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Thursday 29th December 2011

Season’s greetings from Eldoret
It is that time of year again when we recall our many friends, greet them and wish them the very best during the Holy Christmas Season. I greet you all from Eldoret, Kenya, where we are finishing a year that has been blessed in many ways.

This past year, slowly slipping away, has been a productive one as far as development of our complex in Kabongo goes. We have been kept fully occupied building up to twenty houses for our teaching and nursing staff.

None of the overall development at Kabongo would have been possible without the great support of our friends in Fethard and around the world. The only recompense I can offer is the gratitude of hundreds of very poor children and our prayers for your intentions.
I wish each and every one of you all the blessings you deserve at this sacred time of year and look forward to meeting many of you during 2012.

Bro. Paul D. Brennan, P.O. Box 5064, Eldoret, Kenya. 30100

Died in England
The death has occurred on November 23, of Bridget Vassald (nee Morrissey) aged 87, peacefully at her home in North London. Bridget was originally from Grove Lodge. Internment took place at the Southgate Cemetery, North London.'

Killusty Night Out!
Calling anyone with Killusty connections! A night out for all Killusty people has been arranged for Friday, January 27, 2012, in the Clonmel Park Hotel. If you're from the village or have any connections with it contact 087 9795025 for more information and booking.

Fethard Tidy Towns
Fethard Tidy Towns committee would like to thank all who helped and supported them in their work throughout the year. A special thanks to Annette Murphy for supplying flower bulbs and also to Fethard Knitting Group for their kind donation.

In the New Year we will be back with a renewed effort to help keep Fethard tidy and undertake some new projects in the town.

Emigrants Newsletter on Sale
The Annual Fethard & Killusty Emigrants’ Newsletter is now on sale in local shops at €12 each. This year’s issue is the largest yet with over 256 pages of articles and photographs including many interesting features. We expect this year’s issue to sell out fast so we advise early purchase to avoid disappointment.

Fethard Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on December 21 were: 12, 23, 26 and 30. We had no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Bernard O'Donnell, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; Josephine Shelly, Moyglass, Fethard; and Joan Dalton, Ballykerrin, Killenaule.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Breda Conway, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; D. O'Meara, c/o Tom Purcell; and Bridget Purcell, Main Street, Fethard.

The winners of Christmas Hams were: Sarah Conway, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard; Margaret Burke, Lisronagh; and John Connolly, Clonmel.

The winners of Christmas Turkeys were: P. Russell, Ballydonnell, Mullinahone; Noel Sharpe, The Castle, Fethard; and Charles McCarthy, Mobarnane, Fethard.

You can also purchase your lotto ticket online at www.fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets and get one free! Check on the website for lots of special offers. Next Jackpot commences at €7,250 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €725. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

The Lotto Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy and prosperous New Year. A big ‘thank you’ to all for your support in 2011 and look forward to your continued support in 2012. We will now have a two-week break and the next draw will take place on January 11, 2012.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Sunday, December 18, of Linda Staehelin (née Kane), Age 45, Cahermore, Gort, Galway. Linda is a daughter of Rita and Danny Kane, Kerry Street, Fethard. Interment took place at Doorus Cemetery.

Fethard Bridge Club
The following are the results of our competitions in the run-up to Christmas:

Gross Turkey
1st Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and David O'Meara;
3rd Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O'Meara.
1st Nett: Margaret Mary McCormack and Madeleine O'Donnell;
2nd Nett: Marian Walsh and Sean O'Dea;
3rd Nett: Marie Delaney and Eileen Frewen.

Nett Turkey
1st Nett: Rita Holohan and Ellen Rochford;
2nd Nett: Breda O'Grady and Joan Kelly;
3rd Nett: Marie Delaney and Eileen Frewen.
1st Gross: Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny;
2nd Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;
3rd Gross: Nell Broderick and David O'Meara.

Change of Partner Turkey
1st Gross: Kathleen Kenny and David O'Meara;
2nd Gross: Eileen Frewen and Breda Walsh;
3rd Gross: Michael Kenny and Ellen Rochford.
1st Nett: Rita Holohan and Rita Kane;
2nd Nett: Brendan Kenny and Bridie Lee;
3rd Nett: Marie Delaney and Margaret Mary McCormack.

Christmas Prizes
1st Gross: Ellen Rochford and Betty Walsh;
2nd Gross: Nell Broderick and David O'Meara;
3rd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane;
4th Gross: Brendan Kenny and Carmel Condon;
5th Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn;
6th Gross: Bernie O'Meara and Anna Cooke.
1st Nett: Kathleen Kenny and Ann O'Dea;
2nd Nett: Joan Kelly and Breda O'Grady;
3rd Nett: Marian Walsh and Sean O'Dea;
4th Nett: Rose Lonergan and Kay Walsh;
5th Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke;
6th Nett: Nora Lawrence and Philly Kenny.
Bridge will resume on January 11 after the Christmas break.

Patrician/Presentation Jottings
Well done to all members of the School Community who were involved in the organisation of our Annual Open Evening on Monday, December 5. A great number of 5th and 6th Class pupils from Holy Trinity National School and surrounding schools attended the event with their parents. It was great to meet a significant number of Past Pupils and to see their interest in their Alma Mater and its traditions.

Transition Year Pupils, Karen Hayes, Michelle Walsh, John Paul Fitzgerald and Aobh O’Shea represented the school at the GAA Forum which was held in the Dome at Semple Stadium on Friday, December 2. The Forum attracted delegates from all the Secondary Schools in the county and consisted of workshops and discussions on the role of young people in the GAA.

Kelly Information wanted
My name is Russ Ritter and I am writing a book on the history of the Kelly/Quinn families who came out to Australia in the early eighteen hundreds from Ireland. I refer to the reports and new findings of the John ‘Red’ Kelly story and circumstances of his transportation in 1841, as described in the Ned Kelly walkabout organized by the Fethard Historical Society in August 1988. I wish to know where I can purchase copies of the police and court reports. I would like to obtain a copy of the map of 1850 showing the precise location of the Kelly homestead in Clonbrogan and the Griffith Valuation reference of 1850 as well as copies of the historical and proud story of the pig stealing incident as reported using the actual police reports of the outrage which was finally located in the Dublin Castle by Sean McSweeney of the Brú Ború project in Cashel and Terry Cunningham of the Fethard Historical Society. Also the police report of John Kelly’s alleged involvement with Patrick Ragan in the stealing of six fat cows belonging to a Mr Ryall of Moyglass. Is it possible to mark on the map of the homestead of Mr James Cooney the owner of the two pigs stolen by John Kelly. Where did John Kelly steal the pigs and who did he sell them to? What police station was the crime reported and in what court was the trial held?

If anyone can help me in this matter or any other relevant information that might be useful, please email and let me know the costs and postage.
Regards, Russ Ritter Email: russbett@optusnet.com.au




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