Kilmichael to re­mem­ber miss­ing Mag

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Niall Mur­ray

The sud­den dis­ap­pear­ance of an el­derly woman whose house burnt down in 1944 near Kilmichael is to be marked by lo­cals with a mon­u­ment.

Mar­garet (Mag) Galvin, who lived at Gur­ran­reigh, Lis­sarda, was de­scribed as a sprightly 72-year-old.

On the morn­ing of Oc­to­ber 14, 1944, the house was found burnt to the ground and one of the most in­trigu­ing and still un­solved-mys­ter­ies in postin­de­pen­dence Ire­land be­gan.

Lo­cals as­sisted gar­daí and the Lo­cal De­fence Force con­ducted ex­ten­sive searches in an ef­fort to find out what hap­pened to Ms Galvin — who was a sin­gle lady — but to no avail.

A small piece of what may have been hu­man bone with some charred flesh at­tached was found on the scene, but the re­sults of a post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion were not known. Ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers of the com­mem­o­ra­tion, planned next month, the site was pur­chased in re­cent years by the neigh­bour­ing O’Sul­li­van fam­ily, and the late

Joe O’Sul­li­van had wished that she would be re­mem­bered. “It was de­cided that a sim­ple and dig­ni­fied mon­u­ment be erected, not only to keep her mem­ory alive but also to re­mind younger peo­ple now, and in the fu­ture, of some of the less savoury as­pects of ru­ral Ire­land in decades past,” a spokesman said.

All are wel­come to the event at 3pm on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15, when the mon­u­ment will be un­veiled by Mon­signor Kevin O’Cal­laghan, whose mother was ana­tive of Gur­ran­reigh. The area is a short dis­tance north of the ‘Bantry line’, turn­ing right off the road west when driv­ing from Béal na Bláth to Coppeen.

‘Cork Ex­am­iner’ re­port on Ms Galvin’s dis­ap­pear­ance in 1944.

Mon­signor Kevin O’Cal­laghan will un­veil the mon­u­ment.

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