People of Ballinrobe Who Died In the Blitz on England In Second World War

By H.Mason -, Public Domain,

The story of a Ballinrobe lady’s experience during a German air raid in Kent was told to a Western People reported this week 1st Aug., 1942; Miss “Babs” Flannery, New Street, Ballinrobe, who, with two priests, were the only survivors of the raid which completely destroyed St. Joseph’s Church, St. Mary Cray, Kent. The church, school and house were wrecked. The priests were Rev. Ml. Fahey, P.P., (a native of Loughglynn), and his curate, Rev. M. Breslin. (Western People, 1st Aug., 1942).

Mr. Francis Percival Gillan (55), whose parents came from Ballinrobe, was killed in an air raid on an English coast town. (Western People, 26th Oct., 1940).

Ballinrobe community felt the effects of World War II in May, 1941, when two sisters of Donegal-native, Mrs J. Walsh, New Street – Sara and Annie McHugh – were killed during a German air raid on Belfast. (Mayo News, May, 1941).

News reached Ballinrobe this week of the death of Martin Walsh, New Street, who it is said, was killed in an air raid, in England. Deceased was about 60 years of age and went to England some 34 years ago. (Western People, Nov. 16th, 1940).

Miss Julia Derrig, Tourmakeady, was killed during an air raid in England in August, 1941. She was niece of Miss Rose Derrig, High Street, Ballinrobe, and was the popular lodge keeper in the Mercy Convent, Ballinrobe, for many years. (Mayo News, August, 1941)


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