The Senior Citizens Christmas Party will take place in the ballroom on Sunday 13th December. This year’s party is open to all senior citizens. In order to make adequate catering arrangements those interested in attending are asked to give their names to Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard, Tel: 052 31862, before 30th November.
FAITH HEALING, CHARMS AND CURES OF LONG AGO
Fethard Historical Society will host a lecture “Faith Healing, Charms and Cures of Long Ago” by Martin O’Dwyer on Tuesday 17th November in the ICA Hall at 8.30pm.
This is a very interesting lecture, which will give us a great insight into times past.
Adm: £2. All are welcome.
JOHN CANTWELL POET
December 2nd is the 100th anniversary of John Cantwell’s death. John was born on 28th October 1870 at Ballygambon, Fethard. His parents Patrick and Catherine (nee Keane) had five children. John was educated locally in the Patrician Monastery School and his mother encouraged his interest in literature and writing. His untimely death at the age of 28 meant that the poetic talent evident in his work did not have the opportunity to develop and flourish. Many of his patriotic poems were published in local newspapers at that time. In later years these were followed by poems of love, loss and nostalgia.
The Fethard Historical Society is currently organising an event to commemorate his death and would welcome any additional information about the poet.
OLD BOOKS WANTED
Fethard Historical Society are currently making plans for their annual Tipperariana Book Fair which will take place in the Ballroom on Valentine’s Day 14th February. This event is now one of the biggest and best in Ireland and attracts dealers and buyers from near and far.
The society are now appealing for unwanted books. If you have any books that you no longer require please donate them to Fethard Historical Society by contacting Chris Nevin, Gateway B&B, (Tel: 052-31701) or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, (Tel: 052-31663) and we will arrange to have them collected at your convenience. Anyone interested in taking a stall at the Book Fair can contact Terry Cunningham, Grangebeg, (Tel: 052-23402 or 21300 during working hours).
Congratulations and best wishes to Michael and Joan Shine, Congress Terrace, who celebrated their Silver Wedding anniversary on Nov 3rd.
FETHARD & KILLUSTY MUINTIR COUNCIL LTD
The AGM of Fethard & Killusty Muintir Council Limited took place on Tuesday Night 3rd November in the Tirry Community Centre.
The Fethard & Killusty Muintir Council Limited, previously known as the Fethard & Killusty Community Council, has changed its name since becoming a limited company.
At the meeting the following members were elected to the board: Michael O'Hagan, Edwina Newport, Paddy Croke, Peter Grant, Megan Sceats, Diana Stokes, Fr. Ben O'Brien, Susanna Manton, Joe Kenny, Nellie O'Donovan, David Sceats and Pamela Sweeney. Directors will be appointed at the next meeting.
NEW WEB ADDRESS
The ‘Fethard at Home’ Web Site, dedicated to emigrants from Fethard and Killusty, has now been updated in time for the Annual Newsletter. The new Internet address is: www.fethard.com and this site will eventually have a searchable database for students and emigrants wishing to research their family records as well as providing the regular current news service which is updated daily. The Fethard site has now had over 14,000 visits and has made first time contact with many additional people with Fethard roots throughout the world.
The AGM of Fethard I.F.A., which was postponed due to the death of Denis O’Halloran, will now take place on Wednesday 18th November in the I.C.A. Hall. The meeting will be addressed by Ann Kehoe, South Tipperary representative on the IFA National Council, and T.J. Maher, vice president Munster Macra Na Feirme. Starting time is 8pm.
WE SECOND THAT
Fethard, “The home of the racehorse”. If anyone has doubts that the above is true they should be allayed by an article in a national Sunday paper, which says: "If Irish racing were a body then Fethard would be the heart, McCarthys the main artery and their patrons the blood that flows through it." So now you know, it’s official.
Congratulations to Marianne, eldest daughter of Bill and the late Sheila O’Sullivan, Perryville, Main St., who was awarded a PhD in Environmental Microbiology from Dublin City University recently.
TURF TO THE BOG
Georgie Matthews, Kerry St was a recent prize-winner in an English national daily newspaper competition. This is one prize however that will remain unclaimed. Georgie, who retired a few years ago after over fifty, accidents free, years of driving. He drove all kinds of vehicles from cars to busses and lorries and was winner, believe it or not, of some free driving lessons with the Irish School of Motoring.
Fethard Senior Football team have been entered for a Munster inter club tournament. They are at home to Nemo Rangers and Castleisland Desmonds and drawn away to Castlehaven. Here’s hopping for a full turn out and a good performance in all games.
Fethard Junior B Hurling team were beaten by six points by Kilsheelan in the South Tipp semi-final on Sunday last.
Mass for the repose of the souls of all deceased members of Fethard GAA club will be celebrated in Fethard Parish Church on this Friday evening November 13th at 7pm Mass.
The death has occurred of Mr Frank Wade, Killusty. Interment took place at Killusty Cemetery.
The death has occurred of Mr Donal O’Sullivan, Main Street. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred of Mr. Joe Clarke, Crampscastle. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred at her daughter’s residence in Bunclody, Co Wexford, of Mrs Gobnait Healy, formerly of Monroe, Fethard. Interment took place in Bunclody.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
Monday 2nd November
1st Gross: Frances Burke & Margaret Hackett.
2nd Gross: Anna Cooke & Suzanne Opray.
3rd Gross: Eileen Dillon & Moira McInerney.
1st Nett: Tony Hanrahan & Michael Kenny.
2nd Nett: Mick Burke & Rosemary Lalor.
3rd Nett: Kay Walsh & Ella Kenny.
Wednesday 4th November “Kenny’s Centra Sponsored Night”
1st Gross: Anna Cooke & Carol Kenny.
2nd Gross: Alice Quinn & Teresa Cummins.
3rd Gross: Margaret Hackett & Bernie Myles.
1st Nett: Mick Burke & Nellie Hall.
2nd Nett: Eleanor Cummins & Frances Harrington.
3rd Nett: Tony Hanrahan & Nora Lawrence.
Wednesday 18th November Gross Turkey Competition.
Club Contact: Annie O’Brien, 052 31862 (looking for a partner etc.)
TOP SOIL WANTED
The development work under the Village Renewal Scheme has started on the river walk in the Valley area. As a result of this work a quantity of topsoil is required. Anyone with topsoil available is requested to contact the community office Tel: 052 31000.
OUT ON A LIMB
From their meet at Golden on Sunday last Ballylusky White Heather Harriers following a good afternoons hunting in the gorse on Clougleic Hills, hounds had a nice run from the covert by the Mid Tipp radio mast. Drawing the gorse on the bank near the bye road hounds quickly had a fox away at the far end. Hunting in great style they were suddenly at fault, their fox having mysteriously vanished. A careful search by hounds and huntsman failed to find an earth where he might have gone to ground. First Whip James O’Donnell’s good thinking soon put them right. James figured that if Reynard had not gone down he perhaps went up. There were some thickly ivy coated whitethorn trees near where the pack lost the line. A quick search by James, located Charlie in the top most reaches of one of them, quickly dislodged, the fox provided a good hunt of some forty minutes, returning to where he was last found. Huntsman Donie Slattery, called them off and blew for home bringing a great days sport to conclusion in the failing light at 4.45pm.
FETHARD MACRA NA FEIRME
Best Wishes to Lorraine Morrissey who represents Tipperary in the Queen the Land Competition in Tullamore this weekend. This year there are 28 finalists in the competition, each representing their individual counties. The weekend will finish up with a Banquet on Sunday night at which the winner will be announced.
Congratulations to Brendan and Lorraine Morrissey, Liam Hayes and Matt Hennessy who qualified for the All-Ireland Final of the ‘Know Your Agriculture' quiz. This competition will be held on Saturday November 21st at the Macra Rally in Bantry.
Well done to our ladies team who were successful in the South Executive Indoor Soccer League in Cahir on Sunday night last. They qualify for the National Final.
Tonight (Thursday) we are attending a Table Quiz hosted by Clonmel Macra in the Sow’s Ear, Davis Road.
Volleyball continues in the Ballroom twice weekly in preparation for the National Final on Sunday November 22nd.
Drama Workshops continue in the Ballroom, Wednesday 8.30-10.00pm.
Next meeting takes place in Lonergan’s on Tuesday November 17th at 9pm.
FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
On Sunday last November 7th we participated at the uneven age County Cross-Country Championships in Borrisoleigh. We had great success coming home with three County Champions: Avril Prout winning the Girls U/17, Brian Sullivan winning the Boys U/17, and Eoin Sullivan winning the Boys U/15. David Sullivan also put us among the medals when finishing 2nd in the Boys U/13. Well done to all and to Billy Prout who was just out of the medals in the Boys u/17. All athletes are asked to please return their registration forms to the Ballroom on Monday November 16th at 6pm. There will be an indoor training session on November 16th in the Ballroom from 6 to 7pm.