A Warm Rear
One member of our community has a unusual connection with the Cavan and Leitrim Railway, his great grand-father R.H.Johnstone of Bawnboy House served on the board of directors from its inception until the company was amalgamated with the Great Southern Railway at the end of 1924.
Nigel Rofé is the local "expert" on railways, and in particular on the Cavan and Leitrim Line. As a young boy this enthusiasm for "playing trains" cost him some pain. One day around Easter time in 1956 or 57 Nigel went to Ballinamore as he often did, along the railway tracks to the railway yard "to see what was going on". When he found nothing of interest here he cycled on along the track, then the tramway to first Drumshambo then Arigna where the afternoon was spent at the rail head and mines.
The trouble was that his parents didn't know where he was, and at dusk they started getting worried.
Eventually at about nine o'clock, just before the Guards were called Nigel returned home to find a "hot" reception awaiting him by two very angry parents. By that time they were frantic with worry which became extreme anger on their son's return. A severe "rear end warming" was administered and Nigel was sent straight to bed, then confined to "home" for a week with no bicycle.
Thankfully, the experience didn't dampen his enthusiasm , He still has great interest, and a very impressive collection of memorabilia, which he has made available to this committee.
Oliver Brady ..q