Concubhar O Liathain: Bould Thady Quill is alive and kicking in Muscrai
Concubhar O Liathain sings the praises of his homeland, where an indomitable spirit has beaten the recession blues
THE Bould Thady Quill is famed in song and in story as a renowned athlete and sportsman -- as well as for drinking black porter as fast as you'd fill.
But even he has to salute the achievements of the latest Muskerry sportsman, Irish Olympic hopeful Ciaran O Lionaird, who is aiming to be among the medallists in London. Ciaran embodies the up-for-it attitude of Quill, a spirit which is alive and well in the Muscrai Gaeltacht.
Though Ciaran hails from Toon Bridge, his roots are in Muscrai from where his father Sean, brother of Iarla and TG4 presenter Paidi, hails. One of my first jobs was with a company set up by Sean with Peadar O Riada, Mil an tSulain (The honey of the Sullane). That company is no more but from it grew Follain, the producers of jams and relishes, a company run by yet another O Lionaird, Peadar, with his wife Mairin, which is thriving in the Udaras na Gaeltachta estate in Baile Mhuirne.