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GUEST,Gealt Michael B Mannion Irish poet ? (19) RE: Michael B Mannion Irish poet ? 21 Nov 14


I knew Michael Mannion very well from the time he came down the hill (from Winsor Castle to the Prince Albert, Pembridge Road W11 c1973) until he died in 1986.
He came from a farming family in the parish of Tyrnascragh, East Galway. He spent some time as a brother in a religious order.
At the outbreak of WW2 he joined the London Fire Brigade & was stationed in Chelsea. He subsequently volunteered for the Indian fire service. Later he "took the King's shilling whilst under the influence", well so he claimed. He was commissioned & left the army with the rank of captain. He was a salesman after the army, vacuum cleaners & I have heard that he sold watches for Selfridges, Oxford Street.
He had a fantastic memory for poetry which he would recite at the drop of the proverbial.
He drank in most of the Notting Hill Gate pubs including the Churchill Arms. The Prince Albert was different in many ways to the Camden Hill pubs but mainly because Mick was one of many caracters that frequented the boozer. Among these were Jack Doyle, former boxer & wrestler, the actors Oliver McGreevy & Harry Webster & Gerry Quinn who was a patron of Mannion's. Hence the record is dedicated to Gerry's daughters. Btw the producer of that album was not a Dubliner.
One of Michael's friends was Brendan Lynch writer & habitué of the Winsor who wrote an obituary. He was photographed & interviewed by John Cullen (Irish Post,London) & John Minahan (London Evening Stanard)
Michael B Mannion is buried in Fahy Graveyard, in his native parish.
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