Fethard remembers Patrician Brothers
One hundred and twenty years is a long time, and the years between 1873 and 1993 were remembered at a book launch held in the Patrician Presentation Secondary School, in Fethard, last Friday night.
The book, published by Fethard Historical Society, begins with the coming of the first three Patrician Brothers to Fethard on St. Patrick's Day 1873, and ends with the departure of the last three Brothers on 12th August 1993. The book, The Patrician Brothers in Fethard 1873.1993, was officially launched by Brother Linus Walker, archivist of the Patrician Brothers, who resides at their headquarters and founding place in Tullow, Co. Carlow.
Over one hundred past pupils, Brothers, teachers and friends attended the launch, which was preceded by a cheese and wine reception, compliments of Superquinn. For many it was a trip down memory lane, meeting their fellow
Past pupils who travelled from distant parts of Ireland to attend the launch. For others it was a chance to see the fine new extended Patrician Presentation School which was completed in 1993, the year of departure of the last Patrician Brothers from Fethard.
A plaque acknowledging the work of the Patrician Brothers in Fethard has been erected on the school grounds and it was officially unveiled by Tony Newport, who was introduced as one of the more senior past pupils present. Tony humorously disputed the claim as to his great seniority, but then gladly proceeded with the honour of unveiling the plaque to his former mentors.
The first to speak at the launch was Joe Kenny, chairman of the Fethard Historical Society. He thanked past pupil Jimmy Mclnerney, main author of the book; also Brendan Kenny and Brother Linus Walker for their work in research. He than thanked and acknowledged the help received from Tipperry Leader Group, FAS, Student Summer Jobs Scheme, and the Patrician Brothers Farewell Committee, all of whom helped to make the publication possible.
A very poignant and yet realistic assessment of the Patrician Brothers' contribution to education and life in Fethard was given by Denis Burke, a past pupil and now a teacher in the same school. Among other things, he pointed out that the Brothers were men of their time and that times were often hard and difficult, nd all-in-all, great work was done against great odds.
Ms. Isabel Cambie, assistant manager, Tipperary Leader Group, said they were delighted to be associated with this publication and then went on to speak on the importance of a community retaining their history and of fostering a pride in their own place.
Mr Ernan Britton, principal, Patrician Presentation Secondary School, spoke on the solid legacy of achievement that the Patrician Brothers had left after them and that the entire community was benefiting from this great educational foundation.
Brother Linus Walker then spoke at length on the 120-year story of the Brothers' stay in Fethard. He thanked the people of Fethard for remembering the Brothers and for appreciating their work over the many years. He complimented the Fethard Historical Society for publishing a very readable book on the Patrician Brothers and added some amusing tales before officially launching the book.
The launch was concluded when Tom McCormack, another past pupil, read his poem of tribute to the Patrician Brothers, which ends with the words:
Well done! from a grateful Fethard
Fethard Historical Society hosted the launch of their book on "The Patrician Brothers in Fethard 1873-1993" at the Patrician / Presentation Secondary School on Friday night last.
The book was officially launched by Brother Linus Walker, Tullow, archivist of the Patrician Order. Brother Linus, without whose assistance the publication of the book would not have been possible, gave a most interesting talk oh the history of the Patrician Brothers, with special reference to many of those who had served in Fethard throughout their 120 years association with the town.
Following the launch, refreshments were served by the ladies committee of Fethard Historical Society. A great deal of nostalgic reminiscing was done and "do you remember" stories were exchanged by the many past pupils present.
The book, scripted by Jimmy Mclnerney, is now on sale locally.
The launching ceremony concluded with a reading by Tom McCormack of his excellent poem titled "A Tribute" which he wrote especially for the publication.
Due to flooding on the Anner following Friday's heavy rainfall, Fethard/Killusty Anglers' fishing competition arranged for Saturday evening last had to be postponed.
The competition will now take place on this Saturday evening at 7.30 pm.Meet at Kyleavalla Bridge.
Late Paddy Morrissey
The death has occurred of Mr. Paddy Morrissey, St. Patrick's Place on 15th June. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Saturday last, 21st June, of Mr. Pierce Butler, Saucestown to Ms. Mary Barrett, Cashel Road.
"Corvemios" Circus will visit Fethard on 24th and 25th June. This is the first time we can recall a circus paying a two-day visit to Fethar.
Greyhound Race Night
The Prior and community of the Augustinian Abbey express their thfhks and tremendous satisfaction to all who contributed to their fundraising event which culminated at the track in Clonmel on Thursday night last.
The winning nominators were: John Kennedy, Rathbeg, Urlingford; Fr. J. Power, OSA, New Ross; Rev. Dean Ryan, P.P., Cashel; K. O'Connor, Drangan; John Joe Whyte, Rathkenny, Fethard; Tony Hanrahan, Rathcoole, Fethard; Fr. Billy Meehan, Ss. Peter & Paul's, Clonmel; Tom and Ann Crosbie, New Ross; Nancy Delahunty, Rathdowney; Eddie Lawrence, Quin, Co. Clare.
Each winning nominator received a Tipperary Crystal bowl.
Fethard will win!
A Fethard victory is certain in a novel competition which should prove the outstanding attraction of this year's Fethard Festival from 4th to 6th July. A number of attractive events have been arranged in which Fethard, Co. Tipperary, will take on Fethard, Co. Wexford.
The events include athletics, G.A.A. games, novelty races for parents and children, darts, snooker and bridge. It is also hoped to stage waltzing, tennis, handball, racquetball and set dancing competitions. Points will be awarded for each event and the town with the most points will be awarded a perpetual trophy.
Competitors are required to represent Fethard (Co. Tipperary, that is) in most of the above events. Please contact any member of the organising committee if willing to participate.
Congratulations to members of Fethard Judo Club who did so well against formidable opposition from England, France, Wales and Romania, along with clubs from all over Ireland at the Tipperary Open Judo International Championships which took place on Saturday last.
In the junior event Roy Gorey won silver in the under-4lkg category, and his brother, Tony, took the 'bronze. Other to take bronze were Philip Halley, Derek Newport and Kenneth O'Donnell.
In the senior event Valerie Coleville won gold in the under-6lkg category.
In the mixed team event, Valerie and clubmate Eric O'Donnell were members of the winning squad, along with Sharon Harte, Galway, and Guillane Perron and Cyril Pedroll, France.
Fethard Bridge Club: (Results of summer bridge) - Wednesday, 11th May: 1st gross, Bridget and Dick Gorey; 2nd gross, Alice Quinn and Rita Kane; 1st nett, Antoinette O'Donnell and Jovita Delaney; 2nd nett, Mike Burke and Neilie Hall. Wednesday, 18th May: 1st gross, Nell Broderick and Moira Mclnerney; 2nd gross, Fr. J. Meagher, O.S.A., and Anna Cooke; 1st nett, Margaret O'Rourke and Breda Walsh; 2nd nett, Neilie Hall and Margaret Hackett.
Club contact (if looking for partner, etc.) is Annie O'Brien. Tel: 052 31862.