There were no plots in McDonagh, but my Dad had one on the dental hut road, beside Col. Tommy O'Donnells house. We used to beg to go down with him, but would get fed up after a while and head up home. He grew veg and spuds, rhubard, John Fogarty, Jim Egan and Tom Coyle and I think Dan Ahearn had the plots around.
So that was'nt leaving the farming to the Pearse lads, know for sure that certain Pearse lads when sent to O'Donnells for veg by their mother, would stop off at the plots and get the cabbage there and keep the half crown for themselves, I know this to be true because their Dad told me he also told me about a case of mistaken identity over said incident which caused great discomfort to the poor unfortunates father who was blamed in the wrong and great annoyance and amusement to the father of the culprit.
Post by rose5mcdonaghtce on Dec 22, 2011 0:09:31 GMT
Hi Big Gyms,
This Jim Egan was a very tall man, who had one son, his wife if I am not mistaken was from the Camp herself, if he was in the hospital I don't know, I knew the man very well, they lived in McDermot MQRS., but his rank or Bks., Icould not honestly say.
Re:McDonagh Tce, Hi all in relation to Big Jim Egan He lived as Ann stated, in McDermott His Wife was named Mary and indeed they had a son by the name of John whom represented Ireland in the olympics in the Hammer throwing event and he held the Irish hammer distance record for years and was only broken recently about 2years ago,he was also known as big John due to his size. but as far as memory serves me right i am nearly sure big Jim served in the Hospital as a cqms/c/s to be confirmed. anyway all have a Happy Christmas and a Happy new Year. bye for now Johnny
hi Johnny, yes Jim did serve in the hospital i was asking my John today because i was not sure where he worked. do you know where they went when they left the Camp i think one of them was from Kilkenny not to sure about that AnnC
Thanks for all your help with this. For the record CS/CQMS? James Egan joined the Army in Nov 1958 served in No1 Hosp Coy , retired in Oct 1972 and moved back to his native Ballyragget Co Kilkenny with his wife is Claire Burke (from Longorchard, Templetuohy, Thurles). Their son Sean (John) was irish hammer record holder from 1978 to 1980, 71m 10cms. Sean represented Ireland in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Sean retired from the Army in 1980 having served 6 years.