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Face to Face with Peter McMeel. Ireland is a place famous for its ’characters’ and every area can boast of its own. When it comes to such people in the Emyvale area, then one of the first to come to mind must be Peter McMeel. Peter knows, and is known by people from a wide region covering many counties and strangers will feel very much at home within a short space of time in his company. He is one of those gifted with the ability to ‘put spake’ on anyone he meets and treats them like a long lost friend. He is the life of any party and can entertain with song, recitation or story. He is always ‘game for a laugh’, and where daring deeds may be called for to raise money for a voluntary organisation – Peter’s your man. He has paraded in fancy dress, he is busy at Christmas with his white beard and red suit, he will take part for fun and encourage others to do likewise. Peter’s father was James McMeel from Brackagh and his mother was Kathleen Treanor from Dunmadigan. They were married and wen to live in Shanko, where they had three children – Veronica (Dernashallog), Arthur (Emyvale) and Peter. Schooling. Peter first went to Ballyoisin School, but when the family moved to Main Street, Emyvale, he transferred to Edenmore N.S., under Master Stephen McPhillips R.I.P., where he achieved his Primary Certificate. He remembers well those days of travelling out and in to school watching for the ‘Master’ on the bicycle, while the pupils took the short cut through Sarah McAree’s field. The Fordes – Kitty, Patsy, and Kevin and Packie Hughes travelled with him. Work. One of the first jobs for Peter was picking apples in Armagh, travelling in an open lorry to the luscious orchards around ‘The Moy’, picking apples all day and enjoying every minute of it. The apples were brought back, sorted, stored and then distributed from Moore’s Yard on Main Street, Emyvale – where Holland’s Store now is. After the apples, it was on to Mullan Mills – the big place to work at the time, and there Peter spent 29 years in employment. During that time he saw vast changes take place – from water power to electricity, from leather to rubber, from tacks to glues, from bicycles to cars. Musical When Peter was young, his father, who was very musical, started him playing the flute. Veronica learned the violin. Peter was taking lessons on the violin until he had to give it up – he was breaking too many strings - so he carried on with the flute. He and his father played in the Davagh A.O.H. Band at the time and travelled to Newry, Dundalk, Dungannon - all over – in a GNR bus to take part in parades, festivals and sports meetings. They practised in Davagh Hall under tutor Jimmy McKenna from up the country. Jim Treanor and Francie Treanor were the big drummers. Dances were held in Davagh Hall to raise money for uniforms and travel expenses. They had a beautiful banner which was carried in front of the Band as they marched along and it is now in the safe keeping of Monaghan County Museum. Peter also learned hundreds of songs from his father and hopefully he will put as many as possible on tape so that they will not be forgotten. At house parties around the county, and they were plentiful, he used sing these songs and recite poems and dance to the gramophone. Drama. Peter was a leading member of the famous Emyvale Dramatic Society and took part in many plays in the Old Parochial Hall. In the early 60’s when Donagh entered teams in the big Ballygawley Shows, Peter used his talents to help them to the finals. He also remembers many a night he with Sean Hendry, Sean McKenna, and Jimmy Treanor walked to the Valley Cinema in Aughnacloy and paid ten old pennies in to watch the latest film. Afterwards, for a shilling, they had eggs, champ and peas in Sawyers before walking home. Sport. He was a keen footballer and played minor and Junior for Emyvale, winning a Junior Championship medal in 1959. The final was played in Ballybay on the Sunday before Christmas, with the snow falling and he can remember only three female Emyvale supporters – his wife Joan, Annie Kelly and Maggie Harvey. Basketball. Peter was also a member of the famous Emyvale Basketball team. The other members were: Paddy Murphy, Pullis; Paddy Murphy, Glaslough; John Colton; Peadar McGeough; and Packie Hughes.Seamus McQuaid, R.I.P. drove them to competitions in Blayney, Dungannon and anywhere else they wanted to go. Handball was another favourite with Peter, and he played at McCluskey’s corner, against the Parochial wall and also at Mullan Mills at dinner time, but John Colton was hard to beat. Family. It was in 1959 that he married Joan McDermott from Pullis. They lived at Glennan before moving to Oriel Park 21 years ago. They have six children: Siobhan, Seamus, Stephen, Aidan, Peadar and Dermot. We wish them all every happiness in the future and don’t stop entertaining with your talents Peter. By Peadar McMahon and published in the Dungannon Observer. This article is Copyright.
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Face to Face with Peter McMeel. Ireland is a place famous for its ’characters’ and every area can boast of its own. When it comes to such people in the Emyvale area, then one of the first to come to mind must be Peter McMeel. Peter knows, and is known by people from a wide region covering many counties and strangers will feel very much at home within a short space of time in his company. He is one of those gifted with the ability to ‘put spake’ on anyone he meets and treats them like a long lost friend. He is the life of any party and can entertain with song, recitation or story. He is always ‘game for a laugh’, and where daring deeds may be called for to raise money for a voluntary organisation – Peter’s your man. He has paraded in fancy dress, he is busy at Christmas with his white beard and red suit, he will take part for fun and encourage others to do likewise. Peter’s father was James McMeel from Brackagh and his mother was Kathleen Treanor from Dunmadigan. They were married and wen to live in Shanko, where they had three children – Veronica (Dernashallog), Arthur (Emyvale) and Peter. Schooling. Peter first went to Ballyoisin School, but when the family moved to Main Street, Emyvale, he transferred to Edenmore N.S., under Master Stephen McPhillips R.I.P., where he achieved his Primary Certificate. He remembers well those days of travelling out and in to school watching for the ‘Master’ on the bicycle, while the pupils took the short cut through Sarah McAree’s field. The Fordes – Kitty, Patsy, and Kevin and Packie Hughes travelled with him. Work. One of the first jobs for Peter was picking apples in Armagh, travelling in an open lorry to the luscious orchards around ‘The Moy’, picking apples all day and enjoying every minute of it. The apples were brought back, sorted, stored and then distributed from Moore’s Yard on Main Street, Emyvale – where Holland’s Store now is. After the apples, it was on to Mullan Mills – the big place to work at the time, and there Peter spent 29 years in employment. During that time he saw vast changes take place – from water power to electricity, from leather to rubber, from tacks to glues, from bicycles to cars. Musical When Peter was young, his father, who was very musical, started him playing the flute. Veronica learned the violin. Peter was taking lessons on the violin until he had to give it up – he was breaking too many strings - so he carried on with the flute. He and his father played in the Davagh A.O.H. Band at the time and travelled to Newry, Dundalk, Dungannon - all over – in a GNR bus to take part in parades, festivals and sports meetings. They practised in Davagh Hall under tutor Jimmy McKenna from up the country. Jim Treanor and Francie Treanor were the big drummers. Dances were held in Davagh Hall to raise money for uniforms and travel expenses. They had a beautiful banner which was carried in front of the Band as they marched along and it is now in the safe keeping of Monaghan County Museum. Peter also learned hundreds of songs from his father and hopefully he will put as many as possible on tape so that they will not be forgotten. At house parties around the county, and they were plentiful, he used sing these songs and recite poems and dance to the gramophone. Drama. Peter was a leading member of the famous Emyvale Dramatic Society and took part in many plays in the Old Parochial Hall. In the early 60’s when Donagh entered teams in the big Ballygawley Shows, Peter used his talents to help them to the finals. He also remembers many a night he with Sean Hendry, Sean McKenna, and Jimmy Treanor walked to the Valley Cinema in Aughnacloy and paid ten old pennies in to watch the latest film. Afterwards, for a shilling, they had eggs, champ and peas in Sawyers before walking home. Sport. He was a keen footballer and played minor and Junior for Emyvale, winning a Junior Championship medal in 1959. The final was played in Ballybay on the Sunday before Christmas, with the snow falling and he can remember only three female Emyvale supporters – his wife Joan, Annie Kelly and Maggie Harvey. Basketball. Peter was also a member of the famous Emyvale Basketball team. The other members were: Paddy Murphy, Pullis; Paddy Murphy, Glaslough; John Colton; Peadar McGeough; and Packie Hughes.Seamus McQuaid, R.I.P. drove them to competitions in Blayney, Dungannon and anywhere else they wanted to go. Handball was another favourite with Peter, and he played at McCluskey’s corner, against the Parochial wall and also at Mullan Mills at dinner time, but John Colton was hard to beat. Family. It was in 1959 that he married Joan McDermott from Pullis. They lived at Glennan before moving to Oriel Park 21 years ago. They have six children: Siobhan, Seamus, Stephen, Aidan, Peadar and Dermot. We wish them all every happiness in the future and don’t stop entertaining with your talents Peter. By Peadar McMahon and published in the Dungannon Observer. This article is Copyright.