12 May 2021
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Borrisoleigh Website Committee
Congratulations on your Retirement
Joe Buckley receiving a presentation on his retirement from Fr. Hennessy and the Borrisoleigh Community Centre
Read Notice Re Reopening of Churches:
Covid 19 Regulations re Opening of Churches
|From 10th of May 50 are permitted to attend Places of Worship for recommencement of Religious Services. As with previous reopening for services, the following protective measures continue to apply:
It is advised that other religious ceremonies such as First Holy Communions and Confirmations should not take place at this time.
|Attendance at Funerals
|From 10th May 50 mourners permitted at service.
Related events, either before or after, should not take place
|From 10th May 50 guests permitted at service (civil or religious).
For celebrations/receptions, a maximum of 6 people are permitted for indoor gatherings and 15 people for outdoor gatherings
Welcome: A warm welcome to Peter Deely who is our new Community Employment Scheme Supervisor. Good luck to him as he takes up his new role.
Relic Found: Relic of Padre Pio was found on Main Street opposite the Templemore Junction. Owner can have same by calling to the Parish Office.
Mass Times: are as follows
7pm Saturday –Borrisoleigh
Active Retirement Club
For more information visit https://www.tipperarylibraries.ie/events/category/bealtaine-2021/list/
For more information visit https://ageandopportunity.ie/
Caring with Confidence
Borrisoleigh Cycling Team
AXA COMMUNITY BIKE RIDES
Borrisoleigh Historical Society
OUR VERY OWN EBENEZER.
A revolutionary movement, the United Irishmen, in the dark days of famine of 1848, rose the Tricolour in Ballingarry, South Tipperary. In honour and commemoration of that event, a printer from Johnstown, County Kilkenny, designed a stamp that depicted the Irish harp, encircled with a Shamrock wreath. This stamp featured on his stationary and also on the paper bags which he supplied to shops and retailers. For twenty years, grocers parcelled their tea, sugar, flour etc in these bags, without attracting unwanted attention from the authorities. That was however, to change dramatically when Constable Ebenezer Ferns marched into the premises of Patrick Maher, grocer, Borrisoleigh, in mid-July of 1868. Ferns seized the bags and charged Maher of being in possession of seditious material.
The following month, the newspaper, The Nation, carried a scathing report on the incident. While acknowledging that many decent Irishmen existed within the police force. The article went on;
“Others however, either because it accords with their nature, or in consideration of the paltry inducements held out to them by their masters, take heartily to the work of oppressing the people. Their thoughts by day and dreams by night are of the getting up of “cases”. For cases, especially cases with somewhat of a political tinge, their eyes and ears are ever open; and the faintest semblance of what they seek for, is sufficient to bring them with a pounce upon it as a hungry fish springs at a bit of offal. These are the men who arrest young persons for the crime of singing Moore’s melodies and other national songs and for playing or whistling Irish airs to which they – those high and mighty policemen – without any justification whatever for doing so, are pleased to attach a treasonable significance. These are the men who scrutinise strangers so insolently, with the implied purpose of comparing their features with descriptions given in their official gazette, the Hue and Cry; and who exhibit a strong desire to place under lock and key, every man woman and child whom they believe to be guilty of reading national publications, or possessing pictures of Irish patriots or, in short, entertaining national sentiments”.
The satirical verse below appeared in the Tipperary Vindicator in that paper’s commentary on the seizing of the “offend” bags.
“The bags that bore the Irish Harp
encircled with a wreath,
In shamrocks black instead of green
sensation did create.
When Bobby Peel walked in and said
I now must take away,
All sugar bags but kind of him,
he did not touch the tay.
You know dear Mr M – yawned Bob
my duty I must do,
And prove my loyalty to the throne
to which you’re subject too.
and should I not at any risk
lay siege upon those B’s,
My wife and I would surely die
for the love of those three V’s”.
Pic of the Past
Early Photograph of the Creamery, Borrisoleigh Creamery
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