School Days, — August 13, 2009 1:09 — 0 Comments

Showband Scene

These were the days of the show bands and people travelled widely to the dances – Dundalk, Castleblaney, Newry, Mullaghbawn and Forkhill, Warrenpoint, Jerretspass …

I had no car so I depended on lifts. Sometimes a group of us would hire a taxi. This was fine for getting there but there was frequently discord when the dance was over while those who had not "clicked" had to wait for those who had and were seeing the girl home.  


Disappointment and jealousy make a potent combination.  On one occasion I was abandoned in Rostrevor.  I managed to hitch a lift to Newry but walked the 13 miles to Creggan.  It took me nearly four hours. Not a car passed me, although a few were going the other way.  I got home in time for a wash, a quick bite to eat and then off to catch the bus back to Newry.

Oh happy days!

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