This book is the story of a community, told by the people who are themselves that story. It takes a look back at Douglas Parish, from its first mention in church records in 1291 to today's large, vibrant, combined Parish of Saint Columba and Saint Patrick. It recounts and celebrates the work and worship, the joys and sorrows of two hundred years of life, entered around Saint Columba's Church and around the two mammoth mills that dominated the village up to a generation ago.
Life in the parish today is glimpsed through the eyes of those in lay ministry at Saint Columba's, as well as through those who participate in a network of community organisations throughout the parish.
Older men and women look back at how business was done and how fun was had, at a time when Douglas was smaller, simpler and slower of pace than it is now. Their engaging story is one of faith and fortitude, resourcefulness and generosity of spirit, told with affection and humour, and with pride of place.
The schools of the parish, the town lands, the bird life, the natural amenities are all celebrated here.
Bainfear taitneamh ar leith as an da mhir as Gaeilge ata i measc nam gcuimhni cinn sa leabhar.