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Peig and Mamie Terry

Waterford's Revolutionary Women 1916-1922

21. Peig and Mamie Terry
Mamie TerryAn Rinn

Best as I can remember, this is an account of my Mothers (Peig's) time spent in Cumann na mBan. It is not extensive, as it was not generally spoken about much around the fireplace in Shanakill during my formative years. (Neither was my Father's involvement in the Flying Column or later, the Volunteers, much spoken about).

Based on what I remember and of my sister's Neans' account in the Linn Bhui (2000), it would seem that the Cumann na mBan movement was introduced to An Rinn by a Miss Ryan, who, along with a housekeeper, Bridget O'Donnell, took up residence in "Arthurs" an expansive residence on the Chapel road. This is where their meetings were held. Here they would knit and sew whatever clothing was needed by the Local Company (I.R.A), as well as raise whatever money was required, for them as well as for the Cumann itself. They also delivered dispatches as required by the local and/or Headquarters Companies.

Peig's sister Mamie was also a member and their activity included, preparing and delivering food to the Members who were in Helvick (Ceann a' Bhathala) watching for the German ship Hannah, which was expected to deliver a shipment of Arms for the I.R.A. The Cumann members also spent many a night, as part of the coast watch, when the men were otherwise occupied. There was great excitement when the Hannah finally landed. Horses and carts were pressed into service to transport the arms to Ardmore, and it is believed the shipment made its way from there to Belfast. It was during that time that Peig came to know her future husband Deuglan. (Declan O'Regan). 
Peg ReganPeig and Mamie (Mary) were born in Baile na nGall, to Sean and Mary (Kenneally) Terry. (Mamie, 1902 Peig, 1905).

Their father, Sean, a fisherman and the first Coxwain of the Lifeboat, following its transfer to Baile na nGall, from Ballinacourty after the Moresby tragedy.

Mamie emigrated to the United States in 1923. It was Peig's intention to follow shortly afterwards. However her father became ill and died in 1925. It looked as if Peig could not follow her dream, as her mother was then dependent on her. However, her mother's brother John Keneally returned from America, to live with his sister, and took up fishing. This allowed Peig to go to the States, which she did in 1926.

Mamie married an raised a family in the States, where she lived until her death in 1997 at the age of 95. Peig however returned to An Rinn in 1932 and married Declan. They lived their entire lives in Shanakill. Peig died in 1999 at the age of 93.

Source: O'Regan family, Co Waterford 2014

Author: Chrissy O'Connor Knight & Eddie Cantwell

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