Friday, April 16, 2010

Families that had running accounts with the late Willie Price shop and pub in Shannonbridge in the early 1900's included the following -
Patrick Burns Leharrow, John Devery Leharrow, Mrs J.Daly Charlestown,
Joseph Johnson Woodbank, Mick Claffey Aighnacabe, Frank Egan Aughnacabe, Michael Keena Aughnacabe, John Curley Corrigeen,
Kieran Flannery Corrigeen, K.P.Egan Crevagh, John Flannery Crevagh,
Martin Mulvey Cloniff, R.Shrahan Cloniff,Miss Hynes Cloascra,
Mrs Dan Connors Clonmacnois James Galvin Cloniffeen
Mrs Rose Duffy Clondelara, B.Gunning Clondelara,
Five from Shannonbridge were Mrs B.Flannery,Mrs Kate Kilroe,
MichaelKennt, Michael Reddy, Mrs Rigney,
John Rock Cappaleitra, George Pardy Moystown, Mrs Lyons Templedew,
James Egan Garrymore, Kieran Taaffe Garrymore
Andrew Neill Blackwater.

Kay Brennan or KB from Kilkenny stopped by last week.Kay worked for many years on local radio.She mentioned a Will Killeen a singer that she used to play his songs.She met Louise Killeen and picked up a Daithi Rua CD to listen to on her journey.

The winner of this years English Grand National at Aintree was
'Dont Push It' trained by John Joe O Neill.owned by J.P.McManus and ridden by A.P.McCoy.The horse was bought by Frank Berry at Listowel.

Vocations Ireland 'Renew our Call'takes place on Saturday 24th April in Clonmacnois at 5pm; "Prayer and reflection on our Christian call as we move together as Church towards something new"Their website is

Shannonbridge Active Retirement are planning a visit to Glendalough
and surroundings.Contact them now if you wish to travel.
They also plan to visit Boora Parklands on Tuesday 25th May at 1.00pm
linking up with Pullagh ARA for the visit.

Christian Moecker and his friend Sabina from Germany were in Shannonbridge recently. Christian's father Norbert Moecker worked on construction of an addition to Shannonbridge Power Plant in 1982 and the family lived in Athlone for that phase.Christian brought greetings from his father to Mick Devine who are friends.

On last Monday Tom and Sheila Byrnes who once lived in Shannonbridge called to visit Liam and Theresa Breslin in Ferbane. They were on their way home to Cork after attending their son's wedding in Sligo. Ciaran
was born in Shannonbridge and married Sandra Kearns.The Byrnes family lived in Saint Ciaran's Park.

While on a visit to Oughterard on Wednesday the sister Doc and husband Dick took John and Mick and myself out to visit Lough na Fooey which is hidden away among the hills at Finney, Clonbur,Galway. We found the lake and parked the car and got out to have a look around. It was a peaceful spot with a rowboat hidden in rushes and full of water.Nearby was what looked like an open plan enclosure probably used to wash/dip sheep.We reloaded and found that the car failed to start giving a sound like the battery was run down.Then we found out that mobile phones failed to work due to the hills around.There was a house midway up a nearby hill and Doc and John walked up to the house which was owned by Breda Laffey.She offered the use of her landline phone and also invited the five of us in for a cup of tea.When we got there Breda had a large plate of sandwiches prepared as well as cake and buns.We had to wait to get the car towed away and as we enjoyed the hospitality Breda told us her like story and how she was an organiser of prayer-groups up and down the country.She has a meeting room as part of her house and meetings take place there every Tuesday.Breda is a remarkable woman and one of the photographs on display was of Father Paddy Kenny who was a great friend of hers.Breda was going to Tipperary that night to talk at a prayer meeting and offered us a lift back to Oughterard.
May God Bless Her for her kindness.

Congratulations to Brian Cahill Belmont on his 80th Birthday this week.
There was a surprise birthday party for Brian last Tuesday night with a huge birthday cake and refreshments.

The weather has been marvellous for the past week or more with sunshine every day.The flood has eased back somewhat but there is still a lot of water in the system.That volcanic dust cloud coming from Iceland has brought air travel to a stop.It is expected to get back to normal today.The brother John was scheduled to return to New Jersey USA this morning but has now been rescheduled for a flight on Monday morning.
So he had time today to walk to Raghrabeg on the other side of the river to pick some wild primroses there for our sister Pat.He did not walk further in to Raghrabeg where Paulien Kemp tells us there is a field of wild violets a blooming.

If you are interested in following all changes in status of any holding recorded in the Primary Valuation from the mid-19th century up to the 1970s.Visit
See Irish Roots last Monday in Irish Times

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