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J.F. Quinn :: Biography

SHRULE – J.F. Quinn’s History

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J.F. Quinn was born in Aclare , Co.Sligo in 1875J.F. Quinn was born in Aclare , Co.Sligo in 1875 . He worked for two newspapers in Mayo in the 20’s and 30’s first as the editor of the Connaught Telegraph and second The Western People.

He lived and worked on the History of Mayo articles from his home for most of his life in Castlebar where he died in 1953.

The articles relating to Mayo history appeared in the Western People from 1931 to 1939 and are being published by that paper again lately.

The entire work has been edited and printed in book form by his son Brendan in the 1990’s.

History of Mayo by JF Quinn ISBN
Volume 1 Ballintubber , Burriscarra , Castlebar ,Ballyhaunis , Straide , Urlaur ,Lillala , Addergoole , Newport , Moore Hall , Balla etc . . 0 9519280 07
Volume 2 Parish of Mayo , Balla , Turlough , Keelogues , Umhall , Newport , Kilmeena , Clare Island , Grainne Uaile ,Achill , Aughagower , Oughaval , Reek , Westport , Boffin , Kilgeever , Ballyovey , Ross , Kilbride , Kilmaine , Kilcommon , Robeen , Ballinrobe etc . . 0 9519280 15
Volume 3 Shrule , Composition of Connaught , Lough Mask , Lough Corrib , Headford , Ross Errilly , Boycott , Land League , Cong , Neale , Moytura , Claremorris , Bekan , Knock , Kilvine , Aughamore , Ballyhaunis , Costello Barony etc . . . 0 9519280 2 3
Volume 4 Ballina , Erris barony , Hy-Fiachrach , O’Dowds , Tireragh , Tirawley , Famine , Landlords and their fate , etc. . . 0 9519280 4 X
Volume 5 Diocese of Kilala , Diocese of Achonry , 0 9519280 5 8

J.F. Quinn series of articles on Mayo history published in the Western People during the 1930s

History of Mayo

by J. F. Quinn , Brendan Quinn
ISBN 0951928007 (0-9519280-0-7)
Hardcover, Brendan Quinn

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  1. Hello Brendan, I understand your father mentioned a newspaper called the Ballina National Times on page 379 of his book entitled ‘History of Mayo’. According to ‘ Longmans Handbook of Modern Irish History Since 1800’ Page362 Pub 2002 this newspaper circulated in Ballina ca 1866-1867 and its proprietor was John Bourns. My g-grandfather was John Bourns who lived all his life in Ballina. Records prove that he was a printer in King St. from at the latest April 1855 until his death in Oct 1912. According to family hearsay, at some point he was the proprietor of a newspaper. Unfortunately, apart from recalling that the title included the word Ballina I know no more. I wonder if it was the one mentioned by your father? Did he by any chance mention if copies of the paper are archived anywhere? Some years ago I found and article in a 1940s Ballina Herald written by your father in which he also mentioned two broadsheets ca 1865: The Bee by W’m Kearney & The Wasp by John Burns (sic).
    If you can throw any light onto any f the above I’d be eternally grateful.

  2. Hello Brendan. I am interested in a document “unpublished and in a British Museum” relating to St. Fechin and possibly Cong, which is mentioned in Vol 3. Can you shed any light on such document now at this remove. Your father’s contribution to Co. Mayo- he being a Sligo Man is way up there higher than the Jackie Clarke Museum in Ballin. thank God for his brilliance,dedication and generosity. Ar rath De go raibh a hanam dilis. Mary

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