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Mike Boyle

I am from Drummuck near Maghera. I attended Trench Belfast in the mid-1960s and Seamus Heaney was one of my teachers. I am now working on a new play about N.Ireland in 1956. Would you believe it that as a "nipper" I was a Christmas Rhymer in South Derry and that then a few years later I took part in the famous mummering tradition of Newfoundland?

Coookstown market by Mike Boyle

walking the long wide street.
Mother frantic --for bargains
at the second hand stall.
But that's not all ----
--ashamed and frightened
I would really pray and pray
that no one from school
would be looking our way.
After this ordeal -a treat
---chips in the Lido cafe.
Then -- pocket money
to buy comics and wait
until the others had sold
our pigs in J.B.Allen's
auction ring.
My brothers acted as guide
and spies for my father.
They praised our pigs to
all the buyers,dealers and farmers
up and down and around
at the market in Cookstown.
Then one of our neighbours
overheard old Maggie Convery say
"Them Boyle boys of Paddy Joe's
would make you think and believe
that goats dung was brandy balls"

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