By Eugene McNally

This is the story of a young lady Constance Theresa Gaughan (Conti for short), my mother, who decided in the late 1930’s she would like to dip her toe into the world of work.  She was the youngest of 13 and was the last at home.

One of her eldest sisters worked as a manager for John Keenan, Hotelier and Turf Accountant.  He asked her if she knew anyone who wanted a summer job, so my mother was dispatched.  She arrived to start and was greeted by her sister who said, ‘is it you they sent?’, as she was the baby of the family.  So she started what she thought was a summer job working in the various bookies shops, and what was to be a summer job lasted for years.

Bailieborough was where she worked mostly and the place she enjoyed the best.  She always spoke fondly of the place and people and all the great activities, especially the Badminton club in which she was very active.