Thursday 23 November 2017

This man's life: A sea breeze stirs memories of family bonds and bullets

'My grandfather had bought the guns and bullets from a renegade IRA man who skipped the country. When the IRA found out, they made a call to Tudor Road looking for their missing ammunition back' Stock photo: Depositphotos
'My grandfather had bought the guns and bullets from a renegade IRA man who skipped the country. When the IRA found out, they made a call to Tudor Road looking for their missing ammunition back' Stock photo: Depositphotos
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

My grandfather had flaming red hair like mine. When he died, aged 53, his hair had gone pure white.

Recently, I was in Skerries, with a cooling breeze moving inshore, when I remembered his story, told to me by my own father before he died.

February 1944. Christopher Egan had come home for his tea. He knew there was something up when there was no noise of his five sons fighting over food to greet him.

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