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Library Display about Menlo Park and Galway, Ireland

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Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:17:15 -0500

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_The tale of Two Menlos on display at the Menlo Park Library through
by _Jym Clendenin_ (http://inmenlo.com/author/jym-clendenin/) on February
11, 2014
During the month of February, a display at the Menlo Park Library entrance
will feature the recently signed Friendship Agreement between the City of
Menlo Park and Galway City, Ireland.
As many are aware, Menlo Park is named for the very old Gaelic village of
Mionloch (anglicized to Menlough and usually shortened to Menlo), which
today is a townland within Galway City.
The name Menlo Park and the date 1854 was boldly imprinted on a gate at the
 entrance to a 1,700 acre ranch that two Irishmen from the Menlough area,
Dennis Oliver and Daniel McGlynn, purchased from the Argüello family, owners
of the much larger Rancho de las Pulgas. Oliver and McGlynn were most
likely the first non-Californios to own property in today’s Menlo Park.
Their gate, which was modeled after the entrance gate to the Blake
(sometimes known as Menlo) Castle, survived alongside County Road (now known as El
Camino Real) until the ranch gate was demolished by an errant automobile in
1922. When the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad (now known as Caltrain)
was being designed in the early 1860s, it was decided to put a station
near the San Francisquito Creek in anticipation of future development in the
area. Someone had seen the sign on the Menlo Park gate and gave the railroad
station the same name. Around this station grew the town of Menlo Park,
which in the 19th century included everything between Redwood City and the
Creek and east of County Road to the San Francisco Bay.
Interest in forming a friendship relationship between Menlo Park and Galway
 City began about 50 years ago and in fact both City Councils at that time
expressed the desire for an agreement. Subsequently Menlo Park Council
Member and Mayor Peg Gunn made several unofficial visits to Galway City in the
1980s. On the last of these visits, Menlo, Ireland, resident Gerry Hanley
was one of her hosts.
Having recently retired, Gerry came to Menlo Park in 2012 seeking to
stimulate a formal agreement between the two cities. He received an enthusiastic
response from the Menlo Park Historical Association and the Menlo Park City
 Council, which led to the formal signing of the Friendship Agreement on
October 17, 2013, by the mayors of the two cities.
The left half of the library display, shown in two photos above, features
various photographs, documents, books, newspaper clippings and other items,
arranged chronologically by year. The right half of the library display,
not shown above, contains additional information about Galway City and the
Two Menlos, the latter being the emerging Menlo Park organization supporting
the Friendship Agreement.
Interested in learning more?_ Visit the Two Menlos web site_
(https://sites.google.com/site/twomenlosisters) . If you’d like to be kept informed of
what’s happening you may add your email address to theTwo Menlos email list
(please refer to the Email List page on the web site).
Photo of display by _Scott Loftesness_ (http://sjl.us/)




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