Longford Town, Formerly form Letterkenny Donegal, where he grew up. Parents Cassie (Bryson) and father Edward.
Schooled in Lurgybrack school Sligo road Letterkenny County Donegal. worked in the port, swilly lock, where he moved coal out from boats onto land using Guy machine. Wasn't a big fan because he was missing all the football with the hours he worked. moved to Glasgow Scotland, in the 50
's where he went straight into work. the work was plentiful, I worked on many building sites, before I got work with Singer Sewing machine factory in Clydebank. I stayed in East end of Glasgow, Ester House. not unlike where I live now, where the big green is triangular, Easter house was square. I married a young lady who is still with me, I had met her over there, a Drumlish lady 'Kathleen (MC Quaid) Greene.
we had three kids all grown now, we loved life their, as you would imagine there was many mixed religious backgrounds, but we never had any trouble. yes said Kathleen 'you could leave your home go into shopping or something, leave your clothes hanging out and if it rained you would think disaster. on arriving home at first you wonder obviously where was your clothes when you didn't seen them where you left them hanging, the neighbours had them took in and only that, but have them taken in and folded neatly. I met Eamonn at the dances, Irish dance clubs and halls. there was at least three four near out area. I was living with my parents there, went to school. but they moved back to County Longford, Drumlish, running Gallagher's bar, but I wasn't happy, I had a lot of friends in Glasgow I had missed, after three years I went back to Glasgow, and met Eamonn in a dance hall.
There was a great community spirit,amongst us Irish, helped each other out, in anyway we could.
In Gasgow we lived across from a Protestant school, never any trouble even with their marches they had with their celebrations and anniversaries. In saying that, there was always trouble at the St Patricks day.
And there was one Irish priest that was ran out of a church, because of the divide. I am a big Celtic fan said Eamonn. I was at the game in 71 when them deaths happened at the grounds in Ibrox. the game was a tight even game, we Celtic thought we got a winner late on when near last kick of game, rangers scored from a freekick, when the terrible accident, happened. back in them days, nobody had phones to contact you to see were you ok. But I was safe at opposite end didn't really l know the extent of the horror that happened at the other end, where 66 lost there lives. but going back to happier times, the Lisbon Lions, when Celtic won the European cup, I never forget it. Our youngest was Allisson, she was only baby at the time, poor thing I gave her such a fright when we won, she nearly leapt out of her cot, I made such a noise.
Eamonn Jr who was present said that 'one of the Lisbon lions came over to Longford to our Celtic Club. Jim Gregg, came over on the 1oth anniversary, and he wanted to check out possible family connectiosn with the farrels clan in Longford.
We also Holidayed in Portugal where mr Jimmy Johnson 'Jenky had a pun was called Jenkys, he was another great player for celtic.
Eamonn Senior went on to say about friends, ''Sammy Francis was a great friend and also rangers supported Billy Moore, we played a lot of cards and that. But myself and Sammy, On weekends when we warent working we would, work doing gardens, to rasie funds for a summer holiday. but on match days, they wer full day events. if we went straight from work to a game, we would get these pies called Pies&Peas. they would stick lose peas on top of pie. Kathleen said 'They would have eaten them, nto having cleaned or nothing, having gone straight from work, as you can imagine all sorts of dirt, and eat tehm outta their hands. Kathleen, went on to say about traveling back to home once with a friend she wanted to show her where she came from. Electric was just coming in in rural parts of Ireland, I rem the excitement of it, and the weekend I went back it was to come on. but wasn't their a big storm, that stopped It, and when I had left to go back to Glasgow, dint it cone on when I had gone. but spreaking of olde days like that, I rem the first time Tv came in. a man would go around to houses, not to sell, but to take for a week and see would they want it. I rem the moving lines on the screen, they were still learingin about at TVs themselves the Tv guy, we took one, sure why wouldn't you, unlike today, it was exciting all the same. Maybe not in the last couple for years but before that myself anf Eamonn, would go back to Glsgow every year, we loved it. I worked as a bus conductress also, that in itself taught me all I needed to know about Glasgow. Barrows Market, was a place everybody went to for a bargain. still their now, but its all up market now, nothing like it use to be,I remember sending Eamonn down to get me a Suitcase, he came back with a suitcase and a full T set within it, everybody had their tarpulins over there stalls, use to be good to go their and have a good lck around. I also rememeber your late Uncle Oliver Croghan, sang at out daughters wedding, We came back to settle in Longford, we moved to Waterstreet before we got a move to Teffia soon after, we are here since, just moved from one house to another. My brother had the house we live in now Jim McQuaid, a great firend of your Grandfatehr Mick Croghan, they really were great friends, every Sat they would meet up for an tipple and a chat.
we both worked for Textile Company when it first opened here on Bishops road, and til it closed down, We probably always gave out about the work, but thinking of work today in some factorys it was a palace, was great also because we both worked different shifts, so there was always somebody here with the kids.
We were friends with Harry Farrell, and I remember him saying, when he was to retitem he was going to start something up. Man his word, met him on the bridge one day when he said to come down to a club he had started, Eamonn said he was always passionate about sports and was heavily involed with community games. Kathleen went on to say about Harry ';He set up Harrys over 55's club. Badminting, Table Tennis, Bowls. its a great social event too you chat and catch up with all the gossip. Sadly Harry passed away, but it still goes on. Harry partner is chairperson, I myself involed with the committee, and also once a year the Garda, alow us the loan of their bus. we can use it to go anywhere in the country, we pay for the petrol alright but can have the bus for any length of time we need. I missed this years travel. they went to Glasnevin cemetary, last year we went to Sligo Yeats country. with the bowls there does be torunametns on, they play in Streetm Ardagh and Keenagh, take it very serious.
Just the other week we celebrated 57 years marriage. we like to travel, and we have travled a lot, to family or friends, thanks to them, we have been too new York few times thanks to David and Alisson, Canada, Florida to visit friends.
Eamonn senior was speaking to me about another passion of his the bookies. I did the bookies a lot but nothing big money wise, just a lot of doubles and crosses. Kathleen spoke to me about growing up on a farm briefly too. it was tough but good, we ate what we made, there was no messing, certain jobs had to be done at certain times, of the year. seeding, that was tough, the whole family would be out doing it, and yet you would be doing it all day, only person that didn't help was the mother, only because, she was keeping house and cooking dinner. and when the corn had to be done, mettling, threshing, it was a community event, everybody would help one family, one day and everybody would help another, another day. Was great community spirit, back in them days. You always here people saying about open, and walking into others homes without anything being said, they were true. and as we finished our conversation, as I always ask, what is if any sayings they known for. ''Eamonn Jr, Straight away said of his mum, Never be late. Too which she agreed. ' Yes, and that is a good one.
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