The late Philomena Barry was honoured when a road was named in her honour at a ceremony in her native Mullaghmore on Friday last.
Philomena passed away in October 2019 and the ceremony was held days before the centenary of her birth.
In his address, Chair of the Sligo-Drumcliffe Municipal District, Councillor Tom Fox said: “This is not solely a family occasion, it is a community celebration to honour an outstanding individual and her contribution to this area. In many respects, the life story of Philomena Barry is the social history of Mullaghmore for much of the 20th Century. She had a long and active life, and it fitting that we convene in her honour. It is an opportunity to reflect on this contribution, to place it in the context of this community’s history, and by virtue of this ceremony, preserve her memory for future generations."
John Barry recalled the history of his mother’s family and her long association with Mullaghmore. “My mother’s first connection to Mullaghmore was through her great-grandfather, Alexander Lockhart who came here to Mullaghmore in 1820 at the formation of the village. Alexander was born in Edinburgh and was sent here by Lord Palmerston. When he came to Mullaghmore, he resided at the White House which later became part of the Classiebawn Estate. In 1834 Alexander married Catherine Scanlon.
They had three children, one of whom Joseph was my mother’s grandfather. Joseph married Sarah McGuinness from Manorhamilton and their son, John, my mother’s father, was born in Mullaghmore in 1872. The Lockhart Family eventually moved to Kilcat House in Grange after the completion of Classibawn Castle where our mother was born on the 6th August 1922 to John Lockhart and Mary Ellen Currid. Our grandfather Patrick Barry was born here in 1868.
He inherited his mother’s home place and built the house which is our home to this very day. At that time the house was the only one at the top of the lane and hence the name Barry’s Lane. Ironically, our mother married Patrick Barry from Mullaghmore and came to reside here in 1956 where her ancestors had come 136 years previously. Our mother often said how she loved the house and its wonderful setting. She made the house a home where the door was always open, welcoming the stranger as well as her neighbours and friends. The best legacy our mother has left to us is the example of kindness we can show to others.”