Joan, attended the launch of Jim Lacey’s new book “The Barony of Castleknock”, Thursday night (23/07/2015) at Luttrellstown Golf Club.
The book was officially launched on the night by James Connolly Herron (Grandson of James Connolly, 1916 Proclamation signatory). The book is a celebration of the History of Dublin 7 and Dublin 15, from medieval times through to the 20th Century.
The Barony of Castleknock lies six miles from Dublin on the Navan Road. It was the rallying point for the forces of the last High King of Ireland, Rory O’Connor, in his vain attempt to drive the Gall from the village of Dublin in 1171. Today, Castleknock Barony comprises the following townlands: Abbotstown, Annfield, Ashtown, Astagob, Blanchardstown, Ballycoolin, Cabra, Cappagh, Clonsilla, Carpenterstown, Castleknock, Chapelizod, Corduff, Deanstown, Diswellstown, Dunsink, Huntstown Johnstown, Mitchelstown, Mulhuddart, Pelletstown, Porterstown, Scribblestown, Sheephill and Snugborough.
Castleknock and its environs have been the home of Celts, Norse, Welsh, Normans, English. A Castleknock local could be the descendant of a Norman knight or a Celtic chieftain. Jim Lacey helps the reader view these townlands in a new light, realising that a thousand years of history went into their making, as he records their often stormy histories.