Let me take you back to Feenagh as it was in days of yore if you had a sow with a problem, Tom Hayes was the man with the boar

 Dan Meehan was the cycle agent, the harness maker was Jim Gayer Brassil’s had a grocer shop, a pub and a little hardware

 Griffins also had a pub as well as flour and meal Mick Long and Jack Bresnihan worked the Forge craftsmen’s in iron and steel

Tom Chawke was the local butcher, so you always had meat on your plate people would meet at night and talk at the chapel gate

 Sextons had a joinery as well as a grocer shop they even had a dance-hall if you ever fancied a hop

O’Grady’s too had a pub, some people might call it a bar Reynolds’s had a shop and a garage, petrol pumps and a hackney car

 Trehy’s had a shop and Mulcahy’s before them as well next door Mrs Mac had a drapery with her assistant Katie O’Dell

Dan Egan was a tradesman of outstanding fame Ned Kiely was the tailor who resided down the lane

 Power’s owned the Post Office, a long established family and not forgetting the school house across the road from the library

 Out the road was Neenan’s shop and Tom Meehan’s Motor Trade situated near the Creamery where butter and cheese was made

 Further up in Highmount you needn’t go hungry to bed you could always call to Tierney’s to buy a loaf of bread

 The Postman’s hut was down the lane very neat and compact and if you wanted insurance cover, Paddy McCarthy was the man to contact

 There were a few haulage contractors who would shift almost anything John Sexton and Paddy Murrihy and later came Jack Flynn

 If the sole was leaving the upper or you were feeling down at heel Jack Spratt or Willie Roche would put you back on an even keel

I remember the Feenagh Races and the pictures in Reynolds Hall and when the carnival came to Ned Long’s field it was the greatest attraction of all

 Now I will finish my story, that’s as far back as I can go I hope someone can go back before me, and tell us what they know

By: Jim Moloney