21
Aug
09

My Gogs

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Today would have been my Gog’s 77th birthday!

My Gog’s was my only grandad I knew and the only man I have known longer than my Dad. He is called Gogs, abbreviated from Gogady as when I was a baby (the 1st Grandchild) I couldn’t pronounce Grandad! In West Kerry where he used to come on his holidays to visit us he was always known as Gogs (almost more than Paul!)

Here’s few bits bout the man himself

He made the best sweet and sour sauce

He lied when he had Open Heart Surgery so my Nana and Mom would fly to Oz that day…and lied over the phone for a further six weeks

He brought us to the model train in Malahide one summer and I remember that really well

He was the image of Rolf Harris

He used to iron our underwear and melt the elastic

He made yummy potato cakes

He used to call me portly

He never mastered texting but tried many times

He ucould never pronounce Optometrist!

He loved Guinness

He used to keep the last Turkish Delight for me

He made his very own “Sliderobes”

He once called the Spice Girls “The Spice Burgers”

He couldn’t spell

He survived cancer almost 4 decades ago against all the odds

He is responsible for passing on large legs and hint of ginge to me

He made me and my sisters triple bunk beds that we still sleep in

He hung doors in the Royal Eye and Ear Hospital or so he told me

He could sing and once when he did at party and his false teeth fell out

He used to sing songs with our names in them

He was a plumber and continued to work into his 75th year

He would often say “Slán a chailín” in a Dublin accent when I left the house

Today he would have been 77.

The last birthday we celebrated with him was his 75th, just weeks after he was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. I was there with my Nana the day the doctor said they found a tumour. He laughed when I cried and told me not to write him off yet! He went through all the treatment they advised and fought the cancer with all he had. This time cancer won on February 20th 2008. He passed away peacefully in St Francis Hospice Raheny. I am lucky that the last time I saw him conscious was one of his better days 5 days before he died. He wasn’t in pain and sat upright in his bed chatting. I am grateful for that last evening together…although our conversation did centre on my recent break up!

I was very lucky to have had almost 24 years with my Gogs. I and all the family miss him so much and think about him all the time!

I would like to thank St Francis Hospice for the care they gave him towards the end and the compassion they showed us at the end.

So Happy Birthday Gogs…have a Paddy and a pint on us xxx

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9 Responses to “My Gogs”


  1. August 21, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Beautiful piece on your grandad Amy. I was very touched by it and I bet he is having that pint today on you. Tony

  2. August 21, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    now I cried . Its lovely thanks,he was specialxxxxx

  3. August 21, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Your memories of him are really great, I enjoyed reading them very much.

  4. 4 lorraine
    August 22, 2009 at 11:23 am

    i think u just put another crack in my heart.. thanks for the lovely memories xxx

    • 5 mynameisamy
      August 25, 2009 at 5:18 pm

      Tony and Ken thanks for your kind words!

      Mom and Lorraine, sorry for making you sad!

      To all others who commented on Twitter, thanks for the support!

  5. August 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Great post Amy. An aunt of mine was cared for in St Francis Hospice before she passed away. Great people there.

  6. October 11, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Lovely post!! My grandparents were all departed by the time I was 6 so I envy you and the time you had with your Gogs.

  7. November 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    My second, third, fifth time to read this post…. and each time it brings a smile to my face 🙂

    reminds me of my Pop…. Funny how his blackbird always knew when I was bold [of course there were a million crows nesting at the back of our house…. 😉 ] The odd time I might see a white bird… In ratio, very fitting for the ‘up to no good nipper I was. :))

    brilliant stuff Amy
    beir bua
    peter


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