Wednesday 18 October 2017

Taghmon struck by cholera? Not true, says one Glynn resident...

LAST week's column referred to an outbreak of cholera in the Taghmon area. No need to start boiling the water, as the lethal bug allegedly struck back in 1833. Your reporter had the best of sources for this nugget of old public health information. It was referred to on page 63 of the latest edition of the 'Bannow Historical Journal'.

Contributor Dermot McCarthy, in his piece on the Cox family of Coolcliffe, cited the 'Wexford Conservative' newspaper. But this is not enough to satisfy Glynn resident Michael Freeman.

He insists that cholera never (never!) touched Taghmon and he remains unmoveably certain that this is the case, while refusing to name any sources whatever in support of the contention. He continues adamant, even after sending in a photo of the memorial erected by the local history society, suggesting that the dread disease returned in Famine times.

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