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Steve Concannon (1900-2011) was born in Derryloughane East, County Galway.
He came to Portland in 1921 and married a woman whose family name was Feeney. They lived in the West End of Portland
As a young man, he worked longshore.
A fluent Irish speaker, he often returned to Ireland to visit family.
He said, "I might be gifted with memories…"
Of the union, he said, "When I joined the union longshore in November 1921, my uncle told me at the time there were 1,200 members. Really, 80 percent I would say of those members in the longshore union they were all Irishmen that came direct from Ireland. And they all spoke Gaelic. I felt right at home with them – that's all I cared to speak …"
He was interviewed interviewed February 3, 1983.