Harlow is 75: Tony Maher from the Republic of Ireland: “We didn’t have any money but we had oodles of love”
Harlow is 75: A Celebration of Global Harlow / Sun 31st Jul 2022 am31 11:18am
THE next film in our series of 75 interviews turns to the Republic of Ireland.
Tony Maher has been a key figure in the Harlow Irish community since the sixties.
Tony is from Monasterevin in Co.Kildare.
At one stage over 10% of the population of Harlow was of Irish heritage.
One of the many fascinating aspects of Tony’ life is that his parents were born in the 19th century.
It is an amazing fact that these pieces span three centuries.
Tony paints a fascinating picture of post war life in Ireland. He is realistic but also philosophical.
There was hunger but there was also humour.
Aspects of Tony’s life also feature in a book published in 2002 but reprinted thi syear.
To mark the town’s 75th anniversary, Harlow Council and Your Harlow have launched a project which records the diverse history, heritage, and culture of the people and groups which are part of modern-day Harlow.
The Harlow at 75 project is made up of audio-visual recordings of conversations with both individuals and groups that explores their lives abroad before resettling in Harlow. The project reflects that we are a local but global new town and explores themes such as the definition of “Home”.
I find these interviews fascinating! What a brilliant idea for Harlow’s seventh fifth anniversary’s.
Tony Maher is my uncle, he is my mothers brother. We are close friends and have stayed in contact over the years. I live in Co Mayo in Ireland and Tony has holidayed with us and we salmon fished on the famous river Moy. I always enjoy his visits as we always have great laughs together. Tony never forgot his heritage and is a proud Irishman who loves and is proud of his family. He is a wonderful ambassadore for Ireland with his stories from bygone days in Ireland and England. Tony has promised us he will visit us again when conditions allow. I really enjoyed that interview with him and look forward to our next meeting.
The interview shows what a lovely man Tony is, and why many of of us Irish left our homeland. I am privileged to know Tony and his lovely family through teaching his children at St Marks.