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New children’s book celebrates the Bicentenary of Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Thursday, 12th July, 2018 7:59am
New children’s book celebrates the Bicentenary of Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Pictured at the launch of The Story of Dun Laoghaire Harbour are Colin Scudds, historian, Gráinne O’Malley, historian, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education, Seamus Cannon, author and Eliane Pearce, designer.

New children’s book celebrates the Bicentenary of Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Pictured at the launch of The Story of Dun Laoghaire Harbour are Colin Scudds, historian, Gráinne O’Malley, historian, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education, Seamus Cannon, author and Eliane Pearce, designer.

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DUN Laoghaire Harbour has caught the imagination of writers, playwrights and poets  for two centuries.

Countless books have been written recalling the stories of shipwrecks, storms and forgotten he-roes to everyone except children.

But now, The Blackrock Education Centre, supported by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, has created a children’s book as a legacy to the future custodians, sailors and visitors to  the harbour.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour celebrated its bicentenary in 2017 and to celebrate the enormous impact it has had on the local area the first children’s book about the  harbour is now in bookshops entitled: ‘You’d would be filled with wonder - The Story of Dun Laoghaire Harbour’.

This unique book was written by local historian Dr Seamus Cannon with support from Grainne O Malley and Colin Scuds. It was designed by Elaine Pearce as a series of 15  bite-sized stories highlighting key events in the harbour’s history. Tales of heroism, genius, celebration, tragedy and how the harbour began with a tragic double  shipwreck are told alongside an account of how the harbour became the largest construction project of its time in Ireland.

Dún Laoghaire harbour was witness to some of the greatest historical events of the past two centuries and these moments are captured in vivid colour with remarkable  illustrations.

The book will ignite the imagination of school children along with curious adults and  tourists alike.

It is available now priced just €9 in local bookstores and can be purchased online by going to the website www.becpublishing.com.

Pictured at the launch of The Story of Dun Laoghaire Harbour are Colin Scudds, historian, Gráinne O’Malley, historian, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education, Seamus Cannon, author and Eliane Pearce, designer.

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