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Thread #73414   Message #2852114
Posted By: GUEST,Grattan Puxon
28-Feb-10 - 05:53 AM
Thread Name: Obit: RIP Venice Manley 31 Aug 2004
Subject: RE: Obit: RIP Venice Manley
Venice and I ran away to Ireland together in the l960s - I say
ran away as I was escaping military service. We joined up with
the Travellers and built the first school, St Christopher's, at
the Ring Road, Dublin. It was burbed down by Dublin
Corporation. Later, with some 400 other Travellers, we took over a
field at Ballyfermot that became known as Cherry Orchard - and
built St Christopher's II, this time fighting off eviction

I've written a fictionalized version of this part of our lives
in FREEBORN TRAVELLER (Small World Media 2007.

Grattan Puxon