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Edenderry up for sale!!

Town under the hammer

To celebrate the life of Myles na gCopaleen the Irish Times has recently been running a series of The best of Myles: a selection of Cruiskeen Lawn. This article (undated) refers to an advertisement for sale, that being the town of Edenderry!

‘Town under the Hammer: We are living in a ruthless age....Anything can happen in Ireland today...I nearly passed away when I seen it- it’s the worst sign of national putrescence I have ever come across.

FOR SALE: Town of Edenderry, as going concern, well established garage. Yearly rent, £30.

The Fair Town of Edenderry up for sale for all the world like a heifer at a fair! And to be turned into- a well established garage mind you? The loveliest town in Ireland, a town boasting the finest piazza in Europe in its own way, a sort! (if Limerick is a city, pray which of the earth’s hamlets is not). This gem of the silver sea, this other Edenderry! Eadan Doire, sweet town of the Oak grove! Peerless habitation, resplendent settlement, proud sister of Tullamore! Have they no heart, these soulless slaves of the machine age?....Oliver Flanagan doth that lion sleep? must the innocent population of Edenderry- man, maid, mother with suckling babe- must all these assemble their poor belongings on handcarts and undertake a pathetic struggling trek to Geashill?....If Edenderry is to be CIE’s mere garage which of our smiling cities is to be next? Maybe the tourist board will make up and buy Dublin before it is sold privately. And present it to the nation.



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