Here’s an old photo from the mid 1940s of the seventeen members of Tirgarvil Ancient Order of Hibernians band AOH, Upperlands. Brother Patsy McEldowney is in the front row.
Back Row: Frank Brennan, Willie John McGowan, Pat McPeake, Denis McShane, Seamus McFlynn, Patsy McGuckin & Nat Carowood
Middle Row: Tommy McCusker, Arthur Brennan & Gerry McGrath
Front Row: Micky Bradley, John McFalone, John McCusker, Patsy McEldowney, Mick Hegarty, Danny McCusker & Eddie McGuckin
I found an old newspaper article from the Mid-Ulster Mail, Saturday 9 August 1947, which lists Patsy McEldowney (seen above) as the President of Tirgarvil, and talks of a church parade in Ballinderry on Sunday 3rd August, which Patsy’s Tirgarvil band took part in. It was “beautiful summer weather”.
National Hall in Maghera
Below is an extremely old photo of the band, taken in 1905. Tirgarvil band are standing outside the National Hall in Maghera.
Back row: Michael Diamond, John Heaney, Arthur Brennan, Patrick McCusker, John Criag, James Kearney, ..McKenna, James McEldowney, Terence Hannoway.
2nd Row: Hugh Bradley, James McShane, Patrick Ferris, Patrick O’Kane, James O’Kane, James Brennan, Charles Bradley, Unknown.
3rd Row: John O’Neill, ? Devlin, ? O’Neill, Tom McAlary, M. Quigg, Bernard O’Kane, Joe O’Neill, Mick Crilly, P McNicholl, George Bradley, Patrick McShane, Mary Bradley, Sarah A McCusker, Mary O’Neill, Thomas McCusker, Frank McCann.
Front Row: Andrew Hegarty, Alec McLean, Joe Hegarty, Patrick Judge, Joe Convery, Mick Bradley, Bernard Bradley, John Ferris, Joe O’Neill, Charles McLarnon, Frank O’Kane, Charles O’Neill, Joseph Brennan, J Gribben.