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24/10/2021

Seamus’s workmanship still appreciated 50 years later

The old saying goes that ‘they don’t make them like they used to’ and an e-mail received this week by the Leitrim Observer would seem to back up that theory!

The old saying goes that ‘they don’t make them like they used to’ and an e-mail received this week by the Leitrim Observer would seem to back up that theory!

Workmen carrying out maintenance work at a convent in Dingle, Co Kerry got a pleasant surprise when they discovered an inscription on a roof of Colaiste Ide. The inscription read, “S. Weldon, Electrician, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim, 1961. It was a good job, good luck next man”

Fifty years later the message was uncovered and the workmen asked Eddie Carr, from Calry, Co Sligo who was also working in the area at the time if he knew anybody by that name. Neither Eddie nor the telephone directory were able to shed any light on who S. Weldon may be, so contact was made with the Observer.

After further discussions contact was made with Nancy Woods from Drumshanbo and she confirmed that a brother of hers, Seamus, did indeed work in Dingle at that time.

Now living in Williamstown, Kells, Co Meath, Seamus got a surprise to say the least when he received word of the inscription he made 50 years ago. “I don’t remember writing it but I probably wrote it in a few places,” noted Seamus who had no difficulty recalling the time he spent in Dingle and the job carried out there.

When details of the note he wrote 50 years ago were relayed to him, Seamus joked, “It must have been written in an idle moment!”

Laughing about the unlikely re-encounter with 50 years ago, Seamus joked, “I thought it was only from the modern days you could be traced!”

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.

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