Saturday, September 26, 2009

It's a small world

How often have I heard the phrase," It's a small world "

I can recall my father say to my mother on occasion especially when ever he'd be a bit late home from work. " God Mollie it's a small world, you'll never guess who I met, you remember Johnny from Kells I bumped into him on the Square and he asked me if I'd like a pint and sure it wouldn't be right to say no ". Then there was the times when we visited our grandparents Cathy and Pat Donohue in Delvin, Co. West Meath and I heard the people say to my father, God, Mick Sheils from Navan well isn't it a small world?.

If my grandparents came back they would be amazed at how small the world is now. People are jetting off on foreign holidays two and three times a year. In my grandparents day it was so different if someone left the country it was up to Dublin they went for a days shopping or to get the cattle boat to England in search of work or worse still to fight other peoples wars.

There was no such thing as: television, computers or mobile phones. I did a computer course about three years ago and the inevitable happened I bought a computer.

A friend, Frank Murphy, a member of the Meath Writer's Circle and author of two books "The Marginal Line and Excursions ", told me that I should start my own blog site. Of course I was a bit weary of this and thought it would cost money. Frank said, " no it will cost you nothing, the best way I can explain it is like this, years ago when people first went to America there was so much land that the government were giving it away. They organised races people would gather at certain points and the race would begin first to reach a certain point would stake claim to that land ".
" Yeah land which was stolen from the natives ", I replied.
" I know it was wrong but I'm just using it as a analogy. There's so much space on the Internet that it's going for free and you don't have to dispossess anyone for it". Frank convinced me and after aweek of trial and error I was in business.

Old habits die hard, one saturday evening I said to my wife Josephine, I'll switch on the pc and see if I've any fanmail. Low and behold it said you have a new comment. I clicked on comment and it read, Michael thanks for the nice post, have a nice weekend, David Santos from Portugal and I thought! God, it's a small world.

In August 2002 I travelled to Australia with my son Austin. I wrote a small piece about an encounter which I had in a town called Gungadai and I posted it on my blog 13 May 2008, then on 23rd August I got a comment all the way from Australia and I thought! it's a small world. Then there was the day I rang Seamy my sister's partner on my mobile, the phone rang out and went to his message box, it was my sister Rosaleen's voice, she said, sorry Seamus is not available at the moment please leave your number and he'll get back to you as soon as possible. God I thought it realy is a small world, Rosaleen had passed away two weeks earlier. And that's a journey I'm going to have to take myself some day.

Michael " The Sheriff " Sheils

Monday, September 21, 2009


Customer to barman
" Honky have you any crisps? "
" Yeah "
" What have you? "
" Salt and Vinegar, Cheese and Onion "
" Have you any Bacon Fries or Honky Dories? "
" Ah hold on a minute till I get a pen and paper then I'll take your order "
" Yeah and don't forget your apron "
" Now what would you like sir?
" Have you any Steak and Onion?
" What!!, the last time you saw a steak was in a Vampire movie, a wooden one!!
Laughter in the bar.

Michael " The Sheriff " Sheils.

Friday, September 18, 2009


Navan Railway Station
It seems Our Lady's Hospital is going the same way but our ministers will still claim their exorbitant expenses they have no shame.

The Dublin to Navan train

Will it ever come again?

We've been promised it will by the shower in the Dail

But I have my doubts it will ever come at all

Broken promises of Fiana Fail

Sunday, September 6, 2009


On 23rd April William G Hodgins launched his first book of poetry titled Sunflower. The book was launched by well known Trim poet and writer and leader of the Meath Writers Circle Tommy Murray. I missed the launch myself as I was busy elsewhere but would love to have been there. I believe it was a great night with members of: the Meath Writers Circle,  the Small Impact Writers' Group and well known poet Tom French reading some of their own work. Tom French made the arrangements and according to reports did a great job.

William ( Willie )as I fondly know him by, dedicated the book to the memory of his Deceased Daughter Lucy Sheila who loved growing sunflowers and also loved poetry and prose.