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Eoghan Harris: Fianna Fail should form a pact with Fine Gael to shoot down SF rocket

Published 19/12/2010 | 05:00

Crucial to my Christmas is Cork's Holly Bough, edited by John Dolan and published by the Evening Echo. But its cheer is not confined to Corkonians. Any Irish person -- indeed any foreigner -- will find it a feast of nostalgia, local history and seasonal lore.

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I particularly enjoyed an article by Eamon Walsh titled 'I was that soldier'. It's illustrated with a big photo of a group of young men in FCA uniform, including my teenage self, departing on the ferry from Cobh for a fortnight's training on Spike Island in 1959.

Spike Island looked like it sounded. A bare and barren place with a massive brick barracks surrounding an enormous parade ground. Personally, I thought it paradise.

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