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Glimpses of our past lie waiting to be remembered in the places we hold dear

Eugene O'Brien


Looking back is pleasurable but it is important to remember to celebrate the here and now 

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Eugene O’Brien recalls childhood memories; far left, O’Brien’s Shopping Centre, Edenderry, in the 1970s; left, Annie D’Alton as Minnie Brennan in ‘The Riordans’; right, Western film star John Wayne

Eugene O’Brien recalls childhood memories; far left, O’Brien’s Shopping Centre, Edenderry, in the 1970s; left, Annie D’Alton as Minnie Brennan in ‘The Riordans’; right, Western film star John Wayne

Eugene O’Brien recalls childhood memories; far left, O’Brien’s Shopping Centre, Edenderry, in the 1970s; left, Annie D’Alton as Minnie Brennan in ‘The Riordans’; right, Western film star John Wayne

I watched the All-Ireland football final last week and like most of the country I was shouting for Galway, even though I was in the heartland of a less successful Connacht county. I was sitting in Aclare, Co Sligo, with my partner’s mother and her two sisters. These women love their football and at the ages of 89, 86 and 93 they have seen some amount of matches in their lifetimes.

Being Sligo women they are used to losing so they take pleasure in small triumphs and the entertainment the matches bring them. Sligo has never won an All-Ireland, while Kerry calls it a famine when they don’t win one for eight years.


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