Posted by JDP on June 24, 2007 at 23:31:49:
In Reply to: re: re: re: old ellison st. posted by Tempus on June 22, 2007 at 21:34:14:
Thanks Tempus. I recall my grandmother telling that your grandfather came to Castlebar to work in the timber yard which was I think to the rear of where Shane Rogers shop is on Spencer St. I have a copy of a profile article on J.H. Dwyer from the CT in 1900 which details both the coachworks at Ellison St and the saw mill. It also refers to houses which he built on Mountain View, one of whch is now occupied by Paul Carney.
I also have the Business account books for a number of years and the Postbook which covers all outgoing letters from 1906 to the days preceding his death in 1919.
On the 15th Sept 1915 there is a record " received from Daniel Downes, Asylum Farm the sum of £10 fee with his son Dan " the cost of an apprenticeship was a sizeable sum then. The postbook for 1916/17 shows a number of letters going to Dan Downes at Hume St skin Hospital in Dublin with postal orders for 5/-
You will remember Dan Downes from the 60s period with the facial disfigurement. I had always assumed that Dan Downes was disfigured as a result of WW1 until I was enlightened by these records. Poor Dan had skin cancer and obviously survived for many decades after. It also appears Joe Dwyer felt a sense of responsibility to his unfortunate apprentice. I suppose one might say so well he should having received a hefty apprenticeship fee.
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