Weekly Irish Times
Saturday, April 14, 1906 p.4
The Children’s page – Prize Letters
This week I will tell you all I know about the town of Gort. It is built on the River Blackwater. The population is 1,339. The railway station is situated close to the town, through which the railway runs. The principal streets are The Square, George’s street, Bridge street, and the principal buildings are the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches, the Convent of Mercy, the National Bank, the Post Office, Courthouse, Workhouse, Polic Barrack, and National School. There is also in the town a Military Barrack, but there are no soldiers in Gort at present, and the apartments are occupied by private families. Saturday is market day, when the Square is crowded with carts of turf, potatoes, turnips, hay etc. Fish is also sold in The Square, which is brought in from Kinvarra, which is about seven miles distant. There are two postal deliveries in Gort – one in the morning, and one at noon. There is a good deal of employment given to girls in the Convent, where they make flannel, linen, lace, crochet, etc. Some of the work is beautiful and brings a high price.
I remain, dear Granny,
your loving grandchild,
My Dear Elizabeth,
I was much interested in your nicely-written letter, and I hope you will enjoy your prize.
Your affectionate Granny.