The Hot Seat
Published in the Milltown Newsletter Christmas 1995
Full Name: Peter Joseph Coyne.
Occupation: Retired Bacon Factory Employee and Farmer.
Favourite Food: Bacon, Cabbage and Potatoes.
Favourite Drink: Guinness – I enjoy a good pint.
Memory of First Dance: My oldest sister Bridie R.I.P. took me to Tailor Rattigans Hall, Coole at the age of 16 years. It cost 1 shilling and 3 pence. Local lads played the music including Sonnie Walsh.
First Job: Worked for the County Council on the roads in 1933 – a few years on I went to Lincoln (England) potato and beet picking.
Earliest Memory: I remember buying a herring–bone suit and a military mackintosh coat just before I made my first trip home from England, and wasn’t I the proud man wearing these. That was in 1939.
Favourite Pastimes: I enjoyed cycling and won the Connacht Champion in the 40’s. In my younger days I played football and played with six different clubs. Now I enjoy watching cycling, Gaelic football and sometimes boxing on T.V.
Favourite Songs: Lovely Derry and Danny Boy.
Favourite T.V. Programmes: Glenroe, Crime Watch and News.
Favourite Actor/Actresses: Joe Lynch and Moira Deady.
Person you most admired: My late wife Birdie.
Favourite colour: Maroon and White.
Favourite quotation: “Pull out the choke – you’re sucking diesel now”.
What is your greatest regret: No regrets.
Do you play a musical instrument: I play the mouth organ a little – I used to play the accordion until I got a touch of arthritis in the finger joints.
Favourite singer: Mick Conlon from Clare.
What was your worst moment at school: The day I broke one of the school windows. For punishment I was put standing up on the window for one and a half hours looking out.
Biggest changes you have seen over the years: The change from oil lamp to electricity, the television and mainly all the different types of farm machinery.
Happiest moment: The day I got married.
If you won the lotto: I would take care of my family and give some to the poor.
Person you admire locally: Christy Molloy – I’ve enjoyed reading his new book.