Ballinamore Community Centre was packed on Tuesday last for the launch of Seán Ó Súilleabháin’s book “Under the Thatch: Memories of a Longford Childhood”.
The launch was performed by Tommy Moran who entertained his audience with extracts from the book and humorous tales from the 1950s and 1960’s.
As Tommy said, while the book is based in North Longford, the way of life described could be found anywhere in rural Ireland at that time.
Stories of clocking hens under the table in the kitchen, fellows playing football on “pitches” dotted with cowdungs, people travelling to mass on the transport box; these and others entertained those in attendance.
The author, Sean Ó Súilleabháin, had people in stitches with stories about preparing a makeshift toilet for the Yankies and how to make a child’s play-pen out of a tea chest.
The night was compered by Mary Conefrey and she pointed out that the book is now available in shops and is a most suitable and entertaining Christmas present.