A golden jubilee for Echo boy Michael O'Regan

A golden jubilee for Echo boy Michael O'Regan
At the launch of the 2018 Holly Bough at St. Peter's on North Main Street was Cllr Mick Finn, Lord Mayor of Cork; Michael O'Regan, veteran newspaper seller who sold the Holly Bough for 57 years, and John Dolan, editor of the Holly Bough. Picture Denis Minihane.

IT was August, 1969, The Beatles were still together, man had just landed on the moon, Sonia O’Sullivan had yet to be born, and, on the wireless, Elvis was singing about a ghetto.

Echo Boy, Michael O'Regan
Echo Boy, Michael O'Regan

In Cork, a young boy stepped out into the city for the first time with a bundle of newspapers under his arm.

He must have enjoyed his day’s work, because, through rain and shine, wind and yet more rain, Michael O’Regan has been a fixture on the city’s streets ever since, selling Examiners and Echos to passers-by.

Echo Boy, Michael O'Regan
Echo Boy, Michael O'Regan

Corkonians have come to view him as a part of the fabric of the city itself, and next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Michael’s era as a newspaper seller.

City-goers may have noticed he has been missing from his pitches in recent months, owing to illness, but his fans will be hoping he will be back in place come next year to mark the special occasion.

Echo Boy, Michael O'Regan
Echo Boy, Michael O'Regan

To celebrate the landmark, we’ve compiled a photo montage of Michael down the years.

Get well soon, Michael!

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