Peter Ryan who is currently training for the Para Olympics cycling in 2016 along with Damien Shaw getting ready to be interviewed in Upperchurch yesterday by Kathy O’Halloran of RTE for a slot to be broadcast at a later date.
BLACK AND TANS AUTHOR
ON TUESDAY 10TH DECEMBER
Seán Hogan, the author of best-selling book “The Black and Tans in North Tipperary, Policing, Revolution and War 1913 – 1922” will be the guest speaker at Borrisoleigh Historical Society’s second lecture of this season on Tuesday night, 10th December 2013 in the Community Centre at 8pm.sharp.
Hogan’s book was launched in October and has been very well received. It presents a comprehensively-researched account of the ‘Black and Tan’ War in North Tipperary and helps us to understand the background, development and evolution of the dramatic changes which occurred in the decade 1913 -1922. It provides readers with a definitive, timely and comprehensive account of the dramatic events and the people involved. Hogan’s narrative is drawn from interviews with participants on both the IRA and RIC sides as well as the extensive written records and relates what are frequently shocking and disturbing events.
As well as presenting an introduction and overview of his book, Hogan will focus on the events and people in the Borrisoleigh area during this very disturbed period. The national significance of events at the Ragg in March 1920 which saw a young RIC man, John Heanue from Galway and a local IRA volunteer, Tom Dwyer, shot dead will be covered. The story of the shooting of Michael Small near Shevrie in July 1920 and the link to the subsequent shooting of District Inspector Wilson in Templemore will be explained. The ambush at Killoskehane in which two RIC constables were killed will be included. The killing of Patrick Maher a few days before the major attack on Borrisoleigh RIC barracks in June 1921 will feature, as will the importance of the geographical location of Borrisoleigh to the conflict.
Hogan will be hoping to gather additional information on the events and people in and around Borrisoleigh and will be signing copies of the book on the night. As well as being available in the bookshops in Nenagh and Thurles, Hogan’s book is available in Walsh’s shop in Borrisoleigh, Guilfoyles in Templetuohy and Walsh’s Toymaster in Templemore.
Further Information from
Sean Hogan 087 6864989
Upperchurch Drombane Youth Club
A Christmas Craft Fayre
On Saturday Night
In Upperchurch Community Centre
If you have a product or craft you would like to sell or exhibit
Please contact: Maura 086-8249320, Teresa, 087-2117865, Nonie 087-6158937.
UPPERCHURCH DROMBANE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION WILL HOLD A RACE NIGHT WITH A DIFFERENCE IN KENNEDY’S BAR UPPERCHURCH ON FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER COMMENCING AT 9PM. PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE TO RELY ON THEIR SKILL IN ORDER TO WIN THE RACE. COME ALONG AND SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY WHILE ENJOYING A GREAT NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENT.
UPPERCHURCH DROMBANE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION WILL HOLD A RACE NIGHT WITH A DIFFERENCE IN KENNEDY’S BAR UPPERCHURCH ON FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER COMMENCING AT 9PM. PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE TO RELY ON THEIR SKILL IN ORDER TO WIN THE RACE. COME ALONG AND SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY WHILE ENJOYING A GREAT NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENT. Race Night Poster (4)
On Tuesday, December 10th, at the Community Centre, Borrisoleigh, we are delighted to announce that Mr. Sean Hogan author of recently launched book “The Black & Tans in North Tipperary” will deliver a very interesting lecture on this topic. Lecture will commence at 8 pm sharp. All are welcome.
The official launch of the annual Upperchurch-Drombane Historical Journal will be held in Upperchurch Hall on this Saturday, November 30th at 8.30 p.m. This year the guest of honour will be Fr. Phil Barry from the local Palottine Novitiate in Thurles. Fr. Phil is a well known and popular local figure who has travelled widely in his missionary work and who represented the parish with distinction on the hurling field.
This year’s book is again filled with stories, poems and photographs of local interest. The disturbed days of the Tithe war are recalled in Eugene Shortt’s account of the shooting of Rev. John Going in 1829. On a more positive and prosperous note, Billy Clancy tells the story of Margaret Walsh who left Drombane over a hundred years ago and married a rich mining tycoon in Arizona.
One of the great attractions of the Upperchurch-Drombane area has always been the large number of colourful local pubs. Fifty years ago there were sixteen but this number has now fallen to six. Paddy Dwyer has compiled a short history of the sixteen which were operating in living memory. Some people also remember the Emergency years of World War 2 with rationing, compulsory tillage and local defence units figuring prominently in local life, and an outbreak of foot and mouth disease thrown in for good measure. Tom Quinlan reports on it all. Also from the 1940s, Diarmuid Breathnach remembers summer holidays spent in Upperchurch, as Gaeilge.
Canon William Corcoran, a parish priest of a hundred years ago, had a couple of controversial incidents in his life and these are recalled by Thomas Fogarty. Sticking with an account of parish priests, Joan Ryan traces all of those who held the office in the parish since the 1600s, as well as detailing the careers of some of the parishioners who entered the religious life.
Our everyday language is packed with words which have survived from the Irish and John Mason lists and discusses these. The blowing up of Drombane Hall and Ballyoughter bridge in 1920 is recalled by Maura Grant. Andy Byrne takes a nostalgic look at the events of fifty years ago and has also written a tribute to the friends and characters of his youth, both in prose and poetry, in collaboration with Billy Clancy.
Upperchurch is rich in ancient megalithic monuments and remains. Frankie Shortt has compiled a list of dozens of these, most of which are unknown even to the locals. There are also the usual local poems and photographs to provide an interesting and entertaining read. The book will be on sale at the usual outlets immediately after the launch, price €10.
Kinane’s Bar Upperchurch will hold a seisiúin mór – Traditional Irish Music Night on 29th of November at 9.30pm. All new musicians and singers welcome. Tá fáilte roimh chách.
Now taking bookings for Christmas parties. Contact Niamh on 087-4105894
A great evening is promised in Upperchurch with €3,200, raised in Clifden, being presented to deserving charities in Kinanne’s Pub at the Autumn Charity Challenge re-union, on Friday next, November 22nd. Full details of the 2014 Kerry Charity Challenge to be held in Dingle Co Kerry is expected to be announced in Kinanne’s, followed by the customary complimentary tea, coffee and one of Siobáin’s excellent tasty bites.
The Friday evening will begin with a moonlight walk on Knockalough starting from the Upperchurch Community Centre at 7.15pm, led by Carmel Needham. Latter moonlight walk is open to all comers – bring a torch.
Further information is available from Carmel at Tel: 086-2602133.
Reminder tonight in the Community Centre Borrisoleigh 8.30 pm sharp
as already advertised