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Friday 24 March 2017

October - like an octogenarian - has oodles to offer

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Fiona O'Connell

Autumn symbolises that the year is growing old - but that doesn't make it any less lovely. Indeed, in many ways this season has more to offer than summer - quite literally - with fruit and nuts in abundance around the countryside and yours for the taking.

It's no different with people, for folk with many years on their motors can have more energy and verve than greenhorns half their age, as I was reminded by octogenarian Ned Egan, reclining like a nymph on the riverbank in the autumn sunshine recently, while a cameraman filmed the two musicians serenading him.

Ned looked like something out of a painting by an old master, appropriately enough, his hat rakishly tipped on his mop of snowy white hair and an indecent number of buttons left undone on his shirt. Clearly living by the adage that age is just a number - instead of worrying about when his might be up - this mature maverick tells me that he is beginning his filmmaking career by recording more than a dozen musicians performing his songs and poetry.

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