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 Wexford.
Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Eddie Don was one of the all time great characters of the village and
for many years amused locals and visitors alike, with his quick wit and
funny stories. He was a great poker player and would have fitted in
well in the Wild West. I remember him telling me a yarn one night in
The Strand about a time he had heard people outside his house at a
late hour. He assumed that they were trying to break in and as any
sane man would do he went for his gun. He didn't bother to open the
door but instead discharged the weapon through the window, spraying
glass and lead out into the street. When he was sure that the danger
had passed he rang Sergeant Flynn and told him of the incident. The
Sergeant asked if he had killed any of them and Eddie replied no, that
he had missed the buggers. The Sergeant told him that it was okay
and to return to bed and not to take any further action.
Another evening I remember being in the Anchor Bar, when Eddie,
some stranger in the village and me were the only customers and
Paddy Green himself was behind the counter. Eddie had had a few
too many pink gins and was finding it difficult to stay on Paddy
Green's wobbly stool. So knowing he had enough he decided to leave,
but found it hard to keep his balance. Paddy Green asked me to give
him a hand to help Eddie out the door. I was delighted to be escorting
someone out of the pub as opposed to being the one escorted myself.
When we returned a minute later the stranger said "surely ye're not
leaving that man walk home in that condition". Paddy Green replied
dryly, " ah sure he's alright, he's driving."
I think a whole website could be filled with stories of Eddie's
escapades and I'm sure everyone in the Dunmore has an Eddie Don
story. He was one the most honourable men the village ever had.