It Happens Between Stops

It Happens Between Stops is a collection of short-stories, articles, essays, poems and a play written by employees and former-employees of the CIE group of companies. In the foreword written by American novelist Lawrence Block he says, "It Happens Between Stops is a splendid, selection of CIE literature. The quantity and quality of work produced by this group, taken from a workforce of a few thousand people, would do credit to a city of many millions."

There is something for everyone in this collection. Here’s a small sample;


Autumn Day.

By Cathy Hickey




I am walking in the woods,


The Autumn wind takes the leaves from the trees,


They fall  around me


And crunch beneath my feet.


I watch them dancing on the wind


And think of  You.


You would wonder at this,


The sound of the river rushing by,


Breathing the sweet crisp air.


Absorbing the warmth of colour,


Enjoying the sight of a young squirrel


Busily preparing for Winter,


At the base of the magnificent old tree,


Simplistic, yet so complex,


This cycle of Life…….Nature…..


It saddens me to think, yet again,


You are missing this moment.


Then it occurs to me that you are not,


Because you are here, walking with me.


Sharing this joy !!!!!!!






“The Eclipse on the Cheap”


By John Bolton.



   The morning news had a full load of Concorde passengers who had paid some £2,000 for a figure of eight over Tenerife to see the eclipse.  This way you got to see it from both sides of the plane twice.

For me, I loaded up my single decker to go to Dalkey.  I got to Booterstown when I got this eerie feeling.        I noticed the light change, but before I pulled back into the traffic, I noticed the start of the eclipse in the dark glass sun visor.  The time was spot on between 11.18 and 11.22.

While watching this, an elderly lady asked if I was OK.

I replied, “It’s the eclipse, do you want to see it?”

She and all the rest queued up the centre aisle to see this from the drivers’ seat.  I got a great round of applause at 11.25 when it was all over.

I would be barking up the wrong tree to stick them for £2,000 each.

   It is, in the words of Lee Dunne, "As an entertaining well written, dip in for a shot kind of book, this publication does not disappoint. So many tastes and flavours, none of them likely to give anybody indigestion. I take my hat off to the CIE guys and gals and congratulate all of them. I was very moved by 'Autumn Day' by Cathy Hickey, a well observed poem, free of artifice, her closing lines leaving me deeply moved. My best wishes to all of you. God bless


Irish Times journalist Fintan O 'Toole has this to say, "Witty and gritty, It Happens Between Stops is something rare in Irish fiction -- a view of working life from the inside. It combines the freshness, vigour, humour and hard edge of everyday speech with the determination to transform the mundane with the power of imagination."


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