By Carmel O’Callaghan

Dr. Matthew John Cusack, a native of Clifferna, received his early education at Clifferna National School, Blackrock College and U.C.D. where he obtained his degree in 1926 and that year he took up practice in Bailieborough and lived in ‘The Laurels’, Barrack Street, Bailieborough. In 1929, he married Una McKenna from Mullagh.


During his time here in a quiet way, he worked for the development of the town and the local industrial revival. He was also one of the pioneers in the establishment of St. Anne’s, G.A.A. Park, he did one man’s part in the furtherance of the G.A.A. movement in Bailieborough.

He left in 1939 to take up an appointment in Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim (Dr. Peter O’Reilly’s Practice). He was deeply involved in a number of community activities in Carrigallen. He organised a branch of the Irish Red Cross and spent the greater part of his life tending to the sick, but also taking a personal interest in the welfare of the local families.


He spent 32 years there until his retirement in 1971 and moved to Dublin. He was on his way to evening Mass in Donnybrook, when he was knocked down by a car and died later in St. Vincents Hospital, Elm Park.  He died on 5 July 1992 in Dublin aged 93, and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.