Padraig Rooney

Padraig Rooney’s most recent book is The Gilded Chalet: Travels in Literary Switzerland.

North/South: Monaghan-Armagh

Padraig Rooney, 7 February 2019

At the end​ of the 1960s, just as the Troubles were starting, I learned to drive in a blue Volkswagen on the minor roads criss-crossing the Irish border, my father on tenterhooks in the passenger seat. Undignified by markings, these roads remain unlabelled and unnumbered on Google Maps. If they had names, they were for townlands, grand Plantation houses or abandoned highways: Bessmount,...

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