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Shortly after the best seller ‘Angela’s Ashes,’ by Frank McCourt,  was printed  I came across a copy and after reading it was dismayed to think his story of poverty, sickness and drunkenness, whilst no doubt very true of many parts of  Ireland, would be the world’s impression of the Ireland I grew up in.

I was a youngster in Ireland around the same time as Frank McCourt and my childhood was so, so different.  I was brought up in a strong family unit with two brothers and marvellous parents. There was little money and no fallback upon the state so my parents made ends meet through our own resources. Pinkeens to Diddies was written to show a lighter and more relaxed side of family life in Ireland in the nineteen forties to fifties.

“With very little money, the Harris family got by, Ma stretched the budget, nothing was wasted, there was plenty of fresh veg from the garden, new laid eggs by the dozen, the odd roast chicken for dinner, lovely new potatoes. The winters were cold with ice on the inside of the window panes. The summers were hot; the air was fresh, the smell of new mown hay, the ‘hoolies,’ the cross country race arranged by Ma where the whole village took part.  There were poor people, there was poverty, but Brendan Harris made his way through his childhood years, dressed in hand me downs from his elder brother, fumbling his innocent way through adversity, fishing for pinkeens in the ditches and later in his early teens noticing girls and how differently shaped to boys they were.”

Pinkeens to Diddies’ was first printed in November 2009 and is now available worldwide through the internet and local shops in Southport, England.

PINKEENS TO DIDDIES


About the Author:

David R. McCabe grew up in the countryside south of Dublin, Ireland, and now lives with his partner, Joan, in the north of England. Happily retired, David spends much of his time fly fishing with Joan and working on his next book.

David R. McCabe grew up in the countryside south of Dublin, Ireland, and now lives with his partner, Joan, in the north of England. Happily retired, David spends much of his time fly fishing with Joan and working on his next book.

David R. McCabe grew up in the countryside sou

th eland, and now lives with his partner, Joan, in the north of England. Happily retired, David spends much of his time fly fishing with Joan and working on his next book.David R. McCabe grew up in the countryside south of Dublin, Irelandand nh his partner, Joan,

Pinkeens to Diddies may be purchased wherever you live from the following media outlets.

Amazon.co,uk and others for England and Europe

Amazon.com and Barnes &Noble and others for the United States

Australia

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