PILGRIMAGE TO SLIEVENAMON
The annual pilgrimage to Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon will take place at 2pm on Saturday 15th August. Mass will be celebrated at the base of the mountain at approx. 3.45pm, depending on the time it takes to reach the cross and travel back down.
Our annual pilgrimage maybe not as well known as Croagh Patrick but in its own way follows in the same tradition. On the way up the ‘Stations of the Cross’ are prayed. On everyone’s return to the wall at the base of the mountain, Mass is celebrated for the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady at which the intentions of all those who have made the pilgrimage are remembered.
This annual pilgrimage offers people an opportunity to join in prayer and is also a social occasion where you can meet people from different parts of the locality all of whom make this journey together just as they travel the road of life together.
You are most welcome to the Mass if you are unable to make it to the cross. If, however, the weather is unfortunately against us the Stations of the Cross’ and Mass will be held in Killusty church. Please come along and encourage others to be part of this year’s pilgrimage to Slievenamon.
EXTENSION TO SECONDARY SCHOOL
The old Secondary School will not be as easily recognised by past pupils from this year on. The familiar steps and front entrance used for class photographs over the years will be completely covered by a new extension which is presently being built.
We record the death of Sarah Cashman, Fr. Tirry Park and formerly Back Green, who died Sunday 26th July . Burial took place after 11.00am Mass to St. Patrick's Cemetery, Clonmel on Wednesday 29th July. The late Mrs Cashman, a native of Co. Clare, came to Fethard almost sixty years ago as cook at Kiltinan Castle. She is one of the last local links with Kiltinan in the Mrs La Terrier era.
MONROE TO ROCKLOW
Fethard Historical Society members are currently cleaning and clearing the beautiful walk from Monroe to Rocklow via Breen's Bridge. The walk was impassable due to overgrowth of weeds etc.
Congratulations to Mary Ryan, daughter of Tony and Nancy Ryan, Tullamaine, who got married in Holy Trinity Church Fethard on Friday 31st July, to Mick O'Mahoney, Clonmel. The wedding reception was held in Minella Hotel Clonmel.
Fethard and Killusty Community Council have just published a high quality promotional brochure for Fethard. It is a colourful 'flyer type' brochure incorporating eight different scenes of the town and area.
The brochure is now being circulated to all tourist offices, hotels and guesthouses within a thirty mile radius of Fethard so as to encourage visitors to make a detour to the Fethard area. The brochure is further fruits of the work of the Tourism Project group who began work in 1997.
Funding for the brochures (all 12,000 of them) came from Tipperary Leader (50% grant), Fethard Historical Society, Fethard and Killusty Community Council and from six generous local sponsors: J's Restaurant, Lonergan's Bar, McCarthys Hotel, O’Sheas Bar, Mrs. D. Stokes and Tipperary Tack Company.
The Tourism Project Group would like to thank all the sponsors and also to acknowledge the help of Joe Kenny of Kenny Photo Graphics and Terry Cunningham, Rural Enterprise Advisor with Teagasc.
CHOICE OF HYMNS
The Abbey Choir paid honour to their longest serving member, La (Walsh) Curtin, by singing her choice of favourite hymns at last Sunday's Mass (Sunday 2nd August) in the Augustinian Abbey. Last weekend La celebrated her 50th year as a member of the Abbey Choir.
This Saturday, 8th August, Killusty Football Club promote their annual u/14 Soccer Blitz tournament for the Pat Aylward Memorial Shield. The competition takes place in Killusty and the entry fee is £1 per competitor. Teams will be chosen on the day.
The club will hold a social night at The Well, Burke Street, on Friday night 7th July, at which the 'Division V' T.D.S.L. Competition medals will be presented. Awards will also be presented to the 'Player of the Season' and the 'Top Scorer' from the Youths and Premier Division teams.
Tourist to local senior citizen: "We have just been down to the river to view the Fethard Town Wall but had to beat a hasty retreat. We were chased by two geese do you think they would have bitten us ?" In reply the local senior citizen said "Not at all mam, these geese are like the man that owns them they make a lot of noise but are quite harmless".
Next Sunday the annual church gate collection in aid of Concern will be held in Fethard & Killusty Parish.
Sunday next, 9th August, South Tipperary Footballers get back to basics with the semi-finals of the South Tipperary Senior Football Championship being played at Kilsheelan. Fethard oppose Moyle Rovers who have had the Indian sign on Fethard in recent championship encounters. Fethard, however, are very confident of ending the Rovers' winning run next Sunday.
Davy Hogan, St. Patrick's, was inadvertently omitted last week from the list of past-pupils of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School playing on the Tipperary Senior Football team beaten by Kerry in last Sunday's Munster Final in Thurles.
Incidentally we have been reliably informed that there is no truth in the rumour that St. Brigid is being demoted and Mick O'Dwyer replacing her as patron saint of Kildare!
Fethard Historical Society will host a lecture on ‘Orangeism’ by Kevin Haddick Flynn in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday 25th August at 8.30pm. All are welcome. Adm: £2
Due to the above lecture the next meeting of Fethard Historical Society will take place on Tuesday 18th August and not the last Tuesday of the month as is normal.
Fethard A.C. News
Our athletes recently travelled to Tullamore to take part in the All Ireland Juvenile Track and Field Championships. Congratulations to Eoin Maher who took the silver medal in both the 100m and 300m in the boys under 14’s. Stephanie Lawrence finished 4th in the girls under 9’s 80m as did David Sullivan in the boys under 12’s 600m - just out of the medals. Well done to all who participated i.e. David O’Meara, Ciara O’Keeffe, Aoife O’Keeffe, Sarah Gleeson and Killian Cannon.
FETHARD FESTIVAL CANCELLED
It is with deep regret that the Fethard & Killusty Community Council have decided to cancel this year's Festival and Fancy Dress Parade. Unfortunately the biggest expense is insurance which costs in the region of £1,000. In the past, insurance was not as big an issue but, however, in today’s world this is no longer the case. We also had a major problem in securing a date that did not clash with other local events or fixtures. Suggestions are invited for the planning of next year’s Festival. The next Community Council meeting will take place in September, date to be announced.