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Clocks Forward for Summer Time
Just a reminder that Summer Time comes into being on Sunday 29th March. Do not forget to put all your watches and clocks forward one hour on Saturday night.

Daffodil Day in Fethard
Transition Year students from Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School helping out with Daffodil Day in Fethard. L to R: Kelly Fogarty, Jane Kenny, Jean Anglim, Niall Rochford, Rebecca Fogarty and Fiona Crotty.
Transition Year students from Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School helping out with Daffodil Day in Fethard on Friday 20th March. L to R: Kelly Fogarty, Jane Kenny, Jean Anglim, Niall Rochford, Rebecca Fogarty and Fiona Crotty.


Buying daffodils from transition year student, Kelly Fogarty, outside Fethard Post Office on 'Daffodil Day' are L to R: Kelly Fogarty (Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School TY student), Mrs Peg Sharpe, Mrs Rosemary Ponsonby and Mrs Mary Connors.
Buying daffodils from transition year student, Kelly Fogarty, outside Fethard Post Office on 'Daffodil Day' are L to R: Kelly Fogarty (Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School TY student), Mrs Peg Sharpe, Mrs Rosemary Ponsonby and Mrs Mary Connors.


Transition Year students from Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School selling daffodils to customers on Daffodil Day in Fethard. L to R: Jane Kenny, Peg Gleeson, Margaret Smith, Sarah Mullins, Jean Anglim and Kitty O'Sullivan.
Transition Year students from Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School selling daffodils to customers on Daffodil Day in Fethard. L to R: Jane Kenny, Peg Gleeson, Margaret Smith, Sarah Mullins, Jean Anglim and Kitty O'Sullivan.

Luxury house available for rent in Fethard
Luxury three bed roomed house available for rent in Fethard with mature private garden and all mod cons. Situated in a very nice location only two minutes walk from the town centre. For viewing please contact Tel: 086 1616587 for appointment.

Allotments available in secure walled garden near Fethard
Allotments
Garden lovers who may not have the space to grow their own flowers, fruit or vegetables can now avail of allotments for rent in a secure walled garden two miles from Fethard on the Clonmel Road. Allotments are a great hobby. They're cheap, you get healthy exercise without having to pay for a gym or run around in circles and you get to eat healthy fruit and vegetables. For further details contact Linda at 086 3904040 or Helen at 087 2295650.

Historical Society

The monthly meeting of the Fethard Historical Society is being held next Tuesday, 31st March, in the ICA Hall as the usual Abymill Theatre venue will be busy hosting the annual school show.

The AGM of the society will be held on Tuesday 28th April when Labhaoise McKenna, County Heritage Officer for South Tipperary, will make a presentation on the present position and future prospects for heritage promotion – both natural and manmade – in the county.
In the coming weeks the Historical Society will be drawing up their programme of outings for the summer months and a mix of local ‘evening outings’ and ‘day trips’ to further away will again be organised.

New members are always welcome and all members are free to attend the monthly meetings which begin at eight thirty on the last Tuesday of every month. Membership is seven euro for individuals and ten euro for a family. The society can be joined by contacting Pat Looby, Kerry Street, Fethard, or any member of the committee.

Fethard & Killusty Anglers
Fethard and Killusty Angling Club will hold a fishing competition on this coming Sunday 29th March. Anglers will meet at Thorny Bridge at 11am. For further information call Tel: 087 7477218.

Lourdes Table Quiz
A table quiz will be held in the Secondary School Hall on Tuesday 31st March at 8.30pm. The proceeds of this quiz and raffle will be used to sponsor two fifth year students as youth helpers with the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in June. A raffle will be held in conjunction with the table quiz. Attractive sponsored prizes will be on offer on the night so don’t miss this excellent night’s entertainment. Refreshments will be served and an invitation is extended to all.

Ian attends the Meteor Music Awards at the RDS
Meteor Music Awards at the RDS
Ian O'Connor, St. Patrick's Place, photographed with singer Enrique Iglesias at the Meteor Music Awards at the RDS last week

Ian O'Connor, St. Patrick's Place, photographed with Sile Seoige and Gráinne Seoige (right) at the Meteor Music Awards at the RDS last week
Ian O'Connor, St. Patrick's Place, photographed with Sile Seoige and Gráinne Seoige (right) at the Meteor Music Awards at the RDS
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Fethard GAA & Ladies Football Medal Presentation 2008
Presentations of medals will take place at a function to be held on Friday 27th March in Slievenamon Golf Club. Tickets are available at €10 from Jimmy O’Shea (Chairman), Mary Godfrey (Secretary), Nicky O’Shea (Treasurer), Patsy Lawrence (Vice Chairman), Gus Fitzgerald (PRO) or from Ladies Football committee members, Joe Keane and Thomas McCarthy.

Fethard Youth Café volunteer training
Fethard Youth Café volunteer training continues on this Thursday night, 26th March, at 8pm when Carmel O’Neill from Tipperary Regional Youth Service will undertake the third night’s training module on ‘Child Protection’. The topic last week, delivered by Catherine Doyle and Breda McCarthy was on ‘Running a Youth Café’ which covered rules, discipline, membership, committee duties, programme planning, youth participation and future leader induction programmes. We had fourteen adult volunteers attending: Bobbi Holohan, Joe Kenny, Marian Noonan, Fiona Cleverley, Kyle O’Donnell, Rita Kenny, Brian Sheehy, Marie Murphy, Edwina Newport, Ger Manton, Brud Roche, Lisa O’Donnell, Liam Hayes and Peter Grant. New adult volunteers are very welcome to come along on this Thursday night and missed training sessions can be undertaken at a later date.

The Youth Café will be open on Saturday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm while renovations are still taking place. We expect to start officially opening on some weekend nights within the next few weeks, when it will be strictly ‘Members Only’.

A Bebo page has also been set up where members can get all the latest information on the Youth Café and meet other members. The address is www.bebo.com/fethardY

Membership forms are available from the Community Office in Barrack Street, Newport’s Newsagency, Patrician Presentation Secondary School and can also be downloaded from the Fethard website.

Signs of the times!
Signs of the times!

Fethard Macra News
Fethard Macra will represent South Tipperary in the semifinals of the drama competition taking place on 5th and 6th April. The prizewinners trip this year will see the victors of the competition heading to the ‘Eternal City’ Rome. We are currently rehearsing the drama ‘Blood and Lime’. This is a drama exploring the impact of marital separation on a modern day contemporary family.

The South Tipperary round of the volleyball competition takes place in Clerihan on March 29th.

Club members will travel to the hustings taking place for the forthcoming Macra Presidential elections in Mitchelstown on 25th March.

South Tipp and North Tipp Macra members climbed the Galtee Mountains on Sunday and a great time was had by all with further mountain climbs planned for the future.

For further information about the club contact Michael Tel: 087-9019443 or email fethardmacra@gmail.com or check out our Macra page <FethardM> on Bebo. We are always looking for new members so if you are looking for a new and diverse range of interests and a great way to make new friends locally check us out!

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 18th March were 10, 12, 14 and 29. We had no Jackpot winner and six ‘Match 3’ winners who received €25 each:
Mary Kenrick, Burke Street, Fethard;
Rena Sheehan, Elm Park, Clonmel;
Maggie Napier, The Green, Fethard;
Marie Corcoran, The Valley, Fethard;
Jess Lyons, Coolmoyne, Fethard;
Liz Paradine, c/o Rita Kane, Kerry Street, Fethard.

The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
Anne Daly, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Anne Williamson, c/o McManus Grocery;
Mary Murphy, c/o Kitty O'Donnell.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.

Fethard & District Day Care Centre AGM
The annual general meeting of Fethard & District Day Care Centre will take place on Thursday 26th March at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre. We invite all to come alone and in particular new volunteers willing to help and get involved in the many wonderful services provided for the elderly in our parish by the Day Care Centre. For further information contact Geraldine McCarthy at (052) 32917.

Fethard Rugby Club
Fethard under-16 rugby team who played Clonmel on St. Patrick's Day in Fethard Community Sports Field. Clonmel won 12-5 (two tries and 1 conversion, to 1 try).Back L to R: Stephen Maguire, Matt O'Sullivan, Kieran Power, Timmy O'Donovan, Tom Hennessey from Spar, Colm Shanahan, Johnny Lawler, Robert Hall, Sam Manton, Andy Walsh. Front L to R: Shane Power, Adam O'Donnell, Adam Lahart, Conor Kavanagh, Dylan Fitzgerald and Matthew Fitzgerald.
Fethard under-16 rugby team who played Clonmel on St. Patrick's Day in Fethard Community Sports Field. Clonmel won 12-5 (two tries and 1 conversion, to 1 try). Back L to R: Stephen Maguire, Matt O'Sullivan, Kieran Power, Timmy O'Donovan, Tom Hennessey from Spar, Colm Shanahan, Johnny Lawler, Robert Hall, Sam Manton, Andy Walsh. Front L to R: Shane Power, Adam O'Donnell, Adam Lahart, Conor Kavanagh, Dylan Fitzgerald and Matthew Fitzgerald.
(Photographs supplied by Kieran Butler)

Colm Shanahan tackling for Fethard in their under-16 semifinal game against Clonmel played on St. Patrick's Day.
Colm Shanahan tackling for Fethard in their under-16 semifinal game against Clonmel played on St. Patrick's Day.

 Tom Hennessey presenting kit bag sponsored by Spar Fethard to Colm Shanahan
Tom Hennessey presenting kit bag sponsored by Spar Fethard to Colm Shanahan

Matthew FitzGerald fending off a tackle
Matthew FitzGerald fending off a tackle

Sam Manton running with the ball
Sam Manton running with the ball

O’Dwyer Information
I am writing to ask if you can suggest how best I could carry out some research. I am looking for info on Bridget O'Dwyer born in Fethard in November 1915. She moved to England where she settled in London and married. My husband is a grandson. Any suggestions you could offer would be very much appreciated. Thank you, Rosie. Email: rosie.rust@tiscali.co.uk

Fethard GAA Club News
Our Intermediate Hurlers got off to a flying start in the County League when they won in Fethard on a score line, Fethard 1-15, Arravale Rovers 0-9. Their second game takes place this weekend against Moyne. Check newspaper for fixture.

Please remember our ‘Medal Presentation’ takes place this Friday 27th March in Slievenamon Golf Club.

We had no winner of our Jackpot in the Fethard GAA Sports Lotto. The numbers drawn were 1, 4, 16 and 24. We had one match three winner of €150 to Stephen O’Brien, Lowesgreen, Rosegreen, Cashel. The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Patricia Breen, The Green, Fethard. Thanks to AIB or providing the tickets.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
The Juvenile GAA Club recently held their AGM and the following officers were elected and look forward to working with parents and members during the coming year: Chairman, Fran Conran; Secretary, Ann Fleming; and Treasurer, Andy O’Donovan.

Training has begun and is now in full force for all ages. Parents and members are asked to take note of the following training times: U-6 & U-8 Saturday mornings in the GAA field from 11am to 12 noon.
U-10 /12/14/16s train on Monday and Thursday evenings at 7pm in the GAA field. These times and days are a permanent fixture and members will be informed if there are any changes. The south championship will begin for these teams shortly.

U-12s are away on Saturday 28th March to Ballyporeen at 12 noon. Further details at training. U-16s are away to Commercials on Monday 30th March, leaving the GAA field at 5.15pm. These fixtures are as we have them to date. Members will be notified if there are any changes just as soon as the club secretary or coaches are informed.
 
Please also note that club membership fees are now due and will be collected at training sessions. Club membership is €10 per member. If you have any queries please feel free to contact the club chairman Fran Conran at: 087 1329694.

Barrack Street, Fethard
Barrack Street, Fethard

Rosemary ffolliott (1935-2009)
The death has occurred in England on Thursday 12th March of Miss Rosemary ffolliott. In the 1980s Miss ffolliott left Dublin and came to live at The Rectory, Fethard, where she remained before moving to England in 2005. (Rosemary ffolliott's surname is spelt with two small "f"s because at one time the capital "F" was written "ff".)

Miss ffolliott was widely recognised as Ireland’s premier genealogist of the latter half of the twentieth century. Her work and her approach to the subject had a marked influence on the development of genealogical research in Ireland. She retired from professional research several years before the founding in 1986 of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland, so she was never a member. However, APGI has benefited greatly from her endeavours.

Miss ffolliott published her first book, a history of her mother’s family, Pollet Virtus: The Pooles of Mayfield, when she was just twenty years old. From the 1950s to the 1970s she was a member of the panel of freelance researchers engaged by the Genealogical Office. Rosemary ffolliott was a dynamic member of the Irish Genealogical Research Society in the early 1960s and was for a time editor of its journal, The Irish Genealogist. In addition she revised A Simple Guide to Irish Genealogy, the original of which had been written by Father Wallace Clare, founder of the IGRS. It was the first guide book ever published on Irish family history. Miss ffolliott’s version, which was virtually a new book, appeared in 1966. That year she was made a Fellow of the IGRS, being the first woman so honoured and (at 30 years old) possibly the youngest ever recipient of the distinction.

In 1969 she began publication of The Irish Ancestor, a journal of family and social history topics. It ran until 1986. Two other major works were her “Index to Biographical Notices Collected from Newspapers, Principally Relating to Cork and Kerry, 1756-1827” (1969) and “Index to Biographical Notices in the Newspapers of Limerick, Ennis, Clonmel and Waterford, 1758-1821” (1985), both of which are quite widely available on microfiche. In 1980 Irish Genealogy: A Record Finder, edited by Donal Begley, appeared and it included several chapters by Rosemary ffolliott which influenced later writings on genealogical sources. Her chapter on the Registry of Deeds has not been surpassed.
Miss ffolliott’s interests included furniture, silverware, costume, and all things connected with the history of Irish mercantile and gentry families, subjects about which she had in-depth knowledge. She never lectured, as she was afraid that a slip of the tongue might be weighed against her body of written work. Her style of writing was clear and engaging and she was very comfortable about committing her work to print, as she was meticulous about proofreading.

In the late 1970s she withdrew temporarily from the GO panel in order to write a book on Irish costume. As it transpired she never returned to the panel and, to her great disappointment, the book never reached publication. In the 1980s she moved from Dublin to Fethard, Co. Tipperary, where she remained until a few years ago when she went to live in the English Midlands. After much begging on the part of the conference chairman, she almost attended one day of the 3rd Irish Genealogical Congress at Maynooth in 1997, but early morning fog in Fethard prevented the visit. Though she maintained contact with some of her friends and associates from the world of genealogy, she never partook in its activities in the last two decades of her life. Not surprisingly many people who got involved in the field in the meantime thought she was a very elderly woman or a figure from the distant past. In truth the former prodigious force of Irish genealogy was a very active lady who busied herself with her animals and her garden. Her sudden death at the age of 73 was sad news for her friends, but she passed away while tending her garden and there could be no more appropriate farewell for this remarkable woman. (APGI)

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