5th Anniversary

5 years ago today, Willie passed. It seems like a lifetime ago and also a defining moment in our lives. There was a great celebration of his life and what he meant to us and to those he touched. In 2016 we met his daughter, Delilah who has many of his talents and who has[…]

Remembering Willie on second Anniversary

My uncle Willie lived with me and me Ma when I was a teenager. He was an eccentric, erudite, eloquent hard worker and harder drinker. He was a painter and decorater, who took great pride in his work. When he painted a room it looked so perfect it was like the paint had grown out[…]

Memories of Willie – Oldcastle

Like Robbie, I only knew Willie as a teenager while I was a child. But growing up in Oldcastle I’m often asked about him by those who knew him and grew up with him, and people often share their memories of him with me. He is remembered around Oldcastle for his humour and wit, his[…]

Memories of Willie – my Uncle

Hamlet’s famous soliloquy that begins, “to be, or not to be” was one of Willie’s favourite passages. I remember this as at age four he had me learn it by heart while he was living with us at Portobello rd. I can still recite the passage, even though I never studied the play at school,[…]