Thomas Langan was born in Ross, Ballycastle to John Langan and Katie
Lavelle. He was educated in the Boys National School, Ballycastle, Co.
Mayo and received his secondary education in St. Muredach's College,
Ballina, Co. Mayo ( he was very proud of his association with this college).
Later, he graduated with a Degree in Celtic Studies from St. Patrick's
College, Maynooth. He then trained as a Primary Teacher in St. Patrick's
Teacher Training College, Drumcondra, Dublin. He taught for brief periods
in different parts of the country and for some years in the Boys School,
Crossmolina before being appointed Principal Teacher in Annaghmore N.S.
where he spent many years.
Thomas was a man of eclectic tastes. He had a scholar's knowledge of
Irish and History, particularly in local and family history, and he compiled
much of the material for the Langan Family Tree. He wrote several articles
for the North Mayo Archaelogical and Historical Society and the Ballycastle Parish Newsletter.
He retained a keen interest in current and world affairs and sport. His interest in the G.A.A. and in Gaelic Football in particular was heightened by the fact that the late, great Mayo footballer, Tom Langan, was his first cousin.
Thomas had a lifelong love of the land and continued to farm into old age. He was an accomplished raconteur, who had a particular interest in world literature and folklore and in Cuchulainn and the Red Branch Knights in the Irish context.
He had a deep and abiding faith, which was not shaken by the many changes in religious observance which took place in his lifetime. His death in 2002 marked the end of an era.
Ballycastle Seventy Years Ago by Thomas Langan Thomas Langan's childhood memories of Ballycastle about the time of World War I (1914-1918) written in his own words about 1990. Kindly provided by Ena Langan-Gleeson, this article was originally published in the North Mayo Historical and Archaeological Society about 1990 and is reproduced here by kind permission of Maureen Langan-Egan
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