O'Grady's House (the 1st Post Office)

O'Grady's front wall as it is still known, had a major refurb in 2013. After first being cleaned and painted white by the New Tidy Towns crew, talented local artiste Elaine Gavin used the white wall as a canvas to create a new themed Mural. Elaine had originally done some artwork on the wall but after many years it was fading and peeling, Elaine previously painted the rear of the stage area in the community centre as an aerial view of Ballynacally.

The new paint job shows the O'Grady brothers who originally owned and ran the first post office from this cottage. The first car owned by a Ballynacally resident belonged to Bill O'Grady the elder brother and he is depicted here driving it with its original reg plates number "IE 357" while his brother Marty, the postman chats to a customer at the door. A worker is also shown re-thatching or repairing the thatched roof which was the common roof weathering in that era.

Also shown are locals PJ Hehir and Darren McMahon as PJ replaces the old rotten door during the heatwave of July 2013. A local wedding couple are also shown using the newly painted walls as a backdrop for one of their wedding album shots after their ceremony in Ballycorick church.

 

Pj Hehir and darren McMahonElaine Gavin artisteelaine gavin

 

Bill o'grady's carFeeding the chickso'grady's cottage