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Dunmore East is a small fishing village on
the south-east coast of Ireland, 16kms from
the city of Waterford.
It sits on the western side of the Waterford
Harbour Estuary, 4.8kms from Hook Head in
Dunmore East, Co. Waterford,
In 1984 Dunmore East was a fishing village: tourists in the summer: some smuggling:
picturesque and quiet: some might say free.
Certainly the dogs thought so. They got fed every day. They cavorted around the place. The
people either indulged them or ignored them.
So a collarless motley collection of the most bizarre shapes, sizes and ‘dog' personalities,
from the miniature grey thing resembling a toilet brush, to a huge evil Alsatian owned the
Dogs spent long glorious days guarding their pavements, piddling on everyone else's,
fighting, fornicating and causing general nuisance.
Mind you! If any person was seen to punish another's dog or heard to castigate the rampant
behaviour of a pack of fifteen snarling contenders and a bitch, the gravest offence could be
taken. Families had been known to fall out for years because ‘poor little pooch' had been
severely booted. Supposedly deservedly.
Occasionally - The main street of the village was likely to be relatively quiet for a while when
a bitch came into heat anywhere within a three mile radius.
Otherwise – The daily ritual of Billy the Butchers blue van driving up resignedly between the
thatched cottages took its course as the inevitable pack of mange afflicted curs loped along
in convoy: flea ridden every one; hanging around with nothing better to do than chase the
smell of meat and bark their heads off for the crack.
Dunmore East Dogs Of 1984