When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Jin Yong

Photo: P3b Photography, reproduced with permission from the artist.

I was born in a small Korean town WangQing in China 1981, all my family are Korean by blood but we were born and raised in China.  The school was located about 2 km from our home, a small house with many neighbors and none of us locked the door. It was a very safe… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Jin Yong

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Angeline Ball

I never thought I would say it but I miss my school days when the only thing you had to worry about was not missing Dallas on the telly because ’Who shot JR?’ I tell my children that I was walking a full mile and a bit to school on my own from the age… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Angeline Ball

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Ciaran Cannon TD

I can confirm that the distance from our home to Kiltullagh NS is exactly three miles. I know this because I have travelled that road thousands of times, and as an adventurous child I couldn’t wait to make that journey by whatever means possible. My first attempt now forms part of our family’s history. It… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Ciaran Cannon TD

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Vicky Twomey-Lee

I grew up in Limerick and am the eldest of four. When I was 7 years old, I went to Mary Queen of Ireland primary school in Caherdavin, a suburb in Limerick. Walks were only 10-15 minutes to and from school, and initially my mom walked me to school until I was old enough to… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Vicky Twomey-Lee

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Austin Comerton

Austin Comerton was born in Ballinasloe Co. Galway in 1953: After completing secondary school, he worked at the Bank of Ireland before going into business in his mid twenties. He emigrated to Canada in 1988 with his wife and two daughters.He worked in the Office Furniture industry for a number of years before moving to… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Austin Comerton

Nuair a Bhíomar inár Ríthe agus Banríona ar an mBóthar: Cathal Mac Coille

Ag dul chun scoile ar an mbus i mBaile Átha Cliath sna 1960í Bhí mé 14 bliain d’aois nuair a d’athraigh mo mhodh taistil chun scoile ó rothar go bus. Chuir an turas bus laethúil ó Chluain Dolcáin go Baile Átha Cliath ar bhealach mo leasa agus m’aimhleasa in éineacht mé. Bhí deis agam gach… Continue reading Nuair a Bhíomar inár Ríthe agus Banríona ar an mBóthar: Cathal Mac Coille

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Cathal Mac Coille

Cycling to school in Clondalkin in the 1960s, and a Garda warning I was ten when I became the proud owner of the bike of my dreams. The fact that it was secondhand didn’t matter, its gleaming red frame and mudguards made a perfect birthday present. The short slope in the back garden of our… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Cathal Mac Coille

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Kate Thompson

I was born in Halifax, Yorkshire in 1956. Our house was across the road from the city graveyard, surrounded by high stone walls. On the other side of the graveyard was our primary school, Caddy Field.​I was strongly gender non-conforming from a very early age. I refused to grow my hair or wear girls’ clothes.… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Kate Thompson

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Pierce Turner

At eight a.m. I could hear my mother shouting my name up the stairs to the third floor where I lay in bed fast asleep. The call would be for my brothers Paddy and Seamus as well, and of course my sisters Breda and Bernie, who were on a lower floor. Everyone would move before… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Pierce Turner