Souvenir booklet reflects on Moville's past

The eagerly-awaited Moville St. Patrick's Day Committee's souvenir booklet has just been launched in time for the Christmas market.

Tuesday, 13th December 2016, 10:15 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:56 pm
Moville St Patrick's Day committee chairman Eamonn McLaughlin and secretary Gerard Sona reading over the book at its launch in St. Eugene's Hall, Moville.

Compiled to mark their silver jubilee, the organisation, which was founded in 1990 has been responsible for the town’s very successful annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and several other related events since their formation after a specially convened meeting in St. Eugene’s Hall, Moville, on February 2nd 1990.

The booklet’s official launch date was due to be at a specially organised ‘Pop-Up Museum’ that was to take place in the town in November but unfortunately that had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.

It has however been rescheduled for early next year. As a result, it was decided to have a less formal launch at this stage to ensure the booklet’s availability for the anticipated Christmas market.

The material in the booklet is both varied and interesting, featuring extracts from the minutes over the years. It also includes a selection of pictures taken at various parades and associated events, some reflections from committee members and a few articles from local contributors.

Consequently, the committee says it constitutes an important social and cultural document reflecting the history of certain aspects of life in the town during the past 25 years.

The committee would like to thank all those who contributed written articles for publication, photographs and other general information.

They would particularly like to thank Leo McCauley for his input and a very special word of thanks to Cathar Sona who took responsibility for the general layout and graphic design, dedicating several hours to this onerous task. The booklet is a limited edition and is currently on sale in several local outlets at four euro.

A spokesperson for the group explained that given the mass amount of emigration from the locality some people might wish to purchase a few copies to send to family and friends abroad. They might also want to keep a copy for themselves so the committee deliberately kept the price to a minimum to facilitate this.

They also wanted to give people a wee bargain at Christmas when the purse strings might already be under severe pressure.

So, as well as being a keepsake it also makes an ideal small Christmas gift and is also a ‘most enjoyable read’ with a nice little touch of nostalgia especially at this time of the year.

If you are intending making a purchase you need to be quick because of the limited number printed and as they say in the business: ‘When they’re gone, they’re gone.” In addition to local outlets, booklets can also be purchased from any of the following committee members: Eamon McLaughlin, Gerard Sona, Audrey Bredin, John Canning, Joe Bredin, Paddy Kearney and Martin McColgan. You can also contact [email protected]