On Saturday November 12th, Christy Doherty of Grangemore, Cashel (formerly of Mitchel Street, Thurles) was buried in Dualla Cemetry following his funeral mass in the Local Church.
A Guard of Honour from the Dualla Ploughing Association accompanied the remains to the Church. Christy was the last of 8 children from the Doherty family to be laid to rest. He was predeceased by his brothers Eamon & Jack, sisters Kathleen, Maggie and Mary. Willie and Martin died in infancy.
Christy was very well known throughout many counties. In recent years, Christy was a serial contributor to Historic Journals with his deep knowledge of the history of the people and places of Boherlahan/Dualla and South Tipperary. His most recent contribution was carried in the Boherlahan GAA history book by author Michael Sheridan and previously by Jim Minchin.
His late father who won an All-Ireland at full back for Tipperary in 1916, which is of huge significance now 100 years on. This medal is now with the Doherty family. On top of this Christys father Jack won County Championship honours with Boherlahan and Two Mile Borris. His late brother Eamon also donned the blue and gold, but had a serious injury which resulted in him losing his leg on his first outing for the County. Christy and his brothers were too well known for their football & hurling skills, wearing the sash of Boherlahan with distinction throughout their sporting careers in the 1940 – 1950’s period.
Christy was well known for his Ploughing success. His last major outing was the All-Ireland Ploughing Championships in 1985 in Tullamore where he represented his county. His last outing was in 1989 in a Ploughing event in Clashmore Waterford where he demonstrated the art of ploughing with his beloved horses.
In his working life Christy worked on the family farm in Grangemore before going on to work initially as an Agri Contractor, the first of its type in the area. He then worked for the Sugar Factory Managing their Pig Units in the 1950s, before joining Suir Valley Ice Cream Company in Thurles to lead their Sales Team in the 1970s. He progressed with Suir Valley / Valley Ice Cream and eventually began his own Frozen Food distribution company in the mid 1980s before retiring in 1990.
Christy and Mary are proud grandparents to 12, the youngest Robyn, celebrated her first birthday on the day her granddad was buried. Upon retirement Christy and his family relocated from Thurles to his homestead in Grangemore where he continued farming until 2005.
Christy was well known for his love of the Agricultural Community, GAA, Dog Breeding, Greyhound Racing and Horse Racing. Christy’s months mind Mass will be celebrated on Saturday Dec 10th in Dualla Church at 7.00pm.
The Doherty Family would like to thank their excellent neighbours, friends, home help team of Frances & Nomo and all the Staff at Clonmel Hospital especially Ollie (Lithuania) for their superb care during his passing.
Christy Doherty is survived by his wife Mary (McGrath of Mitchel Street, Thurles) and his four children, John, Jim, Christy jnr and Marie. His family and 12 grandchildren (Ciara, Bronagh, Killian, Ruby, Aoifa, Orla, Mia, Karol, Scarlet, Jake, Sadiah and Robyn) will bring his life’s loves into the future.
May the Lord have mercy on his soul.