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Re: Relations of Canon Canton in town?

Posted by Alan King on August 08, 2014 at 20:17:30:

In Reply to: Relations of Canon Canton in town? posted by Tim Mullet on August 06, 2014 at 13:04:11:

In the article it mentions a Patrick Canton (an uncle of Canon Joseph). He was the first National School teacher to take up duty in Castlebar when there was a partial relaxation of the Penal Codes and schools could be erected. Prior to this he taught pupils from a ‘Hedge School’ located in a stable, on the grounds of the County Infirmary at the Green (Mall). It’s now Aras an Chontae – Mayo Council Headquarters. Patrick’s daughter Cecelia, later succeeded him teaching in premises where the Monastery in Chapel Street now stands. After a few years, she was appointed School Mistress to the small school attached to the Workhouse until she had to leave when she got married.
She married Michael Thompson, a Shoemaker and they resided in premises in Castle Street which was later knocked and rebuilt and became the shop and store of Kevin Collins, UDC. Michael Thompson was a well known Fenian who spent time in Kilmainham Jail for his activities during the fight for Irish Independence. They married not long after his release from jail. Cecilia died on April 14th 1939 aged 99 years and was the longest and the last person to receive a pension from the old Board of Guardians, which became the UDC in time. She possessed a fantastic memory and was able to provide Dr. Hayes with a lot of local information when he was researching the ‘Last Invasion of Ireland’.
Cecilia had one son Patrick and two daughters; a Mrs. Henry Twyford, Leeds, England and Mrs. Mary Kate Fitzmaurice who was allocated in 1934 a newly built house on McHale Road. Mrs. Fitzmaurice had at least two daughters.


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