Many of the pieces have never seen the light of day. I like to write and I love to go back remembering the good old days. Therefore the writing of these stories has given me pleasure. Some of the stories in the collection have been published. 'Peter' gave me first prize in the Golden Pen competition. 'Shepherds Calling' also gave me a first in the Jersey Evening Standard. Over the years I have contributed to many religious magazines. The pioneer took my first story. The 'Word' magazine took some of my material. I also have published in Ireland's Euye, Ireland's Own and many others. I contribute to all of the Garda magazines from time to time.

It is my hope that my readers if such there be, will go with me into the past and perhaps trigger off memories of their own. Some younger readers may glance at them and smile and may be tempted to read up on some social history.

My daughter Mary has trawled through a pile of my scribbling and she has selected this lot. She has with each piece, enhanced them greatly by the inclusion of her delightful drawings.

Joe Coen was born in 1937 at Bruff, Aghamore Co. Mayo. He lived for twenty one years at his home place. He has never forgotten Bruff and he returns frequently.

In 1959 he joined the GArda Siochana and ended his career as a Sergeant in Roscommon. He now lives there with his wife, Betty, in Roscommon. They have one daughter and four sons. Two of his sons live in Mayo, and the other two work in Castlerea. Mary is a nurse working with people with learning disabilities at Clarinbridge, Co. Galway.

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By the Yellow Fireside, 24 Short Stories

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