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1970s Video of St. Patrick’s Church, Ireland

Inishmagrath Video (Part 4)

Inishmagrath Video (Part 4)

[Vintage Religion]

Nearly 40 years ago, in the Irish Parish of Inishmagrath, priests, nuns, soldiers and parishioners gathered to celebrate the re-dedication of St. Patrick’s Church in the township of Tamron, Leitrim County. The following video features priceless images from that event: Soldiers with long sideburns; girls with long hair wearing hand-knitted berets with pom poms; young boys with crew neck sweaters with ties peeking out; women wearing colorful church hats. The cardinals in their red sashes have long since passed. There are five generations present in this video: the original Lost Generation (1883-1900); the G.I. Generation (1901-1924); the Silent Generation (1925-1942); the Baby Boomer Generation (1943-1960) and Generation X (1961-1981).

1970s Video

The video features the song Goin’ Back performed by Dusty Springfield. There are a five more videos in this series, which are on Fergus Red’s YouTube channel. Surprisingly, there are very few church nostalgia websites and/or blogs. It’s very difficult to source 1960s-1980s content for my Vintage Religion feature. There’s a lot of content available from the 1950s and earlier, including many great photographs, but far less church-related memorabilia from the childhood and youth of Generation X. Paper ephemera and collectibles from this era are especially hard to come by.

Goin’ Back Lyrics

I think I’m goin’ back
To the things I learned so well In my youth
I think I’m returning to
Those days
When I was young enough
To know the truth
Now there are no games
To only pass the time
No more colouring books
No Christmas bells to chime
But thinking young
And growing older Is no sin
And I can play
The game of life to win I can recall the time
When I wasn’t ashamed
To reach out to a friend
And now I think I’ve got
A lot more than
A skipping rope to lend
Now there’s more to do
Than watch my sailboat glide
And everyday can be
My magic carpet ride
And I can play hide and seek with my fears
And live my days instead of counting my years
Let everyone debate the true reality
I’d rather see the world the way it used to be
A little bit of freedom’s
All we lack So catch me if you can I’m goin’ back
Gen X Blog Jennifer Chronicles

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