Saturday 16th October 2004
The late Jimmy ‘Buckie’ Ryan
Jimmy Ryan, better known to most as ‘Buckie’, did not lead an ordinary life. His mother, a schoolteacher, tried her best to give him every chance to lead a life that most of us would refer to as normal, but he just wasn’t interested. He was born on the 13th May 1937 and christened Michael, a name he only ever used for official documents. He received his education in Rosegreen National School, The Irish College in Ring and in Rockwell. He often spoke of how he shared a bench in school with a man called Paddy Hillary, who went on to become the President of Ireland.
Though very intelligent, Jimmy didn’t display any signs of following in his mother’s footsteps. Instead he decided to do his own thing. A job to Jimmy was a means to an end. He got a job, got it out of the way as quickly as possible, got paid, and then set out to enjoy himself. He liked a drink or two before breakfast. He liked the ones that followed even more. He was well known in hostelries all over the world. If you named a town or village almost anywhere in Ireland or England, Jimmy’s next line would be, “Isn’t there a pub there called . . .” and he would proceed with a story about how he drank there when he was working with someone or other.
Jimmy worked as a farmer, a fishmonger, a trucker, on building sites, in pubs, hotels, restaurants, on ships and even did several stints travelling with various circus troupes, as well as once serving as ‘Mayor of Fethard’, a title he received for collecting more money than his opponents in a community fund raising competition for the building of the Abymill Theatre.
Jimmy sold shamrock to the Irish punters in Cheltenham if St Patrick’s Day happened to fall in the middle of the racing festival, an event which he attended for almost sixty years, missing it only once due to ill health. Hard as he was on the drink at times, he usually gave it up for a month or two prior to his departure to Cheltenham each March. This was so that he could spare a bit of cash to go on the annual Irish orgy of drinking in the shadow of the Cotswold Hills. He always stayed in the Queens Hotel, which becomes the headquarters for the Irish invasion each year, but he never booked a room. His bed was the couch on the top landing of the hotel if he happened to make it that far each night. His return trip from the festival varied from year to year, but he usually got back to Ireland in time for Listowel races in September. The bachelor festival in Lisdoonvarna was normally his last port of call before he returned to Fethard. He often returned home with a woman, but never a wife.
As soon as Jimmy heard a foreign accent, he was immediately drawn to the person. He might have visited their town, so he had to determine where they were from. One day, a couple told him that they were from Cape Town.
“I was there once for a day”, Jimmy replied. “Were you on a tour of South Africa”, they asked. “No”, said Jimmy, “I was working on a ship and we docked there. The captain gave us all a day off, so I went and found a pub. I woke up the following day in a house full of women, and I wasn’t in a convent if you know what I mean. That’s all I saw of Cape Town”.
A chance meeting with author and wit, the recently deceased Pete McCarthy, got many of Jimmy’s hilarious stories and yarns into print in the best selling book, “The Road To McCarthy”. Jimmy’s adventures also feature in Raymond Smith’s racing book, ”Better One Day as a Lion”. He was never one to shy away from publicity and often featured in newspaper and magazine articles. As a younger man he delighted in trying to shock the crowds who turned up to watch the annual carnival parade through the streets of Fethard. His antics weren’t as wild in his latter years, but he still remained unique wandering about wearing one of his trademark Stetsons, with Kaj, his three legged, Guinness drinking dog by his side. Jimmy certainly lived a life less ordinary.
Our sincere sympathy to his sister Mary Hanlon who lives in Dublin, his family, relatives and close friends. Interment took place in Holy Trinity Parish Church Cemetery Fethard.
ICA ‘Interior Design’ Workshop
Our own members were delighted to welcome visiting guild members from Cloneen, Killenaule, Powerstown and Lisronagh, to the very enjoyable night.
Calling our Leaving Cert Class of 1984
The organising committee would like anyone who has photographs of school outings, sports events, etc. they might bring them along on the night. Also, people are requested to pass the word on that the reunion is taking place, as not everyone might see the Fethard Website or indeed, the Nationalist. For any further information contact Lydia (Newport) Kelly at 087-6792992 or Helen Murray at 052-35915 or 086-3595290.
Well done also to our young ladies on the under/12-13 panel who took part in the Mullinahone Blitz tournament and came away winning the B category. These girls all played their part in winning medals for Fethard and are a credit to their trainer Jennifer Keane.
First Aid Classes
Community Lotto Jackpot reaches €10,000
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 12th October were 6, 8, 19 and 23. There was no Jackpot winner and one 'Match 3' winner who received €150:
Diane Halpin, 63 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Stephen Nagle, Coolmoyne, Fethard
Eddie O'Brien, Burke Street, Fethard
Hazel Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot is €10.000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €890.
St. Patrick’s Boys’ National School
St Patricks School played their last group match against Killenaule in the Barrack Field on October14th. They had a good win on a scoreline, 5-6 to 1-0. They now meet Ardfinnan in the semi-final to be played on Thursday. Best of luck to all.
St. Patrick’s Boys School Parents’ Association
Susan’s new shop on Main Street
Susan's shop is situated opposite Holy Trinity Parish Church on the site of Morrissey's Grocery Shop and will open from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday. It is always great to see new business start on Main Street and we wish Susan the best of luck in her new venture and hope many more will follow her example. Susan can be contacted by telephone at: 052 32805 or 086 8553318.
Fethard Players rehearse ‘Blithe Spirit’
Killusty Soccer Club Munster Junior Cup
Killusty advance to the next round of the Munster Junior Cup after a workman like display against a spirited Commons team. We took the lead midway through the first half with a goal from the penalty spot, scored by Karl Maher. In the second half Commons tried hard for the equaliser but the lads battled well and were rewarded for their efforts with a well taken goal from Philly Croke. A third goal late into the half from John Noonan completed the scoring.
Next Sunday it's back to the league with an important away game against Two Mile Borris. Borris have recorded some great results in the last few weeks so the lads will have to be at their best to get a result.
Finally, it's farewell and ‘Bon Voyage’ to our team captain Nicky Murphy who is travelling ‘down under’ in an effort to improve his ball control. No, joking aside it's really to improve his tan. All the best Nicky and remember, we're only a www away.
Fethard Athletic Club
Next to compete were the boys U-10s as Ciaran O’Connor ran strongly to finish 23rd followed by Ashley Laslett in 39th and David Heffernan in 43rd position.
Roisín Trehy and Radka Janacikova were Fethard’s representatives in the girls’ U-12 competition. Roisín ran a well-judged race to take 12th spot while Radka, suffering from stiff legs, battled gamely to finish 19th. The boys U-12 were next to line up as Gregory Henry sought to add to his U-11 gold medal of the previous week. This time, however, the ever-competitive Gregory had to settle for a very creditable 4th place followed by Louis Rice in 14th and Brendan Gleeson in 28th place.
Our U-14 girl’s team were also victims of stiff and sore syndrome having taken part in a coaching session in Waterford the previous day. Nonetheless, Hannah Trehy had a great race to claim 7th place, next to score was Aisling O’Connor in 13th followed home by Sarah Mc Manus in 23rd and Laura Rice in 31st place.
Fethard U-13 boys were prominent in their race with Ryan Laslett taking an excellent 13th place and Adam O’Donnell an impressive 16th in his first championship race. Mary Gleeson was Fethard’s sole competitor in the girl’s U-16 2000m race and as usual Mary gave a marvellous display of cross-country running. Mary led the race from start to finish and despite a tough challenge from Carrick’s Rebecca Briscoe ran out a convincing winner of the coveted County Gold Medal.
Due to shorter daylight hours training times have been put forward to 6.15 pm.
Fethard GAA News
Fethard Bridge Club
Nell Broderick and David O’Meara.
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett
1st Nett: Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke
2nd Nett: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara
Subscriptions of €25 are now due. Anyone looking for a partner please contact: Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard. Tel: 052 31862.
Fethard Tidy Towns
At our AGM the following officers were elected: Peter Grant (chairperson), Nellie O’Donovan (vice-chairperson), Thelma Griffith (secretary), Anna Cooke (treasurer) and Diana Stokes (public relations). Our committee members remain the same. We invite and look forward to some new members joining us in the coming year.
Fethard Judo Club
Youths: Well done to Richard Gorey, Martin O'Donnell, Orla O'Donnell and Stephanie Lawrence who all fought well in the youths but were unfortunate on this occasion not to bring home medals.
Juniors (over 63 kg): Stephanie Lawrence, bronze in the junior under -66 kg; Cathal Gorey, bronze, Junior under -40 kg; Lorraine Feery, bronze, junior under -37 kg; Niall O'Donnell, bronze, junior under -31 kg; Padraig O'Shea, bronze, junior under -27 kg; Aobh O'Shea, bronze, junior under -25kg; Gary Bradshaw, gold.
Well done to Alan Brannigan, Tom Woodlock, Stephanie Lawrence and Jake Walsh, who fought in the juniors but were unlucky on this occasion. Well done to all competitors and to coach Eric O'Donnell, coach Josephine O'Donnell and coach Roy Gorey who keep turning them out.