The death has taken place on August 4, 2011, at Ethicus Hospital in Grapevine, Texas, of Mr John Haddick of Edina, Knox County, Missouri, USA.
The 86 year old Mr Haddick was the eighth sibling and youngest child of Edward Haddick and Josephine O’Brien Haddick, born on November 18, 1924, in Cappawhite County, Tipperary, coming from a family which embraced both of Irelands historic traditions, namely the Orange and the Green. His mother was from a family with strong nationalist sympathies playing a part in the struggle for Irish independence, while in total contrast, his father’s family were from old Unionist 16th century plantation tradition.
Late John Haddick
John’s own career was as diverse as his early background. In 1940 he joined the Royal Air Force and fought as a fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain becoming one of those to whom Sir Winston Churchill referred as “Never in the course of history did so many owe so much too so few.“ Later he fought under Field Marshal William Joseph (Bill) Slim, (1st Viscount Slim,) in the Burma Campaign and was to the fore in the famous “Operation Dracula,” the name given to an airborne and amphibious attack on Rangoon by British and Indian forces, part of the Burma Campaign when British forces successfully attacked the Japanese garrison at Rangoon.
After the war he became a member of London’s Metropolitan Police and acted as an Inspector of the force (Scotland Yard). He was placed on special guard duty during the Royal Wedding in 1948 of Princess Elizabeth, to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
In the succeeding years he held a variety of positions in the corporate world and on emigrating to the U.S. in the late 1950′s, he acquired American citizenship and began what was to become a very successful career in the insurance industry.
Mr Haddick was married twice; first to Mary Teresa Barry on September 5th, 1951 in Liverpool, England. (To this union was born one daughter before his wife died on June 29, 1952.) and married again to Bernadine Cecilia Schlepphorst on July 17th, 1958, in Cappawhite,Tipperary. (His second wife preceded his own death on November 4th, 2008.)
Close friends described the late Mr Haddick as a loving father, a deeply committed Christian, one of nature’s gentlemen, an incomparable friend and companion and an excellent and patriotic American, who held wide-ranging interests and was of no mean intellectual capacity.
Mr Haddick’s funeral Mass will be held 10.00 a.m. tomorrow Tuesday, August 9th, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edina, with burial afterwards in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Surviving Mr Haddick are one daughter, Mary T. Butler and husband Virgil; Nephews Kevin Haddick-Flynn, Stephen John Downey, Brendan Downey (England) Eamonn Mullins (Dublin); Nieces, Monica, Geraldine and Dolores Mullins (England) Josephine O’Sullivan Margaret O’Shea (Cork City) Marie O’Sullivan (Dublin) niece and god daughter Mary Carmel Downey (England) and Celestine Nae Mullins Crutchfield (Boston).
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is offering free admission to all heritage sites around Tipperary and Ireland this Wednesday, 3rd August 2011. This offer will be also be available on the first Wednesday of every month during 2011. A full list of all participating sites can be found on heritageireland.ie.
Here is a list of the heritage sites that are free in Tipperary this wednesday;
- Cahir Castle
- Rock of Cashel – There will be free parking in Cashel this Wednesday and on the first Wednesday of every month from the Cashel Town Council.
- Roscrea Heritage (Castle and Damer House) and the Blackmills
- Swiss Cottage
Other nearby attractions outside of Tipperary include Dunmore Cave, Jerpoint Abbey & Kilkenny Castle (Kilkenny), Adare Castle (Limerick), Clonmacnoise (Offaly), Emo Court (Laois) and Reginald’s Tower (Waterford).
According to the HeritageIreland.ie website visitors may experience delays at some of the busier sites. Access to some sites may be by guided tour only and therefore tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
This will hopefully provide a good boost to our local economy and increase awareness of some of our historic heritage sites.
Take a walk on the 'Wild Side,' in Grange, Tipperary
The annual Grange / Crag Loop Walk, here in the Slieveardagh Hills, in County Tipperary takes place on Sunday next the 17th July 2011.
Starting time is at 1.30pm and the meeting point is Hogan’s Pub, in the village of Grange, where light refreshments will be served.
Directions to this worthwhile event will be signposted from the surrounding villages of Glengoole, NewBirmingham, Ballingarry, Urlingford, Gortnahoe, Ballysloe and all approach roads.
Directions to Grange [Map Ref:]
If you are a visitor coming from outside the area, from the town of Urlingford on the N8, take the R690 in the direction of Mullinahone. After 2km stay on the R690 as the road splits – the R689 goes to Killenaule. Continue for almost 5km with the impressive stone wall of Kilcooly Abbey to your left, to a junction where you turn left (Following the natural wall line.) off the main road and after 2km you will enter the village of Grange. The trail-head is located opposite Hogan’s Bar.
Grange is a small village in the Slieveardagh Hills on the Tipperary border with Kilkenny. It lies just east of the magnificent ruin of Kilcooly Abbey founded in 1182. Grange derives its name from it being an out-farm or in Gaelic the ‘Gainseach,’ of Kilcooly. The medieval tower-house castle, situated here, would have protected the area of the abbey estate.
The Grange area is widely acknowledged as extremely scenic and interesting in its historical heritage, and is host to a range of wildlife, including fallow deer, red squirrels and many species of rare native flowers.
There are two interlinked looped walks in Grange. The shorter walk is the Grange Loop [3km] and the longer the Crag Loop [6km]. Close to here, Kilcooly derives its name from the Gaelic, Cill Chuile, “The church of the corner,” or angle. The Abbey and all of the Slieveardagh region does indeed lie in a corner, between the hills to the east and the bog and on its west. It is no mystery therefore that this beautiful scenic area is referred to as ‘Tipperary’s Hidden Corner.’
Enjoy your visit, but remember, as in all walking adventures, do bring stout walking shoes, a camera, suitable rain wear, a snack and fluid!
See ya there and for any queries regarding this event:- Tel: 052 9156165 or Tel: 085 1169650.
For tourists visiting North Tipperary and the Thurles area, who enjoy walking, geology, climbing, history, photography, legendary tales, or simply recording images to “flash upon that inward eye,” then there is no place more enjoyable, than a trip to The Devils Bit.
In the Irish language, Bearnán Éile, (Translated into English – Little Gapped Hill of Éile.) this area offers the visitor, on a clear day, an expansive and breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside, taking in not just Tipperary county itself, but also areas of counties Clare, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Offaly, and Waterford.
Local legend states the mountain got its name when the hungry Devil, flying overhead, took a bite out of the rock. Indeed the large gap in the mountain between the two remaining outcrops of rock, bring the viewer to the same imaginary conclusion. Legend also informs us that the devil broke his teeth while chewing and his mouthful of hard rock was spat out, falling to earth, where it now forms the base to the well known tourist attraction, known as the Rock of Cashel.
(Special thanks goes to Thurles videographer Mr Brian Corbett for sharing the following film clip.)
In 1789, the Book of Dimma was supposedly discovered in a small cave on the mountain. The little known Book of Dimma, written possibly late in the 8th century at nearby St. Cronan‘s Monastery, Roscrea, was preserved by Thady O’Carroll, Prince of Ely, and later during possibly the mid-twelfth century was encased in a rich gilt case. The book is a copy of the four Gospels written in Old Latin and is representative of Irish ‘Pocket Gospel’ manuscripts. The book which had a blessing to the sick and dying added in the 10th or 11th century, can be viewed in Trinity College, Dublin, together with many other articles of Ireland’s rich historical treasures found in Tipperary, now bringing prosperity to our capital city’s economy at Tipperary and rural Ireland’s expense.
This mountain holds indeed a rich history. It was the scene of a mass Anti-Tithe meeting on July 25th 1832, which, according to press reports, was attended by over 50,000 people. Samuel Lover in “Legends and Stories of Ireland,” (1831-1834), refers to a mock burial of the tithes by local peasantry.
The limestone round tower built in the 1650′s, on the approach to the summit of this 478m (1570 feet) mountain, is known locally as “Carden’s Folly,’ and built by John Carden, a follower of Oliver Cromwell and involved in the battle of Marston Moor July 2nd, 1644, when the forces of Parliament defeated their enemies, largely because of the military brilliance of Cromwell. After Cromwell’s conquest of Ireland in 1649 John was rewarded with an estate at Templemore, Tipperary, where he built a manor house and eventually this round tower. He and subsequent family members would go on to become the principal landlords in this area, with the most notable of the Carden family undoubtedly John Rutter Carden III (1811-1866), better known as ‘Woodcock Carden’, so nicknamed by his tenants, because of his ability to survived numerous assassination attempts by tenants. It was said he was as difficult to shoot as the Irish wading bird known as the ‘Woodcock,’ or it’s closest relative the ‘Snipe,’ when in flight. (We will be discussing certain little known and very personal aspects of Mr John Rutter Carden’s life in the not too distant future.)
A large 45 ft cross was erected on the Rock and officially blessed by Upperchurch native, and Archbishop of Cashel and Emly’s, the Most Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Kinane, on Sunday, August 22nd 1954, in celebration of the ‘Marian Year,’ pronounced by Pope Pius XII, the first in Church history. The base of this cross is 5 feet squared and 10 feet deep. Construction was carried out by Duggan Bros. building contractors at Templemore at a cost then of approximately €2,000. The cross was previously illuminated at night and in 1988, to compliment its existence, a statue of the Virgin Mary was erected on the eastern side of the Rock.
Geologists should note that in this area we find the earliest record of fossil flora containing Cooksonia type Sporangia, latter an extinct grouping of primitive leafless land plants. The earliest Cooksonia dates from the middle of the Silurian geologic period and system. This group continues to be an important component of flora until the Early Devonian period, a total time span of 428 to 398 million years ago.
When visiting this attraction, tourists are asked to respect the rights of those farming this fertile area.
Faddan More Psalter
Yet another piece of Tipperary treasure went on show yesterday, to the benefit of Dublin City’s local economy.
I refer of course to the historical Faddan More Psalter, a book of psalms possibly as old as the Book of Kells, dated around 800AD and found by turf cutters in 2006 in a Tipperary bog.
Conservationists have spent the past five years painstakingly preserving this vellum paged, leather covered psalter, which now sits centre stage at a new exhibition in the National Museum, not in Tipperary, but in Dublin.
The new Dublin exhibition, which includes previously exhibited major pieces of church heritage, such as the St Patrick’s Bell and its Shrine, the Cross of Cong, the Broighter gold boat, the Corleck Head, and the unique ivory crozier from Aghaboe, Co. Kerry now on loan from the Statens Historiska Museum in Stockholm, certainly demonstrates an ecclesiastical feel, housed in towering glass boxes, beautifully illuminated and set out in a style resembling a monastic cloister.
This latest piece of Tipperary’s heritage now on display, joins five other liturgical vessels found in 1980 as part of the Derrynaflan Hoard, near Killenaule, Thurles, Co.Tipperary. Note all these pieces of priceless Tipperary treasure are greatly benefiting Dublin’s economy, at the expense of Co.Tipperary.
Speaking of Tourism, when will Fáilte Ireland, trading as Discover Ireland.ie, update Thurles on their website ? Click HERE to see that of which I speak. Next click on – Show all Festivals & Events in Thurles. Stay on the page and check what is happening in Co. Tipperary. Of the 38 attractions featured can you see any mention of the Thurles GAA Museum, St.Mary’s Famine Museum, HQ Nightclub, The Source Theatre, Traditional Music at the Monk Gorman’s, Thurles Golf Club etc, etc, etc ? Answer “NO Sir,” but plenty of adverts for Racing and Comhaltas Summer Seisiún’s.
On the same page hit the down arrow beside Towns and Cities and click on Thurles. Go to Whats on Tab and click on the down arrow alongside. Next click on Historical Houses and Castles – see my point, click on Music and Theatre, – see my point, click on Nightclubs, – see my point.
Without boring my readers much further, see Museums and Attractions - Thurles Famine Museum. Click on ‘More details,’and note: no website address shown, no complete postal address and see Map Pin on the accompanying map location showing the museum’s position, at Hillview drive, Thurles, Co. North Tipperary.
In January 2011, Dublin Tourism launched a new three year regional tourism plan, which sets a target to increase overseas visitor numbers by one million a year. Nearly two thirds of visitors to Ireland already visit Dublin. The city is currently lying at number seven on the list of the most visited cities in Europe. Now you now see why taxpayers money is needed to tunnel underground to keep transport moving.
It appears rural midland Ireland must continue to support the manufacturing of wealth for Dublin business, while those responsible for marketing county Tipperary continue to fund projects west of the Shannon river. I think it is time to drag those, given tourism responsibility, around a table for a serious chat.
Note the visitor figures given for fee paying attractions in Dublin last year, confirmed by Bord Failte, click HERE e.g. 469,674 people went to see the Book of Kells. Based on these latter figures, the Faddan More Psalter, at a charge €1 per visitor would be worth €500,000 to the Tipperary economy, plus spin offs in food, accommodation and other sales.
Whatever happened to the idea of a ‘Decentralisation Programme,’ anyway, or was that just another Fianna Fail vote catching idea. It seems Dublin has now become rural Ireland’s modern day plundering “Viking Raider,” and Tipperary has not one Brian Boru to protect us.