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Thread #83473   Message #1534696
Posted By: Paul Burke
04-Aug-05 - 06:21 AM
Thread Name: Ewan MacColl - real name?
Subject: RE: Ewan McColl - real name?
My Dad taught a couple of the Ruanes at St. Lawrence's Secondary Mod in Salford. Wonderful lads, he said, and no one ever caned them.

Martin and his brothers often used to come to the Exile of Erin off Oldham Road, Manchester, for the sessions in the early 70s. He used to sit quietly, a half pint of bottled Guinness in his hand, looking like a child with a dolls-house teacup. I only knew him to use his 'presence' once- after one of the IRA bombs, when some local thickos decided to do over the Paddies. When they came storming in, shouting the odds, he just stood up, slowly... he never seemed to stop rising... the would-be vigilantes paused, made their apologies to the landlady, and left, quickly and quietly.

IIRC that was before he started his wrestling career. I think he and his brothers used to carry bulldozers round on the M62 building site.