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Tom Hamilton – Halbowline Revisited

Tom Hamilton was born in New Ross, Co Wexford. He joined the Naval Service in April 1963 and was to return to Wexford two months later for Naval Honour Guard for President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Trained as a chef, Tom spent many years both ashore and at sea. He was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Office in catering in the 80s and remained as assistant catering officer until 2007.

He went on to work in the Naval Dockyard until his retirement in January 2013, having spent nearly 50 years on the island of Haulbowline.

“Having discovered that a foundation stone for the Naval Dockyard had actually existed, my quest was now to try find the elusive stone. To do this meant rolling back the years, back to the 1800s to an island of rocks and foxes.

What I discovered during my months of searching and research was truly amazing as information accumulated. I pieced together the history of an island reborn from sheer stone rock and reclaimed land.

The island which ay dormant for centuries now began to grown and a great victualing yard, dockyard and drydock emerged, encompassing an area of over 15 acres.”

Tom ordered a mixture of hardback and softback books. His first print sold out within days and he soon ordered another.

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Women from the 1990’s speak to the present in Clonakilty

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Fourteen local women born between the 1920’s and 1960’s have shared their varied experiences and lives in a new book.

 

Day-to-day living and peculiar adventures such as memories of the crew of a German U Boat, drinking coffee in a kitchen after an incident are just some of the stories within this text. How they lives their lives, cooked and looked after their families. Their thoughts on the past, the times they miss and don’t are some of the topics discussed.

 

The stories were gathered by one-to-one interviews with the editor Alison Wickham as part of celebrating 400 years of Clonakilty as a town. Also as a way of capturing the memories of a generation for successive generations to see, read and understand. Through this book we can see Ireland the way that it is – the history and laws that shaped women’s lives in it.

 

Alison Wickham is a qualified nurse who also gained a degree in organisational psychology. She was born in the New Zealand and has also lived in the US for two years.

 

The stories were gathered by one-to-one interviews, mostly from people that know the editor. She sought out information that would add a variety of experiences to the book.

 

Women Speak – Life for Clonakilty Women in the 1990’s Volume 1, was launched in O’ Donovan’s Hotel in Clonakilty on the 11th of July to a warm community atmosphere.

 

The book was printed by selfpublishbooks.ie in Carrigtohill, Cork due to the small, local appeal of the book and the customer responsiveness of the staff there.

 

All proceeds go to the ClonakiltyMuseum for artefacts relating to local women. It is available at the Clonakilty Bookshop, Kerr’s Bookshop, Coughlan’s Bookshop and Bandon Books.

 

Shown is a picture of the Editor Alison Wickham and Director of selfpublishbooks.ie Frank Kelly.

 

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