The Other Belfast: An Irish Youth

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Xlibris Corporation, Dec 16, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 373 pages
The Other Belfast is the story of a boys life between 1933 and 1953 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, before the troubles officially began and Belfast became known internationally as a terrorism hot spot. It is the story of a childs struggle to bond with a distant father, to survive the schoolyards and streets where boys emulated hard men role models, to understand the divisions between the Irish people, and to simply be a child in a rough and tumble world. From the sublime joys of love and friendship to the terror of nighttime bombing raids by the German Luftwaffe during World War II, The Other Belfast is a journey of the spirit into a long-forgotten world as seen through the eyes of an adventurous and irrepressibly joyful child.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 40 BOXING
192
CHAPTER 41 THE IRISH AND BRAWLING
201
CHAPTER 42 THE PARK PICTURE HOUSE
207
CHAPTER 43 WORKING
211
CHAPTER 44 ERNIE PATTERSON
220
CHAPTER 45 HARD MEN
226
CHAPTER 46 THE BELFAST SHIPYARD
235
CHAPTER 47 THE BMEN
238

CHAPTER 8 NOT KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESS
56
CHAPTER 9 NEIGHBORS
58
CHAPTER 10 THE LITTLE BOY THAT SANTA CLAUS FORGOT
65
CHAPTER 11 T
68
CHAPTER 12 PRODS AND TAIGS
70
CHAPTER 13 FENIANS AND MILK BOTTLES
74
CHAPTER 14 THE GOOD AND BAD OF IRISH FOLKLORE
76
CHAPTER 15 THE PAPERBOY FROM HELL
78
CHAPTER 16 STREET VENDORS
81
CHAPTER 17 BUSKERS AND ASSORTED HEADCASES
85
CHAPTER 18 MY MA THE CHANCER
91
CHAPTER 19 SEASONS
94
CHAPTER 20 THE DREADED HOME
98
CHAPTER 21 SCHOOL DAYS
100
CHAPTER 22 SAMMY
108
CHAPTER 23 THE ORCHARD WHERE I MET GOD
116
CHAPTER 24 THE GLORIOUS 12
120
CHAPTER 25 MY MA AND THE BIG CHURCH HEIST
125
CHAPTER 26 UNCLE ALFIE TO THE RESCUE
127
CHAPTER 27 JACK RICKERBY PLEASE
135
CHAPTER 28 MAGIC MOMENTS
137
CHAPTER 29 UNCLE OSSIE AND THE GUTTER SNIPE
143
CHAPTER 30 UNCLE ALFIE AND THE MAGIC COIN
145
CHAPTER 31 WEE HYNDSIE
149
CHAPTER 32 LIONEL
153
CHAPTER 33 THE GRAND DISILLUSION
168
CHAPTER 34 HERBIE HANSEN PART 1
170
CHAPTER 35 DOROTHY
172
CHAPTER 36 HERBIE THE HATE BUG RETURNS
175
CHAPTER 37 THE EXCREMENT CONTACTS THE ROTATING OSCILLATOR
183
CHAPTER 38 BOBBY EWAR
185
CHAPTER 39 HARRY RANKIN
188
CHAPTER 48 THE STARLET AND THE SMALL TOWN BOY
252
CHAPTER 49 THE ISLE OF MAN
256
CHAPTER 50 WE LEAVE FOR ENGLAND
263
CHAPTER 51 ENGLISH HOSPITALITY
268
CHAPTER 52 ACTUALLY
270
CHAPTER 53 MRS OROURKES PECULIAR TALENT
272
CHAPTER 54 REVEREND SAM
275
CHAPTER 55 TOUCHIN CLOTH
279
CHAPTER 56 OLD FRENCHY AND THE MYSTERY SANDWICHES
282
CHAPTER 57 SHEELAGH
285
CHAPTER 58 WORKING IN MANCHESTER
294
CHAPTER 59 AT WORK AND PLAY IN LONDON
297
CHAPTER 60 VERA
300
CHAPTER 61 CREEPY OLD NED
304
CHAPTER 62 THE BOARDING HOUSE CAPER
307
CHAPTER 63 LEAVING ENGLAND
310
CHAPTER 64 ELEANOR
312
CHAPTER 65 BACK IN LONDON
317
CHAPTER 66 EDDIE THOMAS
327
CHAPTER 67 LEAVING BELFAST FOR GOOD
330
CHAPTER 68 CANADA
332
CHAPTER 69 ROSALEEN
336
CHAPTER 70 THE LAST TIME I SAW MY FATHER
346
CHAPTER 71 RETURNING TO MANCHESTER
351
CHAPTER 72 MY PARENTS FINAL YEARS
352
CHAPTER 73 MARRIAGE
355
CHAPTER 74 SEEING UNCLE ALFIE AGAIN
358
CHAPTER 75 ALONE IN BELFAST
363
CHAPTER 76 BELFAST TODAY
369
EPILOGUE
372
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After leaving Ireland in 1957 for Canada and later America, the author founded the John S. Rickerby Company, a business which is still thriving today. He has been interviewed on television and radio and contributed numerous articles to the Los Angeles Times, the Belfast Telegraph and other publications about the Irish situation, the most well-known being “Who Killed Little Michelle?” However, his main claim to fame in the Southern California Irish community is his singing voice, and he can still be found belting out standards and the old Irish tunes in pubs around town. Mark Rickerby (the author’s son) is a freelance writer whose works have appeared in numerous publications, including three Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

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