Two new books have been published by Very Rev John J Silke and Moira Hughes
Raphoe Miscellany 1 & From Courleigh to Creeslough
In Raphoe Miscellany I the Raphoe Diocesan Archive offer to the public a mélange of material from archival and other sources, ranging from early times to the present. The work provides a vivid insight into the life of the ancient diocese. Among matters treated of are Tír Conaill, 734-1250; the first bishops of Raphoe; Scarriffhollis 1650, etc.
From Courleigh to Creeslough tells the remarkable story how JJ Silke who came to Donegal from Paulstown, Co Kilkenny, based at Creeslough, transformed a lowly graded Irish Seed Potato into an international renowned delicacy. Among his signal achievements were the growing of the world’s record yield (over 35 tons per statute acre) in 1929 and the winning of the Derby Gold Medal in 1944, the first and only Irishman to do so.
Each book costs €10 available at Bishop’s House (074 9121208) and Diocesan Archive (074 9161109; email:
), Ards Friary Bookshop and other good book outlets in Letterkenny.
The above two books were launched by Bishop Philip Boyce on 12.07.2012 at the Raphoe Diocesan Archive.
Very Rev. John J Silke, Dean of the diocese of Raphoe, is author of Kinsale: The Spanish intervention in Ireland at the end of the Elizabethan War (Liverpool & Fordham University Presses); Ireland and Europe 1559-1607 (Dublin Historical Association); Irish Scholarship and the Renaissance 1580-1673 (Renaissance Society of America); etc., etc.