When Willie was an advice columnist for the Limerick Leader

Alan English, Limeri

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Alan English, Limeri

NOT many will remember, but back before he was elected to the Dail, Limerick’s Willie O’Dea was better known as a Limerick Leader advice columnist.

NOT many will remember, but back before he was elected to the Dail, Limerick’s Willie O’Dea was better known as a Limerick Leader advice columnist.

This week, in the latest of the Leader’s All Our Yesterdays nostalgia magazines, you can read Willie’s advice to readers with problems – such as the Caherdavin man who was worried his wife would try to get him jailed!

“I am self-employed but my business is very poor at present,” he writes to the columnist known in the early Eighties as William O’Dea. “My wife has got a maintenance order against me and I just cannot afford to pay it. I feel she may go to the court again to have me imprisoned. Could she do that?”

You can read Willie’s considered response to this and other puzzlers in this week’s free magazine.

Part 4 of the All Our Yesterdays series features the years 1980 to 1984 – and what a fascinating time it was. It began with the departure of one household name from O’Connell Street in Cannocks and ended with the closure of another shop on the same street also very fondly remembered by many – Woolworths.

But it was also a time of great joy, particularly for Limerick soccer fans, as the League of Ireland title was won in 1980 followed by the FAI Cup two years later.

The radiant cover girl is Diane Hannagen, who became the first Limerick winner of the Rose of Tralee in 1984. The magazine looks back at the dramatic 18 months when there were three general elections and also highlights the Limerick property market of the era, as well as recalling a tense time on the city streets, on the day of hunger striker Bobby Sands’ funeral in 1981. There’s also a huge number of delightful pictures, including some great photographs never previously published.