Joe Cahill was born in 1926 in Rerrin Village, Bere Island one of a family of six. His parents, Dan and Helena ran Cahill’s public house and grocery store in the village. Joe wrote down many of his recollections of growing up on Bere Island, while the island was occupied by the British military.
Joe passed away in 2017 in Waterford. We are grateful to his wife Norma, daughters Lynn and Nina, and sons Richard and Paul for allowing us to share his stories here.
My Mother and the 9.2 Gun: Joe recounts his mother Helena telling him about her childhood memories of a large 9.2 coastal artillery gun being fired from a gun battery not far from her family home.
Inside the Red Line: Joe recounts what life was like growing up on the eastern end of Bere Island under British Military occupation, and how as a local altar boy he almost obtained the keys to the entire military base.