Michael Higgins

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Michael Higgins family used to live, where I lived, in Sliabh Rua and the moved to Clamper Park near Athenry and when the War of Independence was over he went to America to work in a factory I think. In later years when he retired he came home and lived near Athenry. He was known as the ‘Yank Higgins’. He never married either. I met him a few times, now not much, he’d be old then and I’d be young.

Bhíodh muintir Michael Higgins ina gcónaí, san áit a gcónaímse anois, i Sliabh Rua agus d’athraigh siad go Páirc an Chlampair in aice le Baile Átha an Rí. Nuair a bhí Cogadh na Saoirse thart, chuaigh sé anonn go Meiriceá ag obair i monarchan de réir mar is eol dom. I ndeireadh a shaoil, nuair a bhí sé éirithe as an obair, tháinig sé abhaile ina chónaí in aice le Baile Átha an Rí. An ‘Yank Higgins’ a thugtaí air. Níor phós sé riamh. Casadh orm é cúpla uair, ní hé chomh minic sin anois é, bhí seisean sean an t-am sin agus mise óg.

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