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It’s often said that, in order to move forward you have to look to the past. This can definitely be said about John Joe Somers who is drawing inspiration for his newest venture from the memories and stories of his Neighbor, Nelly O’Sullivan who was a stall holder in the Coal Quay Market in Cork City, Ireland.

A character and a story in herself, Nelly was a familiar face all her life in the marketplace. She was always ready with a quick response and a smart piece of wit. She got her name from the old shawl that she wore day in and day out, but never got sight of a washbasin. Her thinking on that being “Ah sure it’ll only get durty again!”.

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