A valuable store of local material was collected in the 1930s from the older residents of the area. These records must contain of good deal of information on what life was like for the residents of this area from about 1850 – 1930. The current older residents of Shannon and its environs would have been born approximately 1936-46. You could say the generation of the grandchildren of those surveyed in the 1930s. The parents of this generation would have experienced first hand the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War.