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And we used to play in the summer, we’d play …


Ah yeah, football, we loved the football, combo … what we called combo, three or four of us, used to have a rubber ball, a bouncer, and one guy in goal and the other two just heading, you know, trying to score a goal, we did that for ages … and then marbles, we used to play the marbles, you know, the marbles...and you’d three holes, like, trying to get the marble into the hole and you know and you’d have, what was it? The Thaw, the big...the bigger one like you know to try and knock the other ones out, or you’d make 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, say, and then the same that way, you see, and then you’d try to shoot and get as many as you could out of that and then …

Oh yeah and you’d get points …

And there was glass marbles and then there was the ordinary, there was another marble …

The kind of more solid one?

… made of clay, yeah, an uncle of mine worked at the building, he used to bring them into me and I was the top notch because I’d loads of these!


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Childhood, Games, Street life

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"Hugh Smullen on 'combo' and how marbles were played." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #322 (accessed March 20 2018, 7:41 pm)