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A big hello to all.
Classmates this has been a very unusual year for all of us and our families. December is the time for our Christmas party night out and it saddens me to postpone it for this year, however a new year is on the horizon and we can all meet up again and look forward to our outings and next year’s party.
The first lockdown was not too bad as the weather was good and a lot of us got into gardening and other activities at home, but as the year went on most of us were getting fed up with our house bound routine. We missed our social outlets, having a pint, going to matches, playing golf, meetings at JB’s discussing outings etc and our comradeship.
Now as we near year end and hopefully, all avoided the dreaded pandemic, we can look forward to year 2021 and the eradication of COVID. My condolences to all families whose loved ones have sadly passed away including our friends and Classmates.
On behalf of our committee may I wish all our Classmates a very happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous new year.
Chairman CBS Class of '59 Society.
It is with sadness that we announce the death of our Classmate Martin Kavanagh who died at his home in College Court just off the Old Callan Rd on Wednesday 16th December. Martin had been unwell for some time. He was predeceased by his loving wife Ida and will be sadly missed by all his family including his son Paul, daughter Lorraine, grandchildren, son-in-law and extended family, neighbours, and friends. A private funeral for Martin has taken place as per his wishes.
In 2002 Martin came across a photo from 1959 totalling sixty-eight classmates from sixth class A&B from the CBS Primary School Kilkenny.
Martin passed on this photo and he can be credited with where we are today, for without his foresight at the time, our society would not exist.
To all his family we express our sincere condolences.
May Martin rest in peace.
Martin Kavanagh RIP.
The Dunlop Family of Rothe Terrace Kennyswell Rd, a well-known and respected family have had more than their fair share of heartbreak with the loss in October of both Joan Fitzgerald nee Dunlop and her brother Seamus, who both died on the same day 31/10/2020. Joan died in Hospital in Dublin and Seamus unexpectedly at his home in Callan Co Kilkenny.
Joan’s funeral mass took place on Wednesday November 4th in St Mary’s Cathedral at 11am followed by burial in St Kieran’s Cemetery. Sadly, missed by her beloved husband Frank, her family, neighbours, and friends.
Seamus’ funeral mass took place on Thursday November 5th at 11am in St Marys Cathedral followed by burial in St Kieran’s Cemetery. Sadly, missed by his loving sons Shane and Clive and their mother Helena.
We extend our deepest sympathies to all the Dunlop and Fitzgerald families, including Tom, Frank, Sam and Paul Dunlop, for their sad losses at this difficult time.
May Joan and Seamus rest in peace.
Joan Fitzgerald RIP.
Seamus Dunlop RIP.
It is with sadness we announce the death of our Classmate Liam Donegan of Troyswood on the 09/10/2020. His funeral Mass took place on Sunday 11/10/2020 in St Canice’s Church at 11.30am. He was interred in Tulla Cemetery Threecastles Co Kilkenny.
Liam was a true gentleman who attended our Christmas night out on a few occasions, and we remember his quiet, but jovial manner. We express our deepest sympathy to his loving wife Annette, his family members, neighbours and his many friends.
May Liam rest in peace.
Liam Donegan RIP.
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It is with sadness that we announce the death of Brigid (Bridie) Brennan of 84 Fatima Place, who passed away on the 12th July in St Luke’s Hospital after a short illness. Bridie reposed at Johnston’s funeral home on Tuesday 14th and the funeral procession to St Marys Cathedral was via Fatima Place. All Bridie’s neighbours stood at their front gates as a mark of respect. Members of James Stephens also formed a guard of honour. She was laid to rest in Foulkstown Cemetery after Requiem mass at 11am on Wednesday 15th. I’m told that Bridie was the first lady to take up residence in Fatima Place many years ago and she will be very much missed by her neighbours as well as her loving family.
Bridie and her family have a long association with the Village Club and her sons Sean, Tom and Grandson Derrick have all won honours with James Stephens. Bridie was predeceased by her husband Billy, who was Vice President of the Club from 1992-1995.
May she Rest in Peace.
Bridie Brennan. RIP.
Julieanne Bravender McKeever recently sent an email to our Group, enquiring about her Dad Augustine (Gussie) who was originally from Father Murphy Square. We were delighted to help in whatever way we could and Julienne is very grateful for the information we provided. Here is the conversation with Julienne.
9 Jul 2020, John Menton wrote in response to Julienne’s initial enquiry:
Hi Julieanne, my apologies for the delay in responding to your enquiry. Yes, I do vaguely remember the Bravender family. They lived at no 15 Father Murphy Square in Kilkenny and you can find their exact location on Google maps. Augustine known locally to us as Gussie was older than me and they lived a short distance from where I grew up in Emmet St. I did make contact with two of his childhood neighbours Eddie Kelly and Michael Grogan (CBS classmates of ours). Eddie tells me your Grandfather (Augustine’s Dad) worked in Smithwicks Brewery and was a well-spoken man who played the violin. Your Grandmother’s maiden name was Redmond but I have no other information about your Grandparents. When the family emigrated to the UK it may have been to Birmingham, but I’m not sure. Gussie would have been a couple of years older than me, but I’m almost certain he attended the same School, (Christian Brothers Primary School Dominic St, Kilkenny) I know his brother Joe was in our class but my memory of him is vague also. To earn a few pounds Gussie and Joe worked after school selling papers and delivering groceries from Tynan’s Bar and Grocery shop in Friary St, the premises is now Rafter Dempsey’s Bar. In our website www.cbsclassof59.com there is a black and white photo at the bottom of the history page and I think Joe is sitting in the front row, but again I’m not sure, possibly number six from the left, or second from the right of the photo. I have no photo of Gussie. I hope the above will be of some help in your search for your Dad’s history, you may be able to find extra information in Ireland Census records or find at mypast.ie.
Kind regards, John Menton.
09 July 2020, Julieanne Bravender to John Menton:
Hi John, I am so delighted that you have been able to provide me with all of this information. I am over the moon to learn so much about my Dads past. My Dad (Gussie) sadly passed away at the age of 50 due to cancer. Also, his brother Joe, Eddie & Anthony have also passed away. His younger sister Noreen and brother John are still with us but live in Scotland and we’re very young when they all emigrated to Manchester so are unable to tell very little. Yes, my Grandad (Edward Bravender) was a very well-spoken man. I am one of seven children so I can’t wait to pass on the information you have told me. I have a photo of Dad in his CBS uniform. Thank you once again.
Kind regards, Julieanne Bravender-McGeever.
9 Jul 2020, John Menton wrote:
Hi Julieanne, thanks for your prompt reply. I’m sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing at such a young age and also Joe, Eddie and Anthony, I’m sure you have many happy memories of your childhood which you treasure.
Thanks and what a great photo of Gussie. I will include his pic and both our e-mails in the news page of our website, www.cbsclassof59.com when I next update, if that’s ok with you. If I find any more info I will make contact.
Kind regards, John Menton.
09 July 2020, Julieanne Bravender wrote:
Hi John, yes of course you can publish them that’s ok with me. Aww.... that will be lovely and I look forward to reading it. Thank you ever so much John. Stay safe.
Kind regards, Julieanne-Bravender-McGeever.
Secretary Michael Grogan informs me that a trip to the Memorial Gardens in Dublin may be on the cards this September. Let’s hope we can all meet up and move on after the uncertain times we all are experiencing due to this Covid-19 pandemic.
Our Chairman Alan Cooper met with CBS principal recently to deliver certificates, medals and €50 voucher for the annual Student Attendance awards which we sponsor. The awards will be presented to deserving students when current COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of our school friend Richard Meighan. His passing took place in the UK on May 10th last after a long illness.
Richie was one of our classmates who grew up in St Rioch Terrace Kilkenny and is in our original black and white school photo. We had no contact with Richie over the years and he did not attend our reunion in 2003, but we remember him and his playful mischievous ways in our school days and are deeply saddened by his passing.
Richie had various employments and his first job was working in the postal service in Cavan. After some time there, he emigrated to England, first to Birmingham and then to London where he took up employment with the postal service, The Royal Mail.
A change in career led Richie to the bar trade where managed the Ship Tavern in Holborn and later the British Queen in Tottenham. Richie was predeceased by his wife Rosemary who passed away on the 30th June 2017. His funeral was held on the 4th June at at the West London Crematorium. A further memorial service will be held in London in 2021 when all family and friends will be able to attend.
May he rest in peace.
Richard Meighan. RIP.
Classmates this time last year we had our first outing to Waterford. What a difference a year! makes, we are now confined to our homes and unable to do all of the things we normally take for granted. My message to all is stay safe and heed the advice given by Government and the HSE. Please God when this pandemic is all over and confined to the history books, we will continue our social outings and activities once again.
Chairman Class of ' 59 Society.
Note: A report on our Christmas night out is included in Bits 'n Pieces archive 2019. Some changes have also been made to our website, including colour, layout and a new Hints ’n Tips page. If you have any ideas/tips etc, please forward for inclusion in future updates.
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January/February is traditionally a quiet time of the year for Class of of 59 and we have little news to report. Our Planned trip to Arbour Hill and the War Memorial Gardens in March was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Note: A Free courtesy calendar is available, if you require one, or a photograph as a memento of our visit to the Mayor's Chambers. please make contact with your address for posting.
Waterford trip 28/03/2019
It is with sadness that we announce the death of our classmate John Phelan, who passed away at the Mercy University Hospital Cork on January 2nd. John will be sadly missed by his much loved wife Norma, daughters Carol, Janette and Elizabeth and son John Paul. I had lost touch with John after he started work in Cork many years ago, but he did attend our reunion in 2003. I have many fond memories of growing up with him as we were pals and neighbours, John in Fatima Place and I in Emmett St. We did all the things that our generation did, handball, hurling, making bows and arrows and stone catapults and as we got older, attended dances together. After leaving school, John joined the family firm in Vicar St where his Grandfather who was a Blacksmith, shoed horses and his father was a Metal Fabricator. The family home at Glenthorn Mews, Dublin Hill is only yards from St Oliver’s Church, where Fr John O’Donovan PP officiated at his funeral Mass on January 6th. His brother Paddy gave a heartfelt eulogy and the Rose of Mooncoin was loudly sung by the church choir as a mark or respect for John. Interment was in St Mary’s Cemetery, Curraghkippane.
May he rest in peace.
John Phelan. RIP.
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See you all in the Glendine Inn on the 7th December
Michael Grogan has organised a meeting in JB Burke's Bar Wednesday 20/11/2019 at 8pm to discuss our Christmas night out at the Glendine Inn. Your attendance will be appreciated.
Secretary Class of '59 Society
The Glendine Inn is the venue for our annual Christmas party this year and has been booked to take place on Saturday 7th December 2019. Time to be confirmed. Let’s hope we have a good turnout. The cost per head is not available at present but will be similar to last year.
Note: A shuttle service will be provided for those in need.
Glendine Inn Kilkenny
On September 4th last Alan Cooper and Michael Grogan along with Eamon Holohan called a meeting to finalise arrangements for our 60th anniversary day out which is due to take place on September 26th 2019.
This meeting was well attended and if you will forgive this interruption, just to mention that we had a fantastic night after our meeting, with a talented group of singers and musicians including our own R Hogan and E Holohan in JB’s Bar.
Now back to serious business. Eamon outlined the following itinerary.
Our day will start at 12.15 pm, meeting outside the Court House in Parliament Street. We will then start our guided tour of Smithwick’s Brewery at 12.30pm (‘Smithwick’s Experience’). Our next stop is the Mayor’s Chambers where we are scheduled to meet Mayor Martin Brett at 2pm and hopefully have an opportunity for a photo for our archives. Our next stop is the Medieval Mile Museum located on the 13th century site of St Mary’s cruciform church. This tour will start at 3.30pm. After completing our culture visits, we will adjourn to JB’s Bar on John St at 5.pm and sit for our meal at 5.30pm. Entertainment will be provided by our good friend Johnny Hillman.
Note: Cost per head for the day is €25 and should be paid to Richie Hogan before our tour commences to cover expenses.
We are look forward to meeting and reconnecting with classmates including Niall Morrissey from Australia, Joe Hogan from the UK and Michael Moran from Scotland.
J Hogan, M Moran. N Morrissey
At a short meeting in JB Burke's Bar on Wednesday 15th May, a number of ideas were discussed regarding future trips etc. Some classmates expressed a wish to revisit Belfast, no decision was made on this proposal but I have no doubt it will be discussed at a future meeting. A visit to Collins Barracks and Arbour Hill was proposed by Chairman Alan Cooper and all agreed. Date for this trip is Thursday May 30th. We meet at McDonagh Station at 8.15am for our train to Dublin. Let’s hope the weather will be kind to us and we have a good turnout.
Note: Eamon Holohan proposed a get together for classmates as we are reaching the sixtieth anniversary of the CBS Primary School, it was also agreed to contact all classmates re Eamon’s suggestion. (E&OE)
Note: A short trip to Waterford has been organised to get the ball rolling for the coming year. Date is 28/03/2019. We meet at McDonagh Station in time for the 9.am train, hopefully the weather will be kind and a good turnout is expected for our first outing in 2019.
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Michael Hogan. Michael was a well known and respected member of the Hogan family from Father Murphy Square Kilkenny and brother of our cherished classmate Richie Hogan.
Michael passed away peacefully, weekending 18th November at his home in Basingstoke in the UK and was predeceased by his wife Ann three years ago and his son Andrew in June 2017.
In his younger days Michael was an excellent soccer player and played for Evergreen Celtic, he loved all sports and had a passion for hurling where he displayed his formidable skills for St Marys at under fourteen and under sixteen, he also hurled for Newpark Sarsfields. He moved to England some fifty five odd years ago but was in constant touch with his family back home and returned as often as possible especially when Kilkenny contested the all Ireland hurling finals. Michael will be sadly missed by all who knew him and his much loved family.
Ar dheis De go raibh a-anam.
A Trip to Dublin is on the cards to attend a Rugby match between Leinster and Bath on December 15th. Michael Power has sourced the tickets and is helping to organise this event. We will meet at McDonagh Station at 11.15am for our train to Dublin. Kick-off is 5.30pm and our journey home will be at 11.30pm from Georges Quay travelling via Kavanagh’s Bus to Kilkenny, arriving at the Newpark Hotel at 1.10am and the Ormond Rd at 1.15am. Please note this trip takes place the day after our Christmas party.
This past summer we enjoyed glorious weather and most of us packed our bags and headed with our families and partners for the sandy beaches and summer sunshine, let’s hope we have a great summer again next year. As a society we didn’t meet during the summer months and our most recent meeting was in JB Burke’s John St on October 10th.
Chairman Alan Cooper welcomed all to our first meeting for some time now and said a few kind words. Alan also made apologies on behalf of our Secretary Michael Grogan who was unable to attend. Our annual Christmas party was discussed and the agreed date is 14th December, we meet at 7.30pm for dinner at 8pm. Venue is the same as last year, the Club House Hotel.
A visit to the National Botanic Gardens has been organised for Thursday June 7th. We meet at McDonagh Station at 8.15am for our train to Dublin.
A visit to the Natural History Museum (Merrion St, Dublin 2) has been agreed for Thursday April 12th. We meet at McDonagh Station at 8.15am for our train to Dublin.
Bowling has been organised for Wednesday March 21/03/2018 at 8pm in Mc Donagh Junction, followed by our annual AGM in J B Burke's Bar John St Kilkenny. Your attendance will be very much appreciated.
Secretary Class of 59' Society
December 16th 2017:
The Club House Hotel hosted our Christmas party on December 16th. A full report and group photo to follow at a later date.
It is with great sadness that we learned of the untimely passing of our classmate Larry Dowling who died suddenly on the 15th December 2017, at his home in Pennyfeather Lane. He will be sadly missed by his much loved wife Nula and children Natasha, Laura, Charlotte and Laurence. Larry was interred in Foulkstown Cemetery on 19th December after 11am mass in St Canice’s Church. May he rest in peace.
September 13th 2017:
Secretary M Grogan organised bowling at Mac Donagh Junction Kilkenny. The event was attended by eleven classmates and later we adjourned to JB Burke’s Bar to discuss our Christmas party venue and our planned trip to the Epic Centre in Dublin Docklands on 19th October.
Our night out this year is the Club House Hotel Patrick St on the 16th December where we meet at 7.00pm for dinner at 8.00pm and cost per person is €30.
Some debate re funding of our class of 59 society website was also discussed and it was agreed to future fund, with a small increase in contributions from classmates.
Note: membership contributions are due in January/February 2018. Please contact Richie Hogan or any committee member for details.
As we are nearing year end, I look forward to our Christmas party and am hopeful of a good attendance on the night, wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.
Secretary Class of 59' Society
Oct 19th 2017:
We visit the Epic Centre in the heart of Dublin's Docklands on Thursday the 19th of October. The Irish Emigration Museum tells the stories of Irish who emigrated to all corners of the globe. We meet at McDonagh Station in time for the 8.28am to Dublin.
Japanese Gardens Trip cancelled, see Bits & Pieces.
May 23rd 2017:
Our trip to the Japanese Gardens and National Stud at Tully, Co Kildare, is on Tuesday May 23rd. We will meet at Newpark Hotel at 9.30am for our departure at 10am. Means of transport will be provided by volunteer classmates and our Dublin comrades will make their way to Tully by bus or train and meet us there. “The land of the rising sun on our doorstep”- don’t forget to take along your camera to capture those inspirational photos. A restaurant and gift shop is available on site and the tour cost is €9.50 with lunch extra.
Sadly we mourn the passing of classmate Jim O’Shea. Jim who was father of Irish football legend John O’Shea passed away Tuesday morning April 4th after a short illness. It is with sadness that we express our condolences and sympathies to Mary, Alan, John and the extended O’Shea family. Jim was a staunch member of Ferrybank AFC, a Volunteer worker with the Youth club and a committed member of St Vincent De Paul among others.
Jim spent his youth in Kilkenny and was schooled in the CBS. If memory serves me right they had a small shop at their home in Danville a few miles out the Bennettsbridge Rd. Jim was interred after Mass in St Killian’s Cemetery adjoining The Sacred Heart Church in Ferrybank on Thursday April 6th. Among the many who attended Jim’s funeral was FAI boss John Delaney who paid tribute to Jim and he will be honoured before Ireland’s World Cup Qualifier against Austria in June.
March 8th 2017:
At our recent AGM we decided on a trip to Kilmainham Gaol. March 8th is our date and tickets have already been booked for this venue. We meet at McDonagh Station in time for the 8.28am train to Dublin. Our organised tour starts at 11.45am sharp and the cost is €6 per person. After our visit we make our way to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham for lunch.
Society lapel badges (16mm round) are available. Please make contact for details.
Paul Smithwick, a member of the Kilkenny brewing family, has been appointed an OBE in Queen Elizabeth’s New Year Honours list. The honour is in recognition for services to British-Irish relations.
Paul is a brother of our classmate John who sadly passed away in August 2002, a year before our reunion.
At this time, we should also remember classmates including, Jim (Tiny) Grace, Tommy Manning and our former Chairman and much loved colleague Marty Barry, who passed away in August 2004.
February 15th 2017:
Please note our annual A.G.M. will take place in JB Burkes Bar John St, on the 15/02/2017 at 8.30 pm. Your attendance will be very much appreciated.
Secretary Class of ' 59 Society
December 10th 2016:
Bollard’s Bar Kieran St on December 10th, is the venue for our Christmas party, we meet at 7.30pm followed by dinner at approximately 8.30pm.
Classmate’s a sincere thanks to all as we near the festive season and year end. Your support of our Society in all our events this year has been nothing short of tremendous. On behalf of our committee, may I wish you all a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year
Chairman Class of '59 Society
November 4th 2016:
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague Tony Murphy. Tony was interred in Foulkstown Cemetery after Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral on this date. We extend our sincere sympathies to his family including his brother Fr Jim, PP of St Canices. Tony, who farmed at Poulgour, was a strong supporter of Dicksboro Hurling Club. May he rest in peace.
October 21st 2016:
We pay a visit to James Stephens Barracks Kilkenny on October 21st organised by Richie Hogan. Richie assures us of an interesting visit and historical display of armaments and memorabilia. Our tour starts at 11.50am, lunch to follow, venue undecided as of now. Later that evening a sing a long has been arranged with our resident entertainer Johnny Hillman in JB Burkes Bar John St. More details to follow.
October 14th 2016:
A reunion (40th) of the 1975/76 Kilkenny Leinster and All-Ireland club championship winning side, will take place in James Stephens the Village Club Larchfield. The team captained by Phil "Fan" Larkin and included some of our CBS Classmates. Sean Brennan and Niall Morrissey who is back for the occasion all the way from Australia. It promises to be a very special night with sliothars flying in all directions. Blackrock were the loosing side in a rain soaked Thurles.
Final score: James Stephens 2-10 Blackrock 2-4
At our last meeting in JB Burkes Bar John St, we decided on a trip to Glasnevin Museum and Cemetery and to the Botanic Gardens on October 12th. Michael Grogan and Alan Cooper met recently to finalise details of our trip with fifteen tickets booked. We depart Kilkenny on the 8.28am train and arrive in Heuston at 10.00am. We board the Luas to the City Centre and the 140 Bus to Glasnevin from O'Connell St. Our guided tour starts at 11.30am, followed by lunch in the Tower Cafe at 1.00pm and hopefully, with time permitting a visit to the Botanic Gardens. Our journey back to Kilkenny will either be the 17.35pm or the 18.35pm train.
September 21st 2016:
History was in the making amid great excitement in the CBS on September 21st as Aine Fahey Captain of the Intermediate Camogie team arrived with both the Jack McGrath (inter) and O'Duffy cups (sen) for their win over Cork on September 15th. Alas our senior hurlers bid for another three in a row were scuppered by Tipperary but our, Camogie stars put paid to Corks bid for their three in a row.
Intermediate: Kilkenny 3-6 Cork 1-11 Senior: Kilkenny 1-13 Cork 1-9
June 15th 2016:
School Principal Donal McCarthy welcomed Alan Cooper and Sean Brennan on June 15th to the CBS Primary School Stephens St Kilkenny. Deserving student winners were awarded with prizes that included, Certificates, Medals, a €50 voucher and the CBS Class of '59 Trophy.
A Cooper & B Butler Award Presentation to CBS Student
In early May another tour was organised and this time we decided to sample historic delights of our own Medieval City. Our CBS colleagues from Dublin and New Ross were delighted with this idea and so were all of us locals. Once again the organisational skills of Michael and Alan ensured our tour ran smoothly. Our day started with the arrival of our CBS comrades (hellos & handshakes) and all fourteen of us made our way to a most delightful lunch in Paris Texas.
Our next stop, St Canices Cathedral and Round Tower, constructed around the 13th century which is steeped in history. One notable gem was a model of Kilkenny in 1620. Most of us climbed the Round Tower with breathtaking views. Note: Interred in St Canice's Memorial Garden is our CBS classmate John Smithwick (RIP). Next stop, Rothe House and then on to the Smithwick Experience, this tour was most enjoyable and was complimented with a thirst quencher at the end of our tour. Our final stop was JB Burkes pub Johns St for finger food and some imbibing before our Dublin friends departed on the 7pm train.
In March a trip was organised for a visit to the Chester Beatty Library. On arrival at Heuston Station we were met by three Dublin based classmates. After handshakes and pleasantries eleven of us made our way to the world famous Chester Beatty Art Museum and Library in the grounds of Dublin Castle. This Library holds a fascinating collection of ancient manuscripts, artefacts and books, some dating back hundreds of years. As our brains were digesting all this knowledge our stomachs were getting hungry and after a tasty lunch in the Silk Road Cafe we decided to make our way back to Heuston for our commute to Kilkenny. On route we stopped at Rea's pub in Parkgate St for some refreshments and chat to discuss future trips and bid farewell to our Dublin colleagues. Overall we enjoyed our day out and a big thank you to Michael Grogan and Alan Cooper for organising this event.