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James F. Gibbons - 1868 - 1960

Dungarvan Town Park

4. James F. Gibbons - 1868 - 1960
Captain Gibbon's son James was also away at sea. In 1900 Dungarvan U.D.C. presented him with an Address on a visit to Dungarvan:
'We the members of Dungarvan U.D.C. desire to convey a cordial expression of our welcome to your native town. We are delighted to hear that in the greater Ireland beyond the seas, the land of your adoption...that your prospects of a brilliant commercial career are all that your old friends here so ardently desire.
On an occassion of this kind we feel it incumbent on the members of our body to refer to the generous acts of your worthy  and lamented father - who took such an active part in the affairs of our town, both in securing to the people the right to their own Town hall and also bequeating to them a large sum of money for the purpose of improving the bathing place and purchasing a public park which has proved such a boon to the townspeople.'

James returned to Dungarvan and by 1903 he had set up a wool business:
'Mr.Gibbons does business in connection with the Williamson Wool Exchange Company of Manchester...This year the exports doubled...People from all parts of the country and even from neighbouring counties send their wool here.'
James married a Lucy and they lived at number 3 Church Street. James died in 1960 aged 92. They had a daughter Kitty who became a nun:

Dungarvan Observer 25 June 1927
On Sunday last at the Dominican Convent, Taylor's Hill, Galway, the reception took place of Miss Kitty Gibbons, eldest daughter of Mr. & Mrs James F.Gibbons of Church Street, Dungarvan. The new religieuse received her education at the Dominican convent, Taylor's Hill and subsequently spent 5 years at the National University where she graduated after a brilliant educational career ...During the war she served in the Royal Engineers at Tavistock Square, London and later took up banking and commerce. But being ever of a religious turn of mind, she eventually gave up the world for the cloister and we are sure she will make a brilliant member of the Dominican order.'

Author: Willie Fraher

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