Slievenamon Pilgrimage to Holy Year Cross
The Fethard & Killusty Parish annual pilgrimage to Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon took place on Sunday 15th August, and we had one of the largest turnouts in recent years. This year’s climb took place in beautiful weather and commenced at 2pm with a gathering of 50 people at the ‘Hill Wall’ where our Parish Priest, Fr Tom Breen, blessed the new wooden cross. Fr Gerry Horan OSA then led the climb to Holy Year Cross. The Rosary was recited as the crowd made their way up. Before the Cross was reached, the crowd had swelled to 150 and a photograph was taken of those present at the top.
The crowd then made their way back to O’Donnells’ field where Canon Power had earlier led the Rosary for those who were unable to make the climb. On returning to the field, patrons were in for a surprise because the local committee had sourced and erected a Mass Rock which will be used from now on as our mass alter. Canon James Power, assisted by Fr Tom Breen, blessed the new Mass Rock. This was followed by con-celebrated mass attended by approximately 200 people. Canon Power thanked all those who helped to make it such a great occasion and he also thanked those who had placed the Mass Rock in the field. After mass, the locals provided tea and refreshments, which were greatly appreciated.
Killusty residents photographed with the new 'Mass Rock' used to celebrate Mass on the Fethard & Killusty Annual Pilgrimage to Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon. L to R: Billy Prout, Willie O'Meara, Christy Williams, Jimmy and Eileen O'Donnell, and Kevin Ryan.
Many people are to be thanked for making this day possible. Firstly to our clergy, who give so freely of their time. To all who participated, young and old, near and far, regulars and first-timers, who took the time to make the pilgrimage. To the local committee, for their great work over the past few weeks. A special word of thanks to Jimmy and Eileen O’Donnell for giving the use of their field and for helping to make the day possible. Thanks also to Matty Tynan and Dermot O’Meara who helped us in our hour of need, and to Tommy Butler and the Premier Music Store, Clonmel, for the amplification.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council takes place on Tuesday night, 24th August, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.
Slí na Sláinte Meeting
The next meeting of Slí na Sláinte takes place on 23rd August in the Tirry Community Centre. Walking routes have now been identified and this meeting will be held in preparation for our forthcoming meeting with Mr Richard Bowen from South Tipperary Planning Department on Wednesday 1st September at 9am. The suggested routes for Slí na Sláinte will be displayed at the Community Office at the Tirry Centre.
National Heart Foundation Day takes place on Sunday 26th September, and all going well, we intend to mark the occasion by having one of our walks ready to launch on that date.
Dan the Man!
No one in Fethard would hardly remember Dan Considine, or we wonder how many even heard of him? Dan Considine of Barrack Street was a Vet in the days of when the horse was all powerful and played a very important part in the economic, sporting and transporting lives of the people of Ireland.
Dan was a Vet without academic qualifications and his knowledge of horses, their ailments and injuries, was unsurpassed. His services were sought, not alone in Fethard, but over a wide area of Tipperary where he was very well known as a knowledgeable and competent horse doctor.
Following his death on the 28th October, 1933, at the age of 74, the veterinary practice in Fethard was taken over by Mr James Schofield M.R.C.V.S.
Fethard GAA Club
Fionn MacCumhaill Players from Cloneen will stage their production of Oscar Wilde's "The Important of Being Earnest" in Cloneen on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd August. This year's play, commencing at 8.15pm, will have the added attraction of a 'Candlelit Supper' interlude served at your table and accompanied by live music. Tickets (inc supper) are €20 each. Tables of 4 or 6 (if required) can be booked at Tel: 052 53376. The cast is: Pat O'Gorman, Peggy O'Brien, Eugene O'Meara, Ann Williamson, Eddie Duggan, Eddie O'Meara, Samantha Outran, Noel Clancy, Aidan Clancy and Aisling Ryan. The play is produced by Anne Williamson.
On Friday 13th August, in intermediate hurling, we qualified for the semifinal with a very sweet victory over Fr Sheehys, played in Marlfield, on a scoreline, Fethard 1-11, Fr Sheehys 0-13. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Tommy Gahan, Michael Ryan, Shay Ryan, Ian Kenrick, Michael Aherne, Michael Carroll, P J Aherne, Eoin Doyle, Colin Allen 0-1, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-2, Cian Maher, Ciaran Treacy 1-5(F), Miceál Spillane 0-2, Tomas Keane. Subs used were: Michael Dillon, Brian Coen 0-1, and Alan Phelan. This result now puts us into the semifinals, along with Cahir and Ballybacon, with the fourth spot still up for grabs with the remaining teams. Our final match in the championship / league is against Kilsheelan, possibly on weekending 29th August. Well done to all for helping us reach this stage for the sixth year in a row, and the best of luck in the remainder of the championship.
The Senior Football South Final takes place on this coming Sunday 22nd August in Kilsheelan at 5.14pm against Commercials. The very best of luck to all as we chase our 28th title. We last won in 2002.
Our Junior A football campaign continues on this Saturday 21st August in O’Sullivan Park (Ballingarry), against St Patricks, with a 7.15pm start.
In Juvenile Under 16 B Hurling, Fethard are away to Mullinahone on the 23rd August.
The Lotto Jackpot €5,700 was not won, and we had no match three winners. The numbers Drawn at The Well were: 7, 9, 13 and 18. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Stephen O’Donnell (Monroe). The following five ‘Lucky Dips’ received €30 each: Con Doyle (Woodvale Walk), M Napier (The Green), Olive Curran (Woodvale Walk), Bee Gould (Claremore), Paddy Grant (Fr Tirry Park).
Friends of Fethard GAA Golf Classic
The Friends of Fethard GAA Golf Classic held at Slievenamon Golf Club last weekend was a great Success and we are very grateful to all who supported the day, from teams to sponsors, and a special thanks to our main sponsor Enfer. To the committee, also a very special thank you.
We had players from USA to Dublin participating and we were delighted to have their company. Presentation of prizes took place on Saturday night, August 14th, in the Fethard Arms, accompanied with very entertaining music. Enjoyment and craic was the order off the night.
Runners up in the Fethard GAA Golf Classic played at Slievenamon Golf Club last weekend were the young Fethard team L to R: Jamie McCormack, Peter Gough, John Hurley (Fethard GAA Club), Aaron Kelly, and Tony O'Dwyer (Enfer).
Prizes were presented by Tony O’Dwyer (Enfer) with John Hurley taking charge of MC duties for the evening. 1st Prize, TV, Cllr Michael O’Brien, Kevin Wilson, and Kevin O’Connor (all from Drangan); 2nd Prize, DVD, to Aaron Kelly, Jamie McCormack, Peter Gough (all Fethard); 3rd Prize, Coolmore Jackets, to James Smyth (Jnr), Paul Kenrick, James Smyth (snr) (all Fethard); 4th Prize, Cahir House Meal Vouchers, to Stephen O’Donnell, Gerry Aherne, Michael O’Meara (all Fethard); 5th Prize, Golf Hats, to James Smyth (Jnr), Tommy Gahan (Snr), Paul Kenrick (all Fethard); Gents Longest Drive (on 16th Hole) Billy Phelan (Baptistgrange); Ladies Longest Drive (also on the 16th Hole), Maureen Croke (Mullinahone); Nearest the Pin (on the 4th hole), was Davy Williams (Coolmoyne). Winner in the Raffle for the TV was Davy Woodlock (The Green) Fethard; 2nd Prize Jacket to Charlene Roche (Fethard); 3rd Prize, Jacket, to Claire Ryan (Killusty); 4th Prize to Susan McCormack (Woodvale Walk).
Thank you to all who helped and to Slievenamon Golf Club for making their facilities available.
‘Café of Romance’ Opera for Abymill
The Abymill Theatre will host the national Drawing Room Opera Company’s production of ‘Café of Romance’ on Friday 10th September. This production will guide music lovers through time featuring some of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written, with excerpts from ‘La Traviata’, ‘Tales of Hoffman’ and a special arrangement of songs such as “La Vie en Rose”, “Loves Old Sweet Songs”, “Send in the Clowns” and lots more. Booking is now open at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.
Photographed above is Mairead Buicke (Soprano) who will perform with the Drawing Room Opera Company’s production of ‘Café of Romance’ in the Abymill Theatre on Friday 10th September.
‘Fr Tirry’ on RTE Nationwide
On Monday 23rd August, RTE Nationwide will feature a piece on Fr. Tirry OSA, played by another martyr Cllr Michael O’Brien from Drangan. The piece was recorded in the Abymill Theatre and will be broadcast at 7pm.
New Garda Recruit
Amongst the new Garda recruits who graduated at the recent passing out parade at Templemore Garda Training College was Tommy Gahan, son of Tommy and Paula Gahan, Cedar Grove, Fethard. Garda Gahan, who will be stationed at the Bridewell Garda Station, Dublin, where his uncle, Detective Garda Patsy Morrissey has 22 years service just completed. Tommy is one of Fethard’s up and coming young footballers, a star performer in Fethard’s run of four successive South Tipperary under/21 championship titles and three out of four county championships in the same period, Tommy has also played with distinction for the county Tipperary under/21 football team.
Best of luck Tommy in your new career from your many friends in Fethard and Tipperary GAA circles.
Stolen Horses Returned
The death has occurred in New York of Ms Theresa McCarthy, formerly of Burke Street, Fethard. The late Theresa McCarthy who had passed her 92nd birthday, was one of our very long time emigrants who never lost touch with, or interest in, her native Fethard. Interment took place in New York.
The two horses removed from the lands on their owner, Mrs Jacqui Freyne, Knockbordan, have been found. The horses were found by Vincent Murphy on the lands of the adjoining farm on Thursday 12th August. These fields had been diligently searched during the previous week. Signs would seem to show the horses were in the possession of someone while missing.
Jacqui is fully convinced that the widespread publicity given to their disappearance on the local press, TV, contacts by phone and visits to horse fairs, played a very significant part in their mysterious return.
Jacqui and her husband Tom, wish to thank sincerely all who were so helpful in assisting the safe return of the horses.
Fethard Under 15 boys volleyball Team who will travel to Mosney. Front L to R: Darren Prout, Jonathan Fleming, Robert Ahearne. Back L to R: Denis Burke (team manager), Alan O Connor and J.P. McGrath. Also on the team are David and Cathal Gorey.
Good luck to all our participants who travel to Mosney this weekend to take part in ESB Community Games National Finals. Bus will Thurles Swimming Pool Car Park on this Friday, August 20th and will return on Sunday August 22nd at approx 9pm.
Philip Maher will compete in Swimming in Dundalk Pool on Sunday. Evie O’Sullivan and Jane Kenny will compete in Art on Saturday afternoon. Padraig O’Shea, Natalie Cahill, Lorraine and Samantha Feery are all in Judo, and Cathal Gorey will be a busy man as he competes in Judo at 10am and then plays with the volleyball team in Gormanstown College at 11am on Saturday. Other volleyball team members are: J.P. McGrath, Darren Prout, Robert Ahearne, Jonathan Fleming. Alan O’Connor and David Gorey. Team Manager is Denis Burke.
Fethard Judo squad who will represent their county at the National Community Games Finals in Mosney. Front L to R: Padraig O'Shea, Natalie Cahill, Lorraine Feery. Back L to R: Eric O'Donnell (coach), Samantha Feery, Alice Feery (County Judo Manager), and Helena O'Shea (National Offical).
Jimmy’s Return to Health
Great to see our distinguished citizen, Jimmy Ryan, back in town and looking so well after his term in hospital. Unfortunately while he was away, some few weekend revellers thought it would be a god idea of fun to kill one of his five geese and hang the carcase on the gate of the pound. How low can one get? Maybe if anyone has any information they would pass it on to the relevant authorities as soon as possible. All information can be passed on confidentially to members of the local Garda or to the Garda Confidential Free-phone No: 1800 666 111.
A collection in aid of famine relief in Sudan will be taken up at all masses in the parish this weekend. Ireland has suffered as much from famine in the past, as any country. The effects of the potato famine in Ireland were felt for at least the following century. With the memory of our own Great Famine of the eighteen forties still remembered, it is felt that a very generous response will be forthcoming to this weekend’s appeal.
The Collectors of the Church Gate Collection for Concern which was taken up on the week-end of 30th July & 1st Aug would like to thank most sincerely all those generously supported this worthy cause. The total amount collected came to €886.05.
Progressive 25 Results
Results for Progressive 25 Drive game played on Friday 13th August are as follows: winners on 12 games, Nora Lee and Nora O’Donnell; runners up on 11 games, Mona Kinane and Chris O’Brien; rubber finals, Mrs Gorey and Sean Spillane, Mary and Jim Garrett, Tess Maher and Paddy Butler. Tickets, Hannie Leahy, Mick Holohan, Dan Long and Paddy McCormack; table prize, Jim and Mary Garrett. Next game takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 20th august at 9pm sharp.
Old School Friends
Old school friends, Michael Cummins and Tony O'Donnell renewed acquaintances in Fethard last week when both met for the first time in many years. Michael, a son of ‘Cautious’ Cummins formerly from Kerry Street, Fethard, now lives in Yorkshire, England and is very interested in art. He has promised to bring his brushes with him next time to paint some local scenes. Tony is originally from Crampscastle and now lives in Dublin.
Fethard & Killusty Lotto Jackpot €8,650
There was no Jackpot winner in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto this week. The numbers drawn on Tuesday 10th August were 2, 24, 27 and 28. There was no 'Match 3' winner so five tickets were drawn and each of the following won €30:
Helen Morrissey, 48 St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Therese Ryan, Clerihan
Corina Roe, Monkstown, Dublin
Hannie Leahy, Annesgift, Fethard
Joe Mackey, Main Street, Killenaule
Three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Breda Burke, Main Street, Fethard
Eoin Moloughney, c/o Barry Connolly
The Fogarty Family, 3 Congress Terrace, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot is €8,650 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €755.