There is a new local interest website which was recently launched for the Clonown area in South Roscommon - http://www.clonown.comhttp://www.clonown.com
This website, www.clonown.com, which is an on-going project, will include pages on Clonown's history, wildlife and current events. A new edition of the Clonown Newsletter will be available each month.
The launch co-incides with a new local interest book to be launched on the 15th November 2006 at 8.00pm in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone.
The book is entitled "A Sense of Place - Clonown, A County Roscommon Shannonside Community" and covers history, culture, environment ofClonown and the surrounding areas of Drumlosh, Carricknaughten and Curraghnaboll. It deals with emigration, evictions, folklore, weatherlore, schools, police, Shannon flooding, the country shop, wedding customs, census data, fairs and markets, childhood memories and wildlife. It also contains data from the 1911 census for Clonown and neighbouring townlands. For more details, please visit http://www.clonown.com/book.htmhttp://www.clonown.com/book.htm
Books will be on sale at a reduced price at the launch. (Prices to be confirmed, please check for details at http://www.clonown.comhttp://www.clonown.com)
Previous local interest books for the Clonown area:
1. "Clonown: the History, Traditions and Culture of a South Roscommon Community" (Clonown: Clonown Community Centre, 1989).
2. "A County Roscommon wedding, 1892: the marriage of John Hughes and Mary Gavin" (Rosaleen Fallon, 2004)ISBN: 1-85182-820-6