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Death of Jack Bradshaw Feb 15th

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Here are the notes for the missing week when the Ballingarry news was used instead


THE LOCAL community was saddened last weekend when news broke of the death of Jack Bradshaw of Ballinacloghy. Jack was in his 90th year at the time of his death, which took place in the Assessment Unit of St Patrick's Hospital in Cashel. He would have reached the huge milestone in April.

Jack's health declined since the early winter and he spent a number of weeks in and out of hospital.

He was greatly admired by the local community. About twenty years ago Jack had his hips operated on and made a great recovery at that time, getting back even to riding his bicycle in and out to the village and even further afield.

Jack was the last living member of his own generation of the Bradshaw family. His sister Peggy Freeman died during 2007.

The family came originally from Ballydonnell and consisted of twelve brothers and sisters now all passed away. A former parish priest of Mullinahone left a calf in his will to the largest family among his former flock, ie the Bradshaws.

Jack was a noted hard worker. He spent a number of years working in Wales from the middle 1950's until his return in the late 1960's. On his return he found employment locally and finished his working life building with McCorrys in Kilkenny.

When Jack reached retirement age he didn't retire, he just switched track. He devoted himself to gardening and to keeping his home in apple pie order.

When his late wife Kitty became ill Jack looked after her with loving care until it became impossible even for one as diligent as Jack. Kitty died two years ago and Jack and Kitty suffered a major blow in 2001 with the death of their son John.

After John's death, Jack continued with John's custom of breeding horses. One hears of sons following in their father's footsteps, but not so often of fathers following in their sons footsteps, as with everything else he put his hands to Jack was good at horse breeding as well.

In accordance with his wishes Jack was waked in St Michael's church. His funeral obsequies were attended to by Fr John McGrath PP, Mullinahone, with whom Jack had a great relationship. Jack was a daily attender at Mass. At his funeral Mass the readers were Jack's daughter Fidelma and his grand-daughter Joanna. The items displayed at Jack's funeral Mass told the story of his life. Among these were vegetables, horses and his beloved cap.

The prayers of the faithful were recited by members of Jack's extended family, including Breda Sweeney (sister-in-law), Neil Akehurst (grandson), Shane Bradshaw (grandson), Emma Akehurst (grand-daughter) and Jack's grandson Alex. After Mass Jack's remains were brought to St. Michael's cemetery, Killaghy, for burial in the family plot. Jack's obsequies were attended by large congregations of mourners. Proof indeed of the high regard in which Jack was held.

He is survived by the six remaining members of his family and their extended families. We extend our sympathy to his sons Liam (Wales), Tommy (Dublin), and Jim (Ballinacloghy) and to his daughters Jo (Kerry), Mary (Surrey) and Fidelma (London).

May Jack rest in peace as he sets about his latest task of tidying up the gardens of Heaven.

PLAY ­ The eternal drawing power of a John B. Keane play in rural Ireland is still very much in vogue.


Having just finished their tour of Thurles the Fionn MacCumhaill Players (Cloneen) are returning to base this weekend with their production of “The Highest House on the Mountain”. This is one of Keane's lesser known plays.

The play is in Cloneen on Friday and Saturday nights and in the Abbeymill Theatre, Fethard on Sunday night.

One of the main local characters in the play is Eddie Duggan. Taking part also are the Williamson family, Anne, daughter Holly and Pat, who is very much involved with sets, playing a leading role also is Aidan Clancy, who is well known locally.

The Fionn McCumhaill Players take to the boards in Kilkenny's Watergate Theatre at a later date.

LOTTO ­ The local lotto jackpot draw took place on Monday night, February 11. The numbers drawn were: 17, 20, 22 and 28. We didn't have a jackpot winner but we did have a single winner of our match 3 prize of 150 euro. Our congrats go to Vincent Doheny. No doubt his cheque is winging its way to Vincent who is currently in Australia. Next draw will be on February 18 when the jackpot could be 5,450 euro.

GAA ­ The Under-21 footballers got their preparation underway last weekend for the upcoming championship. They played a challenge game against Moyne on Friday night last under lights. They also represented Mullinahone in the county senior football league against Aherlow on Sunday last. They were defeated by a very strong senior side but can be well pleased with the turnout of players. It is hoped that the games in the senior league will give them much needed practice for the Under-21 championship.

JUVENILES ­ Arrangements have been made for the juvenile club's annual general meeting. All parents are requested to have at least one parent in each
household in attendance.

TIPP REPS ­ Well done to Niall Curran on his second win of the league against Clare in the National football league. Well done also to his brother Paul and Eoin Kelly on their great win over Offaly in the National hurling league.

MEMBERSHIP ­ Club membership is now due and should be paid to Club Registrar Tommy O'Sullivan. Gym membership can be paid to Jackie Bolger.


CLUB PRO ­ For any information regarding the Hall or Gym contact: 052-53183 or 086 8341843.

PARISH NEWS ­ Lent has begun. For its duration we will have a Lenten Service of Stations of the Cross in St. Michael's Church each Sunday of Lent at 7pm.

The death has taken place in Toronto, Canada, of Ned O'Brien, Briarsfield.

Sympathy to his brothers Paddy, Briarsfield and Jim, Canada, as well as his sister Mary in England.


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