|Mallow Archaeological & Historical Society|
It is with genuine pleasure that I welcome the inaugural issue of the Journal of the Mallow Historical and Archaeological Society [sic]. A publication of this nature has a manifold significance in that, among other things, it arouses and fosters interest in things local; it preserves important historical knowledge for posterity; it signposts new and exciting areas of research and it provides an outlet for the experssion of local talent.
History, today, means to us both study and writing about the past and about events which form the subject of our study and writing. It is primarily concerned with out [sic] human existence, with the world and its origins, and, at a more personal level now for Mallow people - thanks to the new Journal - with our town and its origins. In this respect, the Journal recalls for me an important theme from the Constitution of the Church in the Modern World [n.5] which tells us that "the destiny of the human community has become all of a piece, where once the various groups of men had a kind of private history of their own". The obvious conclusion is that Mallow Scholars are now given the opportunity to share the riches of the town's private history with people everywhere.
Recently, in a book entitled The First Christian Histories [p. 70], I came across the very interesting statement that "in every present-tense moment one stands at the nexus of a set of converging cause-effect chains fanning back into the past like the tributaries of a mighty river". To me, Mallow represents such a nexus, and I look forward with pleasurable anticipation to the ongoing presentation of its history in its cultural, educational, literary, civic, political, social and archaeological aspects through the pages of the Journal. And because Jesus Christ as a man represented a new and decisive action of God in human affairs, the ecclesiastical ethos of Mallow's history which goes a long way back, will be seen to have been an important bonding element in the growth and development of our town. Only in this way can one get a comprehensive over-view of a great cultural centre which is unique in the number and variety of the personalities it has produced.
I congratulate all contributors to this new and historic venture. I am particularly delighted to find conrtibutions from young people, from university student Michael O'Sullivan, 15 year-old Fred Buckley, and from youthful Macra na Feirme. May their efforts encourage others to write and research.
I also congratulate the Committee of Mallow Field Club, and I express a special word of appreciation to the Editorial Committee and in particular to Father Robert Forde, Jim Copps and Sean O'Reilly whose dedication to history and cultural pursuits is rightly applauded in the highest academic circles. To all these belongs the credit for making the Journal of the Mallow Historical and Archaeological Society [sic] a proud reality.
Guim rath Dé ar lucht taighde agus luct scriofa an iriseain seo, fós ar lucht a leite.
Sister M. Angela Bolster, December, 1982
154 pages, 5¾ x 8, copyright © 1983 by Mallow Field Club
That Dear Long AgoThe Story of Canon Sheehan and William O'Brien by Sean O'Rahilly-O'Mahony