A memoir of the simple life in Allen

Allen Village
‘Allen: A Memoir’ is the name of a recently published book by first time author Michael Daly as a tribute to the village where he grew up in the 1930s and 1940s.

‘Allen: A Memoir’ is the name of a recently published book by first time author Michael Daly as a tribute to the village where he grew up in the 1930s and 1940s.

“I grew up there - my parents ran the Leap Supply store and publich house from 1934 to 1954,” said Michael.

I’m over 70 now - I left it in 1954 when the family sold the Leap Supply store and pub, it was also a filling station, and my father was an undertaker and caterer.

“My parenets were Michael and Agnes Daly - a lot of local people would still remember them still. I enjoyed growing up there - very simple childhood - working on the bog and the land as a hobby on a Saturday no mobiles,no computers, very simple lifestyle.”

The book has been divided into two sections dealing with memories from the village and from growing up in the Leap.

“Its in two sections frist six dealing with Allen as it was then and the local people and what they worked out, the lifestyle of the village,” he added. “I write about the old mill, on the River, the second part is to do with the business life and family life and how the pub would get rowdy on St Patricks day. I left Allen when I was 18. The family moved to Dublin and opened a shop in Stillorgan but I would have stayed there - I loved the place -this is like a tribute to Allen for me.”