This week, John Teahan has shared with us a wonderful collection of old photos of Milltown and its residents from the surrounding area. If you are an emigrant native of Milltown or Castlemaine or a descendant of a Kerry emigrant from those parts, you will find a fascinating set of images portraying another world in another time … and not really that long ago.
I am just giving you a flavour of the images here. If you have a special interest in these pictures, you should log on to the iCloud account where John has uploaded the entire collection. Here also you will find a lot of cases, the names of the those who appear in the photos.
I enjoyed examining this exhibit . Only noticed one Lenihan photo and none from the White families They lived closer to Castlemaine than Milltown .These were the families of my great Grandmother .Many family menbers had already moved on to the States in the 19th century .It would be sad yet interesting to learn how many of those boys lost their lives in the great war which closely folllowed the timing of some of these photographic memotres .
Hello John: My name is John Curran, born in Glen Ellen Lodge, Milltown, Co. Kerry in 1940. That photo of the “Milltown Monastery Boys” was taken in June 1950 by a wonderful photographer and contributor to the “Kerryman Newspaper” which, was a weekly publication typically on Fridays and could be purchased at what was then, “McGough’s Newspapers” just down from the “Larkin’s Bakery” and “Dowling’s Bakery” on Bridge Street. My photo appears in the 4th Row (2nd person in). I have created a copy showing all the names that I would be glad to forward to you if you wish. Just tell me how I can get that to you for your records, OK?
Additionally, I have a photo from the Sunday, 29th June, 1952 Parade for the (Feast of Saint’s. Peter & Paul also known as “Milltown Sports Day”). Again, if you would or anybody that you know might like a copy, I would be very glad to provide it.
I left Milltown permanently on November 10th, 1958 to begin a new life in the USA, I was 18 years old. My Family remained in Milltown for about 2 more years and then moved to Killorglin. I have returned several times for visits, funerals etc,. etc. I still have Family members well settled in Killorglin and Killarney.
My American Family have also visited on several occassions. My very best Friend, Thos O’Connor (RIP) also appears in both the School and the Parade photos, we were “Alter Boys”.