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24th April, 2010

My late grandfather used to tell us about his childhood memory of sleeping on a mattress under a bedroom window in his house in Waterford, as the bullets fired by the Free State Army came whizzing across Scotch Quay.

My father recalls sitting up in bed with the transistor radio waiting to hear whether the world was about to end during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.Mymother remembers being told that communists could, at any...

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