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09/05/2016 / hbrowne4

Tender-hearted Hard-shaws by Therese McGarry

“She’s a hard-ticket that one” or, “he’s a bit of a hard-shaw”, or so they say. Seems to be the saying in the inner city of Dublin; And it’s easy to spot when One takes the time.

There can be a toughness in the mannerism and yet a hearty laugh if coaxed and a smile to melt their troubles away.

A hard shell on the outside but soft-centre on the inside.

Their talk is rough sometimes, not minding to tell you where to go by times, but a sadness in the eye reveals: hardship incurred.

Quickly look away, in case someone might see;

You see, Dublin folk don’t cry –

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