LISNASKEA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Lisnaskea Historical Society meet every third Monday of the month at 8.00pm in the Castle Park Centre in Lisnaskea and also when we are lucky enough to have a fifth Monday we enjoy an extra meeting. Chairman John Reihill. Contact email or tel: 02867721730. For our programme of events, see Heritage Events.
A Brief History of Lisnaskea Historical Society from 1991
Lisnaskea Historical Society would not be alive and well if it were not for the huge commitment of its members and friends. The first ones involved were Jack Johnston, who has continued to be a great support to the Society, Pat Cassidy (Philip Pat Cassidy), who is our President, and Eileen Magee who worked tirelessly over the years. Eileen, as the first Secretary from 1991, kept so much information for the records throughout her terms of office, that it’s a joy to look over them. Documented are her letters to the speakers, her grant application forms, her visit with Noel Maguire up to the Moate Ring with the Council in order to get a proper gate installed (so that cattle wouldn’t escape onto the road if visitors left the farm gate open) and many other details. We all miss Eileen very much, even after she had passed over the reins of being Secretary to look after and spend more time with her family.
Bertha Willis, our next Secretary, took brilliant minutes of the actual talks, and Bertha then shared the job with Vicky Herbert, who organised the speakers. This system of job-sharing by both secretaries continues to this day, and works very well.
Rosemary Tisdall was our first Treasurer and was very good and supportive to all the activities of the Society, from its outings, to the funding for the ‘Crowning of the Maguire’ on the Moate Ring at Cornashee in 2007, which took place with the support of the local schools. Thank-you, Rosemary for your hard work too, you were always there to welcome members to each meeting.
The present Treasurer is John Cunningham and John also organises very successful outings each year, usually in September, which are both informative and enjoyable. He works hard at this and does a lot of research beforehand.
Some photographs taken on 2010 Monaghan Society Trip - Photograph 1 the day trippers, Photograph 2 - visit to Carrickmacross Workhouse which included a Carrickmacross lace demonstration and below Photograph 3 a visit to Patrick Kavanagh Centre where he is buried, see his resting place. A wet and wonderful day was had by all.
Lisnaskea Historical Society has a new Public Relations Officer since Maeve McGoldrick retired from the job since her fall. Linda Swindle is skilled with the computer and works magic with any flyers we need. She also has been very helpful with the ongoing project that Lisnaskea Historical Society is backing, that of the saving of the workhouse.
Linda’s great grandmother was a cook in the workhouse providing food to the infirmary patients: Christine Jones nee Bryans, a granddaughter of this same cook was present at the official opening of the Famine Memorial, Castle Balfour which the historical society had erected
However, the best known person on the committee must be John Reihill who is our present Chairman. He and his wife, Sheila, used to run a restaurant on Innishcorkish Island on Upper Lough Erne, before he retired and moved back to the town of Lisnaskea. John took over the Chair from Michael Mohan, who also is a great local character and a great dancer.
Lisnaskea Historical Society has a meeting on the third Monday of each month (and if there is a fifth Monday we put on an extra one) at the Castle Park Centre, Lisnaskea, at 8.00pm, the evening ending with tea, biscuits and a chat. John Reihill, our present Chairman, organises a dinner in springtime each year, with a bit of entertainment.
John Reihill and Vicky Herbert have written local history books and John has produced his life story, launched at our second meeting in November 2010.
Most recent books are:-
above, Vicky Herbert “Lisnaskea Workhouse-Past, Present and Hopefully Future”
and below John Reihill “Friday’s Child”
Lisnaskea Historical Society helps organise an ‘Olde Tyme Market Day’ each year with four of the local primary schools, which are always enjoyable and very noisy! The Fairs and Markets Committee of Lisnaskea are always supportive of these events.
Photographs taken of some of the participants in the Olde Tyme Market, Lisnaskea 2010
Above, photograph taken of the Old Tyme Market in action... at the Cornmarket, Lisnaskea
The newest project about the Workhouse is time-consuming, but we trust will be very worthwhile. It functions under the auspices of the Ulster Workhouse and Famine Trust, Lisnaskea and is a registered charity. See also www.lisnaskeaworkhouse.org
Photograph above of the Administration Block of the Workhouse Building
Photograph taken of the front entrance doorway. "A CHILLY RECEPTION!" This was the main door by which the workhouse inmates would have entered with trepidation to gain admittance before, during and after the Great Famine of 1845-1850
Above, another view of Lisnaskea Workhouse from the Moate PS side.
All of these photographs taken December 2010 of Lisnaskea Workhouse in the snow
Lisnaskea Workhouse view of one of the old dormitory sections - now a fallen tree gives a taste of its saddened condition as it lies empty, awaiting its next new lease of life... we trust. The workhouse has had many uses over the years, as a hospital, fire station, barracks, government offices, factories to name a few.
Celebrating 20 years since its inception, here are just a smattering of some of the interesting subjects discussed – extracts summarised from past meetings of Lisnaskea Historical Society
27th January 2004: Mr. John Reihill in the Chair. Speaker: Mrs. Marion Maxwell - ‘The Stone Outside Dan Murphy’s Door revisited – Johnny Patterson and other characters.’ Mrs. Maxwell said that Johnny was born in the 1830s and grew up in Ennis, Co. Clare, although both his parents were from the North. Ennis people say the stone is in Ennis. Johnny Patterson was in a circus and also wrote songs which he sung, some of which were ‘The Oul Turf Fire’, ‘The Garden Where the Praties Grow’ ‘A Mother’s Love is a Blessing’ and ‘Bold Jack Donahue.’ Johnny went to America on 17/03/1876. He was in a show in America and wrote a number of songs: ‘Goodbye, Johnny Dear’ and ‘I’m off to Philadelphia in the Morning’. ‘The Rambler from Clare’ was his signature tune. In the 1880s when in Lisnaskea, Johnny Patterson stayed at a disused quarry (where Dr. Henry’s house stood – opposite the Hotel). He had 20 horses. Kealy and Patterson’s Circus was formed. There are different theories about where ‘the Stone’ was. Alan Tisdall said in a newspaper article that it was at the public house beside the old barracks. Dan Murphy was the barman and it was known as ‘Dan Murphy’s Pub’. At this time Johnny had two children remaining, a daughter Bridget and a son Johnny born in 1872, who continued with him in the business. Johnny Junior wrote a peace song called ‘Do Your Best for One Another.’ On 31/05/1889 Johnny died in Tralee Fever Hospital and was buried in Tralee.
10th February 2004: Mr. John Reihill in the Chair. John Reihill spoke of the death of John Nolan and said he was very sorry to hear of it. John had laid a famine stone at the workhouse. Mr. Reihill then introduced the speaker Mr. Roland Spottiswoode, an artist and writer, who was going to speak to us on ‘The Day of Battle – Ballindarragh Bridge and Newtownbutler’ upon which he is writing a book which will be in print within a year or two. The Battle of Newtownbutler was fought on 31/07/1689 and in August 1689 it was Londonderry (the Derry Siege). These twin failures (Londonderry and Newtownbutler) were the cause of James to leave Ireland. In June 1689 the Williamite Relief Column was made up of the Enniskilleners, which were co-ordinated from Omagh, commanded by Lieutenant General Anthony Hamilton, who sent soldiers to take Belturbet. They used a fort at Hollybrook and the old hill road at Fawney (the Royal Oak) was used as a back way. Mr. Spottiswoode told us about the Yellow Dragoons from Co. Clare who faced the Enniskilleners at Ballindarragh on 31st July 1689, and also at the Boyne. Mount Cashel’s army under Lieutenant Colonel George Calderwood left a small party of Dragoons at Camphill, Newtownbutler, while the rest were ordered to skirt to Lisnaskea through Donagh. Crom Castle at Upper Lough Erne was the only defensible post between there and Enniskillen. The Castle was stormed by cannon but 15-20 men were killed, including Lieutenant Colonel Calderwood, and the Jacobite forces could not take the castle. Mr. Spottiswoode said, ‘If Crom had not held, the Enniskilleners would have been defeated but the collapse of Mount Cashel’s crack regiment wins the battle for the Enniskilleners.
9th March 2004 - Mr. John Reihill in the Chair. Speaker: Mr. John Cunningham from Belleek.
on ‘Fermanagh in the Fifties.’ He said that he remembered poor housing. Orlitt houses were erected in the ‘50s. Fermanagh District Council ordered 100 at £823 each. In 1951 there was a Gaelic Football match between Lisnaskea and Belleek held in Irvinestown. There was a fight and the match was called off. In the replay they got four points each. When they played again, Lisnaskea won 1:6 to Belleek’s 1:2. In 1952 there was a carnival in Irvinestown, which meant two weeks of dancing. In the same year television came to Fermanagh. In 1953 there was the inaugural meeting of the Clogher Historical Society. In 1957 there was an All Ireland Donkey Derby at Clabby won by Fermanagh’s Wonder Donkey! And 1957 saw the record price of £70 for a cow sold at Ulster Farmers’ Mart by Mr. J. Humphries of Pettigo. In 1958 the new Enniskillen Abattoir opened, sadly the ‘50s saw the end of the old Fair Days. Mr. George Knight thanked John very much and said ‘we have seen remarkable changes in the last 50 years.’ Mr. John Reihill also thanked John and said he had enjoyed the lecture very much.
Tuesday 25th October 2005 at 8.00pm with Mr. Michael Mohan in the Chair. Speaker: Mr. Fred Carroll who was going to talk on the subject ‘Archaeological Discoveries in Fermanagh.’ Mr. Carroll then spoke with the aid of slides and gave us a very informative talk on different types of tombs which he had discovered e.g. court tombs, passage tombs of which there are four in Fermanagh. There are also wedge tombs – 14 in Fermanagh. Mr. Carroll said he found a court tomb in 1989 in Fermanagh and a copper dagger (the only one of its kind in Ireland). At Ross Lough where a crannog is at the Sillees River he found bones, which were stained nearly black. They were red deer (slightly after the Ice Age) and a wild boar. He also found a beautiful stone axe. Later he found a dugout oak canoe. At Monea Castle there are 7 burnt mounds. Charcoal was always thrown into the grave. Mr. Carroll also found 4 pine cones and 186 hazelnuts thousands of years old when digging.
8th November 2005 with Mr. Michael Mohan in the Chair. Speaker: Mr. John Cunningham who was going to tell us ‘Smuggling Stories from World War II’. This was very interesting as many of us remembered the American soldiers, the blackouts and smuggling from Eire during this period. Mr. Cunningham was speaking about Fermanagh of that time and said people now speak freely about daring deeds which they had done while smuggling. He said scarcities at one side or other of the border and the exchange rate made it profitable to smuggle. Mr. Cunningham said that one of the favourite places to store smuggled goods was in the vaults of churches and plenty of ghost stories kept prying eyes away. Mr. Cunningham then read excerpts from the local papers from 1939-1941, e.g. 10-7-1941 ‘In a shop window in Bundoran many bags of sugar were on display marked at one shilling each, which meant a profit of over 100% and they still made a ready sale.’ Mr. Mohan then called on Mr. John Reihill to propose a vote of thanks. Mr. Reihill said it was a very interesting talk on smuggling. He remembered boats going with a cargo on the Lough, fertilisers and flour going up and sugar, cigarettes and tobacco coming down.
13th December 2005 with Mr. Michael Mohan in the Chair. Speaker, Mr. Francis Gilbride whose subject was ‘Bible Translations down the Centuries.’ Mr. Gilbride spoke about the Bible five thousand years ago. He said a square end on something like a pen squeezed into clay was used to write. Later they wrote on paper. From this writing we have the first hints of the Bible. Secondly pictures were drawn to represent letters e.g. a cow’s head A, a house B, a snake N. Numbers came from India 800 years before Jesus. Mr. Gilbride spoke at length about The Bible. In 200 BC. They translated The Bible into Greek. (Our Bible, the New Testament, was written in Greek). The Romans who spoke Latin, took over from the Greeks. The Book of Kells, before 800 AD was 340 pages long and was in the Monastery of Kells, County Meath and is now in Trinity College, Dublin. In 1362 English was declared the official language in England. In 1405 there was Jerome’s Latin Bible. In 1517 there was the Protestant Reformation. In 1539 there was Henry VIII’s Bible (a reader and Bible was sent to every church). In 1611 came the King James’s Authorised Version. This was an excellent book. There was no difference in the Catholic and Protestant Bibles until 1885 when 14 extra books, written in Greek, were put into the Catholic Bible and called the Apocrypha and this made the King James Bible 14 books less. In 1901 came the Standard Version, in 1952 came the Revised Standard Version, in 1965 came the Revised Standard Version for Roman Catholics and from this time Catholics and Protestants read the same.
10th January 2006 with Mr. Michael Mohan in the Chair. Speaker, Mr. Seamus MacAnnaidh whose subject was ‘Aspects of 19th Century Fermanagh History.’ Mr. MacAnnaidh told us that he had an interest in Gaelic literature and manuscripts and had worked as a staff member in Enniskillen Library. He has written a book entitled ‘Fermanagh Books, Writers and Newspapers of the Nineteenth Century (published in 1999). Mr. MacAnnaidh told us that before 1800, stories were passed down orally and scribes copied things down. They checked accuracy and wrote down who it was copied from - e.g. Fermanagh copied from Cavan, who copied from Tyrone etc. This tradition lasted until the 19th Century. Irish Gaelic and Scots Gaelic are very close. In 1728 a Scottish Regiment was stationed in Enniskillen and one member called Smith was in the garrison there. A Terence Maguire (schoolmaster) was at Florencecourt. Stories were told to each other and written down. Smith met Maguire and in 4 or 5 months they compiled many pages of Gaelic Lore. He mentioned John Macken, a writer from Brookeborough who wrote a eulogy on a Brooke. He was killed in battle in 1823. Newspapers published were: The Newtownbutler Herald, The Impartial Reporter (from 1825) which has been a wonderful source of history for 180 years. McKenna was the editor of ‘The Package’ and sometimes it gave a different report! Mr. MacAnnaidh spoke on history up to about 1850.
14th March 2006 with Mr. Michael Mohan in the Chair. Speaker, Mr. Frank Rodgers on ‘St. Patrick’. First Mr. Rodgers thanked Mr. Mohan for his introduction and welcome. He said he would speak on our national apostle, St. Patrick’. Mr. Rodgers divided his talk into 5 sections:
1) Places - e.g. the Holy Well outside Belcoo where newly converted Christians were baptised.
2) Name - Patrick, which occurs more often after the 17th century.
3) The shamrock - its association as a trefoil with St. Patrick and the doctrine of the trinity.
4) Snakes - there are stories of St. Patrick and snakes but there were never any snakes in Ireland.
5) Patrick and politics - St. Patrick had the power to unify people with religion.
He was born in 399 AD in the Roman Empire and was captured and brought to Ireland. Patrick was also patron saint of Nigeria. The grave of St. Patrick is supposed to be in Downpatrick.
28th March 2006 with Mr. Michael Mohan in the Chair. Speaker: Dr. Eileen Murphy, a lecturer from Queen’s speaking on ‘Research into the Moate Ring.’ Dr. Murphy began with the ‘history of the site.’ It was the inauguration site of the Maguires who had a 300 year period of control. Donn Carragh was one of the Maguire rulers. Maguire was a patron of arts. There are poems about Maguire Kings. Donn Carragh (1264-1302) was the first King of Fermanagh. The next three were Flaherty, Rory and Red Hugh. Philip of the Battle Axe was also a king (1363-1395). From 1594–1603 there was the Nine Years War. Hugh Maguire died in battle in 1600. The main feature of the site as seen today is its height which is 30 metres above sea level. It is 8 metres above ground level with a diameter of 40 metres at base. At the top there is a stone cairn. ‘Cornashee’ means ‘round hill’. Moate Ring means there might have been water surrounding it. It may have been a prehistoric passage grave but this would not be known unless excavation is done. Dr. Murphy gave us a lot of detailed information. She said excavation is costly and time consuming, but would give us dates etc. Archaeological survey is carried on between Queen’s and the Environmental and Heritage Service. Students were trained and helped to operate the machine for the first stage, which is a topographical survey. More geographical survey needs to be done, providing permission is granted. The Patterson family look after the site very well, they just graze it with young calves.
24th October 2006 with Mr. Michael Mohan in the Chair. Speaker was Mr. John Reihill who was giving a talk and launching his latest book ‘Where’s my Begonia, Rose?’ John said as we would be reading the book anyhow, he would just read a few poems from it. He read the poem ‘The neighbour’s Tabby Cat’ which happened in Trasna Way. John also read a poem about ‘The Duck with the Broken Wing’ called ‘Protecting her Young’. John said that the setting for his talk was an open fire with seats placed in a semi-circle around it. This was a fireside scene and depicted his own house 60 or 70 years ago, which was lit with oil lamps and by the flickering fire. His father arrived in with a huge log of timber, which was placed at the back of the fire after having raked it forward. In wintertime neighbours came in to ceili and no one knocked, they just raised the latch and pushed the door open, and also the hessian sack which was rolled up and laid behind the door to keep the draught out. Children sat on each end of the log. Several callers came on a Wednesday night and stories were told of nearly 50 years before e.g. ‘Where’s my Begonia, Rose?’ John said his father died when he was 12, so he was on his own and recapped old stories when working on the island. John went to Harry Maguire’s blacksmith’s forge at 9 years of age. Later he went to dances and pictures in Knockninny and Aghalurcher, as he was on the border between the parishes of Kilmore and Clogher. On Saturdays occasionally there were country house dances at which a gramophone was played. At a house wedding, local musicians came to play and it went on until late. Mrs. Rosemary Tisdall thanked John for a very entertaining talk. He had painted an unforgettable picture of sitting around the fireside.
28th November 2006 with Mr. Michael Mohan in the Chair. Speaker: Lawrence McMahon and his topic was ‘How the book ‘Hills and Heather Fireside Chat’ by the Knocks Historical Society was produced.’ The book about the Knocks is completely sold out and it is too expensive to reprint. It is available to read in the local library. In 1999 Breege McCusker came to the Knocks (one night a week for 6 weeks) to meet local people. The group sat round a table and their conversations and contributions were recorded. Breege provided topics for discussion each night e.g. farming in the olden days, cutting turf, haymaking. Another evening the topic was education. She suggested that all this information could provide enough material for a book. 13 cassette tapes were produced. They were brought to various homes, the tapes played and the conversations (stories etc.) written down in longhand on varying types of paper! Mr. McMahon said that in some cases the grammar was poor and the spelling was awful!! Anne McIlroy agreed to type up the scripts but unfortunately she had a very bad accident, so the writings lay in a box for two years. Then Seamus McPhilips was asked to help out. He retrieved the box, which by now contained many other items such as photographs, billheads, ration books etc. as well as the stories. Mr. McPhilips arranged for items to be typed up in the Slieve Beagh Office. Mr. McMahon was very keen to have an article about the Mulholland family to be included in the book but Mr. McPhilips declined to write this. Instead he pointed out that this topic was well covered in a book ‘Traditional Crafts in Ireland’ by David Shawâ€‘Smith. The publishers ‘Thames and Hudson’ were contacted and after several letters were exchanged, agreed that extracts from this book could be used, provided the source was acknowledged. At first ‘Thames and Hudson’ demanded money but on hearing that this was not a commercial venture they agreed to allow extracts from the book to be used. Mr. McMahon, his daughter Josephine and his grandson Jason worked on ‘the box’ for seven months. Jason downloaded the application forms for the National Lottery small grants. The application was successful and the book was funded fully by the National Lottery. The book was finally published in 2006. Mr. John Reihill proposed the vote of thanks to Mr. McMahon. He praised the efforts of the group in the Knocks for producing this book and thanked Laurence.
12th December 2006 with Mr. Michael Mohan in the Chair. Speaker: Mr. Pat McGuinness whose subject was ‘Names in County Fermanagh’. Pat said he would not mention names until the end. Pat told us that in 1000 AD nobody had two names, only one. Words were scarce and short. They were mostly one-syllable words, e.g. Sun, Moon, Sky and Stone. Trade names e.g. Farmer, Smith, Coulter (made coulter for a plough), Broomhead, meant that the ancestor of that person plied that trade. Patronymic names follow the name of the father, e.g. John, son of Hugh becomes John McHugh or MacHugh. In Gaelic a name with a prefix ‘O’ becomes Mac. English names were written in the ‘Doomsday Book’ of 1080-1090 which is out of print. The Grahams were border Scots and were cattle rustlers. They came to County Fermanagh in 1603 and in later years became leading cattle buyers. Pat mentioned other names, such as Elliott and Armstrong - originally from France. They only came to Ireland via England and Scotland. Some names were Anglicised for Mapping purposes i.e. Knockraven (English) and Knockaraven (Irish). Curran is a name most extensive all over Ireland. Allingham is an English name. Ballyshannon produced Tony Blair, the British P.M. His mother was Corscadden. Mr. John Cunningham thanked Pat very much for sharing his extensive knowledge with us.
25th September 2007 with Mr. Michael Mohan in the Chair. Speaker: Florence Creighton - who had brought a large display of old-time cooking utensils as well as a crook and crane. She was going to describe ‘A Day in the Life of my Granny.’ Florence was dressed in a cotton patterned overall and began her talk by showing us the skillet-pot in which the porridge would have been cooked by her grandmother the night before on a crow tripod beside a raked fire. The method of toasting bread was on a long toasting fork. She boiled the kettle and made tea, which was brewed beside the fire and the butter had been churned on the farm. A boiled egg was also eaten. An enamel bowl was used several times during the day for different purposes: the first thing Florence’s grandmother did was to wash her face; the bowl was then washed well with hot water from another large pot which was kept on the boil. The bowl was filled again and used to wash the breakfast dishes. Florence’s grandfather was out milking the cow. Florence said the men sometimes got up at four o’clock to walk the cattle to the mart. Her Granny made breakfast for them. She then swept the floor with a besom. Monday was washday. Florence described this in detail. It was done with the use of a washboard and bluebag. Ironing was done on Tuesdays with a box-iron. Wednesday was churning day. Soda and wheaten bread were made every day and sometimes apple tarts, boxty, potato-bread and pancakes. Florence described her Granny digging the vegetables for dinner and cooking them to serve with either roasted chicken or perhaps pigeon. She described the neighbours who came to ceili. They told stories, asked riddles, whistled or listened to Florence’s Granny’s gramophone. Her Granny had eight children and lived until she was 93. Mr. Raymond Mills thanked Florence for her interesting talk. He said she had a great affection for her Granny and learned a lot from her. It was a very good diet which they had in those days. He said ‘Your memory has stayed for so long.’
9th October 2007 - Mr. Michael Mohan in the Chair. Speaker: Mr. Michael McPhillips who was going to show us a DVD on ‘Remembering the Days of the Great Northern Railway at Lisnaskea.’ He showed us pictures of the station at Lisnaskea and the train moving out of the station to Enniskillen Goods Station. Maguiresbridge Station was shown next, with passengers and a Ticket Officer. Newtownbutler Station at the Clones Road was then shown. This included a group photograph, which included the Stationmaster and Porter with passengers. At Belcoo Station the train had cattle on board. A newspaper article was shown entitled ‘The Last Train Runs to Bundoran’ i.e. Enniskillen to Bundoran. Mr. Albert Trainer was the Stationmaster of Enniskillen. Michael showed men on the lines repairing them. There were excursion fares for travel by rail to Belfast from Clones Station, as shown by a poster. In 1942 there was a horse pulling a train. At Lisnaskea there was only one platform and a signal box. The bridge is still there. After it closed in the 1960s period it became overgrown. Inglis’s wagon was shown. Harry Acheson brought in bread. Michael showed a view from the Maguiresbridge end, a pushbike was being put on board. He also showed us Fintona Station and horse-drawn train (the horse was called Dick). The Clogher Valley Railway closed in 1941. At Newtownbutler there is a platform and the building is still in good condition. Michael listened to members of the audience identifying people in the photos shown e.g. Jimmy Kelly and Willie Kettyles, taken a fortnight before the railway closed. Mr. Pat Cassidy thanked Michael for his talk on the railways and said it brought him back to his childhood. He named the fireman on the train, Vincent Collins.
27th November 2007 with Mr. Michael Mohan in the Chair. Speaker: Mr. Jim McConnell on ‘Kilturk Old National School.’ Mr. McConnell explained that the school was situated down the first lane on the left after passing Mr. Roy Nixon’s. It was one of the first national schools to be built. In 1826 there was a school with 12 girls and 8 boys, according to records. Mr. Archibald Foster taught with a salary of £12 a year. Mr. McConnell told us of ground being given to build the school on. They had £9 and the total cost of building the school was £24.6s.8d. The cost of pupils’ desks and the teacher’s seat and desk cost £15.0s.0d. The Committee consisted of James Moane, John Downey and Bernard Maguire and the school was in operation from 1833 to 1935. It had dry toilets. The school was heated by turf, which was brought in by the pupils’ fathers. Water came from the well. Mr. McConnell read out the names of past pupils and showed pictures of them on a screen. One group photograph was taken in 1926. Some pupils went on to become priests and nuns and one pupil became a Church of Ireland minister - in 1905, John Boardman became a Church of Ireland minister in Cork. In 1838 the teacher was Mr. Pat McDonald. He received £25 per year. The next teacher was Master Moane 1874â€‘1914, followed by Master Sweeney 1914â€‘1917, Miss McGuinness 1917â€‘1922, then Miss Annie McElrea 1922-1935. The assistant teacher was Miss Elizabeth Crudden. The teachers didn’t get a fortune for teaching. Mr. Michael McManus thanked Jim for his enlightening talk. He said ‘local historians gather up information, Jim is one of them. Thank you very much.’ Michael read a letter from ‘Knocks.’
Lisnaskea Historical Society would like to extend a warm welcome to anyone interested in our local heritage to join us at our meetings or any other event. We hope to see you soon.
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