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Barber Family

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(Submitted by Richard Barber and Patricia Barber in April 2009)

Up until the 1960s, the blacksmith’s shop (forge) serving the entire area around Tierworker was located a short distance from the Tierworker crossroads along the road to Cormeen. The last blacksmith was Dickie Barber. Dickie and Annie Townley were married in Tierworker Chapel in 1934. Dickie was reared in a little house on Fartha (Fertagh) hill next to Carnaville (Cornaville). He had three brothers and two sisters. His father and grandfather were also called Richard, as are his son, grandson and great-grandson.

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Cooper (Patricia Donnelly)

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The life-story of Patricia Cooper, nee Donnelly

Written by Christopher Cooper, son of Patricia Donnelly

Submitted for publication on this website by Christopher Cooper in December 2017

For an introduction to these Donnelly Families, click here.

The story of Patricia and her family is presented in 6 parts, To read the story, and view many photograpghs, go to the links below:

To read Part 1, click here

To read Part 2, click here

To read Part 3, click here

To read Part 4, click here

To read Part 5, click here

To read Part 6, click here

 

 

Curran Families

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(Based on information provided in April 2009 by Julie in Australia)

The family name of Curran has long been associated with Tierworker. When the old national school of Edendugally was built on the Lough-an-leagh Mountain in 1835, two of the principal sponsors were Edward (a publican) and Dug Curran. It remains to be verified, but there is a high probability that Edward Curran was the proprietor of the commercial premises now known as the Royal Breffni Lounge at Tierworker crossroads. On April 5th 1860, Loughlin Curran, who was then 21 years old and possibly the son of Edward Curran, sailed out of Liverpool on the “Young America” bound for Australia.

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Donnelly Families - Part 1

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(Original submitted by Philip Donnelly in September 2009)

(Modified on October 31, 2016 with more recent information about Peter Donnelly and Bryan Donnelly)

In the late 1800s, five related Donnelly families lived contemporaneously on farms in the townland of Greaghnadarragh, about 3 miles east of the town of Bailieborough. Greaghnadarragh is in that part of the old Parish of Moybolgue which is now known as Tierworker.
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Donnelly Families - Part 2

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(Original submitted by Christopher Cooper, son of Patricia Donnelly, in January 2018)


The article Donnelly Families - Part 2 deals with all branches of this group of families, but provides an extra focus on the branch nicknamed "the Porras", from whom the maternal ancestors of Christopher Cooper are descended. The article is presented in eight (8) sections. To read a section, please click on the applicable link below:

To read Donnelly Families - Part 2, Section 1, click here

To read Donnelly Families - Part 2, Section 2, click here

To read Donnelly Families - Part 2, Section 3, click here

To read Donnelly Families - Part 2, Section 4, click here

To read Donnelly Families - Part 2, Section 5, click here

To read Donnelly Families - Part 2, Section 6, click here

To read Donnelly Families - Part 2, Section 7, click here

EXTRA - click here To read Chris Cooper's ADDENDUM to Donnelly Families - Part 2 based on his reading of the book "The Eyes That Shone", 

 

 

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The Eyes That Shone - from Ireland to Canada in the 1950s

But a word of warning! The Eyes That Shone is not a saga filled with horrible tragedy and dysfunctional relationships, but rather a celebration of family lives in Ireland and Canada, in other words, a happy story featuring:

  • Memories of life on small farms in Ireland before 1950 and before tractors and electrification, when growing food depended largely on human sweat and muscle
  • Recollections about people and events in the Department of Public Works of Canada where the author worked during the period 1957 to 1991
  • Intimate perspectives on living and dying, politics and religion, home and family