Holycross - Ballycahill

Last week the weather took its toll here in the parish like the rest of the country, the heavy and incessant rain together with gale force winds and the storm on Wednesday caused much havoc.

The River Suir burst its banks in several areas causing severe flooding to fields. Thankfully the houses here escaped flooding but our two hostelries continue to be flood victims. The storm wreaked havoc in many areas, slates blown off roofs, galvanize off outside buildings, power lines both electricity and phones blown to the ground leaving areas without power or heating.

Numerous trees were felled by the ferocity of the wind. Thankfully there was nobody hurt over the period but there were some near misses. A local lady driving to work in Clonmel found her route blocked by a fallen tree, she reversed to travel on another road but discovered another tree had fallen behind her – she was caught between the two. Luckily she was unharmed and continued on her way when assistance had come to free the road.


Sympathy is extended to Mary Hogan, Beakstown on the recent death of her two aunts, Kitty and Annie Mullen, Kells, Co Meath.

Sympathy also to Cora Barrett, Beakstown on the death of her mother Anne-Jane McCreesh, Armagh.

The death has occurred at her residence in Beakstown of Cherrie Wilson, (nee Tanner, Gaile) widow of the late Charlie Wilson. A septuagenarian the late Cherrie had not been in the best of health in recent times. Prior to her illness she was an industrious lady working hard on the land. She and her late husband were suppliers of goats milk to shops in the County and in Kilkenny. She was an avid gardener and loved her flowers and rose bushes. She had much involvement with dogs, she was a breeder of Yorkies and she had a great interest in The Guide Dogs Assoc. Peace to her soul. She is survived by her sons Matthew and his wife Eileen and grandchildren, Monaghan and Charles and his wife Nicola and grandchildren, Clonoulty and her sister Violet, Cork, to whom we extend our sympathy. Her remains were brought from the Church of Ireland, Templemore for burial in the Church of Ireland Cemetery here in Holycross. She was laid to rest beside her husband Charlie.

Death of Jackie Lanigan, Cormackstown. As we go to press we have heard of the death of the affable and friendly Jackie who had struggled with cancer for some time. Obituary in next week’s issue.

Scór na bPáistí

The Mid Final of Scór na bPáistí will take place in Holycross Community Centre next Saturday night 22nd February at 7pm. Our figure dancers and our solo singer will represent Holycross/Ballycahill on the night: Figure Dancing - Aisling O’Sullivan; Caoimhe Doyle; Leah Shanahan; Mary Kate Cahill; Clodagh Morris; Meabh Ryan; Rebecca Shanahan; Caoimhe Craddock and Solo Singing - Cathal O’Reilly . A great night’s entertainment is promised so all support is welcome. Complimentary Tea/Coffee will be served at the break, so any donations of home baking would be gratefully appreciated. Best of luck to all participants.


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