She met James when she came to a dance in the O'Mara's house,
Limerick, summer 1891 (James age 18, Agnes age 20)
James, just finished school, immediately asked his father to take him on in the bacon factory. His mother was opposed to this, and argued that he should go to college. It was his grandfather who persuaded them to let him start work.
[PAT/1, p.7] says Agnes got on well with James' grandfather: "She was very fond of him and knew he liked her". He very much approved of Agnes. He would pass the two after mass and "he would smile and nod at them in his friendliest way".
Agnes taught English at convent in central France, winter 1891-92.
James proposed to Agnes, probably in summer 1892,
at the ruined Dunlica Castle
(or "Doonlicka Castle"),
on cliffs of Co.Clare,
hundreds of feet above the Atlantic.
In the old days, the whole extended O'Mara family would gather at Kilkee, summer after summer.
James later named his house in London "Dunlica" after the castle.
They were allowed marry when James was 21. "Mother always felt that this had been brought about largely by Great-Grandfather's kindly interest in their romance" [PAT/1, p.7].
The ruin of "Doonlicka Castle", Co.Clare, on 1887 to 1913 map.
This is in Moveen West townland, SW of Kilkee, on the W coast of Co.Clare.
Almost nothing is left of the castle ruin today.
See modern map and satellite view.
Agnes Cashel, 1910. From this picture.
Agnes Cashel, with her two youngest children, 1912. From this picture.
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Agnes Cashel. Photo 1924.
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