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Remembering our ancestors is more precious than all the gold in Egypt's Valley of the Kings

Billy Keane


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'Tutankhamun, who once ruled all of Egypt, was as lost as the names on an old Irish headstone covered in lichen and eroded by wind and rain.' (Stock photo)

'Tutankhamun, who once ruled all of Egypt, was as lost as the names on an old Irish headstone covered in lichen and eroded by wind and rain.' (Stock photo)

'Tutankhamun, who once ruled all of Egypt, was as lost as the names on an old Irish headstone covered in lichen and eroded by wind and rain.' (Stock photo)

This man who comes into the bar says I never miss a funeral because I'm trying to canvass a big crowd for my own.

London, England - Monday last. I'm at a removal. The deceased is an Egyptian. Nineteen. Killed in a road traffic accident and he may well have been a joy rider.

This is no sad piece. I promise you that much. The deceased is happy he is dead because people speak his name.