Friday 30 September 2016

Happy ending to a very sad story

Published 30/01/2013 | 13:08

I MANAGED to bridge a 100-year gap last week.

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We recently ran a piece on this page about a fatal accident in 1913 when two men, William Finnegan and Edward Carolan fell from scaffolding while painting at the Corporation Gasworks.

William died, he was just 50, and his wife, Catherine O'Raw, a North of Ireland woman, had passed away just about a month before that.

I asked what became of their four children, who were all very young at the time.

With stories like that you always want a happy ending, that someone looked after them and all turned out well. Thankfully that was the end result.

William's grand daughter, Margaret Smith, popped in to see me.

The Finnegan children, her mother, Margaret, Alice (who went on to marry an O'Brien) and Eddie, who worked in the bus depot at the bridge for many years, and a baby, all went to live with granny Finnegan.

Sadly the baby died around 1918, but the rest continued to live on the Marsh Road until they headed off as young adults to make their own lives.

'When William died the company gave the granny £100 to look after the children and she did that. Thankfully they were not broken up,' Margaret stated.

There were six grandchildren from the era too, Margaret, Catherine Reilly, Liam Smith and cousins, Peg Farrell, Brian O'Brien and Bernie Tormey.

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