Thursday 26 April 2018

Gathering of Roches from near and far

david medcalf

The Roche clan from Ballybrega in Oulart came together for the first time in decades to enjoy Sunday lunch at the Riverbank House Hotel in Wexford.

Members of the family arrived from Canada and the UK for the special meal, where three generations met for food and conversation.

Those assembled around the table recalled that the late John and Ellen (née Sinnott) Roche raised twelve children on the family farm.

Four of the brood became farmers, four became nurses, while the others grew up to be, variously, a plumber, a home maker, an official in the Canadian mint and a secretary.

The first two Pat (born 1929) and Annie (1928) are deceased but the remaining ten are very much alive and happy to join in a gathering which was not part of the formal national Gathering.

The siblings now range in age from 84 to 66 and they were joined by a merry assortment of sons, daughters, partners and grandchildren.

The roll call read Jim, a farmer in Clologue; Betty, a midwife in Canada; Mary, a housewife in The Ballagh; Margaret, a midwife living in Clonard; John, a farmer at Knocknasillogue in Blackwater; Theresa, formerly a nun with the Medical Missionaries of Mary, now retired to Drogheda; Joan, formerly secretary of White's Hotel, living in Monamolin; Peter, worker at the Canadian mint in Winnipeg; and Kevin, a plumber living in Bristol.

The party was treated to an illustrated talk about the Roche family tree delivered by Pat's daughter Mary O'Dwyer.

Gorey Guardian