Welcome Message – Caroline McLoughlin
The extended McLoughlin family in Sligo is delighted that Michael A Hargadon (1888-1968) is finally being commemorated in Sligo this year to mark the anniversaries of his birth and death. It is important that this cherished son of Sligo is not forgotten in his county and country of birth.
My great-great-grandaunt, Mary McLoughlin (1857-1945) who hailed from Ballure, Calry but lived in Colgagh, Calry was the mother of Michael A. Hargadon and there was a special bond between Michael and his mother. Rumour had it that he was her favourite son. There is no doubt whatsoever that Mary herself was something of a matriarch in her day. She had quite a difficult life, having lost her husband, John, and half of her children to TB in the early 1900s. All her surviving sons, bar one, then emigrated to Canada between 1910 and 1915 leaving her to live a rather solitary life. Michael was very good to his mother and made every effort to ensure that she was comfortable in her retirement years, right up to her death in 1945.
We wish to thank Calry Local History Society and the Friends of Michael Hargadon group for their hard work in planning and organizing the 2018 Michael A. Hargadon commemoration in Sligo. The extended McLoughlin family in Sligo is very supportive of the commemorative programme and we look forward to welcoming our Hargadon cousins to Sligo this August and making them feel at home in the best Irish tradition.