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Monday 19th June 2006

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Died Recently
We record the death of Sr. Mary Macnamara, Presentation Convent, Fethard, who died peacefully on Monday 19th June, 2006.

Reposing at the Presentation Convent Chapel, Fethard. Removal at 7.30pm on Wednesday 21st June to Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard. Requiem mass at 11am on Thursday followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery

Pre-Holiday Quiz Deferred
As a mark of respect for the late Sr. Mary McNamara, R.I.P, who died on Monday 19th June, the Parents Association are deferring the Pre-Holiday Quiz until Monday 26th June at 7pm.

Lourdes Invalid Pilgrimage
A group of people from the parish are now in Lourdes on the Diocesan Pilgrimage having travelled out on Friday last. The group includes, Canon James Power, five invalids, six volunteer workers, three nurses and three helpers who care for the invalids during their stay. Hopefully they are all having a prayerful and enjoyable time.

Thanks to the local pupils and teachers of the Patrician Presentation Secondary School who helped in a big way to finance the local Lourdes Fund and thanks also to those ladies who baked bread and fruit cakes to be brought out for the invalids.

Killusty Clean Up
Residents are asked to give a helping hand with a ‘clean-up’ at Killusty Village on Thursday evening 22nd June at 7pm. Please bring along your garden tools.

Died Recently
We record the death of Phil Kelly, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard, who died on Sunday 18th June. Remains will leave McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 7.30pm on Monday, 19th June, for St. Joseph the Worker Church, Moyglass.

Requiem Mass at 11.30am on Tuesday followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 20th July at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Up The Wall from Exams

Don O'Connell, The Valley, sent us this photograph (and caption) of pupils from Presentation Patrician Secondary School taking a break by the Town Wall after finishing their exams on Thursday.

Class Reunion of 1976
A class reunion of Leaving Cert Year 1976 will take place in Slievenamon Golf Club at 9pm on Saturday 8th July. A great night is planned and all those intending to attend are asked to contact Catherine Newport at Tel: 052 31620 to help her finalise numbers.

The 43rd Killusty Pony Show
The forty-third Killusty Pony Show is on course to take place at Claremore, Killusty, on the 1st July, 2006.  A committee meeting to prepare for this annual event took place on Wednesday 14th June in the Tirry Community Centre.  Several younger Committee members have made themselves available in the last few months and their input is particularly appreciated.  Should anyone else like to join the committee you would be very welcome at the next meeting.

The Killusty programme has been very successful over the last many years but tweaking of the schedule is always taking place to ensure that its popularity never wanes.  This year’s show will include for the first time a Local Riding Pony Class. This Class will be confined to competitors from within 20 miles of Killusty and to animals under 153 cms.  There will be a prize for the best placed competitor from the Parish of Fethard and Killusty. There will also be a Coloured Riding Pony Class for animals under 148 cms.  A new 123cms Show Hunter Pony Class is also included.  These new Classes supplement what is already a full schedule of In-hand, Show and Hunter Pony Ridden Classes, Working Hunter Pony Classes, both Novice, Open and Performance as well as Ridden Equitation and Equitation Jumping.  There are also Welsh, Arab and Connemara Breed Classes. The side-saddle classes are always spectacular and the Fancy Dress and Dog Show are most entertaining.

Schedules for the 2006 Show are available from the Secretary, Betsy O’Connor, Knockelly, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Tel: 052-31130.  All classes must be entered by 22nd June as a full catalogue is produced with the exception of the Equitation Riding and Jumping and the Performance Working Hunter, which may be entered on the day on the field.  All are welcome to enter and day affiliation of the IPS is available so that all competitors are covered by insurance on the day.

The Ryder Cup Visits Clonmel

Tipperary hurling ace Eoin Kelly showing the Ryder Cup to Jack Kenny at the O2 shop in Clonmel

The Ryder Cup Trophy came to Clonmel on Wednesday 14th June for 30 minutes as part of the O2 Challenge to bring the trophy to every county in Ireland in just four days.

The O2 Ryder Cup Trophy Tour was launched on Monday June 12th in Dublin by Des Smyth, Vice Captain of the European Ryder Cup team. O2 Ireland is an Official Partner of the 36th Ryder Cup, which takes place at The K Club in Ireland in September of this year.

Knitting for Pleasure
Now that summer has arrived the Tuesday evening ‘Knitting for Pleasure’ club will take a break as from this week on and will recommence again in September. There was a great variety of knitting projects undertaken among the group of knitting enthusiasts during the year and anyone willing to join is more than welcome.

Please contact Sr. Juliana for further details and come along and enjoy the knitting, chat and a friendly cup of tea when we resume in September.

Tipp FM Broadcast from St. Patrick's Place
On Wednesday, 14th June, Tipp FM's Fran Curry broadcast his ‘More Music Lunch Show’ from St. Patrick's Place, Fethard, from 12 to 2pm as part of the housing estate blitz. There was great fun and live music and a big crowd gathered to meet the special guest Chris Doran who met fans and signed autographs. The sun shone while local musicians John Pollard and Pauline Morrissey finished the show with Slievenamon with residents singing along.

Photographed outside the Tipp FM outside broadcast unit in St. Patrick's Place are L to R: Chris Doran (special guest), Anna Cooke, Fran Curry (Tipp FM Presenter) and Pauline Morrissey.

L to R: Pauline Morrissey, Maura Mullins, Amanda Napier, Ann Keane with Aaron Quigley in front, Rita Callaghan, Ian O'Connor, Margaret O'Donnell with Éabha Hogan in front Marion O'Connor holding baby Dathí Hogan, and Denis O'Sullivan.

Local girls listening to the live broadcast.

Parents’ Association Pre-Holiday Quiz
The St. Patrick's Boys' School Parents Association have organised a Pre-Holiday Quiz in aid of St. Patrick's Boys' School. The Quiz will take place in the Boys' School Hall on Wednesday 21st June from 7pm to 9pm. Boys and girls from first to sixth class are welcome to take part. Sports shop vouchers for the winners. Entry fee is €2.50 per child. Raffle tickets will also be sold at €1 each.

Fethard Cycling
Fethard cyclists had a very productive cycle on Wednesday 7th June. A total of 10 cyclists left Fethard car park at 7.40pm and cycled towards Cashel. Turning right at the church in Cashel, we headed for Dualla and straight through to Ballinure. After a five-minute stop we headed on to Laffansbridge, turned right towards the quarry and uphill towards Moyglass and then back home to Fethard. Two hours and five minutes later and a distance of 28 miles covered, we were all very pleased with our efforts.

Noticeably absent from our training group this week was Michael O’Gorman, Ballinard, who was most unfortunate to be knocked off his bike the previous week. One of more dedicated cyclists, he will be sorely missed on 28th July as he will be still recovering from a broken ankle. “Get Well Soon Michael”, from all the group!

It’s a far cry from the days when cycling was the more common mode of transport and the likes of Frank Ahearne would cycle to Wexford to see his granny or Dick Burke would go from Loughrea to Salthill during the 1930s on a bad bike, on bad roads, and only straw inside the tyres instead of tubes.  Ah! . . . those were the days!

Community Games

Well done also to Community games Judo winners pictured above with coach Eric O'Donnell. Front Row L to R:  Patrick Doyle,  Aobh O'Shea,  Eimear White,  Gary Bradshaw. Back Row L to R: Natalie Cahill, Lorraine Feery, Alan Sutcliffe and Padraig O'Shea. All these winners will represent Co Tipperary at the Munster Finals in University of Limerick on July 8th. All birth certs and photos to be submitted immediately.

Congratulations to 11 year old Philip Maher, Ballybough, winner of the gold medal at Co Tipperary Community Games County Swimming Finals in Tipperary Town last week. Philip was fethards only representative at this event and was very impressive winning his final.   He will now represent Co Tipperary for the second time at the HSE National finals on Aug 18 - 20th.

Thank You
Clare Sullivan, Woodvale Walk, has asked us to thank everyone who sponsored her in the Dublin Ladies Mini Marathon on 5th June. Claire raised €1,665 for South Tipperary Hospice Movement.  Well done Claire!

Impromptu Session at McCarthys on Tuesday 13th

Fethard GAA Club News
We had no activity on the club front last week with no fixtures, but the coming week will be very busy with five teams out in the South Championship, starting on this Friday evening 16th June in Cloneen with Fethard v Ballingarry in Junior ‘A’ Football at 8pm. On Sunday 18th June we play Carrick Swans in Senior Football in Kilsheelan at 3.30pm; on Wednesday 21st June we play Killenaule in Junior ‘B’ Football in Ballingarry at 8pm; on Friday 23rd June we play Ballyneale in Intermediate Hurling in Kilsheelan; and on Saturday 24th June we play Newcastle in Minor B Hurling in Ned Hall Park. Report on Intermediate Hurling County League semifinal next week.

Last week’s Lotto Jackpot of €2,600 was not won. The numbers drawn were 3, 4, 5 and 25. We had one ‘match three’ winner of €150 to Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan). The €50 Lucky Dip going to Willie O’Meara (Killusty).

This week’s Lotto Jackpot of  €2700 was also not won. The numbers drawn were 7, 10, 12 and 14. We had three match three winners of €50 each to: Aiden Fitzgerald (Burke St), Willie Fitzpatrick (Kilmoganny Co Kilkenny), Dermot Daly (30 St Pats Place). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Catherine Kearney (The Green). All Tickets were kindly supplied by Allied Irish Bank, Main Street.

Our Sympathies are at this time with O’Brien family, Rathkenny, on the death of Michael; The Donovan family, Burke St, on the death of Gretta; and the O’Connor family, Ballyvaden, on the death of John Joe. Go ndeanai trochaire ar an ainmeachta.

John Bradley launches the Fethard Town Trail

Silhouette of Fethard Holy Trinity Church and Town Wall.

Photographed at the launch of Fethard Historical Society's Medieval Town Trail Brochure are L to R: Dóirín Saurus (Chairperson Fethard Historical Society), John Bradley, Senior Lecturer Department of Modern History, NUI Maynooth, who officially launched the brochure, Tim Robinson, who recently restored the now lives in the early post-medieval town house at Watergate, John Devane (Tipperary Leader Group) and Eamon McEneaney (Chair of The Heritage Council Irish Walled Towns Network).

Jimmy O'Sullivan photographed with his daughter Evie and son Matt who took part in the Historical Treasure Trail contest for young people. Evie was the overall winner and received €50.

On Saturday night, June 10th, at Holy Trinity Church, John Bradley, Senior Lecturer Department of Modern History, NUI Maynooth, officially launched the new walking trail map of Fethard. This map is published by the Fethard Historical Society with assistance from the Tipperary Leader Group. The guide depicts medieval Fethard and outlines 10 medieval features one meets along the trail. It is hoped that this map will bring attention to the medieval footprints that remain as an integral part of today's town.

L to R: Austin McQuinn, Rita Kenny, Paddy Lonergan and Pat Looby.

Launching the guide, John Bradley spoke of the many changes that have taken place in our towns in recent decades. He cited his own native Kilkenny and how people had struggled to maintain the medieval buildings there and how today the vision of those who activated the preservation of such buildings is greatly appreciated. He suggested that Fethard is now not possibly, but certainly, the most important medieval small walled town in Ireland today.

John Bradley (left), Senior Lecturer Department of Modern History, NUI Maynooth, photographed with Tim Robinson and Catherine Corcoran who recently restored the early post-medieval town house at Watergate where they now live.

After the official launch, Mary Hanrahan guided a group of 40 people along much of the town trail. From the ramparts of a section of the restored town wall, people were able to look out over a portion of countryside largely unchanged due to minimal encroachment from building development.

Tim Robinson and Geraldine Walsh at the reception in the Abymill.

Towards the end of the walk, everyone was generously invited into Tim Robinson and Catherine Corcoran's recently restored 15th century early post-medieval town house at Watergate. This inspiring restoration of the original house includes features such as original oak beams with carpenters marks still visible, carved slate tiles surrounding an original fireplace and a view of Holy Trinity Church with its crenulated tower and surrounds, little of which, has changed for three to four hundred years. Some of us who live, might say, a view to die for.

Rosemary Ponsonby and Liam Burke at the reception in the Abymill.

To finish the evening the tired group gathered for cakes, cheese and drinks in the Abymill and to celebrate the remaining architectural and historical landmarks of  those people who used to live in medieval Fethard.

L to R: Dóirín Saurus (Chairperson Fethard Historical Society), John Bradley, who officially launched the brochure, Terry Cunningham and Mary Hanrahan.

Fethard ICA Guild
On Thursday 8th June, eighteen members celebrated th 65th anniversary of South Tipperary Federation of ICA along with representatives from twenty-seven other guilds. The venue for the occasion was Aherlow House Hotel. The evening commenced with a punch reception followed by high tea. The guest speaker was Celia Larkin, followed by a question and answer session and social half hour. Wonderful weather, magnificent scenery and President Nora Kennedy’s welcome for all, made it a very memorable occasion.

Our summer outing takes place on Wednesday 21st June to the Agricultural, Food and Garden Show at Kildalton College, followed by refreshments in Kilmeaden, a trip on the Suir Valley Railway by the River Suir and a visit to Easter Island Garden Centre. An evening meal will be available at Poppys on the Park, Waterford. Bus fair is €12, leaving Fethard Town Hall at 10am. Enquiries to our secretary Tel: 052-31116 or 086 3231085. We wish our members a happy and safe summer and see you all on 12th September DV.

Bianconi v Stokes — a tale of two wheels!
The following article published in the Tipperary Free Press on 18th July 1835 was supplied by Michael Hall, Kyle, Drangan, and gives us a good insight into the cut-throat business world of the 1830’s, in particular, between the Bianconi’s Cars and Stokes Cars of Fethard. The following ‘REWARD’ advertisement was published in the newspaper of 18th July 1835:

  • “REWARD —Whereas on the night of Tuesday last, some person maliciously cut, with a saw, the shafts of my Day Car to Dungarvan (which had that day commenced plying between Thurles, Killenaule, Fethard, Clonmel and that town) in the first mentioned place, and quite close to the stand occupied by Mr Bianconi’s cars.
  • Now in order to bring to punishment the guilty person, I herby offer a Reward of TEN POUNDS, on his being prosecuted to conviction, within the ensuing TWELVE MONTHS.
  • It may perhaps, be almost unnecessary to mention that I have used every exertion in my power, to accommodate the public, and particularly the persons in the trade, residing in the towns thro’ which my Cars travel that in very rare instances, do I charge for parcel, that in all cases, my fares are extremely moderate. These are facts that can be proved, and which I do respectfully conceive, entitle me to the support of the public.
  • PATRICK STOKES, Hotel Fethard, (Tipperary) July 17, 1835.
  • Art Exhibition Opened at St. Bernard Group Homes

    Photographed at the official opening of an art exhibition, 'Images and Destinations' by Niall Bracken at the Conference Room, St. Bernard Group Homes, Fethard, on Thursday 8th June. L to R: Niall Bracken (artist), Sr. Éilís Bergin (Director St. Bernard's Group Homes) and Bill Morrison who officially opened the exhibition.

    Photographed at the official opening of an art exhibition, 'Images and Destinations' by Niall Bracken at the Conference Room, St. Bernard Group Homes, Fethard, on Thursday 8th June. L to R: Mairead Morrissey, Ailish Barrett, Margaret Doocey and Peggy Sullivan.

    L to R: Seamus Moore (South Eastern Health Board), Niall Bracken (artist), Sr. Éilís Bergin (Director St. Bernard's Group Homes), Aisling Kilroy (The Narrow Space) and Carol Moore (South Eastern Health Board).

    L to R: Sr. Winnie, Rev. Patrick Mooney, Michael Kennedy and Sr Kathleen Kennedy

    L to R: Eoin Floinn, Patricia Floinn and Pauline Bracken.

    The Munster Tribune 1955
    The following article and photographs were taken from a copy of The Munster Tribune, dated Friday 30th September 1955. A feature of this newspaper at that time was a visit of their 'Strolling Camerman' to a town and we're very lucky to have this article and photographsh of his visit to Fethard to share with you. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

    Died Recently
    We record the death of Margaret 'Gretta' O'Donovan, Burke Street, Fethard, which took place on June 10th 2006. Relict of the late Andy. Sadly missed by her loving sons, daughters, sister, brother, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives and friends. RIP.

    Reposing at her residence. Removal on Monday, 12th June, to Fethard Parish Church at 8pm. Requiem Mass Tuesday at 12 o clock followed by burial in adjoining cemetery.

    We record the death of John Joe O'Connor, Ballyvaden, Fethard, which took place on June 10th 2006 at his residence. Deeply regretted by his loving family, Diarmuid, Margaret, Denis, Liam, Mary, Imelda, Patricia, John, Elizabeth and Eddie, his brother Willie, sons in law, daughters in law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends. RIP.

    Reposing at his residence. Removal this Monday evening at 7.30 to St Joseph the Worker Church Moyglass, to arrive at 8pm. Requiem Mass Tuesday at 11.30 followed by burial in adjoining cemetery.

    Clonmel Junction Festival
    The online booking has commenced for this year's nine-day Junction Festival of music, theatre and art.

    Fethard Nano Nagle School pupils took part in the Participation Programme and Mary Nugent and her Band will play on Friday 7th July in Lonergan's Bar, Clonmel.

    For a full list of events and booking details CLICK HERE


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