Re: Half way home

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Posted by Tempus Fugit on February 08, 2001 at 11:03:22:

In Reply to: Re: Half way home posted by Butch on February 08, 2001 at 04:24:03:

Great stuff Murrisk. By the way, Butch is correct, it was Frank and Nancy O'Brien who lived in Burleigh House. They actually bought it from my grandfather who lived there for many years. As far as I recall, it was purchased for 4000 which was some money in 1946. Are you sure it was Brady's shop where the attempted robbery took place? I am nearly certain that it happened further down Ellison Street at Ciss Condon's sweet shop. That was situated beside Dermot Fahy's shop, opposite Chamber's house.
Ciss Condon was a lovely old lady who had one of those shop doors with a bell attached at the top, which would ring when you entered. In latter years, we had to be very careful passing her door, as she invariably called you in to do some messages for her, and when you were small, those messages seemed to take forever to complete!
I remember my dad telling the story about Ciss when she kept "lodgers". There was a young solicitor from Achill, since deceased, who stayed there. He was doing his apprenticeship with M.J. Egan's office at the time. He decided that he deserved a change of lodgings for whatever reason and answered an advert. in the Conaught which had a box number. The good people at The Connaught passed on all the replies to the person who had placed the ad.......Ciss Condon, his landlady!!

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