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Does Dunmanway mean home to you?

Sam Maguire StatueDunmanway (Dúnmaonmhuí) is the geographical centre of West Cork. There are many different meanings for the Irish translation including ‘the fort of the yellow women’ and ‘the castle of the yellow river.’

Dunmanway is my own town and for 2013, to coincide with The Gathering, (and to complement the success of My Own Town Skibbereen) I’m going to contribute a series of articles that I hope will be of interest to all Dunmanway people, wherever you are.

In this series of articles, I’m going to tell you all sorts of things about Dunmanway – some things you may already know, but some of it will hopefully be new and interesting to many.

I would like to hear from Dohenys where ever they may be in the world and anyone who has Dunmanway connections. Please contact me at 1990.babs@gmail.com and share your stories about your homeland.

With a large number of people emigrating in the search for bigger and better things or maybe just a new adventure I am hoping that these articles will foster a connection with home.

What do you think of when you think of home? Mammy’s dinner? An open fire? Gatsbys?

When I think of home, I think of friends and family, school and work.

Home is history, memories, a place to grow up in safety and a place where you feel like you belong.

It is more than just a house, it’s a community and there is no place like Dunmanway when it comes to community spirit. It’s a place where everyone knows your name, as cheesy as that may sound.

This town is full of stories old and new, from local folklore to factual events, that I hope to share with you all.

Dunmanway is close to many people’s hearts and I am counting on the homesickness of those who have relocated to share their feelings about their home and beloved town.

Please, pass on the link to this article to anyone you know who has any connections with or interest in Dunmanway. Don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know where you are in the world and what your connection to Dunmanway is.

Keep in touch!

(Originally published on http://www.southernstar.ie on 18 Feb 2013 http://www.southernstar.ie/Community/Dunmanway/)

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