Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Flowers in Abundance!

                                                                                                                                                     Rhododendrons in full bloom at entrance to
MAYFIELD HOUSE
at present time.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Shopkeepers & Traders 1881



Ardagh Robert, miller, Pouldrew.
Bowers Margaret, grocer and spirit dealer, Fiddown.
Brennan Mary, grocer and dealer, Fiddown.
Broderick Michael, builder, shopkeeper and car owner, Portlaw.
Curtis Thomas, coal merchant, grocer, baker and flour dealer, Portlaw.
Fell Nicholas, bootmaker, Portlaw.
Funcheon Patrick, general dealer, Portlaw.
Haugh James, baker and grocer, Portlaw.
Hewston Catherine, coal merchant, Fiddown.
Hickey Michael, cooper, Ballycahane, Portlaw.
Joy John, grocer, draper and butcher, Portlaw.
Mayfield Shop, grocers, drapers &c. Portlaw – William R. Caldbeck, mnr 
Morris Michael, coal merchant, Fiddown.
O’Brien James, tailor, Portlaw.
Phelan Patrick, grocer and baker, Portlaw.
Phelan Richard, general dealer, Portlaw.
Power Joseph, shopkeeper, Portlaw.
Prendergast, Mary, shopkeeper, Portlaw.
Russel Alexander, poultry dealer, Portlaw.
Ryan Martin, grocer, china, &c. dealer, Portlaw.
Stephenson Thomas, woollen manufacturer, Fairbrook, Portlaw.
Thompson William, road contractor, Portlaw.
Winberry Paul, butcher, Portlaw.

(spelling and punctuation as in original)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

1916 Centenary Memorial


Once more, I've relied on my friend, Ann Walsh, to supply me with some pictures from the official unveiling, on Easter Saturday, of the 1916 centenary memorial, located in a small landscaped area adjacent to the roundabout at Malcomson Square. The memorial consists of a simple reproduction of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic on black marble. A flagpole, for the national flag, has been erected beside the memorial. Obviously, the site will be used on the occasion of important national events, and will, hopefully, be treated with the respect it deserves. Congratulations to the organisers, Portlaw Tidy Towns Group, and all others concerned.


This young lady was one of a small group of children who read extracts from the 1916 Proclamation


Local curate, Fr. Richard O'Halloran, addressed the audience and blessed the memorial.


Another speaker was Mr. Ger Crotty, chairman of the Portlaw Heritage Group.


Mr. Johnny Crotty of the local Tidy Towns Group, raising the tricolour, with asistance from others.
On the extreme right can be seen Mrs. Mary Butler, Portlaw's newly elected T.D.,
main speaker on the occasion.  

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On the following day, Easter Sunday, 
Portlaw's annual Republican Easter Parade was held, which I was unable to attend.
Hereunder see one of the many flags flown on the occasion.


A youthful onlooker, who may well witness the bi-centenary of the Rebellion in 2116!



A section of the Easter Parade, commemorating the part played by Cumann na mBan
in the Rebellion.
I was pleasantly surprised in recent days to see that Waterford's outer ring road
has now been officially named after this important women's organisation.


The tricolour flying beside the newly erected memorial,
with the spire of Holy Trinity Church in the background.
That same evening (Easter Saturday), a special 1916 Centenary memorial service was held
at St. Paul's Church, Piltown, a Fiddown Union of Churches (Church of Ireland) event. 

A close-up shot of the memorial will be published here, when such becomes available.
Thanks, once again, to Ann Walsh for coming to the rescue with these images! 
A single left click on any image will reveal an enlarged version. 

. . . and a picture of our local pipe band at the event,
donated by a photographer who wishes to remain anonymous:


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

ST. PATRICK'S DAY locally


Being far away in the west for a number of days recently, I made sure I visited some places associated with St. Patrick, on which feast-day I missed out on local events in Co. Waterford.  Most interesting place, which I was visiting for the second time in a few months, was Ogulla Well, near Tulsk, County Roscommon.  Here, St. Patrick is reputed to have baptised the two pagan princesses, Aithnea and Fidelm, daughters of King Laoghaire.  Cures are reported to have taken place at the site and an annual mass is held during June in the fine building beside the well (currently in need of a clean-up!).  On and around a statue of our patron saint were numerous votive offerings, a common sight at holy wells.

At Ogulla Well.




 Fortunately, local photographer, Ann Walshe, was out with her camera for the Portlaw parade, and kindly allowed us to use the following pictures:










 Thank you,  Anne!