The Authors

Alan Keegan

Alan was born in 1962 and is the youngest of five children. His parents Felix and Margaret (also known as ‘Dotie’) originated from County Leitrim. Alan has held a number of jobs which have included media and sport. He is currently the Director of Business Development for the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). He supports the team which as won the Premier League more times than any other, Manchester United.

A group on the christening day of Alan Keegan, photographed on Welby Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, which was situated off Hathersage Road (High Street).

Danny Claffey

Danny Claffey was born in December 1947 in Prestbury, Cheshire. His parents who came from Westmeath and Donegal brought up their five children in the Withington area of Manchester. Danny attended St Gregory’s Technical High School in Ardwick, leaving at the age of sixteen. Various jobs followed such as shop assistant, labourer and gardener until he went off to Australia in 1970 with his pal Jimmy McCafferty. Three years later, Danny returned to Manchester and a year later was married to Susan. They have three children. Danny worked for British Gas for twenty years and started taking photographs in his spare time for the Irish Post in 1984. He is an avid supporter and season ticket holder of Manchester’s top Premiership team, Manchester City.

Back; left to right: Mary Claffey, Margaret McGonagle, Mary B. Gallagher, Mary-Anne Gallagher, Danny Claffey, John, Catherine & Par O’Brien. Front; Tony Gallagher, Thomas & Mary O’Brien, June 1948.