In the townland of Gowlan, about two miles from Killashee, lived Johnny McVeigh and Paddy Dowd in these houses 200m apart. They are featured together in this piece as they are linked in local folklore and because of their unconventional friendship.

Johnny was a farmer but to put it mildly, he didn’t pay much attention to the hard-working example set by his father Hugh.

That said he had figured out how to carefully manage the providence from his farm. And he was nonetheless, a social kind of person full of resourcefulness and wit.