St. Thomas's Island

Rowing on the River Shannon near St. Thomas's Island, Corbally, July 1966 - Friends: Teresa Clancy, Ann Lysaght and Anne Matson.
ST. THOMAS'S ISLAND. J.B. Trotter on a visit to the Island in 1812 had this to say "The Shannon looked extremely beautiful yesterday and we saw it to great advantage by visiting a charming small island which is in it, about 2 miles from Limerick island. On this Tuthill, who has contended for the honour of representing Limerick in the Imperial Parliament occasionally resides, in a most commodious and elegant villa, placed in the midst of a garden, washed by the Shannon's lovely waves. This gentleman had the kindness to favour us with a view of his delightful residence. His unaffected politeness made us enjoy our little excursion very much. The view upwards, on the enchanting Shannon cannot be excelled. His verdant banks, covered with cattle, adorned by charming villas at intervals. (Whilst William's ruined the castle in the distance crowned the bewitching scene) filled us with admiration. Mr. T's gardens and greenhouses are very elegant, genuine taste prevades them and the house. To complete the beauty of the Shannon here, a tree has grown about half a mile from Mr. Tuthill's Island, in its centre, on a rocky or hard spot and has a singular and easing effect.
Tuthill's house on St. Thomas's Island. Some families associated were: Tuthill, McAdams, Rogers, Place, O'Halloran.
Remains of old house on St. Thomas's Island 1952
Best Boating Buddies, June 1962 - From left: Fintan Harold, Nay Lysaght and Kevin O'Reilly.
ST. THOMAS'S ISLAND 1939 Back left: Noel Malone, Dick Brown, Middle Row: Mary Burke (Hogan), Rosaleen O'Brien (Lysaght), Kathleen Bourke (Hanley), Front: Phyllis Connell first cousin of Mary and Kathleen Bourke.
ST. THOMAS'S ISLAND, April 1939. From left back: Babe O'Brien Kelly, Paddy Flanagan, Philly Casey, William Lysaght, Rosaleen O'Brien Lysaght, Front: Josie Quane and Sean Reals.
On the Shannon River, Corbally, September 1939. From left sitting: Seamus Fennell, Noel Malone, Paddy Flanagan, Standing: William (Nay) Lysaght, Sean Reals.
Brothers Dan and Tony Gallagher 1958, on a leisurely trip around St. Thomas's Island in their angling cot. (Photo courtesy of Dan Gallagher)
Picnicking on St. Thomas's Island 3rd June 1963. Back left: Mae Clancy, Justin Devane, Dermot Clancy, Pat Lysaght, Front left: Nuala Clancy, Elsie Gilligan, Aileen Gilligan, Anna Gilligan, Mary Mullins, Maureen Clancy, Mary O'Connor, Finola O'Sullivan, Gertrude Begg and Marie Gilligan.


                                  By Arthur Lysaght

(A reverie of monks and fishermen and a former time at Corbally.)

White-robed monks are walking

and praying on the isle

of lush grass where the shallow

river runs fast downstream

weaving ornate shapes from stones

and swirl into deeps

where salmon rest.

The sun is west

and cackling moorhens cut reed

shimmered shadows at the muddy shore.

Bird flocks to roosting scrawl the greying

sky and drop into the quiet shades of trees.

Faint comes the slap of water against wood

as black bows hover over darkened pools

and peak-capped men ply cobwebs out of boats.

An arc of silver breaks the water surface;

a monk is silhouetted on the weir.

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mary | Reply 18.05.2020 22:07

hi anne elaine here it was such a lovely pleasure to meet you at that time in the hunt museum your such a nice person thanking you again elaine

mary 19.05.2020 16:04

of course you will i love looking at the old pictures brings back memories

Ann 19.05.2020 15:02

Lovely to have met you too Elaine, please God I will have the pleasure of meeting you again sometime.

Ann | Reply 12.03.2020 22:01

Hi Bobby, you're not too far away, maybe when the flooding and bad weather is gone you might take a stroll on this side of the river Shannon again.

Bobby | Reply 11.03.2020 17:00

I often walked across the river from the Shannon banks side as a kid, I'm now 20 and haven't been over in 3/4 years but many memories camping and roaming there.

Bill Clancy | Reply 09.10.2019 01:49

Bill Clancy of City Island New York ... loved the pages. I believe I was at the regatta one year in the 70s...I was about 10. Great-grandson of James Clancy

Ann 09.10.2019 15:53

Hi Bill, lovely to hear from a Clancy in New York, lots of Clancy's here in Limerick, probably some of them your relations. Glad you enjoyed the pages.

Michael O'Flynn | Reply 05.06.2018 14:23

Great photos bringing memories of many walks on the red path and visits to Thomas island as a boy.

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05.04 | 13:48

Lovely to hear from you Jean, my father was William. If I can be of any help with your research let me know. I will email you privately.

05.04 | 02:41

Donal, Paddy and William Lysaght were my father’s cousins. I just found this website, as I’m researching my Irish roots from Colorado!

22.03 | 19:47

Pauline, check out the 1901 and 1911 Census of Ireland, you will find some Grimes fishermen there.

20.03 | 18:24

My great grandfather Patrick Grimes fished on the shannon. He was a big man. Died about 1940 His son Patrick was my grandad. I am trying to find out more info.

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