Saturday 26th January 2008
We would also like to thank all who contributed articles and photographs for this year’s issue. As time moves on it also very important that we have new contributors. It is often hard to realise how fast time slips by . . . so if members of your family or friends are living abroad it is definitely time to consider putting pen to paper and sharing a few memories with those, who for various reasons, cannot be with us and really love to read about home.
Convent Hall Project
Fethard GAA Club News
Last week’s lotto numbers drawn were. 8, 18, 22 and 25. We had no match three winner so the following tickets drawn won €30 each: John Phelan (Butlerstown, Ballyneale), Cora McGarry (9 Barrack Street, Fethard), Cinta O Flynn (Abbey Street, Fethard), Denis O’Meara (51 St. Patrick’s Place Fethard), Rita Doyle (Woodvale Walk, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Rita Doyle (Woodvale Walk, Fethard).
This week’s lotto jackpot of €8,300 was not won. The numbers drawn were 4, 11, 19 and 26. The three €50 ‘Match Three’ tickets drawn were won by, Vera O’Connell (Cattaganstown, Moyglass), Donal McAndrew (Mullinahone), Tom Purcell (Burke Street, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by John McAndrew (Mullinahone). All tickets were kindly sponsored by Fethard Wholesale Electrical Ltd.
Our condolences are at this time are with the O’Connor (nee McCarthy) family, St. Patrick’s Place, on the untimely passing of Marion. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Patrician Bicentenary on 30th January
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 18th January
I understand that many of you have been tuned into radio and especially TV over the past three weeks following events here. I also realize that sometimes TV tends to exaggerate the problems for the sake of getting something like a 'scoop' on the news. However, no matter how graphically it has been portrayed, please believe me, it has been very bad here on the ground.
I must also stress that we Europeans and Americans, Missionaries, and other non-citizens like us, have not been directly been caught up in the mayhem except to say that our ordinary way of life has been completely disrupted and many in the affected areas, like myself, have been virtually house-bound since the New Year. That may explain all the emails that have been emanating from my office here near Eldoret! One should also stress that there are vast areas of Kenya that are completely at peace and carrying on with their lives normally or as normally as possible. You may be aware that other countries to the west of Kenya (Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, the Sudan, and The Congo) rely heavily on the Kenya port at Mombasa for all their major imports. These neighbours are being badly affected in terms of trade etc. as the main trans-Africa highway runs from Mombasa through Eldoret to places west.
The other way we have been affected is that we are generally working with poor people and it is the poor people who have been affected most of all. An African proverb says that when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers! So it is in the present crisis where the poorest are the grass. It is not pleasant to see what has happened and that is an understatement.
In spite of the fact that more mass action rallies are being planned for today (Friday) in Nairobi and major towns including Eldoret, there is still some hope on the horizon as Kofi Annan along with two other eminent people are coming to mediate in the dispute. We pray that their efforts will bring peace and genuine reconciliation to our country's leaders.
I would like to thank all of you who have been sending messages of support to us here at this very troubling time. The world is such a small place now and more than ever we can say that 'no man is an island'.
There is so much more we could add but . . .
May God Bless all of you and may He also spare a blessing for Kenya and her people.
Senior Citizen’s Raffle Results
1st Prize: Aaron Hammond, c/o Rita Kelly;
3rd Prize: Emma Guiry, Dublin;
5th Prize: L. Doyle, Mountain View, Rosegreen, Cashel.
Fethard Bridge Club Results
1st Nett: Nell Broderick and David O’Meara (and also winners of the sponsored prizes);
1st Gross: Bernie O’Meara and Anna Cooke;
On Wednesday 6th February we play the first round of the Club Championship. Anyone looking for a partner please contact Berney Myles at 32038.
From Rossmore on Wednesday hounds were hunting strongly all day. Starting from the bridge over the Multeen near the old creamery they were away straight away. While the hunting may not have been the best for point or distance hounds were hunting continuously in the miles rather than acres of woods and forests. These extend along the hillside right up by Rossmore and Stouke to Turraheen.
The day concluded with a short hunt from Dromwood. As a mark of respect to the Slattery family Thursday’s meet at Barne was cancelled.
From Rosegreen on Saturday the Tipps had another good day. Following a nice circle from Lyonstown to Ballyfowloo and back they had a good run from Tullamaine in the afternoon. Running to Kilbragh and right through Martley’s and Slattery’s and back to the covert. Finding again on a hedgerow they hunted back by Tullamaine Castle through the motte and to ground by Tipperary Raceway.
Our sympathy to her husband Martin, daughter Evelyn, sons Ian and Alan, sisters Angela, Margaret, Teresa, brothers, Tony, Don and Michael (twin).
With the White Heathers
Senior Day at Fethard & District Day Care Centre
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.
The Parish of Kilconnell
The Parish of Kilconnell is in three separate divisions, all in the Barony of Middlethird. The larger portion of it and which contains the old Parish Church is bounded on the southwest and west by the Parishes of Railestown and St. Patrick's Rock; on the north by the Parish of Brickendown; on the northeast and east by the Parishes of Magorban and Rathcoole, and on the south by the Parish of Tullamaine.
The name of this Parish is of ecclesiastical origin being compounded of Cill, a church or cell, and Chonaill, the genitive case of Conall, the name of a Saint.
Of the old Church of this Parish there remains but a fragment of the south wall attached to southwest corner. It is only nine feet in length arid eight feet in height. The thickness of this wall is three feet and its masonry would indicate it to be of modern date. It can be ascertained from the foundations of the other walls that this Church was forty feet in length and eight feet in breadth.
At the distance of twenty-eight paces from the site of this Church to the north there is a small burial place not enclosed by any wall or rampart, in the middle of a meadow. There is an old ash tree growing at the north side of it but it is of no interest to the antiquarian.
About two hundred and fifty paces to the southeast of this old Church stands on a rising ground the Castle of Kilconnell. It is a square structure in good preservation and measures on the outside thirty-six feet from east to west and thirty-two feet from north to south. Its walls are built of limestone and well grouted; they are six feat six inches thick and not less than seventy feet in height. This castle had six floors, the second of which rested on a strong arch; the others were of wood. The windows are some rectangular and some pointed. (See sketch by George Du Noyer, c.1840 available from the Royal Society of Antiquities of Ireland).
Tradition avers that this castle belonged to the MacCarthys but this cannot be true as the MacCarthys were driven out of their original territory of Eóganacht Chaisil long before It was erected. (The antiquities of this Parish were examined by Mr. A. Curry and his notes transcribed by me, John O'Donovan, Cashel, Sept. 17th 1840.)