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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 05:05 PM
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No Frank McCourt thread here.
Of all places here on DU, I think there should be a thread noting his passing. I think he was a wonderful example of Irish resiliency.

Thanks for all the great stories Mr. McCourt, you will be greatly missed.

Julie
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Maeve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 06:04 PM
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1. No, this forum doesn't get the traffic it once did
I've written notes in two threads "up top" though--here, I'll recreate them


Do you know what happened to Angela's ashes?

Frank and Malachy went out drinking with the package that held the remains of their mother. And the next day they had to make the rounds again, to find where they'd left her!

Of course, they did and her remains were scattered in several places, including a bit at the graves of the little ones who died...there were a couple of videos made in '97-98 about the McCourt family (The McCourts of Limerick and The McCourts of New York--found them at my public library) that showed part of that part of the story.
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While sad, his books were not tragedies--they were tales of survival

And even tales of winning, for he escaped the misery, brought himself up to a better life and inspired his students and readers. As Angela's ashes are scattered both here and in Ireland, so is the influence of her tale and the stories of her children. Yes, bad choices and too much of the drink taken, but also a will to overcome and see that what happened does not repeat. "To be Irish is to know that the world will break your heart", but also that the story does not have to end there.

Peace and joy be on him.
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 06:48 PM
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2. Amen sister.
Good to see you Maeve. :hi:

Julie
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