In Reply to: Nuala Armstrong posted by Johnny Mee on March 31, 2017 at 23:30:14:
I was sorry to hear the passing of Mrs. Nuala Armstrong, Newtown at the great age of 95 years. A lot of people will remember her from working in the old Cinema in Spencer Street. She came from one of the oldest families in the town: her Uncles’ Freddie & Andy Ryan were the Registrar of Mayo County Court and Town Clerk of the UDC respectively (the two stone lions outside the Garda Station are named in their honour). Another Uncle Charles (C.W.) Ryan was the last ‘Master of the Workhouse’ until the office was abolished and the County Home was built and was married to Bridget who was the second female councillor elected to Castlebar UDC (1920) Nuala was related to the Faulkner’s from the Grove and the Dudgeon family who had a Chandlery factory (making soaps & candles) in Bridge Street where Elvery’s Sports Store is today. They arrived in town in the late 1700’s and left after a fire destroyed the business around 1874. A Granduncle was Dr. Charles J Walsh who gave medical evidence at the trial of Edward Walsh, Bridge Street who was found guilty of the murder of his wife in 1873 and was the last man to be hanged in the town. Dr. Walsh is buried in the centre of the Old Cemetery with a very ornate headstone. A lovely lady who always stopped for a chat, she will be fondly remembered. My sympathy to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.
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