Linda(Betty)Egan Archive

Betty (Linda) Eagan, Blackrock and Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland.

Check out our exhibition at Bank of Ireland, Dún Laoghaire. Bank opening hours 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Linda Egan, known to everyone as Betty, 8 Summerhill Rd., Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland.

Born 28th September 1918. ( Home birth)

Died 14th June 1999.

Mother: Linda Finlay. Father: Michael Egan, who worked for Dunlop Tyre Manufacturer. https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Michael_Egan

After her husband’s death her mother remarried to a Mr Burgess.

Grand uncle : Lord Mayor of Dublin 1884, William  Meagher 

http://www.dublincity.ie/sites/default/files/content/YourCouncil/LordMayorDublin/HistoryofLordMayor/Documents/LordMayorofDublin1665-2014.pdf

His wife, Betty’s Grand Aunt’s Worth dress, worn on the day of his inauguration is on display at NMI Dublin.

https://www.museum.ie/getmedia/e4cb5593-b265-40c2-a9f1-e6deeb7cd801/WhatsintheMuseumResourcePack.pdf

Deaf from birth, Betty used sign language to communicate.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2019/05-06/creation-of-sign-language/

She loved animals. A beloved pet dog was called Patsy.

Educated ( boarder) at St Johns school for the deaf Boston Spa, Leeds.

and at Dominican College, Sion Hill Blackrock.

Betty was a frequent visitor to the children at Monkstown (?) school for the deaf.

She worked from 8 Summerhill Rd. as a chiropodist.

She recalled the bombing of Dun Laoghaire by the German Luftwaffe in 1940 and how a large fragment of stone was thrown across the road into her garden from the impact.

20 December 1940: At approximately 7:30 in the evening, two bombs fell on Glasthule near Dún Laoghaire (the first at the junction of Rosmeen Park and Summerhill Road and the second between Rosmeen Park and Rosmeen Gardens), injuring three people. A third bomb fell about half an hour later near Carrickmacross in County Monaghan.”

We are compiling an archive on Betty.

If you knew Betty and have any memories, anecdotes or information you’d like to share with us we’d really love to hear from you.

Please contact the museum team at:

info@museumofchildhood.ie

or phone/text 087 6816760

Thank you .