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Monday, September 22, 2014


                                                                                                                                                                As in previous years, prime movers  behind the annual
at the 
Fountain Centre, Portlaw,
were Peggy Cuddihy and Biddy Hanlin.
This annual nationwide event, in aid of the 
Hospice Movement,
is sponsored by Bewleys' Coffee.

                                                                                                                                                         Pictured above are a few of the many contributors to the fund-raiser:
L. to R:  Peggy Murphy, Kathleen Gilman,
Marie Nolan, Patricia Cullen and Dolores Hennebry.

-   oooOooo   -

Meanwhile, enjoying the late warm weather by the fountain, outside, were:
L. to R:  Paul Kelly, Seamus Crotty and Michael Walsh.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Good Morning
to you
out there
in far away
M A C A U,
viewing our Blog just now, 
on a very sunny day here in Ireland!

Sunday, September 7, 2014


Roofers at work on Holy Trinity Church, Portlaw,
replacing the ridge tiles on September 3rd .
Although most of the cost has been raised by parishioners and friends,
there is still  a shortfall of over €2,000.
If you'd like to contribute, contact Mrs. Mary Coe, Brown Street.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Ice-Bucket Craze

The Ice-Bucket craze seems to have taken over from other 'dares',
and is now sweeping the world,
fortuntely raising huge funds for the
Motor Neurone Disease cause.

This one captured recently in Portlaw!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Clonagam Mass - August 2014

                                                                                                                                                            Mass was celebrated once more at Clonagam cemetery
yesterday, August 6th, 2014.
This was the third such celebration during the past four years
and, once again, good weather prevailed.
A gentleman from the Mothel area, who found the number present last year
 to be ninety-eight (98)
said there was exactly double that number present this time.
A truly ecumenical occasion again this year
with Church of Ireland members attending and participating.

 A pre-ceremony  Pow-Wow between the clergy!

Introductory remarks by the celebrant, Fr. Richard O'Halloran, C.C.

"It might rain yet . . . !"

Sheltering from the breeze by the church wall were:
Peter Phelan, Assumpta Phelan and Barbara Whelan. 

A reading by Lord Waterford.

 A reading by  by Mr. Austin Coffey.

The Prayers of the Faithful by Fr. Liam O'Callaghan. 

Lack of chairs didn't worry these ladies
who availed of the boundary wall!

'The Chalice of Salvation'

By the west gable of the church was the warmest place to be!

Prayers after Communion
read by Rev. Dr. Christine O'Dowd-Smyth
temporary rector - Fiddown Union of Parishes (Ch. of Irld.).

The participating clergy:
L  to R:  Rev. Fr. Liam O'Callaghan,
Rev. Dr. Christine O'Dowd-Smyth,
Rev. Fr. Richard O'Halloran, C.C., Portlaw - celebrant.

The sunshine had developed into a warm glow
as the last of the congregation was leaving.
L to R:  Ally Walsh; Mary Butler and daughter, Jenna; Maureen O'Connell;
Fr. Richard O'Halloran; Mary Walsh.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


to you in far away
viewing our blog
just now!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Travellers in Portlaw

Just over a week ago, some members of the travelling community, with some animals and vehicles,  arrived in Portlaw, where they stayed for four days approximately. They were mainly members of a Delaney family, who told me they confine their travels to County Waterford.  Some Reilly travellers were also present on the day I visited them.   Of particular interest was their traditional horse-drawn caravan, which they told me was now forty years old. I was offered access to the interior, which had a nice solid-fuel cooker/heater.  A picture of the caravan is hereunder, parked outside the entrance to the former Malcomson Cotton Mill, which later became a Tannery. In recent years, I have photographed travellers with the surname Reilly in both mid-Tipperary and County Carlow, some of which are online, or have been published (with permission).

Above:  M. Delaney himself, head of the travelling family referred to previously.
The gate seen here was formerly the gate to the Malcomson mansion - Mayfield House,
which in 1934 became the Tannery office.
 Members of the Delaney and Reilly families.
John Reilly with young Mary Delaney on horseback.