Tuesday, 8 July 2008

McKane's Corner in Stranorlar

The place to sit and have a chin wag in Stranorlar (Srath an Urláir) is McKane's Corner. It is located at the junction between Chapel Street and Main Street. It has been the place to meet and chat for over a century in this district. The building was at one time owned by Charles McKane, from the Whitehill McCains and he ran a general Merchants shop in the building in the late 1800s and early 1900s. After Charles McKane passed away in 1936 a line of McKanes ran the shop throughout the 1930s and 1940s. The building is a flower shop today and the current owners have kept the building in excellent shape and true to its historic origins. Many people stop by to have their photo taken at McKane's Corner.

An idea of what the place means comes from the poignant story of young Pat Kelley, a local man in the army during the 1st World War. In a letter to his family he said he was well and to tell all the lads back at McKane's Corner hello, and two week later he was killed in action.
The gents still go down to McKane's Corner, he's a photo taken just a few days ago of some of the regulars there taken by our fearless editor.
Barry R McCain

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