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Beverley Garvey

‘Is sin-seanmháthair anois mé. Tháinig mé anseo ó Shasna, ach is aoibheann liom bheith faoin dtuath.

 

‘Nuair a tháinig mé anseo i dtús, is cuimhin liom an sean-mhalartán teileafóin i bhí thall i Riasc. Nuair a chuirfinn glaoch gutháin go Sasana, déarfainn “an bhfuil tú fós ag éisteacht liom, a Phádraig”. Mac Máirín Bric ab ea é.

 

‘Is cuimhin liom chomh maith go mbíodh amhránaíocht den scoth i dTigh Uí Shuilleabháin, mar a tugadh ar an dteach tabhairne i mBaile an Fheirtéaraigh an uair sin.’

‘I am a great-grandmother now. I came from a town in England but I always loved the countryside.

 

‘When I came here first I remember the old telephone exchange that was in Riasc. When I would make a phone call to England, I’d say “Pádraig, are you still listening”. He was Máirín Brick’s son.

 

‘Another thing I remember is there used to be a great sing-song up in Sullivan’s pub in Ballyferriter as it was called then. There were petrol pumps outside the pub.'