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Martin Families of Kingscourt

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Submitted by Peter Martin

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Patriarch James Martin
I have been gathering information on my family roots for several years but so far have only been able to trace back to James Martin & his wife Bridget (Carroll) to the late 18th century. James Martin’s family originated from Tory Bush - a crossroads on the Bailieborough to Kingscourt Road R165, about 3 miles from Kingscourt. It is in the townland of Collops, between Kingscourt and Bailieborough & several references to deaths in ‘Tory Bush’ have been unearthed & several family members have visited the house.
 
 
TORY BUSH MARTIN HOUSE PHOT0S BY PHILIP DONNELLY OF OTTAWA, MAY 22, 2009
 
 
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Martin House at Tory Bush
at 90 degree bend on Main Road R165, halfway between Kingscourt and Bailieborough
 
 
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Martin House at Tory Bush
front yard view
 
 
 
Ann Eiller visited Tory Bush in 1990 - “there was a huge thorny bush growing over the wall at the front of the house”. 
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McCabe Family

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(introduction to be written)

 

An ode to Johnnie McCabe

Published with the permission of the authors, Patsy McDermott and Susan, of Killinkere, County Cavan, 2009.

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Johnnie McCabe, centre, and his sister, Rose, at right, enjoying an evening with friends at The Royal Breffni in May 2009

 

Verse 1

The second Wednesday night was draughty, as far as I remember

The month I’m not too sure of – I think it was November

Herself and I sat by the fire, she turned to me to say

“I think we’ll go to the Royal Breffni, it’s not that far away”.

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The Eyes That Shone - from Ireland to Canada in the 1950s

But a word of warning! The Eyes That Shone is not a saga filled with horrible tragedy and dysfunctional relationships, but rather a celebration of family lives in Ireland and Canada, in other words, a happy story featuring:

  • Memories of life on small farms in Ireland before 1950 and before tractors and electrification, when growing food depended largely on human sweat and muscle
  • Recollections about people and events in the Department of Public Works of Canada where the author worked during the period 1957 to 1991
  • Intimate perspectives on living and dying, politics and religion, home and family