TOURNAFULLA native Patrick O'Shaughnessy is to fulfil a lifetime dream this weekend when, at 81 years of age, he launches his first ever book, On the Banks of the Allachán
Now living in Templeglantine, Patrick (pictured right) has spent several years compiling his book, in which he paints a picture of the social and cultural side of growing up in West Limerick in the 1930s and '40s. He recounts the customs of his time, life during The Emergency, the local dance hall scene, emigration and much more.
According to his daughter Catherine, he regales the reader with tales of pub raids, bailiff chases and other adventures and also speaks of the many fine people he has met along the way.
"His story is told with more than a pinch of humour, abounding with tales of funny escapades, anecdotes and jokes," Catherine says.
Patrick's good friend, local broadcaster and historian Tony Browne will officially launch the book at 8pm this Friday night, November 16, at the Devon Inn Hotel.
Patrick and his family extend an open invitation to the people of Tournafulla, Templeglantine, West Limerick and neighbours to attend the launch, where they will also be treated to musical entertainment.