Mar 25 2017

‘The Ma’s Pushchair restored…’

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Before and After March 2017

‘I remember when the Ma’ had one of these for the younger brother. It was often used for collecting the odd bag of turf or a bottle of Calor Gas for the fire. But most of all it was used like a trolley with gangs of kids jumping on it as it was pushed down Broombridge. I bought this one at an auction for a few bob and had it fully restored. Now, don’t ask me what I’m going to do with it or where I’m going to keep it..’

Mar 18 2017

‘1966 and life was great…’

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Could this be me

Martin Coffey 1967

‘Could this be me I wonder?…This photo was taken in Woolworth’s in Grafton Street in July 1966. I was in town one Saturday evening with Tony Norton and Georgie McCluskey. Earlier that day I bought some new gear, black shirt, white tie and black suede boots. We went for a stroll into Stephen’s Green at around 7.30pm. At some stage or other we heard a woman screaming and we laughed at the idea of it being some Hippy out of her head and dancing around. As we came to the Duck Pond we saw this woman standing next to a tree and screaming “He’s dead”, or maybe it was “She’s dead”. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a little figure lying face down in the water about 200 yards out. I ran and jumped into the water and waded out to it. Now, I have to tell you that at that time I couldn’t swim an inch to save my life.

I remember lifting the little limp and dead figure up into my arms and making my way back to the edge of the lake. I could see that my two pals and a group of people had gathered around the screaming woman. As I came near to the edge I didn’ t realise that there was a cemented slope underneath the water and slipped face down with the little child in my arms. I smashed my forehead on the cement and I remember watery blood running down my face.

My two pals reached in and helped pull me and the little tot out of the water.One man held the child upside down to drain any water out of it. I put the child lying on the grass and applied Artificial Respiration that I had learned in the Cabra Tech. Now, the child was dead when I took it out of the water, with no sign of life. Suddenly the little soul came back to life and started screaming it’s lungs out. A woman told me to take off my new suede boots and she handed me her head scarf to dry my feet with. I remember turning around to see how the child was but both mother and child had gone.

The Park Attendant came over and started giving me loads about I’m not allowed to be in the water. Tony Norton told hiim what had happened and he suggested we go to the hospital down the road to get my clothes dried out. We did that alright but the hospital boiler was turned off because it was summer time. We travelled home to Cabra West and me soaking wet but when the Bus Conductor heard of our story he wouldn’t take any fare from us. The Da’ told me I’d get a big reward and that it would be in the papers. But I never did hear anymore of this incident and over the years I often wondered how the child fared out. So when I came across this article in the Newspaper Archives I just wondered…

Mar 08 2017

‘And there he was…’

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Bogies Indian

‘Now, I know it’s hard to believe but there I was strolling around the Bogey Fields when I spotted “Your Man” on his horse. I think he was making his way down to the hills by the side of the railway line near Matt Whelan’s pub. It’s a pity I didn’t have my gang with me, we could have ambushed him and held him for ransom. I didn’t even have my Hurley Rifle with me to take a shot at him, so I let him go but next time he mightn’t be so lucky…’

Mar 01 2017

Jack Merriman…1964

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Jack Merriman Cabra 1964

Mr Jack Merriman from Cabra West out in Cyprus recording the events and happenings involving the Irish Peace Keeping Troops in 1964.

Feb 25 2017

‘It’s a Hold-Up…’

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Clontarf Bridge fixed

‘My mother remembered as a young girl, walking towards this bridge during the Troubles with her mother and auntie when soldiers had a barricade across the road. Her mother was pushing a pram with the baby in it and unerneath the baby was guns and ammunition destined for a house in Clontarf. As one of the soldiers approached them her mother became very nervous of being caught with the guns. Her auntie reached into the pram and pinched the child on the leg. When the soldier heard the screaming and bawling he told them to hurry home and feed the child. My mother said that the two women were laughing all the way down the road…’

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