05 May 2005


Mala Poist

Defending the honour of our Mickey Marley

A dhuine uasail,
In Monday's Andersonstown News (and an earlier edition of Daily Ireland), in an article on the passing of Belfast legend Mickey Marley, Barnbrack's Alex Quinn claimed that part of the song Mickey Marley’s Roundabout was deliberately written to poke fun at Mr Marley.
Alex Quinn claimed that the lyrics “If you haven't got a penny and your ma's gone out, you can still get on his roundabout” were untrue, and that Mickey would have chased any child who couldn't pay.
As the writer/composer of the song in question, I refute the claims of Mr Quinn.
I wrote the song as a deserved tribute to a real Belfast character and no part of it poked fun at Mickey.
And I personally know (and knew) those whom Mickey let on the roundabout free when they didn't have the money.
I hope this puts the record straight for Mr. Quinn.
Finally, long may the song Mickey Marley’s Roundabout keep evergreen and happy our memories of Mickey – the last of the real Belfast characters.

Mise le meas,
Seamus Robinson
(aka Seamus Mac Róibín)

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