'Cass'for Fethard Players
Marian Gilpin plays Cass Maguire the leading role in Fethard Players study, by Brian Friel, of the plight of the returned emigrant. Cass has worked for more than 50 years among deadbeats and washouts of Skid Row, New York. This humorous, bawdy, vital, compassionate plays deals with her return to Ireland and her genteel family's rejection of her.
The cast, pictured above, is front: Fr. Sean Ryan (Harry), Marian Gilpin (Cass), Lisa Rice (Tessa), Back; Chrisse Cummins (Gran), Carmel Rice (Alice), Nicky Murphy (Dom), John Fogarty (Mr. Ingram), Anne Connolly (Trilby), Gerry Fogarty (Pat). Also in the cast is Geraldine McCarthy (Mrs. Butcher). The play is produced by Austy O'Flynn.The play will take place at 8.15 pm in the
Abymill Theatre in Fethard from Monday, 24th November to Saturday, 29th November inclusive. Two special family nights will be held on Monday and Tuesday night at which admission price will be reduced to £3.
Booking is now open from 10 am to 6 pm at O'Flynn's Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard, 052 31254. Tickets are £4 each.
Late Mrs Nora O'Riordan
The death has occurred of Mrs Nora O'Riordan (nee Neville), Barrack Street, on November 13th. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
Late Mr Michael O'Grady
The death occurred on November 13th of Mr Michael O'Grady, Ballinard.
Interment was made in Rosegreen.
A long way to... A letter, correctly addressed, posted to Mr Mick Ahearne, Prospect, was delivered ten days later! Perhaps a rather long time from Co. Down, but when one considers the letter, by some manner or means, had arrived via Toronto, Canada, the delivery time was not so long after all!
Due to lack of support at the agm, Fethard tidy towns failed to elect a committee.
A decision was taken to postpone the agm to springtime '98, when, it is hoped,
a greater interest may be shown.The tidy towns group wish to thank sincerely all who supported their efforts during the past year.
The Cooraclare / Fethard second round Munster club SFC game, postponed from November 9th, will now take place on this Sunday November 23rd, in Clonmel.
Last weekend's results:
Saturday 15th, junior football A semi-final, Fethard 0-13, Cahir 0-7.
Sunday 16th, under-21 hurling B final, Fethard 519, Carrick Davins 0-5.
Fethard Bridge Club:
Monday 10th November 1st gross Michael Kenny and Mick Burke, 2nd gross Jovita Delaney and Antoinette O'Donnell.
1st nett Eleanore Cummins and Francis Harrington, 2nd nett Nora Lawrence and Margaret O'Rourke.
Wednesday 12th November - Second round Player of the Year competition, 1st gross Frances Burke and Margaret Hackett, 2nd gross Brendan Kefiny and Philly Kenny.
1st nett Breda O'Shea and Alice Quinn, 2nd nett Kathleen O'Connell and Bridget Gorey.Wednesday 26th
November turkey competition.
Club contact [looking for a partner, etc.], Annie O'Brien, 052 31862.
Fethard Historical Society were very pleased with the large attendance and amazed at the keen interest shown in the slide show of part of the Kenrick Glass Plate collection at the Abymill on Friday night last.
At the conclusion of the slide show, a full complement of the 800 photographs were presented to Ms Grainne McLochainn of the National Library; Ms Freda Rowntree of the Heritage Council; Mr Terry Cunningham of Fethard Historical Society; and Mr Pat Holland of Tipperary County Museum.
The presentations were made by Doreen Saurus FHS.
Joe Kenrick, London, son of the photographer, was presented with an enlarged framed print.
The meeting of Fethard Sunday Coursing Club, arranged for Friday night last, was adjourned as a mark of respect to the club's vicechairman, Tommy O'Riordan.
The meeting will now be held on this Friday night in the Tirry Centre at 8.30.
Entries for the club's first event of the 1997/98 season, the Dick Burke Cup, will be taken. All members are requested to attend.
Workers currently unemployed wishing to work on the Fethard / Killusty Fishing Club's improvements of the Anner fishing scheme, may obtain full details on 052 24422.
South 21H 'B final..
Tonic start for Fethard as Davins crushed Fethard 5-19; Carrick Davins 0-5
The South Tipperary under-21 hurling 'B' final played on a heavy Kilsheelan pitch on Sunday last failed to live up to expectations as an impressive Fethard brushed aside the disappointing challenge of Carrick Davins in a one;ided encounter.
Early goals from Declan Maher and David Flanagan gave Fethard a tonic start and Davins, under constant pressure were never allowed to settle.
A third goal from Conor O'Donnell left it 3-5 to nil before Dave Butler from a free gained Davins first score in the 23rd minute.
Davins improved before the break but still trailed by 3-6 to 0-3 at the end of the half.
Davins had wind advantage for the second period and needed early scores to make any impression.
However it was Fethard who carried on where hey had left off and a succession of points increased the lead.
The concession of a fourth goal by Davins in the 42nd minute (Kieran Treacy the scorer) added to the Davins woes and the final quarter continued to be very one-sided as Fethard added a fifth goal from Declan Maher as well as some well-taken points notably from Damian Byrne and Aidan Fitzgerald.
On the day Fethard looked a team of all the talents. Their more physical fifteen mastered the conditions and it will take a useful side to beat them.
Paul Fitzgerald was a commanding figure between the posts with Tomas Kane, Damian Byrne, Michael Carroll, Stephen O'Donnell, David Flanagan, Declan Maher, Michael Burke and Aidan Fitzgerald all giving towering performances.
It proved an unhappy hour for Davins whose young side could not recover from a dismal start and were never able to cope with the heavy conditions.
They were best served by Michael Arrigan, Derek Tobin, Brendan Butler,
Dave Butler and Paul Tobin.
Scorers: Fethard Declan Maher 2-2, David Flanagan 1-3, Kieran Treacy 1-2, Conor O'Donnell 1-1, Aidan Fitzgerald 0-2, Damian Byrne 0-2, Cohn Allen 0-2, J. P. Looby 0-2, Tomas Kane 0-2, Stephen O'Donnell 0-1; Davins Dave Butler 0-2, Alan Coady 0-1, Paul Tobin 0-I, Philip Murphy 0-1.
Fethard: Paul Fitzgerald, Alan O'Meara, Michael Burke, John Kelly, Michael Costelloe. Tomas Kane, Michael Carroll, Aidan Fitzgerald, Damian Byrne, Kieran Treacy, Tom Burke, Stephen O'Donnell, Conor O'Donnell, Declan Maher, David Flanagan. Subs: Cohn Allen, J. P. Looby.
Davins: Bernard Barry, Ed. Walsh, Michael Arrigan, Keith Ryan, Eddie McGrath, Paul Tobin, Eoin Power, Philip Murphy, Brendan Butter, Chris McGrath, Derek Tobin, Alan Coady, Anthony Dignam, Dave Butler, J. J. Dignam. Subs: David Hogan, Anthony Marshall.
Ref: T. Lonergan, Kilsheelan.
Munster club final beckons for Fethard
Fethard will finally get to play their Munster club championship clash with Clare champions Cooraclare in Clonmel on Sunday at 2.30.
The fixture was due to be played on November 9th but Fethard were forced to wait two weeks after a successful application to the Munster Council for a postponement by the Clare champions.
Fethard have no injury problems going into the game and the players are hoping to create history on Sunday. Victory in Sunday's semi-final would secure passage to a Munster final, something no Fethard senior football team has yet achieved.
"We know Cooraclare will be very strong, but we believe we have fifty-fifty chance of winning on Sunday. The home support should be a huge help to us" said team captain, Willie Morrissey.
It was an unfortunate day as far as Fethard were concerned after they had dismissed of Galbally in their opening Munster championship clash. Confidence was high in Fethard after they beat the Limerick side by 1-13 to 0-12 and would have preferred to play Cooraclare two weeks ago.
"The delay broke our momentum. The lads would have preferred to play it two weeks ago. It was hard on everybody to get worked up for a big game and then for it to be postponed" said the half-back.
On song against Galbally for Fethard were Chris Coen, Brian Burke, Martin Coen, Willie O'Meara, Philly Blake and captain, Willie Morrissey and Fethard supporters will be hoping for the same again on Sunday.
They will be up against a strong Cooraclare team who beat Doonbeg in the Clare county final. Among their ranks are footballers of the calibre of Tom Morrissey, Joe Considine, Martin Morrissey, Thomas Queally and Christy 0' Donoghue.
Lloyd Webber to give Fethard show
One of the world's best known composers will talk about his life and times at an unique show in Fethard next month.
Andrew Lloyd Webber who is a regular visitor to the town since his purchase of nearby Kiltinan Castle, will appear for one night in the Abymill Theatre in a show that is certain to attract a capacity audience.
The composer of some of the world's top musicals, including "Cats", "Phantom of the Opera", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Aspects of Love" has only appeared in one other similar show and that was in New York.
In Fethard's beautifully restored Abymill he will talk about his life and works with his friend Bob Lanigan.
The show takes place on the Sunday before Christmas, December 21st, and tickets at £25 go on sale next Monday.
Fethard's intimate theatre can seat 160 and it is expected to be totally booked out for one of the entertainment highlights of the year anywhere in the county. Proceeds from the evening go to the Shane Broderick Fund, set up to assist the paralysed jockey from North Tipperary, and to the Augustinian Abbey Restoration Fund in Fethard. The unique show will give fans of Lloyd Webber the opportunity to put questions to him about his glittering career which has seen him rise to the very pinnacle in the world of stage musicals. His talk will be interspersed with video clips from his hit works and shows.
According to one of the organisers of the event. Lloyd Webber and his wife Madeleine are both very excited about the unique undertaking and are looking forward to meeting people on the night.
Tickets are available from Monday, November 24th at the Tipperary Tack Company, Fethard, 05231765 between lOam and 6pm.
Fethard picS for National Library
A collection of photographs that reflect life in Fethard around the turn of the century will go on display in a new extension to the National Library to be opened in the Temple Bar area of Dublin. A representative from the National Library said in Fethard on Friday night that the prints, most of them between ninety and one hundred years old, were "stunningly good" and would form an important feature of their new premises.
The photographs were all taken by Patrick Kenrick while he worked in Grove House, the area's renowned "big house", and number just under eight hundred in total. In the town's Abymill Theatre last Friday night, volumes of the entire collection were presented to the National Library, to the County Museum in Clonmel and to the Fethard Historical Society.
The original glass plates were discovered ten years ago at two separate Main Street premises - in the Thop owned by Tony Newport who is a nephew of Patrick Kenrick and in Jimmy Hayes' house. In recent years Fethard Historical Society undertook a project to produce photographic prints from the glass plates and that work reached a conclusion on Friday when the three sets were handed over at a function in the Abymill.
A driving force behind the project was local photographer Joe Kenny, a grandnephew of Patrick Kenrick, who had chosen photography as a career before he even knew of his ancestor's interest in it as a hobby.
The project was grantaided by the Heritage Council and Freda Rowntree from the Council said at the presentation ceremony at the weekend that Fethard was one of only twenty six projects to be funded from a total application list of four hundred and ninety throughout the country.
Grainne MacLochlainn said she was thrilled to receive the prints on behalf of the National Library and she paid particular thanks to Joe Kenny, not only for his work in producing them but also for indexing them so professionally which had halved her workload.
County Museum curator Pat Holland was equally delighted to receive the prints and described the presentation as a dream come true. He paid warm tribute to Fethard Historical Society for their work and described them as one of the most active historical societies in the county. Receiving the prints on behalf of Fethard Historical Society itself, Terry Cunningham said it was lucky to have someone like Joe Kenny who had put so much work into the project.
Mr. Kenny also described the completed project as a dream come true. He paid particular tribute to the Heritage Council for their encouragement and financial assistance and also thanked his fellow worker in the printing of the photographs, Clare Smith.
The prints were brought to life for all those attending Friday's ceremony by Tony Newport, a nephew of the photographer Patrick Kenrick, who gave a most interesting and informative lecture on many of the photographs. He provided a real snapshot in time of Fethard at the turn of the century,
Dáil tv protest
(By Aileen Muihall)
Up to one hundred people from Killenaule and Fethard protested outside the Dáil yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) o highlight a local community television company's fight to secure a tv deflector licence.
The protesters, supporting Fethard/Killenaule Community Television
Company's campaign to ring a multi-channel service to Killenaule and Fethard, picketed outside Leinster House for around an hour and a half as TDs arrived for Question Time.
The company's signal has been off the air since High court proceedings involving Suir Nore Relays, who have the licence to supply n MMDS service to Killenaule and Fethard, and who were granted an injunction Two bus loads of protesters left Killenaule and Fethard yesterday morning
for the Dáil picket. Among those at the protest were local Councillors Ned Brennan Labour) from Killenaule, Susan Meagher (FF) from Ballingarry, and John Holohan TG) from Fethard.
South Tipperary County Council was represented by Councillor Brendan Griffin and North Tipperary County Council was represented by its chairman, Councillor Harry Ryan.
Paddy Hogan, secretary of Fethard/Kilien aule Community Television Company Limited, told The Nationalist that local TDsand Senators from both North and South Tipperary supported the protest yesterday. These inciudeQ Minister Noel Daer*t Deputies Michael O'Kennedy, Michael Lowry, Michael Ftris, and Senators Kathleen O'Meara and Tom Hayes. A ñunTher of TDs from other counties also gave their support, including Donegal TD Thomas Gildea, who was elected t o the Dáil on the deflector licence issue.
Mr Horgan said 90% of residents in Killenaule were currently without a BBC service and there was no service at all in Fethard.
At last Friday's joint meeting of North and Southi Tipperary County Council's Councillor Noel Coonan from North Tipperary proposed that both local authorities call on Public Enterprise Minister Mary O'Rourke and Etian Doyle, who has been as a regulator to examine the whole area of Communications, to meet the company.
Councillor Susan Meagher, who supported the proposal, said a lot of people (in Killenaule/Fethard area were being deprived of multi-channel service. They were promised they would have a multi-channel service in July, but there was no sign of that, she added.
Mr Horgan, whose coompany has collected 4,000 signatures in support oftheir campaign, said they hadn't been able to meet Minister O'Rourke, but had met the Tanaiste a few weeks ago.