Nellie Tobin, who celebrated her 100th birthday recently in England, was born in a house adjacent to the rectory in Coolrain on June 24 1912. Her father was a local man John Tobin and her mother hailed from Carlow, Ellen Moran was her maiden name. One of six children Jim, Jack, Mary (mother to Bernie Grady) Kitty, Nellie and Jane. Nellie worked for sometime with the O’ Loughlin family, teachers in the Pike-of-Rushall NS, parents of Nuala Costello Borris-in-Ossory who still keeps in contacy with Nellie.

In 1938 Nellie went to live in Highgate in London and worked for a family Mr and Mrs Walker, who owned a tea plantation in India. When Nellie’s mother got ill they gave her time off to come home to care for her mother and continued to pay her wages. During these years she had a local boyfriend Dan Sheeran of Windsor and after twenty years they got married and lived in Dublin. They had two girls Bernadette and Caroline, sadly Dan was killed when a trench collapsed on him. After some time Nellie and the children moved to England to live with her sister Jane. In later years she married Ger Larkin a native of Windsor and sadly he died of a heart attack. Nellie loved coming home to Coolrain and loved to visit with the late Mrs Bridie Higgins, who was a lifelong friend. We think that she is the oldest person in Camross parish.


Mass on Friday at 7.30pm will be offered for the soul of the late Sr Paula (Mary) Delaney late of Shrahane, everyone is welcome. On Sunday the Over 60s Club will hold their church gate collection, this is also the open day in Clonohill Gardens, all proceeds go to the Hospice.


Top score Mick Kelly, 1st gent Mollie Bates, 2nd gent Donie Conroy, 1st lady Cissie Collier, 2nd lady Kathleen Kennedy, 1st qr M. Scully, 2nd qr Sadie Delaney, 3rd qr Sean Kennedy, 4th qr Mai Conroy. Raffle 1 Molly Bates 2 Sadie Delaney 3 Molly Bates 4 Molly Bates.


No outright winner. Nos were 10, 19, 20, 26. €75 whist drive committee, €30 Sean Kennedy, €30 Doran Family, €30 Sean G Cuddy, €30 whist committee. PRO: €40 Kathleen Lalor, €20 Molly Bates, €20 Jim Wynne, €20 Sean Bergin, €20 Lourda Bahnon, Raffle M. Delaney.


Camross FAS will be holding a race night on Saturday July 28 in Sean Bergins, we have receivced great support so far which we are very grateful for and hopefully it will continue. The success of the night will ensure the FAS Scheme can continue to deliver for all the different organisations. While every effort is being made to call to all households anyone who has not been approached and wishes to buy a horse can contact the Poets Cottage on 057 87 35016.