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DOWN MEMORY LANE

10 YEARS AGO

CITY CRIME DROPS

THERE has been a big drop in serious crime in Limerick, Justice Minister Gerard Collins has revealed.

Speaking at the Limerick Garda Division dinner, Mr Collins said: "I am very pleased to see that the indications are that the level of recorded indictable crime in the Limerick division has decreased by a very health 17 per cent during the first nine months of this year"

The Minister said that this could only have been achieved by "constant hard work and commitment" on the part of all gardai in the Limerick division.

NEW RATE IS STRUCK

THE new Municipal Rate in Limerick for the coming year is 32.25 in the , a reduction of 25 pence on that recommended by the city manager. The rate was struck, yesterday evening (Monday, December 5, 1988) after a debate by the City Council lasting the best part of four hours, about twice as long as for an ordinary meeting. The new rate represents an increase of 4 per cent on the current rate.

SANTA'S 'CASTLE' IS CLOSED

LACK of space and the constraints of the fire regulations have forced Santa out of the region's largest department stores, this Christmas. For the first time in over 25 years, Todds will be without Santa Claus and a toy department, this year.

CIVIC RECEPTION

SIR Fitzwilliam Barrington has been afforded a civic reception, held at the City Art Gallery in Pery Square. Among the guests in attendance was the Knight of Glin, Desmond Fitzgerald.

Sir Fitzwilliam, a direct descendant of the founders of the hospital, was welcomed by Mayor Paddy Madden, who said: "His family's contribution to the health and welfare of the city can never be repaid."

He referred to Barrington's Hospital, Barrington's Bridge, and Glenstal Abbey, where the Barrington's were resident up to the 1920's when they left after family tragedy during the War of Independence.

The Mayor said that although Sir Fitzwilliam's most recent visit to the city was a "sad one", he hoped that his next visit would be to mark the re-opening of the hospital.

Sir Fitzwilliam paid a special tribute to the people of Limerick "for the honour they have bestowed on my family".

The occasion also marked the launch of a special Barrington's edition of the Old Limerick Journal.

BARRINGTON'S HOSPITAL

TALKS in relation to the future of Barrington's Hospital were described as being at a "delicate stage", by Alderman Gus O'Driscoll, speaking to the Limerick Chronicle prior to a civic reception for Sir Fitzwilliam Barrington, last night.

"We are hopeful of some definite announcement early in the new year," confirmed Ald O'Driscoll, chairman of the Board of Governors.

JOHN PLAYER TOPS

Significant changes have been made in the structure of the John Player Tops competition for variety shows, which celebrates its 25th year in 1989,. and in which Limerick groups have done consistently well.

Next year, 12 shows, instead of eight as heretofore, will be selected to contest national stages of the event. The 12 will be chosen from area winners and runners-up, whereas until now only area winners were eligible for national stage selection.

SAMARITANS HIT BE EMIGRATION

FOR the first time ever, the voluntary organisation of the Samaritans is being hit be emigration.

Appealing for more volunteers, director of the Samaritans in Limerick, John Dolan, said that the organisation in the city, which last year alone handled 7,000 calls, was losing volunteers who help to man the 365-day 24-hour service because of emigration.

 

20 YEARS AGO

SERVICES HIT

CORPORATION services were hit by a dispute - the first-ever by Corporation craftsmen. Street cleaning and refuse collection. as well as water supplies were also affected. The strike was over work at King John's Castle being given to a contractor who allegedly employed non-union labour on work normally done by Corporation craftsmen.

DRINK PRICES

THE price of "the pint" rose by 2p in Limerick, when pub-owners took a decision to raise prices to meet overheads. The price of a glass of whiskey, other stouts, ales, lagers and spirits also went up by the same amount. Minerals were not affected

The basic bar price for the pint of Guinness in the city was 42p. The last increase allowed to the trade was 2 1/2 years earlier. This consisted of 1/2p.

NEW SUITS

SHANNONSIDE Tourism's information officers received new national tourism uniforms. The navy blue suits were complemented by a choice of two blouses, white or green, and a distinctive navy and green scarf was provided for outdoor wear.

PLANNING

A GROUP of 17 residents in the Wells/Ballycasey area, near Shannon Airport, objected to planning permission being granted for the multi-million Beecham plant nearby. Their objection was on the grounds that it would create an environmental hazard and would devalue their property.

PRICE OF HOUSES

LIMERICK city and its surrounds can be looked upon as a growth centre. Because of this, there will be a keen demand for houses, and it is most unlikely that there will be a drop in the prices being paid for houses throughout the area.

BUYING IRISH

OF the 1,000 people interviewed in a survey carried out by Junior Chamber Limerick, 525 said that they were not conscious of buying Irish-made goods. As much as 58.5 per cent of the people thought that Irish goods were more expensive than their foreign counterparts; 68 per cent of the people said they would not notice if Irish goods were not displayed, while 62 per cent said that they would not ask for them. As much as 75 per cent were of the opinion that Irish shopkeepers did not do enough to encourage the sale of Irish goods.

 

30 YEARS AGO

FRANCES FINNERTY

SIXTEEN-year-old Frances Finnerty, a Limerick schoolgirl, is tops in the nation - as a pasta cook.

She has just impressed the judges in the great Roma Recipe Competition that she is the best of the three national finalists.

PATRICK O'GRADY

A VERY large cortege followed the remains of Patrick O'Grady, the prominent local florist, the Mount St Laurence Cemetery.

DAVID KEANE

GARRYOWEN regained their interest in the Munster Senior League by beating UCC 8-5 at Dooradoyle on Sunday. They owed a great deal to Dave Keane, who came in as a substitute at the last minute, and scored the winning try.

JOE O'DONNELL

PIKE Rovers took a gamble in playing the rather inexperienced Joe O'Donnell as inside-forward for their important Munster Junior Cup clash against Hibernians at Cals Park, but it paid off, for the Shannon-based youth was in sparkling form and scored all of his side's five goals in their easy win.

JIM MARSHALL'S

FIRE destroyed part of the premises of Mr Jim Marshall, seed and hardware merchant, Upper William Street, and also damaged the shop of Mr Dave Whelan, newsagent.

ALPHONSUS O'BRIEN

THE Schoolboy Soccer Star of the Week was Alphonsus O'Brien, who lined would with St John's AFC.

 

40 YEARS AGO

SCHOOLS RUGBY

CHRISTIAN Brothers College, Cork, were extended in their one-goal-and-a-try to nil victory over St Munchin's College, Limerick, in a schools senior friendly at Temple Hill, Cork.

The winners were best served by A Horgan, L Cahill, M Waters, T Aherne, H Cudmore, and P Ledwith. For the losers E O'Sullivan, C Mulqueen, D Keane, R Keane, P Cagney, and T McMahon.

St Munchin's - E O'Sullivan; C Mulqueen, P Clinton, D O'Regan, M Kellegher, L Troy, D Keane, J Barry, P Cagney, P McGrath, R Keane, T McMahon, P Wall, T Fitzgerald, P Bowen.

CBC - A Horgan; H Wallace, W Moore, L Cahill, M McFarland, M Walters, J Murphy, T Aherne, N Deasy, S Hayes, A O'Donovan, P Ledwith, N Murphy, B Cudmore, and B Loughrey.

KNOCKALISHEEN

AFTER serving its purpose for just over two years, the Hungarian refugee camp at Knockalisheen was closed officially.

HOCKEY

THE following were selected to represent North Munster against South Munster in a junior trial - M Buckley; P Murphy, J Foley, J Black, M Wallace, D Keane, S Moore, F Cassidy, A Walsh, T Foley, and C Devane.

 

50 YEARS AGO

NATIONAL HOLIDAY

THE man who introduced in the House of Commons the Bill making St Patrick's Day a national holiday died. He was James O'Mara, of The Grove, Killiney, Dublin, and Cashla, Connemara, and was a member of the well-known Limerick bacon-curing family.

Born in Limerick city in 1873, James O'Mara was educated at the Christian Brothers and at the Old Royal University, where he took a BA degree.

He received a sound business training in his native city, under the direction of his father, Alderman Stephen O'Mara, who, in the early 'eighties, had developed the bacon industry in Munster to a high degree of prosperity.

James was London agent for the Limerick factory, and on returning to Ireland in 1898 he bought and developed factories in Dublin and Dundalk.

In 1900, when the re-united Parliamentary Party, under the leadership of John Redmond, was being formed, James was selected as Nationalist candidate for South Kilkenny, and was returned unopposed for that constituency.

Owing to a difference in policy, he resigned from the party in 1907 and supported Sinn Fein, then in its infancy. Some years later, he went to the USA as a stowaway with Harry Boland to work for the recognition of the Irish Republic.

In the 1918 general election, he was returned as Sinn Fein deputy for his old constituency in South Kilkenny.

In 1923, in a keenly-contested by-election, and again at the general election in the same year, he was returned as a TD for Dublin City South. He refused a ministerial position. He was not, however, very prominent from this date in politics and devoted most of his attention to the bacon-curing business.

James O'Mara married in 1895 Agnes, daughter of Blennerhassett, Cashel, of Cork. There were seven children. His main hobby was gardening, and he developed a beautiful garden at Cashla, Connemara.

'BELLISLE' SOLD

'BELLISLE', Clonlara, a gentleman's residence, standing in 196 acres of primest land, was sold by private treaty by Louis de Courcy, auctioneer, for 9,000 and fees.

REPUBLIC

THE Republic of Ireland Act was passed in the Dail. It was estimated that it would become effective on Monday, April 25, 1949 to coincide with the 32nd anniversary of the Easter Rising.

 

60 YEARS AGO

BRUCE MURRAY

BRUCE Murray, president of Limerick Boat Club and the doyen of oarsmen, was the guest of honour at a club dinner in the Glentworth Hotel.

The occasion was designed not only to mark the attainment of his 83 years, but to celebrate a life-long devotion to rowing.

His personal record was a remarkable one. As far back as 1874, he was on the winning crew at Castleconnell as a junior under 19, and his comrades in the boat were G Browne, W B Browning, and Thomas Myles.

The latter was Sir Thomas Myles, the well-known Dublin surgeon, who died in 1937.

His names also appeared among winning crews at Cork in 1876, at Limerick in 1877 and 1878, as well as Cappoquin and Queenstown (Cobh) in the same year, at Limerick in 1881, 1883 and 1884, and in Waterford two years later.

He usually rowed stroke, and it was said that he was the first man to stroke an eight-oared boat in Ireland.

Bruce Murray had many notable contemporaries in the club, but most of these had now passed away.

Included were T H Kenny, solicitor, C J Counihan, doctor, R J Lee, head of an engineering firm, and Peter Cronin, noted in musical circles.

There were several de Courcys. one of whom was court clerk in Limerick and another in the national bank, A E O'Keeffe, whose brother was an MP for Limerick, W B Fitt, a prominent auctioneer, Jim Gaffney, a solicitor, and Jack McAuley, captain of the Garryowen rugby team.

Among the younger generation were the names of Slade, Hall, Wallace, Moroney, Goodwin, Stokes, Windle, Leahy, Leahy, Alton, Herriott, Maguire, Horne, Fitt, and so on.

Bruce Murray received a great ovation from the gathering. He recalled his first entry into sport was in 1873, when he played in the first rugby match that was ever played in Limerick. Another member of the team was Sir Thomas Myles

He said he had a long association with the oar, and he liked nothing better than it. It was his privilege to stroke the first eight-oared race that was held in Irish water. From 1881 down to 1900, the Limerick Boat Club had won many trophies, but for some years after 1900 rowing received a serious setback.

He rowed his last race in 1888, but had retained his interest ever since.

In 1900, he revealed, Limerick Boat Club had fallen on a bleak period of rowing. With the object of reviving the sport and developing crews, he assumed the duties of coach and his efforts met with a fair measure of success.

In 1927, there was another period of revival. That year, they had eight crews; they sent five to Galway, and they brought home five cups.

He called for more displays to go with regattas.

 

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