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Fidel Castro Meets a Country Girl

The dust was only settling The blood bare dry on the Cuban streets America gauging the new regime Brought him over their …

Wake at Birr

The true and humorous tale, though shocking at the time, of the fiasco of my mothers coffin, at her wake in Birr… …

Sleuthing for the German Reillys

ne of the tragic and most interesting things to come out of the Great War and the Second World War was the …

Barbados Chest in a Molly Cottage

* Molly is a townland in North Longford, Ireland, where my great grandmother Margaret Drake (who married Michael O Reilly, she herself …

Basket Across the Boyne

Smoke had cleared, blood clotted, breaths gone Flies feasted on the dead Victories armies raged the land Men fled to hills and …

Saved by the Buttonhole

“They are buttonhole relations, when the buttonhole breaks, they are nothing” ~ North Longford saying The flames of war streaked the sky …

Telegram Ignored

Next of kin – sisters name given: Duty done, family contacted Telegram ignored – the shame, the shame As if kinship itself …

Irish Family Funerals

Last Patricks Day, everyone else went to the parade dressed in green. Not us. We are Cartys We are from Longford. We …

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