“It takes a village to raise a child…” began Fr. Ray Milton’s message to the large crowd who had assembled last Friday in Rahara for the launch of book titled ‘Rahara – A Century of Memories.’ Fr. Milton stressed the importance of community and said that he was “proud of this community that produced this gem”.
The book, which was edited by Jim Miley and contains wonderful contributions from Rahara and surrounding areas is part of a three-pronged 1916 commemoration staged by Michael Beattie and the organising committee which also included the digitisation of Rahara graveyard records and a social evening featuring local band Vinegar Bill, which took place in the village last Saturday evening. It was all part of a special Rahara Homecoming Weekend.
The book, which Fr. Milton described as “a rich tapestry of culture and print and photo rich”, contains stories and memories from many members of the community, both old and young.
Chairman of the organising committee, Michael Beattie, highlighted the good work of contributors to the project and in particular, Jim Miley who edited the book.
“When we got together we had lots of ideas, pictures, articles and contributions but we had one little problem; we had not idea of how to correlate it ourselves! As luck would have it we a man with lots of experience in the world of journalism and publishing in our parish and he volunteered his services,” he said.
Editor, Jim Miley, told those in attendance how he came on board: “The connection for me with the book was very late one night at a family wedding just before Christmas when my lovely sister Phil said something about a book and the following day told me I had made a commitment, of which I had no recollection!”
However, he followed through on this ‘commitment’ and Jim was extremely pleased with how the book came together. “I was on the end of a chain of a huge number of people who contributed an enormous amount to this book and I have to say it was a hugely enjoyable experience!”
The book costs €15 and is available to purchase by calling 086-6014024. It will also be available in shops in the Roscommon area very soon.