Post by Matt McNamara on Feb 10, 2011 22:12:42 GMT
The following article was sent to me and is the masterpiece of Joey Kelly. He describes his memories of growing up on the Curragh Camp during the 50’s 60’s 70’s. It is a great read and a real trip down memory lane with contributions from other “Shadowers”.
Thanks again Joey for this piece of work, it is a real gem and a look back at a great time to have lived on The Curragh Camp.
I really enjoyed your memories of the decades of the 50's 60' and 70' s as Tommy S would remark it would bring a tear to a glass eye but seeing as I do not have one of those it did bring it to what I have got. A wonderful piece of nostalgia God I can taste it. i always said there was a buke in you. You print or write it and I will read it
Keep safe, keep well and keep your sense of humour. remember our wants are many, but our needs are few.
Hi Joek...JJ here. I’ve just read your Curragh Memories and as Matt has said it is a masterpiece. I left the Curragh when I was 12 years old and I can still remember the feeling of sadness I had on that day. I’m sure you will all remember the song, “If I had my life to live over....” Well I think that most people looking back on their life would change some things but for me, one thing I would not change is the privilege of growing up on the Curragh. As someone on the forum said “it was like a huge playground” and certainly for me it was a wonderful adventure. Simple things come to mind like being able to name types of trees or birds. I think that people reared in cities and towns have a huge void in what one might call their natural education. Speaking of education, where else in the 50’s would you find a school with access to a heated indoor shimming pool or a fully equipped gym? I agree the school was a tough regime but you learned whether you liked it or not and when I transferred to the ‘Christian’ Brothers I found I could hold my own with the best of them. You can guess why I put quotes around the word Christian Thanks Joek for the memories. Regards JJ
hi joey i have just read you're memories of the curragh it was wonderful brought back so many memories of places and people i had thought i forgot i loved it you are so clever. I'm so proud of you and for the first time in my life i will say (up parse) and Mcdonagh all the very best joey kathyo
Post by billy o connor on Feb 11, 2011 15:27:43 GMT
hi joey, a fabulous read that awakened memories in me that i had not realised were there.........if any of the words are spelt wrong its because i am typing this through floods of tears....mind you its not the first time in our lives that you have mad me cry,but its ok because these ones are tears of joy and hapiness best of luck boc
Hi Joey, A truely fine piece of nostalgia, you covered the length and bredth of the camp and brought back to life the hive of activity that it was, along with the sometimes forgotten faces of old familiar neighbours and friends belonging to our time, on your magical bike trip. It was lovely to be mentioned in dispatches thanks for that,as I'm sure the other Shadowers included will also be over the moon as well. ;D. Great stuff I could feel the heat from that hot summers day 8-)and smell the vinegar from the Wes's chips Jays if the eye was a glass one it'd be swimming around in the pools of tears[all good] brought about this weekend by the wonderful scribing of your good self and Rose. Its true what Andy says about the 'buke' the pair of ye definitely have at least one in ye. I know all of us have some memories but, the two of you have such a detailed store of memorabilia and more important ye have a way of re-telling them that brings the whole lot flooding back to life for the rest of us. God Bless Maryf
Thank you so much for that brilliant trip down memory lane, you awakened so much in me that I thought time and age had erased forever. Your excellent discription of how life was for us on The Curragh made me laugh and cry at the same time. Everything seemed so simple then, we did not have a lot but we were happy. I remember you doing your deliveries on the bike, and yourself and Shanks got up to so much mischief my poor mother was almost driven demented. she often talks about the pranks ye got up to. Once again WELL DONE Joey a literary genius in the making. Take care,