Who will win?


‘Fools rush in’, they say, and here’s this fool rushing in again with his predictions for the Amateur Drama Festival, despite the fact that we have not yet seen Phoenix (tonight with ‘Da’), Bart (tomorrow with Lady in the Van), or Lurig (Blood Brothers).

Originally posted 2006-03-30 13:53:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Miscellaneous Memories: 1


‘.. there was no central heating in houses. In our house there was a big range .. like a modern Aga .. that heated the kitchen. There was no heat in our bedrooms at all .. so we had to have hot water bottles in bed. You looked after your bottle. There weren’t many then, like there is today.

Originally posted 2006-04-07 00:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Son of Ballinliss


I’m thinking it must be word-and-idea association that drives me! Anna Belle spoke of Ballinliss and that brought to mind another past-pupil of that tiny school.

John McNally of Ballinliss, Killeavy spent twenty years gold-mining and prospecting in Alaska!

Originally posted 2006-05-07 00:50:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Miss Munroe: First School


The only school in the district was a one-room Protestant school two miles away. Our parents were reluctant to send us but keeping up with our ‘larnin” was more important than religious persuasion so off we went, Sally and I!

Originally posted 2006-09-10 14:29:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter



‘On Tuesday morning last when the premises of the Frontier Mineral Water Company in Queen Street were opened, it was found that they had been burglariously entered  ….

Originally posted 2007-09-07 09:52:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Easy Quiz Answers


Yesterday’s questions were really, really easy, weren’t they?

Well.  Let’s see how you scored.  Just one right from eleven and you pass!

Originally posted 2009-09-03 09:55:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Tony Rushforth at Drama Festival

We had a lively and entertaining start to the Newry Drama Festival last evening. Your editor ended the evening in the pleasant company of Barry and Donna Crawford [in The Bridge] and reminisced of Mark Burns, Donna’s brother in faraway San Francisco. Greetings Mark!

Originally posted 2011-03-26 11:52:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sonny McCullagh


This morning I tended the grave of Sonny McCullagh. It is the forty-fifth anniversary of his death. Tonight we will celebrate mass for the repose of his soul.

Originally posted 2007-05-19 12:38:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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