Margaret Gallagher and Her Cottage

Click on the picture to watch the film, All I’ve Ever Known.

Early one morning in July 2017 while travelling through County Fermanagh in Ireland I stopped off just a few miles outside Belcoo to photograph Margaret Gallagher’s cottage. Unexpectedly the lady herself was already up and about attending to chores. I hope she didn’t mind the scruffy stranger in the distance waving his camera about running off a few shots of her charming home. Had it been later in the day I’d have said hello.

I’d recently seen Miss Gallagher in an excellent BBC film produced by John Callister around 25 years ago. To watch it yourself click on the smaller image above.

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4 thoughts on “Margaret Gallagher and Her Cottage

  1. CAROLE MOORES says:

    Loved this documentary…This beautiful (cottage) piece of history, is now a listed building….Margaret still drives everyday to the town of Belcoo to encourage people to remember customs and trades of the old rural life…. I think she may be around 75 years of age.

    • It’s a wonderful programme, isn’t it. I’ve watched it a few times now and will again. Miss Gallagher is dedicated to her lifestyle and over the years has contributed so much to her local community.

  2. Lorna J Shannon says:

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful film, what an amazing woman. Too often people feel a pressure to change their lifestyle, I love the way Margaret has not only stayed true to her roots but actively works to spread her local knowledge and traditions.

    • Thanks Lorna. Miss Gallagher is a real character isn’t she, one of a kind. It’s a lifestyle that can’t be easy at times but we admire her determination and her contribution to the local community there in Belcoo. And the film says plenty about the man who produced it too.

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