KeepHealthCare.ORG – Family values: farewell to my childhood home and all its memories | Ireland
It’s been the family home my whole life, but with five bedrooms and a large garden, the house in Ballyboughal, is too much now for my mother to manage on her own. All four children have flown the nest.
When my parents arrived in the rural village in north Co Dublin from the more suburban Portmarnock, in 1978, there were just a few houses on this road. My father had met the landowner, a Mr Butterly, through work and he negotiated a site and planning permission for a two-storey house. A civil engineer by trade, he was able to manage the build himself, taking extra care to ensure no corners were cut during construction.
My mother, who is from the tiny village of Louisburgh, in…