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Re: all quite on the western front (part 2)

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Posted by JDP on June 14, 2003 at 21:52:55:

In Reply to: Re: all quite on the western front (part 2) posted by Eskimo Nell on June 13, 2003 at 14:23:10:

As kids we played in what we were told was the remains of Francie Philbins hut. I also heard mention of Catherine Murtagh.
The 1901 census records a Philbin family living in Castle St. comprising Anne 30 married (head of household) and Francis (16) son/blacksmith. It also records the sole occupant of a house on Thomas St. as Anthony Philbin (59) married and his occupation as gunsmith.
The census also records Martin Murtagh (40) a tinsmith, living on Thomas St and his wife Catherine (28)
The dreadful plight of combat veterans seems to be the same throghout the 20th century. The horrors and suicides of Vietnam vets and the devestating consequences for their families are well documented.
A great granduncle, Joe Walsh of Castle St was a survivor of The Great War and the horrors he experienced had a terrible effect on his health and wellbeing until he passed in the early 60s. Some of you may remember him as he shuffled between Castle St. and JBs, battered hat and mustache.
Another Great War vet,John Tarpey, lived at Market Sq. in the 60s and worked as a gardener around the town. John covered the ground floor with soil which turned into a layer of hard dry caked earth. His reasoing was that it provided insulation. Having lived in the ground for so long in the war it probably did`nt seem a very strange floor covering.

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