The Cahalan Family, who came from Cork originally to herd for the Lamberts, have been in Castle Ellen for nearly as long as the Lamberts were. Johnny and Gertie Cahalan, pictured, live in the Gatehouse and are the fifth generation of the family here.
1 John Cahalan married Miss Devaney, Clarinbridge. Their son…
2 Paddy Cahalan married Mary Fahy, Carnaun, Athenry. Their son …
3 Michael Cahalan married Nora Tierney, Tuam. Their son …
4 John Cahalan married Mary Duggan, Castlegar. Their son …
5 Johnny married Gertie Monaghan, Knockbrack, Athenry
The stone in the photo was once part of the keystone of an archway in the yard of Castle Ellen House. The initials W P L stand for Walter Peter Lambert who was the owner at the time. Dated 1875 it tells us the year the work on the stables, stable yards and gatehouse was completed as they were built with cut stone where as the house itself apart from the columns at the front was built of rubble stones and mortar.
Written by Finbarr O'Regan
Published here 08 Feb 2021 and originally published 1999
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Page 106 of The Lamberts of Athenry Book
Retirement Function – Christmas 1998
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