A tantalizing glimpse of Togher's recent historical past
Mary O'Riordan submitted her notes to the meeting for their perusal complete with archive photos. The handwritten text included much information about various associations and residents groups down through the years. The History Society look forward to the finished article.
Mary O'Riordan's submission
showing herself in 1984 ( right of door )
Billy O'Brien talked the meeting through the minefield of many diverse Directories which pertained to Togher from the 19th Century to the mid 20th Century with mention made of more recent street directories from the 1970s. Also in the mix were an obituary to a Major Sarsfield of Doughcloyne who died in the first World War but was buried in Britain. Censuses too were given room for thought with the ongoing concern of an early release of Ireland's first Census as an Independent nation which is officially due out circa 2027.
Ted O'Riordan and Kathleen O'Keeffe
Dan O'Riordan and Ted O'Riordan
Kathleen O'Keeffe loaned her expertise to all of the findings presented to the meeting with her encyclopedic knowledge of Togher. Kathleen is directly responsible not only for compiling many of Togher's iconic photographs but also for personally taking many of them!
Billy O'Brien at Togher Community Centre
Fergal Dennehy and Kathleen O'Keeffe
The meeting adjourned after a hour and a half with many excitedly awaiting the future meeting with the descendants of Joe Murphy in October which promises to be a very worthwhile affair. In the interim , it is hoped that Dan and Ted O'Riordan can undertake a step by step route tour of a famous bowling score in Togher which includes many exotic descriptive nicknames such as Barking Dogs and Tigers Point.