Christy Roe was one on Newry‘s characters. He was a man of simple pleasures – a flutter on the horses and a pint were his pastimes in later life.
His two favourite pubs were Felix Larkin‘s and Nan Rice‘s. You could enter Larkin‘s by one of two doors, either from the
One of the stories from Felix‘s was the time Christy was challenged that he wouldn‘t streak out through the door in
Filling his lungs, he charged off out the
To make matters worse, it was a Saturday evening and people were streaming out of Mass at the nearby St Catherine’s Church. What the pious congregation was confronted with was certainly not a pretty sight!
Then there was the tale of the fairy tree in
He had his own peculiar manner of speech that became legendary.
He liked to talk about his favourite films. His all-time favourite, he said, was, ‘The Birdman of Albatross.’
He took a shine for a young girl working up at Daisy Hill. Asked what she did, he replied, ‘Ah, she’s an artillery (Auxiliary) nurse.
She’s concerned, he noted, about my overweight and she told me to go to the hospital to get my collateral checked.’
Of Felix Larkin, he remarked that he had ‘killed two elephants with one stone’.
When someone got one over on Felix (the pub owner) Christy explained: ‘Your man pulled the wig over Felix Larkin’s head.’
He took a trip abroad by aeroplane, and was recounting all the ills that befell him.
‘If on’y I’d went be boat, I‘d be flying naye!’ he concluded.
Christy passed away a few years ago.
He is sadly missed.
This offering from Anthony Carroll – like all the Reminiscence stories of June, and all those coming in July – was part of our recent Reminiscence competition.
We are grateful to Tom Kelly, local businessman who kindly sponsored this event just to help Newry Journal to survive.
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… Kitty Kelly …