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Respecting last writes

31st October, 2009

Last weekend, I spent an absorbing afternoon reading letters sent in the 1960s and 1970s between my uncle and my grandfather, both of whom are now long deceased. My grandfather lived in west Cork.

My uncle, then just a student, had emigrated to America. They were fascinating, vivid and beautifully written letters.

In one, my uncle told my grandfather about his experience of watching Neil Armstrong’s moon landing on American television - and how an...

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