Hi Graham, My brother-in-law is from Kilconnell and does a lot of cycling in that area. I will show him the picture and see if he can place the building in the Nutfield area. Laura
This is my Irish Ancestors family home, believed to be in Knocknagreana near Ballinasloe.
It was derelict when I took the photo on a brief visit to the area in 1993.
My grandfather, Martin Dolan, died in 1953 in Nutfield, Ballinasloe. I would be grateful if someone local recognises the building and could confirm the address.
I would also like to know some history of the building if possible. When was it built and Is it still there?
If it helps, my grandfather was demobbed from the army in 1919 with disability, but assigned to the army reserve.
I have a hunch this home was one provided for WW1 army pensioners.
Grateful for any help and/or comment. Thanks from
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IrelandXO Moderator LCTuesday 7th April 2020, 02:31PM
Thanks Laura, Very good of you. Regards from GrahamD
Graham DolanTuesday 7th April 2020, 06:36PM
Hi Graham - I've uploaded a few photos to the message board - there was no facility to upload them here: https://irelandxo.com/ireland-xo/message-board/martin-dolan-ballinasloe
IrelandXO Moderator LCWednesday 8th April 2020, 01:28PM
Thank you Laura. I'm surprised, but pleased to see it still there after all these years. Would you be able to tell me the actual postal address? I may write to the present owner and see if they can expand the history. It's ironic to hear about Mrs Casey as my grandfather's mothers maiden name was Mary Casey. We do have the death record for grandfather but we are very much indebted to you Laura for your very prompt help and assistance with this. Please let us know if anything else turns up. Stay safe. Best wishes from Graham & June Dolan, Lincolnshire, U.K.
Graham DolanWednesday 8th April 2020, 05:51PM
Hi Graham and June, I will see if I can get a name next time I am visiting the area. For now we are all in lockdown! The hedges seem to have been cut back recently - in the Google map the is much more overgrown. Perhaps the house next door are also the owners. I'll be in touch if I find out anything. best wishes - stay safe. Laura
IrelandXO Moderator LCWednesday 8th April 2020, 06:04PM
Hello again Laura. On my father's 1945 marriage certificate, it gives his address as "15 Caher Ballinasloe" I note that Caher is very close to Nutfield, so this must be the same as the present address. Perhaps the townland boundaries were amended after WWII? Please try and obtain the name of the present occupier for me, when this awful Coronavirus period is over. Safe wishes from Graham & June.
Graham DolanSaturday 18th April 2020, 04:31PM
Hi Graham and June,
I know Cahir Cross - it is on the old Ballinasloe/Loughrea road and is connected to Nutfield by the road that your Grandfather's house was on, so it could be the same address. Next time I am down in Ballinasloe I will call in. Take care. Laura
Furbo2020Wednesday 22nd April 2020, 11:21AM
Martin Dolan was my grandfather too, his son Tim was my Dad. I believe we are cousins. My cousin Anita (on my Mum's side) has told me you were in contact with her recently and has forwarded me your email address. I'll pm you. Deirdre
Dee DolanMonday 7th September 2020, 06:39PM
Thank you Deidre.
Thrilled to have found a cousin and be able to exchange family details by email.
Graham DolanThursday 10th September 2020, 05:27PM
The house is still there. I lived in Knocknagreena for many years. The house was then owned by Johnny Burke an ex British Army serviceman. The postal address is 15 Knocknagreena Ballinasloe. I can find out who now lives there if you wish. You can also see it quite easily on Google maps.
JamesTuesday 13th October 2020, 08:59PM
Many thanks for your message. I am very pleased to get confirmation of the actual address and yes, I would like to know who lives there now. Do you know the approximate date range of Mr Burke's occupancy? Your message confirmed what I believed to be some local history, this being a 'soldiers cottage'. Thanks to an earlier comment from Laura, I can see the cottage on Google maps. Thanks again and best wishes. Graham.
Graham DolanWednesday 14th October 2020, 11:10AM