"Short Trousers Days in Navan" by Michael Sheils is perhaps one of the best selling local books published in the last few years. It opens with a frightening account of being trapped underground before harking back to more pleasant times and boyhood escapades along the Boyne and Connolly Avenue.
It introduces characters such as "Scut" and "Anchor" and "Tucker" and a host of others with the odd romantic interlude thrown in, and no rain. Though it wasn't all sunshine, stories of a schoolday incident, or incidents are included, which resulted in newspapers being withdrawn from the shops or even prevented from entering the town at all. Different times!
Days spent in Gormanston Camp or on duty with the FCA are also included and a Full Metal Jacket version of life in Catterick Camp before returning to Ireland and settling down. It ends with an account of "Old Navan" and a number of photographs and poems. More details can be found at http://sherifffromnavan.blogspot.com/ or click on the link opposite.