Mickey Slabdabber, a Limerick Odyssey

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Set in the period 1935-1953, Mickey Slabdabber is another amazing slice of Irish life adding balance to the Limerick of "Angela's Ashes". Michael Quinlan's hometown is not as bleak as Frank McCourt's, although there is still hardship aplenty. Linguistic flair & Celtic originality, intriguing anecdotes and the drama of an unseen IRA distorting the life of a growing child all help flesh out our understanding of the Ireland of the day. Yet there is also art & enchantment, music, theatre & humour in this true story of the childhood and youth of a Vize's Field lane boy who wants to be a painter.
 

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Contents

Pennistone for your Thoughts
11
Beginnings
51
The Ladder to Heaven
55
First Communion
62
In Vizes Field
77
Relations
88
Dont Mention the War
106
Sawdust and a Warm Belly
119
The Christian Brothers
268
Ma Beg
290
Art Advances
317
The School Gates Last Groanings
349
The Leaving of Sheehan
363
Apprenticeship
372
Ballinacurra Weston
387
A Mystery Indeed the Religion of Limerick
403

The Wren the Wren He is the King
129
Enter Dracula Part One
147
On the Mooch
153
Volcano In the Hallway
179
Enter Dracula Part Two
196
Family Life
218
Hot Air and New Secrets
239
Schools and Shocks
247
And the Band Played On
426
Ars Longua
446
Limerick my Limerick
462
Requiem
478
The Priory Ponies
492
Mullagh or Enter Dracula Part Three
515
EPILOGUE
545
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