There were celebrities galore in The Meadow of old. Seamus McGuigan -who has returned to care for his mum in
Max Keogh, newspaper proprietor and later Nationalist M.P. lived for a time at
Louis Grant (who later moved round the corner to
The Maddens had number 13. Leo settled in
The McKeowns were at 15: Morgans at 17: McAleaveys (I buy anything!) at 19. The Hanrattys (we had friends P.J. , Seamus etc) were at 21 and Micky Mallon was at 23. Next door and across the loanan was Joe and Bridie Kavanagh. After that there were Rocks (Rhoda, Brian etc) and the McCrums (Terry, Liam etc) Coffeys (cousins of the Orior Road Coffeys), Rileys, McAlindens, Lindens, Kinneys, McElroys, McCabes. Further up there were Hands (Ignatius etc) and several other families like the Mathers, Millers and other names to be supplied later!
Back to the beginning and the even numbers! The first house was Anthony McGuinness and we (McGuigans) number four. Keeleys were next door, Peter and Frances, with children Tommy, Jim etc. – now resident in Clanrye Avenue. Then the Mathers, still held by Barry. Jackie O’Hare, who moved to
The Chambers (Gerard was of an age with us!) were next door. Then at 16 were the McAnultys. The large family of McEvoys were at 20. The McKays had 22 and the McCoys were at 24. John Fearon lived across the loanan. There was a school-teacher
P.S. Just realized we omitted the (Rames) McGuigans. How could we?
What number were they, Clare?