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The Amazing Stella Cashman

The greatest race walking ambassador for her first home Parish the woman from Tullig Millstreet
With success against the best in the World in Australia she did compete
A bronze world walking medal for her adopted country her story deserves to be told
Had she not received a serious injury from a horse fall she would have been the winner of gold

Nowadays coach of The Park Race Walkers a famed race walking identity in New York
A long way from Tullig in Millstreet in Duhallow in the County of Cork
Like it has often been said of people one cannot keep a good one down
That's how it is with Stella Cashman and she hails from near Millstreet Town

When i was a schoolboy in Millstreet of Stella Cashman i first got to know
On a balmy evening in July walking in the Town in Minor Row
Then in her late teens or early twenties she greeted me with a warm smile
So beautiful, tall and athletic one untouched by conceit or guile

The lust of the wander was in her and her i was to see never more
The migrant ship did take Ireland's best people i repeat what has been said before
Now well into her seventh decade in time that is a lengthy span
In the high country in Tullig in Millstreet her great journey in life began

Amongst race walkers in New York City one famous and admired and widely known
Far from her first Hometown of Millstreet the legend of Stella Cashman has grown
As a boy in Minor Row i did meet her on a balmy evening in July
Near her prime a beautiful woman since then many seasons gone by.

by Francis Duggan

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