Saturday 13th November 2004
Band Aid 20 years on
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?
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
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.
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
Holy Souls in 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
Fethard GAA Club News
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
The Well Golf Society
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
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
Fethard Bridge Club
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
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
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’?
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
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
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
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.
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 . .