Poetic memories of Cookstown

A FORMER Cookstown woman has drawn on her happy memories from childhood as well as recent events to produce a fascinating book of poetry.

‘Seeds of Memory’ by Eupheme Glass (Pheme) recalls many happy childhood memories of her childhood and the many days spent playing with friends in the street in Cookstown. Memories of summer holidays spent at her grandmother’s farm near Plumbridge have also been drawn upon to create poetry for the book.

Pheme Glass will be launching her poetry book at The Hub in Cookstown on November 16. Photograph by Sandra Vaisnoraite.

Pheme Glass will be launching her poetry book at The Hub in Cookstown on November 16. Photograph by Sandra Vaisnoraite.

The second part of the collection is of more recent memories and anecdotes inspired by Pheme’s love of the landscape and events which have evoked strong emotions.

Omagh-based Pheme (nee McLean) is the daughter of the late Robert John McLean from Church Street and Jean (Jane) Campbell from Plumbridge. Her parents lived for a short time in Coagh Street and then moved to Church Street.

Pheme, a past pupil of Derryloran Primary School and Coolnafranky Secondary Intermediate School in Cookstown as it was known, was 14 when she moved to the Dunleath Avenue which was the family home until 2007. Sadly her mother passed away in February this year in Knockmoyle Nursing Home where she had resided since 2007.

In one of her poems The Fort Hill she has mentioned “The Mortons, McElwees, Spiers, McKeowns, the Hampseys and the McLeans” and she is hoping that some of these people still remember those wonderful days of yesteryear.

The book is available from Sheehy’s in Cookstown and Pheme will officially launch ‘Seeds of Memory’ at in The Hub, Burn Road Cookstown on November 16 at 1.30pm.