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A Leaf in the Wind : An Irishman's Memoir

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ISBN: 9781527299771
AuthorCullen, Michael
Pub Date01/09/2021
BindingPaperback
CountryIRL
Dewey920.CUL
Quick overview The life and times of Mathew Cullen, who owned the Colamore Hotel, later the Dalkey Island Hotel, will be published later this year. The book, entitled A Leaf in the Wind (Gregmar Books), starts with an account of Cullen’s early years in the Co Louth village of Castlebellingham, before his family’s move to the outskirts of Dublin in 1908 - to Portobello, then known as ‘Little Jerusalem’.
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After his father, Patrick Cullen, a publican and businessman, died suddenly at
the age of 38, Mathew’s mother Caroline (nee Hoysted) was left penniless with
four young mouths to feed and another on the way. The family returned to live
in Castlebellingham but money shortages saw Mathew being sent to St
Saviour’s Boys Orphanage in Dublin, a harsh, Dickensian-style institution.

The book details Mathew’s daring escape from the city centre orphanage and
how he used the north Dublin railway line to find his way back home to
Castlebellingham on foot - much to the surprise of his mother. He also recounts
his time in New York in the 1920s.

He later shares his sporting achievements, not least his success in local,
provincial and international athletics. He went on to serve in public life on the
Fianna Fáil national executive and as a Dublin city and local county councillor.
His memoir also revolves around his experiences as an owner of men’s shops in
Dalkey after World War II and living locally on Sorrento Road and Hyde Park.
He headed up the local LDF company during the Emergency years. He was
hired by Bord Fáilte as a tourist guide escorting overseas film crews and anglers
to suitable locations around the country, and was owner of the Colamore Hotel
in Dalkey in the 1950s.

He was a keen golfer and all year round sea swimmer.

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After his father, Patrick Cullen, a publican and businessman, died suddenly at
the age of 38, Mathew’s mother Caroline (nee Hoysted) was left penniless with
four young mouths to feed and another on the way. The family returned to live
in Castlebellingham but money shortages saw Mathew being sent to St
Saviour’s Boys Orphanage in Dublin, a harsh, Dickensian-style institution.

The book details Mathew’s daring escape from the city centre orphanage and
how he used the north Dublin railway line to find his way back home to
Castlebellingham on foot - much to the surprise of his mother. He also recounts
his time in New York in the 1920s.

He later shares his sporting achievements, not least his success in local,
provincial and international athletics. He went on to serve in public life on the
Fianna Fáil national executive and as a Dublin city and local county councillor.
His memoir also revolves around his experiences as an owner of men’s shops in
Dalkey after World War II and living locally on Sorrento Road and Hyde Park.
He headed up the local LDF company during the Emergency years. He was
hired by Bord Fáilte as a tourist guide escorting overseas film crews and anglers
to suitable locations around the country, and was owner of the Colamore Hotel
in Dalkey in the 1950s.

He was a keen golfer and all year round sea swimmer.

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