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June 30, 2013
| Henry McFadden
commented on person Michael Gallagher (Cloughbane)
: | Michael, Kitty and family are in the Census for Clontallagh 2nd April 1911
Household #1; Landholder #1 - Michael Gallagher
Private Dwelling; Stone; Thatch; 2 Rooms; 2 Windows; 3rd Class; 5 Outbuildings
Stable; Cow House; Piggery; Barn; Shed
Michael Gallagher, Head; Age 77yrs.; Farmer; Born - Co. Doinegal
Catherine Gallagher, Wife; Age 65yrs.; Married 41yrs.; 11 Children Born, 9 Living; Born - Co. Donegal
Patrick Gallagher, Son; Age 40yrs.; Farmer's Son; Single; Born - Co. Donegal
James Gallagher, Son; Age 24yrs.; Farmer's Son; Single; Born - Co. Donegal
Roseann McFADDEN, Daughter; Age 22yrs.; Married 1yr.; 1 Child Born, Living; Born - Co. Donegal
Edward Gallagher, Son; AGe 19yrs.; Farmer's Son; Single; Born - Co. Donegal
Charles DOHERTY, Grandson; Age 2yrs.; Born - Co. Donegal
Sophia McFADDEN, Granddaughter; Age 1mth.; Born - Co. Donegal
May 04, 2013
| Henry McFadden
commented on person Charles McGarvey (Parkmore)
: | "The fine stone flags that now pave the kitchen of the McGarvey home in Parkmore, Marble Hill were from the kitchen floor of the old Ards House."
| Henry McFadden
commented on person Catherine HcDonald(London) (born McGarvey (Parkmore))
: | Catherine McGarvey from Parkmore, Marble Hill, was admitted to Ards House as a housemaid in 1907, at the age of 15.
The housemaids worked from 6 am to 9.30pm seven days a week, with no days off and no holidays.
Catherine saw her parents for a fleeting moment on Sundays when she went to Mass at Doe Chapel.
The maids were as housebound as an enclosed order of nuns.
They could not leave the house even for a walk around the grounds.
Never once did Catherine go in or out the front door.
Apart from these restrictions, the maids were well treated and shown much kindness by both Lady Ena and Sir Pieter.
They had good food and good sleeping quarters - the garret.
They had their own recreation room: the large basement hall with flagstone floor right under the ballroom. There they could have even dances.
The maids were immediately under the direction of the house-mistress, Maggie O'Brien, wife of Paddy O'Brien who was the butler.
Guests were coming and going all the time - shooting parties in winter, fishing, swimming, horse-riding and tennis in the summer. The spacious room with fine oak floor, which later became the Capuchin choir was the dining hall. It had one long table, at one end of which sat Lady Ena and at the other, Sir Pieter. The equally large room across the flagged hallway (the room which later became the Oratory) was the drawing room or ballroom. What later became the sacristy, with three large curved plate-glass windows looking out on the Bay, was called the "smoke room", where the men retired for a smoke after dinner, before joining the ladies in the drawing room. In those days men did not smoke in the company of ladies.
On Sunday mornings the staff were driven to Mass at Cashelmore in a two-horse, four-wheeled covered wagon with glass panelling. From the early part of the century the House had a chauffeur driven motor car. At one stage it was a Rolls Royce. The chauffeur was Henry MacDonald. Each year at Christmas, Sir Pieter visited all the houses on the demesne and in each house he left a present of money. In the Big House there was annually a Christmas party for all the children - about 100 of them.Ards House from the sky.jpg (13904 bytes) In the dining room there was a big Christmas tree about 12 ft. tall, with presents for all the children, hanging on the tree. The presents were distributed by Maggie and Paddy O'Brien. In the Summer there was a day of Sports on the grounds for the children with prizes for the winners.
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