiet and always well clothed and an amazing knowledge. Sam Chambers from Killenure father-in-law of the man conducting the interviews but he is here on merit with a lovely story to relate. Tom Dooley famed in song and story, “Hang down your head Tom Dooley and cry” may not be that well known throughout the Parish but the son of the coachbuilder and hurley maker from Coolrain recalls the days of old and Coach building.
Paddy Dooley Neilstown, who introduced Mary McAleese the former President to Camross, historian, ESB employee in Portlaoise for many years.
Quiz shark, Muintir Na Tire you name it brother Michael teacher across the Mountain in Kinnitty, Pierce another brother won a Cork senior hurling medal, all sons of Mick.
Mick Dowling Derrycarrow, farmer, hurler and great supporter of all matters Slieve Bloom, the “Cut” forestery, son of the Gallant John Joe a member of the first Camross team to win the junior championship.
Last but by no means least the only woman in the “Magnificent seven”, Hannagh Dooley from the Glebe Coolrain.
Over 90 and still driving the tractor, deceased by the death of her husband Denis many years ago. Hannagh has a great story to relate about life on the farm and how she started driving.
The good news is that part two will commence early in the New Year but the first DVD will be launched in Sheerans Pub Coolrain on Thursday December 15 at8.30pm.
Martin Delaney from Skeirke, who has made the Slieve Bloom Mountains increasingly popular with his much requested song “My Home at the foot of Slieve Bloom”, will entertain the folks on the night. Copies will be distributed to the local schools, libraries and will be on sale on Thursday week €15 €70 for the box set.