Webber castle spring clean
by Aileen Mulliall
Andrew Lloyd Webber gave his Co. Tipperary residence, Kiltinan Castle, a spring clean last week.
The world famous musicals composer and millionaire put the excess contents of his historic castle situated near Fethard on sale at an auction in Co. Kilkenny. The auction which attracted a lot of interest from antique dealers and the public took place in the sales rooms of fine art auctioneers George Mealy and Son of Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on Tuesday, June 24 and Wednesday, June 25.
Auctioneer George Mealy said Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber carried out a lot of renovations to Kiltinan Castle when they moved in and the items up for auction were the surplus.
Paintings, antique furniture and a magnificent 19th century white marble fireplace from the Co. Tipperary Castle were among the fixtures that went under the hammer during the two day auction which was attended by buyers from all over the world.
"We had a lot of buyers from the contingent, a good few Americans and of course a big UK contingent", mr. Mealy told The Nationalist.
Almost £1 million ws paid out for antiques from Kiltinan Castle and other private collections.
The entire contents of RathduffHouse near Bansha also went under the hammer, auctioned for the representatives of the late Josephine M. Edwards.
The marble carrara fireplace from Kiltinan Castle sold for £12,750 and a pair of early 19th century French Boulle Side cabinets also from the Castle sold for £9,000.
Lord and Lady Webber didn't attend the auction. George Mealy said they kept a. low profile. He only spoke to Lloyd Webber on the phone.
Following a meeting of the Fethard festival committee, on Monday night, it was decided unanimously to cancel the Fethard Festival. This decision was made due to the lack of community support for the planned festival, our Fethard correspondent reports.
Fethard Tidy Towns
will present prizes for the best gardens, window boxes and flower baskets at the reception for the walkers in the Town Hall.
Athletics coaching will take place in the GAA park on Friday 4th July, from 3pm to 7pm, with Dr. Zbignicw Orywal, NACI national coach, and ex-Olympian athlete. All are welcome.
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The very eagerly awaited senior football challenge, Fethard versus Loughmore, will take place in the GAA park, Fethard at 8pm on Saturday July 1 5th.
Trophies for the winningteam are sponsored by Brian Mordaunt and Son; Limited, Clonmel. Then will also be a trophy for, man of the match, sponsored by Fethard and Killusty community council
Fethard lady mayor
The election of the Lady Mayo: of Fethard will take place in O'Shea's Lounge, Fethard, at l0.3Opm on Saturday 5th July. Live musical entertainment provided on the night.
Fethard to Fethard-on-Sea sponsored walk
The walkers will begin their 52mile walk on Friday 4th July and will complete the first stage to Mooncoin. On Saturday they will walk from Mooncoin to Kilsheelan.
Sunday 6th July the walkers will be arriving in Fethard and a reception will be held after the 11.30 Mass outside the Town Hall, where certificates will be presented to all the walkers.
The proceeds of the walk will go towards the Fethard Day Care Centre for the Elderly.
Your support is muchneeded and appreciated for this very worthy cause. Please turn out to support and thank our walkers for their sterling effort.
On Sunday 22nd June, we joined the members of Ballymacarbry, Clonmel and Carrick Units in the inaugural Regional Sports Day, hosted by the Carnck-on-Suir Unit.
The first event was the under-13 lOOm and while we had only one representative, Killian Cannon, who did well to beat the opposition and take gold. Killian also did well in winning the marathon by leading from start to finish.
The first event off the blocks for the over-13s was also the lOOm. The field was larger in this event, with semi-finals and a final. We managed to win both bronze and gold in this event, with David Kennedy and Eoin Sullivan takin the honours, respectively.
The result installed us as favourites for the over-13 relay, which was justified, with John Noonan, John McCarthy, Eoin Sullivan, Brian Sullivan and Damian Cannon running out easy winners.
In the three-legged race, John Noonan and Eoin Sullivan, along with Damian Cannon and Richie McCarthy, contested a close final with the Noonan / Sullivan combination edging out the McCarthy / Cannon paid into second.
John McCarthy did well to put goals past Carrick leader Jim Walsh to take the honours in the penalty kick.
Damian Cannon was unlucky to be edged out in second place in the javelin.
The final event of the afternoon was the over-13 marathon which had an exciting finish with a deadheat between the Sullivan brothers Eoin and Brian.
The overall performance of the troop, winning seven gold, two silver and one bronze was enough to take the overall team trophy.
Currently preparations are under way for annual camp where we are joining the members of the Clonmel Unit in Aberearon, Wales, from 28th July to 8th August.