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Time Passes: Irish Christmas Story Podcast

The West Clare Railway, Ennistymon

Time Passes is a story about emigrants coming home to Ireland for Christmas. It’s set back in the days of the West Clare Railway and I was moved to write it after reading a poem in Irish about our town by fellow Ennisymon writer, the late Tadhg O hÉaghráin.
Time Passes was first read on KPFA radio in Berkeley, California in 1986 and subsequently published in The West: Stories from Ireland. It has also been published in several newspapers and magazines in Europe and North America and is in a few anthologies of short fiction. The song ‘Memories’ by Ron Kavana is based on this story.

Music is by Martin Hayes + Dennis Cahill

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Beannachtaí Nollag díbh, agus go mbeirfimid beo ag an t-am seo arís ag cómhóradh na féile — Christmas Blessings to all, and may we be alive at this time again to celebrate the Festival. ES

photo credit: Clare County Library

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3 thoughts on “Time Passes: Irish Christmas Story Podcast

  1. Ellen D. Murphy on said:

    Listening to “Time Passes” on CD has been a Christmas Eve tradition in my house for many years; with many family members together over the next week we may read it aloud instead. Thanks, Eddie, for this evocation of lost days. “And we are still here … “

  2. The Burren Ranger on said:

    This, for me, captures the very essence of any Xmas eve in any irish village of the Ireland of the 1950’s & ’60’s. A true classic .
    Thanks Eddie,

  3. nollaig shona dhuit. thanks, eddie. we will be reading it out loud here in berkeley. i am in california-home from ireland for Christmas.

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