WE ARE THE SURVIVORS: A STORY OF BOYLE WORKHOUSE AND EMIGRATION IN FAMINE TIMES.
by Barry Feely
Telling the people’s story, their memories and tales.
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Locally at Una Bhan and Kellys Londis (Boyle).
"The horror and stigma of the Workhouse still lingers in some people’s minds. After 160 years, the history of Boyle Workhouse is not widely known, but the basic prejudice remains. In my research for this book, I experienced two stories that illustrate this point. The late Dr. Martin Fallon with his wife Mary and children arrived in Boyle in 1973 to take up his appointment as dispensary doctor.
Mary recently told me an anecdote that occurred shortly after they arrived.1 They lived in a fine two-storey house built in the Workhouse grounds. Their neighbours across the road were Maud Tuite and her sister Alice Callaghan who ran a small pub. A few days after their arrival, Alice left a box of vegetables outside the door. (This was an old custom of welcome).
After some time when the Fallons had settled in their new home, Mary started her own garden which included strawberries. The first punnet she picked she brought it over to Alice. Going into their kitchen she presented the fruit to the Callaghans. Alice blessed herself and said: In the name of the Father, son and Holy Ghost take it away child. We wouldn’t touch anything that came out of the workhouse grounds."
Barry Feely - 2018