Ellie Fitzpatrick

The Hot Seat

Published in the Milltown Newsletter May 1997

Ellie Fitzpatrick

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.

Milltown Newsletter May 1997

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