Do you have a copy ?The late Very Rev. James (Jim) Coombes wrote a booklet called
Utopia in Glandore: James Redmond Barry and William Thompson, Socialist.
by Rev James W Coombes and published by Muintir na Tir, Butlerstown, Cork. in 1970
As far as I can gather it is 48 pages long. We have been contacted and asked to see if any copies of the publication are still around. If you have a copy we can put you in contact with the person looking for it.
I have gotten the following details from the Diocese of Cork and Ross website
The late Very Rev. James (Jim) Coombes was born in the Parish Clonakilty / Darrara
He Attended St. Patrick's College, Maynooth Co Kildare, Ireland
He was ordained in St. Patrick's College Chapel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare on the 19/6/1949
His ministries included
Clogagh AP : 16/7/1999 - 11/6/2000
Timoleague PP : 1/9/1986 - 16/7/1999
Skibbereen Adm : 14/9/1981 - 1/9/1986
Castlehaven Adm : 20/6/1974 - 14/9/1981
Courtmacsherry CC : 18/8/1965 - 20/6/1974
Clogagh CC : 12/12/1961 - 18/8/1965
Skibbereen CC : 21/5/1961 - 12/12/1961
Sherkin Island CC : 1956 - 21/5/1961
Leap CC : 1954 - 1956
Ministry Abroad/ Hexham & Newcastle : 1949 - 1954
He was an outstanding local historian. His published works include:
A History of Timoleague and Barryroe (1969),
Utopia in Glandore (1970)
A Bishop of Penal Times (1981).
He co-founded and edited Seanchas Chairbre.
Date Of Death
Place Of Death
St Moluada's Church, Clogagh, Timoleague, Co. Cork
Place Of Burial
Church of the Nativity of Our Lady Grounds, Timoleague, Co. Cork
The death occurred unexpectedly on Sunday June 11th, 2000, of Fr. James Coombes, retired parish priest of Timoleague.
Fr. Coombes was a native of Clonakilty and was ordained in Maynooth in 1949.
He was parish priest of Timoleague between 1986 and 1999 when he retired but continued to assist in the parish saying Mass in Clogagh church.
Fr. Coombes' early years as a priest were spent in Newcastle in England and his ministry at home saw him serve in almost every parish of Ross diocese.
He served terms as Administrator in Castlehaven and Skibbereen parishes before becoming parish priest of Timoleague.
He was buried in Timoleague after concelebrated Mass on June 13th.