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This is Roscrea's Historical Memories Website.  
Here you will find stories from Roscrea's past with lots of images.  
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    Roscrea Through The Ages
 On the website this month there are many new articles. On the section The Runaway Train there is some new information on the train crash on the Roscrea/Birr line. This includes a picture of the crash and some newspaper articles of the time. In the Folklore Collection there is a story of the myth and legend behind St Cronans cross and Monaincha. In the Gallery section there is a large collection of postcards of Roscrea from 1910 to the 1970s.
   The section entitled The Famine Orphans is the story of 16 year old Margaret Ryan who was sent to Australia from Roscrea workhouse during the famine as part of the Earl Grey scheme. The piece tells of Margaret’s life in Australia and how after being indentured for 15 months went on to carve out a successful life for herself.
  In the diaspora section there is the story of John Holland an English foot soldier who married Ann Brierley in Roscrea in 1839. There is also the story of Fr Patrick Mullally whose father Edward was an R.I.C officer in Roscrea. Fr Mullally was a chaplain in WW1 and ended up after the War in West Virginia and being in constant conflict with the Klu Klux Klan.
   In the History section there is the story of Roscrea Garda Boys Club which was formed in 1966 and was so successful that it was the model on which over 100 Garda clubs were formed throughout the country. It was even commended by the Dail at the time.
  If you have an interesting story to tell or old photographs that you would like to share please contact Joe Coughlan at 087 8140137 or at
   All photographs will be copied and returned within the hour.

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