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My ancesters  were the ANGUS'S from Howth.  My Great Great Grandfather was John Angus who  was a sailor  and said to have sailed the seven seas.  I believe  his 3 masted ship  that he was captain of was named ROKEBY.  but I haven't found where she sailed to .John Angus also started a Christian Church known as the Tin Church, which only recently been knocked down for housing. He also had one or 2 houses built, one being 1,Hillside Terrace, nown known as Thornmanby Road.   His son John Angus( junior) was  in the life boat  industry, and was the longest serving  person  in the job of 30 years. Does anyone remember him or the Angus name??

Also George Gilmore 1898-1985 was my Dad's first cousin, (My second cousin) who was very involved in the Easter Rising of 1922.

George  Gilmore lived in a very odd cottage at the top of Howth Hill, I wonder is his cottage still there? He had no electricity, or running water at the time he was there. Can anyone fill me in more about George Gilmore.  His mother Frances (Known as Fanny ) was sent to prison during the troubles but I haven't been able to find why she was imprisoned or for how long, ?? and George's father Philip who was an accountant  working for Weirs of Dublin.  lost his job.  I have contacted Weirs but they haven't responded as to why he lost his job. 


Wednesday 17th Jul 2019, 07:22AM

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  • Hello Heather,

    I met George Gilmore a few times in the 1980s when I was a boy living in Howth. He used to collect his pension and struggle up the hill to his cottage on crutches. He said his legs had been broken by "one of Dublin's famous drivers". His cottage was tiny, and I am not sure how he came to live there, or whether he even owned it. Even back then it was bizarre to live in a cottage without electricity, running water or even a road. Maybe in the West of Ireland, but to do so in a suburb of Dublin was very odd, and clearly his choice, but he kept it well, with a small garden.  l used to ramble all over that part of Howth spoke to him once. said he loved living there because it was full of "pictures", the sun rising in the morning and the moon rising over the water at night.

    When he died in 1985 the cottage was abandoned, and broken into several times. I was walking near the area and found some papers of his strewn about. There was material from the 1930s and 1960s, newspapers and political pamphlets, some Soviet propaganda. I thought I better collect them, rather than let them rot outside. I still have these papers and have offered them to the National Library. George was one of the founders of the Irish Republican Congress in 1934, a left wing organization and there some material from this. He was one of the leaders of the old IRA in the 1950s, before it began the murderous campaign in Northern Ireland in the 1970s-1990s, which he disagreed with.

    There are plenty of sources about his life on the internet.

    His cottage is still there. Last time I looked, it had been reroofed was being used as a stable for horses.

    You can see it on Google Maps here

    All the best.

    Tuesday 11th Feb 2020, 03:05PM
  • Hellp, Who am I addressing???

    I don't know who I am addressing in this reply, but it is nice to see  George Gilmore's  odd little cottage on Howth hill.  

    Who owns it now?  and what are they going  to do with it.

    I remember as a small child visiting this cottage a couple of times  but only in the light as there was now  electricity,  water . George must have got water from a well??

    I'd love to see a bigger picture of his cottage, as the one on the map is very small.

    What was his address??


    Saturday 15th Feb 2020, 02:15PM

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