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Adrian Sandes - Chapter 1 Annexure A, Part 2, Page 7

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From records in the Town Library at Listowel it seems that Glenfield was a farm known previously, and again nowadays, as Glannalappa, about 2½ miles north-east by east of Newtown Sandes. There is now an isolated farmhouse on a hill of infertile land and a peat bog known as Sandes Bog. Near the house are heaps of stones from former dwellings, and some distance away beside a river are the remains of an old castle, built by the O’Connors of Carrigafoyle. Glannalappa means a megalithic tomb.
None of Henry’s children are known to have lived at Glenfield as adults, but other Sandes are said to have settled at Glannalappa about 1870, after eviction from Ahalanna, which lies between Newtown Sandes and Ballylongford. Some of their children went to America, but three brothers, Stephen, Ned and Tom, lived there with their niece Bridget, an illegitimate daughter of their sister Margaret. When they died she stayed on under pitiful conditions and very isolated until she too died some years ago, leaving the farm to Michael Fitzgerald, possibly a relative. He in turn sold it to another relative for her son Michael O’Sullivan, a widower who lives there with his small children.

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