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DUB TO DEDICATE ROOM TO LATE HISTORIAN

Tj_mcmahon_roomMcmahon_tjThe first-floor dining room will be named for T.J. McMahon, right, seen in a Danny Sanchez photo.

The Dublin House, housed in a venerable old Monmouth Street structure that’s been going through major rehabilitation over the past several years, will name a newly reopened dining room in memory of the late historian and raconteur T.J. McMahon on Sunday.

The occasion is the annual meeting of Preservation Red Bank, which advocates for the protection of noteworthy homes and other buildings in town.

McMahon, a lifelong Fair haven resident, was for many years Red Bank’s unofficial historian and author of a weekly feauture in the Two River Times. He died in late 2005 at the age of 64.

Never having had the pleasure of McMahon’s company, redbankgreen asked Randall Gabrielan, the author of numerous books of archival photos about Red Bank and nearby towns, to offer a brief word or two about him. His reply:

It hardly seems fair to be brief about Tim McMahon because he was never brief about anything. He was surely Monmouth County’s “mvp,” most voluble presenter. He was a skilled practitioner of the Irish oral tradition and kept his audiences captivated no matter how long he went on. He is missed by his wide following and those who tried to have conversations with him. He loved local history and it showed.

The dedication event, scheduled for 3p, will include the hanging of two portraits of McMahon and a display of memorabilia.

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