The Ballad of Seán and Orla and Other Stories: a Weekend in Nice, France

The Ballad of Seán and Orla and Other Stories: a Weekend in Nice, France












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Ah! La belle France! I flew to Nice, on the Côte d’Azur, for a family reunion recently. Three of my five brothers, and both of my sisters, made it to Nice for the weekend. I hadn’t seen my twin brothers, Hugh and Killian, for over twelve years; my sister Fiona and her new husband Bruce for a year, and not since their marriage last February; my brother Cormac for about three years; my sister Dairine and her beloved, also called Cormac, for about two months and my dear parents Paddy and Cinnie for about three weeks. It was a big occasion, and I felt a mixture of excitement and trepidation before the trip. As a family we were never great at holding back, and a weekend together would provide a perfect opportunity to have a row from which there would not be sufficient time to recover. After my arrival in Nice Airport one Saturday afternoon, I was happy but perhaps a little anxious, made the more acute in the light of the terrible sadness that Nice had experienced in July.

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2 Comments

  1. Fiona

    October 15, 2016 at 1:35 am

    What a beautifully written account of the wonderful weekend we had together! And so well illustrated to boot! I’ve just read it out to Bruce, smiling form ear to ear, and we had lots of laughs and remembered how much we enjoyed or time all together – Cheers sis! Chronicler par excellence!

    • Róisín Curé

      October 15, 2016 at 7:36 am

      Thanks a mill sis! I thought you’d enjoy the bit about Dad and the mum-worship! But what a weekend- so special and I am so glad that between us we’ve put into words a memorable and happy time. Love to you and your beloved XXX

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