Slievenamon Pilgrimage enjoys a beautiful day
Once again we were blessed with a beautiful day for our annual pilgrimage to the Holy Year Cross. Ceremonies began at the hill wall where Fr Anthony McSweeney led the prayers and as our cross bearers reached each station they were all in turn blessed by Fr Anthony. At the cross itself people took the opportunity to take a few photos and admire the fantastic views. Then it was back to the Mass rock in O'Donnell’s field where Canon Tom Breen P.P. celebrated Mass assisted by Fr Anthony McSweeney and Fr Gerry Horan OSA.
After mass, Jimmy and Eileen O’Donnell along with their band of helpers served up tea and refreshments to one and all. We must thank a few people for making this day possible, firstly to the O’Donnell family, not just for letting us invade their property but also for all the work they put in. A big thank you to our clergy who give us their time and help keep the tradition alive. Thanks also to all the local lads who answered the call and put in such a massive effort during the last few weeks, while back in the field, Gus Fitzgerald and Christy Williams kept things moving nicely. We also thank Bobby Phelan and Fethard Scouts for their help and use of their marquee. Of course the day would be nothing if it wasn't for all of you who took the time and effort to be with us, especially to all those parents of young children, the religious aspect of the day might go over their heads but the memories will last forever.
A final thank you to all who donated to our fund, every cent will be put to good use. So until next year take care and God willing we will do it all again.
Music, Barbecue, Family Day at Lonergans this Sunday
A fantastic line out of bands will perform on Sunday next at the ‘Music Extravaganza and Barbecue’ held in Lonergan's Beer Garden, The Square, Fethard on Sunday, August 18, from 2pm to 9pm, in aid of the Tipperary Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association.
This is the second annual ‘Music Extravaganza’ event and will follow on last year’s great family day out with Barbecue, Bouncing Castle, and lots of fantastic music from the following bands who are all playing free of charge: Wig Wam Glam Band; Hot Ice; Kenny Ryder & Rockin Rebels; No Recession; Midnight; Groovy Tunes; Hooley; Liberty Session and MC for the evening is again the fabulous DJ Roger Brown.
Tickets are only €10 (accompanied children free) and are available at Lonergans Bar, The Square, Fethard; John Ryan, Tipperary Branch of the IWA, or from Jack Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard Tel: 086 0750815.
Sr. Monica recalls leaving Fethard in 1935
A photo that appeared on the Fethard website sparked a flood of nostalgic memories for Sr. Monica Kevin OSU who was one of four young local girls, the others being Nuala O’Brien, Kitty McCarthy and Nellie Carey, who left Fethard on August 8, 1935, to join the Ursulines of Tildonk order in New York City.
Sr. Monica, born on the 19th March 1920, in Barrack Street, Fethard, goes on to recall her memories of that eventful trip as she looks at the photograph:
A space of 78 years dims the memory but there is a residual thirst for home in all of us that we take to our graves.
We sailed from Cobh on a tender that brought us to ocean liner, the U.S. President Harding. That short trip is embedded in my memory as a first class wake and tear jerker. Most of the people who were emigrating were crying anyway and the music was no help. We sailed in the dark of night to strains of ‘Come back to Erin’, ‘I’ll take you home again Kathleen’, ‘Molly Bawn’ et al.
The photograph was taken on the deck of the ‘Harding’ in 1935. Life on board was exciting and after the first day we had adjusted to movement, got our sea legs and stopped watching the water. There were lots of activities like shuffle board, horse racing (on a table), some dancing on deck to music provided by a German man who had a concertina. As I recall, the Reverend Mother who was travelling with us was not pleased when she heard I had been dancing. In many ways it was a culture shock that was a good experience for young Convent School girls.
After eight days of sea and sky we approached New York Harbour. To this day the sight of The Statue of Liberty evokes the memories of that day. I knew I was in a foreign land and was determined to make whatever adjustments would be necessary. I had arrived at step number one along my pilgrimage. I knew three years before that I wanted to be a nun. I also believed I was called by God and had a responsibility to respond to that call.
Several other girls from the Presentation Convent School in Fethard had already entered The Ursulines in New York. Cissy Power, a classmate of my sister Mai, had entered a few years before and I recall saying to myself, “If Cissy Power can do it so can I.” I recall Mother Benignus telling me that I would not be lonely, there were so many Fethard girls in the Order. She was shocked to hear my response (from a 15 year old), “We live our own lives.”
The pilgrimage has taken all four of us in many directions always in service to the Church and to the people of God and we thank God for all His blessings that have come our way and for the loving support and friendship of the members of our community — the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk — whose motto is, ‘Ut Unum Sint’, That All May be One.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Fethard and Killusty Community Games Committee would like to thank all those who subscribed to their recent Church Gate Collection.
We were very pleased with the results of our games during the year. The U10 football team reached the South Final, the girls’ U12 football team reached the Munster Finals. Cassie Needham and Keenan Ahern both competed in the National Finals in Art and Handwriting last May and Jack Dolan will compete in Athletics in the National Finals on the weekend of August 16 to 18.
We wish Jack the very best of luck in Athlone and say well done to every child who participated and enjoyed the fun which is what Community Games is all about.
Fethard Juvenile GAA Cúlcamp
Fethard Juvenile GAA’s Cúlcamp will start next Monday, August 19, and the numbers attending are good, let’s hope the weather is too. Collection of kits will take place at the GAA field on this Thursday from 7pm to 8 pm.
Check-in and group formation for Cúlcamp will commence on Monday at 9.30am and will start at 10am for the rest of the week. General access to Fethard GAA Grounds will not be permitted for the duration of Cúlcamp in the interest and safety of the children.
Major-General Richard Orlando Kellett
One of my retirement activities is researching for PhD through the University of Birmingham. My topic relates to the First World War. More specifically, it is concerned with the role and performance of brigadier-generals during the Battle of Arras in 1917. My thesis will include a number of case studies of individual brigadier-generals, one of whom is Richard Orlando Kellett who commanded 99 Brigade, 2nd Division in 1917, and whose family home was at Clonacody, Fethard.
I wondered if anyone might be able to point me in the right direction. My specific question concerning 'The General' is to establish whether there is a photograph or portrait of him anywhere, whether held locally of in some national archive or gallery. I wonder, for example, if a picture of him might have appeared in a local paper, either at the time of his death in 1931 or sometime before then. Is there a local newspaper which might have an archive of past editions? Is there a member of a local historical society who might have research the Kelletts and who might have a picture/portrait?
I would be extremely grateful for any information or advice concerning possible sources about Major-General Kellett to which you might be able to point. Please accept my thanks in advance for any help you might be able to offer. I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely, Trevor Harvey. Email: email@example.com
Irish Pilgrimage Trust
The Irish Pilgrimage Trust wishes to thank all the very generous subscribers to the recent Church Gate Collection in Fethard & Killusty. There was a very good response. Sincere thanks is also due to the many loyal collectors who help at this annual collection. A reminder that application forms for future pilgrimages to Lourdes are now available at phone 086 6322341. Should you know or wish to nominate a young person with special needs please phone now for a form. This is a wonderful week in Lourdes for the young person and often a week’s respite for parents.
Puccini evening of music at Clonacody House
Clonacody House, Fethard, in association with ‘Opera 40’ will host an evening in the company of recordings playing your favourite arias selected from the most famous operas composed by Giacomo Puccini. The selected recordings will be introduced and explained by Soprano Sara Filippini and accompanied by a selection of authentic Italian Antipasti and wines from Puccini’s homeland, Tuscany, sponsored by Mitchell & Son.
The evening promises a very casual, relaxed atmosphere and commences at 7pm on Sunday, August 25. Tickets are €25 per person (limited) and can be purchased in advance by contacting Helen Carrigan at 087 1689167.
Thank You to Vintage Club
A big ‘Thank You’ to Coolmoyne and Moyglass Vintage Club on their recent Tractor Run in aid of Fethard and District Day Care Centre. Over forty tractors took part. Their drivers and supporters were supplied with refreshments, tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches in the Tirry Centre, courtesy of the Day Care Committee. Thanks to all who supported this fundraising event.
Articles for Emigrants’ Newsletter
We are now inviting submissions of articles and photographs for inclusion in this year’s Emigrants’ Newsletter. Articles or photographs can be submitted to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mass for Geraldine
The death has occurred on Tuesday, August 6, of Geraldine Hayes, Burke Street, Fethard. Interment took place privately in Dublin. A Mass in Geraldine's memory will be held at 7pm on Friday, August 16, in the Augustinian Abbey, Fethard.
Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, August 18, to the music of ‘Catherine and The Images'. All welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing. Dancing 9pm to midnight and admission is €7.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on August 7 were: 1, 5, 13 and 14. We had no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Gabriel Needham, Friarsgrange, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: J Marie Butler, Garrinch, Fethard; Jim Kennedy, c/o Nellie Ryan; and Brendan Brett, The Valley, Fethard.
Remember you can purchase your lotto ticket online at fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets and get one free! Check on the website for lots of special offers. Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, August 14. The Jackpot is €4,150 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €415. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.
Senior Citizens' Club Outing
Reminding all members of Fethard's Senior Citizens' Club that our next outing takes place on Tuesday, August 20. The bus departs from Main Street at 1pm.
Fethard GAA Sports Lotto
There was no jackpot winner in this week’s GAA Sports Lotto. The following five lucky dips received €30 each: ‘Sparky’, Main Street, Fethard; Jack Neville, Kilnockin, Fethard; Nicky O’Shea, Killusty; Denis O’Meara, St Patricks Place; Fethard; and Tina O’Mahony, Merrys, Clonmel. The €50 lucky dip went to Pat Sheehan, Walshbog, Killusty.
Next week’s jackpot is €7,600 and the draw takes place at Burke’s Bar. Thanks again for all the support. It is much appreciated.
King or Queen of Sliabh na mBan!
Cloneen Sports & Social Club are organising a fundraiser where participants can become the ‘King or Queen of Sliabh na mBan’ Sponsorship cards are available from committee members or by email: email@example.com
The individual who raises the most amount of sponsorship will become the King or Queen of Sliabh na mBan, receive a cash prize and can nominate a club or charity, which will receive 25% of overall sponsorship received. So get your sponsorship card as soon as possible. The King or Queen will be crowned at our Saturday night music event featuring the Mind at Risk band.
Items for inclusion on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.