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Thursday 27 June 2019

Tintern year in review covered, no kidding!

Gusserane Tidy Villages Group celebrating a great year: Back Row (l-r) Mary Ann O’Brien, Kathleen Corcoran, Tony Power and Eileen Lacey. Front (l-r) Bridie Breen, John Kearns, Ger Breen and Ann O Hanlon
Gusserane Tidy Villages Group celebrating a great year: Back Row (l-r) Mary Ann O’Brien, Kathleen Corcoran, Tony Power and Eileen Lacey. Front (l-r) Bridie Breen, John Kearns, Ger Breen and Ann O Hanlon
The nanny goat with her kids as featured on the front page

David Looby

The Tintern Review 2018 edition not only covers everything that happened to the people within the parish over the span of a year, but goes as far as to include a story about kid goats born during Storm Emma.

On sale for €7 in local shops, the 50 page publication is bursting with colour and social pictures from events that took place at venues across the district.

Editor Billy Downey writes in his editorial: 'Few will forget the unprecedented weather conditions we experienced during 2018. It began with Storm Ophelia which visited these shores in November and caused untold damage across the country. Late February and early March saw the arrival of Storm Emma and the Siberian wind, the Beast from the East, which hit the country bringing the worst snow storm in 36 years.'

An unexpected heart-warming story emerged during the storm when two wild nanny goats and a kid took shelter in one of the fields in the parish.

In the shadow of where the Midway Church at Tallaught once stood, the clan made its temporary home in a well sheltered ditch.

They were found by locals Lynn Sudworth and Cathy Hannon and over the following 24 hours other local residents also came to their aid with hay and meal. On the second morning the goats' carers discovered two kids had been born.

Extra shelter was provided, along with more supplies.

The kindness shown to the goats - which make the magazine's front page - is a credit to the locals who trudged through their snow to care for them and the whole story can be read in the review.

Mairead Redmond's successful Operation Transformation mission is covered. The Gusserane woman inspired many more Tintern residents to get fit and in the same vein there is a photo spread on the Coiste na nOg walk and run.

The bicentennial ceremony for Saltmills Bridge gets coverage, as does the great work of the Gusserane Tidy Villages group.

It was a big year again in ploughing circles as John Whelan claimed the reversible ploughing title in Kenya and the 60th anniversary dinner for Ballycullane Ploughing was held.

There is a comprehensive feature article on the Mill at Mullinderry and a wonderful photo spread of the annual senior citizens Christmas party.

On the other end of the age spectrum the Huggy Bears young graduates are featured in a photo spread, while St Leonard's soccer players get an honourable mention.

There are some great photos from the snow storms and a two page spread about Frankie Cullen who retired as caretaker of Ballycullane Community and Sports Complex this past year.

Photographs from yesteryear are featured in the A Trip Down Memory Lane segment, while the launch of the EuroVelo cycling route is covered.

There is also a story about how the descendants of a Saltmills family developed links with their cousins in Milwaukee.

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