Saturday 3rd July 2004
Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper
London Reunion a great success
Paul Looby did a fine job organising this year’s event again and it was great to get to talk to emigrants from the Fethard area, such as Sean Noonan, who recalled many funny incidents with Brother Albert while he was working in the Patrician Brother’s House in Burke Street, now owned by the Hayes family. Bridie Synnott, a sister of Jimmy Roche, Ballinard, also spoke very fondly of her visits to Fethard over the years.
Pat Shine and Paddy Ryan, two stalwart supporters of the reunion since they started in the 1960s, where still in great form on the night, both on the dance floor and on the band stand, where Pat received many encores for his beautiful rendition of old favourites.
Killusty families were also well represented at the reunion with gatherings of the Sheehans, Byrnes and Ryans very prominent around the hall. The Fitzgerald family were out in force and we believe Mary and Mickey from Crampscastle haven’t returned to Fethard yet!
Great credit to Michael Cummins, a son of the late ‘Cautious’ Cummins, Kerry Street, who travelled all the way down from Yorkshire to attend the reunion. Ena (Curran) Griffin, Helen and Timmy Curran sent greetings home to family members as did Tony Flanagan, formerly from Tullamaine, and a now a partner with the Wilton Group in Mayfair, London. This was Tony’s first time attending a reunion.
Special thanks to the Looby family and the Hennessy family for all their effort and help in organising the event, to their guest local Parish Priest, Fr. Pat Salmon, and to all who made the effort to travel to attend the event. Well done! We look forward to next year.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Seamus Moloney, 7 Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard
Michael Russell, Drangan
Alice Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Karen Fox, Woodvale Walk, Fethard
Nora O'Meara, Cloneen, Fethard
Three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Matt O'Dwyer, Red City, Fethard
Eddie Sheehan, 15 St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Mary McCormack, Kerry Street, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot is €7,750 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €665.
Irish Heart Foundation
The Irish Heart Foundation would like to thank everyone who supported their Church Gate Collection last weekend. The sum of €965 was raised for which they are most grateful.
Slí na Sláinte on the move
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Fethard & Killusty Community Council
Greetings from Abroad
“Hello to all the Sheehans out there. Decided it was about time I signed the guestbook as I am always visiting this site to see what’s going on. Met "young" Martin McHale recently at a cricket match wearing his Tipperary top. Hope you are all well, cheers for now.”
Lois Whittier from Canada (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Says hello to everyone, really enjoys the Fethard news. I am searching for any information on Eamonn Meagher/Edmund Mahar who was born in Warrington, England in 1738. He was my ggggg grandfather who settled in Pembroke, Maine, where he is now buried.
Denise Westmoreland, France (email; email@example.com)
It was lovely to see Aobh O’Shea how much she had grown. Love to all the O'Shea family in The Valley from Denise and family now living in France.
Valerie (Penfold) Boulton, Spain (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hello, to all my family back home in Killusty!
Ryan Penny, Leeds (email: email@example.com)
Came over in 2002 with my Dad, Mrs Penny and my sister and had a drunken few days in Fethard. Jimmy Ryan was our tour guide had we a cracking time but just couldn’t understand a word. Cheers Jimmy! I think we are something to do with the O’Sheas.
Maria Brennan, Celbridge (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hello, just came across the site when I was looking for some details on Killusty. An ancestor of mine emigrated from Kilkenny to St. John's, Newfoundland. She married a native of Killusty called Richard Clancy. I believe he was born in the 1850's and died in 1936. Hope this might be of interest to someone.
Michael Lyons, Sydney (email: email@example.com)
Hello to all in Fethard. My aunt Ellen lived at the Grove Lodge for years. I spent many a lovely Sunday visiting her in my younger days. I am from Killenaule and have lived in Australia since 1970. A great site, keep it up.
Helena McCormack, Germany (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hi everyone. It’s so nice to be able to see what’s going on in Fethard every week. Hope ye are all keeping well. I’m here making the most of the sunny weather. Best of luck to Kersty and Zoë in their exams. Cya all soon.
Susan M. Warren (email: email@example.com)
Our family history says my g-grandfather, James Trihy, (born 07/25/1829) was born in Grove, Fethard, County Tipp., Ireland. His parents died young and he was supposedly raised by his mothers' sisters (maiden name Duggan). James had brothers William, Michael, Lawrence, & Richard, and a sister Johanna. There's always been much confusion over the name; it seems some of the family went by the name of Troy. Several of them came to Wisconsin (USA); James eventually came to Nebraska (USA), where he married Bridget Clancy, also supposedly from Fethard, or perhaps somewhere nearby in County Tipperary. Would love to correspond with anyone who might have information they'd like to share. Thanks.
Joyce Sousa (email: Jsousa420@aol.com)
Searching for information on my gg-grandfather, James Phillips born 1811 near Fethard. Emigrated to Iowa, USA about 1840. His parents may have been John Phillips and Anne Ryan. Known siblings are John, Thomas, Ellen, Mary and possibly Jeremiah. May be related to the Carews. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
South Tipperary Hospice Collection
Monroe Walk cleared
Final Four visit Fethard
Silver medal winner in World Championships
The Munster Community Games Judo finals are being held in Limerick this Saturday. The Fethard club have fifteen members competing in the finals. Any child looking for a lift to Limerick on Saturday morning are asked to be outside the Town Hall at 8.30am. Best of luck to all players from Fethard Judo Club.
The Tipperary successes in the young unentered hounds classes, competing against the very best of Ireland’s puppies, speaks very well for the overall quality of the season’s Tipperary Foxhounds young entry and no doubt they will hunt as well as they look.
Congratulations on last Sunday’s rosettes to huntsman, Pat O’Brien, and 1st Whip, James O’Donnell.
Here is the news
The Councillor and the Clergyman
Michael, as ever not to be outdone replied, “You can bow to me instead Father, that will do just as well.” Noblesse Oblige.
The wedding took place at Fethard Parish Church on Saturday 3rd July, of Mary, daughter of Mr Eugene and Mrs Arabella Walsh, Kilnockin, to Mr Robert Costelloe, Ballincollig, Cork.
Bigger and Better
The problem now seems to be is the show to become a victim of its success and nationwide popularity. Never, such minor positive problems will present no problem to the show committee. The show rings are scarcely large enough to accommodate the large number of entries in each class; the field barely able to contain the number of boxes and trailers attending. Yet, it is hard to realise that such a hugely successful event is organised and run by the voluntary efforts of a very dedicated committee.
Shows such as Killusty are the roots of the high prestige in which Ireland holds internationally in the equestrian world. As long as it produces enthusiasts like those behind the Killusty Pony Show it will continue to do so.
A typical example of the help forthcoming was shown at the show’s conclusion. An appeal was made over the public address for helpers to dismantle the posts, rails, fences etc used during the day. Such was the number of volunteers, that within forty-five minutes, it was hard to realise that a show had ever taken place. Long may it continue.
Fethard GAA Club
Our Lotto Jackpot of €5,000 was not won. This week’s draw was held at McCarthys Hotel, Main Street, and we had two match three winners who received €75 each: John Phelan (Butlerstown, Kilsheelan), and Ger Manton (Main Street). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Con Doyle (Woodvale Walk). The numbers drawn were 7, 9, 12 and 18.
Juvenile GAA Club
Uunder-14 and under-16 hurlers please note that training times have now moved to Monday evening at 6.30pm in the GAA field.
On a final note the Club would like to say a special thanks to John Leahy who came to the under/14 and under/16 hurling training session on Thursday of last week to give a hand and share a few tips, a great training session followed.
Training continues for under-8 and under-10 football every Saturday afternoon at 3pm in the GAA field. If you have any queries please contact club secretary: Caroline Sheehan Tel: 086 1713502 or 052 32005. New members are always welcome.
A bus will leave the Post Office to transport the volleyball teams on Saturday morning at 9.20 am. Return fare is €7.50. We wish everybody the best of luck. Thanks to Denis Burke, Eric O’Donnell and Bernard Feery who put in so much hard work coaching the volleyball, judo and indoor soccer teams. Indeed, Bernard Feery, who is area secretary, county games director and Munster delegate, certainly had his hands full this year as in addition to all above duties he co-ordinated all the indoor and outdoor soccer events this year and then coached the indoor team. People may not realise how much background work goes on to give the children the opportunity to participate in sport. Well done to all concerned.
COOLMORE STUD TO SPONSOR THE MATRON STAKES (by Sean Ryan)
Leopardstown racecourse announced recently that Fethard based stud Coolmore are to sponsor the prestigious Matron Stakes, a race that was elevated to Group 1 status for the first time this year. The race will be run as the principal supporting race on Baileys Irish Champion Stakes Day, with a prize fund of €260,000 and will be known as the 'Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes', named after the 2000 Kentucky Derby winner now standing at the South Tipperary based stud. The event traditionally attracts much interest from overseas trainers and English trained horses have won 3 of the last 4 runnings of the race, the exception being the 2002 winner 'Dress to Thrill', trained by Dermot Weld. Speaking this week Leopardstown General Manager, Matt O'Dwyer claimed that he was delighted now to welcome a company as prestigious as Coolmore as a sponsor at Leopardstown. Entries for the race close this evening Wednesday 7th July.
Killusty Soccer Club notes
Groundsman: Tom Kearney; Junior Team Manager: Chris Coen; Youth Manager: Sean Aylward.
In his opening address, the chairman paid tribute to the outgoing officers Sean Aylward, Mick Cranitch and Louis Coen and thanked them for their sterling work for the club, not just last year but down through the years. As we approach our 35th season, we look forward to being back in the premier division once more.
As a team going through a transitionary period, we realise it will be a challenge playing the elite of Tipperary soccer week in week out, but is one we have faced before and feel able to rise to again. The need for a commitment to training is essential and in light of this, training begins on Wednesday July 14th at 7.30pm. Youths intending to join next season are also asked to attend.
Unfortunately, the party night, which we had planned for next Saturday, has had to be cancelled as it clashed with outside events. A new date will be announced later.
THE WELL GOLF SOCIETY
Nearest the pin: Davy Williams, Kevin Ryan and Aidan Grant.
Ladies: 1st place (35 pts) Mary Kenrick 2nd place (32 pts) Bernie Phelan
Mens: 1st place (39 pts) course specialist Aidan Grant
2nd place (37 pts) Brian Higgins
3rd place (35 pts, back 9) Donal O’Grady
4th place (35 pts) Kevin Ryan
5th place (34 pts) Willie Morrissey 6th place (33 pts) Francis Lonergan.
We would like to thank Carrick on Suir Golf Club and complement them on their excellent facilities. Our next outing takes place on Saturday, August 28th at Callan Golf Club.