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Posted By: GUEST,Fred McCormick
21-Oct-12 - 11:26 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Gerry O'Hanlon of Mullaghbawn (Oct 2012)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gerry O'Hanlon of Mullaghbawn
A fine tribute to someone who I'm extremely glad to have known.

Here's a memory of O'Hanlon which I'm sure won't come amiss.

The first time I met Gerry, he told me that he had a soft spot for Liverpudlians after something which had happened to him there many years earlier. He and a friend of his were travelling back to Northern Ireland from London, where I think he said they'd been studying. They arrived at Liverpool's pier head early in the morning, skint, hungry, and with several hours to wait for the Belfast boat.

Able only to raise the price of a couple of cups of coffee, they went into a cafe and sat there making the coffee last as long as it possibly could.

Eventually a big, blond, blousy waitress came over, said "You look like a couple of lads who could use a decent feed", and slapped two enormous breakfasts on the table in front of them. Free, gratis and for nowt.

No wonder Gerry thought ordinary people were worth fighting for.