A special presentation was made to The Nationalist columnist Margaret Rossiter, Powerstown Road, Clonmel in recognition of her sterling service as a local historian, at a Mayoral reception for the Clonmel Historical and Archaeological Society. The drawing by local artist Michael Burke depicts Lady Blessington’s Bath at the Old Bridge.
When she made the presentation the Mayor surprised a very shocked Margaret, who in her own words was rendered speechless.
Cllr. Ambrose spoke about her early years as Peg Barrett from the Heywood Road, the daughter of Patrick and Bridget Barrett.
She was court stenographer in the Circuit and Criminal Courts both in Clonmel and Nenagh. She was also called on at times to the courts in Carlow and Waterford.
She married John Rossiter in 1955 and they have three children and seven grandchildren.
She joined the Clonmel Historical and Archaeological Society in the 1960s and is regarded as a stalwart member of the Society. She has written her own weekly column in The Nationalist for many years now, covering many topics.
The Mayor thanked Margaret for her contribution to local history and in particular for passing on so much of her research to others. The Mayor said that she loves Clonmel and that this was very evident during her many public talks regarding the town.
Cllr. Ambrose thanked Margaret’s husband John for his help in making the presentation.
In response, Margaret said that she was speechless and she never expected this. She thought the reason she was asked to sit at the top table with the Mayor and the committee members of the Society was because she was one of the older members of the society.
She thanked the Mayor for the presentation, as well as the members of the Clonmel Archaeological and Historical Society for their support. She said that she loved what she did and that we were lucky to live in a town like Clonmel that was full of such wonderful history. “Everywhere you turn there is so much history and there is still so much history that we have yet to learn about Clonmel”.
Margaret was delighted with her presentation and she thanked her husband John for his support down through the years.