Naas history book proves to be a big hit for charity

Mick Mulvey (centre) makes a special presentation of a plaque to the people of Naas  with (l-r) Cllr. Ann Breen, Naas Mayor Emer McDaid, Cllrs. Rioghnagh Bracken and Seamie Moore. Photo Tony Keane.
A recently published book which traces the history of Naas Town Hall has been reprinted to keep pace with the demand for copies.

A recently published book which traces the history of Naas Town Hall has been reprinted to keep pace with the demand for copies.

To date sales have generated €1,700 which has been handed over to the Jack & Jill Foundation and author Mick Mulvey hopes that more sales will raise a further €700 for the foundation.

“The Story of Naas Town Hall” was edited by Larry Breen, who said it was the result of a great community effort “involving all aspects of the production.”

It was written, researched, produced and printed locally; as well as being distributed locally and sold in local shops.

Naas Mayor Emer McDaid said the book is a remarkable record of community life in Naas for over 150 years and “a unique archive for posterity.”

Mr. Mulvey presented Cllr. McDaid with a commemorative plaque and a signed copy of the book addressed to the people of Naas, which will be exhibited in the council chamber’s display cabinet.

Copies of the reprinted book are on sale locally.

The book traces the history of the Town Hall right up to the present day.

The Town Hall occupies the site of what was once White’s Castle, one of 6 castles in Naas. It was pulled down in 1792 and a jail was built on the site. The building was used as a jail until 1858 when it evolved into an administration centre for Naas - a role it maintains to this day.

A historian, Mr. Mulvey was well placed to write the book. Born in 1941, he moved to Naas with his family in 1950 and his father Michael, opened Mulvey’s pub in South Main Street (no Kalu). He attended national school in what was known locally as the Green School (now Goulding’s Hardware and the rest of his education was in the Moat School (the Moat Theatre).

He also served as a town councillor.