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A handsome couple with their DOG pose outside their halldoor on Arranmore, off the coast of Donegal way back in 1975. They are obviously living high above the shore and have their home pristine, newly whitewashed and with a slate roof. What was happening to bring Denis to the island at that time?

Photographers: Denis Tynan 1923 - 2010

Collection: Tynan Photographic Collection

Date: 1975


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    • 13/May/2022 08:00:23

    At last a nice Dog.

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    • 13/May/2022 09:12:29

    Somewhere near here ?? - goo.gl/maps/ZZPD8c1ehvXug7Dn7 - going by the two islets. Looks like the house might have been demolished or rebuilt. See also catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000734578 [I thought the small house in the distance was a dog kennel at first glance!}

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    Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)

    • 13/May/2022 09:21:53

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] You just beat me to it. However, I was going to suggest this house due to the change in roof height and angle of the islands. No turf fires in that house anymore. goo.gl/maps/GcpceSbfaaonykLB7

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    • 13/May/2022 09:46:26

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeegee] I think you are right. See also - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000734571

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    John Spooner

    • 13/May/2022 12:08:05

    I can't imagine this was why Denis Tynan visited Arranmore in 1975, but the big news that year was the sad loss of six men when a trawler sank in January. In other news, the island was to get a fire service - equipment was to be provided and fishermen trained in its use. But the best good news story was Mrs Gallagher and her twin boys.

    Twins born 40 miles apart TWIN boys were born at the weekend in two different hospitals to the wife of a fisherman drowned in the Donegal trawler disaster in January. She is Mrs. Marie Gallagher, mother of five other children, who thought she was expecting only one baby. Her husband was Mr. Hugh Gallagher, one of the six drowned when the trawler Eveline Marie sank oft Rathlin O'Beirne island. Mrs. Gallagher was taken by open boat from Arranmore Island, off the Donegal coast to a mainland hospital at Dungloe. After delivering a boy, the doctor realised another child was on the way. Thirty-year-old Mrs. Gallagher was transferred to Letterkenny County Hospital 40 miles away. There. she gave birth to a second boy. Today mother and boys were reported to be "satisfactory." The twin who arrived first is still in Dungloe Hospital.
    (Belfast Telegraph - Monday 21 April 1975) Incidentaly sixty years ago this month my mother gave birth to undiagnosed twins, but that was at home, with preparations for only one baby

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    • 13/May/2022 19:44:14

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    • 14/May/2022 04:30:33

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner THIS MONTH??? Ah, then Happy Birthday!

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    John Spooner

    • 14/May/2022 06:15:44

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/moccasinlanding Not me, I was 5 years old at the time and completely nonplussed, but I'll pass on your good wishes to my little brother and sister.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 14/May/2022 06:47:51

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Good story, happy birthday to your siblings from us also.

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    John Spooner

    • 14/May/2022 07:05:40

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/moccasinlanding https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] What I found really weird that morning was that it was our (mine and my big sister's) father who got us up and made us breakfast. An unheard-of occurrence. I was reading my mother's memoirs to her a few days ago, and a lot of it was about that day and the chaos over the following weeks and months. But unlike poor Mrs Gallagher, no open boat ride and no prospect of bringing up seven children single-handedly.

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    • 14/May/2022 14:03:47

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Oh John, you brought two stories both happy ones to this discussion. Mrs. Gallagher's twins born 40 miles apart, and your sibling twins! 👫