By Gearoid Cheaist O Cathain
Gearoid Cheaist O Cathain had a different early life - he was once the final baby pointed out at the Blasket Islands off Ireland's southwest coast. the closest in age used to be his uncle who used to be thirty years older. during this affectionate memoir, Gear¢id recollects turning out to be up at the island and not using a general practitioner, priest, college, church, or electrical energy. regardless of public belief of this small, susceptible fishing neighborhood, he recalls a superb youth, adored via mom and dad and friends. His stories are entwined with the ideals and customs passed down during the generations and are an perception into existence at the Blaskets. He speaks with authority of the problems and demanding situations dealing with the ultimate iteration at the island.
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Dad smoked one of his favourite pipes too and filled it with a new brand of tobacco, which brought a fresh aroma to the house. He owned a huge collection of pipes, most of which came from his first cousin in America, Dan Connor, to whom he wrote often. Then Mam pulled down the fiddles, which always hung over the fire, and my father and grandfather played while Tiúit nodded his head to the beat and my grandmother tapped her feet and sipped a glass of sherry. They started with lively jigs and reels, then slowed down the tempo with a fairy lament, ‘Port na bPúcaí ’, or ‘Caoineadh na Síóg’, as it was sometimes called.
I couldn’t wait, as it meant I could go into Kruger’s shop and pick out my own sweets. I was addicted to sweets and ate as many of them as I could lay my hands 37 The Loneliest Boy in the World on, with no limits, as there was never any mention that too many of them were bad for me. I was excited about seeing Kruger too, as I had heard so many yarns about him and knew he was popular with all the islanders. To me, he sounded like a character from my comics, as there was always some drama or other about him.
We walked through the open wooden door. The counter was on our right, stacked with news papers, old and new, among them The Kerryman and the Sunday papers. And there was Kruger himself standing behind the counter, a massive, broadshouldered, tall man with a huge head, wearing a cap. He was just as I had expected him to be, a tough, burly character, larger than life. ’ he asked in a loud, gruff voice, looking down at me. ‘Don’t tell me it’s the loneliest boy in the world! Gearóid, you’re very welcome to Kruger’s,’ he said, reaching out to shake my hand.
The Loneliest Boy in the World: The Last Child of the Great Blasket Island by Gearoid Cheaist O Cathain