Posted by: John McGerr | October 3, 2010

Eighty years a’growing

My father celebrated  eighty years on this planet on the 1st of October last. It’s been a long active life for him. Born in 1930 he is old enough to remember events of the Second World War as it affected  his life on the family farm he inherited from his father and  has turned over to one of his son’s. He got married to schoolteacher Anna Hughes in 1962 and raised nine children, John Colm, Mary, Eugene, Annette, Mel, Elaine, Brendan and Margaret. He played football with the local GAA Club, Mostrim and was also a mentor and officer, and is currently joint president of the Club, an honorary position. He has been involved with Macra Na Feirme, was one of the key movers in starting Community Games up in the Parish, made props and helped out with the musical society when they staged pantomimes. In the early 2000’s he achived a long held ambition to get a book published with local history, but not just any history, a very specific history with all the houses in the parish featured and as many photos as possible. This volume was a hughe success and sold out in ten days, requiring a reprint, now also sold out and still the occasional request comes for a copy still.  It’s been a great eighty years and I have been honoured to share part of it with him.



  1. congratulations on your 80th year!
    and thank you for the wonderful hospitality you extended to us when we visited last year. visiting the cottage in drumlish with you is a moment i will always treasure. kind regards to all of you and best wishes in the coming year to you john sr. xo

  2. Congratulations Mr. McGerr on your 80th. birthday. I wish you many more. My late father Tim Nolan (from Lisnanagh) would have been 90 years old in September. He left Edgeworthstown during the war and joined the Irish Free State Army. Because of the war they needed more recruits and as work was hard got he ‘signed up’. He told me once that his mother did not want him to go as she didn’t want him to go off and learn how to kill people. He served in the army for five years. I used to say to him that they must have did a good enough job , because they managed to keep out both the Germans and the British. It is my 56th. birthday today. My cousin Mickey Nolan also shares a (special) birthday this month (that involves a 6). It seems that a lot of important people have October birthdays. Once again best wishes to all in Edgeworthstown from Patrick Nolan and Family, Falkirk, Scotland.


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