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Edenderry in times past, vol 32

And some more from Declan's files:

Joseph Matthews maintained a shop to the early 1970's. See the transition from "Market Square" (in 1922) to "O'Connell Square" (in 1931). This was the garage of Charles Conrad Williams who ran a successful Motor Garage business for many years. Williams himself was deaf and dumb having been afflicted at an early age.  His family had been merchants in Edenderry for over 150 years.  Ryans Pharmacy now occupies the former "Dowling's Pharmacy" and later that of Liam Burke.  Note the advertising emphasis on animal and poultry medicines. Edenderry was associated with machine made footwear since 1935 but in earlier times a lot of footwear was made to order. Patrick McGuinness had been a medal prize winner for his footwear.

Edenderry in times past, vol 31

The Society has been very fortunate over the past few months to receive a wonderful collection of shop billheads and other emphera from one of our members Declan O'Connor, formerly of JKL Street and now an active member of the Maynooth Local History Group. Declan's collection and insights into the shop owners opens up a vista on the Edenderry of almost 100 years ago. Here are a selection of some of the Declan's latest contributions. It also includes some information about local clubs and societies. Look out for Declan's lecture to the Edenderry Society this coming May!

This dance invitation for Edenderry Lawn Tennis Club in 1928 also includes the Committee which is probably the full membership. The O'Toole Family were prominent Estate Agents and Solicitors in Edenderry and had also owned a Public House which Larkin's now occupy.  The receipt appears to be for items from a House Clearance Auction. This is a 1915 Bill Head from Whelan's Shop which was to the lef…

Lecture 21 March - Midlands Men in the American Civil War

The next lecture of the Society will take place on Friday 21 March at 8pm. Damian Shiels, author of the The Irish in the American Civil War will give a talk on men from the midlands area who fought in the conflict. All welcome to attend.


Edenderry in times past, vol 30

This is a combined quotation and receipt for a Philips 3 Valve Radio Set in December 1930.  The price paid was a very expensive £27.00. The Purchaser was Patrick O’Kennedy the “Leinster Leader” Correspondent for the Edenderry area and this may have been one of the first mains radios in the town.

Edenderry in times past, vol 29

Organised dances were a regular feature of social life in Edenderry and the surrounding area.
         These events predated the Dance Halls Act 1935 which required dance venues to be licenced.
                              In the Tubberdaly Ticket note the reference to "N.T (New Time)".