Saturday 24 March 2018

Big Jackie

WHAT a classic moment! There I was driving through Bettystown last week and just as I got to the pedestrian crossing at the Neptune, who did I see but postman Jackie Hanratty on his rounds. Somebody was shouting out to him about Roy Orbison of all people. Not sure if Roy was a Bettystown man, but Jackie is certainly as popular in the Meath town as he is by the side of the playing fields on the Newfoundwell Road.


LISTENING to 'The Boat', a release by local band Featuring X recently, I wonder will it be long before they get a call to say a production company want to use it as a theme tune for a water based documentary/film or series. It' s a wonderfully written song.


ARE any of the Mathews clan out Hunterstown way any relation to Paul Mathews who once won an All-Ireland as captain of Kildare?

I believe he was a Smarmore man who went to the old Ballapousta school in the 1920s and when he went off to work in Athy, took up GAA., making his debut for the Lilywhites when he was 26. He won four SFC titles in the county and captained them to the 1935 title and then came back to Louth.


STAYING on the music scene, I believe a great ploughman I've written about a few times, namely Gerry King from Philipstown, is not only useful with a few horses in front of him, but can play a mean mouth organ as well. Hard to plough and play I'd say Gerry.


YOU can always trust Ray Stone on LMFM to come up with a classic song from the past from time to time and I heard one last week. He played 'Christmas in Heaven' – written by a 13-year-old Canadian boy, and recorded a decade ago by Fr. Phelim McKeown and the Lourdes Choir with musical arrangement by Sean Walshe. It sounds as good now as it did all those years ago and some of the high notes were incredible.

Can you still get the recording I wonder?


A LITTLE bit of history I need an answer to. Where was the Pirates Den pub in Clogherhead?


I WAS asked to pose a question recently – just how clean is the river Boyne? There are a number of pipes running into the river, but what they carry is anyone's guess. I was walking down by the Ramparts last week and noticed a 'slick' forming from one of them. Not pretty.


I SEE John Little is selling a wonderful house on the Marsh Road, not far from the d Hotel. What a description: eight bedrooms, three floors over a basement, it's huge. I wonder what's its history and who lived there in days gone by?


ANY more information out there from an act in the early 70s called Sean Reynolds and the Crazy Gang?


ONE thing you can't do in the Bettystown estate of Castlemartin is speed. I was down there last week and the ramps are real bonecrushers.


TO THE people in Omni Signs on West Street, I'd say your lifesize cutout of Niall Horan in the front window will be snapped up ASAP!


WELL done to Kazoo in Duke Street. The lights in the front window are terrific and help light up the street.

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