Wednesday 20 September 2017

Bring back the Fifties

Frank McCourt
Frank McCourt

Sir -- Remember the Fifties? Think Frank McCourt and Angela's Ashes.

Grey, damp weather allied to clerical black. I was born back then in Belmullet hospital. Today that hospital has been reduced to a glorified first-aid station.

I grew up in Blacksod -- next parish, the Bronx. The village boasted three gardai, a customs officer, dwellings with four lighthouse families, a post office. The bus linked us with the outside world.

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