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Welcome Visitor to Emyvale

On Friday 9th June I got a phone call to tell me that a certain gentleman and his wife were visiting Emyvale and I might like to meet up. No sooner said than done and I met them in Seamus McCluskey's house. What a surprise to see Gerald Quinn and wife Marion there. Gerald, or Gerry to his friends, has lived the greater part of his life in the UK and is celebrating his 80th birthday. The celebration included a trip with a dozen of his friends to Ireland for one week. Now his friends may never have heard of Emyvale but Gerry was not going to Ireland and not calling to see old friends so the entire party had to come to Emyvale for the night. After that they were going on to Derry and then along the North Coast and ending up for a few days in Belfast before returning to England. A couple of rounds of golf were penciled in to the programme.

With Seamus we traversed years and succeeded in going through the '50's and '60's remembering the incidents, the happy days, the cinema in the parochial, the sports in the field, the dances in Benny's, the FCA, the characters of the time and the marching Bands. Gerry enquired about people he knew, some of whom have now passed on to their eternal reward, and each person mentioned brought back to memory a story or a funny occasion. It was sad to hear from him that he is the sole remaining member of the Quinn family, but some of you will remember Aiden, Brian, Maura and Noeleen. Gerry's father was a Garda Sergeant in Emyvale and his mother was a teacher in Aughnacloy. Gerry was a volunteer projectionist in the Emyvale Cinema in the Old Parochial Hall and when he went to England his knowledge of projectors and films stood him in good stead and he got employed as a projectionist and promotion soon followed. His career continued in Films, Theatre lighting, and sound.

It was a great couple of hours of reminiscing and recall and Seamus and I were delighted that he called and we both enjoyed our time with him. We hope he had a good holiday and a safe return home.