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Louisa "Louie" Stockdale (1883-?)

Louisa Stockdale was the daughter of Robert Stockdale, station master at Manorhamilton on the Sligo Leitrim and Northern Counties line. She was a prolific contributor to local newspapers and between 1906 and 1916 had poems and stories published in many north western newspapers including the Fermanagh Herald, Impartial Reporter, Ulster Herald, Derry People as well as Sligo Newspapers. She also had a poem, A Prayer, published in the Sunday Independent in 1912.

She had poems regularly published in the Sligo Times, edited by Robert Smylie,
until it closed in early 1914. Subsequently she had work published in the Sligo Independent and the Sligo Nationalist.

Louisa Stockdale had been born in 1883 near Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh and her occupation is given as a railway clerk in both the 1901 and 1911 Census. Her mother, Margaret, died in 1907 and her father remarried in 1909.

was a member of the Church of Ireland and in 1923 she married Patrick J O’Flynn, who was a Catholic solicitor who practiced in Manorhamilton. They married in a registry office in London and lived in Prospect House, Manorhamilton. They did not have any children. Patrick died in 1951 and Louisa seems to have left the town soon afterwards.

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