WELL known Rahan native, Aidan Grennan has penned a new publication outlining his memories of growing up in the Offaly parish.
Entitled “Memories of Rahan”, the book will be launched on Friday week next, November 16 at 8.30 pm in Rahan Hall and all are welcome.
“I believe many people like a bit of nostalgia, a trip down memory lane,” the new author told the Tribune when he called to our offices this week.
He added: “In this book I recall a wide selection of memories from my life spent in Rahan – going to school, serving Mass, going down to our local shop and later being involved in various groups like the hall committee, Macra, the Pioneers and the drama group.’
More of Aidan’s memories include ‘tricking around on Halloween, going fishing, raiding orchards and hitching to dances.’
“Then we had the Friday night youth club where we pounded the hell out of the floor in Rahan Hall to ‘Knock three times’ and ‘Is this the way to Amarillo?’.
Continued Aidan: “Attending church was an ever-present matter for everyone. We had the May and October devotions, the Children’s Mass on a Saturday morning, the Holy Hour and Lenten devotions. And we had the Parish Mission too! There was nobody quite like Fr Devine to shake the cobwebs off anyone who might be inclined to ‘nod off’ early.”
“Schooldays went both ways,” pointed out Aidan explaining: “The days when we learned something interesting like European capital cities or days we were lashed across the hands with a length of hazel stick.”
The book also looks back to a time when the local shop really was local – and there were nine such shops in the parish at the time.
May 14 brought St Carthage’s Day with its donkey derby and slow bicycle race among others.
“Like thousands more children we played Cowboys and Indians and there was a wonderful place in Killina for this pursuit!”
Outlined Aidan: “All of us knew Dinny Kelly, He was out faithful postman who knew the inside of every house in Pullough and Rahan from his 42 years delivering the letters and bills.”
“I mention the many nights when Rahan Hall was really heaving, with the massive bingo crowds. It was heaving too on January 23, 1976, when Brendan Shine and his Superband choked the place to the verge of suffocation.”
There are many more items of interest in the publication about living in Rahan and surrounds.
“I hope readers will find it to their liking,” stressed Aidan.