Fishing for brickeens in a stream

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Long before the advent of foreign holidays or organised summer camps, one of the great summer pastimes for children in Clonmel was fishing for brickeens at the Frenchman’s Stream.

Long before the advent of foreign holidays or organised summer camps, one of the great summer pastimes for children in Clonmel was fishing for brickeens at the Frenchman’s Stream.

Children would spend hours catching the small fish and proudly bring them home in bottles and jars, only to discover later that evening or the following morning that the misfortunate creatures, once placed in stagnant water, had perished.

The stream, located near the Carrigeen Roundabout on the Frank Drohan inner relief road, not far from Powerstown Park racecourse, flowed through the Wilderness wildlife sanctuary and beneath the Clonmel-Fethard railway line.

The stream was subsequently diverted underground to cater for development in the area.

Our main picture on this page shows children happily fishing for brickeens at the Frenchman’s Stream in 1985.

Perhaps readers may be able to identify the children in the photo.

The other pictures on the page are also from Clonmel in 1985 and include many familiar faces.