The Poacher’s Yarn
The Poacher’s Yarn is described as a collection of five short essays. The first, entitled ‘Justly proud of the connection,’ is an account of Nellie Armstrong’s visit to King’s County in 1886. The second essay explores the popularity of cricket in west Offaly in the 1860s and 70s, while the third tells the story of the Clara to Banagher railway line, which operated between 1884 and 1962. ‘From Shannonbrige to Westminster’ is the fourth essay in the collection, and it profiles Michael Reddy, a Shannonbridge farmer, Fenian, Land Leaguer and Home Rule MP. Lastly, an essay on the Belmont Hibernian Hall examines how the political and economic climate of the early 20th century led to the formation of a division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Belmont village, and how the hall which the organisation erected came to serve the community for half a century.