The decline of a remarkable village –Rooskey– is at the heart of an intriguing new book written by well-known journalist Paul Healy.
In ‘Nothing About Sheep Stealing,’ Roscommon People Editor Paul Healy reflects on his own upbringing in what he has affectionately labelled “the world class village.” Often nostalgic and tongue-in-cheek, and at times angry, Healy laments the decline of a once great village and broadens his focus to ask a wider question: Is Rural Ireland facing terminal decline?
Healy speaks to the English anglers who stopped coming to Rooskey once pollution drained the river of bream; he reflects with Pat Hanley, son of the founder of the factory, on great days in Hanley’s factory; and recalls from his own childhood the remarkable impact the Kon Tiki made when the author’s parents unveiled that unique ‘singing lounge’ in 1970.
The book, available throughout the region, is an appraisal of the challenges facing rural Ireland, a celebration of Rooskey’s golden era and a fascinating and tongue-in-cheek overview of life in post Celtic Tiger Ireland.
The book, costing just €12, is available throughout the region or by contacting The Roscommon People on 090 6634633.