The widows brother did not get the job, so mother and daughter had to vacate the house.
PADDY ALLEN, LOCK-KEEPER 1917 - 1941
Paddy Allen was employed and resided at the Tidal Lock to
the Canal Harbour, Lock Quay, Limerick. He was required to be on duty on Sundays and caretaker to two locks and buildings adjacent, as the Quays of the Harbour were open to the public. His duties included the lighting and extinguishing of lamps and tending
to two locks generally.
Regular overtime on Sundays and before and after normal working hours on week days was involved. For this overtime Allen was paid 10s. 10d. per week
up to 1929, (the year Ardnacrusha Power Station opened) and from 1929 until his sudden death in 1941, 16s. 3d. per week over the normal rate of pay which was £1. 7s. 6d. per week.
Salary at time of death £1-7s-6d. Overtime £0-16s-3d. Shannon Bonus £0-5s-0d. Free house valued at £0-2s-6d. Total per week £2-11s-3d.