Posted by Johnny Mee on August 12, 2003 at 23:31:11:
In Reply to: Lavelles on Main Street & was it Moran's used to opposite St. Geralds posted by Pat the Baker on August 12, 2003 at 14:15:06:
Pakie Hamrock had a bakery in Newtown; Toby Comer in Staball ran a bakery with his brother James, another brother, Sonny, was a great musician and coached many outstanding local musicians over the years. Comers'slogan was 'Eat the best, forget the rest.' Lavelles bakery on Main Street ('The best in the West).' Lavelles, like Comers, had a horse-drawn delivery cart. Mike Dolan, Spencer Street, and Wally Tighe, Gallows Hill, drove the carts. Gavins on the Main Street had a bakery and I think they had a donkey-drawn cart, a young fellow named Gavin from Islandeady was the driver. Martin Armstrong from Staball also delivered bread with a donkey and cart. Incidentally, Tommy Gavin of the Main Street was a lovely tenor and won the gold medal at Feis Shlighigh in 1928, trained by Dean Jackson, rector. There was a bakery in John Hanley's old shop opposite the Mall at the turn of the century, owned by a man named Charles McCormack, I believe. And there was the bakehouse in St. Mary's Hospital where Jimmy Neary, Ballyheane, Mattie Flannelly, Spencer Street and Billy Foy, McHale Road and Springfield (Billy is still going strong) worked. Goldens, Gavins, Knockthomas and Main Street, Morans/Basquills, Newport Road, are other bakeries. Lawlesses have been mentioned. Other bakers were Charlie Hayes, Johnny Minch, Tucker Street (uncle of Benny Martin, Rathbawn Road), Billy Lacey, Saleen and London, my great friends, Patsy 'Bisto' Feeney and George Lally, Tommy Dawson, Chapel Street, father of Noelle Mangan and Donal Dawson, McDonalds, Tommy and father (Tommy was a founder member of Castlebar Celtic with Charlie Hanley, Tommy Leonard and Tommy Kilfeather from Sligo, a post office official in Castlebar) and lots more. Running out of space.! Get on your thinking caps!