Donnelly Canada

Recording the memories

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Notes on Homes of people around Tierworker

(introduction to be written)

 A typical thatched house c1935

Home of Michael and Mary Tully (the Jickies) in Greaghnadarragh c1935


A typical ruin of an abandoned home c2000


Ruins of the home of Simon Coleman in Aghamore

Simon's sister, Elizabeth a.k.a Bessie, was the wife of Philip Donnelly of Greaghnadarragh, and grandmother of Philip Donnelly of Ottawa, Canada


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