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And do you remember any games you used to play when you were a child?

Oh yeah, round towers and all.

What was round towers?

Oh, stop, I swung the hurley one day and I hit Betty Wrigley such a clatter, God, I remember the fright, I thought I’d killed her!

What was it?

She was in the way and she got the hurley, I missed the ball and she got the hurley!

Oh so it was round towers and you’d to play with a camogie or hurley stick?

On the road, now.

And was it scoring goals or whatever?

I don’t know, we were just hitting a ball with the hurley!

It was just to hit it! And you hit your friend?


Oh no, was she alright?

Yeah, after a few days! She does still say it to me when I see her! Dolores Wrigley, do you know her? Dolores Wilson?

Is that Dolores Boone?

No, Dolores does be in the school with Betty, it’s her sister!

Oh God, did you do any damage to her?

I don’t think so and if I did I wasn’t…

She’s still here!

So that was round towers, an unusual name, where did the name come from?

They used to play it in the swings, you know.

Okay, and were there any other names that you remember?

I don’t think I played any after that!

You were in trouble!


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Childhood, Games, Street life

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"Marie Murphy remembers playing the street game 'round towers'." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #336 (accessed March 20 2018, 7:40 pm)