Saturday 9th April 2005
These pilgrims weren’t very impressed when they returned from their vigil to meet another Fethard man who had no intention of making the trip, but on seeing that the town was deserted on the day of the papal visit to Limerick, he drove over to the event. As most people had already arrived at the venue by this time, the roads were deserted, so he drove straight into the racecourse and parked at a spot beside the papal helicopter just as it touched down. He got a better view of the Pope than thousands who had spent the night camping out.
Another man recalled leaving the Sunday night dance in the ballroom only to meet some friends who decided there and then to drive to see the Pope. He hopped into the car with them. A papal flag was acquired from a building in Golden en route. The group parked in one of the many fields that were transformed into car parks for the occasion and slept for a while. They awoke a few hours later and walked to the venue but as none of them had a coat between them, they began to feel the cold. Then deciding that they wouldn’t last the day, returned to the car and landed back in Fethard just as the Pope landed in Limerick.
The stories during the week enlightened one young man about an object that had been left on top of his family fridge for years. It was a strange piece of Papal memorabilia a periscope. A hawker had sold a cardboard periscope to one of his family, which he promised would allow a better view of the Pope. It was designed to enable the viewer to see over the heads of the crowd and get a better view of the proceedings. One pilgrim remembered looking through his periscope to see the Pope and being disappointed as he could only see the backs of the other periscopes that were raised in front of him. He fared a bit better later on when the Pope mobile passed a few feet from him enabling him to get a good look at Pope John Paul II. It was a special visit for those that travelled to see the Pope, and as the outpouring of stories at the time of his demise proves, it will linger forever in the minds of the people of Ireland.
Refurbishment Works at Woodvale Walk
The Well Golf Society
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
Fethard & Killusty Community Council was formed on the 13th January 1976 at a public meeting, representative of the entire community, to promote the social, cultural and educational welfare of the whole community regardless of class, creed or political persuasion.
King Family Information
I'm trying to find out about my great-grandmother and her family, who emigrated from Fethard to London/Essex in around 1899. The family were known by the name of King, but according to my late grandfather this had been anglicised from something sounding like "ray" (I was only a kid at the time and didn't ask how to spell it!). I don't know when - all I know is that they were using the surname of King in 1901 when they appear on the UK Census in Charlton, London.
My great-grandmother, Alice Mary King, was born in Fethard circa 1894. She was the daughter of John King (originally Sean "ray"), born in Fethard circa 1870, and Nora King, born circa 1873. She had a brother John, born Fethard circa 1896; a sister Kathleen (later Sister Gabrielle at Poor Clares Convent, Loughton, Essex), born Fethard circa 1898; and Nora who was born in 1900 in Kent, England. Any information would be most gratefully received. Perhaps there are even some relatives in Fethard!
Table Quiz on Thursday Night
A number of local horse trainers use the woods to exercise their animals each day. Most use the main track to the top and back. The problem was that nobody was sure if anybody else was already on the track, so the possibility of running in to a galloping horse or two coming the other way, was a worrying factor.
Necessity, they say, is the master of invention, so a system was devised to warn people entering the woods of others on the route. It is so simple it is brilliant. Each rider places a rock at a designated place near the entrance gate to the woods to warn others that the track is in use, and then removes it on the way out. No computers, no rocket science, no traffic lights. Just a simple rock.
Pedestrians in the woods don’t have to worry about the congestion on the main track as there is a number of smaller tracks through the forestry and the older parts of the woods to exercise both human and animal. There is no traffic to contend with on these lesser paths except the occasional pheasant or pigeon. Oh . . . and, of course, the very occasional person trying to shoot them for the dinner. Talk loudly to yourself if you suspect that a hunter is in the area. Better he think you insane than he fill your rear end with lead.
That aside, the spring colours are amazing and the Robbers Den is the most beautiful part of the woods at any time of the year. Best of all…it’s free. Just check the traffic report on the way in. Not yet available online.
Fethard are drawn against Cahir in the first round of the community games event. We were due to play Moyle Rovers last weekend but this game had to be held over until we have a full panel. We are also due to play Templemore in the near future. So we ask any under/12 players to please come along on Mondays to the Community Sportsfield at 6.30pm or to the GAA Park on Saturdays at 2pm.
Junior training commenced last Monday in the Community Sportsfield at 7.30pm. The first fixture for the junior matches commence on Sunday 1st May. Full details of draw will be given in the Fethard Notes next week. All fees due must be paid by Monday, 18th April, Juniors €37 and juveniles €27.
Fethard Community Sportsfield
Community Education Flying it in Fethard (Photo ‘Womans Group’)
The venue is the Abymill which lends a beautiful atmosphere for their gatherings on Monday morning and Monday evening. Many of the group’s programmes have been supported and facilitated by Veronica Crowe, South Tipperary VEC Clonmel. Recently the women completed an eight-week computer programme, well done to one and all. For more information about this group contact Veronica at Tel: 052-26269
Fethard too has acquired some new graffiti in the past week. This graffiti doesn’t try to spread the message of the Pope or anybody else for that matter. It’s just plain mindless vandalism. The offending graffiti was written on the Millennium Bridge’ by the Town Wall. The perpetrators, according to the names and nicknames scrawled on the bridge, include Adam, Alan, Bladder, Colin B, Tommy, Gavin, Adrian, TOD, DT, Buddy and Damien. Thanks for defacing our town lads!
Juvenile GAA Club
Our under/14 championship starts on Thursday 21st April and are now well in to preparation for same. Training will continue on Wednesdays at 6.45pm and Sundays at 5.45pm.
The under/16s lost by six points to Cahir in their championship game. Training takes place on Fridays at 6.15pm. The next game is away to Mullinahone on the Monday 18th April.
Hurling championship will commence in June and July. Hurling training for under/12s takes place on Tuesday at 6.30pm in the Community Field. Training for under/14s and 16s in the GAA Field at 6.15pm.
All membership fees are now overdue and need to be paid as soon as possible. New players are more than welcome. Anybody needing further information can contact Tel: 086 1713502.
Finally, congratulations to the Fethard Rugby Club on their recent success in Clonmel and to Killusty Soccer Club on reaching the Tipperary Cup Final.
Lost and Found in New York
LOST: Box containing Irish bagpipe, southbound, 8th Av. Subway, 42d St., Saturday afternoon; reward. Meagher, 1,977 Morris Av., Bronx.
Mr. Barry O’Neill (writing to the “Uilleann Obsession”) goes on to say, that the fellow's name was Patrick Meagher and he was also a warpiper. He was from Fethard, Co. Tipperary. He lived from 1872-1967, and worked as a printer. He had been in the union since he was 18 and at the time of his death (or rather just before that) claimed to hold the record for longest time in a union. When he came to NYC he learned Hebrew characters will enough to get a job on the Yiddish paper, he claimed, but when he applied for membership in the Jewish Typographical Union, they rejected him because he signed his name in Irish. He worked for the NYT as a printer then left to found the Gaelic Voice." Thanks Barry for this great snippet of history.
Fethard Bridge Club
1st Gross: Brigid Gorey and Betty Walsh
2nd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane
1st Nett: Mary and Pattie Tobin
2nd Nett: Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke
On Wednesday next 20th April, we play the third round of the ‘Player of the Year’ with a change of partner. The following week will be the fourth and final week of the competition. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien Tel: 052 31862.
Fethard GAA Club
This weeks Community Sports Lotto Jackpot of €1,500 was not won. The numbers drawn in The Castle were 2, 10, 15 and 24. We had two match three winners of €75 each: John Walsh (c/o Cambells Soup, Thurles) and Robert O’Riordan (Cloran, Cloneen). The €50 Lucky dip winner was Willie McGarry (10 Woodvale Walk).
Parents’ Association Table Quiz
History of Farmers’ Associations
The author of the book is Willie Hayes who is a
This book was a winner of
Great Racehorses Recalled
The 1958 Gold Cup was one of the many successes of the great national hunt mare ‘Kerstin’ bred by the late Con Burke, Watergate. ‘Locroe’ bred by Brian O’Donnell; ‘Linwell’ bred by Jimmy Delaney, Redcity; and the great ‘Cool Customer’ bred by John Burke, Garrankyle, are some others that come to mind. Pride of place goes to ‘Royal Tan’ and ‘Teal’ both bred by Carrolls of Milltown.
Is it time to stand up and be counted?
Austin O’Flynn who has done so much for the Abymill was completely shattered and upset on discovering the damage on Monday morning. What can one say? For once we are lost for wards.
Over the past week there were many other incidents of vandalism reported; damage to an occupied house at Barrack Street; break-in at Jimmy O’Shea’s yard; grids on the Town Wall Lights damaged and thrown into river; and graffiti on the Millennium Bridge. It is very unlikely that all these happened without someone witnessing some of the events. The local Garda are forever appealing for witnesses or information to apprehend these criminals. Now is the time to stand up and help the Garda instead of criticising them. If we want to keep crime at bay in the area, a much higher level of local cooperation is needed in helping Gardai with their work. It is essential that all suspicious activities are noted and reported. We should also keep a closer look on our neighbours property and record unusual activities. All information can be passed on confidentially to members of the local Garda or to the Garda Confidential Freephone: 1800 666 111.
This is not the Stile!
We do not know, but ‘City Hall’ has decided and as they say in the USA, “You can’t fight City Hall!”