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    • Home of Maurice Nash on the Square

    • Towns; Families; Houses; Architecture, building and construction;
    • As the number of Nashs increased, homesteads were built on the Square just above the Gut. Maurice (b. 1909) was the son of Thomas Nash (b. 1859) who first built on the Square. This Thomas Nash was the grandson of the first settler Thomas Nash.
    • Jerry OKeefe on O'Keefes Path

    • Landscape;
    • As the trees closer to the Place were cut, paths were required to haul out timber and firewood from further away. Along the first paths, wood was carried out on a horse and slide in the winter. Paths were blazed by individuals but used by all....
    • Activity on and around the Wharf

    • Boardwalks; People;
    • Between the 1950s and 1980s, most of the activity at the Gut happened on the Wharf the marginal wharf on the west side of the Gut. Even when the boats were not in, the Wharf was a lively place.
    • Fog shrouds the River Styx

    • Folk beliefs;
    • Branch is home to more than the human element. Fairies and those from other realms are known to inhabit places like the River Styx. Perhaps the fairies followed the first Irish settlers? The people of Branch have a respectful relationship with...
    • Young people gather for a time on the Bridge

    • Entertainment and recreation;
    • Branch is known for its large number of singers, musicians and other artists, many carrying on the oral tradition of their Irish ancestors. In the 1950s and early-1960s, before the Shamrock Lounge was opened, people often gathered for a time in the...
    • Branch River flows toward the Place

    • Entertainment and recreation; Fishing; Landscape;
    • Branch River, known locally as the River, flows fourteen miles from its headwaters and branches at its mouth in the heart of Branch. Oral tradition has it that Thomas Nash was lured to Branch partly by salmon in the River. Today, Branch River is a...
    • Country Path

    • Landscape;
    • Footpaths leading out from the Place have been created over the years as hunters, anglers, berry pickers and hikers have walked to and from their favourite spots. The Country Path opens up the area known as the Country, north and east of the River.
    • One of the many fossils in the Rocks

    • Landscape; Archeology
    • In addition to a magical place for the young-hearted nature lover, the Rocks are home to a protected fossil site, remnants of life dating back 500 million years. Terry Fletcher writes, Since the description of the Cambrian trilobite Paradoxides...
    • Gathering on the Height

    • Landscape; Ritual;
    • In addition to the Wharf and the Corner, the Height has been a popular outdoor gathering place along the Gut Path leading to the Gut. In recent generations, it was a favourite place for the older folks to chat and reminisce.
    • Men gathered in their Sunday best on the Corner

    • People; Men; Ritual; Landscape;
    • In the early 1800s, todays Corner would have been the boundary of the Place. As the population grew, however, the Place extended beyond the Corner. As a central location, the Corner became a meeting place, particularly for the men and faithfully...
    • A view from the Hill

    • Families; Houses; Towns; Weddings;
    • In the early-1800s, Nix Power married one of Thomas Nashs daughters and the Powers settled on the Hill above the Gut and Square. In the mid-1850s, another family of Powers arrived and settled on the Hill. Patrick Mooney (b. 1816) the first Mooney...
    • Dam on John Englishs Gully

    • Architecture, building and construction;
    • John Englishs Gully was dammed in 1949 to provide the first municipal water supply. Marina Gambin writes her fathers response to her inquiry on Englishs identity, A fellow by the name of John English used to go out there in the summertime and strip...

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