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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 13th November 2004


Band Aid 20 years on
A group of musicians got together 20 years ago this November to record what would become the biggest selling single in the history of the charts. The group was comprised of many of the most popular groups and singers of the early eighties, called together by Bob Geldof.  Their aim was to record a single, the profits of which would go to help alleviate the suffering population of Ethiopia, which Geldof had seen  on a television documentary. The group called themselves Band Aid and released, Do they know it’s Christmas Time? The song raised £8 million and the first supplies of aid arrived in Ethiopia that December. The money raised was tremendous, but the public awareness of the plight of those much less fortunate than us was even more important.  The World had their eyes opened for them.  American artists followed with “We Are the World” and before long something even bigger was planned. A concert spanning two continents, with one stage in London and another in Philadelphia was planned.  It became known as Live Aid, was broadcast to over 150 countries on radio and television and raised a staggering 70 million dollars by the end of the day. Over 144 million had been raised by the time the trust was closed eight years later. The money had been used to plant trees, build dams, provide camels, ships, trucks, planes, medicines and much much more.

 Unfortunately, the situation in Ethiopia is still as bad as ever, despite the generous contributions from the outside World. Two Fethard men recently travelled as part of the Self Help group to Ethiopia, having raised over thirty   thousand euro through a series of fundraisers in the locality. Maurice Moloney and Tom Anglim travelled with a team led by broadcaster Tracey Piggott to see where their money was put to use. Their trip saw the highs and lows of Ethiopian life. A well in the desert cost over one hundred thousand euro. It provides water for seventy thousand people. This is money well spent.  Much of the group’s money has gone towards providing schools and education, which is really the only way forward for these communities.  The country, however, is ravaged by AIDS and there isn’t enough money to buy the medicines needed to control the disease. The group visited a clinic where a test could tell a person if they had the virus within ten minutes. The group found it harrowing to see a fourteen-year-old boy walk in for the test while they were there. Ten minutes later, he would know if he was going to live or die.

 Bob Geldof has once again returned to our television screens. He is launching Live Aid on DVD. All the money raised, including the Governments usual 21% cut, is going to combat poverty and disease on the African Continent. Twenty years on, they need it as much as ever.

How many praying days lefty before Christmas?
An invitation to praise, pray and prepare for the birth of Jesus.  Put Christ back into Christmas by spending an hour in a pleasant prayerful environment – Presentation Convent – on the following Tuesdays: November 30th, December 7th, 14th and 21st, from 8pm to 9pm.

We would love to see as many as possible attend. Please contact Sr. Winnie at the Presentation Convent if you need more information.

Death of Johnny Farrell
Many old-time Fethard, Carrick-on-Suir and South Tipperary Gaels will learn with regret last week the passing of Johnny Farrell.  The late Johnny Farrell was born at Sparagoleith, Fethard, 89 years ago this year.  He quickly fulfilled his boyhood promise of being an outstanding hurler, winning a South Tipperary minor hurling championship in 1932.  He was a member of the Tipperary All-Ireland minor winning hurling championship team of 1933, thus bringing the first all Ireland hurling championship medal to his native parish. The Farrell family moved to Carrick-on-Suir in 1934 where Johnny Played first with Carrick Davins before transferring to the senior club of Carrick Swans.

He was a member of the Swan senior hurling team of the thirties and forties. During this period he gave many great displays with the famed Swans, culminating with probably his best, in the county senior hurling Swan championship team of 1947. Johnny then emigrated to Birmingham where he worked up to his retirement, when he returned to Ireland.  Johnny, down the years, never lost his love of or his interest in his native town. A regular visitor during holiday time to his late sister, Mrs Kathleen O’Shea and his niece Mrs Nellie Colville, he also kept in touch with his Fethard GAA contemporaries such as Dick Cummins and Joe Ahearne.  Truly one of nature’s gentlemen.  His death took place at his daughter’s residence in Camp, County Kerry.

Ar deis de go raibh anan dilis.

Smokers Beware
Smoking can kill you. We are all aware of that. It’s written on the side of the packets which people read and ignore most of the time.  The habit is banned just about everywhere these days and fines can be imposed on anybody caught indulging in the habit in the wrong place.  One Irish Airline, who are not known for beating around the bush, have decided to take things even one step further.

A couple from Fethard were on a flight from London to Cork last weekend. The cabin crew were giving the usual safety demonstration, when the steward announced that smoking in the toilets was prohibited. “Smoke alarms are fitted,” he said, “and anybody who smokes in the toilet will be asked to leave”.   A bit severe you may think, but new policy seems to work as they noticed nobody being asked to leave for the duration of the flight.

Battle of The Brains Table Quiz
Interest in Killusty Soccer Club’s ‘Battle of the Brains’ quiz is beginning to grow.  Already rumours are filtering out about clandestine brain storming sessions, but these have yet to be confirmed.  In the meantime, the venue for ‘The Battle’ is Butlers’ Sports Bar on Main Street and the date is Thursday December 2nd.  The starting time is 8 30pm. If you arrive at 9 30pm you will probably have missed half the questions.  You have been warned! Entry fee is €24 euro per table of 4.

Holy Souls in November
The Rosary will be recited in the following Parish Cemeteries during the month of November.

Sunday, 21st Nov: Rathcoole at 3pm, Redcity at 3.30pm and Tullamaine at 3pm.

Sunday, 28th Nov: Killusty, after Sunday Mass, Kiltinan at 3pm and Kilmaclugh at 3.30pm.

St. Vincent de Paul Assistance
Anyone in need of St. Vincent de Paul assistance for the oncoming Christmas period is asked to complete an application form available at the back of our local churches, and return same to any member of the Fethard Conference before November 30th.

Fethard GAA Club News
Our lotto jackpot €1,600 was not won.  We had two match three winners who received €75 each: Con Doyle (Woodvale Walk) and Helen Morrissey (48 Woodvale Walk).  The €50 Lucky Dip winner was: Paul O’Meara (The Green). Numbers drawn in Burkes Bar were 9, 13, 15 and 20.
Congratulations to our neighbours Killenaule on winning the county intermediate football championship 2004 in Clonmel last Sunday in an all south contest between Killenaule (0-11) and Kilsheelan (0-6) and we welcome them to the senior ranks in 2005 for the very first time.  We wish them the best of luck in the future at this grade.
The annual mass for deceased club members takes place on this Friday 19th November in the Holy Trinity Parish Church Fethard at 7pm.  All are very welcome.
It was with sadness when we heard on 9th November of the passing of Johnny Farrell in his 89th year at his daughter Bernadette’s residence in Camp (Co. Kerry) with interment taking place in the Old Cemetery in Brosna (Co Kerry). Johnny was the first player to bring an All-Ireland minor hurling medal to Fethard in 1933 and was the last survivor of the 1932 Fethard south minor hurling champions (Fethard’s first).

To his daughter Bernadette, his sister Ann Cashin (Carrick-on-Suir) and families, we extend our deepest sympathy. Go Ndeanai Trocaire Orthu.

Congratulations to Fethard club’s Elsie O’Dwyer (nee Ahearne) Coolmoyne camogie, and the late Johnny Farrell (Fethard /Carrick Swan) hurling, on receiving Cumann na Sean Ghael awards which will be presented on this Sunday 21st November in Brú Ború Cashel. 

Progressive 25 Results
Progressive 25 Results for game played on Friday 12th November. Winners on 11 games: Chris Maher and Jimmy McCarthy. Runners up on 10 games: Michael Murphy and Jackie Devitt.  Table prize: Tom and Paddy McCormack.  Tickets: Gerry Murray, Michael Phelan, Bridget Hayes and Sean Kelly.  Rubbers: Paddy Butler and Tess Maher.  Next game takes place at Fethard Ballroom on Friday 19th November 8.30pm sharp.

The Well Golf Society
By any standard last season was a very successful one for our society. Seven outings, close on fifty golfers played with us at some stage, we quadrupled our lady memberships, and gave out almost €1,500 in prizes. This was all done under the leadership of captain Pat Woodlock, secretary Kevin Ryan, assistant secretary Willie Morrissey, treasurer Danny Mullins and assistant treasurer Michael Kenrick.

The good news is that it's time to start it all again. Our AGM takes place on Friday November 26th at 8pm in the Tirry Centre.  We would like to see as many of those fifty golfers as possible. Don't worry; there won’t be jobs for everyone!

Fethard Community Sportsfield
Sportsfield Committee are presently fund raising for future development in the field ie cost of toilets and floodlighting underage pitch.  As part of the efforts to raise money the Sportsfield Finance Committee have invited Alan Swanton, expert in the field of Sports Science, University of Limerick, to provide clubs and individuals with the opportunity to access education for athletes, players and coaches in the area of sports science.

This programme was initiated following independent research amongst coaches, players and dieticians on behalf of Lucozade Sport in 2000. There are five modules within the programme.  The content was developed with the assistance of Australian Sports Scientist, Margaret Galloway.  Modules are; Get Fit for Sport, Planning Success in Sport, The Female Athlete, Fluid for Sport, and Fuel for Sport.  The committee were lucky enough to avail of the expert services of Alan Swanton to present two of these modules:

Fluid for Sport — which covers fluid requirement for team and endurance events and also focuses on the importance of hydration in temperature regulation. It offers tips on what and when to drink and explores useful re-hydration tips and recovery methods.

Fuel for Sport — includes the importance of nutrition in sport and the role of food in optimising training; what to eat before competition and focuses on the body's response to exercise and useful tips and recovery methods.

Don't miss an excellent insight into sport.  This is open to everybody from everywhere, no age limits.  Just make a date for the Abymill Theatre, Burke Street, Fethard, on Tuesday night, October 23rd. at 7.30 pm.  Admission is a nominal €5. Please support this worthy cause.

Last Call for Newsletter Articles
This is the last call for articles to be included in this year’s Annual Emigrants’ Newsletter.  Photographs or articles for inclusion are requested as soon as possible to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.  Email: joe@fethard.com.

Fethard Bridge Club
Fethard Bridge Club results for Wednesday 10th November are:

1st Gross: Nell Broderick and Anna Cooke

2nd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane

1st Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke

2nd Nett: Anne and Sean O’Dea

Next Wednesday, 24th November we play for the Gross Turkey prize.  Subscriptions of €25 are now due. Anyone looking for a partner can contact, Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard. Tel: 052 31862.

Community Lotto Jackpot €10,000
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 9th November were 3, 5, 6 and 26. There was no Jackpot winner and one 'Match 3' winners who received €150 each:

Megan Sceats, Crampscastle, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Dermot Darcy, 30 St. Patricks Place,

Fethard X 2,

Aisling Ahearn, Rocklow, Fethard.

Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10.000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is now €950.

Class of 1984 Reunion this weekend
On this coming Saturday night, 27th November, the "Class of 1984 Reunion" takes place in Butlers’ Bar, Main Street.  This is an informal get-together with no cover charge!   We’ve had quite a lot of interest in the reunion with a lot of people promising to come.  We are hoping that as many as possible from the ‘Class’ will turn up and make it a night to remember.

The committee would like anyone who has photographs of school outings, sports events, etc. they might bring them along on the night. For any further information contact Lydia (Newport) Kelly at 087-6792992 or Helen Murray at 052-35915 or 086-3595290.

Where is ‘Hamilton Abbey’?
We had this request for information from Wendy Kurz (nee Latham), Bunbury, Western Australia, (email: kurz@iinet.net.au):

Over 200 years ago my family (who were Protestants) lived at various places in Tipperary including Clonmel Town, Meldrum and Ballysheehan estates near Cashel; at Helenpark, Killenaule, and at ‘Hamilton Abbey’, Fethard.

I am trying to find out if "Hamilton Abbey" still exists.  My great, great, great, grandfather /& mother, William and Jane Latham, were willed Hamilton Abbey by my GGG G'father's uncle, Sam Lowe.   They lived at ‘Hamilton Abbey’ from about 1824 to at least December 1833 according to records in the family bible of family births.  Many of their children were born there.  Hamilton Abbey was sold off probably in about 1834 to defray family debt. 

A family member from Australia visited Fethard in 1906 and wrote in description of Hamilton Abbey – “Peculiar double roof; in architecture the middle or inner roof kept the walls together, the upper kept the rain off. The Latham House was built in the grounds of an old Benedictine monastery and featured a pretty spiral staircase.  The old chapel still exists.”

I wondered if it may be the same building you mention in the historical notes on your website ie: “The Augustinian Friars came to Fethard at the start of the following century and established a monastery outside the town on one and a half acres

of land...”.

I would be very grateful for any information you may have on Hamilton Abbey, especially if it is still there as I would like to visit Ireland next year.

My GGG G'mother writes of several of her children who did not survive being buried in ‘The Vault’, Fethard.  I thought this was most likely in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland grounds, Fethard, as shown on your aerial photos? I assume this was the church used by members of the Church of Ireland at that time?  Would you know if any of the vaults are still there? 

Thanks so much for your fantastic website and great photos!  It helps to make it all come alive to see pictures and read the information. I know that, for good reasons, the Protestant families of Tipperary are not fondly thought of today and sadly, I can't undo the deeds of my ancestors, only try to understand them and the context. I would very much appreciate any help you can give me. Kind regards, Wendy Kurz.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 23rd November at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Patrician Presentation Secondary School (photograph  ‘John Frewen’)

The two weeks since midterm have been filled with positive and exciting events for many of our students.  Our girls senior volleyball team qualified for the All Ireland semifinal in the University of Limerick on November 3rd. On Saturday October 30th Mary Gorey of 6th year was on the Munster U-21 women’s rugby team to win all Ireland glory against Leinster in Monkstown, Dublin on November 11th.

Our science team of John Frewen, Niall Hayes, Ronan Shee, and Emma Walsh, all of 5th year, came 4th in the Science Quiz sponsored by Merck, Sharpe and Dohme, Ireland in the Loreto Convent.  Our 6th year team of Helen Frewen, Claire Tierney, Mary Gorey and Sarah Kennedy finished in the top 10.

The Youth Leadership Interviews run by the Clonmel Rotary Club also took place in the school on November 11th and John Frewen 5th year successfully progresses to the next round.

‘Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, which has a cast ranging from 1st to 5th year will be staged at Abymill theatre on December 1st, 3rd and 4th at 8.15pm. Booking now at 052 31572 from 9pm to 4pm.

Fethard Ballroom AGM
Fethard & Killusty Ballroom Company Ltd will hold their Annual General Meeting on 1st December 2004 at 8pm in Fethard Ballroom, where they will present their financial statement for year ended 31st December 2003, together with the directors’ reports, resignation and election of officers.  All are welcome.

Hunting News
The Ballylusky White Heather Harriers had their best day of the season so far from their meet at Loughcopple on Sunday last. Finding immediately between the Kilsheelan Road and the river at Grangebeg the fox ran to the river bank. Not fancying getting his feet wet he ran the riverbank towards Loughcopple Bridge before crossing the road and swinging away left towards Mr O’Donnells. Hounds were running well when this Reynard got to ground in a disused gravel pit.

Drawing on hounds found in the Blackthorns at Rathcanty, this fox provided an excellent run of some 40 minutes, covering a large right-handed circle towards Grangebeg lower. Turning back he ran through Mr Tony Slattery’s yard to the old railway line at Murphy’s. Running back towards college he again re-crossed the river and the road. Retracing his steps of the first circle hounds with a great cry ran once again to Mr Slattery’s yard where they lost him.

Charlie was definitely no stranger to the area. Huntsmen Donal Slattery did not want to persevere on the yard area but is convinced the fox sought refuge in the round bales in the haybarn.

A short run from Mr Quinlan’s glen concluded a most satisfactory day. Great to see so many Juvenile hunters amongst the large attendance, and better still to see some of the young followers still there with hounds when Donie blew for home at 4.30pm.

Next Sunday meet is at Coolbawn Cross at 12 o’clock.

“Fethard is Dying!” says proud local.
While reading the Fethard Draft Plan, what struck me was how small the population of Fethard is becoming. Of course, being so close to Clonmel in some ways is a hindrance, but when you look at the likes of Clerihan who over the last number of years have seen amazing growth and Ardfinnan who is about to undergo the same success — both villages being nearer to Clonmel than us — we have to ask ourselves what is going wrong, and why are planners giving Fethard a wide berth? Lots of land around Fethard has been rezoned residential and still there’s no movement, Fethard is dying on its feet.

In last week’s Fethard Notes, I see the council want to connect Burke Street and Barrack Street and make a walkway along the remainder of the Fethard Town Wall, which to my mind is a wonderful idea, but already there are objections to a number of houses being put on waste ground opposite the wall.  The same can be said about the land down the valley, which seems to have caused a major furore. Maybe this is the problem, maybe Fethard people don't want to see change and would rather see Fethard cocooned in the past.

Please don't get me wrong, I love Fethard and its people are second to none, but it breaks my heart to see the town go down the same road as other towns and villages that are off the beaten track as it were.

According to the last Census, the only two towns in South Tipp that suffered a drop in population were Carrick and Fethard.  Carrick is now about to undergo a major development with the announcement of some 700 new houses.  Surely Fethard deserves development also to keep it alive, and with development comes better resources and amenities for young and old.  Who knows maybe more Fethard people will shop local instead of pouring more money into Clonmel's already overflowing coffers.  Please lets move into the 21st Century . .



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