Saturday 19th January 2008
Irish Walled Towns Book Launched
Fethard is very favourably treated in the book and the cover of the book features Fethard’s Town Wall. The book is now available locally and is highly recommended.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
Wednesday found Earlshill covered with snow. Hunting on foot Derry found near the old Coalmine. Scent was very patchy. Hounds, however, stuck well to their task and had a good forty minutes if somewhat rather slow. The torrential rain brought this hut and the day to an early conclusion. At Mullinahone on Thursday hounds hunted exceptionally well in Finnane Wood. Despite their best efforts however Charlie could not be persuaded to leave covert, two short circles out over the Drangan Road to the Graveyard and back was the best that could be achieved. Poor scent was the order of the day from Ballingarry on Saturday. A fox from Ryans was hunted down towards the plantation on the Crohane side and lost. Foxes proved hard to find afterwards. Grawncole, usually a certain find, was blank. Hounds eventually found on the hill over the road. Running down towards the Commons hounds ran left-handed to the Ballynonty road which they crossed. Finding it difficult to hold the line they checked where Derry called a halt in quickly failing light at 4pm.
With the White Heathers
Fethard Boy Scouts
Fethard Bridge Club Results
1st Gross: Nell Broderick and David O’Meara;
1st Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke;
Anyone looking for a partner please contact Berney Myles at 32038.
Patrician Memorabilia Required
All items will be credited, if wished, and returned safely to you after the celebration. Please contact the school or Pat Looby, art teacher, if you have something you wish to be displayed.
Noticed in Passing
Perhaps the best sign of all was one of our temporary residence dwellers was noticed outdoors on 24th December having his morning wash and shave minus his shirt. The above, especially the nature signs, would seem to indicate seasonal weather changes. Global warming may be on the way but with the weather we’ve had since 1st January, perhaps not just yet!
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Archaeology in South Tipperary
South Tipperary County Museum in association with its current exhibition ‘Earthen Banks and Broken Walls’ will host a one-day seminar on current, recent and ongoing Archaeological projects in South Tipperary. The Seminar will be held on Saturday 19th January 2008 in the Clonmel Park Hotel, Poppyfields, Clonmel. The day commences at 10am with registration. All are welcome and admission is free.
Presentations will include the N8 Cashel - Michelstown Development, The Archaeological Inventory of South Tipperary, The Fethard Town Walls Conservation Plan, The Architectural Inventory of South Tipperary and the sources available in the Local Studies Section of the Tipperary Library.
The full day’s program is as follows: 10am, Registration & Welcome; 10.15am, Jean Farrelly - The Archaeological Inventory of South Tipperary; 10.45am, Joanne Hughes - Cashel Bypass Excavations; 11.15am, Coffee; 11.30am, Margaret Gowen - N8 Cashel-Mitchelstown Excavations; 12 noon, Richard O’Brien - Overview NRA Road Projects; 12.30pm, Question & Answer Session; 1-2pm, Lunch (at attendees own expense); 2pm, Barry O’Reilly - The Architectural Inventory of South Tipperary; 2.30pm, Mary Guinan Darmody - The Local Studies Section of Tipperary County Library; 3.00pm, Julian Munby - Fethard Town Walls Conservation Plan; 3.30pm, Coffee; 4.00pm, Question and Answer Session; 4.30pm, Close.
To register your attendance or for further information please contact: Julia Walsh, Documentation/ A Education Officer, South Tipperary County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel. Tel: 052 34562, Email: email@example.com
Leanness Programme Presentation
Patrician Bi-centenary celebrates Fethard’s educational heritage
On Wednesday, 30th January, the Patrician Presentation Secondary School will host a ceremony to celebrate the Bi-centenary of the Patrician Brothers 1808- 2008.
The Patrician Order was founded on 2nd February, 1808 by Daniel Delaney in Tullow, Co. Carlow. Then, in 1873, three Patrician Brothers: Br. Augustine Holton, Br. Vincent Riordan and Br. Arsenious Fitzpatrick established a monastery in Fethard on the site of the old Presentation laundry. Thus for one hundred and twenty years the Patrician Brothers together with the Presentation Sisters provided education for the people of Fethard and made an enormous contribution to the cultural formation of the town.
The people of Fethard and the surrounding areas are cordially invited to join in the Patrician celebrations on Wednesday, 30th January. The celebrations will begin with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Patrician plot in the grounds of the Holy Trinity Parish Church followed by a concelebrated Mass at 11am in the adjoining church. Afterwards at 12.30pm you are welcome to partake of light refreshments in the Secondary School.
Open Night at Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Bro Paul’s update from Eldoret
There is a lot of political posturing but practically all from a hard line position. From what I can see, nobody sees the way out of the morass into which we were plunged on the last day of the year. As of now, there is relative calm prevailing around the country but it is an uneasy calm. Very tense.
The opposition have threatened mass action next week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, if the impasse is not broken amicably. The Police Commissioner has declared any mass rallies to be illegal. And every sane person is appealing to them to cancel these marches etc. One doesn't have to be a political analyst to see that this scenario is a recipe for another bout of mayhem and all it entails. Fortunately, Kofi Annan will be here on Tuesday to try his hand at sorting out the mess but he may be too late!
Apart from all that, all the Brothers here, including myself, are safe and well and trying to cope with the aftermath of the wave of destruction of life and limb. We are hoping to open schools on Monday and our main concern is that we may have quite a few absentees . . . children who have been taken away for their safety. That will apply to both our schools in Eldoret, Bishop Delany School and our Primary School here in Kabongo. In some cases, even teachers may not return to their duties.
In the meantime we are distributing relief food to up to 300 people at Kabongo and wondering if we will be able to restart our feeding program for the children from next Monday. These are some of the things that are pressurizing us here . . . just the uncertainty of it all, really.
In Eldoret Town, there are still hundreds massed at the Cathedral grounds and the local showgrounds are pretty well packed with makeshift tents, teeming with hungry children and parents who are desperate. I visited the Cathedral today and it is remarkable how resilient the refugees are in spite of what has happened to their lives. Meanwhile, there are many in our local hospitals recovering from broken limbs and burns.
But, it has been my own constant position that we must put our trust in the future of Kenya and carry on as best we can. After the dust has settled, there will be a long period of reconciliation needed and we have already embarked on that path. We will continue to expand here at Kabongo and that is why we are greatly heartened by the material ands moral support we have been getting, not just now, but over the past five years since we began our 'mission' to these poor people.
Otherwise, may you all continue to enjoy the New Year and may all of 2008 be a good one for you wherever you happen to be. Sincerely, Paul (D. Brennan) Bro.