Saturday 5th February 2005
Abbey Jubilee 700 Celebrations Commence
The following night, Friday 11th February, at 7pm, we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes with a concelebrated mass by Parish and Abbey clergy, who will pray for healing. This ceremony will include the blessing and Sacrament of the Sick. All are cordially invited particularly the sick and their careers.
On Saturday 12th February at 7.30pm we hold our Vigil Mass celebrated by Fr A. B. Kennedy for the youth of the area and their parents. The prize winners of our Schools Art Competition will be announce at the end of Mass, followed by the presentation of prizes.
Please note the different starting times for each of the three nights celebrations and please feel free to join us for any, or all, of the Jubilee events.
Irish Sheepdog Nursery Finals
What about the class of 1975?
Many thanks for the wonderful newsletter and website. I cannot imagine life without the site now. Best wishes to my mother Mary Morrissey and my brothers and sisters and their families. A Happy 2005 to all. Mary Morrissey (London).
Patrician Presentation Secondary School (Photo ‘John Frewen.jpg’)
The Après Christmas period has been busy in a positive sense for the school and in particular for the individual students. John Frewen of 5th year was the most recent exciting achievement at the Irish Junior Science Olympiads held at Dublin City University on Saturday 29th January. Tánaiste Mary Harney presented him with a bronze medal in the finals of the chemistry section. John is now on the Irish panel for the European Junior Science Olympiads.
Best wishes to David Gorey, second year, who takes part in the Young Entrepreneurs Competition in his chosen skill of Wood Products.
Siobhan Prout, 6th Year, has had one of her poems published for the first time. Siobhan is an extremely imaginative English student and was last year’s recipient of the senior section of the ‘Fethard Quill Young Writers Award’, which was presented to her at our Annual Students Awards Ceremony held in October. The under-16 Cadets won the 1st round of the boys’ volleyball competition by beating both Lismore and Listowel.
Two school sporting events took place as fundraisers for both the Tsunami Appeal and Education in Tanzania fund.
The girls’ volleyball inter-class event was a very enthusiastic game which ended with Sarah Mai Ahearn’s team merging triumphant. The 6th year boys were the victors over the 5th year boys in a very enjoyable soccer match. "Hail to the victors and the vanquished".
On March 19th the school tour departs for Barcelona, España, but that will remain for another day.
Player Manager calls the shots
Joe entertained the clientele with a tale of woe about big Niall’s return to the GAA field since he retired from professional soccer. Niall now ‘togs out’ with Eadestown GAA club in Kildare. Having played his first match with the side, he ended up with two bruised ribs, which he texted to what he thought would be his sympathetic friend Joe. The reply was short and sweet. “Welcome to the real world Quinny!”.
Chris saw his chance and hastily scribbled a contract onto the back of a cigarette packet. He couldn’t guarantee many of the trappings of the premiership, but a place on the first team was assured and he would personally buy him a few pints after the matches. He was planning to keep his hand over the writing, ask for an autograph, and then reveal the hidden contract once it was signed.
He changed his mind at the last minute when he noticed that Niall hadn’t finished his pint before walking towards the door to leave for home. His managerial instincts kicked in. Leaving a half pint unfinished was just a bit too flash for the Killusty squad. He quietly put the contract into his pocket and shook the man’s hand instead.
Fethard Bridge Club Results
1st Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara.
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and David O’Meara.
1st Nett: Mary Quirke and Fr. John Meagher.
2nd Nett: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny.
On Wednesday 9th February we played the first round of the Club Championship, which continues for the next two weeks. Anyone looking for a partner contact: Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard. Tel: 052 31862.
The death has occurred recently of Mr Ned Prout, formerly of Killusty. Funeral mass and interment took place in Templemore on Saturday 5th February.
Community Lotto Results
Anne Connolly, Main Street, Fethard
Anthony Coffey, Burke Street, Fethard
Mary Chester Wade, Cashel
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Philly Kenny, The Green, Fethard
David Orr, St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Kitty O'Donnell, Slievenamon Close, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
Irish Red Cross
Traditional Music Session
Munster’s Golden Girl
Ladies Football Club
Fethard & District Credit Union
The winning teams were presented with plaques and prizes by Marian Gilpin (chairperson) and Catherine Healy (treasurer Fethard & District Credit Union). Competent assistants for the night were, Fintan Maher, Tom Gilpin, Carrie Sweeney and Sarah Hayes.
Our thanks to teachers Michelle Skehan (Nano Nagle N.S.), Patricia Treacy (Principal St. Patrick’s Boys School), Ballroom Committee and to the Patrician presentation Secondary School for the loan of their public address equipment.
Tenth Tipperariana Book Fair for Fethard
Irish interest books and books with a Tipperary slant are without doubt the most sought after and the thirty plus book dealers who attend know this and gather up ‘Tipperariana’ stock with the Fethard fair in mind. Doors open at 2pm on Sunday next, 13th February, and upwards of 700 punters are again expected.
The Fethard Historical Society, who organise the fair, will also have their own bookstall and all donated books are welcome as this is the society’s only main fundraising event of the year. Books will be collected by contacting any of the committee or by phoning Dóirín Saurus (Tel: 052 31936) or by bringing them to Fethard Ballroom on Saturday between 3pm and 5pm or early on Sunday morning.
Sheela na Gig Author for Fethard
Fed Up Motorist
“Is it just me or do other people think that the Clonmel road is the worst road in the country for the amount of traffic on it. When I say the worst I mean in terms of overtaking. My story is, a couple of weeks ago while I was approaching Market Hill on the way into Clonmel, I came behind a car which itself was behind a certain laden down concrete lorry trying to ascend the said hill at approx 3mph what that is in km I'll leave you work out! When we finally reached the top the lorry proceeded to speed up to 30mph! This speed was maintained all the way to Lisronagh. When we got to the village there were at least seven other vehicles behind me. Now this is the good bit! While on the Lisronagh straight the car behind me started to overtake me, the car in front of me, AND the lorry. But that isn't the worst of it! The car which was behind the car which was overtaking us (if you can follow me) proceeded to overtake us too! It was like the Naas dual carriageway! The second car narrowly missed another lorry approaching us which had a good ten or eleven cars behind IT!
My point is, there is nowhere besides Lisronagh where a lorry or a tractor can move in and let cars pass safely. There are no two ways about it, if a motorist is behind a very slow moving vehicle his first instinct is to overtake, sometimes stupidly, but the fact remains with the amount of traffic on that road surely there should be lay-bys or a hard shoulder or SOMETHING!
Let me finish by saying I'm not blaming the lorry drivers far from it they are only doing their job. I am blaming the people who aren't doing their jobs and taking our road tax money from us and then spending it on God knows what. Finally I would be interested to know if there was ever a survey conducted to show exactly how many cars use this road because with the new housing developments coming to Fethard over the next few years we're going to need one now more then ever before someone is killed.”
Kearns Family Information Needed
His elder brother, James died in 1937 and his buried in the cemetery at St Aden’s church along with his wife who sadly died around the same time, possibly of TB as they both worked (we think) in a nearby hospital.
We are trying to trace any people/information who may be able to enlighten us about the Kearns family in general and about life in Fethard from say 1850 to 1950. Any help would be most appreciated. Edward Kearns (email: email@example.com)
Great Train Robbery!
One thing which caught my attention was the date embossed on the fishplates, those devices which fixed rail to sleeper. It was 1907, except for the plates over Drumdeel Bridge, which was 1923. Clearly, the line was last laid properly after 1907 and the bridge was renovated in the mid 1920s after the hasty repair carried out by the British Army in 1921.
My grandmother, who lived in the lodge at Grove last occupied by the Keyes family, told me of listening to the railway patrols carried out late at night by the British Army and the Black and Tans during the Troubles. My Uncle Tom may well have been involved in the destruction of the bridge since he was actively involved in the War of Independence at the time. It was a period which we ought to remember with pride as it involved great sacrifice by many ordinary people who risked everything but often gained little.
I wish that journalists like Kevin Myers of "The Irish Times" might note that fact instead of denigrating those who did what they believed in and often paid the ultimate price for their convictions. Those who now sit on the sidelines and slag off those people are little better than vermin.
Tommy Healy, Plymouth, England (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Man who pays the Piper . . .
Ship was entertaining a party of tourists in a bar in Thurles one night when one of the punters asked him to play a particular song. The only problem was that the person who asked didn’t know the name of the tune, but said that it was very popular and that most people joined in. Skip asked him to hum the air of the tune. The man obliged and the tune was recognised. He promised to play it later in the evening.
True to his word, he played the song and it was indeed a popular one as many of the crowd joined in, much to the satisfaction of the tourist who had requested it. They came to the last line and the tourists all joined in as well. It was the only line that they knew and they sang it with gusto, “Shoving Connie around the field”.
They just loved our National Anthem.
Dog Night for building fund
Fethard GAA Club
Killusty Soccer Club
This produced the same result as our first meeting, only this time it was Old Bridge who equalised in the dying minutes. Killusty took the lead mid way in the first half with a well-taken goal from Brian Coen. Old Bridge levelled matters shortly after this when our offside trap didn't quiet work. We went in front again early in the second half, once more Brian Coen was the scorer, this time from a Thierry Henry type quick free kick which caught the defence napping.
We had a few chances to wrap up the game but we failed to make them count. Then with five minutes left Old Bridge scored from a corner. This point will be of more value to us than to Old Bridge who are still fighting for Premiership survival but with their never say die attitude they should do enough to stay up.
We must take this opportunity to congratulate Richie Power on his recent Cidona Sports Executive Award. Richie was a selector on the Ballymac team that Killusty played in our first official game, all of thirty-five years ago. We had many a battle with Ballymac down through the years and Richie was always part of their backroom staff. If ever an award was overdue this was it. He has spent a lifetime involved in soccer administration with both Ballymac and as treasurer of the TS&DL. Well done Richie we hope you had a wonderful night.
The Well Golf Society