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Death of Jack Bradshaw

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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.

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