My mum Nora Duggan, still hail and hearty at 97 years was one of 8 children born to Martin Duggan and Molly Burns (Lecanvey). The grandparents were Thomas Duggan and Bridget McEvilly from Roonagh.
It was said of Bridget McEvilly, she could keep a house on top of the Reek, so self sufficient and thrifty was she. They made their own butter, carded the wool, made blankets, knotted socks, made willow baskets for going to the bog. She was great for all the old cures.
Her family came from Roonagh where they had a seaweed ‘factory’ to produce iodine.
My mum Nora, had seven siblings. Tommy (who set up the Clew Bay Hotel in Louisburgh and married Evelyn McDermot of McDermots hotel), John, Anne, Breege, Mary, Kay and Martin. Nora is the only surviving member in Ireland but has 4 siblings in England, all in good health.
More photos to follow when I have good internet!