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A Tribute to the Past

Have you ever wondered about those who lived in St. Catherines and Lucan Demesne down the years?

Local woman, Mags McCabe (nee O’Connor) was born there; the family lived in the house just beside the arched gateway.

Mags McCabe

In a tribute to her parents, Mags and her husband Mattie recently commissioned a seat in remembrance of the family.

Mags McCabe

Situated close to the former residence, the walker can rest the weary bones and admire the wonderful view.

Mags and her twin brother Richard, and big brother Charlie spent their infant years here.

The land, at the time was owned by their uncle Professor Christopher O’Connor who grew some rather exotic and sometimes poisonous plants which were sold on to a drug manufacturing company – Peppermint, Poppies, Carnations, and Bella Donna among them.

The McCabes commissioned a second seat in remembrance of their baby grandson, Conchúr who spent a very short time in this world – this bench is in the playground not net open.

Mags McCabe

Pictured at their home in St. Catherines in the 1950s are Dick and Nora O’Connor with their three children - Twins Margaret and Richard, and big brother Charlie in front.

Mags McCabe

Richard, Charlie and Margaret.

What a lovely way to pay tribute to the past!