In Memoriam

On our second night in Dublin we met Seamus Conroy. In the space of fifteen minutes he told us three jokes and advised us to stop by Johnnie Fox’s Traditional Irish Pub.

While we didn’t make it there, we made a friend. Not a day has gone by since making his acquaintance that he hasn’t e-mailed a quick note. Often there is a poem involved. On the day I planned to write about Galway City, he coincidentally sent me the lyrics to a song with Galway in the title. I Googled it and found this lovely rendition by Eleanor Shanley, recorded live at the Temple Bar Pub in Dublin:

I look forward to my new buddy’s messages, but was saddened when ten days ago he wrote that his dog had to be put to sleep, as he put it, “after fourteen years of walking me around the parks and roads.” I love that he wrote the dog walked him instead of the other way around.

For those of us who love our pups, there is not much harder than to see that relationship come to an end. So for you, Seamus, I hope you are beginning to deal with your grief, and that sweet memories of your girl comfort you in the days to come.

Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog;
but you’re never friendless ever, if you have a dog.

                                                                                        –Douglas Mallock

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Author: Tricia Pimental

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tricia Pimental's second memoir, A Movable Marriage, has received 5 Star reviews from both Epic Book Quest and Readers' Favorite. It's available on Amazon in both Kindle (amzn.to/1RtRBwp) and print (amzn.to/1OiGlUU) versions. She is also the author of two Royal Palm Literary Award Competition-honored books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in International Living Magazine; A Janela, the quarterly magazine of International Women in Portugal; and anthologies compiled by the Florida Writers Association and the National League of American Pen Women. A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a former Toastmaster, Ms. Pimental resides in Portugal. She can be reached at www.triciapimental.com and on Twitter @Tricialafille.

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