Memories of Oughterard
By Eleanor Feely
My name is Eleanor Feely and I lived in Oughterard as a child in the late 60’s , where my father Jim Feely R.I.P. was the Garda sergeant. We lived in opposite the Corrib Hotel and Iwhiled away the hours by sitting out the front playing with my five kittens and assorted captive mice in jam jars..and exploring the river and local terrain with or without my tricycle..
Anyway..I have a distinct memory of exploring, from a child’s
perspective a ‘far off land’ off the road to Seanafeistin..I think one of my schoolfriends who lived there must have cajoled me venture down
that long track to what was at that time ‘no man’s land’ of bog and moorland..my memory is of a very unusual place where thatched houses
were in a circle and there was no connecting path or road..they were in
a higgledy piggeldy circle..I wonder is this the old village that your
members were referring to last year?..
Although I was only about 7 or 8 ..it struck me as strange..but now
with hindsight, maybe it was because this was a village or hamlet
constructed during or before Famine times. There were occupants there
who were very kind to me as I recall.
Anyway, I’d love to find out about it..and to be assured my memory is
not playing tricks on me!
Please put me on your mailing list as I live down the road in Co Clare
and would love to take part in events ..I am an actor/writer/director
working with the County Arts Office..and if anyone remembers me or my
family (dad passed away in Jan 2007 rip), my brother John was born in
Oughterard also and my mam, Essie..please say hello from all of us..mam
has great memories of an old banger of a bus which used to transport
her, me and John to Salthill and the Finnerty family, the Dowds. Guard
Dowd was a bloodhound when it came to detecting poitin, according to my
late Dad)..the Admiral..I rem Joan Tuck, The Gibbons family, Vanessa
Moon, and many more and remember with affection our ‘forts’ in the
woods near the now GAA pitch..also there was a lady with a cap who was
a great fisherwoman..she would make a great character for a play..and
Emer Kenny and family..what an awful tragedy to befall them..
Keep up your good work,