The Mahoney Legacy Ends–Masonry Runs in the Blood

The Mahoney Legacy Ends–Masonry Runs in the Blood




There is immense satisfaction in the process of building something with your own hands blood sweat and tears. In the restoration and preservation of a beautiful old building and in using your skills with brick and stone to beautify a new build.

Recent research done by Darlene Mahoney has revealed that the Mahoneys have been building with stone for a very long time.The oldest castle associated with the Mahoney family name is  Ardintenant in Ireland; it dates back to the 1300’s. The original stone walls are still standing. Also notable is Dunlough castle. It is one of the oldest Norman castles in Ireland. It is a famous example of the “dry stone” masonry technique. A common characteristic of all the Mahoney Castles is a second story doorway – always located just to the side of the first story main entrance. A removable wooden ladder would have provided access to the second floor.



Tami Blake and Kerri Mahoney hanging out on the scaffold with Grandpa Joe–Photo Glenda Mahoney


The Carleton Place branch of the Mahoney masons has a more humble history. Joe Mahoney started his  masonry business in the 1960s  until 1988. Joe was a hard working honest man and after his retirement Joe was a familiar sight setting up his lawn chair in the middle of a job site to visit. Jim Mahoney began working for his father in 1971 and took over the business in 1988. Jim attended George Brown College in Toronto and became fully licensed in 1976. He acquired his knowledge, skills and work ethic  from his father. Our nephew Shane worked for us for many years and we were very proud of him when he represented Ontario in the masonry division in the Canada Skills competition.

Over the years, each of Joe and Laura’s sons have helped out with the business, also their grandsons.  Although both Stan Mahoney and Blake Mahoney have worked in the family business they have chosen different career paths and they are both very talented  masons.

But all stories must end and we have made the decision to close the business. We would like to say a big “Thank You” to all of our customers and to the contractors who have employed us. You have enriched our lives in countless ways.

We are proud to leave a legacy of brick and stonework for future generations to enjoy. The Heritage Fitness Center,The International Peace Cairn, Wilderness Tours, the Mississippi Hotel, Mount Pakenham.The Farmers Market,The Old Shoe Factory  and so much more.


We wish  success and prosperity to our fellow masonry companies. And we feel confident that another generation of Mahoneys will someday carry on the brick and stone tradition…after all it is in our blood.

glenda and jim mahoney





Photo Glenda Mahoney

In 1450 this was our castle home built by the Mahoney stone masons in Ireland. They built several castles some of which are still standing



Four castles built by the Mahoneys in Ireland: Rosbrin Ardintenant Dunmanus and Dunlocha castle.













Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.



Putting a Face to Levi Brian, Stonemason, of Carleton Place



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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?


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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

4 responses »

  1. Congratulations on your well deserved retirement Jim. We feel very fortunate that Jim and Shane did the brick, block and stone work on our recent home restoration in Carleton Place. Their high level of professionalism and craftsmanship is appreciated by us now and will be for decades. Best Wishes for a long and happy retirement,

    Rick and Sandra Roberts

  2. Well this is sad news but time does move on and nothing ever stays the same. I went to school with Jim and all of us knew where he was going to work. Stone masonry is more of a calling than a job. I would add a couple of more jobs to Joe & Jim’s list. Principally the restoration work on the Boulton-Brown Mill for Brooke & Ruth McNabb and a massive “Rumford-style” fireplace for Alison & Dave Kirkpatrick. Joe had never done one before we asked him to do it. It is a classic beauty.

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