Poem on Memories


I remember the smell from the kitchen,
of bread and semolina buns
cats and kittens asleep by the fire,
and those Sunday visits from the nuns.

And the days we sat in the sunshine
to let our long hair dry,
it seems so short a time ago,
but the years have hurried by.

Originally posted 2004-08-06 00:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bronze Age/Neolithic homes


It is exactly two years since we posted results of the archaeological finds in the Loughbrickland area, unearthed at the construction of the new dual carriageway …

Originally posted 2006-08-26 10:49:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

My Mother


Who fed me from her gentle breast
And hushed me in her arms to rest
And on my cheeks sweet kisses pressed ?
My mother.

Originally posted 2009-11-18 09:12:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Pennyworth of Lies

There’s them that would ridicule me for telling stories out a’ school, but if ye don’t get them from me, where wud ye hear them nowadays?  Me grandfather and namesake toul’ this one to all he’s, an’ he wasn’t the author he’s-self!  There cud be words missin’ and others outa place but I can on’y do me best.

It called the Pennyworth of Lies and it was Jack’s party-piece, a century ago.

Originally posted 2005-02-02 00:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Personal tragedy : Canal/towpath


One cold frosty morning in the mid nineteen sixties, just a few hundred yards further on along the towpath from Riley’s Lock there occurred an extremely sad incident. 

Originally posted 2008-12-02 23:20:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

My Land


On the ninetieth anniversary of the Easter Rising, it may be appropriate to reflect on the words of an earlier patriot, recently referred to by one of our regulars on Discussions – the Protestant patriot Thomas Davis.

Originally posted 2006-04-15 21:59:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Barn Dances


Rosaleen Beattie shared her memories of rural life in South Armagh over six…

Hidden meanings in words


Is there a word that means the opposite of an oxymoron? 

There are some of our readers much cleverer and better informed than us.

We await your reply.

While you work on that, we offer you a few examples.

Originally posted 2006-04-17 00:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter



Christopher Carr writes to update us on the pedigree of a few characters of old. Since his forbears – like mine – come from Monaghan Row/Street, I have a special interest. Hope you have too.

Originally posted 2006-05-30 00:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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