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Saturday 5th December 1998

Ms Frances (Long) O’Connor gave a most interesting lecture on John Cantwell, ‘The Poet of Market Hill’ in the Abymill Theatre on Wednesday 2nd December. Frances, a grand-niece of the poet, spoke of John Cantwell the man and the poet and concluded the talk by reading delightfully and most interestingly some of his poems. The event, organised by Fethard Historical Society, was to commemorate the centenary of John Cantwell’s death which took place on December 2nd 1898 at the young age of twenty-eight. Prior to the lecture a plaque commemorating John Cantwell was unveiled in the Abymill by Carrick poet Michael Coady.
Frances O’Connor has written a book on the life and works of John Cantwell and hopes to have it published in the next few weeks.

The ‘Four Note Opera’ in the Abymill on Saturday December 5th was greatly enjoyed by a most appreciative audience. The excellent singing of the four artists and the brilliant playing of their piano accompanist was something we hear all too seldom in Fethard. Perhaps a return visit is on the cards.

The death has occurred in England of Ms Elizabeth Bogue, formerly Liz Fitzpatrick, Rocklow Road, Fethard.

Two Morrissey ladies were recent winners in county and national draws. Ms Noreen Morrissey, St. Patrick’s Place, won £2,000 in the County Tipperary GAA Draw, while Ms Pauline Morrissey, also from St. Patrick’s Place, won a similar amount when her ticket was drawn out on RTE’s ‘Winning Streak’ programme on last Saturday night.

Fethard GAA Club will hold their annual general meeting in the Abymill Theatre on Friday night December 11th at 7pm

Enterprising transition year students of Patrician Presentation Secondary School will be coming your way soon with a selection of beautiful produced Christmas cards. This year they have selected the unusual and historically important ‘Trinity Statues’ as the images for the cards. These life like carved oak medieval figures of ‘God the Father’ and ‘John the Baptist’ were, for many years, paraded through Fethard for the Trinity Sunday religious festival. They are currently on loan to the National Museum and are displayed beautifully in the new Collins Barracks Museum in Dublin. The transition year students hope to go and study the statues and the museum’s collection with the proceeds from the cards. Apart from the excellent quality of these Christmas cards, it is also a great way of engaging once again with this part of our history.

The Mass of Reconciliation will take place in the Abbey Church on Saturday night 20th December at 7.30pm. Please come in good time.

On Sunday last we participated at the national finals of the cross-country chapionships in Moyne. Congratulations to Eoin Sullivan who ran what can only be described as a brilliant race winning the boys under-15 in great style. Well done also to his brother David who was chosen for the boys under-12 county team, finishing in second place. Avril Prout ran a good race in the girls under-17 but unfortunately was out of the medals. Training continues on MOnday evenings in the Ballroom from 6pm to 7pm.

Fethard Historical Society will have their annual Christmas Meal on Tuesday 15th December at J's Restaurent, Fethard. Members and their partners are welcome. Details of cost from Dóirín Saurus. Tel: 052 31936.

Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School's transition year students are currently rehearsing for their oncoming musical comedy 'Me and my girl'. The show will be staged in the Abymill Theatre on 18th, 19th and 20th December (with two performances on 20th). Booking at the school office from Monday 14th between 3.45pm and 4.45pm or telephone (052) 31572. The show is produced by Ms Marian Gilpin and the musical director is Kevin Hickey.

Congratulations to Paula Delany, Parsons Hill, and Martin Brunt, England, who were married in the Augustinian Abbey on Saturday 5th December. The couple held their wedding reception in the Cashel Palace Hotel.

The Community Council are organising for some Christmas Trees and lights to be erected on the facade of the Town Hall this year. This will replace the traditional Christmas tree erected on The Square which, unfortunately, was vandalised for the past few years.

The St. Vincent de Paul can only help those that we know are in need of assistance. We would be greatly aided in doing our work if people could inform us where help in all situations.
If you know of someone who is in need at this time of the year please contact any members of the Society and we can possibly help with out even the person knowing that the St. Vincent de Paul were involved. Members: Dinny Burke, Lynn Cummins, Vincent
Doocey, Fr. Hourihane OSA, Fr Séan Ryan and Peggy Sullivan.


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