Letters From Reaskmore

Dear Brigid  ,

          A collection of letters my mother received from family members and friends in Reaskmore from 1929 through 1988.  This is a window to the family genealogy and a cherished link to those who are no longer with us.  Some of the letters deal with the everyday mundane issues of life, and some bring news of joyous or mournful events. But my mother looked forward to receiving them as I know they were much anticipated back home in Ireland.  In the 1950's and 60's I remember her coming home from work and receiving a blue airmail post in the mail.  After brewing some tea and opening a Danish pastry, she would sit and read her letter from home.  This was her time, in fact it was her favorite time of the day.   And all these years later, I can understand why.          

    There are over  100 letters and as many as 300 pages imaged and ready to be posted on this website.  Additions will be made from time to time and since this is a labor of love it will take some time to complete.  I hope you enjoy reading through the letters as much as I did. 

The Depression 1929 through 1939

1929_08-07-01Ltr.jpg    Letter of Reference

 

1929_12-11-01Ltr.jpg   

1929_12-11-02Ltr.jpg    Your Loving Cousin Alice (Mallon)

 

1930_12-20-01Ltr.jpg    

1930_12-20-02Ltr.jpg    Your Friend  Ellie McDonald

  

    1930_12-21-01Ltr.jpg   

    1930_12-21-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

                                                                                                                                     Wishing you the best of luck      From Alice Cush

  

1931_04-18-01Ltr.jpg     P. Brannigan

  

1931_05-21-01Ltr.jpg    P. Brannigan

 

1931_06-18-01Ltr.jpg    P. Brannigan

 

1931_12-20-01Ltr.jpg   

1931_12-20-02Ltr.jpg    Your Old Chum Annie

 

1932_02-11-01Ltr.jpg   

1932_02-11-02Ltr.jpg    From Henry Mallon

 

1932_02-23-01Ltr.jpg

1932_02-23-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1932_04-17-01Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1932_04-24-01Ltr.jpg  

1932_04-24-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1932_05-09-01Ltr.jpg   Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1932_05-10-01Ltr.jpg   

1932_05-10-02Ltr.jpg    From Patrick Cush

 

1932_05-23-01Ltr.jpg   

1932_05-23-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1932_05-29-01Ltr.jpg   

1932_05-29-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1932_06-06-01Ltr.jpg   

1932_06-06-02Ltr.jpg   Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1932_06-20-01Ltr.jpg   

1932_06-20-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1932_08-14-01Ltr.jpg   

1932_08-14-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1933_01-06-01Ltr.jpg   

1933_01-06-02Ltr.jpg     Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1933_06-04-01ltr.jpg    John Duffy and Anne Reynolds Wedding Announcement

 

1933_10-29-01Ltr.jpg   

1933_10-29-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1933_11-07-01Ltr.jpg   

1933_11-07-02Ltr.jpg   

1933_11-07-03Ltr.jpg   Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1933_12-26-01Ltr.jpg     From Patrick McGirr

 

1934_01-21-01Ltr.jpg 

1934_01-21-02Ltr.jpg  Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1934_01-24-01Ltr.jpg  From Patrick McGirr

 

1934_01-29-01Ltr.jpg 

1934_01-29-02Ltr.jpg  Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1934_03-04-01Ltr.jpg   

1934_03-04-02Ltr.jpg   Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1934_03-18-01Ltr.jpg   

1934_03-18-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1934_03-27-01Ltr.jpg    From Patrick McGirr

 

1934_10-15-01Ltr.jpg

1934_10-15-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1934_12-29-01Ltr.jpg

1934_12-29-02Ltr.jpg

1934_12-29-03Ltr.jpg    From Ellie

 

1935_01-03-01Ltr.jpg  

1935_01-03-02Ltr.jpg   Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1935_02-28-01Ltr.jpg 

1935_02-28-02Ltr.jpg 

1935_02-28-03Ltr.jpg  Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1936_03-29-01Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1936_09-09-01Ltr.jpg   

1936_09-09-02Ltr.jpg    Yours sincerely Arthur Rogers

 

1937_03-07-01Ltr.jpg

1937_03-07-02Ltr.jpg

1937_03-07-03Ltr.jpg

1937_03-07-04Ltr.jpg

1937_03-07-05Ltr.jpg

1937_05-07-06Ltr.jpg      Your Friend Alice (Cush)

 

1937_05-07-01Ltr.jpg   

1937_05-07-02Ltr.jpg   

1937_05-07-03Ltr.jpg   

1937_05-07-04Ltr.jpg   

1937_05-07-05Ltr.jpg   

1937_05-07-06Ltr.jpg    Your Friend Alice      

 

1937_11-01-01Ltr.jpg   

1937_11-01-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1937_12-20-01Ltr.jpg   

1937_12-20-02Ltr.jpg    Your Friend Alice

 

1938_03-06-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_03-06-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_04-04-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_04-04-02Ltr.jpg    Your True Friend John

 

1938_06-20-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_06-20-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_06-27-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_06-27-02Ltr.jpg   Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_07-04-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_07-04-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_07-10-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_07-10-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_07-19-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_07-19-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_07-25-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_07-25-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_08-01-01Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_08-08-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_08-08-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_08-15-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_08-15-02Ltr.jpg   Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_08-22-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_08-22-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_08-22-03Ltr.jpg    John Duffy - Dungannon Fair

 

1938_08-29-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_08-29-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_09-12-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_09-12-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_09-27-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_09-27-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_10-04-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_10-04-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_10-11-01Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_10-16-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_10-16-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1938_10-24-01Ltr.jpg   

1938_10-24-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

   1938a_12-11-01Ltr.jpg    With fond love from Mother

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

1939_01-14-01Ltr.jpg   

1939_01-14-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1939_02-13-01Ltr.jpg    Your True Friend John (Mallon)

 

1939_05-22-01Ltr.jpg    Yours Sincerely, Arthur Rogers

 

1939_06-18-01Ltr.jpg   

1939_06-18-02Ltr.jpg   

1939_06-18-03Ltr.jpg   

1939_06-18-04Ltr.jpg  From Alice Cush

 

1939_06-19-01Ltr.jpg  

1939_06-19-02Ltr.jpg   

1939_06-19-03Ltr.jpg   

1939_06-19-04Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1939_07-07-01Ltr.jpg   

1939_07-07-02Ltr.jpg    Your true Cousin John (Mallon)   

 

The War Years 1939 through 1945

                                                                         

 

    1939_10-04-01Ltr.jpg

    1939_10-04-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

    1939_10-17-01Ltr.jpg

    1939_10-17-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1939_12-06-01Ltr.jpg

1939_12-06-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1939_12-26-01Ltr.jpg

1939_12-26-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_01-28-01Ltr.jpg

1940_01-28-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_02-11-01Ltr.jpg

1940_02-11-02Ltr.jpg

1940_02-11-03Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_02-12-01Ltr.jpg

1940_02-12-02Ltr.jpg    Alice Cush

 

1940_03-04-01Ltr.jpg

1940_03-04-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_04-07-01Ltr.jpg

1940_04-07-02Ltr.jpg   

1940_04-07-03Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_05-15-01Ltr.jpg    From Jimmie (Duffy )  

 

1940_05-23Ltr.jpg         From Jimmie (Duffy )  

 

1940_05-27-01Ltr.jpg

1940_05-27-02Ltr.jpg

1940_05-27-03Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_06-13-01Ltr.jpg

1940_06-13-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_06-25-01Ltr.jpg

1940_06-25-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_07-09-01Ltr.jpg

1940_07-09-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_07-19-01Ltr.jpg

1940_07-19-02Ltr.jpg

1940_07-19-03Ltr.jpg

1940_07-19-04Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_08-08-01Ltr.jpg

1940_08-08-02Ltr.jpg    Faithfully Yours Mr. White

 

1940_08-09-01Ltr.jpg

1940_08-09-02Ltr.jpg

1940_08-09-03Ltr.jpg

1940_08-09-04Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_08-22-01Ltr.jpg

1940_08-22-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_09-09-01Ltr.jpg

1940_09-09-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_09-24-01Ltr.jpg

1940_09-24-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_10-24-01Ltr.jpg

1940_10-24-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_11-07-01Ltr.jpg

1940_11-07-02Ltr.jpg

1940_11-07-03Ltr.jpg

1940_11-07-04Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy   

 

1940_11-26-01Ltr.jpg

1940_11-26-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1941_01-24-01Ltr.jpg

1941_01-24-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1941_02-13-01Ltr.jpg

1941_02-13-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1941_02-26-01Ltr.jpg

1941_02-26-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1941_03-12-01Ltr.jpg

1941_03-12-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1941_03-28-01Ltr.jpg

1941_03-28-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1941_04-14-01Ltr.jpg

1941_04-14-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1941_05-13-01Ltr.jpg

1941_05-13-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1941_05-28-01Ltr.jpg

1941_05-28-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1941_06-09-01Ltr.jpg

1941_06-09-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1941_07-17-01Ltr.jpg

1941_07-17-02Ltr.jpg    Your friend Cousin Pat (Mallon)

 

1941_07-22-01Ltr.jpg

1941_07-22-02Ltr.jpg    Your Mother Alice Duffy

 

1941_08-29-01Ltr.jpg

1941_08-29-02Ltr.jpg    From Pat and Sarah Cush

 

1941_11-24-01Ltr.jpg

1941_11-24-02Ltr.jpg    From Pat and Sarah Cush

 

1941_12-08-01Ltr.jpg

1941_12-08-02Ltr.jpg    From Pat and Sara Cush

 

1942_01-11-01Ltr.jpg

1942_01-11-02Ltr.jpg    From Pat and Sara Cush

 

1942_01-18-01Ltr.jpg

1942_01-18-02Ltr.jpg    From Pat and Sara Cush

 

1942_01-19-01Ltr.jpg

1942_01-19-02Ltr.jpg    From Pat and Sara Cush

 

1942_03-27-01Ltr.jpg

1942_03-27-02Ltr.jpg    Yours truly John (Mallon)

 

1942_04-16-01Ltr.jpg

1942_04-16-02Ltr.jpg    From Pat and Sara Cush

 

1942_04-25-01Ltr.jpg

1942_04-25-02Ltr.jpg   Yours truly John Mallon

 

1942_06-05-01Ltr.jpg

1942_06-05-02Ltr.jpg    Yours sincerely Arthur Rogers

 

1942_06-18-01Ltr.jpg

1942_06-18-02Ltr.jpg    From Pat and Sara Cush

 

1942_07-20-01Ltr.jpg

1942_07-20-02Ltr.jpg    From Pat and Sara Cush

 

1942_09-06-01Ltr.jpg

1942_09-06-02Ltr.jpg    Your loving Godmother Alice Cush

 

1942_12-16-01Ltr.jpg

1942_12-16-02Ltr.jpg    Your loving brother Jimmie (Duffy)                Alice Duffy Passes

 

1943_01-10-01Ltr.jpg

1943_01-10-02Ltr.jpg

1943_01-10-03Ltr.jpg

1943_01-10-04Ltr.jpg    Yours truly John (Mallon)

 

1943_01-31-01Ltr.jpg

1943_01-31-02Ltr.jpg    Sarah (Cush)

 

1943_03-01-01Ltr.jpgsh

1943_03-01-02Ltr.jpg    Love from Sarah and Pat Cush

 

1943_03-16-01Ltr.jpg

1943_03-16-02Ltr.jpg    Love from Sarah and Pat Cush

 

1943_04-07-01Ltr.jpg

1943_04-07-02Ltr.jpg    Love from Sarah and Pat Cush

 

1943_04-26-01Ltr.jpg

1943_04-26-02Ltr.jpg    Love from Sarah and Pat Cush

 

1943_05-10-01Ltr.jpg

1943_05-10-02Ltr.jpg    Your true cousin John (Mallon)

 

There is a gap in the letters in this collection from May 1943 through  July 1951 and I am unsure as to the reason why.  It is possible that the letters were lost, but that would be unusual being that she was so  vigilant about saving her letters  for the previous 14 years.

    On July 14 1941 Pat  Cush and Sarah Duffy were married.

    Alice Duffy passed away on December 2, 1942.

    In June of 1943 my Mother and  Father were married and a whole new chapter in her life began.

As I wrote at the top of the page, I remember my mother receiving many letters from Reaskmore during the 50's 60's and 70's, and my only conclusion is that they were lost over a period of years.  How many more things were there to learn about the family in Ireland.  I am so grateful to have such a rich collection of information to draw from, and so pleased to preserve these letters for posterity.    Here is the final group of letters in this collection.

 

Families

 

1951_07-23-01Ltr.jpg

1951_07-23-02Ltr.jpg

1951_07-23-03Ltr.jpg    Love from Sarah (Cush)

 

1952_01-04-01Ltr.jpg

1952_01-04-02Ltr.jpg

1952_01-04-03Ltr.jpg

1952_01-04-04Ltr.jpg     Your sister Sarah (Cush)  

 

1952_09-19-01Ltr.jpg

1952_09-19-02Ltr.jpg

1952_09-19-03Ltr.jpg

1952_09-19-04Ltr.jpg

1952_09-19-05Ltr.jpg

1952_09-19-06Ltr.jpg    Your sister Sarah (Cush)      

 

1952_12-03-01Ltr.jpg

1952_12-03-02Ltr.jpg    Your sister Sarah (Cush)  

 

1952_12-16-01Ltr.jpg

1952_12-16-02Ltr.jpg

1952_12-16-03Ltr.jpg    Your cousin John (Mallon)

 

1953_10-05-01Ltr.jpg

1953_10-05-02Ltr.jpg    Your sister Sarah (Cush)  

 

1954_12-17-01Ltr.jpg

 

1956_07-23-01Ltr.jpg

1956_07-23-02Ltr.jpg    Your sister Sarah (Cush)  

 

1956_10-11-01Ltr.jpg

1956_10-11-02Ltr.jpg    Your sister Sarah (Cush)  

 

1956_10-26-01Ltr.jpg

1956_10-26-02Ltr.jpg    Your sister Sarah (Cush)  

 

1956_12-18-01Ltr.jpg

1956_12-18-02Ltr.jpg

1956_12-18-03Ltr.jpg

1956_12-18-04Ltr.jpg    Your sister Sarah (Cush)  

 

1957_08-25-01Ltr.jpg

1957_08-25-02Ltr.jpg    Your sister Sarah (Cush)  

 

 

Epitaph

 

2003_01-29-01Crd.jpg    Hugh and Patricia

2003_01-29-02Crd.jpg    Tom and Cathy Mallon

2003_01-29-03Crd.jpg    Sean and Patricia Begley

2003_01-29-05Crd.jpg    Bernie and Myles OReilly

2003_01-29-06Crd.jpg    Frankie &  Bridie Skeffington & Family

2003_01-29-07Crd.jpg    Cecilia (Cush)

 

2003_03-15-01Ltr.jpg    Tom and Cathy Mallon

   

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