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22 things you'll get if you grew up in Mullingar

The jewel of the midlands.

1. Rita from the Roma keeping order in the chipper

One glance from Rita would sober you right up.

roma Source: Facebook

2. Roma versus Lingi’s versus Coppolas chips

lingis Source: Yelp

3. The bus to the Bloomfield Disco on a Saturday night

And the sticky carpets and the “no runners”.

bloomfield Source: Google Maps

4. Dodging teachers at the Rugby Club disco

“Will yeh shift me friend?”.

rugby Source: Google Maps

5. The Lions Club disco

Slow dancing and shifting. Niall Horan was a regular.


6. Diving at Lough Owel when the weather got good

Hoping on the bike and straight to the lake for a dip.

Watching The Boys Watching The Girls Source: Kman999

7. And learning to drive at Lough Ennell

18th April 2011 Source: g23armstrong

8. Millie the Maxol legend welcoming every woman with “HOW’S ME AUL FLOWER?”

maxol Source: YouTube

9. Goin’ Fencin’

The Final Fence (or just ‘The Fence’), though generally remembered as a ‘bit of a kip’ was the  place to be every weekend and every St Stephen’s night. It’s recently reopened and is now serving swanky cocktails.

fence Source: The Fence on Facebook

10. The (recently returned) red and white of Callan’s

callans Source: The Honest To God's Truth on Facebook

callans2 Source: The God's Honest Truth on Facebook

11. The queues for taxis outside Danny Byrne’s

danny Source: Google Maps

12. Gigs in The Stables

You could catch Damien Rice there almost every weekend if you were lucky.

stables Source: Mullingatr Boys Wikia

13. Freewheeling down the Quinnsworth ramp in a trolley

quinns Source: Adverts.ie

 14. A shift behind the bandstand

band Source: Mulliongar News and Views on Facebook

15. Or down the canal line

canal Source: Wikimedia Commons

16. You went to Loreto or the CBS or the Tech

class Source: Loretto Mullingar Class of '95 Reunion on Facebook

17. And called the Loreto girls ‘blue bottle virgins’

loreto Source: Google Maps

18. And probably witnessed a scrap at the Green Bridge

Where the school buses converged.

school Source: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie

19. When there was just the one roundabout at Dominick Street

And then ALL the roundabouts descended on the town; the scourge of learner drivers.


round Source: Google Maps

20.Texas getting the first escalator in the town

The glamour!

125/365 - Longest and Fastest Escalator In The World Source: underactive

22. Buying X Works and Nirvana tshirts in Our Way


Thanks to Ruth Murphy, Mary Kate Murphy, Claire Brennan, Áine Daly, Alice Kelly and Deirdre Ball and Sinead Whelan for their contributions

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About the author:

Emer McLysaght

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