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There Wont Be A Word About Us

Mam and Dad had a wistful saying: “Forty years from now, there wont be a word about us…” rueing the passing of life and death… We always think it wont be so, but maybe it is truer than we care to admit and is true of us all…

Last of the Faithful at St Augustine’s Holy Well

I saw a couple with their children go to the Holy Well on Lough Atalia today. The child appeared to have a bad cough, not a condition the well was known for as far as I know. The only time Ive seen actual pilgrims come to it in all my years in the city. I hope it works for them.

Good Food, Good Meat

My mother worked in the 1925 F Street Club in Washington, where she met Fidel Castro who left little positive impression on …

Whats in a Name

By Mac and O the rhyme does go An Irishman can be known Through this rhyme and a little time The truth …

The Web of Linen

Based on a folk take of the Carty (as Carthy should be spelled!!!) family, told to the Irish Folklore Commission, Eileen’s great …

Let Death Not Sneak In Our Door

In the days gone by during the War On the family farm in old Lislea My mother but a child she was …

Once Upon A Time in Ballinasloe

Once upon a time in Ballinasloe Bollick naked our hero was seen Lying in a mess of his own making Bawling relentless …

Some Man

“Your some man” ~ Joe “Your some man!”, that was his phrase A catch all that could mean anything: Be it that …

Longford during the “Emergency”

Im of Longford extraction and am a Longford man to be when my cottage in Ballinamuck is restored and I move up …

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