Hi Charlie, Glad you are keeping well and can still remember those bygone days and the times we went through - I'd do it all again in a flash! As usual did not engage brain before acting, I should have remembered your home town! I remember that your last three were 004 while mine were 003. I really can't remember many of the names of the Pl. The guy next to Sgt Price is Billy Barry(Cork) RIP; 4th from right is Paddy Fennessy (Limerick)- both exers who had rejoined. If I remember correctly there were some 4/5 exers in the Pl.5th from right is Paul Hoare (Athlone) - used to write poetry. There were also two guys from Cork - Liam O'Reilly and Gerry? Long. That is about all this addled mind of mine can remember.Don't suppose there are any more photos of the Pl knocking around - would love to see more.Great to hear from you, beir bua
Hi Joe, Great to hear back from you so soon. You remember those days well. I have two more photos of our Passing Out Day so will pass on to Matt so he can post here. They come with names except for the exers who for some reason I can't name ( I do remember Billy Barry). I didn't make Best Recruit but was in the running till last minute. The guy who did sitting beside Greg Price. I do remember all the other guys well like Paul, Liam etc. Andy will fill us in on some of the others who served in the Curragh. It is great to hear from you after so long. Do you have any news on some of the other guys? If you wish private contact can be made through Messages at top of page. As you can see I have found out how to attach the pics. You may have to become a member of Forum to enlarge them but sure that's good. Best wishes. Charlie.
a couple of great snaps, would not like to be trying to get into that uniform now, I reckon I would have to get the Talents of my friend the tailor Jim Conroy and a bolt or two of cloth to add an extension., and that could only happen if the county council gave permission for the extension. Nice to see the names perhaps Joe might complete the list as I have a bad memory re names.
Michael McMahon alive and well living in Orchard Park Curragh Tom Lacey alive and well living in Brownstown run into them now and then, Andy
Keep safe, keep well and keep your sense of humour. remember our wants are many, but our needs are few.
Hi Joe Hassett, Hope all well with you. I was very pleased to hear from you so I hope we can keep up to date with each other. You were a great help to this young fella way back in McDonagh. As I was telling pal Andy Brennan a couple of weeks ago, when I arrived in McDonagh Bks. one Friday evening I didn't know me arse from me elbow but you guys were a great help. Lots of fond memories and as you said...would do it all again.Hope to hear from you soon. Charlie.
Hi Charlie and Andy, Thanks for the photos Charlie, it was great seeing all those youthful faces again. Charlie, I remember you being in the room when I arrived back from somewhere - you were the first Norn Iron man I had ever met and I must admit I was curious to know if you were as "different" as the Christian Brothers had taught us!and,of course, you weren't different at all. Andy, I always felt that you were just waiting for something to laugh about. I think you were what writers might call "an infectious character". I remember you taking me to your home and introducing me to your family. Very important to this country village boy to know that he was accepted. Do ye remember the night that the OO doubled us around the square for "singing" in the early morning when we should have been asleep? I retired in the late 90s - never made RSM (thanks for that Col FS - you bastard!). Have just retired from an E.U. project and am now living on my wits!The great thing about the army is, no doubt, comradeship.Even though you may not have met or been in contact with guys for many years, you know that they are still comrades and friends (at least, that's how I feel) All the best for the future to all of you and I hope we keep in touch - maybe there's a book there somewhere!
Joe, good to hear back from you.Your right about that Brennan fella."an infectious character" alright.Given me many a laugh since I got in touch with him again through this forum.And right about the comradeship.I remember everyone at training in the Curragh (46 years ago this month would you believe) but hopeless at names of more recent times.I also remember having to do laps of the football pitches because of guys smoking.And I didn't even smoke then.And what about the time Lt. Langan spit the dummy out with us at morning inspection and was still inspecting our kit and rifles right up to mid-night.And he walked into the billet and caught Paul Scally impersonating him. Agh...some great fun.As you say,"you could write a book" Now here's one. Had a wee trip DOWN to Athlone two weeks ago, a place I'd never been to before.Been to every town and city in Ireland on numerous laps of the country.So I look up Athlone .ie to see whats to see and come across an item on Poet Paul Hoare.I'm starting to ramble here now.Joe, if you want to keep in touch and in private my email address is : firstname.lastname@example.org Hoping to hear from you soon.And of course the Bold Andy. Keep well lads. Charlie.
Last Edit: Aug 21, 2013 16:37:41 GMT by charlie004