Snapshots Grand Final - When Deirdre met the Archbishop

Voting closes this Saturday

Meeting the Archbishop

Deirdre Burke and her brother David meet Archbishop Dermot Clifford outside the Cathedral of the Assumption in Thurles in 1986. (See story below).

So here we have it, the six photographs which you, our website readers, have chosen for the Grand Final of Snapshots.

Over the past number of weeks we have received hundreds of nostalgic snapshots from all over County Tipperary and beyond. Those which we thought were the most appealing appeared each week in our newspapers, The Nationalist and the Tipperary Star and also online on our website,

The six photographs, including the one featured above, which appear in our print editions this week have been selected by our readers in three weekly online polls on

Each of the six snapshots has that ‘something special’ about it, a moment frozen in time unique in its own way. However, there  can be only one winner  and again you, the reader, will have the final say in our  online poll on

Until Saturday evening you will have one last chance to select the Grand Final  winner of Snapshots. All you have to do to cast your vote for your favourite Snapshot photograph is to click on the link below which takes you to our website



This photo, submitted by Kathleen Burke, is  from 1986 and was taken outside the Cathedral of the Assumption in Thurles when Deirdre Burke and her brother David (pictured bottom right corner) met with  Archbishop  Dermot Clifford while the Hussey family look on. 

Kathleen always  loved this photo and so did our readers last week when selecting it for the grand final. One  can almost sense  the feeling of delight for young Deirdre on greeting the Archbishop,  looking so polite  and giving a big smile while shaking his hand. David, on the other hand, in the bottom right corner of the photo, seems much more  interested in his bag of sweets and escaping as quickly as possible from the formalities.

Kathleen couldn’t recall exactly what the occasion was but obviously it was a big deal, perhaps a St Patrick’s Day, with the Army and FCA on full parade.