Friday, October 31, 2008

Short Trousers Days in Navan.

"Short Trousers Days in Navan" by Michael Sheils is perhaps one of the best selling local books published in the last few years. It opens with a frightening account of being trapped underground before harking back to more pleasant times and boyhood escapades along the Boyne and Connolly Avenue.

It introduces characters such as "Scut" and "Anchor" and "Tucker" and a host of others with the odd romantic interlude thrown in, and no rain. Though it wasn't all sunshine, stories of a schoolday incident, or incidents are included, which resulted in newspapers being withdrawn from the shops or even prevented from entering the town at all. Different times!

Days spent in Gormanston Camp or on duty with the FCA are also included and a Full Metal Jacket version of life in Catterick Camp before returning to Ireland and settling down. It ends with an account of "Old Navan" and a number of photographs and poems. More details can be found at or click on the link opposite.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Book Launch/Fergie's Kilmessan.

The book "Excursions" was launched in Fergie's by Trim poet Tommy Murray.
With contributions from Willie G Hodgins, Paul Martin, Pat Duffy,
Isobel Maesto, Peggy Murphy, Kyrie Murray, John Byrne, and not
forgetting some fine singing from Sean Reilly. Available in outlets in
Navan, Trim, Kilmessan and others to follow. Also info on the Meath
Books website and Sheriff from Navan website or leave a message here.
Price €10 Euro and good reading!

Book Launch.

"Excursions" A book of 47 poems by Frank Murphy. To be launched in "Fergie's" of Kilmessan by Trim author and Poet, Mr Tommy Murray, on the 23rd of October 2008 at 8pm. Come early. Limited supply. And good reading!

The Book Cover is a photograph of St Peter and Paul Cathedral Newtown Trim Co.Meath.
Taken from across the Boyne.

Saturday, October 4, 2008



A book of 47 poems ranging from the traditional to the modern A journey to more than a few odd places. On topics as diverse as war, humour, meaning, people and places with a few other things thrown in as well. Verse being the operable word. Launch dates to be announced.
Photograph: Book Cover.
Newtown Cathedral
taken from across the Boyne.