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Excellence in Elocution
Successful students in the recent Irish Board of Speech & Drama awards ceremony for grade examinations in Verse Speaking and Communication Skills photographed at the Tirry Community Centre Fethard. Back L to R: Ciarán O'Leary, Emma Moore Kelly, Adam Buttimer, Paddy Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Kennedy, Sam Quigley, Louise Prendergast, Aisling Prendergast, Nancy Farrell (Instructor). Front L to R: Carol Ann Ryan, Anna Quigley, Anna Collier, Sorcha O'Brien (Gold Medal Winner), Katie Ryan and Seamus O'Brien. Missing from photo were Aoibhinn Brennan, Beth Buttimer, Henry Buttimer, Amy Kirby and Jack Sheehy.
Successful students in the recent Irish Board of Speech & Drama awards ceremony for grade examinations in Verse Speaking and Communication Skills photographed at the Tirry Community Centre Fethard. Back L to R: Ciarán O'Leary, Emma Moore Kelly, Adam Buttimer, Paddy Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Kennedy, Sam Quigley, Louise Prendergast, Aisling Prendergast, Nancy Farrell (Instructor). Front L to R: Carol Ann Ryan, Anna Quigley, Anna Collier, Sorcha O'Brien (Gold Medal Winner), Katie Ryan and Seamus O'Brien. Missing from photo were Aoibhinn Brennan, Beth Buttimer, Henry Buttimer, Amy Kirby and Jack Sheehy.

There were smiles all around at the recent Irish Board of Speech & Drama awards ceremony as students were presented with certificates for grade examinations in Verse Speaking and Communication Skills. Students and parents alike were delighted with the high marks achieved, where Distinctions and First Class Honours were the order of the day. Sorcha O’Brien from Clonmel was awarded the gold medal for her outstanding performance.

The participants, parents and instructor Nancy Farrell, gathered at the Tirry Community Centre last weekend where the pupils were photographed with their certificates. Nancy is a member of the Institute of Drama and Communication Teachers (IDAC) and is a graduate of the Leinster School of Music & Drama, Dublin, specialising in Elocution. She teaches locally and also in the broader South Tipperary region. Nancy was recently asked to coach local entrepreneur, Valerie Sheehy, for RTE’s Dragons’ Den, where Valerie was successful in securing investment from two Dragons, for her business www.myponcho.ie

Irish Board of Speech and Drama exams provide an opportunity to develop self-confidence and self-esteem in a safe and friendly environment; a professional evaluation of progress; and a certification of achievement. All ages and abilities are catered for, and exams, although encouraged, are not compulsory. For further information, you can visit the Irish Board website www.irishboard.ie or contact Nancy on 086 3432526.

New Principal at Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Mr Michael O’Sullivan, newly appointed Principal of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Mr Michael O’Sullivan, newly appointed Principal of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School

The school community welcomes newly appointed Principal Mr Michael O’Sullivan and wishes him many happy years in the Fethard area. Mr O’Sullivan is a native of the Beara Peninsula and previously taught in St. Augustine’s in Dungarvan.

Parents’ Meeting
Mr O’Sullivan is holding a meeting for the parents of all the pupils in the school on Wednesday, September 4, from 7.30pm sharp to 8.30pm sharp. This meeting will be an information meeting and at least one representative of each pupil is requested to attend. Mr O’Sullivan believes in the importance of strong cooperation and communication between Parents/Guardians and the school. The mutual goals of both the school and parents should be to ensure that the pupils are given every opportunity to reach their potential not only in school but into their adult lives.

Leaving Cert Results 2013
Congratulations to the Leaving Certs of 2013 on their solid performances in their Leaving Cert Exams. The majority of our students were happy with their results and many of them are now either preparing to head to UCC and other Third Level Institutions or preparing to take up an apprenticeship in the area. We congratulate them on reaching their potential and wish them well on their chosen paths in life.

Welcome to First Years
As the school year begins, we extend a warm welcome to all our First Year pupils and to foreign students: Fabian Hoffmann and Koln Rosmarinweg, both from Germany.  Welcome also to new staff member, Ms Helena Walsh who will teach Maths and P.E. in the school. We wish her success and fulfilment in our school. Best wishes to Ms Susan O’Brian and Mr Michael McCarthy on their appointments to other schools. We thank them for their loyalty and contributions to Patrician Presentation during the last school year.

Model of Medieval Fethard
Well done to Ms Looby and the Transition Years on their much-acclaimed model of medieval Fethard which was launched in Fethard’s Youth Centre on May 31 last. They are a credit to the school and showed high levels of enthusiasm and skill during the project.

School Lunches
This year all Junior Pupils and Senior Pupils who opt to stay on the school premises at lunchtime may avail of a standard school lunch (Cuisine de France Ham Roll and drink) which will be supplied by Kenny’s Centra. There will be no charge for this lunch but choice fillings will incur a small charge which will be collected weekly/monthly/yearly.

Happy Birthday Diane
Diane Hall Byrne photographed with family members on the occasion of her 40th Birthday celebrated with family and friends in Lonergan's Bar last weekend. L to R: Caroline Hall, Ann Marie Hall, Jodie Hall, Diane Hall Byrne, Davy Byrne and Casey Hall. In front is Cain Hall.
Diane Hall Byrne photographed with family members on the occasion of her 40th Birthday celebrated with family and friends in Lonergan's Bar last weekend. L to R: Caroline Hall, Ann Marie Hall, Jodie Hall, Diane Hall Byrne, Davy Byrne and Casey Hall. In front is Cain Hall.


Diane photographed with Liam Burke, Clerihan
Diane photographed with Liam Burke, Clerihan


Davy Byrne photographed with Phyllis O'Connell, Patricia Byrne and Lucy O'Mahony
Davy Byrne photographed with Phyllis O'Connell, Patricia Byrne and Lucy O'Mahony

Hall sisters photographed at Diane's 40th Birthday in Lonergan's Bar L to R: Diane Hall Byrne, Caroline Hall and Maggie O'Gorman.
Hall sisters photographed at Diane's 40th Birthday in Lonergan's Bar L to R: Diane Hall Byrne, Caroline Hall and Maggie O'Gorman.

Peter and Bridget O'Donnell photographed in Lonergans Bar
Peter and Bridget O'Donnell photographed in Lonergans Bar

Free Dementia Clinic
Daltons Pharmacy will hold a free Dementia Clinic at their premises on Barrack Street, Fethard, on Wednesday, September 4. In attendance will be Geraldine Hoyne who is a registered general and psychiatric nurse and will be available to meet for 30-minute clinical session. For further details call in to store.

TG4's 'Spillane an Fánaí' starting with Fethard
Tony Newport (left) photographed with singer John Spillane in McCarthy's Hotel during the recording of 'Spillane an Fánaí'
Tony Newport (left) photographed with singer John Spillane in McCarthy's Hotel during the recording of 'Spillane an Fánaí'

Spillane an Fánaí is a heartwarming and revealing six part entertainment series presented by singer/ songwriter John Spillane. Combining off-the-cuff encounters with local people, interviews and music sequences, John Spillane spends a week in six different locations, working in a pub and venturing out to meet a host of locals in search of musical inspiration for his songwriting in the uniqueness and character of small town life.

Spillane an Fánaí is a fascinating Irish-speaking exploration of the history and personality of rural towns outside of the traditional Gaeltacht areas. The towns John visits are Fethard in Tipperary, Graiguenamanagh in Kilkenny, Cootehill in Cavan, Castleisland in Kerry, Castlepollard in Westmeath and Kiltimagh in Mayo.

Programme 1 features 'Fethard' on Sunday Sept 15 at 10pm

McCarthy’s Bar, Fethard, Co. Tipperary is John’s first stop, where he goes to work for publican/undertaker Vincent Jasper Murphy. Between pulling pints and singing songs, John hears tales of ghosts, jockeys and horses inside bars. Out and about around the town, locals tell John about Cromwell, Sheela na Gigs and the town geese as well as uncovering for him a surprising link with Obama’s desk in the Oval Office and a connection to the Australian bandit Ned Kelly.

A link to two famous sons of Irish soccer was celebrated in Clogheen
Brothers George (left) and Con Moulson, both Irish International soccer players whose mother was Bridget Dahill from Fethard, Co. Tipperary
Brothers George (left) and Con Moulson, both Irish International soccer players whose mother was Bridget Dahill from Fethard

Former Irish internationals Con and George Moulson were remembered as FAI Chief Executive Officer John Delaney unveiled a plaque to honour the brothers. During the village’s Gathering event held over the weekend, members of the Moulson family visited Clogheen. Con Moulson was captain of the Republic of Ireland team in 1936 and 1937, while George was a goalkeeper and had three caps in 1948. George also played in the FA Cup semi final in 1939 in Old Trafford.

For the ‘Clogheen Gathering’, a team from Grimsby in North England played against a local team in a re-enaction of that game and a Vee Rovers U14’s team won the inaugural Moulson Cup against a Fethard team. Many of Con and George’s relatives are currently living in Grimsby.

John Moulson, a son of George Moulson, photographed with his Fethard relatives at the unveiling of a plaque in Clogheen to honour Con and George Moulson, Republic of Ireland Soccer Internationals (1939-1948). L to R: Breda (Hurley) O'Reilly, Ann  (Hurley) Corrigan, Madge Hurley, John Moulson and Vicky (Hurley) Fitzpatrick. Madge's mother was a sister of Bridget (Dahill) Moulson, who was the mother of Con and George Moulson.
John Moulson, a son of George Moulson, photographed with his Fethard relatives at the unveiling of a plaque in Clogheen to honour Con and George Moulson, Republic of Ireland Soccer Internationals (1939-1948). L to R: Breda (Hurley) O'Reilly, Ann (Hurley) Corrigan, Madge Hurley, John Moulson and Vicky (Hurley) Fitzpatrick. Madge's mother was a sister of Bridget (Dahill) Moulson, who was the mother of Con and George Moulson.

FAI Chief Executive Officer John Delaney said it was fitting to remember the contribution made to Irish soccer by the two Moulson brothers who played for their country at a difficult time. Over the weekend the international caps of George were on display while the FAI leader promised the Moulson family that the caps lost by his brother Con would be replaced.

To mark the Fethard Moulson connection, teams from Killusty and Moyglass were involved in the weekend celebrations. Killusty (taking the part of the winners Wolverhampton) and a team made up of visitors (taking the part of Grimbsy) played out the 1939 cup semi-final that George Moulson played in.

Madge Hurley and John Delaney, CEO FAI. Madge Hurley's mother was a sister of Bridget (Dahill) Moulson, who was the mother of Con and George Moulson.
Madge Hurley and John Delaney, CEO FAI. Madge Hurley's mother was a sister of Bridget (Dahill) Moulson, who was the mother of Con and George Moulson.


According to his Birth Certificate George was born on August 6th 1914 to Charles Moulson and Bridget Moulson nee Dahill from Fethard.
The 1911 Census of Ireland shows Charles E. Moulson and Bridget Moulson living at Barrack Hill, Clogheen with their children - seven year old Charles, six year old Mabel, four and a half years old Cornelius (Connie), and two year old William. Connie and his older brother and sister are listed as scholars. George Moulson was born in Clogheen some years after the census - in August 1914.

Photographed at the unveiling of the plaque to honour Con and George Moulson, Republic of Ireland Soccer Internationals (1939-1948) ar L to R: Ger Flynn Chairman Clogheen Community Council, John Delaney, CEO FAI, who unveiled the plaque, Madge Hurley, Deputy Tom Hayes, TD, Minister of State, and special guest John Moulson, son of George Bernard Moulson.
Photographed at the unveiling of the plaque to honour Con and George Moulson, Republic of Ireland Soccer Internationals (1939-1948) ar L to R: Ger Flynn Chairman Clogheen Community Council, John Delaney, CEO FAI, who unveiled the plaque, Madge Hurley, Deputy Tom Hayes, TD, Minister of State, and special guest John Moulson, son of George Bernard Moulson.


Charles Edmund Moulson, born at North Road, Wolverhampton in July 1876, was a soldier in the British Army towards the end of the nineteenth century. He was initially stationed in Kildare; a church record shows him to be there in 1897. Then, in 1899, while still in the army, he married Bridget Dahill, daughter of Cornelius Dahill of Sporaglea, Fethard. The marriage certificate shows that they married at the Roman Catholic Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Fethard on November 11th 1899. It also states that Charles's father's occupation was Fireman and that Bridget was a servant and her father, Cornelius was a labourer.

Within a few years, Charles had left the army and he and Bridget were living in Clogheen where he had obtained a position as postman. The post-office at the time was in the building which now forms part of Tom Sullivan's house next to Pat Callaghan's. The postmaster was Edmund Riordan, but the post office was run by his son, Dan.

John Moulson, a son of George Moulson, photographed with some of his Fethard relatives at the unveiling of a plaque in Clogheen to honour Con and George Moulson, Republic of Ireland Soccer Internationals (1939-1948). Back L to R: Louis Coen, Ann  (Hurley) Corrigan, Breda (Hurley) O'Reilly, Janey and John Moulson, Vicky (Hurley) Fitzpatrick. Front L to R: Madge Hurley and John Delaney, CEO FAI. Madge Hurley's mother was a sister of Bridget (Dahill) Moulson, who was the mother of Con and George Moulson.
John Moulson, a son of George Moulson, photographed with some of his Fethard relatives at the unveiling of a plaque in Clogheen to honour Con and George Moulson, Republic of Ireland Soccer Internationals (1939-1948). Back L to R: Louis Coen, Ann (Hurley) Corrigan, Breda (Hurley) O'Reilly, Janey and John Moulson, Vicky (Hurley) Fitzpatrick. Front L to R: Madge Hurley and John Delaney, CEO FAI. Madge Hurley's mother was a sister of Bridget (Dahill) Moulson, who was the mother of Con and George Moulson.

It was in Clogheen that the first Moulson child, a son named Charles, was born in 1903. A sister for Charles Jun. was born the following year and named Mabel - after Charles Senior's sister. The next two children, Cornelius and William were born in Fethard, presumably at the Dahill home. It was not an uncommon practice at the time that a woman would move in with her mother for a few weeks before her baby was to be born. Charles would have stayed at the Moulson home in Clogheen continuing on in his job as postman and looking after the younger children.

For over ten years, Charles Moulson and his family lived in Clogheen. Charles would have been well known to the residents of the village and the outlying areas where he delivered the post each day. Then, in 1914, came the war that was to engulf the world, and Charles E. Moulson, former soldier and now postman, wasted no time in re-entering the army. He went to Cahir to re-enlist. He was soon on active service in France with the 11th Hussars and the Life Guards, leaving his wife and five children back home in Clogheen. The terrible news that every soldier's family dreads came a few weeks before Christmas of that same year, Sergeant Charles Moulson had been killed in action in France. Two weeks earlier he had been involved in an action for which he was decorated for bravery. He received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for leading his men 'with great resolution and gallantry' after their officer had been killed. This medal has been likened to the Victoria Cross.

His name is recorded on the 'Menin Gate' Ypres memorial in Belgium. (The Tipperary War Dead, Tom Burnell, 2008) His great sacrifice is also recorded on the World War I memorial in Cahir. It is possible that Charles Moulson never had the pleasure of holding his baby son George in his arms.

The Ypres memorial book states:
In Memory of Sergeant Charles Edmund Moulson D C M 13128, 11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars who died on 19 November 1914 Age 38 Husband of Mrs. B. Moulson, of 216, Convamore Rd., Grimsby. Remembered with Honour.


Young Vee Rovers players all togged out at the unveiling of a plaque to honour Con and George Moulson in Clogheen
Young Vee Rovers players all togged out at the unveiling of a plaque to honour Con and George Moulson in Clogheen

Upon Charles' death Bridget returned to her family in Fethard with her young family Charles, Mabel, Connie and William. Her older sister Mary Dahill was born on 2 May, 1889 and lived in Main St. Fethard.

Her first marriage was to Arthur Brownley born 22 June 1883. The address on his birth certificate says 44, Clumber St. Mansfield. They married at the Most Holy Trinity Church, Fethard, on 26 April, 1910. Arthur was a Gunner with 55th Battery R.F.A (also a coal miner). He died on 13 March 1920 and his address at the time of his death was 281, Convamore Road, Grimsby. He is buried in Scartho Road Cemetery, Grimsby [section 76, row N, grave 4]. Mary was the obvious link to Grimsby and it was to her that Bridget went when she came to England. Mary married again in 1925 in Grimsby, to Leonard Wiseman born 13 April, 1885, Grimsby. He died 30 July, 1955. The address at the time of death was 281, Convamore Road, Grimsby. Mary died at the same address on 22nd September 1963.

Bridget's other sister, Margaret Dahill, was born on 27 June 1886 in Fethard. She was married on 19 November 1902 at St. Mary's Clonmel, Tipperary to Bertram Noah Gough who was born in 1879 at St. Lukes Hospital, London. He was also a Gunner in the RFA and his address at the time of marriage was Artillery Barrack, Clonmel (he was also a coal miner). Margaret's address was Duckett St. Clonmel.
The 1911 census shows Bertram and Margaret living at 71, Maiden St. Cwmfilin, Bridgend, Middle Llangynwyd, Glamorgan, South Wales. Bertram was a coal miner and they had six children. By 1918 there were nine children (one died in infancy) and the family lived at 31A, Khartoum Road, Tooting, Wandsworth.

Bertram and Margaret came to Grimsby at some point in the 1920s because Margaret died in 1927 in Grimsby. Bertram Noah Gough died 17 September 1951 and his address at that time was 32, Clarendon Road, Grimsby. He is buried in Scartho Road Cemetery, Grimsby (section 139, rcw H, grave 10). Margaret died on 13 December 1927 and her address at that time was Back of 46, King Edward St, Grimsby. She is buried in Scartho Road Cemetery, Grimsby, (section 93, row B, grave 18). — (Thanks to Brenda Wollington for the research)

Click play above to listen to all the speeches at the unveiling in Clogheen on Sunday, August 25.

Members of the 'Gathering' organising committee photographed at the unveiling of a plaque in Clogheen to honour Con and George Moulson, Republic of Ireland Soccer Internationals (1939-1948). L to R: Edmond O'Gorman, Oliver Sullivan, Michael Sweeney, Paul Taylor, Thomas Quirke, Darren O'Brien, Seamus Murphy, Mark Hayde, Tom Spens, Ger Flynn, Mick Ryan and Patsy McGrath.
Members of the 'Gathering' organising committee photographed at the unveiling of a plaque in Clogheen to honour Con and George Moulson, Republic of Ireland Soccer Internationals (1939-1948). L to R: Edmond O'Gorman, Oliver Sullivan, Michael Sweeney, Paul Taylor, Thomas Quirke, Darren O'Brien, Seamus Murphy, Mark Hayde, Tom Spens, Ger Flynn, Mick Ryan and Patsy McGrath.


L to R: Thomas Quirke, Fr. Bernard Frawley, Ger Flynn Chairman Clogheen Community Council, John Delaney, CEO FAI, who unveiled the plaque, Madge and Jimmy Hurley, Deputy Tom Hayes, TD, Minister of State,special guests Janet and John Moulson (son of George Moulson), Cllr Marie Murphy and Deputy Mattie McGrath.
L to R: Thomas Quirke, Fr. Bernard Frawley, Ger Flynn Chairman Clogheen Community Council, John Delaney, CEO FAI, who unveiled the plaque, Madge and Jimmy Hurley, Deputy Tom Hayes, TD, Minister of State,special guests Janet and John Moulson (son of George Moulson), Cllr Marie Murphy and Deputy Mattie McGrath.

Photographed at the unveiling of a plaque in Clogheen to honour Con and George Moulson, Republic of Ireland Soccer Internationals (1939-1948) are L to R: Ned O'Brien, Joan O'Brien, John Carey, Bertie Sweeney and Mick Hennessy.
Photographed at the unveiling of a plaque in Clogheen to honour Con and George Moulson, Republic of Ireland Soccer Internationals (1939-1948) are L to R: Ned O'Brien, Joan O'Brien, John Carey, Bertie Sweeney and Mick Hennessy.

L to R: Patsy McGrath (Vee Rovers) and Richard Power (TSDL) photographed outside the Moulson home in Clogheen
L to R: Patsy McGrath (Vee Rovers) and Richard Power (TSDL) photographed outside the Moulson home in Clogheen.

Photographed at the unveiling of a plaque in Clogheen to honour Con and George Moulson, Republic of Ireland Soccer Internationals (1939-1948) are neighbours L to R: Mary Power, Phil Keating and John Power.Photographed at the unveiling of a plaque in Clogheen to honour Con and George Moulson, Republic of Ireland Soccer Internationals (1939-1948) are neighbours L to R: Mary Power, Phil Keating and John Power.

Photographed at the unveiling of a plaque in Clogheen to honour Con and George Moulson, Republic of Ireland Soccer Internationals (1939-1948) are neighbours L to R: Aoife Heaney, Honora O'Connell and Bernadette Crosse.
Photographed at the unveiling of a plaque in Clogheen to honour Con and George Moulson, Republic of Ireland Soccer Internationals (1939-1948) are neighbours L to R: Aoife Heaney, Honora O'Connell and Bernadette Crosse.

Local Clogheen man Noel Gray at the unveiling of a plaque to honour Con and George Moulson. Noel was a former GAA player with Fr. Sheehys and completed the Dublin City Marathon in 1981, '82 and '83.
Clogheen man Noel Gray at the unveiling of a plaque to Con and George Moulson. Noel was a former GAA player with Fr. Sheehys and completed the Dublin City Marathon in 1981, '82 and '83.

Photographed at the unveiling of a plaque to honour Con and George Moulson are L to R: Fr. Bernard Frawley and Michael Halley.
Photographed at the unveiling of a plaque to honour Con and George Moulson are L to R: Fr. Bernard Frawley and Michael Halley.

L to R: Janet and John Moulson photographed with John Delaney, CEO FAI
L to R: Janet and John Moulson photographed with John Delaney, CEO FAI

'Terminal Two' play for IWA on Friday night
Popular Limerick band ‘Terminal Two’ will play in Lonergan’s Bar on this Friday night. August 30, and will donate their fee to the Tipperary Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association. The band was due to play at the recent ‘Music Extravaganza’ but due to unforeseen circumstances had to reschedule and offered to do this gig instead. So if you want to hear one of the most popular talented bands around, drop in to Lonergan’s this Friday night.

Old Fashioned Field Day in Cloneen
Cloneen Sports and Social Club are holding a good old-fashioned field day this coming weekend as part of their mountain madness weekend. Saturday night, August 31, will see the coronation of the ‘King or Queen of Slievenamon’ and music begins at 10pm with ‘Mind at Risk’, a wonderful band. Entry an door is only €5 and we would love to see you there supporting us.

On Sunday, September 1, at 2.30pm the field day will include the usual games: tug-o-war, archery and games for all the family. We will also have our very own dog show with classes for all including the Heinz Variety dog. Other classes are: best large dog,  best small dog. best tail wager, most alert, veteran, best trick/obedience, fancy dress, best of show etc. So please come along and bring your dog for a day out.
We’ll have bouncy castles for every age as well as stalls with books novelties etc. Entry to Field Day is €5 for adults, students €2 and children go free.

More success for Fethard Country Market members

David Curran photographed at the recent Country Market gathering in Fethard L to R: Margaret Sweeney (Chairperson Irish Country Markets), Geraldine Mitchell author of 'Deeds Not Words: Life and Work of Muriel Graham' and David Curran, Fethard Country Markets
David Curran photographed at the recent Country Market gathering in Fethard L to R: Margaret Sweeney (Chairperson Irish Country Markets), Geraldine Mitchell author of 'Deeds Not Words: Life and Work of Muriel Graham' and David Curran, Fethard Country Markets

Following his recent win in the Bord Bia sponsored All-Ireland Potato Championship held at Templemore Show, David Curran from Fethard Country Market, won fifteen first prizes in the Potato and Vegetable Classes at the Iverk Show on Saturday, August 24. Bernie Meaney, another member of Fethard Country Market, won the ‘Great Cherry Cake’ competition from forty-five entries repeating her success of 2012.

Congratulations to both David and Bernie on their success which only highlights more the top quality produce available at Fethard Country Market every Friday morning at the Town Hall.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on August 21 were: 1, 12, 15 and 23. We had no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Dermot Darcy, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Joan Shine, The Valley, Fethard; and Jim Keane, Knockelly, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Nick Stokes, c/o Diana Stokes; Marie Butler, Garrinch, Fethard; and Mary Healy, Cois Teallaigh, Fethard.

Remember you can purchase your lotto ticket online at fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets and get one free! Check on the website for lots of special offers. Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, August 28. The Jackpot is €4,450 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €445. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fethard GAA Sports Lotto
There was no jackpot winner in this week’s GAA Sports Lotto. There was five match three winners who received €30: Michael Kenrick, Burke Street, Fethard; Anthony Leo, c/o Bob Fitzgeralds; The Abymill Theatre, Fethard; Percy O’Flynn, Burke, Street, Fethard; and Bridget Ryan, c/o Bob Fitzgeralds, Clonmel.

Next week’s jackpot is €7,800 and you can purchase lotto tickets of any committee member. Remember if you’re not in you can't win. Thanks again for all the support. It is much appreciated.

Organic Farming Plan launched
Minister of State Tom Hayes T.D. launch's the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Organic Farming Action Plan with Mel O'Rourke, Chairperson of Organic Focus at the farm of Mr Alan Jackson at Lacka House, Riverstown, Birr. (Picture Ger Rogers)
Minister of State Tom Hayes T.D. launch's the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Organic Farming Action Plan with Mel O'Rourke, Chairperson of Organic Focus at the farm of Mr Alan Jackson at Lacka House, Riverstown, Birr. (Picture Ger Rogers)


Speaking at the launch of the Organic Farming Action Plan 2013-2015, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes TD, paid tribute to the work carried out by his predecessor, the late Minister Shane McEntee “who was the driving force behind the establishment of this Action Plan”.

The Minister said “This Action Plan will be central to assisting our efforts to develop the Organic Sector to its full potential as recognised by the Food Harvest 2020 Report”. The Action Plan has four main objectives; increase the production base in Ireland, with a view to replacing where possible imports with Irish organic produce, promote awareness of the potential export market, seek to develop sustainable export markets for Irish organic produce as supplies become available and to identify issues which are impeding the growth of the Organic Sector with an emphasis on developing solutions.

“The target of 5% of land area under organic production set out in the Food Harvest 2020 Report is indeed a challenging target that we must together strive to achieve. The Action Plan I am launching today is a very important element in this process and one that I hope all stakeholders will embrace”, Minister Hayes concluded.

New season starts for Fethard Rugby Club
As the new season is about to begin we at Fethard RFC look forward to seeing all present players back at training while also, any new players would be more than welcome. Fethard RFC players come from all surrounding parishes including Killenaule, Ballingarry, Gortnahoe, Mullinahone, Moyglass, Ballinure, Clerihan, Rosegreen, Drangan and Cloneen to name but a few.

Fethard RFC minis’ section caters for young players from the age of six to twelve years with training at 6.45pm every Friday and matches most Sunday mornings. With a primary focus on fun, safety, learning the skills and improving the all-important agility, balance and co-ordination of each child.

Fethard also has teams entered in the East Munster Under 14, 15, 16 and 18 leagues and cups. Our senior team plays in the Gleeson League as well as many other competitions. So if you are interested in playing rugby, Fethard RFC is the place to be. Contact Paul Kavanagh Tel: 086 8388205.

The club is in the process of securing new jersey sponsors and pitch side signage advertisers, if interested contact Kieran Butler on 087 6824340. Minis will start training on Friday, September 6. For all other teams, please contact Paul Kavanagh, director of rugby on 086 8388205. First senior match of the season takes place next Saturday, August 31, against Portumna RFC at 5pm. All are welcome.

Suicide Awareness
Suicide Awareness

Following the huge response to a series of Suicide Awareness evenings he has been running over the last two years, Clonmel man Joe Leahy (originally from Fethard), a long-time member of the Irish Association of Suicidology, was moved to take it to the next level.

At the last Awareness evening held in April, Joe promised to ensure that South Tipperary has it’s own dedicated centre for suicide prevention, post-vention and to support families bereaved by and affected by suicide. The centre will help families to access support and services for those with suicide ideation and will provide counselling services for those feeling suicidal and those bereaved by suicide.

Within weeks of publicising his intention, Joe was chairing a 20-strong committee of ordinary and elected members, including South Tipperary coroner Paul Morris, Detective Garda John O’Gorman and members of religious and other groups. Progress is rapid, with several of the established suicide prevention organisations travelling to Clonmel in coming weeks to deliver presentations to the committee.

“When we have heard their presentations, we will evaluate them and then make a decision as to which one is best suited to Clonmel and South Tipperary” said Joe. “We also hope to investigate potentially suitable premises soon. Although the project obviously needs to be carefully thought out and well planned, we have seen too many tragic deaths in South Tipperary in recent years. We need to see this centre delivered as soon as possible” he continued

If you would like more information, or you would like to get involved, contact Joe Leahy on 086-2606988. (—The Avondhu)

Hi from Sydney Australia!
My great grandparents James Maher and Margaret Harris were married in the Catholic Church in Fethard on May 15, 1828, and the witnesses to their marriage were Thomas Harris and Patrick Bulfin. I am wondering if there is anyone from the Maher, Harris or Bulfin families who thinks that they may be related to James and Margaret and would like to share family information with me. Their daughter Ellen Maher, my great grandmother, came to Australia in May 1850 on the ship ‘John Knox’ under the famine orphan scheme.

Ellen brought her brother Thomas born February 7, 1832, and her sisters Bridget born June 3, 1836, Mary probably born 1840 and Margaret (unable to find birth/baptism for her) to Australia over a number of years. Mary came first then Thomas and Bridget in 1856 followed by Margaret much later. From the information given to me by Tipperary Family History Research James and Margaret’s other children were James born 1834 (possibly went to live in USA but cannot find positive evidence of this) Catherine born 1845 and Alice born 1848 who I presume stayed living with their parents when their other siblings came to Australia. I have not been able to ascertain when or where James and Margaret died or where they are buried.

Any information that you can provide would be most appreciated.
Joy Dean, 1B Dudley Street, Penshurst, 2222 NSW Australia.
E-mail: joydean23@hotmail.com

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We are now inviting submissions of articles and photographs for inclusion in this year’s Emigrants’ Newsletter. The Newsletter covers all generations of emigrants and it would be nice to have articles covering all age groups. The item need not be long. It might recall a funny incident, a local character you remember, a particular event, school time or any other recollection that may surface. So please consider putting pen to paper, or voice to recorder, and submit an article for this year’s issue. Photographs, current or old, are also very welcome. Articles or photographs can be submitted to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email to newsletter@fethard.com

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