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16 October 2014
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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?

Ritual by Mike Boyle

 

My father walked every square inch of

the grazing fields at Dunghlessa and he

talked to the animals each day. .

lowered his voice in a trance as he

looked for the white horned cow

to tie a red ribbon on it's tail.

 


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