Conna History Books for sale

In 1990, Conna History Committee – a sub-committee of Conna Community Council – was formed to raise the awareness of Conna’s rich heritage and to record local history events, making them accessible to young and old alike. The History Committee has succeeded in achieving this goal and the constant stream of books produced since its inception is proof of this. Conna district is a small rural community in North East Cork but it is steeped in history and tradition with a wealth of folklore. Its castles, church ruins, old burial grounds and other ancient sites and monuments are a clear indication of all this. With links to such major historical figures as Cromwell and Sir Walter Raleigh, the events that took place in Conna down through the centuries are a microcosm of what happened in Ireland as a whole. The following are some of the publications of Conna History Committee:             

To order any of the following books contact Tom Finn on 0862149601 or email

Muintir history book 001Muintir na Tire Hall Conna
Golden Jubilee 1945-1995   (1995)

1995 was the Golden Jubilee of the opening of the community hall in Conna. To mark this occasion and to salute the tireless work done by Muintir na Tire, the local voluntary organization, a paperback booklet was produced detailing the achievements of those 50 years in the locality. This publication, of over 70 pages is called “Muintir na Tire Hall Conna Golden Jubilee 1945-1995”.

Cost of book€10.00
P &P:  Ireland: €2.65, UK, Europe & the rest of the world: €4.60.


   Conscan0018na in History and Tradition  (1998)

In November 1998 years of hard work finally came to fruition when “Conna in History & Tradition”, was published. This is a 412 page volume with well over 100 pictures maps and illustrations. It contains 25 chapters covering ancient sites and monuments and giving detailed accounts of events from the Anglo-Norman invasion to the present day. The United Irishmen, the Famine, the War of Independence, the changing face of agriculture, life in the early years, Conna creamery, rural electrification ecclesiastical matters, schools, historic families and houses and memories and folklore are but some of the topics described in detail. One reviewer states:”The mix of the book offers the reader intrigue, interest and information and unlike many history books this holds the reader’s attention without effort and offers hours of enjoyable reading to both serious student and casual browser alike”. The book is available in paperback and hard cover.

Cost of book:  Paperback: €20.00   Hardback: €25.00
P & P: Ireland: €8.00, UK, France and Germany: €9.30, Rest of the world: €12.55


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A pictorial book of 50 years of Muintir na Tire  (1995)    

To commemorate the same event in 1995 a paperback pictorial book called “Conna by the Bride”” was produced. Consisting of 108 pages it has views of all aspects of parish life stretching back over 100 years. 

Cost of book: €15.00
P & P:  Ireland: €2.65, UK and rest of the world: €4.60


St CatheriParish book 2000 001ne’s Parish–A Christian Heritage  (2000)

To celebrate Jubilee 2000 , Canon Goolde P.P. felt it was appropriate to tell the story of Christianity in Conna parish over the past 1000 years. A paperback publication was duly compiled called “St Catherine’s Parish –A Christian Heritage”. Conna History Committee had a big involvement in the work. The book contains 116 pages and traces the unfolding story of Christianity through the centuries. It deals with the upheaval of the Reformation and penal times and the amalgamation of five different parishes to form the present parish of Conna. Mentioned also are the parish priests and curates of the parish, holy wells, mass paths, burial grounds and much more.

This book is unfortunately now out of print


Conna Parish DeaIMG_8553th Records  (2005)

Graveyard inscriptions usually contain much valuable information for genealogists and family researchers. With this in mind, Conna History Committee decided to record the inscriptions in all the parish cemeteries. This was completed, with the exception of Ballynoe Graveyard, which has already been recorded in book form. When this was done it was decided to seek additional ways of compiling a more complete death record of the parish. This was achieved by utilising cemetery caretakers’ books, newspaper death notices and death registration records. For good measure it was decided to include the Religious Census of 1766 and the Tithe Proctor’s Book of 1804, which makes for interesting reading. The paperback book consists of 315 pages with plans, indexes and photos.                                                                                     

Cost of book: €20.00
P & P
: Ireland: €5.40, UK, Europe and rest of the world: €6.80


Conna Sp25th 001orts Complex 25th Anniversary Book   (2011)

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Sports Complex this little book was published. It details the fundraising, planning and building of the impressive complex in 1986. It deals with all the clubs and their involvement and history during the 25 years. Its glossy 99 pages are packed full of photographs, statistics and results etc.

Cost of book: €15.00
P & P: Ireland: €4.40, UK, Europe and the rest of the world: €5.80.



A Brief History of Conna (2013)

A concise 8-page history leaflet, ideal for those who would like to know a bit more about the wonderful array of places of interest and historical buildings and events in Conna district.

Cost of leaflet: €2.00 + P & P


To order any of the above books contact Tom Finn on 0862149601 or email

While no books are being written at present the Conna History Committee continues to research historical information relevant to Conna and regularly publish this on the quarterly magazine, Conna and District News.