Pupils’ tour of Goff Street

The pupils in first and second classes of Scoil Mhuire, the Abbey Primary School, Roscommon with their teachers were recently treated to an educational tour of Goff Street.   The company gathered at the Development Area off Brogan’s Lane where they were addressed by representatives of the Goff Street/Athlone Road Residents & Business Association, Sean Leydon (Chairman) and Bill Flanagan (Vice chairman).   The children heard how Goff Street got its name from the late Lord Goff of Mote Park; how the fame of the area spread far and wide through the Coach building Masters in the McGivney family for more than two hundred years; how access to the Athlone Road was gained through Brogan’s Lane, the entrance to which was protected by a gate at which a toll charge was collected – the present Road known as Athlone Road being of relatively recent vintage; how the street boasted a forge run by the Croghan family through six generations until the recent retirement of the last incumbent, Stephen Croghan, a highly-skilled practitioner of his craft; how the development initiated and completed by the Goff Street Residents & Business Association included an arch which graced the national school behind the post office nearly a century ago kindly donated to the Association by Mr. Scanlon of Donamon.   The children asked many questions and sang many well-known songs to the delight of their audience.   The teachers expressed their appreciation of the help afforded by Sean & Bill on the occasion.