Posted by Tempus on December 09, 2001 at 19:26:51:
In Reply to: For Tempus posted by Murrisk on December 08, 2001 at 22:07:08:
They were Sammie & Jessie. I will have to get back to you regarding their demise.
And they used to stand in the snug, on a long seat at the window and keep a look out post over all the happenings around Ellison Street. I know I heard the expression "pass if you can" used while referring to the ability of someone to pass the front window without being seen by either of the two ladies.
They kept a very "good house", as the term used to be, and it was probably the most musical establishment in town for many a year.
Its clientele included patrons from Mountain View, The Green, Westport Road, Newport Road, Marian Row, Newtown etc. And all the hot topics of the time were debated there. They were not known supporters of a certain political party!
I remember being allowed to visit there after the rosary on a Sunday night to watch Jimmy O'Dea and David Kelly on the television. (We had no tv at the time).Do you remember the name of the programme? The two were signal men on the railway and it was very amusing.
In Tanseys on a Sunday night, depending who was on duty, you might get a free bottle of lemonade during the tv programme. The bottle was always poured into a tall glass and I can still picture the golden fizz as it bubbled away!
I still remember the two hobs either side of the open fire, with brass ornate surrounds.
Sammie & Jessie, two very nice people.
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