When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Gary Doyle

In 1981, I was ten years old, attending 4th class at Sacred Heart Primary School in Killinarden. My walk to school was never speedy, as I was a bit of a daydreamer, never scurrying out the door or calling for friends because I was happy enough on my own. I was kept company by the breeze that always seemed to blow down from the hills, with black flags* flapping on every lamppost, beating frantically. It was quite a noise, especially when I was running late and there was no one else around—an eerie, relentless sound that reminded me of the fluttering of a crow that once got entangled in our clothesline. The unceasing wind and flapping flags didn’t leave much space for thought. I would think of the previous night’s six-one news, feeling a little angst, looking forward to ending the windy, noisy walk and sitting amongst friends in my own little H Block.

Gary Doyle is a Digital Educator, Photographer, and community Worker with three decades of experience, committed to promoting digital inclusion and empowering people. He is a creative thinker with a broad range of life experiences, bringing his unique perspectives to all activities he undertakes.

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