Posts by Betty Gleeson

Dolla Talk on ‘Rural Electrification’

Rural Electrification 1946-1975 Silvermines Historical Society is pleased to present an evening talk on Rural Electrification 1946-1975.  The talk will be given by Michael Hanly, a member of the SHS, and will take place in the Eagle’s Nest, Dolla at 8pm on Tursday 9th March.  All are welcome. The evening will consider how ‘Rural Electrification’…

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ohs lecture – Brendan Bracken

Ormond Historical Society Monday night, 6th February 2017 Lecture by Charles Lysaght on Brendan Bracken Charles Lysaght, author of best-selling biography “Brendan Bracken” will be the guest speaker at Ormond Historical Society’s next lecture on Monday night, 6th February 2017. Winston Churchill’s right-hand man and closest confidant for over thirty years, Bracken was a man…

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John Tobin

JOHN TOBIN   Thank you for the memories That you have given me, Your life with May and Rody In your home in Boherbee.   My head is filled with happy times, I can see them still so clear, When I close my eyes at night time So many things seem near.   Cutting timber…

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BALLINACLOUGH IN THE MID 19TH CENTURY

The 1837 publication of Samuel Lewis’ ‘A Topographical History of Ireland’ painted a picture of Ballinaclough (Ballynaclough) at that time as a prospering parish situated on the River Arra with 1149 inhabitants living across 3,701 statute acres. It highlighted  Ballinaclough’s improved agricultural systems (presumably cultivating wheat, oats and potatoes on conacre; though not specified) along…

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BEYOND THE BUCK GATE

In many ways it was very much an anachronism in our lives, but for those of us who grew up around Dolla and Silvermines in the ’fifties, Kilboy and the ‘Big House’ will always have certain associations and memories. My own childhood home was just across the fields from Lord Dunally’s cropped mansion, and only…

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