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Culloty, Nora Herlihy: Irish Credit Union Pioneer. Culloty, A.T. Nora Herlihy: Irish Credit Union Pioneer. Dublin, Irish League of Credit Unions, 1990. 14.5 cm x 21 cm. XVI, 151 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes the following chapters: Foreword by John Hume / Introduction / Ballydesmond / Setting Face to the World / The Search / The Co-operative Way / Legislation and Expansion / Consolidation and the American Influence / Ups and Downs / The Later Years / Back to the Future / Appendix I: In Appreciation – World Council of Credit Unions; In Appreciation – CUNA Mutual Insurance Group / Appendix II: The Movement In Ireland Today (1990).

″Nora Herlihy was a student of the Liberal Arts Extramural Course at University College Dublin. There she met social economics student Tomas O’Hogain who invited her to a December 1953 meeting with Seamus MacEoin about the co-operative model. In March 1954 she and O’Hogain founded the Dublin Central Co-operative Society with the goal of reducing unemployment and emigration through the formation of worker co-operatives. The United States’ Credit Union National Association (CUNA) asked Herlihy to form a subcommittee to examine how the credit union model could be put to use in Ireland. With Sean Forde and O’Hogain she formed the Credit Union Extension Service. In 1957, Minister for Industry and Commerce Seán Lemass appointed Herlihy to a legislative advisory committee on non-agricultural co-operatives.[1] The first two Irish credit unions were formed under Herlihy’s influence in 1958 and she promoted credit unions throughout Ireland. She was instrumental in the formation of the Civil Service Credit Union and the Irish League of Credit Unions,[1] which was founded in 1960 and run from the living room of her Dublin house. She served as unpaid secretary for the organisation, teaching full-time and funding the movement’s development with her earnings.[1][2] In 1963 the board of the Credit Union League of Ireland recognized her as having made the greatest individual contribution to the Irish credit union movement. Her efforts aided the passage of the 1966 Credit Union Act and she stood beside President Éamon de Valera as he signed the act into law.” (Wikipedia)

″The author Br. A.T. Culloty is a native of Ballydesmond. He has been involved in education at different levels in Ireland as well as working with young Irish immigants in London. His interest in local history and the development of local communities led him to publish a history of Ballydesmond in 1986” (publisher).

Keywords: Biography, credit union, Economic history, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish Local History

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Electricity Supply Board, Generation and Transmission System. Electricity Supply Board, Ireland. Generation and Transmission System. Dublin, Electricity Supply Board, 1958. 14 cm x 22.5 cm. 79 pages. Original softcover pamphlet including many photographs and maps. Good condition with signs of external wear. Water-damaged, with several pages stuck together. Cover partially detached.

Includes for example the following essays: River Shannon – Ardnacrusha / River Erne – Cathaleen’s Fall and cliff / River Liffey – Pollaphuca, Golden Falls and Leixlip / River Lee – Inniscarra and Carrigadrohid / Portarington / Allenwood / Ferbane / Miltown-Malbay, Screeb, Cahirciveen and Gweedore / Pigeon House / North Wal / Marina / Ringsend / Ginglas / map showing Generation and Trnasmission at 31st march, 1958 / Diagram Showing Annual Generation – 1930 to 1958 / Diagram Showing Generating Stations and Transmission System at 31st March, 1958 / Chart Showing Weekly Generation Throughout the Year Ending 31st March, 1958.

Keywords: 20th century, Economic history, Electricity, Electricity Supply Board, ESB, Irish History, Irish Interest

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