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No court reprieve as Rusty bows out

January 1997

Rusty, the streetwise mongrel pooch, is no more. He passed away quietly last Friday following a lethal injection administered by the County Council's dog warden.

The deed was done on foot of a court order and the deceased dog was buried in the usual spot were unwanted, stray dogs are interred, on the edge of Killurin dump.

Rusty had achieved a certain notoriety through his appearances on the town with his owner, Margaret Hurley, the Wexford street character, and also his appearances in the court.

He got a couple of reprieves but his behaviour didn't improve, according to Sergeant Dan Redmond, who told Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla that the dog regularly snarled at people passing by.

There was also a financial implication. The dog warden had attended court three times and incurred expenses of £30.

The Judge ruled that the owner could have her dog back if she paid witness expenses amounting to that amount. Otherwise, the animal would be put down.

The money wasn't paid, and last Friday, Rusty was put to sleep. He followed in the paw steps of the 1,000 unwanted animals put down by the council each year.

Councillors to be paid for meetings

January 1978

Councillors on Wexford Corporation have decided to pay themselves for attending meetings.

Under a revision of travelling expenses and subsistence allowances for members of local authorities, Wexford Corporation members are now entitled to expenses.

For each statutory meeting, the councillors will receive an inclusive travelling and subsistence allowance of £5.65, provided they are away from home for at least three hours for the meeting.

Corporation meetings usually begin at 7.30 p.m. and finish around 10 p.m. but the members are getting around the 'three-hour rule' by saying it takes most of them at least a quarter of an hour to walk to the meeting and then the same to walk home again.

At Monday night's monthly meeting, Cllr John Roche proposed that the Council pay the allowances, saying that members are now entitled to them and should therefore get them.

Cllr J.G. O'Flaherty predicted there would be a distinct improvement in attendances at meetings in future, once expenses are paid.

Town Clerk, Mr Frank Kavanagh, informed members of the 'three-hour rule' but Cllr Roche mentioned that members had to leave home a quarter of an hour early to walk to meetings and it took the same time to return home.

This in turn led the Town Clerk to wonder if Cllr O'Flaherty, for example, would be entitled to expenses, as he lives less than a five minute walk away. He also pointed out that several others normally drive to meetings, instead of walking.

It's the end of an era for Tintern Abbey

January 1984

The recent death at Ely House, Wexford, of Miss Lucy Wilmot Maria Susanna (Marie) Biddulph-Colclough, formerly of Tintern Abbey, Saltmills, severed a link which dated back to 1562.

Miss Colclough, who had been a patient at Ely House since September 1977, was the last direct descendant of Captain Anthony Colclough, in whom the considerable Tintern Abbey estate was vested in 1562. Born in June 1890, Miss Marie Colclough was daughter of Captain Franc Biddulph-Colclough (who died five years after her birth) and of Lucy Rossborough-Colclough, who died in 1912.

She had one brother, Franc, who died in 1888 at the age of one year and ten months. Miss Colclough lived in the Abbey until 1960, when she went to live in Saltmills. Her next of kin is a Captain Lloyd, who is believed to be living in Portsmouth, England.

Although the Colcloughs were planted as usurpers among the Irish, they had an extremely good relationship with their neighbours and they epitomised the old cliché of becoming more Irish than the Irish themselves. Miss Marie Colclough was what is described as 'a great neighbour'. She was noted for her chartiable disposition.

Said a neighbour: 'She was a very good, charitable lady who was very kind to the poor people around her. I remember her coming regularly to the school and bringing a bag of presents. When times were bad in the thirties, many people had good reason to remember her and thank her. She never saw anyone stuck for firewood in the war years, when she gave away trees for practically nothing. She was the last of the Colcloughs and her death marks the end of an era'.

The Colclough estate once embraced the whole of South Wexford, including the Saltee Islands and Wexford town. It still contained about 1,000 acres less than fifty years ago. Part of it was then taken by the Land Commission in 1936-1937 and some other fields were sold off later still. The final dissolution came about four years ago when it was put up for auction and the Land Commission took over the whole thing. The Board of Works took over the Abbey, which is now being restored by the National Monuments Committee.

Miss Colclough was buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Tintern, on Thursday of last week. Very Rev. S. Roundtree, Rector, officiated at the graveside and the Lesson was read by Mr Maurice Gibbon. It has been the family burial ground since about 1850.

Runaway lorry stops short of cathedral

January 1995

A runaway lorry came within yards of demolishing part of historic St Edan's Cathedral in Ferns on Monday morning.

Fortunately, the driverless juggernaut with its load of timber was brought to a halt at the gate of the Church of Ireland church.

The drama occurred when a Kilkenny-registered lorry was parked near to the bus stop and chemist's in the village.

After the driver dismounted from the cab, the brakes failed and the long vehicle began to roll downhill towards the cathedral.

Luckily, there were no parked cars of people in its way as it gathered speed and crashed into the gateway.

Both granite gate piers were demolished in the incident, as the lorry ended up wedged in the gateway.

The front of the juggernaut was damaged but it was possible to drive it away from the scene after the piers had been moved out of the way.

Villagers were relieved that it did not either force its way through the gate, nor gallop down the steep slope of the N11 towards St. Mogue's Well.

20,000 stamps sold by new 'An Post'

January 1984

A staggering 20,000 stamps were sold from the Anne Street Post Office in Wexford alone on Tuesday, as crowds availed of the special 1p offer.

Queues thronged the post office throughout the day to buy 'penny stamps' which were issued to mark the setting up of An Post, the new semi-state postal board, and the 200th anniversary of the Irish Post Office.

One post office clerk said he sold 2,300 stamps in an hour, while another estimated she sold as many as 10,000 during the afternoon.

The queue began even before the Anne Street premises opened and remained in place until closing time at 5.30 p.m.

From the adverts: Strict job conditions

January 1979

Anyone who fancied heading abroad for work during 1979 was inivted to apply for positions available in an Amsterdam hotel - but only if they met strict conditions.

The advert announced: 'Minimum age 18 years. Maximum age 24 years. Must not be married. Must not be a student. Must be willing to work 60 hours per week over six days'. Anyone meeting the conditions was promised a free uniform and 'basic' meals during working hours.

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