My interest in the history of 19th Century Catholic Chapels comes from a family story that is linked to one of Mary Daly’s memories. Her recollections were recorded in 1945, and then transcribed by Michael J. Murphy. Hers is one of the many slices of oral history kept in the Department of Irish Folklore at the University College in Dublin. She lived her entire life in the Crossmaglen area, the small market town a few kilometers west of where the Jacksons – the family who are the focal point of my research - lived throughout all of the 19th century.
|Monag is in yellow; Moybane is in red; Urker is in green.|
|It intrigues me that the style of grave marker that has a celtic cross, as seen in the foreground, is the same style of grave marker that marks the grave of Thomas Jackson in Stanstead, England.|
|Roadside buttercups, dandelions, nettles, and grass.|
|Hawthorne bushes as they are now, and would have looked when they were immortalized in poems and tales from past centuries.|
|The past and the present. Hydro pylons with crumbling cottages at their feet.|
|The lane leading up to Urker Lodge, just off Monag Road.|