Tom MacDonald. Tom Sadly passed away yesterday on 25th September.
He was a colourful character who could be seen everyday in and around Clonroche Village chatting and debateing about politics and history and anything else that had grabbed his attention.
He will be missed by his family and many friends. Many stories of Tom and his interactions with people far and near will be told around firesides and local establishments for many a year to come.
A member of Clonroche Historical Society and former President of Clonroche Comhaltas and past member of Cloughbawn GAA. Tom enjoyed it all and took on all roles with his usual enthusiasm.
Below is a link to a video of Tom in full flight receiting two poems in Coolaught Gardens in 2013.
May he Rest in Peace.
Thursday, 14 September 2017
From a report of the meeting of the Board of Guardians of Enniscorthy Poor Law Union as published in The People on the 12th of January 1865:--
Mr Lett as Secreatary to the Sanitary Committee of Clonroche, submitted a resolution, entered into at a meeting in Clonroche, on the 31st ult., for the purpose of ascertaining the sanitary state of that village, which set forth the condition in which it was found to be, after a careful house to house search by the Committee.
Ordered—That the Committee be empowered to purchase lime, whitewash brushes, and buckets and to hire a competent person to cleanse and purify the cabins of those who are not able to afford to do so themselves; that they call the attention of the police to their duties under the act—and that those who refuse to remove all nuisance who can afford to do so, be summoned before the magistrates. That in the first instance, £3 be allowed for the purchase of lime, brushes and buckets.”
From The Wexford Independent the 14th of January 1894:--
“Strange Freak of a Sick Man at Tominearly
On Tuesday evening last word reached the Enniscorthy Union Workhouse that a van was required to bring in a man, named Power, a servant at Mr David Doran’s , who was seriously ill. It was found impossible to send the van for the man that night but on the following morning when it arrived at Tominearly, it was found that the unfortunate man, who is said to be suffering from erysipelas, had broken out of the house during the night, and that he could not be found. The driver of the van, at once, turned his horse’s head towards Enniscorthy, and came back with an empty vehicle. In the meantime a strict search was made for the missing man and he was found on Wednesday in the neighbourhood of Palace in quite an exhausted state. He was too weak to have him removed to the infirmary.”
From The Wexford Independent the 28th of September 1866:--
“Potato Manure, Turnip Manure, Mangold Manure
I beg to inform the Nobiliy, Gentry and farmers of the County of Wexford that I have been appointed sole agent in this county for the sale of Superphosphate,
Manufactured by the Liverpool and Ramsey Oil and Chemical Manure Company Limited.
Having been favoured with the agency last year, also, I appeal with confidence to the testimony of all who used this manure; and from the splendid crops of Turnips produced by it on my own land near Castleboro, I unhesitingly recommend it to all who desire a large yield of Potatoes, Turnips or Mangolds.
The manure has been analysed by Professor Cameron, Dublin, who declares that it contains 30 per cent of phosphate lime, and a higher proportion of ammonia than is found for all green crops, highly suitable for barley, rape, &c. A sprinkling of salt along with it helps to develop more effectively its fertilising properties.
Sold on very moderate terms
Sole agent for County Wexford
T. H. Rowe
Wexford March, 1866
To be had, also, from Mr John D. Rowe, Castleboro Mills”
From The Free Press the 28th of March 1925:--
“Castleboro Saw Mills
Enquiries solicited for boards, scantlings, roofings, box board in best quality native fir, posts, fencing, stakes in oak, at cheap prices. Larch shafts for binders and carts, all sizes in stock. Bone dry fish felloes and oak spokes, elm stocks. Full descriptions of native timber quoted at keen prices.
Coppen, Castleboro Saw Mils,
From the report of Clonroche Petty Sessions in The People the 15th of August 1896:--
“Non-Registration of births
Patrick Connors, Clonroche and John Kavanagh, Rossdroit, were summoned for failing to register the births of children. The summonses were brought in the name of Mrs Keating, assistant registrar of births and marriages for Clonroche district. Mr O’Dempsey appeared on behalf of Mrs Keating and Mr White for one of the defendants, Patrick Connors.
The case against Connors was first taken up. He was summoned for not registering the birth of his daughter on the 24th of August ’94. Mr O’Dempsey said that owing to the absence of Dr Keating, the summons was brought in the name of Mrs Keating. Mr White said that he did not require that Mrs Keating would be examined, and proved to the non-registration.
Connors said that his wife had brought the child to be registered.
Mr White asked to have the defendant’s wife examined but Mr O’Dempsey objected and contended that, under the statute, the offence being a penal one, the wife could not be examined. It was the same as in a murder case, where the wife could not be examined to prove an alibi.
A fine of 1 penny was imposed and an order was made that the registration be carried out.
Mr White pleaded guilty in the case of John Kavanagh, who was summoned for not registering the child Edward. A fine of 1 penny was imposed.”
From The People the 5th of April 1862:--
“Inquest—On Monday, M. J. Cartan, Esq., Coroner, held an inquest at Killegney, near Clonroche, on the body of Catherine Hanna. It appeared from the evidence that the morning previous while preparing to go to Chapel she died suddenly—Verdict—“Died from disease of the heart.”
From report of Board of Guardians of Enniscorthy Poor Law union meeting, published in The people, the 5th of August 1893:--
“Clonroche National School
The following letter was read:--
“Office of National Education
Sir—Referring to the action taken by the sanitary officer of the Enniscorthy Poor-Law Union in regard to the proximity of the privies attached to the Clonroche National Schools to the school building. I am directed by the Commissioners of National Education to inform you that on the recommendation of the Board of Works, they have granted the sum of £21 6 shillings and 8 pence on a total expenditure of £32, for the erection of two new privies at a distance of fifty feet from the back of the schoolhouse.—Yours obedient servant,
J. C. Taylor”
From The Enniscorthy Guardian the 8th of January 1949:--
“Miss Bridget Redmond, whose death took place at the Co. Hospital, Wexford, on Sunday, was over for over thirty-two years housekeeper for Very Rev. Michael Murphy P. P. Cloughbawn. Up to late on Saturday she was in her usual good health, but becoming suddenly ill, Fr Murphy administered the Last Sacraments and summoned medical aid. She was removed to the Co. Hospital where despite every care and attention she passed away peacefully on Sunday evening. The remains were removed to Carnagh where interment took place in the family burial ground. Requiem Mass Office and High Mass were held in Cloughbawn Church on Wednesday—R. I. P.”
From The Enniscorthy Guardian, the 30th of June 1894:--
“Dr Cardiff, Coroner for South Wexford, held an inquest on Wednesday on the body of a man named Peter Nolan (Coolaught) who expired suddenly in the public-house of Mr John Cullen on Tuesday evening. The testimony showed that death was due to the effects of excessive tobacco smoking and that it had taken place with awful suddenness.
Mrs Rebecca Cullen was the first witness examined. She proved that the deceased had entered the house on Tuesday evening and had called for some beer with which he had been supplied.
Sylvester Hore Raheen, (farmer) deposed that he knew the deceased. On Tuesday evening witness was in one of the rooms of Mrs Cullen’s house when Catherine Maher, a servant of Mrs Cullen’s called him and said she thought there was a “weakness” over Peter Nolan. Before this he was unaware of the presence of the deceased in the house. He got up at once and entered the room in which Nolan was. Nolan’s head was resting on his breast, he was in a sitting posture on the form and his hat had fallen off. Witness spoke to him and he did not reply. In the meantime, Mrs Cullen’s girl and Maggie Hendrick came in and with the assistance of these two he removed Nolan to the yard. After deceased’s removal to the yard, he showed no signs of life; he did not stir and witness did not hear him breathing. Some person in the yard, however, said he was breathing. In a few minutes they found he was dead, and carried him into the house again.
Luke Nolan, brother of the deceased, stated that he lived in the same house as Peter Nolan and always considered the latter generally healthy. He never knew him to be ailing, save with a cold. He never knew him to have suffered from rheumatism or rheumatic fever, or any pains, but twenty years ago, deceased suffered from a pain in his back. Deceased never appeared distressed after exertion and he never had a cough, nor was he eating bad.
In reply to Dr Keating, the witness said that Peter had a good appetite. He was a very heavy smoker and smoked 2 or 3 ounces in the week. Witness did not know that his brother had been taking medicine four or five months in succession but knew that he had been drinking cod liver oil some time ago. He never heard him complain of palpitation of the heart.
Dr M. E. Keating stated that he had been attending deceased last Autumn for about four months. He (deceased) was suffering from cough, profuse perspiration and loss of appetite—all brought on by excessive smoking of tobacco. At one timed deceased used to smoke six ounces of tobacco in the week but he reduced that amount. Syncope and failure of the heart’s action were the causes of death.
A verdict in accordance with the medical evidence was returned.”