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Maria, if you dig up that old photo we would love to get it for publication.
Dorothy, you certainly have many lovely memories of your time in Kilkee. I remember the name Curling associated with bank.
Thanks for the nice comment, LucyAnn.
What a brilliant account of the history of the lighthouse. Thank you!
My family lived in Kilkee from about 1955 to 1962. I made my first communion (and first confession) in the old church. I remember Mr Minni, the organist (and choirmaster?); Mass in Latin; the long fast before communion; midnight Mass with everyone holding proper candles and the candles been lit from the back of the church, starting with the priest.
This church was built by my Great-grandfather, John Ronan of Kilrush. Somewhere I have a poor quality photo of it nearing completion.
Hi Clare, Thanks for adding information to the Downes family. I have at last updated the article. Your information is very valuable and great to get the record correct. Thanks Robert Brown
I have really enjoyed reading the information on this website in particular about Clarefield and Downe`s House as my mother, Noreen Downes was born there in 1926 .I appreciate all the work that has gone to this article but would like to update some of the information. The family name is spelled as Downes. Patrick Downes became manager of Blackweir Creamery taking his family with him. He died shortly after in 1938 due to an accident. His wife Nora died in 1954. His oldest son Thomas Downes took over the shop and other concerns with his brothers Jack and William and sister Kathleen. Later just Tom and his wife Bessie O` Donnell remained. Jack, Willie, Kevin, Dick and Noreen went to England. Matthew and Mary went to Dublin. All have now sadly deceased but I have a second cousin in Querrin.
Thanks for your comments, Kathy. We are glad that you found the article useful.
This is such a useful article, especially the table showing how individual street names changed over time. It has clarified for me where some of my ancestors were living in the 19th century, and whether or not they were moving around–apparently not!
Thanks, B Doherty. Thanks for the compliments. We are making a great effort to showcase Kilkee Heritage. When this Covid lockdown is over I hope to meet you and some of our other Galway colleagues. Yours John Williams
Pauline, Thanks for your kind compliments. Apologies for delay in answering but I did not realise we were live. Our official launch was scheduled for 24th March but it has now been postponed. Looking forward to meeting you and your colleagues. Yours John Williams, Kilkee
Your website looks fantastic! Welcome to the ICAN family, I’m sure, we in Milltown Heritage, Galway will be meeting you many times on your journey.
I never heard of periwinkles before, I’m not so sure I’ll be trying them:) but they reminded me of a snail farmer up around our neck of the woods. He was recently on Ear to the Ground explaining how it works.
I always take carrageen when I feel a cough coming on, it’s the only thing that cures it for me!!!
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