Mill Street

As I went up the Mill Street and feeling very grand,
Stepping right and proudly with a shilling in my hand,
I knew that nearly everything I wanted would be there
And when I'd finished buying I'd have money still to spare.
I got two sticks of liquorice in Kirkwood's, for a start;
In Henry McGookin's nice wee shop I bought a ha'penny tart.
Into "Lovie Craig's" next, her shop so nice and neat,
She sold the finest strip'd balls that ever you did eat,
And at the end of Mission Lane I stopped at Paddy Lee's.
I wanted tea and sugar and a nice wee bit of cheese -
Two big "damaged" apples I got from "Smoke O'Boyle".
Then into Mrs. Wilson's where the broth was on the boil,
I had a bowl of steaming broth and a farl of soda bread.
Then out into the street again, all feeling hot and red
I went into Mrs. Henderson's and this to her I said,
"My mother always tells me you've the finest potted head".
Then up the street I dandered into Warwick's bacon store,
There was liver, chops and bacon, and griskins by the score.
Into Dan Mulvenna's next, at the corner of Trow Lane
Near where Andy Killen stored his feeding-stuff and grain.
I'd often mind a farmer's horse at Drummond's spirit store,
I'd get a ha'penny - perhaps a penny never more.
And so I'd finish up my spree in Kirkpatrick's bakery shop,
I'd buy myself a currant square, or a nice big thick "snow-top".
I started with a shilling bright as I have said before,
And still I had three ha'pence left, but I'm going to spend no more.
You may talk about your Main Street, your Cross Street or Dunluce,
There's not a thing in one of them that Mill Street can't produoce.
They're very grand up Inver, and the Roddens and Clonlee,
But the kindly folk of Mill Street are good enough for me.

John Clifford

The above poem was written by Mr. Clifford when he was schoolboy at the Parochial School, later to become the McGeagh Hall. The pupils were asked to write something about their own town, and John, produced the poem about a district in Larne which had a particular fascination for him throughout his whole life.

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John Clifford
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It was said that the full facts of the incident which I relate here were never fully known until the two men who were implicated - both locals - had reached a very advanced age. At that particular point of time it would have been damaging to the men and their families had it been generally known what their movements - and their intentions - were on this particular evening.

Both men were well known to the writer of these lines and it was a very near and dear friend of mine who gained first hand knowledge of the incident from one of the men concerned, who in turn with an air of secrecy passed on the tale to me.