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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:31 pm 
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This is worth a look - It's made the news and is a diary from 1981 by a girl from Newry called Bronagh McAtasney that she has put on Twitter (Started February last year) - I think you can just cancel the twitter account pop-up and then scroll down to the bottom to read

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-30161160

https://twitter.com/nrnirngirl1981


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:02 pm 
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:shocked: I think this girl was in my sister's class, Brian!


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I've been reading her tweets and discovered we were on the same school trip to Salzberg, Venice and Rome :D

Her diary entries are really bringing me back...she even mentions a visit to the Half Door Restaurant where I worked during my school holidays.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:08 pm 
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I found that interesting.
What a way for young people
to grow up.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:09 pm 
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xpaddy wrote:
I found that interesting.
What a way for young people
to grow up.


I know, xpaddy, it's strange to think that our diary entries from those days really did include reports of violence and death alongside who was on Tops of the Pops and when the next disco was happening.

I particularly remember writing in mine over and over again, 'I really want a skateboard, but Mum and Dad say it's too dangerous.' I also recall writing that the Balmoral Hotel (just further along Seaview from our house) had a big crack down the front as a bomb hadn't gone off properly and it was going to be blown up because it was 'too dangerous' - ironic or what.

Frightening how accustomed we all were to such things. I had the following published a few years back in a haiku journal...


ceasefire -
in London we duck
at a car backfiring


This really happened to my boyfriend and I as we were heading to a student party in North London. We laughed about it afterwards, but it was a slightly nervous laughter!


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Marion - I didn't grow up during the troubles,
So I could go where I wanted to go
without been afraid.
I moved to Canada in '64 and my children
were born here.
Couldn't imagine bringing them up there,
during those times.
Glad to hear your boyfriend and you made
that Party.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:20 am 
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xpaddy wrote:
Marion - I didn't grow up during the troubles,
So I could go where I wanted to go
without been afraid.
I moved to Canada in '64 and my children
were born here.
Couldn't imagine bringing them up there,
during those times.


Oh, I don't think we were afraid to go where we wanted here in Warrenpoint, xpaddy.

Heightened security was the norm for us (my experience is from the late 70s/early 80s) so, when shopping in Newry or Belfast we knew our bags would be searched and automatically opened them going into shops. We knew to look out for unattended parcels/bags (not a bad lesson in today's world) and if we went out for the night by car, we expected to be stopped and questioned by the army/police. I don't remember being afraid at all - were just normal teenagers more worried about clothes and music than potential danger on the streets, as NornIronGirl's Tweets demonstrate. (Our parents, on the other hand, may have done a bit of worrying until we got back to the house)

xpaddy wrote:
Glad to hear your boyfriend and you made
that Party.


He eventually became my husband! :D


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Marion - I only have fond memories of
growing up in Warrenpoint.
Wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else.
I took many holidays back during the Troubles,
and was amazed to see people just coming and
going.
Just doing what they normally did.


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