Food related extract from interview with Mattie McGrath, Barracks, Barnaderg taken from Killererin - A Parish History
Mattie McGrath recalls some memories and stories of his past
Killererin Heritage Society
The following article has been put together for our Gastronomy Galway 2018 project. Most of the interviewees for our Parish history book were from a farming background and the common themes throughout are diet, threshing, stations, killing the pig, going to fairs etc. I hope you enjoy reading these extracts and that you get a sense of what life was like for past generations in this locality.
Mattie, who is a farmer, recalls some memories and stories of his past. He remembers his school days, his first teacher, Miss Delaney, and later Florrie O’Sullivan and Willie Hanrahan with great fondness. …………
He recalls how there were eight shops in the parish: Mitchell’s, Keane’s, Fagan’s, Mullins’, Nano Mannion’s, Curran’s, Mulryan’s and Joe King’s and now, after all those years, there is just one left which is Stone’s (Centra), Barnaderg.
Mattie’s wife Ita had a grandfather named Quinn, who worked on the railway in Claremorris. ……. On Friday, after work, he would walk home all the way and, without a rest, start digging the potatoes. Quinn lived to be a ripe old age. As the old saying goes: ‘Hard work never killed anyone’.The full interview with Mattie can be read on Pps 425 – 426 of Killererin – A Parish History which is available to purchase elsewhere on this site.