Note from the authoer - When I had published my booklet on 'Fahy and Friends', I sent a copy to Des O'Malley from whom I had bough the cottage in 1968. Des acknowledged receipt and informed me of other notable people who had spent time in the cottage during the 1940's and 50's, including Frank O'Connor, Sean O'Fao;ain and Eavan Boland. Des's daughter Fiona met Eavan Boland during a visit to Achill and they conversed a while during which time the poet hand wrote out two of her poems and gave them to Fiona. Photocopies of the poems were included in Des's reply.

One poem was 'Night Feed' which I had heard on radio, describing bottle feeding her daughter in the wee small hours, which was published in 1982. The second poem was titled 'The Achill Woman', and it was published in 2005, and is published in full in the 'Scoil Acla' book 2. Iwas delighted to discover that the woman in question was little Mabel Egan. Little Mabel, when I knew her, was a small, quiet, short haired woman. She lived with her aunt, Big Mabel, and during the early years of my ownership of the Fahy Cottage, at the end of my frequent but brief visits on a break from work, the two Mabels would keep my keys and launder the sheets. Big Mabel was born in Fahy in 1876, died in April 1972 at the age of 96, and subsequently, the keys were kept by Thea Boyd.

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Fahy and Friends - An Achill House and its occupants

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