Saturday 27th March 2004
The rocket scientists who launched the probe have expressed great interest in the find. They intend, if further tests prove positive, to construct a space station on the summit of Slievenamon. The station will have cable car and helicopter access which will enable locals, and the thousands of expected tourists, to monitor, from a close range as it were, the progress of the space shuttle as it makes its billions of miles, 17 year journey, to the farthest regions of outer space. Another example of Fethard leads, others follow!
CAR CHASE IN FETHARD
The Gardai in the pursuing police car quickly arrested the three young male occupants, who, we understand, were from Cork. Full marks to the young Garda who chased one of the runaway joyriders down Main Street and brought him down with a tackle outside the Post Office that would have done credit to our rugby international Brian O’Driscoll.
To use the term ‘joyrider’ to describe these individuals is surely not correct. The manner in which they drove that car up a crowded street was just as dangerous as if they discharged a loaded shotgun in the same area. As we said at the outset, it is just a pure miracle that someone was not killed or seriously injured.
LONDON REUNION IN JUNE
COUNTY COMMUNITY GAMES
ART & MODEL MAKING
SR. M. JOSEPH McCARTHY
May we offer a sincere belated birthday greeting from all her friends in Moyglass and Fethard to Sr. Joseph who celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday last. Not alone did Sr. Joseph not stay semi-retired, but over the years, many generations of pupils have profited from her counselling and teaching.
Incidentally, The Nationalist of 1956 that contained the tribute to Sr. Joseph, was published in their old mid-week edition. The main edition was not in circulation in those years until Saturday. A two or three page tabloid edition was published mid-week on Tuesday and sold for 1 1/2d, which in today’s currency would be less that 2 cent.
FETHARD JUVENILE GAA CLUB
THE WELL GOLF SOCIETY
concert In AID OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Eleanor Shanley grew up surrounded by music. Her mother’s family were all fireside singers. Upon leaving school she worked in the personnel department in FAS and studied drama at night time. Eleanor continued to sing at informal sessions and it was at one of these in Dublin pub " The Merchant " that she was discovered by famed Galway traditional band De Dannan. They asked her to go to Galway to discuss her joining the band as they had a tour of Finland lined up in two weeks time. She was to stay five years with the well-travelled trad ambassadors.
She toured the world with De Dannan and recorded two critically acclaimed albums "Jacket of Batteries" and the groundbreaking" Half Set in Harlem". After five years on the road with De Dannan, Eleanor quit in December 1992 deciding that it was time to pursue a solo career.
Eleanor then began singing and performing with future Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan and Brendan Emmet. It was Charlie who introduced her to manager Mattie Fox, who secured a solo deal for her with Warners in Ireland and Grapevine in the UK.
Eleanor then began work on putting together her first solo album. She spent month sifting through tapes before finally deciding to record her first album, "Eleanor Shanley", which featured hits such as "Road To Glory" and "In The Ghetto".
After the release of her first solo album Eleanor began touring extensively in Ireland, UK and Europe, where she supported Christy Moore as well as doing solo shows. She released her second album "Desert Heart" in april 1997.
"I grew up with traditional music and it’s still my main love, although I’ve probably broken away from it slightly with some of these songs", she says.
In the year 2000 Eleanor got together with Ronnie Drew and they completed a 16 date sell out tour in Ireland, which proved to be an outstanding success. Eleanor and Ronnie then recorded an album together "A Couple More Years".
Eleanor has just finished recording her new album “Eleanor Shanley & Friends”. The album has many guest singers, including, you guessed it, Ronnie Drew and Eddie Reader.
Eleanor will be accompanied by Frankie Lane and Paul Kelly with whom she has just finished a very successful tour in Austria and Denmark.
Frankie Lane is one of Ireland’s best-known performers and traditional musicians of international renown, Frankie was the original front man of the legendary Fleadh Cowboys. The “Fleadhs” gathered a huge fan base at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin and went on to support legendary performers such as Bob Dylan, U2, The Pogues, Emmylou Harris and B.B. King. In January 2004 Frankie was nominated for a prestigious Meteor Music Award. These awards are the Irish Music Industries highest accolade and one which Frankie is fully deserving of, given his tireless and sometimes revolutionary work in the music scene in Ireland.
Paul Kelly has been at the heart of the music scene in Ireland since the early eighties. He first came to prominence as the fiddler with The Sackville String Band, a five-piece bluegrass outfit who brought American Traditional music to a wider audience in Ireland. Throughout that decade he concentrated on American Music, playing with various bands such as Mick Hanly’s, ‘Rusty Old Halo’ and the Fleadh Cowboys as well as appearing on many albums as a session musician. He returned to his roots in the early nineties as a member of The Sharon Shannon Band, playing fiddle and mandolin and touring the U.S. , Europe and the UK.
"Eleanor Shanley is, without overstating the case, one of the greatest vocalists this country has ever produced." (Michael Gallagher - Roscommon Champion)
"That she has a highly distinctive voice is an incontrovertible truth; it is both how it is used and also the material on which it focuses, that tickles the taste buds." (Hotpress)
FETHARD BRIDGE CLUB
1st Gross: Tony Hanrahan and David O’Meara,
2nd Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh,
1st Nett: Nora Ahearne and Olive Looby,
2nd Nett: Ellen Rochford and Suzanne Opray.
On Wednesday next 7th April we will be playing for prizes sponsored by FBD Investments. Anyone looking for a partner please contact Annie O’Brien Tel: 052 31862.
PROGRESSIVE 25 RESULTS
Winners on 11 games: Robert and Bernie Phelan. Runners up on 10 games: Paddy Butler and Tess Maher, Nora Lee and Nora O’Donnell. Rubber winners: Greta O’Donovan and Tom McCormack, Lory Byrne and Jimmy McCarthy
A GOOD NIGHT OUT
Each year, two 5th year students from Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School assist the invalids with the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes and the proceeds of the Table Quiz will help defray their travel expenses.
Forty years will pass before, God willing, Isobel celebrates another ‘all the fours’ birthday on 4/4/44. The mind boggles if the past 40 years are anything to go by, on what changes Isobel and all children of her age will witness in the ensuing 40 years.
A special appeal has been made to those who are able to walk the short distance from the street to the church, to please not use the Convent grounds as a car park.
Perhaps our friends in the Cloneen-Mullinahone area could help on this one. Mr Dean will be visiting Fethard in May of this year. His postal address is: James Dean, 920 Foxmoor, Appleton, WI 54911, USA.
Apparently somewhere along the way, the spelling of the surname was changed from Denn to Sean. Mr Dean (Denn) was actually in Mullinahone a few years ago but unfortunately his request for Deans in the area brought no response.