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Thursday, March 30, 2017


A new planning permission application notice 
is now on display at the site in Coolroe townland on the uphill drive to Clonagam church:

Let's hope the application is successful;
anything but nuclear power.
Simultaneously, it will surely mean an end to the vast amount of Japanese Knotweed
growing along the roadside in the area, which  our environmental dept seems to have no interest in,
and which also has been a serious traffic hazard for years.
The largest solar panel farm I've seen to date can be visited at
in North Tipperary.
There may well be others in the country.
Check out:

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Thank You!


                                                                                                               From Israeli viewers on Friday last, March 24th . . . 
4702 page views on the one day!  Inexplicable!
Total page views from Israel since site opened now stands at - 25,771. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

National Daffodil Day 2017

Back in the 1960s, the Canadian Cancer Society began usng the daffodil
as a symbol of hope, and for the promotion of awareness and research.
The idea for such a logo caught on universally
and began to be used in Ireland
Professor Austin Darragh
founded the Irish organisation in this country in 1963.
Daffodil Day here now raises millions to fund the society's cause.
Portlaw has it's more-or-less same faithful volunteers to collect
for many years.

Above can be seen Ann Power and Biddy Hanlin
extracting as much as possible from these two contributors
last Friday, March 24th, outside th Centra.

Simultaneously, Johnny Crotty was on the same mission outside Fogartys' at the bridge,
with benefactors
Teddy O'Brien and Claire Holden.

 A total of €1,822 was raised here in Portlaw.
to all concerned!

Friday, March 17, 2017

An Paráid 2017

                                                                                                                                                              The Portlaw Task Force, organisers of the parade,
must be complimented on the fine turn-out . . .
and they brought snakes galore with them!

The saint himself arrived by boat up the Clódagh river!

Councillor Declan Clune, Sinn Féin, opened the event and welcomed all present.
A runnng commentary on all participants was given as they arrived in the square. 

A few very strong Leprechauns arrived also!

Ever-reliable, the local Pipe Band led the parade, and was probably the main attraction for many.

                                                                                                                                                            Quite a variety of vintage vehicles was on display.

The local pipe band is always on the lookout for new members.
It's never too late, or too early to join!

Carrick River Search & Rescue participate each year
and are much appreciated locally for the work they do.

So many snakes around, some wrapped themselves around the fountain . . . 
and we thinking St. Patrick had managed to get rid of them all!

In between tunes, we managed to get a nicely-posed picture of the band.

All this little boy wanted a was a ride on this motor-bike
and some fine ones were to be seen.

A single left-click on each image will show an enlarged copy. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017


From the Illustrated London News of October 23rd, 1897:

The Marriage of the Marquis of Waterford

The marriage of the Marquis of Waterford to Lady Beatrix Fitzmaurice, younger daughter of the Marquis of Landsdowne, which was celebrated at St. George’s, Hanover Square, on Oct. 16th, was the most fashionable ceremony that London has seen for a long time, involving the interests of many of our greatest families.       
The Marquis, who was born in 1875, succeeding his father at the age of twenty, represents on the paternal side those fighting Beresfords who, in the persons of Lord Charles and Lord William Beresford, are, perhaps, the aristocratic idols of the man in the street; while his mother, who died only recently, was the daughter of the Duke of Beaufort, who stands for all that sport implies to the well-bred Englishman.  The bride represents the statesmanlike Landsdownes, while her mother is one of the beautiful Hamiltons who claim the Duke of Abercorn as chief.  The church was beautifully decorated, and the magnificence of the twenty tall troopers of the Blues (the bridegroom’s regiment) varied a lively scene.
The Prince of Wales, who had just come from the christening in St. James’s Chapel of the bride’s second cousin, the little Marlborough baby – for Lady Blandford, its grandmother, is Lady Waterford’s aunt – was present, and there were Dukes and Duchesses galore – Abercorn, Atholl, Beaufort, Buccleuch, Devonshire, Leeds, Marlborough, Newcastle and St. Alban’s.  After the ceremony a reception was held at Landsdowne House, which the host of presents had converted into a veritable treasury, and in the afternoon Lord and Lady Waterford left for Coates Castle, Pulborough, the seat of the Dowager Duchess of Abercorn.

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The Marquis in question was Henry de la Poer Beresford, the 6th Marquis/Marquess of Waterford, who was born on April 28th, 1875. His father was John Henry de la Poer Beresford, the 5th Marquis of Waterford; his mother being Lady Blanche Elizabeth Adelaide Somerset.

His bride, Lady Beatrix Frances Petty-Fitzmaurice, was daughter of Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, the 5th Marquis of Landsdowne and Lady Maud Evelyn Hamilton, whom he married on October 16th1897. On December 1st 1911, he passed away at the young age of 36.

The marriage produced three daughters and three sons, as follows:
(1) Lady Blanche Maud de la Poer Beresford (1898-1940);  (2) Lady Katherine Nora de la Poer Beresford  (born 1899);  (3) Lady Beatrix Patricia de la Poer Beresford (born 1902);  (4) John Charles de la Poer Beresford (later 7th Marquis of Waterford) (1901-1934);  (5) Lord William Mostyn de la Poer Beresford (1905-1973) and (6) Lieut-Commander Lord Hugh Tristram de la Poer Beresford (1908-1941).  

Lord Hugh enlisted in the Royal Navy and rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander.  During World War II, whilst serving aboard the HMS Kelly, he was killed in action off the island of Crete. He was buried in Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt, on June 27th, 1941.  There is a memorial to him  and his sister, Lady Blanche Maud in Clonagam church.. . . image No. 093 on this website. 

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N.B. The accompanying image, reproduced here as a single image with difficulty because of quality,
was originally two separate images in the ILN article.
The photo of Lady Beatrix was by Pooles Photographic Studio, Waterford.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Pubs in the area 136 years ago!

From an 1881 Directory

Bowers Margaret, Fiddown.                               Moroney Bridget, Portlaw.
Brennan Mary, Fiddown.                                 Phelan Patrick, Coolfin, Portlaw.
Conway Patrick, Portlaw.                         Power James, Portlaw.
Curtis Thomas H., Portlaw.                             Power Joseph, Portlaw.
Dooley Patrick, Portlaw.                                  Prendergast Mary, Portlaw.
Harney William, Portlaw.                    Stone John, Portlaw.
Henebery Michael, Portlaw.                    Walsh Walter, Portlaw.
Higgins David, Portlaw.

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Curently (1st March, 2017) Portlaw has only four pubs in operation!