Post by almasherryambrose on Mar 31, 2011 20:11:56 GMT
hi kathy my mam would be 68 this yr she died wen she was 60 8 yrs ago yea im fine getting on ok this is a gr8 site to look back on life in the curragh wen mam and dad were there martin ambrose was her da and she went to school in kildare she worked in easons and the wes
A hugh hello and a very big big thank you to all who contributed to "Growing up in McDonagh".I was in the band which was in McDonagh,and can remember quite a few of the names that have been mentioned.I was only there for a short while !(1961-1962),but can remember going to see Elvis in G.I.Blues at the picture house with Maureen O'Brien.I also remember seeing a hypnotist there whilst with Maureen. I also recall,Pauline McGlinn,Olive Coleman and Mary and Ellen Bolger,and who can forget the hours that were spent in the Wes,feeding the jukebox and listening to songs by,Billy Fury,Elvis,Eden Kane,Jimmy Justice,The Everley's and too many more to mention but never forgotten by me.My,as Mary Hopkin sang:THOSE WERE THE DAYS.Best wishes to you all and hope to read up on some more memories of the past. Slean Leat.xxx
Post by Frank O'Connor on Apr 21, 2012 3:51:27 GMT
Getting back to the pipers picture on page 7...I can't believe that's Pop Hayes. I was in the same class at school as Fergie, and I knew Pop a few years later when he lived in Pearse. He was tall and I would guess he was at least a couple of years older than me (and therefore Fergie). The Pop in the picture looks so small, as if he was younger than the others. It looks like him, judging by the face I suppose, but he just doesn't look old enough.
Another thing.....Guvvy Prendergast?.... I always thought it was Gummy. I must have had spuds in my ears.....Me Ma always said I had on saturday bath night (ie strip wash by the kitchen sink) when she would force a large flannel face cloth in one ear and right out the other side.
Re:GROWING UP IN McDONAGH -THINGS I REMEMBER Hi frank yes indeed i also was under the impression the Jimmy Prendergast was known as Gummy, so us Pearse lads might have been suffering from the chisslers illness known as spuds in the ears, how are things with your good self keeping well i hope bye for now Johnny
Post by Frank O'Connor on Apr 22, 2012 1:56:22 GMT
Hi Johnny..or should I say hi Sharky?
Yes, I'm doing ok I guess, although struggling at times with the holes and imperfections in my memory, as I've been a long time gone from the Curragh.
I would guess from your encyclopedic knowledge that you have spent most of your life there, probably as an army man. Do I guess right?
My best memory of you would be as Sharky, the undisputed leader of the Sharks. That would make you a kind of Curragh version of Travolta I suppose.
I have great memories of many carefree hours spent cavorting in the swimming pool with your good self and various other Pearslings of our time, some of whom were Sharks, and some of whom were members of a rival swimming gang led by Paddy (Homer) Troy. Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the other gang.
I guess I'd better be careful. I wouldn't want these Mc Donagh people to think we Pearselings were trying to hijack their thread. As I remember, we were always great enemies, and many were the battles fought between these two great tribes.
Hi Francis That other gang were the Pearse Rangers. Nice to have you back in full flight, hope you are keeping well. Came across an old photo of all the traders in the camp in the 50s- 60s and 70s including your Father Paddy with whom I had the pleasure of working for as his Messenger Delivery boy in the late 60s, a true gentleman. I will get the photo to Matt as soon as possible and I am sure that he will post it on the site. Regards to you and all. " Up Pearse". and "Up the Curragh" JoeyK
I was at two weddings the receptions were held at the houses, one of Mary Phillips RIP sister of Paddy Maginns, and one of the McCusker girls, the parties were brilliant, the one thing I remember is the wooden crates all stacked up in the bit of a porch between the back door and toilet, there was trifle galore in McCuskers, I think they only had about two records and the one I remember most is Dan from Connameara. Myslef and Blaise Phillips spent most of the day Mary got married sitting on their front step eating cake and biscuits, we ran behind Mary and Sambo as they walked up to Donnelly Swifts to have their photographs taken. The Congo parties were also brilliant, plenty of singing and dancing and again loads more crates stacked up, and of course there was always a crate of Mahons red lemonade for the kids.
Rose UP McDonagh
I remember the McCusker wedding - I served at the Mass (Fr. McGuirk, I think). We altar boys loved weddings - we usually got a half crown from the family. Remember the Philips family too Blaise, Paddy, Vincent from Block B. I lived in no. 7, A Block beside McCuskers in no. 8. Wonderful memories. Ray O'Leary, Chicago.