From our little corner of the world….

More from the Armagh concert aired on RTE on Sunday, James Galway with the Londonderry air……

They don’t dress the windows now like they did in Anderson and McAuleys or even the bank buildings, and grottos now are not as magical as they once were. People from Belfast remember christmases past on the BBC last Saturday night……

And last but not least an old Irish blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

put to music….


From our little corner of the world.

A prosperous and pleasant christmas to you
Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi mhaise duit

  • ben

    Nostalgia in the Northern context always strikes me as being a little bit misplaced … “arrah, sure, do you remember the risk of being blown to bits every time you trudged to the shops in the sleet? Those were the days …”

  • Kathleen

    True enough ben, there were days when people were afraid to go into town for fear of the shops blowing out on them. But even with that, there are still good memories.

  • pith

    Ah Ben have no time for memories of days gone by? Have you no affection for those 3 day ceasefires? Do you not recall the entertainment of the Revd David Armstrong being run out of town for saying Happy Christmas in a Catholic church? Have you no recollection of the time the RC family in Ballymena got their electricity cut off and they went round to Dr Ian Paisley’s house and he gave them his Christmas dinner while he went without. Catholic people will tell you he did according to him.

    Mind you Kathleen, Anderson and McAuley did used to make a great go of Christmas. I do miss that.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Given that Dr Paisley’s house is in East Belfast I’m not sure why that one Ballymena family would have travelled all the way down there ..

  • Harry Flashman

    And if I’m not mistaken the Reverend Paisley doesn’t celebrate Christmas being the good Puritan that he is. That said however those 1970’s Christmasses were fucking grim.

  • Scrabopower

    I remember they still had those window displays upstairs on the way to Santa’s grotto in Ards Shopping Centre as late as the mid 1980s.