A brief update from Kenya and Eldoret
To all my friends and family . . .
We had seen some light at the end of the tunnel but that may prove to be only an express train approaching . . . I hope not!
Kenya's fourth largest town, Nakuru, in the centre of the country and 157 kms from Eldoret is under army curfew, a dusk to dawn situation. It is the first time that the military has been called out during this troubling time. Some years ago they were called out to the same area. Some media houses (e.g. the BBC World Service, Jan 26th am) may be reporting that the Rift Valley is under military curfew . . . that is not true. In actual fact, many parts of the Rift Valley, which is huge in area, are peaceful and stable.
Here in Eldoret there are sporadic isolated attacks and cases of arson still taking place and some of these have been happening in and around Kabongo where we have our Primary School and Dispensary. There are still many thousands of Refugees in the Eldoret Showgrounds and the vast majority of these have no homes to return to.
As for ourselves here in Eldoret (the suburbs, really) we are not personally or physically affected in any way. We are trying to carry on with or work as best we can. As I have said in previous updates, the main affect we suffer is to see the general mayhem having such devastating effect on people we might happen to know.
We appreciate all the messages of concern we have received from around the world and are very thankful for all the material/financial support we have received as well. It was never more needed as we try to help people rebuild their lives. For our part, our main concern is to get as many of our children back into school as son as possible so that the past four weeks may be obliterated from their young minds. We had expected to have 455 kids in our school on 7th January, but at this point we have not yet reached 300. They are returning slowly but many will not return for a variety of reasons. That is a great pity indeed.
Once again, may I express our thanks for the messages we have been getting regularly from all of you 'out there'. May God Bless you and may He also Bless Kenya and her people and protect them from self-destructing.
God Bless, (Bro.) Paul D. Brennan.
Bro. Paul D. Brennan, Box 5064, Eldoret.
(Bro Paul Brennan taught in the Patrician Brothers Secondary School Fethard for many years and was instrumental in the school team winning the Kinane Cup back in 1963. Bro Paul left Ireland in 1978 when he volunteered for the Kenyan Patrician apostolate. He went on to be involved very actively with the very first Patrician Primary School in Africa and is now the Coordinator of the new Patrician Primary School and Dispensary at Kabongo, Eldoret.)
Convent Hall Project
Augustinian Abbey Party
Fethard GAA Club News
Last week’s lotto numbers drawn were. 8, 18, 22 and 25. We had no match three winner so the following tickets drawn won €30 each: John Phelan (Butlerstown, Ballyneale), Cora McGarry (9 Barrack Street, Fethard), Cinta O Flynn (Abbey Street, Fethard), Denis O’Meara (51 St. Patrick’s Place Fethard), Rita Doyle (Woodvale Walk, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Rita Doyle (Woodvale Walk, Fethard).
This week’s lotto jackpot of €8,300 was not won. The numbers drawn were 4, 11, 19 and 26. The three €50 ‘Match Three’ tickets drawn were won by, Vera O’Connell (Cattaganstown, Moyglass), Donal McAndrew (Mullinahone), Tom Purcell (Burke Street, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by John McAndrew (Mullinahone). All tickets were kindly sponsored by Fethard Wholesale Electrical Ltd.
Our condolences are at this time are with the O’Connor (nee McCarthy) family, St. Patrick’s Place, on the untimely passing of Marion. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Patrician Bicentenary on 30th January
The Patrician Order was founded on 2nd February, 1808, by Daniel Delaney in Tullow, Co. Carlow. Then, in 1873, three Patrician Brothers: Br. Augustine Holton, Br. Vincent Riordan and Br. Arsenious Fitzpatrick established a monastery in Fethard on the site of the old Presentation laundry. Thus for one hundred and twenty years the Patrician Brothers together with the Presentation Sisters provided education for the people of Fethard and made an enormous contribution to the cultural formation of the town.
The people of Fethard and the surrounding areas are cordially invited to join in the Patrician celebrations on Wednesday, 30th January. The celebrations will begin with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Patrician plot in the grounds of the Holy Trinity Parish Church followed by a concelebrated Mass at 11am in the adjoining church. Afterwards at 12.30pm you are welcome to partake of light refreshments in the Secondary School.
Open Night at Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Senior Citizen’s Raffle Results
The committee would like to thank everyone who helped make this raffle such a success.
Fethard Bridge Club Results
1st Nett: Nell Broderick and David O’Meara (and also winners of the sponsored prizes);
On Wednesday 6th February we play the first round of the Club Championship. Anyone looking for a partner please contact Berney Myles at 32038.
From Rossmore on Wednesday hounds were hunting strongly all day. Starting from the bridge over the Multeen near the old creamery they were away straight away. While the hunting may not have been the best for point or distance hounds were hunting continuously in the miles rather than acres of woods and forests. These extend along the hillside right up by Rossmore and Stouke to Turraheen.
The day concluded with a short hunt from Dromwood. As a mark of respect to the Slattery family Thursday’s meet at Barne was cancelled.
From Rosegreen on Saturday the Tipps had another good day. Following a nice circle from Lyonstown to Ballyfowloo and back they had a good run from Tullamaine in the afternoon. Running to Kilbragh and right through Martley’s and Slattery’s and back to the covert. Finding again on a hedgerow they hunted back by Tullamaine Castle through the motte and to ground by Tipperary Raceway.
With the White Heathers
Senior Day at Fethard & District Day Care Centre
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.
The Parish of Kilconnell
The Parish of Kilconnell is in three separate divisions, all in the Barony of Middlethird. The larger portion of it and which contains the old Parish Church is bounded on the southwest and west by the Parishes of Railestown and St. Patrick's Rock; on the north by the Parish of Brickendown; on the northeast and east by the Parishes of Magorban and Rathcoole, and on the south by the Parish of Tullamaine.
The name of this Parish is of ecclesiastical origin being compounded of Cill, a church or cell, and Chonaill, the genitive case of Conall, the name of a Saint.
Of the old Church of this Parish there remains but a fragment of the south wall attached to southwest corner. It is only nine feet in length arid eight feet in height. The thickness of this wall is three feet and its masonry would indicate it to be of modern date. It can be ascertained from the foundations of the other walls that this Church was forty feet in length and eight feet in breadth.
At the distance of twenty-eight paces from the site of this Church to the north there is a small burial place not enclosed by any wall or rampart, in the middle of a meadow. There is an old ash tree growing at the north side of it but it is of no interest to the antiquarian.
About two hundred and fifty paces to the southeast of this old Church stands on a rising ground the Castle of Kilconnell. It is a square structure in good preservation and measures on the outside thirty-six feet from east to west and thirty-two feet from north to south. Its walls are built of limestone and well grouted; they are six feat six inches thick and not less than seventy feet in height. This castle had six floors, the second of which rested on a strong arch; the others were of wood. The windows are some rectangular and some pointed. (See sketch by George Du Noyer, c.1840 available from the Royal Society of Antiquities of Ireland).
Tradition avers that this castle belonged to the MacCarthys but this cannot be true as the MacCarthys were driven out of their original territory of Eóganacht Chaisil long before It was erected. (The antiquities of this Parish were examined by Mr. A. Curry and his notes transcribed by me, John O'Donovan, Cashel, Sept. 17th 1840.)