The Hot Seat
Published in the Milltown Newsletter May 1997
Full Name: Ellie Fitzpatrick. Born 1910 at Ballyglass.
Favourite T.V. Programme: Glenroe, Live at Three, The Lotto and loves listening to Irish Music on the radio.
Favourite Actor/Actress: Miley, Dinny and Biddy.
Favourite Colour: Blue.
First Day at School: I went to Belmont National School, and walked three miles there and back. I was taught by Shelia Heaney for the first few classes and then by Michael Acton.
Earliest Memory: What I really remember is the bad snowfall of 1947 which lasted from February to May.
Favourite Food: Chips and Chicken Nuggets, I would eat them anytime day or night.
First Job: I stayed at home and helped around the house and on the farm. I used to help with the saving of the turf, and often turned it out with the ass and baskets. I used to always help with slitting of the potatoes.
Favourite Song: Give an Irish Girl to Me.
What was your greatest regret: No regrets, worked hard.
Biggest changes you have seen over the years: The change over from oil lamp to the electricity, and the motor car. I used to drive into Claremorris in the ass and cart – ah but they were the happy times.
First Dance: I went to Taylor Rhattigans with my best friend Julie Oates, we also went to dances at Ballyglass and Ballindine and walked to all of these places.
Favourite Quotations: “You’re the strap” – “You oul Bess”.
Persons you most admire: My neighbours Alice O’Connor and Bridie Devane who are very good to me.
Favourite Drink: I love to drink a good glass of buttermilk, I’d prefer it to any mineral drink.
Favourite Pastime: I used to enjoy knitting socks and I also enjoyed baking, especially boiled cakes.
If you won the Lotto: I would look after my nieces, nephews grandnieces and grandnephews and all that are near and dear to me.
Ellie was from a family of ten – four boys and six girls. Ellie would like to thank Kathleen her niece, her grandnephews and grandnieces and all who care for her so well.