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 opposite the Corrib Hotel and I whiled 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 school friends 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 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,

This page was added on 04/02/2013.

Comments about this page

  • Oh how lovely to hear from you, Pat and Nancy. Only seeing your responses, now… mea culpa!
    Thank you so much,
    Ps.. John is now an architect in Dublin and my youngest brother James (born in Wexford when Dad was transferred there) is also in Dublin, working with the ESB.
    I’m only down the road in Clare, so feel free to contact me any time. Love to you all

    By Eleanor Feely (09/02/2024)
  • Hi Eleanor,
    My name is Pat Lehane. I came as a recruit to Oughterard on the 12.9.1964. I remember you as a young child ( 6 to 7 years) very often playing on a heap of sand. While on duty on my first Christmas your parents invited me to their home where I was served with a delicious dinner. I have a vivid recollection of a cold February night, in February 1965,when your father woke me up and asked me to bring your mother, who was pregnant,to the Regional Hospital , as his Prefect car failed to start. We all got into my 1950 Beetle and headed for Galway. It was evident that time was of the essence. On our return news was at the station that your brother, John, was born.
    On another occasion your father succumbed to a serious back complaint . He obtained an appointment with Dan Lane, bonesetter, Newmarket. He was placed on a door,before being placed into the back of an Opel Estate and I was designated to drive. No talk enroute. On arrival he he was brought on the door, into the clinic. I watched the manipulations and couldn’t believe what 1was seeing when I saw him standing with a smile on his face, shortly afterwards we retired to a local pub.
    Some later maybe 1968 I was called again when he collapsed at home with a perforated stomach ulcer. I again brought him to the Regional, where he was successfully operated on

    I also got to know a cousin of your mother. Mrs Nuala Burke. Her husband local pharmacy in Sneem. Another cousin owned a restaurant THE THADY I NN, at Farnanes,on the Cork to Macroom Road

    By Pat Lehane (18/08/2023)
  • Eleanor ,
    I remember you as a little girl . Sometimes after school I would go into your house to play with you . I used to push you on your little car or tricycle up &down that long corridor. We had great fun . Your Mom was delighted .I was in the national school &you were too young then .
    You probably don’t remember as you were only about 2or 3. I live out the seanafeistin rd.Nancy.

    By Nancy Joyce (24/11/2020)

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