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|Author's Note and Acknowledgments||11|
|1.||The Germans Bomb Dublin||17|
|2.||The Lucky Baby: Born in a Caul||25|
|3.||Food Rations: The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes||31|
|4.||"May She Rest in Peace"||45|
|5.||A Boy with the Girls in the Nuns' School||53|
|6.||So That's Why the Germans Bombed Dublin||61|
|7.||The Lord Mayor Gets the Da a Job||69|
|8.||Mary Beats Off the Eviction Bowsies||75|
|9.||Hiding the Mountjoy Jailbreaker||81|
|10.||Louis Copeland Makes the Communion Suit||95|
|11.||The Widow Woman: Molly Darcy||101|
|12.||"Will Yiz Go to Ballyfermot or Donnycarney?"||109|
|13.||Good-Bye to the Hill||121|
|14.||A Christmas Bonanza||137|
|15.||Mischief at the Picture House||153|
|16.||Where Do You Sell Flowers?||159|
|17.||Alfie Byrne: A Friend for Life||169|
|18.||Can Pigs Swim?||175|
|19.||Whistle a Happy Tune||185|
|20.||The Belvo and the Bru||195|
|21.||Charlie Haughey Comes for Tea||215|
|22.||A Street Education||225|
|23.||Working for Jam||235|
|24.||Croke Park--and Uncle Arthur||243|
|25.||A Room of His Own and Night School, Too||255|
|26.||The Brothers Fly the Nest||265|
|27.||A New Freedom||275|
|28.||The Young Businessman||289|
|29.||Full Steam Ahead||299|
|30.||The Bigger Picture||311|
|31.||When the Going Gets Tough||315|
|33.||Renault for a Quid||331|
|34.||The Ma Leaves Her Legacy||337|
|35.||Business as Usual||345|
|36.||End of an Era||353|
|Epilogue: Echoes of the Past||359|
|Glossary of Dublin Slang of the Forties||369|
Posted August 2, 2004
Bill Cullen shows in his book 'It's a long way from Penny Apples' that being raised in material poverty is no barrier to happiness or the ability to climb to the very top of the business world in Ireland. This book will prove inspirational, educational,entertaining and motivational to readers in any part of the world. It will have a particular appeal for people who may have lived in Ireland in the early 50's. Although Bill Cullen is now a millionaire he has not forgotten his roots and all royalties from the best-selling book are being donated to The Irish Youth Foundation. I sent a copy to an Irish priest living in Cape Town SA who is preculded from travelling back to his native Dublin because of ill health. He described reading the book as feeling as if the clock had been turned fifty years to the the City he had grown up in - 'an absolutely brilliant read'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 17, 2003
Bill Cullen's book is not only touching but an inspiration to its readers. The passionate story he weaves is real yet humble, with many elements that draws the audience: deep elements of compassion, dedication to hard work, love and respect for your family, and belief in the community. An excellent book I would recommend to anyone who would like to be inspired. This book reinforces the belief that anyone can be a success in life - no matter what your background -- with hard work, determination, a great family background and an education.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2003
Its memior about his life living in the city of Dublin, Ireland. His family poor and so on. I feel this book was a really great read because I felt he had so many obstacles, but past them. I have so thoughts thats its a long hard to get in them into sentences. I hope the author realizes this book will a excellent movie as well. Thank you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.