Other information

Owen Doonan (b.1932)


Description

Owen Doonan was reared in Stramatt, Kinawley, Co. Fermanagh, and he initially describes the primitive conditions which prevailed at that time for the family, and the difficulty experienced by Catholics in gaining employment. He married in 1960 and moved across the Border to Townagh, Dernacrive. Once the Troubles began, travel became difficult as concessions roads were cratered and steel strips stretched across the roads, and one had great difficulty in managing daily life. Owen’s two brothers, John and Pat, both suffered traumatic experiences during the Troubles. John Doonan, who lived with his family on the farm at Kinawley, had his tractor, trailer and jeep taken one night for use in the transporting of explosives, while the family was detained by the IRA. John’s wife, Anne, who was a teacher, recognised the perpetrators, whom she had taught. The home of Pat Doonan, who lived with his young family on the Cavan Fermanagh border at Cloghoug was used against the family’s wishes for the storage of guns and to harbour IRA members.

Recordings available via Cavan Co. Library Service

Want unlimited access to the Irish Life and Lore Oral History Archive? Subscribe by purchasing Gold Subscription, Silver Subscription or Bronze Subscription!

Description

Owen Doonan was reared in Stramatt, Kinawley, Co. Fermanagh, and he initially describes the primitive conditions which prevailed at that time for the family, and the difficulty experienced by Catholics in gaining employment. He married in 1960 and moved across the Border to Townagh, Dernacrive. Once the Troubles began, travel became difficult as concessions roads were cratered and steel strips stretched across the roads, and one had great difficulty in managing daily life. Owen’s two brothers, John and Pat, both suffered traumatic experiences during the Troubles. John Doonan, who lived with his family on the farm at Kinawley, had his tractor, trailer and jeep taken one night for use in the transporting of explosives, while the family was detained by the IRA. John’s wife, Anne, who was a teacher, recognised the perpetrators, whom she had taught. The home of Pat Doonan, who lived with his young family on the Cavan Fermanagh border at Cloghoug was used against the family’s wishes for the storage of guns and to harbour IRA members.

Recordings available via Cavan Co. Library Service

Additional information

Type:

MP3

Audio series:

Voices of the Troubles

Download time limit:

48 hours

Number of files:

1

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore

Date Recorded

13/09/2017

Location of Recording

Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan

Product ID:

CDVOT01-20

Length:

42mins

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

    • We are collecting your email address in order to send you news and updates on our latest products. Please see our privacy policy for more details.
    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Sponsors of Our Work Include

Our Sponsors View All Sponsors
https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtag/js?id=UA-129259123-1