Athenry’s Pemier Couple
Dan Delaney was born in Dublin in 1910 and he came to live in Rockfield when he was two years old. He attended school in Athenry and Craughwell.
His very first job was with the Land Commission. In 1936 he first went to England where he did bar work and he returned in 1937 to marry Alice. Shortly after that he returned to England and worked on the buildings. During the Second World War he and Alice returned home with the first two of their seven children.
He then worked for three years as a gardener for Lord Blythe, in Rockfield. He again emigrated to Wales for another two years and worked in the coal mines. He returned to Ireland once more and worked in the Agricultural College for a number of years. His last job was with Galway County Council and he retired in 1977.
Alice (Higgins) was born in Slieverue in 1915 and came to live in Clamper Park, five months after her parents inherited her Aunt and Uncle’s farm. In her early years she worked in the Agricultural College and later went fruit picking in England.
Alice and Dan have seven children, eighteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grand-children. They continue to lead a very active life in every way.
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Published here 10 Jul 2023 and originally published Christmas 2001