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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Julia Moylan's Store on the Flaggy Shore

Painting by Joyce Shee


Julia's mother, Cecilia Linane
I wonder if Cecilia Linane (could be Linnane) is
connected to the Linnane's who own the lobster
bar? The food at Linnane's was good, it was
the only restaurant nearby, AND they had wifi.
 We visited Ireland in 2016. Our trip was about family history. Not so much for research, but to spend time learning about where my husband's family lived. I loved the experience. We spent several nights in a small building on the grounds of the Rhodesia House (also known as the New Quay House) in New Quay, County Clare. We were just down the road from the land owned by my husband's great-grandparents. We ate at Linnane's Lobster Bar three or four times and we visited the beautiful Flaggy Shore. 


The first day we visited the Flaggy Shore, I took in the beautiful views and never noticed the dilapidated, abandoned building on the left as we turned onto the road. Later, while telling our Airbnb host about our family, she brought up the building and told us it was Julia Moylan's store. Julia Murray Moylan was the sister of Susan Murray Quinn, my husband's grandmother. Their parents were Cecilia Linane and James Murray who lived in the vicinity of New Quay. Julia grew up in the area and remained there until her death.

Julia Moylan's home and store - 2016



Julia Murray Moylan




I was fascinated by the area and, of course, wanted to know more. Once at home, my usual searches did not tell me much about New Quay and the surrounding area until I checked Facebook. The Flaggy Shore and Blow it Open. A Flaggy Shore Miscellany Facebook pages gave me so much more than expected. I loved the photos and the history. Julia's photo had been posted on the Blow it Open. A Flaggy Shore Miscellany page. And, group members commented about Julia and her store.  

I learned that Julia sold ice cream, candy, cigarettes, and more in her store. This was her home as well. Some called it the local youth club where young peopled played cards and one wrote, What happened in Julia's should stay in Julia's. Julia was described as a nice lady with a good heart. Others remember dropping money in a plastic container for self-serve and Julia's old bicycle parked in front of her home. 





In addition to the comments, paintings of Julia's store were posted.  Artist, Joyce Shee has painted Julia's home many times. I purchased the painting at the top of this post and Joyce shared paintings of the inside of Julia's home as well. You can see beautiful paintings by Joyce Shee at her artist page on Facebook by clicking here. 

Paintings by Joyce Shee


Joyce Shee and my husband's distant cousins shared the following photos with me. 


Julia with Sandra Nicholas standing in front of Julia's thatched-roof home in 1968. 
Sandra Nicolas Murray was the wife of Patrick J. Murray, son of Julia's brother, also Patrick.



Julia Murray Moylan (center) with two American cousins standing by her store - 1983.
Note that by 1983, the roof was no longer thatched.


Julia on the left with her grandson Michael inside her home. Granddaughter, Julie, is seated
next to an unknown man. 




Joyce Shee shared these photos of the inside of the store. The windows and doors are now closed off with cement blocks. 

Julia died on November 30, 1988, and is buried in Cillin Graveyard along with her husband and son, James. For more about the Murray family, visit these posts: 

Diana

© 2020

Sources

Facebook page. Blow it Open. A Flaggy Shore Miscellany. 
https://www.facebook.com/blowitopen/

Facebook page. The Flaggy Shore. https://www.facebook.com/theflaggyshore/

Family photographs from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.

Family photograph from the collection of Jade Smithson. Used with permission. 

Family photograph from the collection of Mary Fahey. Used with permission. 

Family photograph from the collection of Bridget Murray Kennedy. Used with permission. 

Photographs and paintings by Joyce Shee. Used with permission. 
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Joyce-Shee-Artist-437907996311640/about/?ref=page_internal


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