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Posted by Old Stock Once More on December 30, 2004 at 00:14:40:
In Reply to: Re: Ellison St posted by Patrick Bourke on December 22, 2004 at 14:35:11:
The original Josie Bourke's garage was, I believe, located nearer to Castlebar Post Office in Ellison Street. The O'Dwyer family had a coach building business there (hopefully we'll get around to writing about this family sometime in the future). My father came to Castlebar from Mullingar, having previously served in the Royal Flying Corps, to work in the garage around the early 20s. He also showed the pictures in the Palace Cinema, Main Street (Paddy Fahey's) and in Bourkes cinema, Ellison Street (Ulster Bank site). Paddy Heneghan, father of Mary Horkan, Station Road and now Turlough, was a bookkeeper in the garage. Some of the workers I remember in the garage were Peter McDonnell, Maurice Dunne, Tom Heneghan, Breaffy, Greg McDonnell, John Scully, Liam McDonnell, Padraig Roach, Michael Morgan, Mikie Guthrie, Paddy O'Malley, Mick O'Malley,Teddy Heaney, Ronald Aird, Mick Rabbette, Sean Staunton, Ballyvary; Mikie Hanley, Jimmy McGreevy, Austin Corcoran, Paud Walsh, Regina Walsh, Sean Rice, Michael Dunne, Johnny King, Tom Lally, Kevin Rowley, Paddy Dwyer. Of course there were many more. William Gibbons, merchant, Main Street (later Hobans) had a car called a Lee Francis, driven by Jim Browne, who may have come from Turlough. A lovely car with wooden spokes. One of the first lorries to come to Mayo was owned by Webbs, butchers, Ballyhaunis. Anyone like to add to this story?