Her name was Nellie Donoghue

She came from Carrowmore

And lived with us in Rutland Road

All those years ago

She bought me my first missal

When I went away

I have it still a claw mark there

When Bruce was want to pray


She often spoke of the Holy Name

That church in Manchester

And holy names were on her lips

When surprise she’d register

Well honest to God I’d hear her say

Jesus Mary and Joseph

And talk! She could talk away

She was the loveliest person


She was my mother’s great true friend

My mammy got her started

When she came from Carrowmore

Conductor on the buses

She made her life in Manchester

A husband and sons two

On this feast of the Holy Name

I remember Nellie Donoghue


Brian Fahy

3 January 2023

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