Volume six of the popular ‘Rambles Through Kilcommock’ series, penned by local historian and poet, Paddy Egan, is set to be launched this Friday, December 2.
Taking place in Gav’s Bar, Kenagh, the official launch will be performed by Cathaoirleach of Longford Municipal District, Cllr Mick Cahill.
“It’s a collection of poems of rural Ireland, past and present,” explained Mr Egan, who has also got ten historical and photographical books to his name. “I started writing the series about twenty years ago now, and I’ve about 200 poems written in that time.
“They’re a mixed collection,” he pointed out. “But there’s a leaning toward the commemoration of World War I and 1916.
“It also has a variety of photographs of local interest.”
Contained within Mr Egan’s poems are a wide variety of subjects, from a poem about popular TV series ‘Dallas’ to a tribute to famous Irish comedian, Dave Allen, who lived in Kenagh. There’s also a poem about tea; one about thatching, and a tribute to ‘Old’ Johnny McDermott.
“There’s a few controversial ones too,” Mr Egan laughed, pointing in particular towards works based on the fiddle sculpture on the N5 and this year’s General Election.
The launch will put an appropriate end to what was a memorable year for the Kenagh man.
Earlier this year Mr Egan received two hugely coveted awards.
He was presented with a Special Recognition Award by the Longford Association in Dublin, while Mr Egan was also the recipient of an Irish Rural Link National Rural Award for Outstanding Contribution to Community Development in Rural Ireland.
More recently, a poem penned by Mr Egan, 'The Crossover Apron', has been used by an Irish woman in the promotion of her Irish rag dolls in the American market.
Kicking off at 9pm, all are welcome to the launch, and refreshments will be served. ‘Rambles Through Kilcommock Volume VI’ will be on sale in Gav’s Bar on the night, and thereafter in local shops.