Singing a different tune

Taking note

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Sir, – Alison Healy laments the fact that she is not blessed with a singing voice (An Irishwoman’s Diary, May 20th).

I can relate.

In the two-roomed national school where Mrs Murphy put manners on us, with a tap on the tip of her tuning fork, one day instead of the usual singing “le chéile”, she held solo auditions for an upcoming event.

She gave me the first verse of Báidín Fheilimí, which I mangled, and saw only pity in the eyes of my classmates, knowing even then that I didn’t ever want to see pity again, so at age eight, I gave up the singing. – Yours, etc,




Co Galway.