Nellie Harrison, Danganbeg
Interview by Bina Devaney in 2008 on behalf of Killererin Heritage committee
Housekeep to Fr. Peter Curran
Nellie Mulry hailed from Danganbeg and worked as a housekeeper for the local priest Fr. Peter Curran from 1939 to 1943. She cycled to the village every morning to collect the Irish Independent newspaper from Jim Fahy’s shop (now The Red Gap). She also often cycled to the Presentation convent, Tuam for the communion breads.
Call to First Aid
In 1940, according to Nellie, the Local Defence Force (LDF), were being prepared in the event of the War spreading to Ireland. Everyone in the LDF had to swear to serve their country if the War did come to Ireland and so it was felt that a First Aid course for everyone involved was essential.
Barnaderg N.S. used by LDF
Florrie O’Sullivan, principal of Barnaderg N.S. granted permission for the school to be used for the classes. An army officer from Athlone barracks came every week for 12 weeks, to give the classes which were attended by approximately 40 people, both male and female. After 12 weeks, each participant had to take a test and you had to score 50% to pass.
Dr. Grace from Abbert and another doctor would check each person on their ability to carry out first aid and unless you got the 50% you failed.
Sergeant Nellie Mulry
Nellie was a sergeant and had 2 corporals under her. She remembers having to arrange parades to the church etc. and selling flags for one penny each at the Derreen Sports, which were held in Daly’s field. Miss Agnes Walsh was the Divisional Officer and supplied the uniforms which were purchased from Martin S. Walsh drapery shop, High Street,T uam, known then as the Hibernian buildings.