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Recording the memories

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Many of the people who lived in the early 1900s around Tierworker are featured in the photos in this article. We need help to identify students at the old national school at Edendugally in 1913. Fortunately, Willie O'Brien at age 95 is able to identify many of the students in Edengora National School in the 1920s. We only have a few names of women and men of Tierworker who went on an excursion of pioneers in the 1930s

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