My former classmate and pal Austin Golding, who is an avid reader and who returns often to visit Newry, sent me a few photos which I reproduce here. Wouldn’t it be great if Austin could join the rest of the eejits in the CWC in that gathering in October ?
Big O (Oliver McMahon of Warrenpoint, comedien) is left: then its Jimmy McGivern (aka Johnny Starr – originally of the Hilton Showband) then Mick O’Neill of Belfast and then our own Austin Golding.
Just to show you the ravages the years can wreak, can you pick out a young Austin from the football team below?
"It cannot be that handsome hunk, third left at the back?" I hear you whisper.
John Lynchis there and many others.
Can you supply the others’ names ?
I loaded this story, went to The Stations at three and walked into Austin Golding on Hill Street in the company of my old neighbour Gregory Hollywood.
It was p*****ng rain so we had only a few words for each other.
"Will you be here in October for the Eejit Fest ?" "Might well be".
Better and better!
A few more names from that second photo:
Back L Paddy McDonald : 2 from Right:Mickey Hart
Front : 2nd Left : Con Donaghy : 3rd Midge Larkin
Any more ?