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When the family lived in Cavan town (from summer 1950 to October 1955), the older boys went to the De La Salle Brothers school and the girls and infant boys went to the Poor Clare Convent in Cavan. The eldest girl, Máire, went to Loreto Secondary school, Cavan as a boarder in 1952; Seán went as a boarder to St. Finian’s College in Mullingar in 1953; and Áine and Eithne went as boarders to the Convent of Mercy, Ballymahon in 1953 and 1955 respectively. This relieved some of the space pressure in the house in St. Felim’s Place and during the summer holidays the whole family decamped to the Cottage in Baltray. The family have very happy memories of summer holidays in the Cottage – climbing trees, helping the fishermen, learning to swim, and walking through the golf links to the strand. The move to Ennis in October 1955 was a disjointed affair. Peggy was in hospital in Cavan having just given birth to Rionach, and Áine came home from boarding school in Ballymahon to help the family move from Cavan to Ennis. Peggy spent some time in Drogheda with Joe and Maggie Sheils convalescing after her discharge from hospital in Cavan, and she and the new baby joined the family in Ennis a few weeks later. During their years in Ennis, through the good auspices of Bishop Rodgers of Killaloe, the family rented 11 Bindon Street, Ennis, which belonged to Mr. McInerney, a local mill owner and shopkeeper. It was a fine red-brick three-storey over basement house with plenty of room for the now very large family of two adults and twelve children. A year later, on 11th November 1956, the last baby, Eilis, was born in Ennis County Hospital – completing the family of 13 children. The family’s years in Ennis were overshadowed by the tragic death of the fifth child, Tomás, in a freak accident in January 1958. Tomás was 13 years of age at the time and was in his second year as a boarder in St. Finian’s College, Mullingar. He and Seán (then aged 17) were unexpectedly at home in Ennis as there had been a flu outbreak in St. Finian’s and the boys had been sent home. Seán remembers the event as follows: Tomás and Seán decided to go to the auction in Carmody’s hotel to buy a bedside radio. It was the days before transistors and since they shared a room in Finian’s they thought they could smuggle in a radio. For some reason Tomás had money and Seán didn’t but Seán probably persuaded Tomás that a transistor radio would be a good investment. On the day of the auction in Carmody’s Hotel, Ennis (15th January 1958), Seán went first to the house of a friend (John Duggan) to ask him to come to the auction but his mother insisted he do some little job so Seán arrived at Carmody’s on his own and met Tomás inside. When he was going into the hotel, he met Ernest de Regge (who was a neighbour on Bindon St.) and who apparently had spent the morning in the hotel preparing for the auction. De Regge had a one third interest in the property (Ignatius

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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...