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Irish Water – Song “Five Feet High & Risin” Updated

I thought I would bring you a touch of pure nostalgia this lovely Sunday morning; a sentimentality glimpse, if you will, of the  past, which will typify some period in your life, thus returning you to a place of hopefully happy personal associations, a time before Irish Water flooded your lives, if you’ll pardon the simile.

Having listened, I thought to myself, maybe it’s time to refresh this old ballad and bring it more into line with the more modern yet difficult economic climate of today’s Ireland. Let me know if you like it and if any of you have a verse or two to add, to ‘jig it up a bit,’  if you will, sure send me a comment.

“Five Feet High & Risin.” Lyrics Updated – (or “The F.G. / Labour Coalition’s Lament 2014.”)

How high’s the water, Enda?
He said “Two feet high and risin.”
How high’s the water, Joan?
She said, “Two feet high and risin.”

We won’t make it next election when the people vote.
Pee Hogan’s rigid policies just didn’t float.
Our reign is over, watch ‘Independents’ gloat.
Two feet high and risin.

How high’s the water, Enda?
He said “Two feet high and risin.”
How high’s the water, Joan?
She said, “Two feet high and risin.”

Hey, come look through the window pane
Thurles right2water are protesting again.
Hope they catch pneumonia from the pissin rain,
Three feet high and risin.

How high’s the water, Enda?
He said “Three feet high and risin”
How high’s the water, Joan?
She said, “Three feet high and risin.

Well our jobs are gone, thanks to those protesting b‘s.
We’re stuck in Irish water up past our knees.
Best to grab our pensions and shoot the breeze.
Four feet high and risin.

How high’s the water, Enda?
He said “Four feet high and risin”
How high’s the water, Joan?
She said, “Four feet high and risin.

The R498 is gone, north of our Thurles town.
Vehicles can’t pass till the water goes down.
“Greenway” Kelly’s searchin for higher ground.
Five feet high and risin.

Well, it’s five feet high and risin.

Look at it this way, when you’re sitting on your behind all day, with no job prospects, writing poetry helps you to pass the time.

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2014 Upperchurch-Drombane Historical Journal

UpperchurchThis year’s Upperchurch-Drombane Historical Journal will be officially launched in Upperchurch Hall this Sunday December 7th at 11.30 a.m. This is the fifth edition of the popular local publication and has the usual complement of historical records, articles, poems and photographs.

(Left Click on Image Left for larger magnification.)

Guest of honour this year will be Mr. Con Ryan of Glown, Upperchurch, whose record of activity in community affairs down through the years, is immense. Con will be joined by Mr Jimmy Duggan of  Thurles, an equally tireless contributor to local activities.  Jimmy will give a short talk on the history and ecosystem of bogs. The new one kilometre bog walk beside the community centre was opened just this year and excellent new interpretive signs have now been erected. Weather permitting, this talk will be given while walking around the bog.  All are welcome to attend this event.

New contributors to this year’s  journal will include Mr Eamon Ryan who has an interesting article on home butter making. Ms Evelyn O’Regan writes on the lives of two nuns from Drombane who were part of a group of some forty who left the Borrisoleigh area to go to Kansas in 1895.  Br. Thomas Moynihan went in the opposite direction to India and his story is recounted by his nieces Margaret Hassey and Geraldine Duggan. Locals; Mr Ned Harrington and Ms Maura Armstrong have both contributed poetry.

The old reliable contributors are again led by Mr Eugene Shortt who takes us through a personal summary of parish history from the Ice Age to the new GAA dressing rooms. He also provides a list of the 133 families who lived in the towns-land of Drombane back in 1835. His brother Frankie trawls through the Civil and Down Surveys of the mid 17th century to examine the many place names no longer in use. Mr Paddy Dwyer has researched the history of the many local forges with the help of Mr Tom Stapleton and Mr Billy Clancy.

Part of the parish of Upperchurch-Drombane once belonged to the Castlefogarty estate in days gone by. Mr Thomas Fogarty explores these links and tells the tale of a member of the Fogarty family who fell foul of the Hastings born Titus Oates, latter the English perjurer who fabricated the “Popish Plot”, a supposed Catholic conspiracy to kill King Charles II.  Titus Oates also inspired anti-Catholic hysteria that claimed the life of St. Oliver Plunkett.

Mr Eddie Kennedy was a world class race walker, who came from the Shanballyduff area and his remarkable story is told by Mr Tom Quinlan.

Last year Ms Joan Ryan gave an account of all the parish Priests to have ministered in Upperchurch and this year the complete list of curates is added. There are local people who can recall fifteen of them!

Mr Andy Byrne gives a history of music and musicians and also reminds us of local events held 50 to 100 years ago.

The Interment Lists relating to the local cemeteries are again added. Those who enjoyed the “Eamon an Chnoic” play two years ago will be pleased to note that the script is being published, (Act One this year and Act Two next year).

As the 2010 journal is now completely sold out it will be made available for viewing shortly in pdf format at www.upperchurch.ie.

Extra copies have been printed from subsequent years, however these are unlikely to be put on the website in the foreseeable future.

Remember the Date:- Sunday Next December 7th at 11.30 a.m.

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New Garda Recruits Confirmed For Templemore Tipperary

garda crestSome 62 new recruits from the Garda Reserve; made up of  21 women and 41 men successfully graduated today from the Garda training centre at Templemore, Co Tipperary, all having completed their training.

The new graduates included three members, natives of Co. Tipperary and also members with French, Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian nationalities.

In addressing these graduating Garda Reservists, the newly appointed Garda Commissioner Ms Noirin O’Sullivan confirmed that 100 new recruits will enter the college on December 8th next, bringing the number of trainees presently in the college to 200. One hundred more recruits are also expected to enter training in January 2015.

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Nature Reverses Amalgamation Of North & South Tipperary

R498The R498, a 37km (23m) stretch of regional roadway here in County Tipperary; linking Thurles, via Bouladuff  and Borrisoleigh to Nenagh, which was recently severely damaged by extensive flooding, is to be shoring up temporary using large boulders and concrete.

This regional road is an important access route; joining together the North and South Riding’s of Tipperary, latter recently amalgamated into just one single Authority by former Fine Gael Minister Phil Hogan TD, following the last local elections. Following recent severe flooding and overall neglect spanning some ten years; currently this important arterial route servicing North and South Tipp, is now severely curtailing traffic movement; reducing same down to one single lane with access controlled by traffic lights.

Tipperary County Council’s Director of Services for Roads, Mr Marcus O’Connor, has stated that temporary remedial works must now be carried out as a matter of urgency, but warns that a longer term more permanent solution will, into the future, prove expensive; with an expected price tag of some 10 million Euros.

It should be noted that a previous plan by North Tipperary County Council to undertake a structural upgrade of this important arterial route was shelved, following concerns raised by local anglers over its impact on fish stocks in the Nenagh River. The angler’s concerns were taken before the European Commission, latter which ruled that North Tipperary County Council should not proceed with their intended plans. Same it would appear included the introduction of a number of bridge crossings, forced on the North Tipperary Council, because widening and extending of the present road surface area was not seen as an alternative option.

It would now appear that interference by the European Commission, over which Ireland has apparently no influence, could have cost the present amalgamated Tipperary County Council a great deal of money in their efforts to protect a few brown trout, which would have probably been kept out of the river area temporarily in any event.

While the now Irish European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan was making plans to amalgamate North and South Tipperary, as a then Fine Gael Minister, it would appear God was laughing, looking down on his disastrous and unwanted meddling.

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Thurles Native Gerard O’Brien Appointed Circuit Court Judge

Judge G O'Brien

New Circuit Court Judge Mr G. O’Brien

Thurles residents wish to join in congratulating the State Solicitor for North Tipperary, Mr Gerard O’Brien on his recent appointment as a Judge of the Circuit Court.

The Thurles native, who recently celebrated his 50th birthday, has also publicly confirmed his new appointment and it is understood that he will possibly take up his new post beginning in the Dublin District Court area.

Mr O’Brien who worked initially as a schoolteacher in Dublin, also served successfully as a Fianna Fáil member of Thurles Town Council for a brief period before retiring.

Having qualified with a law degree, he has worked for some years as a solicitor in his Thurles based firm of Gerard O’Brien Solicitors, latter which he established in 2006.

Six years later, in 2012, Mr O’Brien was appointed State Solicitor for North Tipperary, prior to this, his most recent appointment as a Judge of the Circuit Court.

Despite being the victim of a handicap caused by the drug Thalidomide, which resulted with him being born with no upper limbs and one lower limb, his always cheerful witty disposition, integrity, compassion, understanding, unquestionable ability and his total outright rejection of his very own personal physical handicap, leaves his many friends and those of his acquaintance, truly humbled by his numerous outstanding achievements to date.

Widely travelled, a lover of almost all music genre and a director of the Cathedral of The Assumption Youth Choir, Mr O’Brien was also the founder of the current and very successful youth musical theatre group Phoenix Productions, latter both based here in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Very few, if any, Thurles residents are therefore surprised by Mr O’Brien’s latest elevation and he is sincerely wished every continued success in this his most recent appointment.

To adults and their offspring’s seeking a suitable roll-model, congratulations your search is now complete.

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