Talented Lacemaker, Joan’s Twenty One Years’ Work for The Missions

For some 21 years, Mrs Joan Fitzpatrick(84),Dublin Road, Thurles, has been holding an annual sale of work and raffle for local Missionaries.

Joan’s next venture will be on Sunday, October 14, in the Nagle Hall, Presentation Convent, Thurles, from 2pm to 6pm and Joan says many interesting raffle prizes have been acquired from the people of Thurles who have been very good to her causes over the years.

Items will still be gratefully received for the Sale of Work and may be left at Joan’s residence. She is being assisted by local ladies, Kathleen Cleary, Nora Doheny, Madge Russell and others. Joan had planned to call it a day on her annual Sale Of Work last year but felt obliged to return to her work to be of service to others. Joan Fitzpatrick is “fourteen steps down from the Queen of England” in terms of ancestry.

Her annual Sale of Work has aided many Missionaries over the 21 years and it is an annual labour of love for Joan Fitzpatrick.

Also on display in the Nagle Hall on the same day will be Joan’s wonderful craftwork, including an Irish Crochet Lace dress worked by herself.

Mrs Fitzpatrick is a distinguished member of the Guild of Irish Lace makers and her son William’s daughter, Aoife was, pictured modelling this beautiful lace dress, last year. The dress is suitable for all sorts of occasions.

Mrs Joan Fitzpatrick has been a nurse all her life and is a non drinker and non smoker. She is from Lisduff /Errill area and husband, Jim is from Knocklong.

Their sons and daughters are William, Vincent, John, Paul, Seamus, Joseph, Gerard, Mrs Maura Brady and Mrs Ann McDonald, proprietor of St Theresa’s Nursing Home, Dublin Road, Thurles.


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