Those of us lucky enough to grow up in The Meadow of the 50s and 60s had a number of McCrums as pals – I remember with fondness the late Eamon, with whom we’d play football in the Big Green – then there were Terry and Liam who were of an age with us, class-mates and pals, and there is Martin (altar-boy in St Bridgets) and Finnoula.
Geordie, their father still lives in
‘When we moved in, most of The Meadow houses – here in
I tiled four houses in
There was a great religious balance here. There were families up the road there called Bailey, the Barrys, McCandless and of course the Lindens who are still there.
Billy Russell was Pipe Major in the Frontier Pipe Band. People say Billy left the Meadow because of The Troubles but that is a complete fallacy. He had four children and he got a four-bedroomed house in
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