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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 15th November 1997

Fethard Bridge Club
November 3rd - 1st gross Margaret Coffey and Olive Looby, 2nd Jovita Delaney and Antoinette O'Donnell.
1st nett Norah Aherne and Rose Holohan, 2nd nett Ella Kenny and Kay Walsh.
Wednesday November 5th - 1st gross Bernie Myles and Margaret Hackett, 2nd gross Betty Walsh and Bridget Corey.
1st nett Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins, 2nd nett Rosemary Lalor and Nora Lawrence.

November 12th gross turkey competition. Club contact (looking for a partner, etc.) Annie O'Brien, 052 31862.

As others see us
A group of South Tipperary Macra members on a recent Continental holiday became friendly with a similar age group from Finglas, Dublin. Some of the Dublin group arrived in Fethard on Saturday on the invitation of their Fethard friends.

A visit to the Cattle Mart revealed that it was the first time they had been in close proximity, as one of them put it, "to a real live cow." Seeing calves being de-horned left them not at all impressed.

At McCarthy's Hotel, that evening, when some of the followers of the Tipperary Foxhounds, who had met that day in Cloneen, paid a visit in full hunting attire, the Dublin visitors seriously requested to know where was the fancy dress ball.

It is most extraordinary that in this day and age of the mobile phone, the internet and worldwide instant television communication, people a hundred miles up the road just have not got a clue as to what life in the country is like!

FAS scheme
The Southern Regional Fisheries Board, in conjunction with FAS, are implementing a scheme to clean and upgrade the River Anner.
The Anner, famed in song and story, is one of our best trout fishery rivers.

The bridge below the town
A fair-sized gap was knocked in the parapet of the Convent Bridge on Friday afternoon last. A heavily laden trailer became detached from the towing vehicle and did the demolition job.

The Convent Bridge, along with Cashel's Dr. Croke, Tipperary's Maid of Erin, and Kells' Celtic Cross, it would appear having withstood the various tests of time, cannot cope with the hazards of modem day traffic.

Necessity is ... A localhouseholder, bothered by the activities of a swarm of autumn wasps in the eaves, found an ingenious method of solving the problem.
Switching on the vacuum cleaner and placing the pipe through the window, near the entrance to the nest, the entire swarm of wasps was sucked to eternity in a very short space of time.

Annual general meeting
The agm of Fethard Country Markets will be held on Friday November 14th, at 11am.

Photos
The formal presentation of the prints taken from "The Kenrick Glass Plates" collection of negatives to the National Museum, the Co. Tipperary Museum, and Fethard Historical Society, will take place in the Abymill on this Friday evening at 8.30.
Seven hundred photographs taken between 1892 and 1920 have been developed by Joe Kenny, and catalogued by Marie Smith are in the collection.
A short talk, with slides, on part of the collection, will be given.
The evening opens with a cheese and wine reception.

Jockey's success
Well done to promising local young jockey P. J. Colville. Spitalfield, who rode the winner of the Shannon Flat Race at Limerick on Sunday.
The stable companions Strange But True and Lady Moska, both trained by Aidan O'Bnen, battled out a thrilling finish before P. L's mount emerged the winner.

Athletics
Fethard AC, paid a very successful visit to Newcastle on Sunday last for the county intermediate veteran and uneven age juvenile championships.
Boys under- 13 team of K. Cannon, E. Burke, D. O'Meara and E. Maher took told.
The girls under-15 team of L. O'Donnell, H. McCormack, and C. O'Keeffe did likewise.
The boys under-15 team of E. O'Sullivan, B. Prout, D. Cannon and N. Noonan also won gold in their event.
Avril Prout won the girls' under-l7 race. Eoin O'Sullivan won the boys under-l5. David O'Sullivan took the silver in the boys under-li and Brian O'Sullivan also was placed second in the boys under17.
Not to be outdone by his proteges, coach Miceal McCormack took the bronze medal in the men's over-50 event.
Well done to all.

Quiz
A youth in need quiz takes place in Burke's Bar on Tuesday November 18th, at 915pm.

Fethard prints recall a bygone era
The Kenrick Collection of photographs, found in Fethard which go on show in the Town, this Friday night, comprises a total of 795 glass photographic plates; 549 half-plate and 246 quarter-plate glass negatives. They were taken at the turn of the 19th century by Patrick Kenrick while employed at Grove House, Fethard.

Ms. Colleen M. Dube, assistant keeper, art and industrial division, National Museum of Ireland recently spoke in Fethard to a capacity audience on the photography of Patrick Kenrick. Ms. Dube stated that the images are an invaluable addition to Ireland's understanding of its social history. It is the only collection in Ireland that records the activities and personalities associated with the "Big House" at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

The collection documents the past-times and pursuits, customs and costumes of a vanished era. Ms. Dube also stated that the photography was of a very high standard and the collection should be archivally stored and printed so that future generations can avail of this priceless. photographic resource.

Six hundred and eighty two glass plates were discovered on the premises of Tony Newport's shop, the Kenrick family home where Patrick Kenrick lived. The other one hundred and thirteen plates were found on the premises of Bridget and Jimmy Hayes on Main Street. This was originally the home of Patrick Kenrick's grandparents.
Many other glass plates still may exist as Patrick married and moved to Clonmel in the early 1920s. His recently deceased daughter Peggy Marshall, Queen Street, Clonmel, did have some glass plates which were copied by Joe Kenny some years ago. these glass plates were donated to the Tipperary (SR) County Museum.

Joe Kenny, photographer and chairman of Fethard Historical Society, is a grandnephew of Patrick Kenrick. He is presently working on a project initiated by Fethard Historical Society and funded by the Heritage Council that will supply the National Library of Ireland, the Tipperary (SR) County Museum and the Fethard Historical society with a full set of photographic prints from the collection.

The project will be completed on Friday, 14th November at a special reception and presentation in the Abymill Theatre at 8.3Opm. Tony Newport, nephew, will speak and give a slide presentation from the collection. All are welcome.

Patrick Kenrick, the eldest of 14 children, was born at his home on Main Street, Fethard in 1872. He initially served his time in the family tailoring business, but had to give it up for health reasons. Shortly afterwards, he was employed by Mr. Richard Burke, M.F.H., Grove House, Fethard, as steward. His association with Mr. Burke will be best remembered as driver of the first registered car, HI-1, in south Tipperary.

It was during this period that he married and developed a keen interest in photography which was very new at the time. His photographs cover all aspects of living in the "Big House" as well as many photographs taken while travelling in Mr. Burke's car. The darkroom where he developed his photographs is still in existence at his family home in Fethard.

When Mr. Burke completed his tenancy in Grove, c. 1918 and returned to America, Patrick Kenrick was then appointed 'local school attendance officer' known locally as 'the cruelty man'. Following this, he spent two years in the Irish Army and then retired with his family to. Clonmel where he ran a retail shop at 2 Queen Street.

In his later years he spent a lot of time sitting outside his shop in Clonmel, where he loved to meet anyone from Fethard. He always greeted his friends from Fethard with the same salutation, "How are they all, in the hole in the wall?"

Patrick Kenrick died at Queen Street, Clonmel, in 1950, and is buried in the family burial ground at Redcity, Fethard. He is survived by his son Joe Kenrick now living in London.



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