Tribute to rambler JB Malone
WALLS of Tallaght library have come alive with pictures and stories of the Dublin and Wicklow mountains in tribute to legendary hill-walker JB Malone.
Mr Malone, who died 25 years ago, was the father of the 117km Wicklow Way walking tour and promoter of Irish walking from the 1930s. He was a skilled cartographer and wrote for the Herald for 40 years.
On the back of the popularity of these articles, the paper first published in 1950 a historic trail-finder book about Dublin written by Mr Malone, called The Open Road. It was one of the first ever walking books published.
Among those to attend at the opening of the exhibition yesterday were the walker's children John and Rose Malone.
Rose said: "I'm hoping that not too many forests get sold off because they are such a great way of giving access to people and Dublin is really lucky to have access these mountains."
John said his dad was very good at keeping things and many items had been donated to the exhibit: "He had lots of books and maps and papers and notes. We got together the stuff we thought would be interesting."
Speaking at the official opening of the exhibition in Tallaght, Alan Steenson, editor of the Herald, said: "It's great to see the wealth of Malone's work documented. He was a true pioneer who did an awful lot for walking that's still relevant today, the Wicklow Way being the obvious one.
"The collection of Malone's walks, put together by Frank Tracy, will prove a valuable resource for years to come."
The exhibition runs until November 22.