Sue Robinson neé Kelly (Quay Lane, Galway City to Nottingham, England)
Although just three years of age when she left Galway, the city of the Tribes left an imprint on the persona of Susanna Robinson which remains a powerful force in her life today.
Name: Sue Robinson
Now living in: Nottingham, England
From: Quay Lane, Galway City
Although just three years of age when she left Galway, the City of the Tribes left an imprint on the persona of Susanna Robinson which remains a powerful force in her life today. Now living in England, her connections with Galway are still strong and she regularly engages with social media sites, such as the fascinating ‘Galway Memories’ facebook page.
I was born Susanna Kelly in Quay Lane and lived there until I was three. My earliest memories are of my great grandmother singing to me, and of Uncle Paddy and Kathleen taking me to Mass at the Augustinian and for walks to Eyre Square and along the Grattan road to Salthill.
We returned every year for Summer holidays to Quay Lane, and it was a sad year when our great-grandmother passed away. The funeral was massive. We all walked behind the hearse to Fort Hill to the family grave, and again when Uncle Paddy died.
My earliest memories of Galway were of grandparents, uncles and other family members and local neighbours and lots of people with ‘catch’ names. As a baby I slept in Winston Churchill’s cousin’s cot – loaned to my aunt by Claire Sheridan, who painted and lived next to the Spanish Arch.
My parents seemed to know everyone. The streets were so quiet then, especially Quay Street. Our family friends all had houses which are now restaurants and shops – McDonaghs were great friends and still are. Sarah Toole and her brother lived next door.
Their father used to come to our house to story tell. We were convinced his statue was in Eyre Square – years later we realised it was Padraic O’Conaire! May Allen and her parents lived in the house on Quay Lane which is now a gift shop, they sold oil I remember. I now live in Nottinghamshire with my husband Bill. I haved worked as a nurse since 1964. I return to Galway once or twice a year and still have lots of relations living in Galway, and a lot also in Fort Hill and the new Cemetery and Rahoon too.