The coffee morning in Jolly’s Café, The Square, on Saturday last was a fantastic success where people’s generosity was so evident in this fundraiser in aid of the recent Philippine disaster.
Ger and Susanna Manton, proprietors, were more than prepared for the occasion having acquired the adjacent premises to accommodate the large number of customers coming to support the event.
Extra staff members were engaged to serve the free coffee and light refreshments and all was asked from consumers was a donation towards the Philippine appeal. The fantastic sum of €3,146 was raised on the day, all of which will go directly to the families who need it most. The organisers would like to sincerely thank all who came along and supported.
Jollys Café opened on June 21, 2012, and the name came from a romantic local story from the 17th century. Robert Jolly was a private in a Cavalry Regiment stationed in Fethard in 1680 when he fell in love with a local orphan girl, called Ellen Meagher.
They planned to marry at the earliest opportunity but his regiment was suddenly posted abroad and Ellen was left behind. Clearly a resourceful woman, Ellen went to London where through a wealthy Jewish gentleman, who left her his fortune she herself became wealthy. Not forgetting her true love, she bought Robert Jolly out of the British Army; they were married and lived happily at Knockelly Castle just outside Fethard. Robert died on August 20, 1709, and is interred in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard.
On one of the Church chalices is the following: “This cup was given to the Church of Fethard by Mrs Eleanor Jolly in consideration of a piece of ground given by the minister and church wardens for a burying place for her family Anno 1711.”