37 things that make you Old Naas


Robert Mulhern mulhernrobert@hotmail.com


Robert Mulhern mulhernrobert@hotmail.com

37 things that make you Old Naas

How 'Old Naas' are you?

Some things that make you old Naas (well somebody who grew up there in the 70s and 80s). 

1. Your earliest experience of social media was reading the court pages in the Leinster Leader. 

2. Bagatelle didn’t play Naas every weekend. Their posters just outlasted their success and they were wallpapered to every ESB box.

3. McKiernan's on the Kilcullen Road felt like it was part of the same franchise as Mini Brennan's on the Dublin Road.

4. The prospect of being sent to Mrs Kennelly’s office in Ballycane School was a worrying fate.

5. Digby Bridge was your day at the beach.

6. Jumping off Digby Bridge was your substitute for Mosney.

7. Ghostbusters coming to the Dara One brought the the kind of hysteria witnessed in U2’s video The Streets Have No Name.

8. After queuing from as far back as Donals it was a f***kin annoyance that Hollywood actors had to compete with a ringing telephone at the back of Dara 1. This happened fairly often, to Clint Eastwood and Michael J Fox as well as Bill Murray.

9. You could smoke in the Dara 1 then even though it was illegal for you to buy them.

10. Oxygen, which would come years later, had nothing on the Battle of the Bands and Stirrups in Punchestown.

11. Really! Someone’s going to make a nightclub out of the Garda Station and call it the Naas Court. It will never work!

12. Bomb dives weren’t forbidden in Naas Swimming Pool. They were actively encouraged. Ditto old tyre tubes and mini rafts for swimming apparatus.

13. Jumping over the disinfectant bath on the way in was your greatest swimming stroke.

14. May Leonard taught you to swim.

15. Getting past Tom on the door of the Five Lamps required no cunning just the heartiest of greetings.

16. Brother Cod coordinated your education, Brother Wright enforced it.

17. You never saw Sister Anne or Sister Bosco in public but you knew them as the equivalents of the above Brothers.

18. CBS caretaker Billy Sheridan was not to be tangled with.

19. The extension in Naas CBS will always be the awful red box-like building that you now have some affection for.

20. You’ve been to a Spanish disco in the CBS where black bags had to be stuck to the windows to block the light.

21. Someone bought you drink in Mulveys.

22. Enough time past and you sat down and bought your own drink in Mulveys.

23. Night Shades wasn’t a sex shop. It was a video shop on Basin Street with a good horror section.

24. Kildare GAA updates that followed a reading from St Paul or some other saint were nothing unusual when Moling Lennon said Mass in St Davids.

25. Make that the new and the old St Davids.

26. Monread was nothing but a small housing estate beside Ashgrove, and now look...

27. There was always Kerry heads knocking around Eddie Marums on All Ireland day.

28. The shortcut through Martin’s Avenue really could save a couple of minutes of your day.

29. Johnny Cahill's was more a viewing gallery than a bike shop.

30. You’ve told someone not of the town about the Rolling Stones getting barred from Fletchers.

31. Johnny Dwyer refereed you in football.

32. Someone you know had the wrong tooth pulled in Naas hospital.

33. Sausage, Chip and a Can was one old pound in the Yankee Express and you queued your entire lunch break for the privilege.

34. When this offer wasn’t available you went to the Capri.

35. Ming Wah up by Esmondale had a monopoly on ethnic food.

36. There was always someone from around the place in the Lebanon.

37. You feel there should be a preservation order on what’s left standing of the above.