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By kc1912 | 2011-10-15 17:35:35

Joe Gilmore (1900 – 1945): Pioneer Aviator

By Kevin Crangle John Joseph Gilmore was raised in Ardglass, Co. Down by his mother Elizabeth (nee Crangle). After training as a motor engineer, he acquired a fascination with the then developing aviation industry. In 1932 he received his Irish Free State pilot's licence and was gliding champion of Ireland. As a member of the Irish Aero Club, Joe historically made the first parachute descent onto Irish soil on 17 April 1933 at Baldonnel Airport. He immigrated to Montreal in 1938 to operate a transatlantic base for Imperial Airways (later BOAC). During World War II he was stationed at Gander with RAF Ferry Command and granted military rank of Flight Lieutenant. He quickly earned a reputation in the region as an unofficial, one-man search and rescue unit, conducting numerous mercy flights. He lost his life on 1 May 1945, crashing en route to Montreal in fog near Prince Edward Island. Joe is the only civilian buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Gander, North America’s only CWGC cemetery.

By esaretsky | 2012-01-05 06:23:12

Seymour's Bridge National School

This one-room school, rebuilt in 1836, served sixty-eight pupils six days a week throughout the year. This image is from a family heirloom, a booklet published by Wm. Strain & Sons, Victoria Street, Belfast (1904).

By renamcallen | 2012-01-05 19:54:53

Exterior view of Kiltartan Gregory Museum

By dalian11 | 2012-01-15 16:24:35

Nugent Family Tipperary Town

The attached photograph is of the Nugent Family Tipperary Town. Michael Nugent , born 1858 was employed by the gas company in Tipperary (at Gaol Lane). In this photo he is accompanied by his wife Margaret (nee Russell)* The photograph is possibly taken in No 3 Blind Street Tipperary as that is the location of the family (relative to their apparent ages) at the time of the 1911 Irish Census.