In the background of the photo below is the mountain of Slievenamon. Up the now overgrown laneway I rented a small farm house for about five years. Happy times I had their …Big garden all my own fruit and veg, homemade beer and parties. About a 30 minute walk across the fields one reaches the village at Ballypatrick and Gibbs pub at the crossroads – a nice place for a few drinks. Half up the mountain was Michael Keogh’s pub from which one had a great view across the valley.
This locale is best remembered by the song Slievenamon written by Charles Kickham who was an Irish revolutionary, novelist, poet, journalist and one of the most prominent members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Kickham is best known for his book “Knocknagow,” or “The Homes of Tipperary” which is a story relating to the life of a peasant farmer but told with humor which is unusual for one a with a subversive bent.
Below is a recording of the song “Slievenamon” by Irish tenor Frank Patterson.
For the movie “Knocknagow,” click on the following link
Below daughter no 2 Jenny with her husband Martin in the Mountains near Clonmel
Must go now as we have visitors – Maurice and Nat
To be continued