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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 16th April 2005


Fethard Girl Guides
Fethard Girl Guides are presently very busy working in their unit.  We have a lot of new girls joining both our Brownie and Ladybird groups and we will need another leader or two if the numbers keep increasing at this rate.

In February our members attended and participated in the ‘Thinking Day’ ceremony held in Cashel. On Saturday 2nd April, eight of our brownies and four leaders travelled to Dundrum Scout Centre for a ‘Fun Day’ with other groups. This event consisted of orienteering, Easter Egg Treasure Hunt, plus the highlight of the day — Fun Olympics — in which the adults also took part, with poor results and some creaking bones!  The weather was absolutely brilliant which added greatly to the day’s enjoyment.

Congratulations to Kayleigh Higgins, Annie Prout, Larissa Clancy and Laura Ryan who have been promoted from Ladybirds to Brownies. Hopefully for the next few Tuesday nights we will be able to pursue some outdoor activities.  This week our Brownie Leader, Catherine O’Donnell, brought us on a town walk as part of Badge Week.

If any of our ex-Brownies or Ladybirds have uniforms they no longer require, we would be glad to pass them on to the new girls.  Please bring same to the Ballroom on any Tuesday night from 7pm to 8pm, or contact any of our leaders.

Our Church Gate Collection will take place in May and your support would be appreciated.

The Well Golf Society
Last Sundays outing to Tipperary had to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, but never fear, we hope to rearrange a trip to Tipp later on in the year. Our next outing takes place on Sunday 8th May to Ballykisteen Golf and Country Club.

Historical Society AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Fethard Historical Society will take place next Tuesday, 26th April, in the Abymill Theatre at 8.30pm.  Following the AGM at 9.30pm, Marie Crean, local craft worker in Rush work and Lumra, will talk and give a demonstration on these ancient crafts. Marie is recognised nationally as one of the finest workers in her field.  The Crafts Council of Ireland have recently selected her work to be exhibited in various Country Life Museums in four different European countries

All interested are very welcome, both to the AGM and to Marie’s talk.  Refreshments will be served afterwards allowing time for talk and socialising.

Keep Your Eyes Wide Open
As a follow up to our article on asking people to keep their eyes open for vandalism in our town, we have been reliably informed that four or more 13-year-olds wearing hoodies have been seen wandering around the town late at night, or should we say, in the early hours of the morning.  We again ask people to be alert to such activities and report anything suspicious behaviour to the Gardai.  This week we have received reports of hanging baskets being removed and more windows being broken.  Some of the responsibility has to fall on parents, especially if they are aware of their young children  wandering the streets at 1.30am in the morning.  For those of us who have enough of this mindless vandalism, please keep your eyes open and report any suspicious activity, especially if you witness any vandalism, to the Garda or to the Garda Confidential Freephone: 1800 666 111.

King Family Information
The following message was received from Tony Jacobs (email: vickyandtonyjacobs@yahoo.co.uk) from England.

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!

Fethard Bridge Club
It is with a deep sense of sadness that we note the death this week of one of our members, Margaret Hackett.  Margaret was a long-time member of both Fethard Bridge club and the Comeragh Bridge club in Clonmel.  Although her illness prevented her from playing as much as she would have liked in recent years, she continued to support the club and played whenever her health permitted.  As a partner and an opponent, she was always courteous and encouraging - especially to beginners, and her unfailing good humour and courage were an inspiration to all.

We played the second round of Player of the Year on Wednesday 13th April and the results were:

1st Gross: Anna Cooke and Frances Burke

2nd Gross: Kay St. John and Alice Quinn

1st Nett: Breda Walsh and Nora Lawrence

2ndNett: Margaret Mary McCormack and Nora Lawrence

On Wednesday next 27th April, we play the fourth and final round of the Player of the Year.  Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien Tel: 052 31862.

Lost and Found in New York
The following piece of information was brought to our attention from the first item in the ‘Lost and Found Column’ published in the New York Times (page 34) on Aug 26. 1935.

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 war piper. 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 GAA Club
The club was shocked last weekend when the news filtered through that Margaret Hackett (nee Hogan) after a long illness passed to her eternal reward.  Margaret’s legacy as secretary and officer of the juvenile club over almost 20 years was much appreciated. Her trojan work during these difficult years in the development of the Cub during the late 1970s will be fondly remembered by all especially for her commitment to the Juveniles. Her seven sons all played in those years with the Fethard club.  To her husband Seamus, sons, daughter and extended family, we offer our deepest sympathy and condolence at this time. Go Ndeanai Dhia Trocaire Orthu.
We would also like to offer our condolences to Tom Wall (Faugheen/Swans) and family on their recent loss. Go Ndeanai Dhia Trocaire ar an Ainmeanachta.
We had no action on the playing field last weekend with the Minor B football game against Mullinahone postponed to Wednesday 20th April in Cloneen.
We would like to ask you for your support in the County Board Draw. Promoters will be on the road this week with all existing draw members now having received there renewal form over the last week.  Please forward ticket to any promoter or officer.  The annual subscription is €100 for the 2005/06 draw with the first draw taking place on Friday 6th May 2005.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €1,600 was not won.  The draw was made in The Well bar and the numbers drawn were 1, 10, 11 and 19.  We had no match three winners so five Lucky Dips were made with €30 going to: Ger Manton (Main Street), Jim Williams (Killusty), Sharon O’Meara (8 Cedar Grove), Robert O’Riordan (Cloran), and Margaret Fitzgerald (Monroe).  The €50 Lucky Dip prize went to Mike Burke (Cahir Rd).

Juvenile GAA Club
Under 6s, 8s and10s will train again on Saturday 23rd April at 3pm/4pm. We had a good turnout last week.  There will be three games played in Fethard Community Field on Tuesday 26th April and for these boys the opponents will be Clonmel Commercials.  It promises to be a great night’s entertainment and all are welcome.

Our under/11 hurlers played their first game against Powerstown in the Community Games and it was a thriller with Fethard winning by 1 point, thanks to a brilliant goal by Jodey Sheehan in the final minutes.  There was also some great displays by Dillon Fitzgerald, Cathal Hurley, Garry Bradshaw, Donal Walsh, Kyle Walsh and Brian Healy.  They will now play Clerihan in the next round. Date to be arranged.

Our under12s got their championship of to a great start when they beat Moyle Rovers in Moyle Park last week.  The lads played well and will now play Cahir on Friday 22nd April in Fethard at 6.45pm.  All players to be at the field by 6.15pm.

The under14s will start their championship on this Thursday 21st April against Kilsheelan in Fethard at 6.45pm.  All players to be at field by 7pm.

The under 16s had no game last week and their next game is at home to Kilsheelan on Monday 25th April at 7pm.  All players to be at field at 6.30pm.

Finally it is with great regret that we learned of the death of one of our founder members, Margaret Hackett, last weekend.  When our juvenile club set out on its own back in 1978, Margaret was one of three treasurers on the first committee.  The following year she took up the position of secretary, which she held for many years.  She was an outstanding person who had many great attributes and thankfully many of us had the pleasure of knowing her and realise what she has done for this club.

The Fethard Juvenile Club would like to offer our deepest sympathy to Seamus, her husband, John, Catherina, Diarmuid,, Colm, Luke, Kenny, Paul and all her relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

Community Games
Well done to our under 14 juvenile quiz team consisting of Adam Lyons, Sam Manton, Jerome Ahearn and Kevin Hayes, who finished a very respectable fourth in the Community Games County Finals which took place in Thurles last week.  These lads answered a total of 88 questions out of a hundred.  This high level of answering is normally good enough to win a quiz but Lorrha area, who specialise in this event, were outright winners with an exceptional score of 99 pts. Lorrha’s B team came second with 91 points, Clerihan 3rd on 90 and Fethard fourth on 88.  Ten teams took part and this was a very closely contested and entertaining event.  Thanks to Joan Hayes for managing the team and providing transport.
The county finals of under/11 rugby and under/14 tag rugby will be held in Fethard Community Sportsfield this Friday evening commencing at 6.30pm.  Fethard are drawn against Ballingarry in the under-11 event.  Other teams involved are Powerstown v Annacarty and Nenagh v Newport.

The tag rugby final is between Cahir and Newport.  Coordinator is Sean Devaney. Fethard are also involved in the finals of the boys Indoor Soccer.

The county swimming finals are in Nenagh on Saturday 30th April 2 pm.  Last year Philip Maher, who won the county final was our only competitor, this year we have two, Aobh O’Shea and Kevin Hayes. Good luck to all.

Well done to our under- 11 hurling team who defeated Powerstown Lisronagh last week. Our under-10 mixed football and under-12 girls football teams both withdrew.

Fethard & Killusty Area wish to express sincere sympathy to Bernard and Alice Feery and family, Killusty, on the recent death of Alice's grandmother, Mrs Kathleen Kinghorn, Cashel.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Friday 15th April of Mrs Margaret Hackett, Strylea, Fethard. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery following Requiem Mass in the Parish Church on Tuesday 19th April.

Badgers back in the outdoors
Last Wednesday night 13th April saw the Badgers over-30s soccer return to the Community Field from their winter hibernation in Monroe.  Some were worried that the changeover from the indoor venue would affect numbers, especially as there seemed to be a substantial increase on turnout since moving to Monroe.  These fears were laid to rest on Wednesday night with a good five aside — a cold night when the temptation to stay home and watch Liverpool on television would have been a much easier option.  As it happened, the gods were smiling on us it seems, as the heavy rain cleared leaving the ground soft (E R take note).

A special thanks to Coolmore for loaning us their temporary goal posts, also to Kevin Ryan for supplying a net for one goal — anyone with nets beware, he is on the look out for a second.  The new floodlights were only needed in the second half of the game and were fantastic to play under.  Though one team did seem to find them a disadvantage! Any excuse.

To all members and potential members who have thought about and talked about getting out on the field of play once again, now is the hour, join us next Wednesday night at 8pm in the Fethard Community field on the Killenaule Road.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The numbers on Tuesday 12th April were: 9, 18, 23 and 31. There was no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75 each:

Mark Ryan, c/o Slievenamon Golf Club

N. Stokes, Fethard

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Michael Leahy, 3 Cedars Grove, Fethard

Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard

Eva Purcell, Jossestown, Fethard.

Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

Fethard & Killusty Anglers
Fethard & Killusty Anglers will hold their first competition of the season at 11am on Sunday 24th April at Thorney Bridge for the ‘John Sayers Cup’, ‘Tom O’Shea Cup’, ‘Jack O’Donnell Cup’ and the ‘Eddie O’Neill Cup’. For further details about joining or competitions, contact Tom Fogarty Tel: 052 54675 or Mattie Fleming Tel: 052 52369.

Free Collection of ‘White Goods’ for Council Residents
Residents living in County Council housing at Fr. Tirry Park, Canon Hayes Park, Kilnockin View, Woodvale Walk and Barrack Street will have the opportunity of having unwanted fridges, freezers, microwaves ovens, ovens, washing machines, spin dryers, tumble dryers and other white goods collected from their front gate. It does NOT include TV's or other electrical goods, nor will any other bulky materials (e.g. furniture, mattresses) be accepted and if any of these are deposited they will, not be collected and will subsequently be treated as illegal dumping.

White goods will need to be left at your front gate to be collected by 9am on Wednesday 20th April. We will not guarantee the collection of any white goods left at a later time.

Fethard & Killusty Day Centre
The results of our Easter Draw are as follows: (1st Prize) Painting – James Needham, Friarsgrange; (2nd) Rug – Rosemary Ponsonby, Grove; (3rd) Rug – Tess Lawrence, Fr. Tirry Park; (4th) Rug – Philomena Morrissey, St. Patrick's Place; (5th) Whiskey –  Marie Allen, St., Patrick's Place; (6th) Teddy – Gerry Aherne, Prospect; (7th) Crystal Bowl – Rita Doyle, Woodvale Walk; (8th) Peach Schnapps – Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle; (9th) Chocolates  – Rebecca McGarry, Barrack Street; (10th) Satin Bag – Margaret Clancy, St. Patrick's Place; (11th) Wine – Pat Fitzgerald, Fr. Tirry Park; (12th) Chocolates – Mary Danaher, Cedars Grove, Strylea; (13th) Cushions – Laura Needham, Slievenamon Close; (14th) Chocolates – Thomas Walsh, Killenaule; (15th) Photo Frames – Joan O'Halloran, Drangan; (16th) Print – Seamus Healy, Clonmel; (17th) Hair Dryer – Philomena Morrissey, St. Patrick's Place; (18th) Print – Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle; (19th) Chocolates – Michael McCormack, Killenaule; (20th) ClickArt – Kieran Duggan, Kiltinan; (21st) Biscuits – Janet Byrne, Killenaule; (22nd) Chocolates – Margaret Coady, The Valley; (23rd) Wine – Elle Ryder, Drangan; and (24th) Wine – Anne Marie Kehoe, Lisronagh.

Thanks to all who supported this very successful raffle and donated prizes.  Congratulations to all the winners!

Fethard ICA Guild
Fethard ICA Guild came out tops at the recent Art, Crafts & Produce Day which was held in Halla na Feile, Cashel.  We won the Helen O’Connell Memorial Cup in the crafts section and awarded the Anne O’Connor Cup for best overall entry.  We would like to compliment South Tipperary Federation for organising this competition and for all the hard work involved; and also to Dualla/Cashel Guild for the very welcome cup of tea and pastries.  It was great to see so many guilds taking part with such wonderful work on display.  Fethard also took part in the entertainment section on the night, which was very enjoyable with many a good laugh.

Please note our annual general meeting will be held in the ICA Hall on Tuesday 10th May.

Community Support for Older People
If you are elderly and live in the Fethard or surrounding areas — Cloneen, Moyglass, Killusty etc — you can avail of advice and funding to install essential safety and security devices in your home.  If you need further information please contact the Community Office at the Fr. Tirry Community Centre in Fethard Tel: 052 31000 or any member of the Moyglass Community Alert Group or the Killusty Community Alert Group.

Under the 2005 Scheme of Community Support for Older People applications are now invited from Community and Voluntary Groups for funding. The scheme aims to improve the security and social support of vulnerable older people by providing grants for: window locks, door locks and door chains designed to strengthen points of entry; smoke alarms; security lighting; and the once-off cost of installing socially monitored alarm systems. The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on 24th May 2005.

Abbey Jubilee 700 Celebrations
The Fethard Augustinian Abbey celebrations to mark 700 years of Augustinian presence in Fethard continue in this Friday 22nd April with a five-day Festival of Prayer at the Augustinian Abbey in honour of Our Lady of Good Council.

Friday 22nd April — ‘Reconciliation’ at 7.30pm.

Saturday 23rd April — ‘The Family’ at 7.30pm.

Sunday 24th April — ‘Conversion of St. Augustine’ at 7.30pm.

Monday 25th April — ‘God’s Love’ at 10pm.

Tuesday 36th April — ‘Mother of Good Council’ at 7.30pm.

All are welcome and invited to attend.

Liam Lawton plays to full house
On Friday night last a packed Augustinian Abbey enjoyed the melodic liturgical music performance of Liam Lawton with his special guest on the night, Roisín O’Reilly.  Liam Lawton is Ireland’s leading composer of contemporary church music and has been composing music in the Celtic idiom for the past five years.  Two of his collections have been used for two major television broadcasts shown throughout Europe. In his work Liam has given life to the great and beautiful history of Ireland, using the ancient prayers and traditions as the main source of his texts.  Fr. Lawton is a priest of the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, and is currently on the staff of Saint Patrick's College, Carlow.

The concert was held as part of the Fethard Augustinian Abbey 700 Celebrations taking part this year.

Planet Phone
Not so many years ago, making a phone call was an arduous task. All calls had to go through the local Post Office, which gave rise to the popular saying, “this is between you, me, and the operator”, as the operator could listen in to any conversation. A person bidding someone goodnight at the other end of the phone line could get two replies if the operator got too engrossed in the conversation.

Jump forward thirty-years to 2005 and nearly every man, woman and child has got a mobile phone of some kind.  Travelling hand-in-hand with this revolution are the many people trying to make money out of it.  Standing in a queue in the bank the other day, the adverts came on the television trying to sell ring tones. Very irritating ones at that.  For a fee, you could have a singing chicken, a frog on a motorbike, a dragon or even a ‘body sound’ as your ring tone. Yes, that’s right, somebody was trying to sell a ‘body sound’ as a ring tone, and you can guess from what end.

The man beside me in the queue turned and laughed at the ads. “They’ll try and sell anything these days”. He then told a story about his wife who went to a Joe Dolan concert recently where one enterprising young woman had set up a stall selling knickers to throw at the performer for €2.50 a pop. Life, they say, is often stranger than fiction. 

(N Gawe)



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