Keeping it local is what Pallasgreen annual magazine is all about

THE photo on the front of the Gréan was taken last year, but it could have been taken this week. Snapped by the magazine's editor Ger O'Connell, it shows a herd of goats on a snowy road outside Pallasgreen.

THE photo on the front of the Gréan was taken last year, but it could have been taken this week. Snapped by the magazine's editor Ger O'Connell, it shows a herd of goats on a snowy road outside Pallasgreen.

The photo sums up the weather at the moment, and, inside the magazine sums up everything that has happened in the Pallasgreen area this year.

"I was driving around during the snow last year and I came across Paddy Joe O'Brien and his goats on the road. At first glance they look like dears. It's a nice festive photo," said Mr O'Connell.

And keeping it local is what the Gran was all about, said Mr O'Connell. After a gap of 16 years it made a welcome return last year. It is also the 16th edition produced by Pallasgreen / Templebraden Historical Society.

"It's double the size of last year's magazine, and is the biggest ever," said Mr O'Connell.

"There are many interesting features on Michael Ryan, who was born in Kilduff in 1823, Pallasgreen Creameries and 'the great escape' at Dromkeen Ambush . Oliver Dillon writes about two soldiers who escaped from the ambush

"There's a wonderful piece on how over 5,000 people turned up at Nicker grotto in 1935 and a fascinating photo to accompany it. Other articles include an insight into the opening of Danny Beary's GAA museum in Barna," said Mr O'Connell, who added that the society had been working hard collating material since October.

The Gran was launched in Pat Ryan's Bar, Kilduff, by Mike Gleeson of Limerick's Live 95FM and dozens braved the freezing temperatures to attend.

"It was great to get it off the ground last year. It got a great reaction and we're already getting positive responses this year. We'll definitely continue it on next year again," said Mr O'Connell, who thanked everybody on the committee in the historical society, those who contributed articles and photos and their sponsors.

Continuing the local theme, it was printed by Maurice Kirby, Pallasgreen, who did a lot of work on the magazine as well, said Mr O'Connell. The Gran, sponsored by St Ailbes Credit Union, costs €10 and is available in shops and post offices in the Pallasgreen area.