Thursday Doors – Cavan County Museum 6

Back to the Cavan County Museum for this week’s Thursday Doors post. I hope you are all well wherever you are at the moment, particularly if you are self-isolating or under lockdown. At least, thanks to the internet, we can still ‘visit’ family, friends and fellow bloggers.

Having climbed to the top floor of the building, passing a beautiful landing window on the way, I was surprised by the large open space that greeted me

The bikes looked interesting so I took a closer look at them.

I jumped when I saw a nun looking out at me as I passed her door. Well, I suppose, I had to bump into one sooner or later. After all, I was walking around a former convent. Maybe if I’d been using these old binoculars I would have spotted her sooner.

The first door I went through brought me into Percy French’s room, a famous songwriter and painter who was born in Roscommon in 1854. He began writing songs while studying Engineering at Trinity College, Dublin. After graduating as a civil engineer in 1881 he joined the Board of Works in County Cavan as a self-styled ‘Inspector of Drains’. It is said that he wrote his best songs during this period, including the world-famous ‘Come back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff’. Another of his well known songs is The Mountains of Mourne. This rendition by Don McLean is one of my favourites.

Time to say goodbye to Percy but there are lots more doors to see over on Norm’s blog, from all over the globe. Thanks so much for joining me at the Cavan County Museum for this week’s Thursday Doors post.

About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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