According my family book compiled by my great Aunts & Uncles, my great
grandfather, William Acheson, would walk from near Derrygonnelly (the
townland of Drumadillar) to Belfast to join the Orange Parade on the
12th of July. I am happy to say his son, my grandfather never marched
in that parade.
Bonnie in Kitchener, Ontario
On Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 8:26 AM <caiside(a)comcast.net> wrote:
> Various articles in the old newspapers from EK make it clear that people
> walked a lot! For instance, people from Derrygonnelly would walk the 10
> miles into Enniskillen (and back the same day) regularly. In giving
> evidence in a case, one man testified he'd walked to the fair in
> Bundoran and back. It took several days on the way back because he'd
> bought a cow and had to walk at her pace.
> Fairs were held regularly in various villages. People would come from a
> distance to sell or buy and thus mixed with people from other communities.
> Even in the 1930s and '40s, people would walk several miles to church,
> often through the fields, carrying their shoes to save them from the
> muck and putting them on when they got there.
> Janet C.
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