Kilmichael to remember missing Mag
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.