Eugene sees a lot of change in West Sligo

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By Luke Henderson

EASKEY is a place brimming with history and character.

FULL LIFE: Eugene Forde, the former postman for Easkey. Picture by Alan Finn.
FULL LIFE: Eugene Forde, the former postman for Easkey. Picture by Alan Finn.

One native, who has a mixture of both this history and character is Eugene Forde, a former postman who brought people’s mail to Easkey for 40 years.

There are several elements to Eugene’s story and perhaps this article won’t do that story any justice.

Eugene was the son of a veteran of the First World War, John Forde. His father John served with his fellow Easkey man John Gordon in the Connacht Rangers.

Eugene was also a postman in the village for 40 years and all of that aside, he is a keen motorbike enthusiast, restoring bikes from yesteryear.

But it is the change in Easkey that Eugene has seen over the course of his life which starts off the conversation. He is now in his 90th year.

“The change around here is unbelievable. I was born here in 1925. I was born across the river about 20 yards away from the Castle. There were eight of us in my family,” he said.

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