SEVENTY YEARS of St Michael’s Villas has been celebrated throughout 2023 and a special publication will be released to mark this milestone.

Photographs from John O’Neill, Pat Hanrahan plus the O’Loughlin siblings Eddie, Gerald and Ann from a memorable weekend in July where seventy years of St Michael’s Villas was marked with a series of celebratory events.

Cora Hahessy McNulty, a native of St Michael’s has compiled the book and has expressed her gratification to the talented photographs for helping to capture the latest page in the history of the area.

Over 620 photographs are included in the book which will be launched by Ennis parish priest, Fr Tom Ryan, himself a proud native of St Michael’s Villlas. The launch will be held on Wednesday (December 13th) at Maria Assumpta Hall from 7pm. The SMV70 choir which was formed for the celebrations will be performing on the night and seasonal refreshments will be served.

A limited edition publication, it will cost €20 and is expected to sell out, no reprints will be made available. All profits from the book will be presented to the St. Michael’s Villas Grotto Committee who are raising funds to tarmac the entire surface of the grotto.

Cora told The Clare Echo that the book is an ideal Christmas present and the St. Michael’s diaspora all over the world will want to get it in the post for the festive season. “Everyone is invited to the Book Launch, a night of festive fun. A big St. Michael’s welcome await you all.
After the launch the book will be on sale at Ennis Parish Office”.

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