On Saturday last, August 24th, Fethard came to a standstill at 6pm when hundreds turned up to watch the many celebrities arrive for the marriage of Katie Magnier, Coolmore Stud Farm, to David Wachman, in the Augustinian Abbey Fethard. The wedding attracted national media coverage and we've reprinted some of the articles on the site.
(Photographs supplied by Donal O'Brien, Mullinahone Tel: 052 53601)
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Ireland on Sunday (Sunday 25th August)
Irish Independent (Monday 26th August)
Irish Examiner (Monday 26th August)
Ms Sarah Crooks Murphy, Burke Street, a native of New Zealand, had a most interesting enquiry recently from her mother in New Zealand. Sarah’s mother’s best friend, as a young girl, said she had a European pen friend called Ann O’Connell, Kilnockin, Fethard, Co. Tipperary. A bit of simple detective work figured out that her friend was Ann O’Donnell, now Ann Lynch, Kilnockin. Ann still has some of the correspondence and photographs from her New Zealand pen friend of almost 50 years ago and now hopes to renew old acquaintances. A small world it certainly is and what an extraordinary connection from 12,000 miles away.
Preliminary notices were read at weekend masses in Fethard Parish Church of a forthcoming diocesan / parish monthly draw. A €2,000,000 fund has to be raised to carry out much needed maintenance work on Thurles Cathedral.
The fundraising project will consist of a monthly draw in which all parishes of the Cashel and Emly diocese will participate. Half of the amount raised by each parish will go towards the Cathedral project and the other half towards their local projects. In our parish the local portion will go towards the equally badly needed maintenance and repair work on Killusty Church and the Parochial House. The cost of the annual ticked is €120 and we need to sell 200 tickets in our parish. Full details of the draw, which commences in October, will be given at a later date.
A sure sign that the year is moving on is the reopening of local schools after the summer recess. The local secondary school reopens this week, first years on Wednesday, fifth years on Thursday, leaving certs on Friday. The national schools reopen week commencing 1st September.
FETHARD & KILLUSTY COMMUNITY LOTTO
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 13th August were 12, 21, 22 and 23. There was no Jackpot Winner and one "Match 3" winner, who received €150: Breda Sheridan, c/o St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Alice Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Brian Coen, Killusty, Fethard.
Thomas Barrett, The Green, Fethard.
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 20th August were 5, 11, 18 and 30. We had no Jackpot Winner and one "Match 3" winner, who received €150: Dermot Darcy, 30 St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.
The three €50 Free Draw winners were:
Michael Kenrick, Burke Street, Fethard.
Thomas Shine, Monroe, Fethard.
Community Employment Scheme, Barrack Street, Fethard.
This week's Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Sellers Prize for the winning jackpot ticket is € 500.
LEAVING CERT RESULTS
The town of Fethard was overjoyed with the great Leaving Cert results achieved by the students of Patrician Presentation Secondary School. The principal, Mr Ernan Britton, assisted by the retiring Deputy Principal, Mr Paddy Broderick and the newly appointed Deputy Principal Ms Marian Gilpin greeted the students with the good news.
Outstanding results were achieved by a number of pupils, outstripping the National Average. Twins Michael and Paul Walsh achieved 570 points and will pursue a career in Engineering. Rebecca Carroll with 555 points to Veterinary, Jenny Frewen to Architecture, Peter Kenny to Physics in UL and Ann-Marie Tierney and Linda Corcoran to Teaching and Lab Technology. Paul Cleary will also study in Engineering. Well done to all the leaving cert class who did so well. They can be proud of themselves and of their school.
OFF THE MARK
Fethard Jockey Shane Walsh, Grove Road, had his first winner under rules when he rode 'Rigolade', winner of the 4 year old 2.5 mile race at Bangor on Saturday. Congratulations and best wishes to this very popular young Fethard rider. His many friends in Fethard racing circles, and beyond, sincerely hope this winner will be the first of many more to come.
The death has occurred of Mr Michael 'Mick' O'Donnell, Crampscastle. Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.
EUROPEAN ATHLETIC SUCCESS
Jacqui Stokes-Freyne was winner of the ladies long-jump event, representing Ireland at the European Masters Athletic Championships held at Postdam, Germany. Jacqui finished third in the 100 metres and at the time of writing has also the 200m and High-jump to compete in.
WAY TO MOYGLASS
Guest House owners and residents in the Moyglass area are pleased to note that following representations made by Cllr. John Fahey a signpost to Moyglass has been erected on Main Street, Fethard. Compliments to all concerned.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Due to current work on the refurbishment of the Day Care Centre the preparation of Meals on Wheels has been suspended until further notice. We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused.
Sr. Betty Cagney would like to express her gratitude to all those who generously supported the recent Church Gate Collection in aid of the Pilgrimage to Lourdes Trust.
FETHARD GAA CLUB
In senior football on Sunday 25th August, we play Cahir in the south semifinal starting in Clonmel at 6.45pm.
Our intermediate hurling game against Kilsheelan played on Friday last 17th August was the best game to date with end to end excitement and thrills galore followed by a fair result on the night, Fethard 1-13 (1-5), Kilsheelan 1-13 (1-5). Our team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shay Ryan, Michael Ryan, Cian Maher, Kevin O'Donnell, Michael Ahearn, Miceál Spillane, P. J. Ahearn, Stephen O'Donnell, Brian Coen, Tomas Keane 0-1, Aidan Fitzgerald 0-2, Ciarán Treacy 0-1, J. P. Looby 0-2, and Colin Allen 1-7 (4f). Subs used, Willie Morrissey, Owen Doyle, and Jamie McCormack. This result means we have 5 points from a possible 8 with three matches remaining against Davins, Ballybacon and Moyle Rovers .
The minor hurling 'B' game played on Tuesday 13th August resulted in a victory on a scoreline, Fethard 4-8 (2-3), Kilsheelan / Kilcash 1-7 (0-3). The team was: Keith Lawrence, Darragh Corbett, William Doyle, Edmond Allen, Gavin Ahearn, Shane Walsh 1-0, Michael Lawrence, Darren O'Meara, Jamie McCormack 0-5f, Ronan O?Meara, Michael Dillon 0-1, Owen Maher 1-0, Alan Burke 0-2, Ronan Maher 1-0, Liam Frewen. Subs used were: Christy Doyle and James Curran. This result means a three way play off for one semifinal spot between Cahir Fethard and Kilsheelan. The draw decided that Fethard plays Kilsheelan on this Thursday 29th August in Clonmel with the winners playing Cahir for the semifinal spot.
The Lotto jackpot of €5,000 was not won. We had three match three winners who received €50 each: James Cooney (Coleman), John Burke (Redcity), Camera Mullins (Farranshea). The €50 lucky dip winner was Mark Tynan (13 Barrack Street). The numbers drawn were 4, 13, 19 and 22.
FETHARD YOUTH CLUB
Fethard Youth Club held its AGM on Saturday, 17th August 2002 in the Fethard Arms at 7pm. The outgoing officers were thanked and the election of new officers was held. We would particularly like to thank Mary Shanahan, outgoing PRO and leader, for her time and efforts over the past two years. We are sorry to see her go but wish her the very best for the future. The newly elected officers are: Tony Askins (chairperson), Maria Murphy (vice chairperson), Clare Hannigan (treasurer), Rita McCormack John (secretary), and Patricia Fitzgerald (public relations officer).
The club year 2002 held the usual variety of local and regional events for our members. These included Self-Defence, Soccer Tournament, Origami, New Year Party and Karaoke, a trip to Foto Island and the annual trip to Oakwood in Wales, and were all great successes.
The regional events attended by our members included the Variety Show and Senior Boys Soccer Tournament where our club came away with trophies and a great reputation for being well behaved and good sports. The girls soccer and table quiz were cancelled due to regional poor organisation but are back on the calendar this year with art, public speaking, young journalist and Xmas card competition.
The Club have had added success and experience when two of our members and a leader were chosen to attend an international exchange on "Underage Alcohol Abuse" in Italy. The workshops were held daily spanning about 5 hours each and the other countries involved were Lithuania and Hungary. The work was extremely intense and made more so by the language difficulties.
However, a web page on the subject was designed in co-operation with all and we now await the funding to get it up and running. Great friends were made and the sightseeing and local environment made all the hard work worthwhile. Again, well done to Ronan O'Meara and Ashley McCormack for representing your Club so well. The club would like to get involved in further exchanges and events and will be working towards that end. We would like to thank all our Members for their enthusiasm and continued support. But most importantly their good behaviour and the manner in which they represent their Club.
We wish to thank the people of Fethard for their ongoing support at our Church Gate Collection and our Table Quiz, without this help we would have difficulty keeping down our club night fees and providing transports to events.
The club will open again this year on Saturday, September 14th. Affiliation for the year will be ?10, and our nightly fee will remain at ?2. Unfortunately the club will have to close its doors to new membership this year as we do not have the volunteers/leaders to cope with further numbers. If the situation should change, people on our waiting list will be contacted immediately. We are looking forward to another great year 2002-2003.
THIS WEEK'S - 'PIC OF THE PAST'
If you have an old photograph of interest to our readers why not email it to us and we will include it on next week's 'Pic of the Past'
Photographed above is Jack Gunn outside his forge on The Green in the 1960s. Jack was a great help to the local children of his time having the tools to take wheels and axles from old disused prams to make go-karts for children to play.
Photographed above are members of the Holohan and Mullins families from Abbey Street in the early 1960s. Also included are Biddy Mullins, Betty Holohan and Josie King from The Back Green.
COOLMORE STUD SPONSOR GOLF CLASSIC
Coolmore Stud are the main sponsors of the oncoming Golf Classic in aid of the new extension to Fethard and District Day Care Centre and due to be held at Slievenamon Golf Club weekending 30th and 31st August. Those willing to enter teams or sponsor prizes are asked to contact Joan O'Donohoe at the Community Office, Barrack Street. Tel: 052 31000. Team of 4 sponsorship costs €100, Green Sponsorship €50 and Tee sponsorship €25. We appeal to local golfers to spread the word around among their fellow golfers and encourage them to enter a team. Further details are available from any member of Fethard & Killusty Community Council or Brendan Kenny at Slievenamon Golf Club, Tel (052) 32213.