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Re: The Kirk

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Posted by Johnny Mee on July 08, 2003 at 23:44:39:

In Reply to: Re: The Kirk posted by Simplico on July 08, 2003 at 06:02:34:

The word 'Kirk,' as far as I know, is Scottish for Church and the building was used by the Presbyterian congregation. I don't remember service in the church. It was used by McDonnell Contractors for a number of years. Paddy McGuinness had an antique shop in it for some time and it is now an Indian restaurant. Beautiful stonework and a nice building inside. At the opening of Paddy McGuinness's antique shop, Canon Paddy Curran said he had been holidaying in Australia some time previously and had given a chap a lift. When he told this man he was ministering in Castlebar, he said his father had served in the Kirk, a small world indeed. It must be 70 or 80 years since there was service in the Kirk. By the way, 'Powie' (Paddy Joe)Roach was from Moneen, Castlebar. Served in the British Army and probably Irish Army as well. A great soccer and Gaelic footballer. The only man I ever heard of scoring a goal direct from the kick-off, in a game in Westport, I believe. One of the stars in the great town leagues of the early 1950s. Played with 'The Hams,' Castlebar Bacon Factory. The Roaches are a very old Castlebar family. Roach is, as far as I know, a French name, De Roiste. Some Francophile could come to my aid here. What about it, Joe?

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