Mining the Past 2012 – Contents





20th Century Mining in Silvermines – An Overview

A history of mining in Silvermines from 1917 to 1982.


Eamonn De Stafort
Droney’s Hall

The legendary Ballinaclough dance hall that became the centre of social life for a memorable decade in the mid 1900s.


Tim Boland
The Silvermines Giant

Local folklore relating to Cornelius McGrath who grew to a height of 7ft 8ins.


Liam Maher
The Silver Cup and the Early Years of the GAA in Silvermines

The rules of the GAA in the early years are recounted and an account of Silvermines winning the Silver Cup in 1887.


Michael O’Brien
The Sporting Silvermines – Poem


Not Known
The Good Old Days are Gone

An interview with Molly Collins, Curryquin, who remembers the simplicity of country life long ago.


Michael O’Brien
Tús Maith

The author recalls his school days in Silvermines National School.


Tommy Collins
Taking the Cheese to France

The story of Silvermines Co-op Creamery.


Anthony Collins & Pat Sheehan
From Turtulla to Melbourne

An account of the Kyte family in Australia, starting with Ambrose Kyte who was born in 1822 in Turtulla near Dolla.


Betty Gleeson
A Community Centre with a Past

Fifty years of Lissenhall Community Centre is recalled.


William Fogarty
Conradh na Gaeilge in Ballinaclough

A branch of Conradh na Gaeilge was formed in 1954 in Ballinaclough. Irish language classes and céilí dancing were part of the social scene.


Patricia Mulqueen

A history of the names of local townlands and local place names with their Irish translation and meaning.


Siobhan O’Brien
Silvermines Woman Reaches Century

Mary Gleeson (nee Ryan Captain) from Capparoe celebrated her 100th birthday in 2012.


Joan Kennedy
Paddy Collins 1932 – 2012

Paddy made a huge contribution to his local community and he was a founder member of Silvermines Historical Society.


Michael O’Brien
Paddy Collins – Poem


Michael O’Brien
The Gleesons of Kilmore

A history of the Gleeson name by local genealogist.


Nora Gleeson O’Meara
Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2012


Joan Kennedy
Pat the Post

Following many interesting jobs Pat Keane became the popular local postman.


Michael O’Brien & John O’Brien
Silvermines and the Eucharistic Congress 2012


Fr Brendan Moloney PP
Paddy Quinn – 1912 Olympian

Dublin Metropolitan policeman, Paddy Quinn, from Erinagh who became one of Ireland’s most prominent athletes.


The Loves of William Rowan Hamilton

Royal astronomer for Ireland, William Rowan Hamilton, married Helen Maria Bayly of Bayly Farm, Ballinaclough.


Tim Boland
Beyond the Buck Gate

The entrance to Kilboy House and estate has associations and memories.


Patsy Feehily
Dolla Sub-Post Office

The author’s family ran the sub-post office.


Mary Kennedy
The Rambling Sow from Garryglass – Poem


Not Known
The Brindleys

The Brindleys lived in 200 year old Mountisland House.


Paddy Collins
Dr Maurice Ahern MD

Dispensary doctor for 44 years in Silvermines – the adopted son who served and inspired the community.


Michael O’Brien
Ballinaclough in the Mid 19th Century

Circumstances of life in Ballinaclough under the headings: Bayly

family, employment, education and housing.


Aidan Boland
A Visit to Ballinaclough Churchyard

An essay written by a twelve year old schoolgirl in sixth class in Ballinaclough School in 1933.


Nancy Ryan
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Silvermines

The Golden Jubilee of the building of the church was celebrated in December 2011.


Michael O’Brien
To School Through the Years

A history of education in the Parish from the days of the Hedge Schools to the plush new school opened in Silvermines.


Michael O’Brien
Tullamoylan Ambush

An incident in 1923 during the Civil War.


Michael O’Brien
The Story of Traverston and the Goings

An account of Going family members from Robert Going the first family member in Traverston in 1745 to the last member, Robert E Going, who sold in the early 1900s.


Pat O’Brien
The ‘Lost’ Parish of Downamona

Downamona is now part of Silvermines Parish and its church is a heap of ruins.


Una Ryan
Very Rev Manus Rodgers

Parish Priest of Silvermines and President of Silvermines GAA Club.


Michael O’Brien
Silvermines – Poem


Edward Forde
Andy Cooney IRA Activist and Medical Man (1897 – 1968)


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Turf-Cutting Expedition to Newfoundland 1910

Four local men who were masters in the art of turf cutting were sent to Newfoundland to impart their knowledge.

Paddy Ryan (Coole)