The New Thurles Chat Club

“Last week at the chat club in Ryan’s Daughter Café in Thurles the discussion was about a football game played in Croke Park on November 21st 1920 between Dublin and Tipperary and the intervention of the British Army to keep order on the field of play, well before half time, during which Mick Hogan the Tipperary right full back, was hit by a bullet that fatally wounded him.”

“Last week at the chat club in Ryan’s Daughter Café in Thurles the discussion was about a football game played in Croke Park on November 21st 1920 between Dublin and Tipperary and the intervention of the British Army to keep order on the field of play, well before half time, during which Mick Hogan the Tipperary right full back, was hit by a bullet that fatally wounded him.”

“That’s it in an eggshell - what we discussed at our last talk in.” uttered Mr Hardchaw as he sipped tea from a china cup. Madam O My politely inquired was Michael Collins and De Valera playing that day and were they on the same team. Hardchaw replied no not at all to my knowledge, Dev was a rugby fan and Collins was too busy avoiding British intelligence hit men on that particular day.

Ms Busy rushed in apologising for being late ordered apple pie and coffee served in a Rossa pottery goblet, as one of the new young generation she was full of enthusiasm and with a receptive mind for things of the past and the present, and possessing an admirable curiosity about the future and what it held for the human race. The chat club as yet had not its Quorum for an official start, so some customers obliged by filling in for the absentees at the invitation of Mr Hardchaw.

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