Scatterlings of Africa

Memories of Africa from a post I wrote two years ago, hope you enjoy.

Retirement and beyond

This  song was written by a South African singer, Johnny Clegg, and tells about the many people who were born in Africa, or  who, like me,  lived there for a considerable time, and are now scattered all over the world.

I was born in Ireland, but moved to Zimbabwe (then known as Rhodesia) in the 70s when I was newly wed and looking for adventure and a new life.    My four children were born there, and I stayed in Zimbabwe until 2002, almost 30 years.  We lived in a peaceful country with a great climate, in a country with lots of natural beauty, and with lots of wildlife and amazing scenery, sunrises and  sunsets like no other.   Life was good, we watched our children take their first steps, starting their own big adventures, learning to walk, learning to run, but always within the comfort of home and within…

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A Nostalgic Walk around the City

Some of the old buildings around Cork City have been around for ever.    A lot of them I remember from my school days, though sadly most of them are not used for the same purposes they were in those days.    Still the old names remain, to bring back memories.

The Savoy Cinema, was probably one of the first cinema houses in Cork, and I remember the excitement of going there every year when the Cork Film Festival was on, and us teenagers stood at the side of the red carpet and watched in awe as glamorous  film stars alighted from the limousines and the camera bulbs flashed…our own taste of Hollywood or Cannes!   I can’t remember what film stars we saw, I am sure they were rich and famous at the time, though.  The Savoy building still stands, with shops on the ground floor, and discos and live bands still appear there, but sadly no more red carpet or movie stars.

Savoy Cinema

Savoy Cinema

Across the road from the Savoy were two of the biggest shops in Cork – Cashs (now Brown Thomas) and Roches Stores (now Debenhams), everyone in Cork city and county, and in many surrounding counties, came to the city specially to meet up and shop in these shops.     Along with the Munster Arcade and the Queens Old Castle, these were the 4 main department stores at the time.

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Then there were the hotels, the Imperial on the South Mall and  the Metropole on McCurtain Street, both still going, and the Victoria Hotel on Patricks Street, now closed, but the name is still there

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And in those days of high unemployment, I am sure everyone remembers the Labour Exchange, where you had to sign on every week to get a few bob.    I don’t know whose offices are there now, but it is in good condition, if only those walls could talk, they saw a lot of people going through the doors every week.

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