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Leslie McKeague of Urcher, Bailieborough, who recently published  "Bailieborough, A Pictorial Past", requests help to identify, with certainty, photos 1 & 2 below. They are probably photos of the shop at Tierworker crossroads when it was owned by Finegan in the 1940s. However, someone has suggested that it may be a shop at Cormeen. Can anyone provide the definitive answer?

 For comparison, the third photo below shows The Royal Breffni in July 2009.

Can anyone say, with certainty, where photos 1 & 2 were taken?

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Photo 1 - Is this a photo of the shop at Tierworker in the 1930s or 1940s? Or is it at Cormeen?
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Photo 2 - Is this a photo of the shop at Tierworker in the 1930s or 1940s? Or is it at Cormeen?
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Photo 3 - This is a photo of the shop at Tierworker, known as The Royal Breffni.

Are Photos 1 & 2 the predecessor of The Royal Breffni in the 1930s and 1940s? Or are they at Cormeen?

Photo by Philip Donnelly, July 2009

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