7th September, 2000
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Hello from sunny Myrtleville!
We have had a good summer. The holiday season is drawing to a close with children returning to school and soon the beaches will be empty. We ladies of mature age had our farewell Lunch as we do each year. We jokingly call ourselves "The Golden Girls" from O'Regan 's Field, my field, as I was an O'Regan before I lost the name in marriage! In the conversation, mention of Douglas Weekly came up. Everyone had heard there had been an article about the summer residents of that field long ago and they were all disappointed they had not seen it, including myself. I had missed it that week. I gave them some names that I remembered and stories connected with them. Some sadly have died over the years. Your family, Michael, came top of the list, the O'Hanlons. Those were happy days and we all got on well together. I got plenty help in that little shop we had at the time. The cream of Cork City came down at the time. Their grandchildren and children come still. If we wanted to build a little house for a family member no one would object to us. Ah for those lovely far off days. At the end of the field a few residents erected a stone and inscribed on it "O'Regan's Avenue". It created the Grand Touch but I was pleased all the same because it perpetuated my family name. A funny thing happened. Little children put flowers on the ground near the stone, knelt down and said a prayer because they thought my Dad; William O'Regan had been buried there! I can imagine the laughter in paradise from that humour-loving man!
Our farewell Lunch was at the Fennell's Bay Tea-rooms. It can be reached along that path from the field to Fennel's Bay where there is a lovely scenic view of yachts sailing on the sea and nearby cattle grazing in lush pastures. It is a place of serenity and peace, somewhere to forget ones troubles for awhile. I heard it is closing for the winter but I must find out. The food is "simply delicious", to quote Darina Allen.
May I say that Myrtleville has two B&B's. One "Mystic Lodge" owned by Peter and Sandra Sheehan with a superb view and "Bellevue" on Myrtleville Road owned by Mr and Mrs. Ben Neff. Both are excellent. Bunnyconnellan Hotel and Pine Lodge are also well known and a delight to visit.
BORN A CATHOLIC
I was born a catholic, have lived all my life a Catholic and in spite of all the revelations about what was going on behind closed doors over the past few years I have always believed I wanted to die a Catholic. But now there is this, the controversy that still surrounds Pope Pius 1X. He is known for calling the Jews "Dogs", and for his opposition to Democracy and Civil Rights. A Pope from 1846, he never accepted the incorporation of the Papal States and of Rome in the kingdom of Italy. He proclaimed the dogmas of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary 1854 and Papal Infallibility 1870; his pontificate was the longest in history. Originally a liberal, he became highly reactionary, as papal territories were progressively lost. He refused to set foot outside the Vatican after the Italian occupation of Rome, regarding himself as a prisoner, and forbade Catholics to take any part in politics in Italy. He centred power in the Vatican, refusing compromise with modern spiritual ideas. His devotion inspired a cult following that continues to this day. The first stage in his canonisation was begun 1985. It was suspended in favour of Pope Pius X11, then when Pope Pius X11's Nazi collaborations were revealed it was reactivated, although the Vatican denies that this was the reason.
It is considered by many that when Pope John Paul 11 asked for forgiveness for the church's treatment of the Jews over the centuries he was referring to Pius 1X. Now they are making him a saint. There is a touch of the Hugh O'Flaherty case about all this. I pray to God that they know what they are doing.
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WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF CAREFREE DAYS
Arriving home from a holiday in Portugal last week - 6 copies of the Douglas Weekly were waiting for me with "see page 5" outlined on the front. What a beautiful article on O'Regan's Field - what wonderful memories of carefree days.
An old friend of yours, and mine, Monica Lyons - now O'Byrne, originally from Ballinlough also posted me a copy. A neighbour of mine Maura Jones of Douglas Post Office also told me she has a copy should I need it.
I bet you didn't know that the lower entrance to O'Regans Field, where Drew Crowley and O'Regans live, is now known as O'Regan's Avenue. There's a big sign up there, go and see it for yourself, maybe "Field" is not good enough for everyone. "St. Mary's" O'Regan's Field for sale -£75,000. I'm sure that is the first bungalow in "our" row. £5 a week for the ground rent, was what my mother paid Mrs. O'Shea, until she sold the place seven years ago.
Many thanks for a great piece Michael, I will treasure it.
Betty Karwig (nee McKenna)
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