Slieve Bloom – The Lost Treasures – A History/Folklore of the Slieve Bloom
I have compiled a history of this area and the people who lived through hard times, from what I know, have seen, heard and read about, and I hope will not be forgotten. I have included a very interesting and detailed map showing old houses and landmarks drawn up in 1997 by Joe Egan, Coolnamoney. The Schools Collection of 1937/38, written by the pupils of Tinnahinch School recorded the history of the district at the time.
It also includes many topics like the destruction of the castles and churches in the area. The legend of the buried gold, The Stony Man, The Hermits Cell and The Robbers Den and many more stories are included. I was born in Tinnahinch at the foot of the Slieve Blooms. A/ fountains, where my family have lived for generations. I attended Tinnahinch National School, and after completing second level education, I got a job with with D.E.Williams Ltd Tullamore, where I worked in the “DEW” and the “MIST” for 25 years. In 1986 I joined the Staff of Offaly County Council in Tullamore and I retired after 20 years.
I have lived in Tullamore now for over fifty years. I always kept in close contact with my roots. I make regular visits to the Slieve Blooms, and I appreciate the wonderful landscape and amenity we have on our doorstep.