Good on you Viola. No wonder that you saw it differently. I really enjoy
your soapbox oratory.
It must have made you feel good though, that the people in the meeting
Gee, it seems so undemocratic that those new road names were just imposed.
Assuming that that was your LOCAL council imposing the new names, it seems
as if they have no regard whatever for the modern concept of consulting with
affected people in such decisions. They sound like a group of Hitler-types.
With the Irish history which I have been exposed to in the 1800s, such
cavalier action would have been met with a LOT of local opposition, probably
including demolition of all such offending new road signs. I guess that the
fight has died out of most people with all of the problems of the last 200
years -- or that most of those who would have done that sort of thing were
either sent as convicts out here to Oz, or might have emigrated voluntarily
to various destinations. It's good to know that a few of you are still left
there with that fight in you though.
But I am amazed at the response from your local rector!
How narrow-minded. If that is any indication of his mind, then I don't think
his approach to his real work would be very inspiring either. How
insensitive too! grrrr...
Strength to your arm(s). Regards: Ray in oz.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Viola Wiggins" <viola.wiggins(a)tesco.net>
Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2008 4:21 AM
Subject: Re: FER-GOLD Townland Signposting.
I understand your point of view, and I would appreciate the signage, but
using traditional Road names along with Townlands, not Roadnames pulled
a hat. IAt the meeting I mentioned I was on my feet and defended the
Townland and traditional road names, which had been in use for
as opposed to new roadnames which would leave local residents, lost within
their own immediate area.
The chairperson did not like what I had said but the people in the body of
the meeting did.
Afterwards I was accused of puting a particular political partys point of
view forward at that meeting. My response was that I am nether sectarian
political, but that I wished to defend the heritage and tradition of each
and every resident within our comunity.
Our traditional road names mean everything to me.
How would one find a relative who's address had been "Rectory Road" and
is Tully Road? or an Island in the middle of the Lough, with only one
resident, but which now held a road number!
I rest my case.
So much that my rector, who had called three or four times, giving me
support in my bereavement, called next day and told me he was knocking me
off his 'delicate list' as he considered me capable of standing on my own
two feet, but if I felt in need to phone him.
I put my armour on and carried on living for THREE.
Soap Box over