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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Home Thoughts From Abroad - 11 - Land Of Ghosts And Giants

As many blog followers are aware , the Togher History Society also present a Facebook Group Page which is now nearing 1000 members made up of local residents and ex-Pats both near to home and abroad who regularly read and contribute to posts and various threads. Due to the inherent nature of the Facebook format , many interesting articles and debates can become forgotten and lost over time and even with extensive drilling can be difficult to locate afterward. This occasional series will endeavor to uncover and highlight some of the more interesting articles which are off the cuff thoughts on many aspects of Togher. Some are short jot downs whilst others are more involved musings. The majority are penned by Blog Author Billy O'Brien , but it is envisaged that other Authors memories will soon be featured , either in full Post Article or simply as comments on a certain thread. Each published post from the Imfromtogherboy Facebook Group will carry its original publication date.

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Land Of Ghosts And Giants
17th November 2015
 
 
It's quite remarkable when you look back at the rich history of Togher. Even though much of her landmarks and prominent buildings are gone it is sometimes sobering to contemplate them. Medieval Churches , an ancient graveyard , an Iron Age causeway , Forges and Mills , Ice Skating , Ghostly Armies , Giant Elks , vast wetlands and meadows , railway bridges , whiteboys , road bowling , quarries , underground streams , 17th Century houses , High stone walls. The list is endless! A lot to ponder and a lot to be proud of! Welcome to Togher.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Home Thoughts From Abroad - 10 - History Begins At Home

As many blog followers are aware , the Togher History Society also present a Facebook Group Page which is now nearing 1000 members made up of local residents and ex-Pats both near to home and abroad who regularly read and contribute to posts and various threads. Due to the inherent nature of the Facebook format , many interesting articles and debates can become forgotten and lost over time and even with extensive drilling can be difficult to locate afterward. This occasional series will endeavor to uncover and highlight some of the more interesting articles which are off the cuff thoughts on many aspects of Togher. Some are short jot downs whilst others are more involved musings. The majority are penned by Blog Author Billy O'Brien , but it is envisaged that other Authors memories will soon be featured , either in full Post Article or simply as comments on a certain thread. Each published post from the Imfromtogherboy Facebook Group will carry its original publication date.

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History Begins At Home
17th November 2015


I've often thought about my love of history and local history in particular. I've traveled the world and digested enormous amounts of literature about ancient cultures. At school , I could name all the Kings and Queens of England. In fact , I had a sneaking suspicion that I knew more about English History than English children! As an adult , I certainly knew more about World History than I did about the place where I grew up and called home. What was here before me and my home , who lived here , what did it look like? What changed , what happened to it , why did it vanish? Why was I not instructed in school about my local area? Why was I not taught that which was pertinent to me? What was the big secret?! Alas , local history is very much neglected in the state curriculum? Thankfully , local history societies are springing up all over the place to tackle this omission. Togher has its very own - founded some years ago now and growing stronger. From field research to online investigation to local interviews , a picture is slowly emerging of a fascinating past , which will astound and amaze you. History is all around us and beneath our feet. You are part of it and you are its legacy. Be proud of it and of yourself.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Joe Murphy Family Visit - Shirley Kelleher - 29th October 2016

On 29th October 2016 , the Togher History Society played host at the Community Centre to a very special speaker. The Grand Niece - Shirley Kelleher - of Volunteer Joe Murphy who died on Hunger Strike after seventy-six days without food on 25 October 1920 - gave an exclusive talk to the members present. Such was the occasion , that it was decided to video the event for posterity. Although heavily edited , it showcases the main points raised during the meeting which encompasses many diverse topics as can be seen in the video below.


Video of meeting with Togher History Society 
with Joe Murphy's grand niece Shirley Kelleher


Previous to the History Society's historic meeting with a relative of Joe Murphy , Billy O'Brien had the honour of briefly speaking with Henry " Harry " Delaney , Shirley's Father , in Ballincollig , whose own Mother was Joe Murphy's sister.


Henry Delaney , son of Joe Murphy's sister 
pictured at St. Finbarr's cemetery 2006


Shirley Kelleher ( nee Delaney ) traveled to several poignant locations in Togher with members of the History Society where many memories were reopened and much rare information was disclosed. Togher Girls National School , the Community Centre ( original National School which Joe attended ) and of course Joe Murphy house on Pouladuff Road were each visited.


Portrait of Joe Murphy


Joe Murphy's sister 1972


A complete collation of the Joe Murphy archives in conjunction with his family will now be undertaken by the History Society. Also penciled in for a future project will be the digitization of the entire school roll books of Togher going back to 1850! The Togher History Society would like to thank most sincerely Shirley Kelleher for being so gracious with her time. A full biography of Joe Murphy and his lineage to date will feature on the blog in the very near future.


 Kathleen O'Keeffe , Dan O'Riordan , James O'Brien , 
Shirley Kelleher & Billy O'Brien at Togher Community Centre


 Billy O'Brien & Shirley Kelleher
outside Community Centre


 Shirley Kelleher posing with historic 
family photographs in Togher


Shirley Kelleher outside Togher Girls National School
which she attended from 1971 to 1979


 Shirley Kelleher at Joe Murphy House


Billy O'Brien paid an equally historic visit to SuperValu shopping centre to present a copy of a 1970 article from the Evening Echo showing the construction of the original building to Store Manager Kevin Morgan. It subsequently transpired that Kevin and Billy both hailed from Togher Square. A small world indeed!


Kevin Morgan & Billy O'Brien at SuperValu Togher
article courtesy of Ronnie Herlihey and Evening Echo

Saturday, October 22, 2016

20th Field Research Trip - 15th October 2016

On Saturday 15th October 2016 the Togher History Society met briefly to discuss the progress being made on projects covering many diverse fields of inquiry including organisations , sport and possible candidates for future interviews. Tine was given to viewing handwritten documentation proving the Togher connection with certain Townlands going back as recently as the 1950s , such as Doughcloyne , Lehenaghmore and Chetwynd etc. Business of the day concluded , Kathleen O'Keeffe , Eamonn Pearse and Billy O'Brien made their way the short distance to the beginning of Doughcloyne Hill to undertake the shortest Field Trip to date. The objective was to look at the new 5 House Estate built on the former lands of Feirm Bawn and to investigate the now cleared site of the former Allan Family. The legacy of this Family is inestimable in that the head of the house was a close friend of Michael Collins and was also extremely active in the formation of a Development Association for Togher back in the early part of the 20th Century.



 Corner view of new Feirm Bawn development


View from main road showing exit in background


Kathleen remarked how overgrown the house had become down through the years and also how as a child the house could be seen in its entirety from Togher Cross , the surrounding area being open fields. The team took time to photograph the house from several angles and also videoed the site for archival purposes. As the video shows , the house is in a severely dilapidated condition with vegetation growing out of the chimney. The grounds have many outhouses including an original stone walled shed. It is believed that the house is slated for demolition in the very near future - another sad end to Togher's past.


 Cleared site of Allan house on Doughcloyne Hill


 Rear view of Allan house showing lean to


Togher Cross as seen from Allan house


Panoramic Video of Allan House , Togher

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Togher News Newsletter - Issue 05 December 1975

From 1975 through to the late 1980s , the Togher Community Association published a monthly newsletter entitled Togher News. This modestly priced periodical ( 3 Pence! ) covered any and all issues of the day as they pertained to Togher back then. An interesting snapshot of life in the preceeding decades of the district. The following raw images are shown unedited but legible being shot on HD camera. Enjoy the almost complete 5th Issue from December 1975 which sadly is missing Page 8 of 9.

Togher News Issue 5
December 1975

 Page 01


 Page 02


 Page 03


 Page 04


 Page 05


 Page 06


 Page 07
( *Page 8 Missing* )


Page 09

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Research Findings Meeting - 17th September 2016

Following on from the Future Projects Debate of 16th July , the Togher History Society met up at the Community Centre on 17th September 2016 to share their research findings. In attendance were Kathleen O'Keeffe , Dan O'Riordan , Ted O'Riordan with Billy O'Brien hosting the meeting. Fergal Dennehy dropped in later on and thanks are due to him for organizing the room. Although all findings are so far at an early draft stage , there was much to consider and debate. Sport and sporting organizations in Togher were very much to the fore , covering both field and track events. Bowling too reared its head given its long association with Togher. Sport of the hunting variety in the shape of the Togher Harriers came up for mention.


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.

Monday, September 5, 2016

19th Field Research Trip - 13th August 2016 - Lehenaghmore Park , Matthews Hill and Clashduv Park

On Saturday 13th August 2016 the Togher History Society took to the roads once more to visit places of interest. The primary location earmarked for a showcase was the newest Soccer Pitch to grace Togher , the former " Green Patch " - Lehenaghmore Park. Located high up in the hillside above the flatlands of Togher , the team set off on foot from Togher Cross , passing Brook Avenue and Palmbury Estate ; Westgate Business Park and Ashbrook Heights ; Chestnut Drive ; pausing only once along the journey which was relentless in its elevation. Appropriately enough , the brief respite was by The Laurels , a farmstead just below the junction of Lehenaghmore Hill and Matthews Hill. The team were not content to rest on their own laurels and pushed on for the final leg to the entrance of Lehenaghmore Park.


Start of Field Trip from Togher Cross


 The Laurels , Lehenaghmore Hill , Togher


 Looking back at West & East Avenue 
from across the road near The Laurels


Memorial to Bowling Player erected at junction
of Lehenaghmore Hill and Matthews Hill


Looking back at the junction 
of Lehenaghmore Hill and Matthews Hill


Signpost to Lehenaghmore Park


The entrance to the new Lehenaghmore Park now sports one of the many Welcome To Togher signs dotted around the district in strategic locations. The first sight to greet the weary travelers were two notices displaying opening times. Just ahead was an impromptu gravel car park which it is thought will be tarmacadam-ed in the near future , funds permitting. Unfortunately the group was too late to witness an actual game between City Bounds and Cathedral Credit with the teams heading off the pitch towards the dressing rooms. A chance presented itself to view the 2 pitches in their entirety and the surrounding walkway with its exercise machinery painted in bright yellow. The far pitch also has a railing which it is presumed is a makeshift stand for fans. It also affords a fantastic view of the dug outs and the split level layout of the playing fields.


A welcome rest at the top of the hill


Arrival at the old Green Patch of Lehenaghmore


Notices just inside the gates of Lehenaghmore Park


Gravel Car Park area before soccer pitches


Overview of 2 soccer pitches with Groundskeeper


View of second pitch with concrete dugouts



 Railing above far pitch and walkway


Exercise machinery above soccer pitches


 
Video overview of Lehenaghmore Park , Togher taken by Eamonn Pearse


The group departed the newest addition to Togher's sporting legacy and headed back down towards Matthews Hill. Along the way the group photographed the beautiful metal namesigns of the various  Estates they passed , including Laurel Brook , Matthew Hill and Brook Lane. It was refreshing to still be able to view relics of the 19th Century which included a workman's Cottage just before Manor Park and the original Lehenagh Beg railway bridge which once crossed the Cork Bandon line. The group then stopped by the Glenmore River which flows under Pouladuff Cross for a video shoot ( see below )of its stunning scenery. From there a brief rest on Pouladuff bridge which spans both the Tramore River and the South Ring Road before turning onto Tramore Road to check out Togher's newest addition to its housing stock , the private development of Sheridan Park which is well underway.



 Laurel Brook , Matthew Hill , Togher


Matthew Hill , Togher


 Brook Lane ( before Manor Park )
 

Old 19th Century Cottage before Railway Bridge


Manor Park , Matthew Hill , Togher


Looking back at Lehenagh Beg Railway Bridge


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Video of Glenmore River at its terminus at Pouladuff Cross taken by Billy O'Brien


 Eamonn Pearse viewing Togher
 from Pouladuff Bridge


 View of Liberty Stream/Tramore River 
from Pouladuff Bridge


Close up of second pipe flowing into Tramore River




 Sheridan Park - The new kid on the block


The group then set off up Togher Road to rendezvous with fellow Togher History Society member Dan O'Riordan at Clashduv Park. However a trip down memory lane was first deemed essential as the team traversed the site of the old N.B.A, flats and walked down the original concrete steps which once ran alongside them. From there a quick visit to Devils Rock to inspect some mysterious holes in the natural structure. It is not known whether they are organic or old drill holes perhaps made by pneumatic machinery in an attempt to break the rock. Next a flyby of the Deanrock footbridge to search for any sign of the original benchmark inscribed on the wall of the bridge by the Ordinance Survey in the 19th Century which was demolished in the early 1970s to be replaced by a safety fence. Although one mark presented itself , it is more probable that the benchmark was perhaps located further up on the now gone wall. The opportunity presented itself to shoot a test video of the stream with its famous metal pipes for viewers around the world to see for themselves once more. From there the team met up with Dan O'Riordan who accompanied them around the Park , pointing out various items of interest. One childhood memory revolved around the clubhouse located next to the Tennis Grounds. Dan told how as youngsters he and his friends would scale the wall and using their fingers in the window grill hoist themselves up onto the flat roof. Dan informed the group of a noticeable dip in the playing field which betrays its boggy past. By now the field trip was drawing to a close after walking over 13 thousand steps! However , the team reminded each other about their respective research projects which have since blossomed to fruition. The parting of the ways ensued with the next meeting firmly on everybody's minds.


 Natural fissures at Devils Rock ...


... Or drill holes to demolish it in the 1960's?


Remnant of original stone wall on Deanrock 
Footbridge which once bore an O.S. benchmark


 Gated fence to right of Deanrock Footbridge


 Gated fence to left of Deanrock Footbridge


Council yard before Deanrock Footbridge


 
Scene at Deanrock Footbridge , Glasheen River , Togher
( Test video by Billy O'Brien )


 Tennis grounds at Clashduv Park

 
 Old club house showing grilled windows


 Playing field showing natural dip of boggy ground

 
 Dan O'Riordan and Eamonn Pearse


 Beautiful treescape near exit of Clashduv Park


Parting of the ways before the next meeting