There is a Special on RTE next Tuesday (8 pm) on the Troubles, based on Ed Moloney’s book Voices from the Grave. That is based on a series of interviews of ‘players’ undertaken (mainly by the admirable Anthony McIntyre …
Louth County Council is to be commended on its recent renovation work at this historic site. Lug Bhan Fada or “The Long Woman’s Grave” now has car parking space (unfortunately, as yet, loose stone) and the following legend on granite in tribute to the Spanish Lady.
The tune of ‘The Bard of Armagh’ has often been borrowed for country and pop songs – "The Streets of Laredo", ‘Only the Heartaches’ , Dominic Behan’s "The Patriot Game" and an antiwar song of Bob Dylan’s "With God on our Side", just for example. These are the words of the original (?) ……….
I learned from my mother in The Meadow, how to bake homemade bread. It was of necessity. My father, the only wage-earner was recently deceased. There were fifteen mouths to feed.
In the days of our grandparents, the woman stayed at home while the man went out to work – if he was lucky enough to be in work. Even if he had his own farm, he would seek seasonal work to supplement his income. This might entail flax-pulling or potato picking on another man’s farm.
Sarah Boyle was born at High Street, Keady, the daughter of Tommy Boyle and Margaret Greene, in October 1900.
It’s hard to understand the ways of a woman and Bridget, wife of Patrick Molloy from remotest Mayo was no exception.
It may seem hard to believe nowadays, but in former times even the mattress on the bed was home-made.
It was back in the oul’ days – about eighty or ninety years ago – and there was this chap and he needed a woman. He was about forty he’s self and a little bit past it …