Saturday 5th March 2005
A thriving social scene once existed in Ireland in the mornings. This was when the farmers had still to bring their milk to the creamery each day. A line could be seen each morning, stretching from the platform in front of the building that held the milk, running across the courtyard of the creamery and out the gates past Ned Shea’s shop. This line, in an era of small farmers, consisted of every form of transport. There were tractors with large trailers, cars with smaller ones, horses pulling traps and cars pulling up with their contents sticking up out of the boot. A few had specially designed milk trailers, but the majority carried their milk in churns. Very few would turn up with just one churn. The milk would be divided between two, even if one was enough. Nobody liked to be seen as that small a farmer. A hose sucked the milk into tanks once a sample had been taken by Paddy Murphy to determine the quality of the product.
Business done, the farmers made their way up town to collect the papers and head for a drink. The same farmers met in the same pubs each morning for a half one and a small bottle. This passed the time while the wife was getting the groceries. It gave the farmers time to catch up on both the farming news and whatever other news was going.
The arrival of the milk lorry ended this social life. Milk was now collected daily on the farm. A few of the older generation continued to go for the morning ritual, but as time went by and these men passed on, the ritual died. And with it died the need for most places to open in the morning. As the tourists found out that morning in Ballingarry. It marked another change in the evolution of our lifestyle.
Fethard Bridge Club
1st Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn.
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and David O’Meara.
3rd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane.
1st Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney.
2nd Nett: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara.
3rd Nett: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh.
Next Wednesday, 16th March, we will be playing for Easter Prizes. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien, Tel: 052 31862.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 1st March were: 11, 13, 30 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75 each:
Martin Bolger, Drumdeel, Fethard.
Leo D'Arcy, Anner View, Killusty.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Maureen Whyte, Main Street, Fethard.
Norah Coffey, Grove Rd., Fethard.
Marie Smyth, The Well, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
The Cripple of Inishmaan
Lourdes Table Quiz
A good night’s entertainment is promised, refreshments served and an invitation is extended to all.
Fethard & Killusty Anglers
The death has occurred in London of Mrs Kathleen Morris, formerly Kathleen Mulcahy of Kerry Street Cross, Fethard. The late Kathleen Morris-Mulcahy, aged 85, was the last surviving member of her generation of a very old Fethard family. Another of Fethard’s long line emigrants to pass to their eternal reward in recent years, she was interred in London where she resided for over 60 years.
The death has occurred at Rathkeevin Nursing Home on Friday 4th March, of Mrs Frances Frewen, Tullamaine. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred in England of Mr James ‘Jim’ O’Meara, formerly of Coolmoyne, Fethard. The late Jim O’Meara will be well remembered by patrons and players of the Coolmoyne Ball Alley. A stylish two-handed player, he was a top class exponent of the old Irish three-wall ball court game. He engaged in many hard-fought tussles with other contemporary players such as Jack Wall, Jim and Dermot Barry, and the late Stephen O’Brien, especially when there was a few hard earned shillings wagered on the result. Interment took place in England.
Bernadette Morris (nee O'Gorman) from New York has informed us of the death, on December 16, 2004, of her father Richard O'Gorman, who was born in Fethard. The funeral services were held in Saugerties, New York, US.
“What name are you giving?”, asked one man of another in the queue. “John Mandeville”, he replied. “You can’t use that one”, said the first man, “I’m using it”. The queue shortened and soon the man was in front of the guard. “Do you realise that you are on a licensed premises after hours?”, asked the sergeant. “Yes guard”, replied the man. “You realise then that this a serious offence. I am going to have to take your name and address and you will be summonsed to appear in court”. The man nodded his head.
“Name please”, asked the sergeant. “John Mandeville”. “Address”. “The Square, Mitchelstown, Co Cork”. “ Right then, you can expect a summons in the post. Next”. He finished taking the names of the remaining patrons, gave the publican a telling off and said that they would meet in court. After he had departed, a knock came on the back door. It was opened to reveal two of the punters who had escaped out the back. They were soaked from head to toe. They had missed the pipe across the river and hit the water instead. They went out the front door and squelched their way home. John Mandeville didn’t mind his name being given to the Gardai. He is long dead, but a statue of him remains in the square in Mitchelstown with his hand out, ready to receive the numerous summons that come his way each year.
Cromwell and Fethard
One slight flaw in the “funerals not going through Barrack Street tradition”, wherever the dear departed were heading for, it certainly was not Calvary Cemetery, as there is almost a three-hundred years gap between the opening of Calvary Cemetery and Cromwell shaking the dust of Fethard from his feet. Maybe the funerals were heading for Cooleagh or Peppardstown.
There is another very interesting local legend concerning the visit of Cromwell and graves. Cromwell came to Fethard from Cahir and on his way, sacked the monastic settlement at Moorstown Abbey, the ruins of which are still standing. Nearby at Mocklerstown House resided seven Mockler brothers. By some manner or means, the seven Mocklers got offside with Cromwell and he duly had the seven brothers hanged and they were buried near their dwelling place. We were telling the above legend at an early morning meet of the Tipperary Foxhounds when Pat O’Brien, present Huntsman of the Tipps, added this most interesting sequel to the story.
Following the purchase of Mocklerstown House and lands by Mr John Ronan, Pat as a youth was engaged in re-construction work at the house. During excavation work a number of stone slabs, obviously grave slabs, were unearthed. The late Mrs Ronan gave instructions that the slabs were to be buried with respect and they were re-interred in a raised dais in front of the house. They are probably still there to the present day. Did the mark the graves of the seven Moclair brothers?
We first heard the story of the Mockler brothers massacre from Miss Mai Hanly of Moorstown House, who died at Fethard Sacre Coeur Nursing Home, aged 93, a few years ago. (E.A.N.)
Looking for family
My father's name was Michael J. Gleeson, born 21st March 1900 and he died 13th February 1970. Some of his siblings names were Paddy, Nora and Mary that I know of. I would be looking for descendants of these siblings.
My mother's name was Margaret Needham, born 25th June 1928 and she died 31st May 1981. I believe she was from a little townsland in Fethard called Friarsgrange.
Some of her siblings were Sarah and Jim. I would be looking for descendants of these siblings.
My parents left Ireland together in 1950 and never went back. I am trying to plan a trip to Ireland and would like to meet any relatives that I have. Any help that you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Bill Gleason.
The stories concerning Bill Quirke, especially his gift of repartee and quick reply, are still often recalled. A typical example:
At an auction of furniture in a local Manor House, a ‘La Bouls Table’ (even money black and red, 5 to 1 blue, 8 to 1 yellow, etc.) was discovered. “Any bid, any at all for this item?” None was forthcoming. “Come on, surly it must be worth something to someone?”
Fr Hogan, who was present, thinking it would be useful for fundraising at local carnivals eventually said, “Five shillings!” Quick as a flash Bill stopped, looked down at His Reverence and said, “Which colour do you want it on Father?”
Mr P.J. Brady of ‘Brady for Bikes’ fame in Clonmel was going ahead in leaps and bounds, business wise, during the war years when the whole country was on two wheels. Rumours were circulating that other business connections were associated with his huge success. Another business man asked Bill Quirke straight out one day, “Is it a fact that the Jews are behind Brady?” to which came the instant reply, “They are, a long way behind!”
Bill Quirke took the anti-treaty side in the terrible Civil War of the early 1920s. One day, the story goes, he came face to face with Larry Clancy, a neighbour from Drangan who was on the pro-treaty side. Both of them were armed. Bill is alleged to have defused what might have been a serious situation by saying, “Larry, if I shoot you or you shoot me, there is not much in that for either of us, so why don’t we both have sense and go home?”
That was surely his future statesmanship of the highest order showing in Bill Quirke. What a pity that so many problems amongst Irishmen today cannot be solved in such a common sense manner.
Bill Quirke, while out hunting with the Ward Union Staghounds, died participating in a sport he dearly loved. His connection with local hunting may not be so widely known. He was very much involved with James O’Shea, Milestone, and Jim Shee, Tubber, in the White Heather Harriers, a pack still going strong today. The hounds were kennelled at Ballinard for a term and a big event in their hunting year was the St. Stephen’s Day Meet in Cloneen. The meet is recalled in a local ballad which says, “Roche brought on the hounds and Bill Quirke supplied the beer.” This refers to the tradition that Bill Quirke supplied a quarter cask of beer in Cloneen and the contents of which all present were welcome to sample.
Elizabeth Lovart-Dolan, the late Bill Quirke’s daughter, has in her possession in Dublin a hunting horn belonging to the her late father inscribed, ‘White Heather Harriers 1930’.
William Corbett says in his excellent tribute to Senator Bill Quirke in last week’s Nationalist, “His death was as if he had chosen the circumstances.” He was most at home in the open space with a horse for his companion. His death was in accord with the life he loved best.
How difficult to realise that there are people in Ireland today with no understanding of hunting who say, that this part of our local way of country life for centuries, part of the freedom of choice that Bill Quirke fought for, is wrong and should be banned. Never let it be said.
Senator Bill Quirke and his association with Fethard is still well remembered and will be for many more years to come.
Best Wishes to Mandy
The Well Golf Society
Fethard GAA News
Fethard Community Sportsfield Benefit Night
2nd Race: Sponsored by Michael Bourke, Electrician, Killenaule, Centra Fethard, Benetton, Butler’s Bar, Fethard, won by ‘Rackethall Abbey’, owner James McGrath, Nenagh, nominated by John Fitzgerald and Tom Joyce, sold by Fintan Rice and Fr. Breen.
3rd Race: Sponsored by Whisper View, Fethard Athletic Club, Gleneisk Products, Jimmy Hayes, Fethard. Won by: ‘Macbeth’, owner Liam Walsh (Waterford nominated by Canon James Power, sold by Fr. Tom Breen and Jerome Casey.
4th Race: Sponsored by A and B Design, Cross Stop Shop, Billy Prout, and Don O’Connell all from Fethard. Won by: ‘Dangerously Good’, owner Bernadette Delaney, nominated by Brendan Coffey and Fethard Senior GAA Club, sold by Fintan Rice and Gus Fitzgerald.
5th Race: Sponsored by Clonmel Oil, South East Scaffolding, Camas Park Stud AIB Fethard. Won by: ‘Practical Design’. owner Noel Gleeson, (Clerihan). nominated by South Tipperary Community Games C.E. sold by Peggy Colville.
6th Race: Sponsored by Glenpatrick Mineral Water, Feery Upholstery, Fethard, O’Byrne and Halley, Vets. Ryan Bros. Argi. Contr. Coolmoyne. Won by: ‘Dance Raville’, owner Dermot Walsh (Lisronagh), nominated by Co. Tipperary Community Games sold by Peggy Colville.
7th Race: Sponsored by Dawn Fresh Foods, Slievenamon Golf Club, Michael Tabor, Templetuohy Farm Machinery. Won by: ‘Pub Fiction’ owned by BEST Syndicate Clonmel, nominated by John English Fabrications, Clerihan, sold by Peggy Colville
9th Race: Sponsored by McCarthys Hotel, Lords of the Ring, Spotless Drain Cleaning Bell Communications. Won by: ‘Ducksland Fawn’, owner Christy Fitzpatrick, (Tipperary), nominated by Des Hunt Grawn & Academy Lads Syndicate, c/o Primus, Fethard, sold by Michael O’Dwyer and Jerome Casey.
10th Race: Sponsored by Glanbia, Kiltinan Castle Stud, Kilknockin Construction and Aon Insurance. Won by: ‘Clune Pride’, owner Matthew O’Connell (Dublin) nominated by Eoin Walsh, Fethard sold by Sean Devaney.