20.9 x 14.9 cm. viii, 143 pp. illustrated with photographs and maps 1992
Published by the Portobello Press, the author's own press.
Valentia is in south west Kerry, next parish America. In the 19th century it was very different from other west coast islands because it had three major industries: fishing, slate-quarrying, and communications. These blended to form a unique social mix. As well as farmers and fishermen, the island had quarrymen, engineers, cable technicians, radio officers, meteorological staff, and a resident landlord, the Knight of Kerry. Valentia, a Different Irish Island is an account of their lives.
Nellie O'Cleirigh is also author of Carrickmacross Lace and, with Veronica Rowe, Limerick Lace, both published by Colin Smythe Ltd.