Anthony Barrett – The Lavendar Man

- Anthony Barrett, the blind "lavender man" who sold little packets of the old-fashioned fragrance from his booth in front of the Emporium for 45 years, dies at Laguna Honda Hospital. Barrett, 73, had been ill for almost three years.Known better as the Lavender Man, Anthony Barrett was well known in San Francisco as the blind man who for some 45 years sold small packets of lavender from a booth, outside the Emporium on Market Street, San Francisco, at one time, the largest shopping centre west of Chicago.
Anthony was born and raised in Tullig, Millstreet, and emigrated with his sister Catherine to the US in 1901. He found employment in the mines of Arizona, but an explosion there in 1905 saw him lose his sight. He went to San Francisco  for treatment but his sight was gone forever. Unemployed and desperate he bought some lavender, put it into simple paper wrappers, displayed them on a tray suspended on his shoulders and took a stand (in later years he sat) at the west entrance to the Emporium. There he was to remain—a living landmark.
He was quiet, well presented and made many friends there. He was helped by a family friend Liz O’Shea, who was originally of Minor Row in Millstreet, with whose family he lived with them for many years. With Liz, he returned to Millstreet for the summer of 1928.
He died on March 26th 1955, at Laguna Honda Hospital, aged 75. He had been sick for three years, and his presence was missed outside the Emporium. So well known was he that this photo of him appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle at the time of his death. [read more …] “Anthony Barrett – The Lavendar Man”

“All his Dreams Worked Out”

2014-11-14 Eileen Tallon (née Dennehy of Tullig) interviewed by the Huffington PostOn September 11th 2001, 26 year old fire fighter Sean Tallon died when the North Tower collapsed after the World Trade Center attacks.

Last September (2014) Sean’s mother Eileen (née Dennehy, of Tullig, Millstreet), his sister Rosaleen, and more family members were interviewed about their memories of Sean, that morning, more. The interview is a beautiful poignant four minute video which can be viewed on the Huffington Post.

Sean’s sister Rosaleen has been chosen as an aide to the Grand Marshall at the 2015 Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade on McLean Avenue. She is a board member of Families of 9-11 Firefighters and WTC Victims, family liaison for Advocates for 9-11 Heroes – Memorial and a board member of the Beverly Crest Homeowner’s Association.

Read the Obituary of Sean Patrick Talon.

Sean Patrick Tallon (son of Eileen Dennehy of Tullig) who died in the North Tower during 9-112014-11-14 Eileen Tallon (née Dennehy of Tullig) interviewed by the Huffington Post 032014-11-14 Eileen Tallon (née Dennehy of Tullig) interviewed by the Huffington Post 022014-11-14 Eileen Tallon (née Dennehy of Tullig) interviewed by the Huffington Post

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Death Notice: Julia O’Callaghan, Tullig

The death has occurred peacefully on December 27th 2014, in the excellent care of the matron and staff at Millstreet Community Hospital, of Julia O’Callaghan, Tullig. Sister of the late Jer and the late Kitty.

Rosary Saturday at 8pm. Removal Sunday at 7pm to St. Patrick’s Church Millstreet. Requiem mass Monday December 29th at 10am, with burial afterwards to St.Mary’s cemetery. Rest in Peace.
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