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Monday 17th September 2007

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Articles for Annual Emigrants’ Newsletter
This year’s issue of the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter is currently being compiled and we take this opportunity to remind secretaries and club representatives to submit their annual reports before 1st October to ensure inclusion in this year’s issue.

We also invite individuals to submit their own articles (by email and photographs as soon as possible. Same can also be posted or handed in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, or to Edwina Newport, Newport’s Newsagency, Main Street, Fethard. 

If you would like to make a donation towards the Emigrants' Newsletter please CLICK HERE and you will be directed to our secure server that will accept credit card payments. All donations over €10 will be acknowledged in this year's issue due out in December.:

If you are connected with Fethard & Killusty Parish and would like to join our Annual Newsletter mailing list CLICK HERE

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night, 18th September at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. New members are always welcome to come along.

New Service at Fethard Country Markets

Nellie Shortall (left) talking to Fethard Country Markets new stall holder, Rose Corbett, who is offering a wide range of produce suitable for Celiacs. Fethard Country Markets is open at Fethard Town Hall every Friday morning.

Pavarotti at Lonergans
The death of Luciano Pavarotti on 6th September recalled memories of his visit to Lonergan’s Pub on The Square in February 1990. Paddy Lonergan remembers the day Pavarotti dropped in for lunch with some of his entourage following a visit to Coolmore Stud Farm. Although not as famous then as he was now, Pavarotti was easily recognised by his large smile. Many of Lonergan’s customers were disbelieved when they later told their friends they had lunch with Pavarotti!  May he rest in peace. 

Fethard 'Stone Mad' Photographic Competition €500 for Adult Winner and €200 for Childrens Winner

Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) have organised a National Photographic Competition ‘Stone Mad’ for Fethard and other walled towns in Ireland. The objective of the competition this year is to select photographs, which best capture this impression of Ireland’s unique and historic Walled Towns and Cities. Entries will be divided into two categories:

  • Adults (18 and over)
  • Children (under 18)

Local Competition Prizes – Adults and Childrens
Prizes of €500 will be awarded in each of the participating Walled Towns to the winner of the Adult category with a prize of €200 for the Children’s winner.

All entries must be in printed format – see rules below. The Local Authorities and the Heritage Council reserve the right to reproduce and exhibit without fee any image in connection with the event with due acknowledgement to the author.

National Competition and Prizes 
The winners of the local Walled Towns and Cities Competitions will then be entered into “The Irish Walled Town and Cities National Photographic Competition 2007” organised by the Irish Walled Town Network (IWTN) in conjunction with the local authorities and The Heritage Council of Ireland. The categories for the National Com.petition will be the same as the local competitions.

The winners of the National Competition will be announced at the Irish Walled Towns Network Annual Dinner in Carrickfergus on the 15th November 2007.

A Laptop computer will be awarded to the overall National Winners – in the two categories of Adult and Children’s.

National and Local Historic Walled Towns and Cities Photographic Competition 2007 – Rules

  • Entries for the local competitions will close at 5pm on Friday 21st September 2007.  Local Winners will be notified after Friday 26th October 2007.

  • Entries can be in black and white or in colour.

    • Prints should be a minimum of 6 x 4 inches (15.24 x 10.16 centimetres), maximum 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 centimetres) (N.B. Prints submitted less than 6 x 4 inches for the Adult category will be deemed invalid and returned); and 

    • Prints should have the entrant’s name and address written on the back of each print.
  • Digital images must be submitted in the necessary print format.

  • Judges appointed by the Local Authorities and the Heritage Council will choose the winners. The judges’ decision will be final.

  • All Images must feature the historic Town Walls in the relevant town or city.

  • Up to 5 images may be entered by each entrant.

  • Competition age groups are as follows:
    • Adult (over 18)
    • Child (under 18)
  • All work must be original in concept and the copyright of such work must be at the disposal of the entrant.

  • The Heritage Council and the local authorities reserve the right to reproduce and exhibit without fee any image in connection with the event with due acknowledgement to the author.

  • All images are sent at the entrant’s risk and the Heritage Council regrets that it cannot take any liability for any loss of, or damage accruing to any images entered in the competition (howsoever) nor for any loss damage resulting therein.

  • If you wish to have your work returned please enclose a stamped address envelope.  The participating Local Authorities will return work as soon as possible after the closing date of the competition.

  • Entry to the competition confirms acceptance of these rules.

  • Prizes will be awarded to One Winner in each category.

  • The Local Authorities reserve the right to enter any images into The Irish Walled Town and Cities National Photographic Competition 2007.

  • Contact Details for Fethard: Dóirín Saurus, Fethard Historical Society, Crampscastle, Fethard. Tel: 052 31936.

Fethard GAA Club News
South Senior Football is very much back on track with a convincing victory over Cahir on Sunday on a scoreline, Fethard 3-10, Cahir 0-11. This has set up yet again another meeting in the semifinal with Ardfinnan to be played in Cahir at 3pm this Saturday 15th September, as part of a double bill. With a solid performance from our team, Aiden Fitzgerald scored 1-3 from centre field and Brian Coen was accurate from frees scoring 4 points, with Willie Morrissey and Eoin Doyle scoring great goals. This was a physical contest that our boys stood up to and played football of the highest standard when they answered the call having been reduced to 14 early in the second half. They struck 2 -1 within five minutes to end the game as a contest. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Damien Byrne, Michael Aherne, Ian Kenrick, Benny Hahessy, Cian Maher, Glen Burke, Aiden Fitzgerald, Jamie McCormack, John P Looby, Stephen O’Donnell, Eoin Doyle, Willie Morrissey, Brian Coen and Christopher Sheehan. Sub was Miceál Spillane.

In Junior A Football our section for second and third place is a play-off. The first game is Commercials against Cahir with the losers playing Fethard for a second or third spot.

Our under-14 A hurlers must be complimented on winning the South Final — their fourth title at this grade since 1960.

The St Augustine’s committee are now on the road so please lend your support to this worthy cause. Dance tickets for the Minella Hotel on 26th October are now available at €35 each.

Our Under-21B hurling game is likely to be played w/e 23rd September against Cahir.

The Lotto Jackpot of €6,600 was not won. The numbers drawn were 8, 10, 15 and 19. We had three match three winners of €50 each to: Robert O’Riordan (Cloran Cloneen), Jim Williams (Killusty) and Esther Breen (Barrack St). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by John Nolan (c/o Gus Fitzgerald) Kiltinan. 

Tipperary Team 1927

Try and pick out the Fethard members of this 1927 Tipperary Football Team. Back L to R: J Ryan, E Connolly, J Phelan, M Spillane, M Gunne, E Cummins, E O'Shea. Middle L to R: P Dwyer (Sec), M Cleer, W Rouse, P Landy, T Armitage, P McGrath, P Dwane, Jack Quane (Trainer). Front L to R: S Grant, W Barrett (jnr), Billy Barrett (capt), J O'Connor (jnr) and J O'Connor (vice capt).

Killusty Soccer Club Golf Classic
Killusty Soccer Club is organising a golf classic, which will take place on Saturday 6th October at Slievenamon Golf Club. The format is a three ball scramble and the cost is €100 per team. Tee boxes can also be sponsored for €50. The competition is open to both club and non club golfers and with over €1000 in prizes, we are expecting a large turn out, especially from our ex players, many of whom have now taken to the ‘small ball’. For time sheets the contact number is: 087 6868991.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Results
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 5th September were: 1, 5, 9 and 21. There was no Jackpot winners and five Match 3 winners who received €30 each:
Angela Connery, Rathloose, Powerstown;
Doog O’Donohoe, Moyglass, Fethard;
Lisa O’Donnell, Red City, Fethard;
Martin Burke, Main Street, Fethard;
Nell Joy, Killenaule.

The €50 Luck Dip winners were:
Monica Pollard, Rocklow Road, Fethard;
Niamh Moroney, 13 Ard Alainn, Fethard;
Siobhan Pollard, The Green, Fethard.

Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000. 

Enjoying 'Loudest Whisper'

Photographed at Loudest Whisper in Butlers Bar last week were L to R: Tommy O'Brien, John O'Shea, Colm McGrath and Cailín Mills Edmonton.

Doheny Relatives
I am searching Dohenys in my family tree. Catherine Doheny  was married to my gr. gr. grandfather Thomas Moore. Their first child was born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1832. I have never found their marriage date in order to find her parents or where they came from in Ireland. I will quote from a family tree that I came upon (not confirmed that she is the right one) Catherine Doheny, born October 1813 in Carrigeen, Fethard, County Tipperary, Ireland. Daughter of Walter Doheny & Catherine Connelly, Fethard. I would appreciate if anyone would be kind enough to direct me to any of the above decedents. My regards, Delbert Moore, Maniwaki, Quebec, Canada. Email: 

Augustinian Mission Appeal
The Augustinian Fathers and the Golf Classic Committee wish to thank most sincerely everyone who contributed, in numerous ways, towards the success of our recent ‘Two Continents, One Gospel’ fundraising Golf Classic, held at Slievenamon Golf Club on 31st August. All of the proceeds will be shared between the Augustinian Fathers working in Ecuador and those based in Baba Dogo, Kenya.

Thirty-eight teams participated, in a three ball scramble, they were blessed with glorious sunshine. The winning teams were: 1st Michael Bulfin, Pat Slattery and Aidan Lawless; 2nd Mary Kendrick, Mary Comerford and Paul Kendrick; 3rd Micheál Broderick, John Kelly and Philip Ryan.

The committee are very grateful to all the golfers, businesses and individuals who sponsored a team, green or tee. Thank you to all who gave donations and to those who bought and sold so many tickets. Due to your tremendous generosity hundreds of malnourished children will enjoy a nutritious meal each day.

Last but by no means least, the committee are indebted to Brendan Kenny, Margaret Lawlor and Mark at Slievenamon Golf Club for their help and co-operation. 

School Trip to Fethard Folk Museum

Fifth and Sixth Class Pupils from Nano Nagle National School photographed on their outing to Fethard Folk Museum on Monday last. The pupils were delighted with the variety of interesting items on display from dolls to hearses and in particular the guided tour by Margaret Mullins.

Fethard Sister Cities Project
Mike Cahill sent us the following message from Saratoga.

“The news we see about Fethard is a joy to read. I know it's been 20 years in the making, but I can't help thinking we are seeing the birth of a new Fethard in the developments outlined.

In a key decision, the rendering plant has been refused permission to locate in the area by the South Tipperary County Council. Fethard’s agricultural and equine environment and economy will be preserved as a basis for future development.

The Walled Towns Day continues to grow as a regional and international draw. How I wish I could have been there to walk the heraldic walk and see the young people pictured with their coats of arms.

That said, I'm going to cut right to the chase — the Fethard & Town of Saratoga Sister Cities Project — we have one major accomplishment to date which is a formal commitment on both sides to enter into a Sister Cities exchange. I hope we can continue to build on this foundation.

1) We have not yet formally registered with Sister Cities International, and we should do that. The Council has received from Town of Saratoga a hard copy of the portfolio of letters of support and an electronic version of the resolution in favour of the Sister Cities exchange. Is Fethard at a point where they can reciprocate? I know that a number of organizations on the Irish side have expressed interest. Once we begin to have this picture for both sides, we can start to line up organizations with similar interests. I can already see some tandems, for example, Heritage Council and the Irish Walled Town Network = Saratoga National Historical Park; Teagasc = Saratoga County Farm Bureau; Slievenamon Golf Club = Saratoga National Golf Club; Fethard's Equine Group = Cornell Cooperative Extension Equine Program.

I know that the Town of Saratoga is proud to have been mentioned as a Sister Cities partner with Fethard in tourism development in the news story opposing the rendering plant.

The lead community organization for the Sister Cities exchange on the Town of Saratoga side is the Saratoga Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The Hibernians are a national organization and a major potential source of tourism. Much of the real work on the Saratoga side of the exchange will be done by the Saratoga Chapter.”

Table Quiz in aid of Africa
A table quiz in aid of Tracy Piggott’s ‘Playing for Life’ charity will be held in Butler’s Bar on Friday 14th September at 9pm. Tables cost €25 and the proceeds will help send two local volunteers, Carmel Rice and Mary Cloonan, to work in Tanzania with the project later this month.

On the night there is also a raffle, which includes two very attractive valuable prizes and lots of other smaller prizes. First prize is one year’s membership of Clonmel Park Hotel Leisure Centre, and second prize is two nights bed and breakfast for two people in the Dear Park Hotel, Howth, which includes hot-stone massage at DP Spa. 

Pilates Classes
A five-week beginners course in Pilate classes will commence in Fethard Ballroom on Tuesday 11th September from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.  Places cost €50 and must be booked in advance. Fully qualified Stott Pilates instructor, for further details contact Karen Morrissey at 087 9152377.

Aerobics with Body Toning
Classes in Aerobics with Body Toning commence in Mullinahone Community Centre on Tuesday 11th September from 7 to 8pm and in Drangan Community Centre from 7 to 8 on Thursday 13th September. All classes cost €7 per session.

Circuit Classes with Aerobics will commence in Ballingarry Community Hall on Thursday 13th September from 8.30pm to 9.30pm also costing €7. Just bring towel, mat and bottle of water.  For further information on any of these classes please contact Esther O’Dwyer (NCEF Fitness Instructor with Occ. First Aid) on Tel: 086 8960369.

Trust Golf Classic and Barbecue
The Frank Purcell Memorial Golf Classic in aid of the Trust Charity will now take place on Saturday 15th September at Slievenamon Golf Course. All teams that wish to participate can ring Brendan Kenny (052) 32213 at Slievenamon for tee times.

Prizes will be presented that night in McCarthys, followed by a charity auction and barbecue. Admission is free and music on the night will be provided by ‘Supernoodles’ from Kilkenny (better known around Fethard by their old name, Back Door).

Once again, many thanks to all those who have given us so much support over the past few years. 

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