Parallel lives

Growing up in Madrid during Franco’s reign, witnessing a new Spain, and finding Atlético Madrid fame – this is the story of Michael McCleary.

Brian and Michael McCleary in La Casa del Abuelo, Madrid (November 2021)

The first time I met Michael McCleary I presumed he was Spanish. Why wouldn’t I? We were, after all, in Madrid, sitting together on a pleasant October evening in the famous Vicente Calderon football stadium. He spoke just like any other Spaniard I had encountered and there was nothing about his…



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Brendan Boyle

Irish - living in Galicia. Write about Spain, its cities and culture; real people and places; current affairs. Supporter of real journalism.