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Hall, James (Jim)

Date of Birth: 2nd February 1938

Place of Birth: Two-storey farmhouse now part of Fr.Murphy Centre, Boolavogue.

Date Interviewed: 19th April 2010

Summary: Jim Hall was born in a two-storey farmhouse which was subsequently renovated and now forms part of the Father Murphy Centre in Boolavogue. Apparently the tradesman who built the house in 1850 received a fee of £1 and a bag of spuds for his work! The same tradesman also built the nearby single-storey building which was the home of Fr. Murphy. In Jim’s time this building was used to house animals and Jim recalls learning to milk their brown cow in what was said to have been Fr. Murphy’s bedroom. Jim talks of his childhood growing up on the farm, his days as an altar boy, the hardships of the war years, the big snowfall of 1947, and his mother’s wonderful food – from homemade butter to the best tasting black pudding made with pig’s blood. He has always had a love of farming and continues to work as much as he can, in spite of having his right foot amputated just below the knee because of his diabetes. Jim talks of how the idea of commemorating Fr. Murphy of 1798 fame became a reality with the development of the Centre in Boolavogue – he continues to serve on the steering committee involved.

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