By Tommy McGrath

While training for a career in teaching in the early 1900s, Annie was asked to submit an essay of a local story and her account of the tragic loss of a cargo ship called ‘The Intrinsic’ under Look Out Cliff West of Kilkee, later to be called Intrinsic Bay. This is possibly the only hand written account of what happened on the morning of the 30th Jan 1836.

Annie later married Paddy Donnelly and lived in Grattan St, Kilkee. She taught in Corbally School for over 30 years with the well-known teacher Michael Rue O’ Keane where she was held in the highest esteem. She died in 1941 and is buried in Kilferagh graveyard. Her daughter, Mary gave me this handwritten essay, old photos, postcards, etc. with a view to having them published.

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