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Labhras O Nuallain revisits Manchester

Eoin, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Niamh, Dr Liam Harte at St Kents.

Eoin, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Niamh, Dr Liam Harte at St Kents.

It was a happy experience for me to be able to visit Manchester, the birthplace of my father, where he lived for 21 years before migrating to Ireland in late 1933. We had a book launch there at the end of the Manchester Irish Festival, and in St Kentigerns Irish Social Club, I delivered a presentation on his life and times before a fine group of enthusiastic Irish language students.

Labhras 1960s

Labhras 1960s

Frances, Labhras, 1938. Honeymoon in Jersey

Frances, Labhras, 1938. Honeymoon in Jersey

Club Manager Kevin Fitzpatrick had everything laid on to welcome us and Dr Liam Harte, a NUI Galway graduate and a Senior History Lecturer in the University of Manchester, had come along to launch the book.

1971,Mary Robinson and Labhras, EEC Forum, Ballina. President Higgins on right.

1971,Mary Robinson and Labhras, EEC Forum, Ballina. President Higgins on right.

I owe thanks also to Tony Hennigan of the Mayo Manchester Website for making the visit possible  and who took the top pic.

Some of the Manchester-Irish Group

Some of the Manchester-Irish Group

A visit to the palatial Manchester Public Library was a highlight too. Knock to Manchester is now a fast and efficient flight.

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