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The editor of this collection of stories is Áine Hyland (née Donlon), a grand-daughter of Sarah O’Brien and daughter of Sarah’s youngest child, Peggy. Sarah was known to all her grandchildren as Nana (O’Brien). She spent a lot of time with the Donlon family when they were young, as she came to stay with the family to help her daughter Peggy, every time Peggy had a new baby. Since there were thirteen Donlon children, these were almost annual visits, usually six weeks long. Some of the older members of the Donlon family also spent time in Bandon with their grandmother during summer holidays in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In the early 1960s, when Sarah was no longer able to live alone, she came to live with her daughter Peggy and family in Dublin. Áine shared a bedroom with her during those final years and heard many stories about Nana’s earlier life. Áine was close to her grandmother and carried out various errands for her. She bought her a regular supply of Clark’s High Toast snuff in a tobacconist on North Earl St., Dublin and she placed her daily bets with a bookmaker on Clanbrassil St. in Dublin as she (Áine) cycled to work. In the final year of Nana’s life, her doctor ordered her to give up gambling as he maintained that it was bad for her heart, but Nana surreptitiously continued to pick her horses from the daily newspaper and placed her “shilling each way” bets with varying degrees of success! She also enjoyed her tot of brandy every night as she maintained it helped her to sleep. If she were alive today she would be proud of her numerous descendants and of their various successes. This story is still incomplete as not all branches of the family have been traced to date. However, I regard this as the First Edition, and I look forward to receiving extended stories from those who have contributed to this collection and to new stories from those who have not yet had an opportunity to contribute.

Áine hyland 30th June 2013.

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O'Briens of Bandon - 1875 to 2013  

This is the story of the family of John and Sarah O’Brien of Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland, and their descendants. They had eleven children and...

O'Briens of Bandon - 1875 to 2013  

This is the story of the family of John and Sarah O’Brien of Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland, and their descendants. They had eleven children and...