Centres of celebration, lamentation, music, laughter, sorrow,
chat and craic - where would this community be without its pubs? Will it be the
Beck's tonight? Or maybe the Box? Curragha, O'Neill's, Bennett's or maybe even Big
Tom's? No matter what the venue, serious discussion will soon take place and worries
about weather, football, the state of the country, etc. will shortly fade in the glow of a
fine pint or a small one. Old friends and acquaintances meet and a genuine, instant
comraderie that is good for the soul is obvious to the stranger who happens on this
natural celebration of the joys and sorrows of the week gone by. If Meath have
played recently, there will be replay tonight and God help the ref if things went badly
for the "lads". The Sam Maguire has graced these pubs on many occasions
and the joy of past victories is relived as the "Sam" is passed around.
Stories, photos, memories, would be most welcome as we
develop this page - a tribute to the many great characters who have come and gone.
Here are two big supporters, Kevin and
Maureen - home for the big game in '67 - happy to be able to hold the Sam and return to
England with tales of mighty football and great craic!
Pete Dowling - storyteller, fiddler and
good friend. Is that Nicky peeking out and enjoying the craic when he should have
been doing his homework?
Thursday night session at Tommy and Kathleen's pub (Dowling's) is second
to none with fiddlers, flutes, accordians, bodhrans, tim whistles, etc.
Thank you for the music!
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