Saturday 14th April 2007
Community Council Delegation to Minister
The delegation of Jimmy Connolly, Ger Manton and Liam Hayes made a very strong case for the project and were well pleased with the reception received from the minister and his officials. The Minister has received over eighty proposals and only has funds to finance approximately 8 to 10 applications but we are happy that Fethard will receive due consideration. Decisions will be made by early May.
The most poignant part of the meeting was when Jimmy Connolly was presented with a memorial card of the Minister’s father, Charles Haughey, and it was obvious that whatever our views of the former Taoiseach may be, this Junior Minister loved his dad.
The Well Golf Society
Social Dancing in Fethard
Dancing this coming Sunday, 15th April, to the great sounds of Tommy Carroll. Do come along for a great nights social dancing.
Country Markets AGM
Fethard was the first Country Market formed in Ireland and this year celebrate their 60th year. The Country Market was started in a time of great need for produce to be made available and sold to the general public. Eggs were plentiful, but the farmers' wives had no way of disposing of them on a weekly basis. Olivia Hughes got together a few very enterprising people to start a market in Fethard, and from this Country Markets was born, and now it has spread throughout the whole country.
South Tipperary IWA
On Sunday 11th March, members from South Tipperary, Limerick and Kilkenny got together in the hall in Cloneen and enjoyed an afternoon of good food and music. There was a raffle held with numerous prizes, all sponsored. There is also a very active Youth Group. We get together in Clonmel the first Thursday of each month. So far this year we have held two successful table quizzes in Clonmel and Cloneen. We wish to thank everyone who supported us.
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Under-16s were at home to Killenaule on Monday of last week and with no official referee it turned out to be a great challenge match for the lads. There is definitely room for improvement with these lads and we wish them well for their next round.
The Juvenile Club would like to thank all those parents who brought their children into Clonmel to participate and represent the Juvenile Club in the parade on Easter Monday.
A reminder to those members who have not paid their Membership fees, these fees are now well overdue and every effort is needed to pay up as the season is well underway €15 per child. Any queries please phone club secretary, Caroline Sheehan at Tel: 086 1713502.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Phil Tobin, 16, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard;
The three €50 lucky dips were:
A. Keeley, c/o Butlers Bar, Fethard;
Next week’s Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
Fethard Bridge Club
1st Gross: Tony Hanrahan and David O’Meara;
1st Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney;
On Wednesday next, 18th April, we play the second round of the Club Championship. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 32038.
Fethard GAA Club News
On Easter Monday we had a very good senior challenge game against Ballylanders with the result, Fethard 0-14, Ballylanders 0-12. The team: Paul Fitzgerald, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Ahearne, Shane Walsh, Damien Byrne, Aiden Lonergan, Glen Burke, John P Looby, Jamie McCormack, Karl Maher, Aiden Fitzgerald, Chris Sheehan, Conor McCarthy, Brian Coen, Kenneth O’Donnell. Subs used were: Benny Hahessy, Ian Kenrick, Shane Aylward, Nicky Murphy, Tommy Gahan and Kevin O’Donnell. With the county championship only four weeks away it was a well worth outing and we also expect a few more players to be back in the frame by the next few weeks
Intermediate Hurling County League continues this week when on Sunday 15th April we are home to Galtee Rovers at 12pm
The Minor B Football Championship starts this weekend when on Friday 13th April we are in Ned Hall Park at 7pm against Cahir. We play another round the following Friday, 20th April, against Ballingarry in Cloneen.
Thanks to all who turned out on Easter Monday to the South Board Centenary Parade through the streets of Clonmel it was a great occasion and a great success with the Fethard Banner to the fore even though our numbers were down on previous parades. Well played to our county under-21 footballers in the Munster final, losing on a scoreline, Cork 3-19, Tipperary 3-12. This must be a record score in a Munster Final. Even though we had no representative this year on the team, we have Chris Sheehan on the minor football panel out during the week.
Last weeks Lotto Jackpot €4,300 was not won and we had no match three winner. The numbers drawn were: 4, 7, 20 and 27. Each of the following won €30: Nancy Ryan (Tullamaine), M Looby (39 Fairfields, Clonmel), Marian O’Connor (44 St Patricks Place), Sean Moloney (Red City), Judy Doyle (10 Strylea), with the €50 Lucky Dip going to Margaret Dorney (Woodvale Walk).
The numbers drawn this week were 16, 19, 20 and 28. The €4,400 jackpot was not won and we had one match three winner of €150 to Tamara Doyle (Woodvale Walk). The €50 Lucky Dip going to Ann O’Mahony (Clonmel).
Lecture on Heraldry
The whole concept of heraldry arose in Western Europe in the 12th century as a method of identifying knights who, when wearing full armour and helmet, were hard to recognise. So knights began to use special designs and colours on their surcoats and shields and some of these designs became part of special family emblems that have carried on down to the present day.
The use of ‘coats of arms’ was expanding greatly at the time the Normans came to the Fethard area the end of the 12th century. So it is no wonder that examples can be found, especially in Holy Trinity Church, which was built at that time.
Heraldry is a fascinating topic and the local angle makes it even more interesting. The lecture will begin at 8.30pm, entrance fee is €3 and all are welcome to attend.
St. Vincent de Paul
Seoige, O’Shea and the Fethard Spirits
The crew interviewed family members and then sent their paranormal detectives, one psychic and one mystic to do their stuff, to see if those who were gone to the other side were lurking around. And by their reckoning, the ghosts still are hovering about the place. The results of their efforts can be seen on the “Seoige and O’Shea” show on RTE One at 4.30pm on Friday 20th April.
Good Luck Gary
Here’s hoping that young Gary Bradshaw, who competes this week in the All-Ireland Juvenile Boxing Championships, will bring a winners trophy to his native town. Fighting out of Clonmel Boxing Club, Gary, already an outstanding Judo exponent has won Tipperary County and Munster Provincial boxing titles in his 31kg class. We can recall just one All-Ireland Championship success by a Fethard boxer the late Louis O’Donnell, The Square, won an Irish senior heavyweight championship in 1939.
Here’s wishing Fethard’s young fighter the very best of luck in his quest for national honours. His parents wish to express their appreciation and thanks for support and sponsorship.
National Spring Clean of Fethard Walking Route
If anyone or group of people are interested in organising a ‘clean up’ of other roads or areas around Fethard, two ‘litter pickers’, lightweight portable bins, gloves and An Taisce Information Pack can be borrowed by contacting 086 2603264.
Fethard & District Rugby Club;
The second half started with considerable Waterpark pressure but the defensive tackling of all the Fethard players was superb. Having regained the front foot Fethard’s forwards with some assistance from our excellent backs, rucked and mauled their way across the line with ‘Captain Fantastic’ getting his second try. Shane Kavanagh again converted. Other players to surpass on the night were Matt Fitzgerald, Kevin Hayes and Stewart Broderick. Waterpark scored a soft try with ten minutes remaining to leave the score at 21-5.
Fethard face Clonmel in the final and can approach this game with some confidence. The team conceded seven penalties against Waterpark and will need to be far more disciplined to be successful over Clonmel. The game is provisionally set for next Thursday night.
I have just been looking at your website on about Fethard. I am a distant relative of Arthur Goodbody and I wonder if you have any information about his role or position in the society of Fethard? I live in France and find it difficult to travel due to bad health so I would be grateful if you could maybe point me in the right direction for finding out more about my origins. Thanking you in advance, Hervé Cuquemel, La Ville Ger, 22690 Pleudihen sur Rance, France.
Perry Family Information
I have been researching my Perry ancestors who had lived in and around Clonmel for several centuries and just recently found a connected line that appears to have lived in or at least worshipped in Fethard. I have a list of marriages and baptisms from Old St. Mary's Church in Clonmel. I am not sure what resources or information you have at the Historical Society but if you have any information on the Perry family I would love to hear from you. I have many more details and names of these Perrys which I can pass on if needed.
I am also curious if there is any place where pre-1800 Presbyterian records for the area might be kept. The Perrys were apparently Presbyterian until the late 1700s and intermarried with the Riall, Jacob & Minchin families that also were in or near Fethard at that time. Thank you very much, Karen Bell.