The Yew-Tree at the Head of the Strand, by Brian Cosgrove

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The Yew-Tree at the Head of the Strand, by Brian Cosgrove

The Yew-Tree at the Head of the Strand, by Brian Cosgrove

Published by Liverpool University Press in 2001, 225 pages. Paperback (N3347)

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This book is an affectionate and humorous memoir of growing up in Newry 'predominantly Catholic and sometimes fiercely Nationalist' in the 1940s and 50s

From the lively atmosphere of his father's pub to the broadening of horizons at The Queen's University Belfast, Brian Cosgrove evokes a childhood and adolescence enlivened by comics, story books and films, seaside summer holidays in Warrenpoint with his brothers and sisters, and visits to his Uncle Johnny's farm as Lislea. Along the way he reflects on the culture that he grew up in, where every aspect of life - education, sport, politics, sex - was experienced under the pervasive influence of a Catholic/Nationalist ethos

 
Brian Cosgrove writes poignantly about his mother's illness and death from cancer when he was 19, and of its impact on himself and his father; and he reflects on the process of grieving and its effects. Lighthearted and serious in turn, perceptive and with insights of the social and political issues of 20th-century Irish history, this book is a vivid picture of growing up in Northern Ireland
 
This book is an atmospheric and vividly captured reminder of how much life has changed in the last seventy years, and is a must read for anyone interested in the local history of Northern Irerland, especially Newry and Belfast, as well more general social history.

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