Saturday, September 22, 2018

Names on old McTernans faces?

This is one of a treasure trove of pictures provided to the recent 'Meitheal of Memories' organised by Mary Orford and her team, writes Brian Byrne.

It is one from John Brady's collection of Kilcullen memorabilia and was given to the Diary by Patricia Byrne, whose dad Danny O'Sullivan is on the left of the top row.

It was taken in McTernans, and the late Joe McTernan is in the centre. If any Diary reader knows some of the faces, we'll be delighted to help fill in any gaps.

UPDATE: Thanks to Noel O'Connell, we know that the man on the bottom left is the late Sean Keegan, who worked in Brennans Hardware before setting up his own hardware business in Newbridge.
Meanwhile, Patricia Byrne has come back with more names, courtesy of her mother Breda O'Sullivan. And Rita Nugent gave some more to Mary Orford.
At the very top, white coat and glass in hand, is Gerry Coleman; beside him AN Other; then Matt Dunlea; and Jim Bathe. 
The next row down is Jimmy O'Neill; Jimmy Nugent; Sean Callan (with the hat); and we don't have the rest of that row except Dan Brennan with his hands on James O'Sullivan's shoulders. 
The middle row includes Myles Fenelon; Roy Linden; Joe McTernan; AN Other (half face); ? Walker; James O'Sullivan (Patricia's grandfather); Patsy O'Rourke; and Alfie Brennan. 
Front row people include Sean Keegan; Billy Norton; Tommy O'Neill; and Paddy Nugent (crouched).

In the meantime, a member of the Meitheal of Memories project team has been despatched to John Brady to pin down the names from all of the 22 photographs he provided to the collection.

There will be another session on Thursday 4 October, in the Kilcullen Heritage Centre, where people are again invited to bring in memorabilia of all kinds, which will be scanned or photographed and returned immediately to the owners. The session will be from 7pm to 9pm.

"If I have learned anything it is that people want and need to reminisce and share their stories," Mary Orford says, "so even simply collecting the material can take time as we need to acknowledge the value of each item. We now have a great little working group."

Mary notes that 'yesterday is now history so the memorabilia doesn’t have to be as old as stone tablets!'. "At our previous sessions people brought photographs, medals, drama programmes, a diary, a matchbox. We'd love to have any material relating to Kilcullen military life, the big houses and estates and the people who worked there, correspondence to and from Kilcullen, school photos, parish outings, famous people who lived here, sporting heroes, carnivals?"

So bring your memorabilia along and share your story, and help to save the memories of Kilcullen.

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