Waterside Stories

The 20th July 1969, the day that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Eagle on the moon was a momentous event for the world. However, for the inhabitants of my local village, Ballinacurra, Midleton, Co. Cork, my family and myself it was a date which has always been very special for a different

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Shorelines

At the water’s edge Grains of wave-washed sand Years of my childhood. Today as a storm force ten wind whipped the normally tranquil harbour into a white fury, I walked the shoreline. As I listened to the gentle scrunch of rough sand under my feet and watched the unleashed waves hurl themselves at the unshaken

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The Deepwater Quay

The half – six train to Cobh Co Cork on a summer Sunday evening many years ago, beside me The Deepwater Quay where I enjoyed the happiest times of my earliest fishing days. Every Sunday evening from early June to the end of August I made this trip accompanied with my father. Preparations for these

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Sea Life

The year must have been about 1954 or 55. We had spent the day at the seaside – Summercove, outside Kinsale. It was a fairly typical family outing: mother, father, grandmother and two small boys, the younger a baby. I was the elder, about four years old. The day had passed in the usual way

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