Sunday 4 December 2016

To whom I hope this concerns

Published 18/11/2011 | 05:00

•Tonight, as happens every Wednesday night for the last eight years, I dropped the "the three amigos" down to the barracks in Clonmel for their few quiet pints and their weekly chat.

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The three people I am referring to are army veterans of this state, who have regaled me with yarns and stories over the years of their time serving in the Irish Army. My father is 83 years old, as is his comrade Billy, and Ben is the 'youngfella' as he's a few years younger.

Tonight I found it hard to hold back the tears, as the sombre atmosphere induced by the news of the barracks' closing engulfed the four of us.

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