Customers tick book from 1917

From Mellody's public house and shop at Gilkagh, Skehana.

Emma Laffey

This tick book, dating from 1917, is from Mellody’s public house and shop located at Guilka, Menlough. It contains much local history including names of residents of the local community, what they were buying and the prices of items during this period.

The shop had everything you needed or wanted for your house and farm such as everyday essentials, material for clothes and farm implements. Items not in stock could be ordered on your behalf and be collected normally in a few days though some items may occasionally take weeks for delivery depending on availability.

This book is full of the comings and goings of a local shop during this period. It tells us what people were buying and eating, with occasional descriptions of locals, such as Brown Michael Laffey for his hair colour, as many families had members of the same names. This was to ensure that their accounts were correctly allocated. It contains many local names of families whose descendants are still living in the area today.

This book has now been scanned and it is with thanks to it’s owners Pat Joe Kenny and his family, who treasured this book, that it is now preserved and can be viewed by everyone. Click on link below to view it in its entirety.

We have included an insert from The Tuam Herald where it shows Mellody’s applying for their licence in 1918. Harry and Eileen Mellody, who were next owners of the pub continued its succession for many years and many would have very fond memories of them. Mellody’s shop and pub still survives today and is now under new owners and is now known as Screene’s Bar.


This page was added on 15/06/2023.

Comments about this page

  • Many thanks to Pat Kenny for this. I notice that my grandfather Martin Mitchell is down for a shilling in an entry five pages down. I can’t read the rest of it. All help gratefully received.

    Martin Mitchell (London)

    By Martin Mitchell (07/09/2023)

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