Wednesday 17 January 2018

Memories of Joyce Redmond

Madam -- I had a personal interest in reading the obituary of Joyce Redmond (Sunday Independent, May 20, 2012). Although born in Glasgow in 1931, I spent my youth and early manhood in Enniscrone, Co Sligo, and the nearby town of Ballina.

Joyce Redmond and her husband owned the lovely island of Bartra at the mouth of the River Moy. The actress and her husband allowed the people of Ballina to use the island for recreational purposes, provided they stayed at a reasonable distance from the house. It was my good fortune to spend many a happy Sunday on Bartra picnicking and swimming with Joan Conboy and Frances Heffernan, childhood friends, and before returning up river with the incoming tide behind us, picking mushrooms to go with the trout that my friend George Conboy, Joan's father, would have caught earlier in the day. These two items of food, along with the tasty soda bread baked by Mrs Conboy, made for a delicious supper.

George was manager of the Ballina branch of Liptons, and on the day before the Redmond family were due at Bartra, Joyce would telephone from England with her order for groceries to be ready for collection when they got to Ballina.

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