Saturday 17 December 2005
Christmas Ceremonies in Fethard
Parish Church Christmas Eve mass takes place at 8pm and on Christmas Day at 8.30am and 11am
Killusty Church Christmas Eve mass at 9.30pm and on Christmas Day at 10am.
Annual Emigrants’ Newsletter
We would like to thank the efforts of Pat Holland and John Quinn, South Tipperary County Council, and the submissions made by Denis O’Brien, Foróige, Tom Hayes T.D. and our local councillors, who have, in no small way, helped our case.
The committee of Fethard & Killusty Community Council take this opportunity to thank all who supported us during the year and wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to Samantha’s parents, Bernard and Alice, and their family and relatives. Interment took place in Killusty on Wednesday 21st December.
The Caseys of Sneem
Modesty forbids us mentioning the name of the Fethard man who may have had an input in the erection of a statue to undefeated heavyweight wrestling champion of the world from 1938 to 1947, Steve Casey, in his native Sneem. Following a visit to Sneem, our Fethard friend wrote to the equivalent of the Sneem Parish Council that he found it strange that while there were monuments to General De Gaulle and Erskine Childers on Sneem village green, there was no statue to their famous native, Steve Casey.
He never received a reply to the letter but within a few years, lo and behold, a magnificent bronze replica of Steve Casey in his prime now stands in Sneem. Maybe it is only a coincident, but we would like to think, maybe not!
Science Quiz for students
Carol Singing for Central Remedial Clinic
Community Christmas Lotto
Kathy O'Brien, c/o Annie O'Brien, Main Street, Fethard.
The €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Special Christmas draw for Hams:
There will be no Lotto draw over the Christmas period and we take this opportunity to wish all our customers and supporters a very Happy Christmas!
Fethard Athletic Club News
Our Christmas quiz and party was held in the ballroom on Thursday night last with 27 teams taking part. Louis Rice’s team took the honours. Our athletes of the year were Eoin Healy and Aine Phelan who were presented with their trophies.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to the relatives of our late life-president, Dick Cummins, who passed away peacefully on Saturday 10th December. Dick was a wonderful supporter of the Athletic Club down through the years both financially and otherwise. His land at Brodeen was always at our disposal for cross-country races and when the Tricolour was raised and extended in the breeze at these races our President was a very happy man. Over a period of years we held county, Munster events on his land, including our first international race, Rás Mumhan, in 1979. Thanks for the wonderful memories Dick. In the journey of time they will not be forgotten and may the green sod rest lightly on your Soul.
“I have rambled as a man and boy on the Valley and the Green,
Parents’ Association Christmas Draw Results
1st Prize, Christmas Hamper: Corey Carroll, 7 Kilnockin View Fethard;
‘Goal Mile’ for Fethard on Christmas Day
All you have to do is make your way to Fethard Town Hall before 12.30, register with the officials (possible wearing Goal t-shirts over woolly jumpers), give your donation, any amount (no amount is too big or small). At the sound of the starting whistle set off and run or walk the mile that is a lap of the town, from Main Street to the Valley and back. Collect your certificate at the finish, then return home to continue your Christmas celebrations feeling good that you have contributed to the wider community in a small but meaningful way. Look forward to seeing you there, Happy Christmas!
With the White Heathers
Too many cooks, they say, spoil the broth and certainly too many foxes did not help hunting on Sunday. The fort just across the road from the meet held two brace. Here, we had no less than three foxes being holloaed away at the same time while the main body of the pack marked the fourth to ground in the fort. Drawing on across the road to O’Donnells, a small thicket held another brace and a half. Hounds were hunting very well on one of these when they came in contact with a very strong electric fence. Here some of the pack got really belted and afterwards just did not want to know.
The day concluded, however, on a much brighter note with a nice run from Magoury. This fox proved a bit of a roadrunner, running the Lismoylan road for a considerable distance.
Great to see out on Sunday, Michael Roche from Co. Cavan, and his brother Donal. The Roche family from Rathkenny have a very long association with the White Heathers, their grand-uncle, Micky Roche, being kennel huntsman when Senator Bill Quirke kept the pack at Ballinard Castle in the 1920s. Michael Roche keeps two and half couple of hounds for a trencher-fed pack in Coothill.
The meet on St. Stephen’s Day takes place in Drangan at 11am.
May we take this opportunity, on behalf of the White Heathers, to wish all hunting people, landowners, supporters and followers, a very happy Christmas and good hunting over the holiday period and for the rest of the season. Always remember:
There is only one cure for a malady sure,
That enriches the heart to the core.
It’s the sound of a horn on a fine hunting morn,
Sure what could a body ask more.
Your sorrows will soon fade away,
Your skies will be blue not grey,
The old become young and the week become strong,
If they all come out hunting today!
Killusty Soccer Club
A fox from Grangebeg ran to Milltown, crossed the Rathcanty road to the old railway line where he was lost. Friday in Mr Victor Quinlan’s Glen they had a short quick burst towards Sladagh where they lost him. A fox from the old railway line at Sladagh took them over the road through Drumdeel to the Fethard-Kilsheelan road at Kiltinan. Turning right-handed here he retraced his steps and ran back to where he was found. Pat found it very difficult to keep with hounds through Drumdeel and the pack unfortunately split here some five couple hunting up into Grove Wood. This concluded quite a busy day when the mounted field of 45 were constantly on the move.
The Tipps break with an over 100 year’s old tradition on St. Stephen’s Day when they meet at Ballingarry at 11am. The St. Stephen’s Day meet was traditionally held annually at Lismolin. With the closure of the pub at Lismolin, the committee felt it would take from the great atmosphere and craic of the St. Stephen’s Day meet, which included the ‘Wren Boys’, music and craic as well as the hunting.
They have decided to move the few miles up to Ballingarry where they look forward to meeting all their old friends and a good many new ones on St. Stephen’s Day.
Happy Christmas to our readers