Fond memories from Limerick’s Bygone Days in local historian’s new collection

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Ellen and Margaret Glynn, Corbally with Author Denis O’Shaughnessy at the recent launch of his book Bygone Days in the City Library

Ellen and Margaret Glynn, Corbally with Author Denis O’Shaughnessy at the recent launch of his book Bygone Days in the City Library

IT was a night of very fond memories at Limerick city library as renowned local historian Denis O’Shaughnessy launched his latest ‘Bygone Days’ collection.

There was singing and reading in equal measure as more than 150 people turned up to show their support to the Corbally man recently, who once again has scoured the depths of Limerick’s rich archive to deliver a collection of stories which in many cases, time had forgotten.

Among the tales in the collection are the fairies of Ballynanty, a look back at when former England manager Sam Allardyce was paid his wages from Limerick FC in a bucket, and tales from the Hydro Hotel in Kilkee.

And Denis’ oldest grandson Tadgh read a story about a perhaps under-appreciated rugby giant Mick English.

“It is so gratifying to see such a fine crowd and I’d like to thank you all,” Denis told those gathered.

Local Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan was on hand to launch the collection, and she described Denis’ latest collection running to 200 pages and 50 stories as “the ideal present for anyone coming up to Christmas”.

“There’s so much in this. There’s a few serious things in there, including the fact only one of our charters is left. There were so many charters, even though for many reasons, all but one has disappeared. But there is also a great lot of wit and a great lot of humour,” she said.

Denis’s 11 grandchildren travelled from across Ireland to be at the launch, while the event was hosted by his son Donnacha.

The night started with a stirring rendition of 'Limerick, you’re a lady’, and closed off with the parish anthem ‘There is an isle’.

Denis’s latest collection is now available from all good bookshops.