P.J. Francis
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A Peak at the Disappearing Supermac

Posted on February 10, 2016 at 4:30pm 4 Comments

I did not eat out very much on my 2015 visit to Ireland. For most of the time I had cooking facilities available for my exclusive use. It was practical as I was being fiscally prudent. I spent some time at the home of my sister, Bernie, and her husband,…


Not-So-Welcome Change Comes to Irish Postal Delivery

Posted on February 10, 2016 at 2:30pm 1 Comment


“But I don’t live in Galway,” a County Clare man said to me regarding his new postal address.

His mail is sorted in Galway City.

Ireland has introduced postal codes for the first time to increase the efficiency of the letter / parcel delivery system. As with other countries, the post office is suffering…


The Memoirs of Thomas Francis

Posted on December 19, 2015 at 3:00pm 5 Comments

My father, Thomas Francis, was born in 1901. He lived his entire life on a farm situated in the townland of Muckinish West between Ballyvaughan and Bell Harbour in the Burren region of County Clare. He died in 1991. He left a copybook containing his memoirs. The following extract was written July, 1989. P.J.…


Irish Dance Halls Gone, But the Marriages and Music Live On

Posted on December 13, 2015 at 4:00pm 3 Comments

The number if married couples in Ireland who met in dance halls is considerable. That is particularly true of people who were married in the '60s and '70s. At that time, dancing was Ireland’s most popular pastime among young people. It was not confined to youth, as many people, including married couples, enjoyed the music,…


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