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Olivia Kiernan: Meath's Gold Coast forges rituals that will last a lifetime

A windy walk to Mornington sea wall evokes memories of childhood holidays at Bettystown beach for author Olivia Kiernan - and the case of the missing granny

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Bettystown beach

Bettystown beach

Author Olivia Kiernan has fond memories of 
Bettystown beach in Co Meath during the 1980s

Author Olivia Kiernan has fond memories of Bettystown beach in Co Meath during the 1980s

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Bettystown beach

You were never quite sure whether it was sea or sky on the horizon. Both air and water over the Irish sea preferring to don the same milky, grey hue.

No matter because when you're a child and in a car stuffed tight with your siblings, the important thing was to call it first, sea or not. This was the memory that struck me when on a sunless spring day, I returned to Bettystown for the first time in years. My sister, Ann, was driving. It was just the two of us and as the roadside developed a dusting of sand, I found myself leaning forward in the seat to claim the victory of seeing the sea first.


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