On Tuesday 31st August, Mayor Eamonn Maloney of South Dublin launched an new book by Joe Williams telling the history of the Monastery of Mount St, Joseph in Clondalkin. The launch took place in Clondalkin Library before a capacity attendance. Joe is a member of Clondalkin History Society and many members attended the launch.
At the launch, Joe revealed that the monks from Mount St. Joseph had donated the land for the Carnegie Library in which they were standing and which was opened in 1911.
The book tells the the growth of the Carmelite Third Order and of the many roles served by the Monastery over the years. It is illustrated with many images drawn from Joe’s collection. One interesting person covered in the book is Br. Luke Cullen, who taught at the Monastery. Before joining the Third Order, Br. Luke travelled throughout Wicklow and Wexford collecting the memoirs of the survivors of the 1798 Rebellion, a task he seems to have continued after he joined the Carmelite community.
The book is published by South Dublin Libraries. Priced at €5, it is very good value and is available from any branches of South Dublin Libraries. If you are experiencing difficulty obtaining a copy, please contact Síle Coleman, Local Studies Section, County Library, Tallaght, phone 01 4620073 or e-mail (localstudies at sdublincoco.ie)