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The end of the Christmas Box

The end of the Christmas Box

Readers of a certain vintage will remember with fondness the bygone tradition of the Christmas box (tea, sugar, biscuits, cake, etc, in the case of a grocery shop) which shops in the town gave out to their loyal customers at Yuletide. To my memory this practice ceased in the mid to late 1960’s, but traders had been looking at the possibility of abolishing the custom long before that judging by a notice in the Cashel Sentinel of December 4, 1915.

Abolition of Christmas Boxes

At a meeting of the Cashel Traders held in the City Hall on 26th October the advisability of discontinuing the Christmas Box custom was considered and it was decided to abolish the practice. The undernoted traders have subscribed their names.

Wm.Mullins, Mrs.Dargan, L.P. Stewart, John McGrath, Michael Dolan., Thomas Hogan, Going & Smith, Thos. Connolly, Kate Morrissey, George Parker, Richard Conroy, Bridget Ryan, Mrs.M.E. O’Grady, Mrs. A.Ryan, Con Dwyer, Mrs. Corcoran, Mrs. Stewart, Mrs. O’Brien, Mrs. McNamara, Thomas Nash, Patrick Meany, Mrs. D O’Brien, Daniel O’Leary, John Downey, Wl Delaney, Mrs Dunphy, Mrs Fitzgerald, Mrs Nevin, Mrs O’Donnell, Mrs E. Looby, Mrs Murray, .J. Maher, Mrs Fennessey, Miss Flynn, Mrs. J. Philips, Richard Quigley, Mrs Cantwell, E.D. Ryan, Miss K. Cahill, Miss K O’Ryan, Philip Cahill, Mrs A Clifford, Rody Delaney, Patrick English, Patrick Leamy.

From the same issue of the Cashel Sentinel

Cashel Union

The Board of Guardians of this Union will be prepared at their meeting on Thursday 9th December 1915 to consider applications from competent persons for Sweeping the Chimneys Of the Workhouse and Hospitals and keeping them clean for a period ended 31st March 1916.

Contractor must attend at the Workhouse to clean the Chimneys whenever required by the Master of the Workhouse.