One of town's grand old ladies
THE DEATH recently of Peggy Marshall (flee Kenrick) has removed one of Clonmel's grand old ladies who will, be missed from her home in Queen Street where she had been somewhat of an institution having lived there for sixty years.
A strong intelligent woman, she took a keen interest in public affairs especially those concerning her beloved Queen Street.
When the Oakville shopping center was being built she campaigned vigorously, though unsuccessfully, for the retention of the oak trees at the entrance to the
site. She displayed an environmental awareness and concern long before it became fashionable.
Renowned for her caustic wit which was commented on by Fr. Billy Meehan at the funeral Mass, she always called a spade a spade.
Born in 1913 at Grove House, Fethard where her father, Patrick Kenrick was steward with the Burke family who, also, had an engineering company in Parnell Street. Patrick drove the first registered car in South Tipperary in 1903. It was a Gladiator 20 H.P. with the reg. no. HI-1 and he had the distinction of having been issued with the first driving licence in South Tipperary. There is a photograph of him at the wheel of the car in the Clonmel Museum.
Very proud of her father's achievements, particularly the excellent photographs he took which Peggy was delighted were recently accepted by the National Museum as a social history of the period.
Having spent her early life in Fethard and Killurney, Peggy came to Clonmel in 1920. She lived with her parents at 83 O'Connell Street where they ran the Singer Sewing Machine shop. In 1930 the family moved to 2 Queen Street and had a small shop there 'till 1945.Among the first staff to be recruited by Woolworths when it opened in Clonmel in 1931, Peggy enjoyed working there and graduated to stockroom clerk. In those early years, too, she was a noted camogie player.
She retired from Woolworths in 1938 when she married Davy Marshall who predeceased her in 1987. Davy was for 47 years a popular member of Clonmel Post Office. The surviving members of their family are Helen, Frank and Oliver. It will be recalled that Peggy's husband lost two of his brothers, Frankie and Chris, in a drowning tragedy in 1951 in Clonea.
A voracious reader, Peggy had a life-long interest in the theatre and supported all the local productions. She was, also, a lover of classical music.
In the 60s she decided to go to night classes in the Technical School to relearn Irish and she retained her interest in it over the years. And, she was so proud of the tact fiat net grandchildren, too, showed such an interest in the language some of them attending all-Irish schools.Travelling around the country with Davy in his familiar Morris Minor car gave her much pleasure. And, they both loved to walk regularly by Marlfield lake where Peggy with her encyclopaedic knowledge or ornithology liked to watch the birds.A committed Christian all her life and a regular churchgoer, she and Davy were active members of the Legion of Mary visiting St. Joseph's Hospital frequently over the years. Peggy was, also, secretary of the local praesidium. Moving to Marian Court in 1990 she was very happy and content there often referring to it as a haven of peace. Peggy passed away at the Cottage Nursing Home in Irishtown where she had been nursed with great care which was very much appreciated by her family. A wonderfully spirited person she will be not alone missed by her family but by countless friends many of whom over the years enjoyed stopping for a chat with her at her doorway in Queen Street where she was such a well-known figure. The remains were received at SS Peter & Pauls Church. The Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr. Billy Meehan assisted by Fr. B. Johnston, Kilkenny and Fr. Meagher, Augustinians, Fethard. The readings and hymns which were Peggy's favourites were read by her children Helen, Frank and Oliver. Prayers of the Faithful were said by grandchildren Isolde and Mark Somers; Niamh Marshall and by friend, Nell Dargan. Offertory gifts were brought to the altar by Joe Kenrick, May Power, Meta Carrigan, Bill Somers and Maree Marshall.
The hymns were sung by Colm Fennessy.
We extend our sympathy to the surviving members of Peggy's family - her daughters Helen Somers (Dublin), sons Frank (Kilkenny) and Oliver (Dublin), brother Joe Kenrick (London), cousin Meta Carrigan (Dublin), the Kenrick and Newport families in Fethard.
Ar dheis Dc go raibh a hAnam dilis.
The Fethard support group of the South Tipperary Hospice movement wish to thank most sincerely all who subscribed to their recent church gate collection at Fethard, Killusty and Moyglass. A sum of £726 was collected towards this very worthwhile cause.
Tennis: The GAA Sports Centre first of the season's juvenile competitions for the Seamie Dineen under-l6 boys' and girls' singles events were successfully competed for on Friday last.
Peter Kenny was winner of the boys' event, with John Noonan runner-up. The girls' competition was won by Aine O'Dwyer and runner-up Eimear Gahan.
The Fethard ladies and gents who attended the weekly courses in basic first aid, run by the Irish Red Cross Society, and passed the prescribed examination, were presented with their certificates at a special ceremony in the Tirry Centre on Thursday last.
The Fethard walkers who completed the Fethard-to-Fethard walk were presented with specially engraved certificates stamped with an official seal.
The presentation was made by Kathleen Sayers, Mayor of Fethard. The walk realised a sum of £9,500.
Late Mr Dick Cummins
The death has occurred of Mr Dick Cummins, Monroe. Interment took place at Holy Trinity Church, Fethard.
Killusty FC are shortly commencing pre-1997/'98 training. Youth training on Sunday mornings and for junior players on Monday evenings.
Community games: Fethard and Killusty community games will hold their annual open sports in the GAA Park on bank holiday evening August 4th.
Races will be for age groups from under-l5 to under-17, with an adult lOOm sprint for male and female. Entry fee £1.
Features of the evening will be a senior mixed relay for the Coolmore Cup and trophies. There will be an under-16 mixed relay for the Pat Ryan Memorial Cup and trophies. Entry fee for both relays will be £5. Team of four must include at least one member of opposite sex. Programme will also include penalty kick.
Well done to Denis Burke, Bernie O'Connor and the under-16 girls' volleyball team who won the Munster championship in Clonmel and are now P ualified for the national mals at the end of August.
The Fethard walkers were guests of Knocklong Walking Club, Co. Limerick, on Sunday last.
Both sets of walkers did a six-mile walk on one of the host club's scenic loop walks at Ballinahoura, with panoramic views of the Galtees.
Fethard walkers who travelled were John and Marian Shortall, Margaret Newport, Geraldine McCarthy, Noel Doheny and Denis O'Donovan.
Fethard hope to have the Knocklong club on a return visit in the not-too-distant future.
Fethard walkers have accepted an invitation to take part on a 20-mile walk hosted on August 31st by Kilmallock Walking Club.
Pat Murphy's Meadow
The popular ballad Pat Murphy's Meadow has, it has been discovered, a stong Fethard connection.
The meadow featured in the song, recently recorded by Clare ballad singer P. J. Murphy, does actually exist in Newfoundland. The present owner of the piece of land is a great-grandson of the original owner, Michael Joseph Murphy, who emigrated to Talhm An Eisc from Fethard's Co. Tipperary. The song was brought back to Ireland a few years ago by a husband and wife singing duo from Newfoundland who were featured on the RTE Both Sides Now programme presented by Aengus McAnally.
Sports day at Fethard
The Fethard and Killusty Community Games Open Sports will take place in the GAA Park, Fethard on Bank Holiday Monday, August 4th, commencing at 6pm.
This Open Sports is an annual event hosted by the area to create further involvement in sport and help with funds.
The main features of the evening will be the running of the Pat Ryan Memorial Cup and trophies which will be a mixed relay event for under- 16 years. The team to consist of four competitors, one of whom must be of the opposite sex.
The Coolmore cup and trophies will be awarded to open senior mixed relay team. Again conditinos as u-16 event. Cost of entering a team is £5.
All other events will be run under age groups from u-5, u-7, u-9, u-11, u-13, u15 and u17 and senior 100 metres sprint. An entry fee of £1 will cover whatever races are run for each age group. Medals kindly sponsored by Irish Permanent Building Society.
This Sports is open to everybody - no area restrictions. Your support would be appreciated.
Sincere thanks to GAA for use of their facilities.
Fethard's fine showing in Derry
On Saturday and Sunday last Fethard AC journeyed to Deny in Northern Ireland for the NACAI Juveniles All-Ireland track and field championships.
Munster champions Eom Sullivan, Eoin Maher and Munster bronze medalist David Sullivan carried our hopes in the respective events.
The boys from "Slievenamon Country" weren't found wanting when the challenge was laid down, doing their town, club and country proud by their achievements.
On Saturday, David Sullivan in boys u- 11 600m finished in 4th overall position in his final. Eoin Maher likewise was 4th in his u-13 lOOm sprint final.
Eoin O'Sullivan took 2nd position in the boys u-14 600m final giving us our first juvenile all Ireland medal in ten years.
Sunday saw Eoin Maher give a brilliant performance in his u-13 300m taking the 3rd spot and a bronze medal. Our final performance from Eoin Sullivan was the u-14 800m. Eoin ran a very well judged race finishing second and improving his personal best by three seconds from 2.14 to 2.11.
Our entourage of ten supporters were made very welcome to Derry - it was nice to see Fethard in the grand parade before the start of the events.
The president, Rita Brady of NACAI, at the presenta
tion ceremonies, commented that it was nice to see Fetahrd AC back once again.
On the previous Tuesday evening the club hosted the Tipp B League F & F and on the night we won it outright.
On the previous weekend our coach, Miceál M. Cormack travelled to Tullamore to take part in the Vets championship coming away with an All-Ireland silver medal, courtesy of 0-35 county relay 4 x 100. Christy Maher from Cashel na Ri and Michael had made a pact in Moscow some weeks ago, on a half marathon, to solve Miceál's lack of silverware at national level. Well done to all.