Election time is replete with memories for me, for every election marked a period of hyper-activity when I was younger and involved in community action. It was a time when you confronted candidates on behalf of your community and focussed their attention on matters requiring action.
To get things done, two essential steps are necessary: (1) Make a List, and (2) Take the first step.
Now, I can sit back and luxuriate in reflection on things past. There may be something to be learned by the present generation of potential community leaders, so I have assembled some thoughts here.
Proinnsias - Krunchie As
"Proinnsias" sounds the same as "Krunchie as," except with a P instead of a K. I was christened "Francis Killeen," but adopted the Irish form of this name "Proinnsias Ó Cillín." ("Cillín," which means "treasure," sounds exactly the same as "Killeen"). Some people have difficulty pronouncing "Proinnsias," and some children in my neighbourhood called me "Krunchie," a nickname that stuck.
Proinnsias Ó Cillín
- Born in Phibsborough, Dublin, 1943. Qualifications: BL and M Sc (IT).Land Registration Consultant, poet, inventor and artist.Member of the Invincibles old-time band.Attended St Peter's primary and O'Connell secondary schools.Member, down the years, of church choir,Knights of Malta, Dáil na nÓg, Irish Language societies, residents association, action groups, musical societies and drama groups, board of National Museum.Chaired many groups, including Residents Association, IMPACT trade union branch, Art Societies.Ran folk club in Slattery's of Capel Street, late 1960s and returned for Poems and Pints. Led Claremont Residents Association to win Tidy Areas Competition.