P.J. Francis's Blog (28)

When President Reagan Visited Ballyporeen

During his 1984 presidential visit to Ireland, a reporter asked Ronald Reagan what he thought of the groups who were protesting about various American policies. The president replied that it was good they lived in a country where they were allowed to protest.



Added by P.J. Francis on April 19, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

A Quiet Pint

About three decades and a half ago there was a pleasant bar where I used to drop in for a quiet pint.

That was a practice I have not participated in for several years. I am the worse for that. If I had continued with that pleasant pastime the water that has flowed under the…


Added by P.J. Francis on April 19, 2014 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Wisconsin Miners, Faithful Hail 'Father Kelly' of St. Patrick's

Benton, Wisconsin is located on State Route 11 between Monroe to Dubuque. The town consists of well-maintained restaurants, bars, churches, garages and residential buildings.

Saint Patrick’s Church and graveyard is located at the east end of the main street. A shrine at the…


Added by P.J. Francis on April 19, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Morris Minor

When I was growing up on a farm in the west of Ireland in the 1950s and 60s, a Morris Minor did not warrant a second glance. They were everywhere. They provided utilitarian transportation for countless families. Occasionally a convertible version driven by a British tourist…


Added by P.J. Francis on April 14, 2014 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Circuit of Ireland

Easter in my childhood meant time off school, the prospect of cream filled chocolate Easter eggs and endless hours attending mandatory church services. But most of all it meant the…


Added by P.J. Francis on April 13, 2014 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

The blocked chimney

You can’t beat an open fire.

It can be fuelled by…


Added by P.J. Francis on April 9, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Purchasing a Place in Ireland

I lived in England two and a half decades ago during a time of great prosperity. Purveyors of T-shirts were among the many people who were out to make a quick buck - or rather a quick pound. Selling T-shirts in England - particularly ones with statements meant for other people to read - is no small achievement. The weather in England is rarely warm enough for T-shirt wearing.…


Added by P.J. Francis on April 8, 2014 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

Back in Ireland

After traveling from the new Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport to Galway on a GoBus luxury coach I needed to contact my brother as we had arranged. My American cellphone could not get service. I am…


Added by P.J. Francis on April 8, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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