I can’t remember my first day at school in Saint Rynaghs in Banagher (of the famed Annual Horse Fair). So when folk asked to get a rise out of them I came up with the following story – the amount of folk who thought it was true always makes me smile! So I thought Id make a rhyme out of it…
When I was a young boy
I started into school
The teacher asked me my name
I looked at her like a fool
Is it Tommy, is it Tomsheen?
I looked at her like a gomb
Is it Thomas, is it Thos
Is it Tomeen or is it Tom ?
I answered not, so then she said
What does your mother normally call ya
Without a blink, not wanting to tell a lie
I answered… “Ya little bastard ya!”
We lived next door to the school. All the schoolkids gathered outside our house to wait for the bus. Now the following IS a true story… how we had to talk our way out of explaining how and why us Cartys had a front door right inside the front door of our house!!!!