Saturday 15th November 2003
Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper
Fethard Historical Society will hold their Christmas Dinner on Tuesday 16th December at 8pm in Sadel’s Restaurant, Main Street, Fethard. The meal will cost €33 per person and as places are limited on a first come basis, members are asked to book their places in advance by contacting, Dóirín Saurus at Tel: 052 31936 or Chris Nevin at Tel: 052 32389.
Retirement of Garda Mairead O'Toole
Our best wishes go to Garda Mairead O'Toole who retired from the Garda Siochana on Sunday 9th November 2003. To mark her retirement, a function will be held in Slievenamon Golf Club on Friday night 21st November at 9.30pm and everyone is invited to attend. Mairead was a very popular and helpful Garda while she was stationed in the Fethard area. We wish her a very happy retirement.
DIED IN ENGLAND
We record the death of James O’Shea, formerly from St. Patrick’s Place Fethard, who died on Wednesday 12th November in Wolverhampton, England, aged 82. James was a terrific musician in his day and was a member of the renowned ‘Twilight Serenaders’ band.
Slieveardagh Farmers Forum
“After Fischler’s reforms - is there a sustainable future for farmers?”, is the theme of the Slieveardagh Farmers Forum which will take place in Gortnahoe Community Centre at 8pm on Thursday the 27th November. All those interested in the future of farming in the region are invited to attend. Speakers on the night will include Derek Deane of the IFA; John Enright of the ICMSA and Willie Joe Dwyer of Teagasc. T.J. Maher, the former national President of Macra na Feirme will chair the forum.
FETHARD GAA CLUB
Congratulations to Dick Allen, Killusty, and Dick Cummins, Main Street, who will be honoured for their outstanding contribution to the Gaelic Athletic Association at a function to be held in Brú Ború, Cashel on Sunday 23rd November. Cumann na Sean Ghael was formed earlier this year with the primary objective of honouring, by way of annual presentations, persons of over 70 years of age who during their lifetime rendered significant services to the Gaelic Athletic Association in County Tipperary in any capacity whether as a player, official etc., at club or county level.
Dick is the last survivor of the great Tipperary football team that won our last Munster senior title in 1935 and which was so unluckily beaten at the hands of Cavan in the All-Ireland semifinal. He gave huge service in the county playing right through until 1942. He was also to the fore at club level with a Fethard side that enjoyed great success. He had the distinction of playing for six-years in a row with Munster in the Railway Cup but was beaten in three finals and unfortunately never won the medal he deserved so much. Dick was elected to Tipperary's Hall of Fame in 1985.
Dick Cummins has rendered a lifetime of service as a player, officer, follower and generous supporter of Tipperary football. His late father, also Dick, was first chairman of the Munster Council, and Dick (Jnr.) went on to become chairman of the Fethard club, a leading member of the Friends of Tipperary Football and of the County Football Board. He is also life president of the South Board.
Selected to play Water Polo for UCC where he is a first year student, is Derek Newport, The Valley. Players from Fethard have participated at various sports and team events at all levels. As far as we can discover, Derek is the first water polo player from Fethard at that level. A member of Clonmel Water Polo team, Derek is a powerful swimmer. The level of physical fitness required for water polo and the training it involves to attain it, makes the hardest training for other sports look like a stroll in the park.
FURTHER HONOURS FOR ALICE
Alice Leahy was presented with this year’s Belvedere College Unions 2003 Justice Award at the Union’s annual dinner in Dublin on Saturday night last. Alice was a very worthy winner of the award which recognises those who have given selflessly to improve the lives of others.
Alice, a native of Annsgift, Fethard, is now nationally known and recognised with Trust, of which she is a founder member and does such wonderful work to help the homeless. ‘With Trust in Place’, edited by Alice, is now quickly climbing up the best-sellers book chart and is still available locally.
Please hand in your change of addresses or new addresses to be added to the mailing list for this year’s Emigrants Newsletter as soon as possible to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road.
YOUNG BOXER CALLED D’ARCY
Buried in East Maitland, Australia, is a young Irish Australian boxer, Jim D’arcy, who died aged 21 in 1895. Born of Irish emigrants who came from Co. Tipperary, Jim D’arcy, from the age of 15, fought and beat some of the best middle-weight fighters in the world. The legendary promoter, Tex Rickland, described Jim D’arcy as, “The greatest boxer who ever drew a glove on.” His death, however, at such an early age prevented him from ever realising his full potential. Prior to his funeral, an estimated 200,000 people filed past his coffin in his local church.
Our enquirer seems to think Jim D’arcy’s parents came from South Tipperary and maybe from the Slievenamon area. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
VINCENT DE PAUL
Anyone needing our assistance for Christmas please find an application form at the back of both local churches. Complete and return same to any member of the Fethard Conference before November 30th.
FETHARD ATHLETIC CLUB
Last weekend five juvenile Fethard athletes travelled to Killarney to compete in the Munster Even Age Cross Country Championships. With the much sought after Munster medal on offer for the first 12 individuals in each race, the competition was of the very highest order. First to race was Gregory Henry who, as ever, gave his all to finish 8th in the boys U10 event, Gregory also had the distinction of leading Tipperary to bronze medals in the inter-county competition. Fethard’s next runner was Hannah Trehy in the girls U12 race. With gritty determination Hannah claimed 12th spot to win her individual medal and in the process helped Tipp to take team gold in the inter-county competition. In the boys U12 race John Lalor had, by his very high standards, a below par performance to finish in 36th position. Nevertheless John can take heart from his excellent run in the uneven age championships, which qualifies him for the National finals. Next into action was Mary Gleeson in the girls U14 event. As usual Mary gave a great display of cross-country running to win an individual medal in 7th place. Last into action was Lolo Trehy in the boys U14 race. Lolo ran a very well paced race to finish in a creditable 41st position. Overall this was an excellent return from a small Fethard team, bringing home a total of 5 Munster cross-country medals.
Fethard’s qualifiers for the National finals are as follows: Gregory Henry, boys U10, Hannah Trehy, girls U12, Darragh Dwyer and John Lalor, boys U14 and Mary Gleeson, girls U14.
Our next competition is the county cross-country relays, which take place in Thurles on the 23rd of November.
Sun. Nov 23rd: Kiltinan cemetery 3pm, Kilmaclugh 3.30 pm;
Sun. Nov 30th: Killusty after Sunday Mass, Tullamaine 3pm.
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
On Wednesday 12th November we played for sponsored prizes and the winners were:
1st Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn;
2nd Gross: Betty Walsh and Brigid Gorey;
1st Nett: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny;
2nd Nett: Rose Lonergan and Mary Meagher;
Subscriptions are now due.
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien at Tel: 052 31862.
Following an indifferent start to the season, local packs, the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers and the Tipperary Foxhounds, with very much improved scenting conditions have been enjoying a welcome change of fortune this week.
The White Heathers had an excellent afternoons hunting in the Grangebeg, Loughcapple, Annesfort and Baptistgrange areas on Sunday. The White Heathers meet next Sunday 23rd November at 12 noon at Coolbawn.
The Tipperary Foxhounds also had a great days hunting from their meet in Lisronagh on Monday. Following a busy morning in Jossestown, Lisronagh, Ballinlough and Ballyhomeen, hounds finished a top-class day with a fast 30 minutes from Donoughmore. Finding under the old church, hounds ran through Orchardstown to the Ha’penny Bridge, and from here they ran right-handed across the Orchardstown Road. Racing through the valley, they ran to Giantsgrave where they were stopped. Hounds were still hunting on but running out of Monday country. As the horses remaining out, whatever about the riders, had had enough, Pat decided to blow for home.
What a thoughtful gesture by huntsman Pat O’Brien, before setting off to request the teachers at Lisronagh School to allow the young children to come out and see the hounds at close quarters. The young pupils were obviously thrilled by the experience and it was also an excellent public relations exercise for hunting.
FETHARD & KILLUSTY COMMUNITY LOTTO
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 11th November were: 1, 22, 24, 28, and the bonus number 29. There was no jackpot winner and two 'Match Three' winners who received €75 each:
R. Jensen, 30 Tower House, Clonmel.
Pat Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard.
The three 'Lucky Dip' winners of €50 each were:
Niall Higgins, 6 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
Mary Myler, 66 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
Kevin Barrett, Red City, Fethard.
Next week's Jackpot is €3,150 and the sellers prize €165. The weekly 'Bonus Number' draw for €1,000 Holiday Break will also continue until further notice.
A Good Night Out
The Table Quiz held recently in the Secondary school attracted a record 34 tables, young and not so young, competing for very attractive prizes. The Parents Association would like to thank all who attended for their support and gratefully acknowledge the generous sponsorship from Merck Sharp & Dohme, Clonmel Oil, Clonmel Glass and Mirrors, Slievenamon Golf Club and others. Thanks to all who provided sandwiches for the tea-break and all who assisted on the night, especially Tracey, Helen, Sarah and Amy who were kept busy with the score-keeping. It was good to have Mrs Prendergast back as quiz-mistress and Mr Broderick kept a watchful eye on proceedings as usual. The next Secondary School Quiz in March 2004 will be in aid of the Lourdes Fund and we look forward to another good night out.
Best wishes to Richard Marshall, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, and formerly from Grove Road, Fethard, on his recent marriage to Frances O'Neill, Shankill, Co. Dublin. The couple were married in Myshall, Co. Carlow. Richard and is now a clinical nurse manager II at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Richard’s brother Cornelius is a Clinical Perfusionist Scientist at Cork University Hospital; Patrick is based in the Computer Science Dept., Maynooth. Studying for his Ph. D and Damien Marshall recently graduated with first class honours in Computer Science and is studying for his M. Comp Science in Maynooth.
Jim Sause (email: email@example.com)
Apparently my great great grandfather, Richard Sause, his wife Margaret St. John and their children, Michael, James, Peter and Ellen left Fethard about 1847 and came to New York City. I guess that would make me part of a Fethard emigrant family, so when I found this Fethard site, I thought it a good idea to join your ranks and perhaps learn something about the homeland of my forefathers. Would love to hear from anyone who may have information. Jim Sause, Baltimore, Md. USA.
Gregory St. John Taylor (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Greetings. I am of the St. John family that reputedly is associated with a few castle walls on the farm of Mr. Frank Sparrow at St. Johnstown, Fethard. I have a paper describing these structures from 1965 when our family historian took pictures of the doorway and the coat of arms. I would like to know more of this place and anything else you could tell me about it. My grandfather, David St. John married my grandmother, Norah Monahan in Scartaglen in the early 1900s and moved to Naugatuck Connecticut in the US. Their daughter, Clementine, is my mother. It is a pleasure to get in contact with you. Thank you very much for your time. Yours truly, Greg Taylor, West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA.
Colleen O'Neill (email: email@example.com)
What a beautiful town Fethard is! I’m looking for info on my ancestors - Dennis Davin who married Mary Hallman was my great-grandfather Thomas's brother. Their father was Kennedy Davin who married Margaret Morrissey. Dennis and Mary had a large family in the Fethard area, but I understand there are no Davins there now. But still perhaps Morrisseys, Hallmans, Maloneys, Loobys and Collinses with whom the Davins married? Thanks for giving me the opportunity to ask for info. Colleen O'Neill, Flagstaff AZ.
John Cooper (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
My grandmother told me that my great, great grandfather was John Delahunty who lived in this lovely town of Fethard and married Mary White O’Keefe and had a son Michael Delahunty in 1841 who moved to America in 1861 along with his seven brothers. If anyone has any info would appreciate it if you could share any info.
Sincerely, John Cooper, Long beach, California.
Stephen Mockler (email: email@example.com)
Greetings, I am looking for information about Mocklershill area in Fethard. My great-grandfather James Mockler grew up there and was a master horse-shoer in Brooklyn NY between 1867-1907. His parents were Thomas and Katherine Shea (Shay) Mockler. Because James was a horse-shoer, perhaps he and his family worked at the Mocklershill stables? Any information would be a blessing! Thank You Stephen Mockler.
Carolyn Quackenbush (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
I’m looking for information on Lonergans / Fitzgerald / Cummins family in Fethard. William Lonergan married Kate Cummings in 1700's. William died 1803 - Kate 1801. Children - Mary, John, Edward, William and James. William came to USA around 1831. John married Julia Fitzgerald when he was 18. They landed in New York in Fall of 1837 - eventually living in Gaston County, North Carolina. Children - William, Edward, Patrick, Thomas, James, Katherine, Bridget, Johanna Ann. John's sister, Mary married Edward Prendergast. Would like to correspond with anyone related to this family.
FETHARD RUGBY CLUB
We travelled to Dungarvan on Sunday morning with our under-8s, under-10s and 12s. Our under-8s took on Dungarvan in the first game and a slow start by Fethard saw us trailing by 3 tries at half time. The second half saw Fethard come to life and included some great runs by Colin Kenny, James Mackey and Colin Grant. Cian O’Connell, Joss Murray and the ever improving Shane Cleere got in for fine tries, however, Dungarvan finished the stronger and won by 4 tries to 3.
In the second game we played Clanwilliam. We introduced the new Ben Murray and Conor Synnott for this game. Fethard took control early on and some great runs by Andrew McGuire and Philip Dalton set up tries for Keith Bergin, Luke Keating, Shane Cleere and Cian O’Connell. Clanwilliam came back strongly but some great defending by Harvey Blackmore and Gavin Delaney saw Fethard hold out for a great win.
Our under-10s played a great game against Dungarvan which ended in a 4 all draw. Some great drives by the forwards Eoin Walsh, Shane Power and Stephen Tierney saw tries for the new and impressive Brian Delahunty, Colin Meagher and David Bergin. The game continued keenly contested, Philip Meagher getting one for Fethard and Dungarvan equalising before the final whistle.
The next game saw us up against Clanwilliam and this game was also very even with Clan eventually winning by 6 tries to 4. Some great performances in this game were given by James Holohan, Luke Mulcahy and the fast improving Joseph O’Brien and William Croke.
Our under-12s played Dungarvan in their first match and gave a good account of themselves winning by 3 tries to 2. The foundation of this win was provided by the pack of Stephen McGuire, Mark Ronan, Matt O’Sullivan, Michael John Murphy and Colm Shanahan. These lads provided good possession for Conor Kavanagh to feed Ben Walsh, Johnny Grassick and Aaron Conran, who made the ground for Jack O’Connell, Daniel Hickey and Aidan Purcell to get the tries.
In the second game, we let Clanwilliam in for two easy tries early on but came back well and put Clan under a lot of pressure. Frankie Donovan gathered a ball in his own half and ran the length of the pitch to be just stopped on the line. He then fed Colm Shanahan who crashed over for a great try. Clan scored again to leave the final result 3-1. Andrew Kelly, Padraig O’Shea, Paul Mackey and William Power did some brilliant defending.
Our under-13s played Carrick-on-Suir at home on Sunday morning and were victorious over a strong Carrick side. This was a good performance for our first game on a full size pitch. Indeed the winning margin could have been greater but for some great tackling by the Carrick full back, hauling down Robert Ahearne on four occasions just on the line. The final score was 7 tries to 5 for Fethard. The scorers were: Paul Tierney (2), Robert Ahearne (2), Jack O’Sullivan, Eoin O’Connell and J.P. McGrath.
On Thursday night 20th November we have our table quiz in Grants Bar, Main Street, Fethard, at 8.30pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Training on Saturday mornings has been put back to 11.30am to allow viewing of the Rugby World Cup Final.