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Monday, July 28, 2014

Travellers in Portlaw

Just over a week ago, some members of the travelling community, with some animals and vehicles,  arrived in Portlaw, where they stayed for four days approximately. They were mainly members of a Delaney family, who told me they confine their travels to County Waterford.  Some Reilly travellers were also present on the day I visited them.   Of particular interest was their traditional horse-drawn caravan, which they told me was now forty years old. I was offered access to the interior, which had a nice solid-fuel cooker/heater.  A picture of the caravan is hereunder, parked outside the entrance to the former Malcomson Cotton Mill, which later became a Tannery. In recent years, I have photographed travellers with the surname Reilly in both mid-Tipperary and County Carlow, some of which are online, or have been published (with permission).

Above:  M. Delaney himself, head of the travelling family referred to previously.
The gate seen here was formerly the gate to the Malcomson mansion - Mayfield House,
which in 1934 became the Tannery office.
 Members of the Delaney and Reilly families.
John Reilly with young Mary Delaney on horseback.


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