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In April 2006 Joseph James McLaughlin emailed to say that the Walshes of Newport are part of his family. His grandmother was Catherine Walsh. She had several brothers.
Stephen Walsh and FamilyJohn Walsh
John the youngest son borne in Galway grew up in Glynsk looking after the sheep like the rest of the Family. He finished school, and John went to America with my Grandfather, Michael Gannon, son of Thomas Gannon of Westport and the grandfather of the late Princess, Grace Kelly. Where Kelly founded the Kelly Construction. John worked on the building along with my grandfather and Kelly. This was too much like hard work for my Grandfather so he asked his Father for some Money and started a News stand on Wall St selling papers. As the two John where working on the building they both went up town to visit Michael, my Grandfather, to find the stall close and the Paper not being sold so John Walsh started selling. John Kelly when to the lodging and got Michael out of bed and when he when to get back Kelly threw the Jug of ice cold water over him.
John stopped working on the building and took over the stand from my Grandfather, Michael, as he returned back to Mayo to marry John's sister, Catherine, my Grandmother. John went from selling news papers to building a brokerage firm on Wall Street and became a Millionaire. But sold everything and caught a liner to come home to Ireland. Just as it was pulling into Liverpool the news broke of the Wall St. crash John had a lot nothing and returned to Mayo after visiting friends in England and His older brother in Scotland. On arrival in Mayo people Knew he had come home from America and took it he had lost everything, So John worked as Barman in Carey's Store until it closed in the 1960, then he worked in a Bar in Newport. John died in 1964 never having any children.
Catherine Gannon Nee Walsh
Now there is Just the most wonderful Lady in the world My Grandmother, Catherine, believe me she was hard working and would put men to shame working the land tending stock and cutting the turf. But there again she had to be good to make up for Granddad, he was great a telling and explaining how a job should be done, But even as a child I can never remember him actually going any work, He believed he was a Gentleman Farmer and dressed in handmade suits with watch and chain, But I was wrong Granddad did clean all the shoes for Mass on Sunday for the household. They had Two sons My Uncles and four Daughters My aunties and Lived in a small house made of dry stone wall and thatch until the fifties when they Built a New house at Carowkennedy overlooking Crough Patrick the Family grew up there and went their different ways My grand parent had thirteen grandchildren including myself.
Joseph James McLaughlin Esq
My Granddad was Michael Gannon, The only son of Thomas and Bridget Gannon, of Carrowkennedy and Westport, Thomas had a shop in Westport where My grandfathers sister worked, It seemed that all the ladys of the Family worked hard, and as in these time the only son was left everything, As you will have seen I do not agree with this, And it is good that this practice has stopped but in saying this my grandparent never had much.
But where very good to all the Grandchildern, Even thought we would take the mick, i.e. While hay making in the field around the house one summer, My Grandfather Micheal came out to see we where doing it right, My Gran said to me, "Jimmy spring the straddle the other way", And as granddad come over he roared, "Jimmy you should know how to spring a straddle by now", So I turned and asked him to show me, as my gran roared with laughter and fell over, granda just said, "whats up with you woman". Only at that did he realize the joke was on him. So this was life
The New house at Carrowkennedy was built in the 1950 before that the old house was just a dry stone wall house with a thatched roof, beside the cow shed's as you may know the land in that part of Mayo is very poor as under the soil there is only rock, and we even in the new house had no Bathroom or toilet, or running water, The water had to be brought up from the steam at the bottom of the boreen (The Drive) and the cows would graze out the Leenon road so it is strange to think, how they lived,
But they were the same as most of the people that lived in Mayo at that time, My Uncle Micheal worked bracking stone for the road, and then come to England to work in the sugar beet field of Norfolk, for several years, Until he got consumption and died at the age of 33. He now rests in Coushlaugh churchyard along with My grandparents on the right in front of the church, Mary-Bridget was next she worked in the Mill at the Quay in Westport until she also come over to England to live with her sister Sarah (My Mother) where she met and Married Jim McLaughlin my dads twin brother they had one son Jimmy. Kathleen was the third she also come over to England to my parents and met her husband Bill and they moved to London and had three children Catherine, David and Liam,
My mother was Sarah and she was brought up in Glynsk by my Great Grandfather Stephen until she come to England with Ann Reiley from out the road, My mother worked for a family called Snell in Kent as a house maid, and then during the war worked as a nurse until she married my Father, and our Family consists of my elder sister Patricia Anna, Myself, and the twins Kathleen and Maureen.
Then there was Ann the fourth daughter Ann also come to England and married Keven and there Family was Kiristine and Keven. Tommy was the youngest son and for a change he stayed at home and worked for a few years and than come to Scotland and married Margaret, there Family consisted of Margaret, Kathleen, and Micheal.
Joseph James McLaughlin Esq, May 2006
Maggie leaving Westport and walking south towards Leenon past Knappa on your left and on to the crossroads at Liscarney, If you turn left at the crossroads to-wards Drummon just walk a short distance and on the right there is a Bungalow opposite is a borreen. This is Glynsk if you go to the bottom there is a stone thatched cottage. This is where the Walsh Family where brought up including my mother,
It could have got the Name Glynsk from Stephen my Great grandfather as the Walsh Family came from Galway near a place called Glynsk,
Coming to Mayo
According to My Uncle John they had to leave Galway and he said he seen the Old house burning as the Family walked North into Mayo,
John also remember that the family where at that time very poor and can remember eating Dandy Lions from the roadside,
More on Patrick Walsh
This was born out by John's brother Patrick when I questioned Patrick about the Large amount of Outstanding credit given to the Customers of Carey's. Patrick told me not to worry about it you cannot sell goods to people if they have no money to pay for them. But you neither can watch these same people starve either,
This dept was never paid back but It is good to know these Family's have Prospered to-day if Patrick was alive He would smile and know He done the right thing after all you cant take it with you.
Joseph James McLaughlin Esq, April 12, 2006
Newport in County Mayo on the shores of Clew Bay.
In Newport County Mayo there where three Familys of Walshes, one was My Family as you know.
There was the Family of Dr Joseph Walsh. He was the Arch-Bishop of Taum for many years and a great Gentleman that I had the pleasure to Call a friend.
The other is Mr. John Walsh and he has a shoe shop in Main Street and it has been there as long as I can remember
Joseph James McLaughlin Esq, June, 2006
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