John’s memories of The Snug … on DVD

Well-known local historian John Kerrigan sits in the snug which his grandmother used to bring him to as a boy.

  Now John, a Roscommon town resident with a deep love for and interest in the history of the town and county, is set to launch a DVD called ‘Memories of the Snug.’

  The snug in question is one of two located in JJ Harlow’s bar in Roscommon town.

  Speaking to the Roscommon People ahead of next week’s DVD launch, John said: “In fact there are two snugs, one on each side of the front door, perfectly preserved in this truly authentic old-style pub. Seated in one of them, it reminds me of a confessional, which, I suppose it is, in the broad sense.”

  John fondly remembers weekly visits many years ago.

  “As a boy I would come here with my grandmother on her weekly shopping trip. Business completed, she would retire to the snug in the company of her friends and neighbours, gracious old ladies, all clad in black shawls, for a glass of stout and a quiet chat, in complete confidence, before returning home.”

  John’s late mother, formerly Bridie Harlow –one of seven sisters – had a great love of singing, as had all her siblings. They instilled a love of song in John.

  Now John has compiled his memories of the snug. The documentary, with a running time of just under an hour, takes in the interesting bric-a-brac on the shelves, a fond recollection of some group photographs, and features John singing some of the ‘Harlow favourites’ from his childhood.

 ‘My grandmother would retire to the snug in the company of her friends and neighbours, gracious old ladies, all clad in black shawls, for a glass of stout and a quiet chat’

  The launch and first viewing will be held in JJ Harlow’s on Friday, 27th November at 7 pm.

  John is extending an open invitation to all.

  “Hopefully, this will be an enjoyable night for all, as it will provide an ideal opportunity for people to recall their own memories of Roscommon town from their childhood.”