John McCullagh October 23, 2005
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Joe Murphy, who lived at the bottom of Chinatown hill, was watchman on the building site of Michael Mallin Park / James Connolly Park towards the end of the Second World War.

Bell’s Row

The people allocated houses in Michael Mallin Park were:

McConvilles

Kimmens,

Kimberley,

Craven,

McCrink,

Ruddy,

McManus,

McNally,

Martin,

Tommy Markey,

Felix Markey,

Kane.

 

Five or six of these families came from Bell‘s Row, off Monaghan Street.

James Connolly Park had

 

D’Arcy,

Eddie Gray,

O’Hanlons,

Sloan,

Cunningham,

Turley.

 

That’s all I can remember.  The U S troops used that market before the houses were built.

I remember them leaving – and we all followed them – and the last soldier in the troop took a big handful of money out of his pocket and threw it into the air outside of Doctor Flood’s surgery in Patrick Street!

I think that site was still under construction during the hard winter of 1947. I tried to get a length timber off it to make a sledge!

There was some sport in them days! 

I remember the Ruddys moving out of John Martin Street. 

No chinatown people got houses in them parks!

So there ye are, and where are ya?



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