During the Famine he gave out meal to help those in distress.
Opposite the present Castlegal Boys' School is an old house. This was once a school and previous to this the residence of Eddie McGarrigle. It was here where the boiler was., and where the Indian Meal porridge was given out. It was McGarrigle's work to have it ready.
To obtain meal one had to go to the Parish priest or Schoolmaster and obtain ticket. Then he went to McGarrigle and got one porringerful for each person in the house.
It was given out once a day only.