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Annie Conneely (1919-2017) – Housemaid, Cloonisle, County Galway

Annie Conneely (1919-2017) – Housemaid, Cloonisle, County Galway

The story of an Irish-speaking Connemara lady who was raised alongside Cloonisle Bay, near Roundstone. Annie recalled how her wily father had to start anew when his currach-rowing business collapsed with the arrival of the railway in 1895. Unlimited access for €1 a...
Half-Time Oranges: Joe Rock (1927-2016)

Half-Time Oranges: Joe Rock (1927-2016)

The Rock family from Dublin are to be the recipients of the 2022 GAA President's Awards. Joe Rock was a Croke Park legend prior to his death at the age of 90 in 2016. A grand uncle of Dublin All-Star forward, Dean Rock, Joe worked at Croke Park since the age of six,...

Jimmy Bolger the Colaman

Jimmy Bolger the Colaman In a letter to me of March 2007, former Timahoe publican John Headen told me of a carman or coal carrier called Jimmy Bolger who he knew as a young man. The story of his homeward voyage from the pub with his horses is so beautiful that I...