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  • Northside West

New Mac Thomáis book launched in Glasnevin

Tuesday, 15th December, 2015 6:00pm

Story by Jack Gleeson
New Mac Thomáis book launched in Glasnevin

Pictured at the launch were (l-r): Aengus O’Snodaigh TD (SF), Haily Lemaire, Damien Thomas, Rosaleen McThomáis, Morgane Lemaire, Rodica Thomas and Cllr Micheal MacDonncha (SF). PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

New Mac Thomáis book launched in Glasnevin

Pictured at the launch were (l-r): Aengus O’Snodaigh TD (SF), Haily Lemaire, Damien Thomas, Rosaleen McThomáis, Morgane Lemaire, Rodica Thomas and Cllr Micheal MacDonncha (SF). PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

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A NEW book featuring a collection of essays by legendary Northside historian, the late Éamonn Mac Thomáis, was launched last week at Glasnevin Museum.

Born in Dublin and described by many as the quintessential Dubliner, Mac Thomáís wrote six books that captured the essence of the city for his generation.

Me Jewel and Darlin’ Dublin, Gur Cake and Coal Blocks, The Labour and The Royal, Down Dublin Streets, The Lady at the Gate and Janey Mack Me Shirt is Black brought his natural storytelling talent to a wide audience and helped pave the way for a popular RTÉ series that’s still remembered fondly to this day.

He was also one of Ireland’s most knowledgeable historians and a gifted tour guide. 

He passed on his trade to his son Shane, who was historian at Glasnevin Cemetery until he passed away suddenly in March, 2014.

Éamonn was a staunch Republican and editor of An Phoblacht, a position that landed him in prison twice, and Three Shouts on a Hill features writings from that period of his life.

The articles in the book were originally published in An Phoblacht in 1981/82.

The book was launched by Sinn Fein TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh. Speakers on the night included Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha (SF), historian Lorcan Collins and former An Phoblacht editor Rita O’Hare. 

The family of Éamonn Mac Thomáis also attended the launch.

The late Éamonn Mac Thomáis

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