Historians have revealed that US President Ronald Reagan’s great-great grandfather Thomas was among 250,000 signatories, on the Morpeth Roll of 1841. Thomas Reagan put pen to paper in honour of George Howard, known as Lord Morpeth, latter a supporter of the then repeal laws and who fought against religious discrimination and unfair taxes, while chief secretary for Ireland.
The Morpeth Roll had been stored on a mahogany spool and held privately by Lord Morpeth’s family in a basement in Castle Howard, Yorkshire for more than a century. The Morpeth Roll is one of the few now surviving primary resources containing detail of the people living at that time in Ireland and members of the Reagan family put their signatures to the roll while residing in the civil parish of Templetenny, which includes Ballyporeen Co Tipperary. Other Signatures from the nearby townlands of Doolis, Knocknagapple and Skeheenaranky are also represented on this roll.
As a labourer, Thomas Reagan signed the Morpeth Roll in 1841, somewhere in Co Tipperary and Ronald Reagan, his great-great grandson, who served two terms as US president between 1981 and 1989, visited the village in 1984 when he was in Ireland. It was on this visit, amid unprecedented security, that the Irish people came to see the most powerful man in the world for the first and only time, face to face. President Ronald Reagan passed to his heavenly reward in 2004.
Thomas Reagan’s son Michael and great grandfather of President Reagan, would take the family name eventually to the United States and this Morpeth Roll also appears to contain the signature of President Reagan great grand Uncle Thomas. This same great grandfather Michael would marry Catherine Mulcahey, also from Ballyporeen, in St Georges Catholic Church, Southwark, London, after they left Ireland for England in 1852. The wedding would be witnessed by Nicholas Reagan, possibly one of Michael’s older brothers; however their father Thomas was now deceased.
According to the 1860 census, on November 28th 1857, Michael and Catherine both arrived in New York on the “Joseph Gilchrist,” sailing from Liverpool with three children; Thomas, John and Margaret all who eventually settled in Carroll County, Illinois.
Among other names to turn up on the Morpeth Roll are the second Arthur Guinness of the famous stout dynasty, who lived from 1768-1855 and ran the brewery and the Bank of Ireland in the 1820s and 1830s.
“Slowly, silently, now the moon walks the night in her silver shoon,
This way, and that, she peers, and sees, silver fruit upon silver trees.”
(Poem by Walter de la Mare )
The 15th annual Autumn Challenge organised, last October and organised by John G O’Dwyer and Michael Sutton, (Thurles), in aid of a respite home for special needs children, was an outstanding success. Over 120 walkers, mostly from Mid-Tipperary, gathered in Clifden for this event and all experienced great walking conditions with good weather, a brilliant sing-song and immeasurable camaraderie.
Jimmy Duggan (Thurles) led the nature and heritage trek in the Connemara National Park, an event which is a most popular feature of all challenge weekends.
Ray Creaney led a 20km walk along the Maumeen Pilgrim Path, while Josephine Tobin, John G O’Dwyer and Dan Condren led the mountain walks on Saturday, which included an ascent of Diamond Hill on Sunday.
As a result a great evening is now promised in Upperchurch with €3,200, raised in Clifden, being presented to deserving charities in Kinanne’s Pub at the Autumn Charity Challenge re-union, on Friday next, November 22nd. Full details of the 2014 Kerry Charity Challenge to be held in Dingle Co Kerry is expected to be announced in Kinanne’s, followed by the customary complimentary tea, coffee and one of Siobáin’s excellent tasty bites.
The Friday evening will begin with a moonlight walk on Knockalough starting from the Upperchurch Community Centre at 7.15pm, led by Carmel Needham. Latter moonlight walk is open to all comers – bring a torch.
Further information is available from Carmel at Tel: 086-2602133.
Staff at the ESB have overwhelmingly voted in favour of industrial action, in their row over a €1.6 billion deficit in the company pension scheme.
Workers are opposing the company’s decision to pay a dividend of €78m to the State during the summer and a special dividend of €400m to the Exchequer, following the sale of certain assets, while this €1.6 billion deficit remains outstanding.
In total 87.5% of those balloted backed industrial action, with 12.5% opposed, from a turnout of 81%. In the Unite union, the vote in favour of strike action was as high as 89%. Four employees have already taken legal action against the company over this issue.
While unions have been invited to talks, same have not yet responded and no decision has been made as yet to serve notice of future industrial action.
While the ESB acknowledged the potentially serious impact on their customers, certainly hard struggling businesses will have little or no tolerance for any disruption to their electricity service, coming up to the Christmas season.
Irish Consumers pay on average €0.22518 per kWh for electricity, the 6th highest cost in Europe while the United Kingdom pay just €0.17078, France €0.14466, Greece €0.14073 and Poland €0.14618 only per kWh.
Cattle rustling has started again, striking at Irish midland rural areas. The Gardaí and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) are advising farmers to be extra watchful, especially in relation to any outlying owned or rented farmland, following a spate of recent Wild West style cattle rustling incidents. These incidents have happened here in Tipperary, Galway, Limerick and other midland counties.
Cattle rustling, until recent years, was mainly an isolated Irish North/South border area phenomenon; however cattle thieves are now making massive profits stealing stock from isolated farmsteads in the heartland of Ireland, striking usually under the cover of darkness.
On Monday, October 21st last cattle to the value of €8,000 were believed stolen from a farm near Curran’s Cross, Mountmellick, Co Laois, during the night. Some 15 cows were also taken by cattle rustlers from a farm at Newport, Co Tipperary, last January. A similar robbery was also reported in the nearby area of Castleconnell, Co Limerick.
With prime beef cattle, near finishing, and worth up to €2,000 a head, cattle thieves can make massive profits stealing stock particularly from isolated farmsteads. Since these stolen cattle cannot be legally sent to licensed slaughter houses, it is presumed they are instead being taken to isolated slaughter houses to be butchered and sold out of vans with the carcases later dumped or buried in other remote locations.
Gardaí are requesting farmers to ensure that gates to outside farms are locked and fully secure, thus make it as difficult as possible for thieves to remove animals. They are also asking late night rural motorists to make careful note of persons travelling at night with horse transport trucks, cattle trucks or other such transport vehicles.
Note: Here in Thurles efforts are being made to further revitalise the existing Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in Thurles town, particularly coming up to Christmas. The Thurles Neighbourhood Watch schemes has been of significant benefit to Thurles Gardaí in their fight against house burglaries, minor crime and also ensuring that elderly people, living alone feel protected and safe. So if you are interested in contributing to your local town community, through Neighbourhood Watch, you are invited to attend at Thurles Garda Station on Wednesday next November 20th 2013, at 7.30pm. (Special Note: This Wednesdays meeting is for Thurles town residents only, however existing outlying regional Neighbourhood Watch Schemes can also expect to be visited in the coming months.)
Remember partnership between An Garda Síochána and the public, works on the basis that every member of a community can help to improve the quality of life in their area, by keeping a look out for their neighbours and immediately reporting any suspicious or unusual activities to the Gardaí.
For further information on Thurles Neighbourhood Watch, contact Garda Chris Verling at Thurles Garda Station Tel: 0504-25100 or Mobile: 083 4156785.
Did you pass along the roadway known locally as “Borroway,” (Boheravoroon), latter situated between the junctions of Kickham Street on the Dublin Road and Mitchel Street on the Moyne Road on November 14th (last Thursday)? If you did, can you recall noticing any unusual or suspicious activity in this area?
Thieves broke into a house in Borroway, situated in an area close to the Tarmon Drive entrance, sometime between 3:00 pm on Thursday afternoon and 11.15 pm on Thursday night last.
Thurles Gardaí are urgently seeking your help and asking anyone who may have observed persons acting suspiciously or who noted any strange vehicles in this area, to contact them immediately.
Thurles Gardaí can be contacted locally on Tel: 0504-25100 or on the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111.