Fethard at Your Fingertips
Home | News | Local Information | Aerial Views | Photo Gallery | Emigrants' Newsletter | Phone Directory
Podcasts | Historical Society | Local Development Plan | Recommended Links | Donations

Fethard on Facebook | Fethard on YouTube


Saturday 17th May 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

A bus will leave Fethard for this year’s revived Fethard & Killusty London Reunion on Thursday 5th June and return on Sunday 8th June. The return fair will cost €140. If you are interested in travelling please give your names to Joan O’Donohoe at the Community Office, Fr. Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard. We would like to see as many as possible come along and meet our emigrants across the water. Further details can be had by phoning 052 31000.
William Mullins has sent us the following message:
“I was delighted to receive your invitation letter to the Fethard & Killusty Reunion on Saturday 7th June 2003. Since the potato famine in the middle of the 19th century, we Irish have dispersed to various parts of the world. That is the reason I do appreciate your annual publication of the Fethard & Killusty Newsletter. This revival of the London Reunion is one more adjunct to keep all those people who left their homes at various intervals in social contact. It would also be a means of enabling us towards a social cohesion. I look forward to meeting you on 7th June.”

A public meeting of the Fethard Community Awareness Group will be held in the Abymill Theatre on Monday 26th May at 8.30pm. It is earnestly requested that all groups, organisations and concerned people from throughout the parish will attend this meeting. Members of the Oireachtas and councillors will also attend.

The AGM of Woodvale Walk Residents Association will take place in the Tirry
Centre on Tuesday 27th May at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

Congratulations to the following twenty-two boys and girls from the parish who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday 17th May in Holy Trinity Parish Church: Aoibhlinn Delany, Chloe Byrne, Chloe Gleeson, Mary Ellen O'Reilly, Eoin Walsh, Ronan Fitzgerald, Cathal Hurley, Rebecca Phelan, Nicole Looby, Lucy Butler, David Gartland, Dylan Fitzgerald, Eoin Walsh, Gerry Horan, Molly O'Dwyer, Amy Pollard, Evie O'Sullivan, Deirdre Dwyer, Dion Butler, Dylan Maher, Mark Fogarty and Ciarán O'Meara. The occasion was officiated by Rev Fr. Tom Breen P.P. assisted by Canon James Power and Fr Birmingham (a visiting priest). The beautiful voices of childrens school choir conducted by Ms Rita Kenny and accompanied by organist Ms Goldie Newport complemented the ceremony.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 13th May were: 9, 11, 20 and 32. There was no Jackpot Winner and two 'Match 3' winners who received €75 each:
James Smith, Monroe, Fethard
Gus Maher, Bannixtown, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Patsy Nolan, Moyglass, Fethard
Dermot Darcy, 30 St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Paraic Dolan, c/o Coolmore, Fethard
The Jackpot for four correct numbers is €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
Local Projects supported by the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto to date include: Fethard Day Care Extension; Purchase of Convent Hall; Hogan Musical Society; Christmas Lights & Christmas Tree; Fethard Foróige Club; Medieval Town Wall Floodlights; Fethard Tidy Towns; Historical Society Medieval Trail; Woodvale Walk Residents Association; Senior Citizens Club; Fethard & Killusty London Reunion; and the new Community Sports Field.

Our Senior Footballers commenced there defence of the South Title on Sunday 5th May with a victory over our near rivals Clonmel Commercials on a score line Fethard 0-7 Clonmel Commercials 0-5. Our six backs stood firm with Paul Fitzgerald excellent in goal. At centerfield Aiden Fitzgerald and P J Ahearn (Kenneth Byrne) tipped the balance in our favour, while on the half forward line Glen Burke 0-4 (3f), John P Looby 0-1 and Willie Morrissey 0-1 inflicted a lot of the damage. The inside line were very effective in setting up the scores with Conor McCarthy (later replaced by Michael Dillon 0-1), Brian Coen and Miceál Spillane causing plenty off problems for the opposition backs.
Our minors were also in action on Sunday last with a very comprehensive victory over Clonmel Og on a score line Fethard 2-9, Clonmel Og 0-6. All of our six backs played with great heart and at centerfield Shane Walsh 1-0 and Darren O'Meara 0-1 controlled the midfield area. At half forward, Alan Burke 1-0 and Shane Aylward 0-3 proved too strong for opposition backs, while the inside line of Paul Kendrick 0-4 (1f) and John Leahy 0-1 created and secured a lot of chances.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €8,600 was won in McCarthys on Tuesday 6th May, by Joe Grant (11 Fr. Tirry Park). Our Jackpot for this week is €1,000.
Our Intermediate Hurlers were due to play Cahir on Saturday 17th May in Clonmel but the match was called off, as the pitch was unplayable.
Our senior footballers play Loughmore in the County League on Tuesday 20th May in Castleiney at 8.00pm and the Intermediate County League takes place on Tuesday 27th May. Under 14 ‘A’ Footballers play Ardfinnan away on 19th May at 7.00pm.
Our deepest sympathies are at this time with The McCarthy Family (St Patricks Place) on there recent bereavement and the McCarthy Family (Lisronagh) on the death of Jimmy (Moyle Rovers Secretary). Go Ndeanai Trocaire Orthu.

The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 27th May at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. The committee have recently met with representatives from Tipperary Leader to discuss projects for the development of the Convent Hall.

County Final of Judo competition took place in Town Hall, Fethard on Friday evening last. The following were the gold medallists who will now represent Co. Tipperary at the Munster Finals in the University of Limerick on Saturday, July 12th.
U/25 Kg: Gary Bradshaw, Fethard.
U/30 Kg: Padraig O’Shea, Fethard.
U/35 Kg: Niall O’Donnell, Cahir.
U/40 Kg: John O’Brien, St. Mary’s Clonmel.
U/50 Kg: Tom Woodlock, Powerstown/Lisronagh.
U/55 Kg: Cathal Gorey, Fethard.
Open: Richard Gorey, Fethard.
U/25 Kg: Aobh O’Shea, Fethard.
U/30 Kg: Emma Walsh, Fethard.
U/35 Kg: Lorraine Feery, Fethard.
U/40 Kg: Katie Coen, Fethard.
U/45 Kg: Samantha Feery, Fethard.
U/50 Kg: Orla O’Donnell, Cahir.
U/55 Kg: Grace Maher, Clerihan.
Open: Stephanie Lawrence, Clerihan.
If Richard Gorey is successful in Munster this will be his fourth visit to Mosney. He already has two gold and one silver medals at National level. Richard has several all Ireland titles and recently won bronze medals in Scotland and Cardiff. He will represent Ireland at the European Youth Olympics in Paris in July and we wish him the very best of luck. Cathal Gorey has a national silver and bronze medal. Tom Woodlock won silver last year
Stephanie Lawrence has two gold medals to her credit, Niall O’Donnell has a gold and bronze, and Padraig O’Shea has competed at national level once before, so we have a formidable team travelling to Munster.

Sponsorship cards for community walk will be delivered to every house in the parish during the coming week. This venture is intended to be a combined community effort to raise much-needed funds to get the field up and running. Fethard Rugby & Athletic Clubs have both kindly sponsored prizes worth €100 each for a draw for cards which bring in over €50. The draw, made by mystery guest, will take place at the fun sports in the field following the walk. Sellers must put their name on the cards and return them to any member of the committee before June 25th or bring them back on the evening. The Community Sports Field committee is as follows: Fr. Tom Breen (chairman), Peggy Colville (secretary), Fintan Rice (treasurer), Suzanna Manton (legal advisor), Jerome Casey, Clem Murphy, Gus Fitzgerald, Sean Devaney and Jacqui Stokes-Freyne.

Our next outing of the Well Golf Society takes place on Sunday, June 15th at Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club. Our next committee meeting is on next Tuesday, May 27th at 8pm in The Well. All members are asked to attend.

Fethard ladies football team continued their success with a win over Mullinahone last Friday evening in Cloneen under appalling conditions. The final score was: Fethard 3-6, Mullinahone 3-2. The Team was: Lisa McCormack, Kate Hanrahan, Ailish O Connell, Valerie Colville, Sandra Maher, Marie Holohan, Rebecca Morris, Jacqui Stokes-Freyne, Barbara Ryan, Ailish Sheehan, Vanessa O’Donnell, Miela Noonan, Edel Fitzgerald, Sharon O’Meara, Jennifer Keane. Subs: Audrey Conway, Nora O’Meara, Helen Frewen, Cathy Watters, Sarah-Mai Ahearne, Lisa Ryan, Anne-Marie Fitzgerald, Gillian O’Connell, Stephanie Lawrence, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Tracey Walsh, Clodagh Blake and Mary Gorey. Well done to the team and their coaches, Tom Anglim, Conor McCarthy and Aiden Fitzgerald.

Last Saturday night was very quiet at the club we would have to put this down to the 18th birthday of two of our former members Jamie McCormack and Liam Frewen. Congratulations lads!
Football continued on the night as did our ‘clean up’, followed by planning for our summer trip. - Oh no! Not Oakwood AGAIN!
The year is drawing to a close but not our summer activities, with regard to Europe and the future connections there — I hear, ‘on the breeze’, that there are some Italians looking to us to collaborate in a drugs project in November as the second leg of a substance abuse exchange. Could this be true? — Lets wait and see! In the mean time lets remind the 'Coping On ' group that Des Bell will be back to meet them at 7.15 sharp on Saturday 24th.
We ask members of the community to consider volunteering, not this year, but from next September when our new year begins. We want the club to continue but desperately need your support. Please give it serious thought!

Results for ‘Progressive 25’ game played on Friday 16th May. Winners on 10 games: Mary and Patrick Lee. Runners up on 9 games: Terry Murray and Pat Dwyer, Jim and Mary Garrett. Table Prize: Paddy McCormack and Tom McCormack. Sweeps: Michael Brown, Willie Kennedy, Nora Lee, Nora O'Donnell, Alice Stapleton, and Sean Spillane. Tickets: Chris Colville, Dinny O'Donnell, David Curran and Alfie Brett.
Next game Friday 23rd at 8.45 sharp

It has been a quite week for the juveniles with no matches being played but training continues for under-10 football at 7pm on Tuesday evenings and every Saturday after hurling training, which begins at 2pm in the GAA Field and finishes at 3.30pm. Football then starts from 3.30pm till 4.30pm. If you are interested in playing you would be most welcome at any of these training sessions - any queries you may have please phone: Caroline Sheehan, Club Secretary, Tel: 052 32005.
Under-12 football training takes place every Tuesday evening 6pm
Our under-13 Community Games hurling team travel to Ardfinnan Tuesday week at 7pm for the next round. They have put on some great displays of hurling and we wish them well. Good luck to Liam, Ian, Martin and Jim.

Bridge results for Wednesday 14th May.
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
2nd Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
1st Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney
2nd Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke
Next Wednesday, 28th May, our AGM will be held at 7pm.

The Fethard Ballroom Committee and the Fethard ICA would like to thank everyone who so kindly subscribed to the Sponsor an Olympic Athlete Fundraiser. In excess of €1,000 was raised for this very worthy event and a great nights dancing was had by a very large attendance at the Ballroom on the 27th April.

The annual yearbook of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School, produced by Transition Year class, is now on sale in local shops. The yearbook is a great credit to the students and is packed with articles and photographs of school events. Sure to be a collectors item in years to come! Well worth the €6 cost.

Congratulations to Marie O’Meara, St. Patrick’s Place and Stephen O’Donnell, Monroe, who have announced their engagement. Double best wishes to Marie who became engaged at her recent 21st birthday party.

Commiserations to Coolmore Stud whose Danehill, second to Saddlers Wells in the worlds leading stallions list standing at Coolmore, died on Tuesday of last week. The horse died following a freak accident in his grazing paddock on Tuesday morning. Sire of 207 stake winners in both hemispheres, his total was just five less than Saddlers Wells.

Tipperary, having won the toss on Sunday last, certainly did themselves no favours by giving Clare the strong wind advantage in the first half. Older followers will recall a Tony Wall led Tipperary handed Waterford a gale force wind advantage at the same venue back in the fifties. Waterford showed their gratitude by running in eight goals in the first half against the 1 to 10 favourites Tipperary. That was the last Tipp saw of victory on that occasion. When will they ever learn!

The death has occurred of Mrs Elizabeth Shine, Monroe, Fethard, on Tuesday 13th May. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Heavy floodwaters on the Anner obliged Fethard and Killusty Anglers to postpone their fishing competitions on Sunday last. The competition for the John Sayers Trophy and Tom O’Shea Cup will now take place on this Sunday 25th May, at 11am at the same venue, Thorney Bridge.

Fethard Country Markets will hold a very important meeting in the Town Hall on Friday 30th May at 10.30am. A full attendance of members is requested.

We make no apology for referring once again to Fethard’s ongoing traffic problem. Certainly Fethard is no different from any other town handling the excess of traffic on our roads, but most of Fethard’s problems could be so easily solved. Last week a truck, making a delivery to a licensed premises, a carelessly double parked car, and an articulated truck trying to get through caused a huge pile up. Cars were quickly backed-up to Meagher’s Garage on the Green and out beyond Kerry Street. The helper on the lorry acting traffic policeman and the expertise of the driver in backing his vehicle up Main Street, with literally inches to spare on both sides, eventually solved the problem.
A double yellow line has been suggested for one side of Lower Main Street. A South Tipperary Co. Councillor has stated an objection from the shopkeepers has halted proceedings. At present only seven retail outlets operate in the whole town and none of them is situated on Lower Main Street. Perhaps the matter needs further discussion.

The fourth year pupils of Patrician Presentation Secondary School recently paid a visit to see the Fethard hand-carved wooden statues at their new home in Kildare Street, Dublin. Fethard’s ‘Trinity Statues’ have been moved from Dublin’s Collins Barracks Museum, where they have been on display for the past ten years, to the Archaeology and History Museum in Kildare Street, Dublin.
The statues are part of an exhibition that explores life in medieval Ireland, covering the period 1150 AD to 1550 AD. The exhibition is ongoing and reflects aspects of medieval life in town and country, and the treasures of the medieval church. The Trinity Statues are oak-carved effigies, life size and beautifully coloured, and are considered to be of great importance in the history of medieval statuary in Ireland. They were made during the late 15th and 16th century — medieval representations of God the Father, John the Baptist and Christ on Calvary. They were displayed every year in Fethard on Trinity Sunday in a traditional religious ‘Pattern’ associated with the Holy Trinity. This continued for almost 300 years. Sadly this tradition was discontinued around the 1870s.
The statues were re-discovered by Fr. Martin Fitzgerald who was a curate in Fethard in 1932. They were found hidden under the stairs of the Parish Church on the gallery side nearest the Convent. The statues were then loaned to the National Museum in Dublin to be put on exhibition during the Eucharistic Congress of 1932.
Since then, they have been researched by archaeologist Catriona McLeod who made special study of 13th to 18th century religious wooden sculpture in Ireland. Gilding conservator, Kathryn Carrigan, recently completed the restoration and careful conservation of the statues.

On Saturday evening next, 24th May, Mary Hanrahan of the Fethard Historical Society will be taking people on a guided tour of Fethard's Medieval Town Trail, and everyone is welcome to join in. The walkabout was also organised to welcome the Moyne-Templetuohy History Group to the town. Afterwards, food and refreshments will be provided by the Historical Society at Lonergans Bar and Beer Garden.
Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to come along to the Town Hall / Holy Trinity Church of Ireland at 8pm to begin the evening. The cost is €3 and members €2.


This site is maintained by Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.