Posted by Butch on June 06, 2001 at 16:32:11:
In Reply to: Home safes posted by Murrisk on June 05, 2001 at 18:21:46:
When you mentioned home safes Murrisk, a picture came into my mind of a shiny,stainless steel, circular box, with the slots for your shillings and half crowns. I pretty much had to bring lunch with me every day to school in the Barracks, as it was too far for me to walk home though some times I would ride the bike helter skelter to try and make it back on time which I rarely did. We had lunch in a small room on the first floor. I believe I broke every thermos I ever owned. Only the country lads stayed for lunch ,and it it was usually very quiet as I recall, I remember Tom Heneghan from aughagower, a big lad, very mild mannered with a sense of humour. and a big mans bike,reliable. As I seemed to run over every nail in Castlebar, always on the cadge for a bike pump,put some spittle on your finger and place it over the top of the valve stem and watch for the tell-tale bubble to see if you would be able to make it home,and if the chain did'nt fall off twice on the way I was lucky. When my mother was away she paid for me to have lunch in the "Solarium" on main St, which I looked forward to. In the small kitchen in the back with three small tables with pink chequered tableclothes (see kids on main st.) What was that sweet old ladies name again ?anyone? Our family got to know her when we lived in the Brownsville flats.........which reminds me....
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