Late Nathan Drohan
(The following tribute was published in The Manchester Evening News).
Corporal Nathan Drohan
21.6.94 – 4.10.08.
Brave Nathan Drohan impressed everyone with his courage in fighting cancer. Hundreds of tearful family and friends gathered to say goodbye to a very special air cadet. Nathan Drohan of the 1940 squadron had battled against cancer for several months but died earlier this month. Despite his battle with his illness the fourteen year old continued to take part in activities with the Air Training Corps. His commitment, ambition, intelligence, determination and courage impressed everyone who knew him. Tearful school friends from St. Peter’s R.C. Gorton attended the funeral service at St. Catherine’s Church. Colleagues from the squadron formed a guard of honour as the coffin draped in a Union Jack and Irish Tricolour was carried to the sound of ‘Us Against The World’ by Westlife. A planned fly past by an R.A.F. hawks was cancelled due to bad weather at R.A.F. Valley Anglesey, from where it should have taken off.
Flt. Lieut. Roy Chapman, Commander of 1940 Squadron said Nathan was very special in the way he overcame adversity. His teacher at St. Peter’s John McNerney said that Nathan was a very brave young man who showed great courage when he knew he had a terminal illness, “we feel privileged to be able to show our respects and the affection lots of children had for a fellow pupil”.
Nathan is survived by his mother Mary, sisters Lavinia, Susan, Grace, Charlene, Marissa and by his brothers Dean, Freddie, Travis and Adam, extended family, relatives and friends, to whom sincere and heartfelt sympathy is extended in their sad loss.
May he Rest In Peace.
Late Paddy Hearn
The friends were legion who learned with a deep and numbing sense of grief of the tragic demise on Wednesday, 15th October of Paddy Hearn, Springfield, Tramore and John Hearn’s, The Quay, Waterford. Many fine tributes have been paid to his memory but perhaps the finest was provided mutely by the immense concourse of sympathisers attending the removal to Holy Cross Church, Tramore with grief and sense of immense loss etched on so many faces.
In his homily at the Requiem Mass on Saturday last Monsignor Michael Olden, who was joined by Fr. P.J. O’Driscoll, Fermoy, said he welcomed them from very many places in such great numbers, indicative of the very high regard in which Paddy was held by so many people.
It was an occasion of great sorrow for Paddy’s family, countless friends, business associates and sporting circles mourn this most outgoing and friendly of people. Those who worked with him never felt that they worked under him. It has been said that grief is the song that the heart must sing because grief is the memory created by love. Grief is very painful but it is also very powerful. In a mysterious way it keeps the person who is gone alive and it keeps those who grieve strong in love. One of the greatest prophets in the entire Bible Elijah was deeply loved and respected, highly successful, but one day felt so down-hearted that he threw himself down under a juniper tree and asked God to take him from this world.
In celebrating Paddy’s life we remember the happiness he received from and brought to him family, his remarkable personal qualities, his charm, friendliness to everyone, his interest in all be they rich, poor or distinguished, his wholesome and manly interest in sport, the many friends he had, the fun outings to matches, Cheltenham, etc., he relished this life, sharing his time and energy with so many people. Paddy’s life was tragically short but it was happily crowded with true happiness and wholesomeness.
His brother Willie thanked everyone for coming along to help the family get through this sadness. We were saying good to a very special person. Those who loved and treasured Paddy remained heartbroken and lost for words. The memories are so vivid of all the great years growing up, holidays, playing sports and captaining the Kennedy Park team to victory in The Garda Cup in 1980. Paddy touched everybody he came in contact with even as far and wide as Boston, Rome or Paris. He had two types of days, good or great and was never down or disconsolate. He lived life with so much energy and enthusiasm. We are all so much better for knowing Paddy. The memories are endless, the beaming smile, the huge laugh and Paddy’s message to us all would be ‘Today in Heaven the woods are lovely, dark and bright, but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep; and miles to go before I sleep’.
The interment took place in St. Declan’s Cemetery, Riverstown.
Deepest sympathy in their sad loss is extended to his bereaved wife Anna, parents Kathleen and Ronnie, brothers William and Tom, sisters Monica and Elaine, extended family, relatives and friends.
May he Rest In Peace.
The annual children’s service of remembrance will take place in Waterford Regional Hospital Chapel at 3p.m. on Saturday, 8th November. This special service will remember with love and celebrate the short and precious lives of all the children and babies who have died.
Sincere sympathy in their sad loss is extended to the families, relatives and friends of the late brother Philip Russell, Baldoyle, Co. Dublin, brother of Bishop Michael Russell; the late Dominic Enright, Clonea and Abbeyside, brother of Fr. Michael Enright P.P. May they Rest in Peace.
All are most welcome at Sr. Mary’s, Riverstown on Wednesday nights at 7p.m. to participate in the guided prayer sessions from 7p.m. Also that night spiritual direction available in one of the small rooms if required.
Please Support Hospice
A coffee morning in aid of the hospice will be held at the Star of the Sea Convent, Tramore on Friday, 24th October from 10.30a.m. to 1p.m. All are most welcome.
Interior Design for Homeowners course
Back by popular demand is the Interior Design for Homeowners Course in Dunhill Multi-Education Centre. A unique workshop style introductory course written specifically for individuals who want to give their home decorating a professional edge. This is a great course for those who might simply have an interest in interior design and would like to know how to put a scheme together from start to finish to those who might be contemplating building and would like to avoid costly mistakes. The course facilitator is Muriel Aylward, a fully qualified interior designer who has a number of years experience in the interior design field and brings her knowledge and experience with her to the course. The course commences on Thursday 6th November. There are still some places available on the course. For more information contact Muriel Aylward on 086-3097929.
Hospice Coffee Morning
The Tramore Support Group is holding their next coffee morning on Thursday, 23rd October in Connolly’s Seahorse Tavern, Strand Street, Tramore. The time as always 10.30a.m. to 12 noon. There are also some lovely raffle prizes donated once again by the generous businesses in Tramore. Without their ongoing support, also the various venues and our loyal supporters these mornings would not happen. As Tramore has expanded so much it would be great to see some new younger faces joining in on our mornings of fun and chat. Looking forward also to seeing the regular supporters on the 23rd. Sincere thanks to you all for your continued support.
The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will be in Supervalu, Tramore on Saturday 25th October to sell their Christmas cards and calendars and merchandise. Please support this worthy charity. For further information from Jill on 086-2709384.
Tramore Voluntary Housing Association Ltd wish to draw the attention of all artists to a miniature artwork exhibition which will be displayed in Tramore Coastguard Station during January 2009. You are asked to paint and donate an item for display. All work must be on stretched canvas or mounted suitable for hanging. Paper / canvas should not exceed six by six inches or six by eighteen inches. Work in any media and any theme will be gratefully accepted. All proceeds on sales will go towards the provision of sheltered housing for the elderly in Tramore, Co. Waterford, Ireland. All donated entries can be sent or left at the Coastguard Station, Love Lane, Tramore, Co. Waterford, Ireland. Closing date for receipt of last entries is Friday, 21st November, 2008
Warmest congratulations and best wishes for their future happiness are extended to Leon Doherty and Pamela Dobbyn; Jason Walsh and Victoria Skelton: Paul Maloney and Deirdre Hurley who were recently married.
Please Help Out
A fund raising night to help support the costs of flying back Carol Sheehan from Greece will be held in Ricketts of Westown on Friday, 24th October at 8p.m. Tickets €10 and music by Tommy Comerford and Bobby Bible. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
Many happy returns to Mags O’Rourke, Riversdale, Tramore who was ‘21again’ on Sunday last.
Tramore Library organised the annual Table Quiz for fifth class on Wednesday the 15th October 2008 which was held in the Coastguard Station. All five schools were represented, Dunhill, Fenor, Gael Scoil, Glor na Mara and Holy Cross. The winners of the quiz won by half a point and they were John Carbery, Luke Grimes, John McCarthy and Oisin Lonergan who represented Glor na Mara. Second place went to Robbie Power, Rob O’Connor, Andrew Dray and Jack Murphy all from Holy Cross. Third place went to Eogha O’Dalaigh, Sam Moran, Aodh O’Connor and Zac Katin from the Gael Scoil Philib Barun. Well done to everyone involved.
The annual sixth class Table Quiz will be held on Wednesday the 22nd October 2009 in the Coastguard Station at 3.30p.m.
Heartiest congratulations to all from Tramore and district who ran, jogged or walked in the W.L.R.fm ‘Run For Life’ on Sunday last and raised much appreciated sponsorship for the Solas Centre Project. Top marks also to all who sponsored them and those who lodged much appreciated donations in A.I.B. branches.
The organising committee of the Walsh Twins Fire Tragedy Benefit Fund wish to thank all who contributed so generously to this fund. It was indeed a great community response to this tragedy. We would like to thank all the clubs, businesses, trade unions who, along with the local media and W.L.R.fm, helped make this venture such a success. In particular we wish to thank also the postmasters and staff in Tramore and O’Connell Street, Waterford Post Offices.
If you wish to stake your claim to two nuggets presented by Waterford’s youngest theatre company, contact Garter Lane Box Office on 051-955038 to book your €10 ticket for the lunchtime fare presented as Stagemad’s contribution to Waterford Imagine Festival at the Granary, Waterford (Museum of Treasures) on Thursday and Friday 30th and 31st October. Adam Wallace’s ‘Catch The Wind’ will be directed by James Power and on Saturday 1st November Peter McKenzie Brown will direct ‘Misery’ written by Anna Jordan.
Curtin up each day at 1p.m. and duration of plays is thirty five minutes approximately. Stagemad invariably display the sold out sign so purchase your ticket now.
Every success in the future to al at the Amore Restaurant and Wine Bar, located at 2, Market Street, Tramore which will be putting out the welcome mat on Friday, 24th October. Specialising in steaks and seafood, taxi and mini bus hire to and from all destinations can be pre-arranged. For bookings or additional information please contact 051-330807 or 087 9727790 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tramore of Yore
Many decades back down memory lane, in the era of good old fashioned steam radio and wind-up gramophones, residents of the small town of Tramore, as it was then, passed many a dark and dreary winter’s night regaling all and sundry with bone-chilling tales of the unexpected, handed down from generation to generation.
As ever, each snippet of local folklore grew an extra tail with each action replay and the most blood curling details were often conveniently omitted so as not to frighten young children in the hushed group gathered around the narrator, who occupied the place of honour by the glowing hearth.
Tales of the eerie events attributed to the sand hills and Saleen area abounded, with a number of people claiming to have witnessed the phantom horseman patrolling the dunes on his snow white horse, or getting a glimpse of a strangely robed figure strolling by the water’s edge in front of the sand hills, who would suddenly disappear into thin air leaving behind a brief message in a strange language, scratched in the sand hearing the sound of a military band playing ‘Nearer My God to Thee’, assumed by many to be connected with the Seahorse disaster and many other strange events.
There was one mysterious tale, however, which down the years had reportedly been heard, but with no visual witness to verify it, ie the very strange saga of the Headless Coachman. On many occasions, invariably on gloomy nights in the depths of winter, locals residing in the one-storey houses down narrow lanes, spoke of being abruptly roused from their slumber by the crashing sound of metal-rimmed wheels and the thunderous echo of flashing hooves passing their dwellings in the wee small hours of the morning. They assumed that it was a group of the local wags clad in their heavy boots with metal segs and pushing a large handcart through the laneways for a bit of sport, or as an act of retaliation for being told off for playing football in the lanes and soiling the lines of washing (to be continued).
Your community drugs worker is available to you for support, information, advice and drug education. Stress relief and substance detox clinic is available to the entire community. This beneficial service offers a chance to relax and detox for one hour a week. The clinic runs every Thursday morning from 11a.m. to 12.30p.m. in Tramore Library and Thursday evening from 6.30 to 7.30p.m. in the Community Building, Ard an Ghleanna, Tramore (access road between Seaview Park and owners and trainers car park Tramore Racecourse). The cost is two – five euro.
For further information please contact your community drugs worker Vicky Spencer on 051-338723 or 086 8527173.
Wexford Schoolgirls League Premier Under Sixteen
Tramore 5 – 0 Ferns United
The under sixteen girls had a very impressive five goals to nil victory over Ferns United at Graun Park on Saturday afternoon last. Goal scorers fro Tramore were Jessica Gleeson with a hat-trick and Niamh Walsh with two goals.
Team: Beth Cummins, Cathy Linehan, Ciara O’Neill, Sally Jacob, Vikki Falconer, Lorna Malone, Eimear Gallagher, Jessica Gleeson, Zoe O’Donoghue, Emily Holmes, Niamh Walsh, Amy Nolan, Rachel Corcoran, Emma Butler, Jill Howlett. Referee, Johnny Matthews.
Congratulations to under sixteen player Ciara O’Brien on being selected on Noel King’s under seventeen squad currently in Turkey to play European qualifiers. The Irish team got off to a flying start with a two goals to one victory, Ciara playing the full eighty minutes, last weekend.
On The Astro
Training times for Schoolgirls as follows:
Under thirteen, Friday from 4 to 5p.m., under sixteen, Friday from 5 to 6.30p.m. New girls welcome to training at Tramore A.F.C.
Tramore A.F.C. will be holding our annual Halloween Soccer Camp at Graun park from Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th October (inclusive). Boys and girls are welcome to participate.
Ages five to seven will strut their stuff from 10a.m. to 12 noon each day and ages eight to twelve will be In action from 1 to 3.30p.m. each day.
Please note that entries must be in by Friday, 24th October. Cost for ages five to seven is €35 and for eight to twelve €40, with family rates available.
Great agenda for this evening’s meeting of Toastmasters i.e. Wednesday, 22nd October 2008 at 8.00 p.m. in the Bridge Centre, Queen Street, Tramore.
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