Enda, over at the Photos of Portglenone Facebook Group, contacted me some ten days ago. He is currently doing a themed set of photos on the local group about farming, and wanted to know if I had any old photos of the Mulhollands working on the farm.
So, last weekend, I spent some time looking across old albums, and by-jings didn’t I stumble across a sister photo of the two from a previous article. i.e.
To recap, this was the summer of 1962. Obviously the ‘new’ picture was taken at the same time as the two above. The two photos in the above article were probably taken by Sammy Mulholland.
Of course, I was aware of previously seeing this ‘new’ photo. But Columbo just hadn’t put two and two together and realised that the three pictures were part of the same photo set.
I am guessing mum took this photo. Dad, i.e. Richard Mulholland (Richie) is on the left, Willie Mulholland (my father’s uncle) is in the middle, and Stanley Mulholland (dad’s younger brother) is on the right.
Out of shot are Hughie Henry, Tommy Mulholland and Alfie Brown.
Granny Eden Prepared the Food for the Field
The folks are taking a tea-break from making hay that summer day. The food sent to the field (‘the field’ was the common term used), would typically have been put together by my grandmother, Isabella Mulholland (or ‘Granny Eden’ as she was known to all the grandkids). The food would have consisted of pre-buttered white bread, scones, wheaten bread, home-made jam, maybe a wee bit of cheese and a couple of tomatoes (if you were lucky), and you felt like a millionaire (as my cousin reminded me this week) if there was a banana in there. There would be two or three flasks of tea, some home-sourced milk, and maybe some diluted orange (or more often, water).
Mum’s (Eleanor Mulholland) handwriting can be seen below the image. She was wonderful at cataloging old media.
After an evening cleaning the image up in photoshop, it was presentable. It’s a labour of love to rediscover, and bring to life, these old images.
I do know, from the comments and emails, that many readers of this website like to see these old rural family photos. Hope you enjoy this one!