Dun Laoghaire thinking — 3 Comments

  1. The Hibernia, the Cambria, and even the Queen Maude. Contemporary experience of Dún Laoghaire in the fifties and sixties. The Maude was the more sickmaking of the three, lacking stabilisers. Steerage was a melée of discontented and impatient passengers and screaming children and babies. A real Babel.

    But it was part of the life of the times and the way out, temporary or permanent, for many. No question of flying, just the mailboat and the mail train from Holyhead to Euston. Misery.

    I learned my first words of Welsh on the mail train to London. I foolishly and innocently mentioned England to the steward while we were still in Wales. He was Welsh. Taught me “Iechyd da i bob Cymro, twll dyn i bob Sais”. Suited the republican ethos of the times. Not nice for the English, though.

    Still it was a sort of a Celtic awakening.

    And the railway spur, now closed. The Pav gone and the Victorian monument recently restored, not to mention the King’s 4th ball.

    You mentioned Groucho. Interestingly the Motor Yacht Club at the coal pier was, in part, set up because none of the others would accept Jews.

    Dún Laoghaire, a rich tapestry indeed.

  2. Queen, princess – they are both contrary to Article 40.2 of the Constitution 😉

    Dun Laoghaire seafront would make a good location for a museum of 20th century Irish social history – all human life was there.

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