A very special book is being launched this week that will take you on a historic trip along the Dodder to see two suburbs, including Churchtown.

‘On the Banks of the Dodder’ by Ged Walsh is an illustrated history on Churchtown and Rathgar, with illustrations by Michael O’Brien.

Ged Walsh has had a lifelong interest in local history, particularly that of the Rathgar/Churchtown area where he lives.

A member of the Old Dublin Society since 1970 and of the Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society since its foundation in 1996, he has given talks on various topics to several Local History Societies and Active Retirement Associations.

‘On the Banks of the Dodder’ takes you on a trip along the Dodder and see the two suburbs, Rathgar and Churchtown, nestling on opposite banks.

Their evolution gives a unique view on the development of Dublin and Ireland through the centuries: from fields and farms to the densely populated, busy suburbs of the 21st century.

With meticulous research, anecdotes about residents famous and other wide and rediscovered full coloured photographs, maps and new drawings throughout, this is a beautiful book to be treasured.

Speaking of the book’s success, Ged Walsh told Dublin Gazette he is over the moon with the positive reaction.

Michael O’Brien. Illustrated the book. Photo: Richard Mills

“The launch in Rathgar went beyond my wildest expectations. You plan these things for years and you hope in your soul they will go well.

“The great thing with being involved with a big publisher like O’Briens, is that you hand in a script and then they have a design and editorial team and what turns out is a magnificent, handsome, behind my wildest dreams book.

“I was also so lucky that not only was Michael O’Brien the publisher, but he illustrated the whole thing as well. He had 67 illustrations in the book.”

The Churchtown launch of ‘On the Banks of the Dodder’ will take place today, Thursday November 14, in De la Salle, Churchtown at 7.30pm.

The book is available from www.obrien.ie, in bookstores and in SuperValu, Churchtown.