Mr McParland; our Primary 4 teacher lived in Newry, Northern Ireland. Not a City in those days, but a dangerous border town. He had wiry hair like a blonde Afro.
Pat Jennings; world class goalkeeper for his country, was also born in Newry. Our man claimed to know him, and went to school with the green giant. We believed without reproach.
Yours truly; age 6 & 7, in the years of the Hunger Strikes, born in Belfast. I was enthralled because Pat was of another world to kids reared in our divided times. A symbol of hope on an island of doubt.