I was very pleased indeed at the report of crash by milk lorry on Sunday llth January last.The report referred to the scene as Shaws Corner, Main St., Emyvale.However, this did give rise to many questions from the younger generation, "Where is Shaws Corner"?It is good that the old placenames are still being used.The Shaws had a particularly long association with Main St., Emyvale, on the Northern end of the village.There was Alex, a small farmer and John, a postman (or letter carrier) as referred to in records.
Their little thatched whitewashed cottage, just past the residence of the late Ned Hughes, (Post Office side of Main St., Emyvale) was demolished years ago by the local authorities.
He was friendly to the English at the beginning of the Nine Years War but after the battle of Clontibret in 1595 he joined Hugh O' Neill and the other Irish Chieftains.
Patrick survived the war and was regranted most of his lands in the 1606 settlement. Before he died he had divided his estates among his family.
Hilary Murphy replies to more inquiries from readers regarding their family names.
Good to see the surname "Mc Kenna" and North Monaghan featured in a recent edition of "Ireland's Own" weekly magazine.
(Submitted by Nancy) On the 23rd January, 1916, the death took place of Sir John Leslie of Glaslough at his London residence. He was a most respected Landlord - in his obituary in the Nationalist Dundalk Democrat, he was described as "one of the best Landlords in Ireland" but he was also a vociferous opponent of Home Rule. He was an accomplished artist in his own right; some of his paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy and his "Peter denying Christ" was exhibited in the Belfast Municipal Art Gallery' Family lore has it that he built Glaslough House (now Castle Leslie) in the early 1870s both to mark his elevation to the peerage and also to house his many paintings.