Liam hopes that Taghmon man's war medal will be his

By David tucker

Published 21/05/2016 | 00:00

Liam Byrne with a picture of his grandmother Elizabeth Furlong.
Liam Byrne with a picture of his grandmother Elizabeth Furlong.

A PIERCESTOWN man is waiting to hear from a genealogist about the possible return to the family of a World War One medal awarded to Taghmon man James (Jimmy) Murphy.

The medal was found in Germany in the 1960s and the person restoring it has contacted the Irish Genealogy website in a bid to trace the descendant of Taghmon couple Fanny and Thomas Murphy, believed to the mother and father of the James Murphy awarded the medal.

Liam Byrne, from Piercestown, says he is a great nephew of Fanny and Thomas and recalls Jimmy 'disappearing' from Taghmon and then coming back to the village in 1955, the last time he visited the county. 'He had a brother Ned,' said 66-year-old Liam, adding that there could be a hundred descendants of Fanny and Thomas, who owned a quarry and a house in Taghmon.

'My grandmother (Elizabeth Furlong) was Jimmy's sister.. she always used to ask us children to pray for him,' said Liam, 'when he was here we never talked about the war,' he said.

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