"To Cut a Long Story Short" by Paddy Maguire, is a collection of stories and poems that span over ninety years. Launched in Fergie's of Kilmessan on the 16th of May by his nephew Adrian, the book sold out almost on the first day. Paddy was a noted athlete in his day, playing hurling for Kilmessan and a member of the Garristown Athletic Club in the forties. Indeed his father won a Meath senior championship medal in 1907 and his grandchildren play for Kilmessan today. His nephew Adrian, already mentioned, was one of the best national hunt jockeys ever to come out of Ireland. So a sporting family!
But there are other stories here. From the Eucharistic Congress to trips around Kerry in his Renault 4L, to village life and farming. Distances travelled that people need sat-navs for today. If you want a copy you may have to wait. Sold out on the first run! But check around Kilmessan?
Photo: Book Cover.