Richard Cecil Patten (born January 9, 1872) was Rector of Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard, from 1904 until his death on October 8, 1942.
He and his family resided at The Rectory where, apart from a large walled garden, there were about fifteen acres of land at the Glebe but very few amenities. All the water had to be pumped and the drinking water carted from the town - so help for the garden, milking, and other tasks was essential.
By 1930, Canon Patten become fascinated by alpine plants and had made an extensive rock garden in the field immediately in front of the house. This garden gave him great pleasure and he continued to produce the bedding and herbacious plants. Woolworth’s of Clonmel sold quantities of his plants.
The nursery had by this time long out grown the old walled garden, where large greenhouses and frames had followed the original small green-house; two of the fields were in use for the propagation of perennials, etc. The nursery gave great employment in the area and in the height of the selling season additional boys were taken on when as many as twenty-five people might be working.
The late Miss Phyllis O’Connell did all his secretarial work. After his death in 1942, Mrs. A.C. Vigors took over the nursery, keeping it for a year at the Rectory and then moving it to her home at Tullamaine Castle and later to Coolmore House. The nursery was known as ‘Pattens Gardens’ and continued on at least into the mid 1950s.
Three fethard centenarians in the
Nellie Shortall, The Valley, Fethard (see below) celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday last, 24th October, with a special Mass in the Parish Church and social occasion afterwards in the Convent Community Centre..
This occasion was extra special as it also marked the third centenarian to celebrate their birthday in our parish this year. Indeed a unique occasion that may not be repeated in a long, long time.
The other two centenarians are Chrissie Byrne, Killusty, who celebrated her 100th birthday on June 19 and Josie Casey, Derryluskin, Fethard, on September 3.