Saturday, May 16, 2015

Down by the riverside, 1954

Another one for head-scratching at the memories, writes Brian Byrne.

This is a picture sent to Donal St Leger in 1954, but he can't remember who sent it. We have most of the names, but there are a few unknowns (but see lunchtime update below).

The picture was taken down by the river opposite Castlemartin House, then a popular place for a summer's day stroll and maybe a swim. Written on the back is a verse from the popular song at the time, 'Down by the Riverside'.

Missing names include the three young men from the left on the back row, with Michael O'Connell of Nicholastown; and the young lady on the left, with Kathleen Berney, Finola Dowling, Donal St Leger, a cousin of Finola's, Geraldine McCarthy, and Pat Dowling. The little girl is Gabrielle Berney, aged five.

Any further names, let us know.

UPDATE: Angela Keogh Murray suggested that two of the lads on the left back are are Danny O'Sullivan and Jim Collins, and wonders if the unknown lady might be Catriona and Aisling O'Neill's mum? And Finola Dowling has confirmed that it is those two guys, while the third is Enda Ryan, son of the local Garda sergeant of the time.

UPDATE AGAIN, AND FINAL PIECES OF THE PUZZLE: Finola Dunphy has identified the lady on the left as Kathleen Lanigan from Kilkenny, a visitor at her place, and the other unknown lady is Philo Dowling, Finola's first cousin.