Saturday, November 14, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Patrick Herlihy Remembered at Westminster
Not many people may know this but Patrick Herlihy, (Uncle Paddy) husband to our dear Aunty Lily, participated in the Battle of Monte Cassino (also known as the Battle for Rome and the Battle for Cassino).
The battle was a costly series of four assaults by the Allies against the Winter Line in Italy held by Axis forces during theItalian Campain of World War II. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome. The capture of Monte Cassino tolled some 55,000 Allied casualties, with German losses being far fewer, estimated at around 20,000 killed and wounded.
Thankfully Paddy survived the campaign, and he is remembered today by his 6 children, Jimmy, Terry, Desmond, Maureen, Patrick & Eileen, and of course his grandchildren.
His son Terry has arranged for a small wooden cross to be placed in the Field of Remembrance next to Westminster Abbey to honour their father's participation in this bloody battle for Cassino.
From the photographs his cross states, "Patrick Herlihy 76th HAA, Royal Artillery".
HAA stands for "Heavy Anti-Aircraft".
This also puts paid to the myth that the Irish were neutral in WWII. Many served in both wars and many lost their lives for Great Britain.
Well done Uncle Paddy! Well remembered on this day!
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Ellen Murphy - Only Girl - Radio 2
Ellen Mckechnie (née Murphy) AKA Only Girl appeared on Dermot O´Leary's Radio 2 Show Saturday 17th October 2015.
Well done Ellen!
Three James and a Cormac in Dublin 1995.
School Picture of Rita Duffy
As many of you know, we have, for many years, been trying to find the whereabouts of our cousin Rita Duffy. Rita was the only child of Aunty Kitty and Matty Duffy. Here is an old school photo of St. Winefride's Infants' School in Bootle. Probably 1956 or 1957.
Rita is pictured in the back row, third from the right. I'm next row down, also third from the right.
If anyone has any information on Rita, please let us know.
Click on picture to enlarge.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Did We Lose Family Members on a Famine Ship?
An interesting article in the Irish Times describes the heavy toll of the famine on Ulster.
Here is the introduction to the article:
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys referenced the Murphy family from Mullaghbane who lost two of their children in the sinking and whose descendants still live in North Crosby, Ontario.The annual commemoration was held at Albert Basin, Newry. Nearby Warrenpoint was a major port of emigration during the famine years. Hannah sailed from there on April 4th.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Making Payments for Family Reunion
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Frank Cannon on a Youtube music video!
I was playing a music video by an Irish band called Skylark. The song they were playing was an old favourite of mine called "The Boys of Mullaghbawn."
While the music was playing, this amazing photo popped up!
It is Frank Cannon with his sons, from left to right, Gerard, Austin, Francis and Martin.
The photo looks like it was taken down the bog road near the river at Carrickledreen (Where big Da was born) as it shows the left side of Slieve Gullion.
We can verify this at the family reunion in May!
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Tom Pender-100 yrs U boat incident
This is a wonderful article from our family member Duncan Ashcroft who gives an insight into the Pender side of the family. Great photos!
Tom Pender you may recall has a big connection with the Murphy clan - he was brother to Mary Pender who married Michael Murphy (big Da) and brother to Robert who married Kate Murphy. “It's sobering to think my family’s very existence is owed to Tom surviving being cast adrift on a lifeboat while torpedo and artillery shells slammed all around and the Germans were wiped out by a disguised Royal Navy ship in an incident that caused an international diplomatic spat. 'The Baralong Incident' (look it up on Google/Wikipedia) has been described in a couple of books as a war crime unparalleled in the history of the Royal Navy. The books have the dramatic titles 'Slaughter at Sea - The Truth Behind a Naval War Crime' by Alan Coles and 'Outrage at Sea - Naval Atrocities in the First World War' by Tony Bridgland. But let's not forget the context of it being just a few months after The Lusitania had been sunk with the many hundreds of women and children killed, and many crew from Liverpool. In our family history, we knew Tom was involved in a horrific incident at sea during WW1, but speaking recently to my Father Wally and Auntie Sue they say that he never wanted to talk about it because he was 'sworn to secrecy'. He wasn't lying there! The merchant vessel Nicosian was re-named by the Government and the crew were meant to hand in their discharge record books. Tom didn't, and it's thanks to this maverick lack of action that I could trace the war ordeal he didn't wish to speak about. My gran Maggie Pender (Ashcroft) tried a number of times to get to the bottom of the story choosing moments when much drink had passed Tom's lips, but no matter how intoxicated, he always used the same deflection technique, quoting word perfectly every verse of Edgar Allan Poe's poem 'The Raven'.
So on Wednesday 19th August 2015 I too will have a drink and celebrate Tom's survival, and might try reading 'The Raven' too.
Thanks Duncan - a poweful article and makes us all proud of the Murphy/Pender Union.
Young Tom's earlier merchant navy photo