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Saturday 4th September 2004

Duncan looking for his Fethard roots
RTE presenter Duncan Stewart is currently in the Fethard area working on the new series of his top rating "About The House" programme.  Duncan will feature the renovations of Alphie and Winnie Moran’s house at Drumdeel, Fethard, on his programme, which will be broadcast on RTÉ 1 at 8.30pm on Tuesday 14th September.

While visiting Fethard, Duncan had another mission — to find out more about his ancestors who came from Fethard.  Winnie introduced Duncan to the Kenny family, Rocklow Road, where he was shown photographs of his grandmother Catherine (Kenny) Fawcett, who came from The Green, Fethard.  Actually the stained glass window on the right hand side of Holy Trinity Parish Church is dedicated to his grandmother.  Catherine Kenny married Judge Diarmuid Fawcett and they had eleven children.

Duncan, looking at his grandparent’s family photograph, had great fun asking if we could pick out his mother, Sheila, from the photograph.  As it transpired, his mother was a nun, at least in the photograph, and of course before she was married.  He went on to explain that his mother, before she married, was an actress in Hollywood, she broke her contract and joined a religious order which she later left and returned to Ireland.

After she married, the family lived for a while outside Lisronagh (at the junction from the Clonmel Road to the back road to Fethard).  Duncan believes his mother was one of the founder members of Clonmel Dramatic Society and would be very anxious to find out any more information of her time in Lisronagh and Clonmel.  If anyone has information, please let us know and we can pass on the information on his next visit to the area.

George Plant and his family
Nollaig O Gadhra, author, journalist, lecturer, broadcaster and president of Conradh na Gaeilge, will speak for the Fethard Historical Society on the subject, “George Plant and his family”, in the Abymill Theatre on Friday 17th September at 8.30pm.  The talk will include a tape recording of George’s sister, Lily Plant, whom Nollaig O Gadhra interviewed shortly before she died in 1992.  A question and answer session will follow the talk. Admission is €3.

George Plant was born in St. Johnstown, Fethard, 100 years ago on the 5th January 1904.  Following an incident, during which the teenage George and his brother were ill-treated by the RIC, they joined the local branch of Fianna Éireann.  During the Civil War George was a member of the Third Tipperary Brigade and after the Civil War he emigrated to Canada, returning to Ireland in the late 1930s when he again became active in the IRA.  In 1942 he was executed by the State in Portlaoise Prison under controversial circumstances.  His body was not returned to his family but was buried in the grounds of Portlaoise Prison.  Six years later, on a change of government, his remains were exhumed and brought to St. Mary’s Church in Clonmel.  People lined the streets as the cortège left Clonmel for the Fethard Road and for the re-interment in St. Johnstown, Fethard, where a huge concourse of people were present to pay their final respects.  A few years later his colleagues erected a fitting memorial over his grave, where Republicans foregather each Easter Sunday to pay tribute.

The speaker, Nollaig O'Gadhra, is undoubtedly the country's most prolific writer in Irish. With several books on a wide range of subjects - history, politics, biographies, etc., to his credit, he is also an indefatigable journalist, articles and commentaries by him appearing regularly in Irish language publications, as well as contributions in English in several Irish and foreign newspapers and journals.

Fethard ICA Guild Meeting
The next meeting of Fethard ICA Guild takes place on 14th September at 8pm in the ICA Hall.  Tara Lanigan – O’Keeffe will give a talk on picking flowers and will also demonstrate one or two simple arrangements.  Competition theme is a ‘Vase of Mixed Flowers’ and the hostesses for the night are the ‘Blue Group’.

Non members are very welcome to join us for this talk and, of course, we would be very pleased to welcome new members wishing to join our guild.

Fethard & District Gun Club AGM
The annual general meeting of Fethard & District Gun Club will take place at 8pm in McCarthy’s Hotel on Tuesday 14th September.  All are welcome and for further enquiries please call Tel: 086 6507192.

Broadband Information
Fethard & Killusty Community Council have entered a partnership with Eircom and applied for funding from the Department of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources under the recently announced Group Broadband Scheme. The Fethard Exchange currently covers Fethard and a large adjoining area that takes in Coleman, Knockbritt, Moyglass, Coolmore, Cloneen, Killusty and out as far as Slievenamon Golf Club.  Broadband should be available to all these areas depending on the quality of the carrier lines on the borderline areas.
We currently need approximately 100 ‘expressions of interest’ from businesses and residential customers living in this area who are interested in getting broadband.  These ‘expressions of interest’ forms can be downloaded from the Fethard Website (www.fethard.com) or by contacting the Fethard Community Office at Barrack Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31000.

Broadband Internet is a vital tool for modern businesses and communities. The key features are:  Download speeds up to 10 times faster than dial-up – and potentially as much as 40 times faster; Always-on service — no more dial-up and wait for service;  Flat fee per month, starting at €40 including VAT per month and no call charges on top; You or others in the house/business can make calls and surf the internet at the same time, without the need for a separate phone line.

Died Recently
We record the death of Mr Jack Maher, Killenaule Road, Fethard, who died on Saturday 4th September. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.  Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Patricia and family.

Fethard & Killusty Lotto Jackpot €9,100
There was no Jackpot winner in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto this week.  The numbers drawn on Tuesday 31st August were 1, 4, 6 and 14.  There was no 'Match 3' winner and three tickets were drawn who received €50 each:

Treasa Ni Siochain, 25 Ait Naomh Padraig, Fiodh Ard

Sadhbh Morrissey, Cappa Cross, Cloneen

Greta O'Dwyer, Red City, Fethard

Three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

R. Broderick, Coolmore, Fethard

Amanda Kelly, Rocklow Road, Fethard

J. Culligan, The Valley, Fethard

Next weeks Jackpot is €9,100 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €800.

Progressive 25 Results
Results for Progressive 25 Drive game played on Friday 3rd September are as follows:
winners on 12 games, Dinny O’Donnell and David Curran; runners up on 11 games, Bob Gleeson and Tom Phelan, Willie Kennedy and Michael Browne, Sean Walsh and Masie Ryan; table prize, Rose Anne Carew and Bunny White; tickets, Sheila Hall, Lory Byrne, Tom Tobin and Tony Kelly; rubber finals, Lory Byrne and Chris Maher, Esther and Vincent Phelan, Sean Callaghan and Mick Holohan. Next game takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 10th September at 9pm sharp.

Holy Year Cross Memories
“The picture of the original Holy Year Cross brought back memories. I attended the blessing by Archbishop O'Donnell; I was almost seven at the time.  The day was wet and windy and being Slieve Na Mban it was very exposed.  I remember that the Parish Priest Canon Ryan rode to the event. I do not recall how the Archbishop got there. The rest of us used shank's pony.  The previous Sunday I had visited the spot along with Michael Healy, my uncle. It was late evening, fine but very cold. The event is one of my most vivid from childhood and, yes, I remember the cross being illuminated during the 1950s.” Tommy Healy, Plymouth, England (email: tomhealy.rugby@blueyonder.co.uk)

Married Recently
The wedding took place on Friday last, September 3rd of P.J. Colville, son of Mrs. Peggy and the late Pat Colville, Spitalfield, Fethard and Gráinne Feighery, daughter of Mr & Mrs. Billy Feighery, Kilcormac, Co Offaly.  Wedding took place in St. John's Church, Kilkenny and the reception was held in the Rivercourt Hotel, Kilkenny.

The wedding took place at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Powerstown, on Friday 3rd September, of Gerry, son of Mr Michael and Mrs Monica Ahearne, Prospect, to Ms Deirdre McSweeney, Clonmel.

Fethard GAA News
The county senior football quarterfinal took place last Saturday 4th September in New Inn, resulting in a great come back for Fethard to win on a scoreline Fethard 0-10 (0-2), Aherlow 0-8 (0-7), to book our place in the county semifinal against Moyle Rovers on weekending 3rd October.  Our main concern on Saturday last was our team’s first half display, as was in the south final, with possession gained from kick-outs down to a minimum and a lack of scoring ability from play.  We only scored two points from play and county titles will not be won on this type of form.  We have a month to rectify the situation which I’m sure we can.  The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Alan Phelan, Tomas Keane, Cian Maher, Michael Aherne, Aiden Fitzgerald, P J Aherne, Michael Dillon 0-2f, Miceál Spillane, John P Looby 0-1, Carl Maher 0-2f, Tom Anglim, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1.  Subs were: Brian Coen 0-2f, Nicky Murphy, Eoin Doyle, Conor McCarthy 0-2f, for Tomas Keane, Alan Phelan, Tom Anglim, Carl Maher.  Other subs: Ronan Maher, Kenneth Byrne, Stephen O’Donnell, Brian Burke, Brendan Brett, Damien Byrne, Jamie McCormack and Shane Walsh.
The intermediate hurling semifinal takes place on weekending 19th September.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €5,900 was not won.  We had three ‘match three’ winners who received €50 each: Con Doyle (Woodvale Walk), Liam Kelly (Ballingarry), and Bee Gould (Claremore).  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Dick Fitzgerald (56 St Pats Place). The numbers drawn at McCarthys were 9, 19, 20 and 22.
Well done to our juvenile under-14 B hurling team who have now qualified for the south final against Killenaule.

Juvenile GAA Club
Well done and congratulations to the u/14 hurlers who have made it through to the south county final.  We were away to Mullinahone on Sunday afternoon of last week in Ballingarry and came away with a convincing win over Mullinahone to book a place in the final against Killenaule.

The lads took control from the start of the game and credit must be given to every player on this team for the effort and determination they showed throughout the whole match.  It was great to see them playing as a team and well done to Liam, Ian, Martin and Jim for bringing the lads this far, we wish them every success, the final score stood at, Fethard 3-10 - Mullinahone 0-05.  They meet Killenaule in the final this weekend coming and players will be notified of time and venue.

Please note that football training for under-8s and under-10s will re-commence on this Saturday coming in the GAA field at 3pm.

The GAA Summer Camp was a great success this year with over seventy boys and girls attending.  A great time was had by all.

First Steps Playgroup Reopened
First Steps Playgroup, situated upstairs in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, has now re-opened for the new school year.  Parents wishing to send their children are invited to call in at any time or phone Patricia Fitzgerald on Tel: 086 1580897 or 052 32164 who will answer any queries that you may have.

Died in England
We record the death of Ann Morgan, London, daughter of Michael and Mary McCarthy (nee Sheehan) of Killusty, Fethard. Internment took place on 2nd September at St Patricks Cemetery, Leytonstone, London.

Archdeacon William Jones of Fethard
I was searching for information on the Ryan family of Ballyslatteen House, Golden, Tipperary when I came across the Fethard website. If you have any information on my great-great uncle, Ven. Archdeacon William Jones of Fethard, I would appreciate hearing from you. I have an old news clipping of his funeral, but no date as to his death. His brothers were Rev. Robert Jones and Dennis V. Jones of London. His sister, Elizabeth Jones, married my great grandfather James McKean of Randallstown, Belfast. Thank you for any information you might have. Sincerely, Peggy Davis, Salinas, California, USA (email: legapeg@sbcglobal.net)

Still They Come
A recent visitor to Fethard was 90-year-old John Heffernan from England.  Accompanied by his son, Mr Heffernan, who was born in Burke Street, left Fethard 82 year ago when only 8 years of age.  He stated that it was his ambition to pay one return visit to his native town before he died.  Was it the Greek scholar Kasasé who said, “The fields and streets in which you grow up, there you will always live and there you will die.”

Two Local Winners
Congratulations to our two lucky local winners last weekend.  Jim Sayers was very well pleased with his €17,500 win on RTE’s ‘Fame and Fortune’ game show programme on Saturday night last.  Tommy Slattery, The Green, now resident in Jossestown, was the lucky winner of a new car in the September monthly draw run by Tipperary GAA County Board.

Feathered Friends
Further to our piece on the Clashawley Egrets, we have learned that the birds were first noticed in Ireland in 1956.  The numbers were very few and they first nested here in 1997.  They have bred successfully every year since in Counties Wexford, Waterford and Cork.  The very mild winters of the past few years are primarily responsible for their increase.

With the Corncrake gone, the Cuckoo, Yellowhammer and Skylark almost gone, would it not be wonderful if the Egret would nest locally.  Here’s a renewed appeal for all to respect the arrival of our African visitors.

Back To School
Wednesday 1st September was ‘Back to School’ for most boys and girls in the Fethard area.  Rocklow Road was busy with young apprehensive faces about to start school for the first time at Nano Nagle Primary School.  Fortunately, all were very calm and relaxed as they entered the school grounds, although some were clutching the hands of older siblings for comfort and reassurance.  We would like to welcome two new teachers to Nano Nagle School, Miss Skehan and Miss Brady, who started this year and already are a big hit with the pupils.  We would also like to congratulate Mrs Treacy who retired as vice-principal at Nano Nagle School to take up her new position as principal of St. Patrick’s Boys National School, Fethard.

Community Education thriving in Fethard
Over the past six months a group of fifteen women have been participating in Community Education Programmes in Fethard. This has been spear headed by the Community Education Facilitator for Co. Tipperary S.R. VEC, Ms. Veronica Crowe. The group who meet in The Mill on Monday morning from 10.30am to 12.00 pm have experienced programmes such as personal development, assertiveness and women's health. Hilda O'Neill and Treacy from Health Promotion unit played a huge part in programme delivery also.

Because of the huge interest to participate, Veronica has now established another group. This group will facilitate people in the evenings who cannot make the morning group. People who would like to take the first step back to learning, meet new friends and participate in Community Education Programmes, this is for you! So there is no excuse if you live in the Fethard area this Autumn. Come along and take the first step.

Morning group starts back in The Mill on Monday 13th September from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon and the evening group will meet for the first time on Monday 13th September in The Mill from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm.  If you would like any more information, you may contact Veronica Crowe on (052) 26269.

The Fethard Women’s group TIMEOUT resumes in the Abymill from Monday, 6th September at 10.30 am.  Looking forward to seeing old friends and hopefully making some new ones


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