In Kilkenny, one has only to mention the name Pat Shortis and immediately the stories will come tumbling to the fore. Pat has been doing charity work for all of his 90 years and every parish in the city and county will have reason to be grateful to his efforts.
But this little item is not about Pat, but instead seeks to highlight a project undertaken by his daughter Mary in support of the Amber Women’s Refuge in Kilkenny. In the weeks leading up to the All-Ireland senior hurling final, Mary created some small items of jewellery in black and amber and all proceeds went to Amber Refuge, whose committee is working towards providing individual apartments for mothers and children in need of help.
Mary and her husband, Chris, are proprietors of the Shortis-Wong delicatessen on John Street, Kilkenny.