A Close Encounter of A Watery Kind

A man once told me he saw a space craft hovering over Marlfield Lake outside Clonmel. This is a true story as told to me and I believe he believes it. I wasn’t there. It was a nice fresh morning in the late 1990’s, the sort day where you know will it be warm when

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A Day Sailing

On a sunny day last year my husband, Jim, and I decided to go sailing. My sister Kath and her husband Tony joined us as they were visiting us at the time. Our sailing boat is a 30ft sloop and named Rockabill and is easy to manage. All four of us are pensioners and enjoy

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A Day Spent Mitching

The only thing I remember about my school days was the day I went mitching with my brother Vincent. Somewhere between our house and Boyhan’s Forge we decided we would go mitching for the day. Heavens only knows what put the thought in our heads: perhaps I didn’t have my homework done and knew I

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A Great Adventure

The Person: My dad, John Sheridan aged 15 The Place: Dublin Coast It was the summer of 1946; the beginning of July and it was hot. I can only remember hot summer days in my childhood, I don’t believe it ever rained when we were on the school holidays. Now, this was a very important

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A Lifetime Spent Fishing

My earliest memories of going fishing date back to the very early 1960’s. I grew up in Killester, a suburb of Dublin. The venue of my first expeditions, (three small ponds located in the grounds of Clontarf Golf Club), required me surreptitiously climbing over the wall near my home late in the evenings, when Golfers

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A night to remember on the lower Caragh

In the 1970s we stayed as a family with my grandparents in Dooks in the Kingdom of Kerry looking out over the majestic MacGillycuddy Reeks. At the time aged 13, fishing was my passion as it is today, and Dooks was a great place to pursue it. Friends from the UK used to visit us

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A Reflective Place

What a horrible day at work, I think to myself, as I drive home rather slowly. Two new born babies we tested for Covid 19 await results. We helped two very frightened mothers put on personal protective equipment to see their beautiful babes in incubators. It’s just so unnatural. Restricted visiting meant no partners to

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A River Running Through

A year into our marriage we moved to a very old, dilapidated house out in the countryside because my husband wanted the fields that went with it. Wet August and I was in despair. I could see no redeeming features anywhere. On the first good day I wrapped up my two months old baby and

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