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Paddy Curran

 The recent death of Paddy Curran in his hundredth year removes from your community the most senior person ever to live in Freemount Parish. It was the end of an era, a final link with the past both social and cultural Paddy attended school in the early nineties. Firstly at a temporary building in Barry’s farm yard as the then national school had been burnt down. Travelling through the fields to school in midwinter to an unheated building a far cry from today‘s centrally heated school with pupils been driven in a motor car. Paddy was the last of the pupils who attended when the new school was reopened in 1910, where he remained until fourteen years of age with his schooling completed. In those days there was no opportunity for boys like him only work on a farm as a creamery boy taking milk with a donkey and cart. In those days the creamery worked twice a day in summer time for three to four shillings a week wages. Paddy spent the next years of his life either doing manual work on farms or with building contractors, housing scheme or sewage and water schemes, usually working with pick and shovel. Paddy was the last of those workers who helped to bring the E.S.B. to Freemount and many more rural areas in 1955. In those days all those deep holes had to be dug by hand, likewise those high poles had to be lifted and set in place. There were no mechanical machines at that time. What a contribution the E.S.B. was to make to change the face of rural Ireland in small villages. Paddy’s whole life interest was to the G.A.A. Firstly as a player with Freemount hurling team in good years and lean ones, where no championships were won only tournaments. He always tried to keep the G.A.A. flag flying. In those days Freemount had no pitch of its own. The G.A.A. always rented from a farmer who would have cattle grazing on it. Before a game a lot of work would have to be done cutting weeds with a scythe.

Unveiling of the 1916 monument in the village

Unveiling of the 1916 monument in the village

 Michael O Regan, Secretary, Freemount GAA and Pat Collins, Chairman.

4th of December 2008

4th of December 2008

 John Keating, Chairman, Duhallow Board presenting the Junior Cup to Freemount Captain John O Flynn after they won their Duhallow title 

Freemount Hurling team

Freemount Hurling team

 Back Row: Liam Sheehan(trainer), Jim O Regan, Michael O Regan, Adrian Sullivan, Tim Coleman, Brendan Broderick, Aidan Keane, Francis Broderick, Micheal Enright, Finbarr O Flynn, John Broderick, Ger Browne, Willie O Regan, Paddy Collins Con McAuliffe.

Front Row:  Denis Carroll, Michael John Regan, Donie Broderick, Liam O Flynn,  Willie John O Flynn, Ger Withers, Dave Hannigan, John O Flynn (Captain), Gerry Hannon, Michael Withers, John Brennan, Danny Murphy and Brian Murphy.

 

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