Compiling records of Fethard men who fought in the 1914-18 Great War, Fethard Historical Society have traced four soldiers named Lonergan, natives of Fethard who fell in the conflict. Edward Lonergan (Reg. No. 4853), Private - Irish Guards 1st Batt., killed in action France 1st April 1915. Jeremiah Lonergan (Reg. No. 4774), Private - Irish Guards 1st Batt., killed in action France 10th January 1915. Patrick Lonergan (Reg. No. 4690), Private - Royal Irish Regiment 1st Batt., killed in action France 16th March 1915. Richard Lonergan (Reg. No. 371381), Corporal - The London Regiment 8th Batt., killed in action France 20th September 1917. The records state the four Lonergans were born in Fethard, Co. Tipperary.
Fethard Historical Society are seeking information on the four soldiers. Most extraordinarily local historians and senior citizens never heard their names mentioned, even by men like the O'Shea's, Kearneys, Jack Carey and others who fought in that war, while they mentioned others who did not return. Were the four related, are there any relatives living locally or abroad, if so, the Fethard Historical Society would greatly appreciate any information.
Fethard and Killusty anglers will hold their autumn fishing competition for the John O'Donnell Memorial Cup on this Sunday September 13th at 11 a.m. Competing anglers are requested to meet at Loughcopple Bridge.
Congratulations to Denise Maher, Abbey Street, who got married to John Sheehan, Westmeath, on Thursday 3rd September. The wedding took place in Honan Chapel, University College Cork. The wedding reception was in the Springfort Hall, Mallow.
FIRST NEWSLETTER FOUND
The first Emigrants Newsletter published has at last surfaced thanks to Pat Shine, England. Pat, originally from Crampscastle, was at home in Fethard last week and told us he would send a copy of an old Newsletter that he found in a drawer mixed with some old letters. The two-page Newsletter is dated 'Christmas 1960' and states that it was the first. This is a great discovery as previous to this the oldest we had was 1966. If anyone out there has a copy of any Newsletter dated between 1960 and 1966 we would love to get a copy for our records. We would also wish Pat a speedy recovery from his current illness which has placed him under medical care. Pat was the main organiser of the Fethard / London Reunion for years.
The Annual Church Gate Collection for this year's Emigrant's Newsletter will take place w/e 18th October. Please give generously. Club secretaries are asked to prepare their annual club reports for inclusion in this year's issue as soon as possible.
EVERARD FAMILY TRIP
Richard Everard was in Fethard organising a trip to Ireland for the Dutch branch of the Everard family. The trip is planned for August 1999 and will include a visit to Fethard on August 7th.
The All-Ireland Junior Football Cup pays a return visit to Fethard after 75 years on this Saturday night, September 12th. A Fethard man, Ned Cummins, was captain on the last Tipperary winning team. Many of the 1998 winning team will join their three Fethard colleagues at the Forge Tavern on Saturday night when the Munster and All-Ireland Junior trophies will be on display.
The first Junior All-Ireland Football Championship was played in 1911, which Tipperary won. Fethard had five representatives on that team: Ned O'Shea, John O'Shea, Lar Gorman, Mikie O'Meara and Ned Delahunty. The Delahunty on that team was Ned “Spanky” Delahunty from the Green. Spanky Delahunty, who emigrated to America, missed the golden “tens and twenties” years of Fethard football. He was reckoned by those who saw him play as one of Fethard’s greatest. Two great Fethard Gaels, the late Tom Barrett and the late Thomas Conway, were forever singing the praises of Ned “Spanky” Delahunty.
Those wishing to avail of the remaining seats available on the coach to Knock on Sunday next 13th September for the Augustinian pilgrimage should immediately contact McManus’s grocery, Burke St. or Whyte’s shop, Main St.
HAPPY AT WORK
Probably not the most successful but certainly one of the happiest and most popular jockeys in the weigh-room is how a special article in the sports pages of last Saturday's Daily Telegraph describes Vincent Slattery. Son of Tony and Phyllis Slattery, Milltown, Lisronagh, Vincent has been attached to Owen O'Neill’s Cheltenham Yard for the last 12 years.
To mark National Heritage Day on last Sunday 6th September, Fethard Historical Society organised a walk of old 'Rights of Way' in the Fethard area.
Richard Hutton and Miriam Sherwood who have represented Ireland internationally were amongst the competitors who took part in the Slievenamon Ballroom Dancing & Waltzing Competition at Fethard Ballroom on Saturday night last 5th September. Dancers from all over Ireland, including a large contingent from Belfast, thrilled the large attendance with their style, grace and elegance in the tango, slow-waltz, quickstep and foxtrot. Local winners were Bill and Babe Maher, and Michael and Marie Allen.
A member of the local deflector community T.V. committee has said they were hopeful of having their BBC signal back in operation by next December. They are attending a meeting in Dublin this week.
Congratulations to Dermot Ryan formerly Assistant Manager at Coolmore in Fethard, and now General Manager of Coolmore America and Debbie Schmaltz a Medical Technician from Eastern Kentucky have announced their engagement.
Wednesday night Bridge commenced on Wednesday 9th September and Monday Night Bridge for beginners will commence on Monday 14th September at 7.30pm. New members are invited to join. Contact Brendan Kenny, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
FEDERATION OF LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETIES SEMINAR
As part of this year’s commemoration of the Young Irelanders Rising in 1848 the Federation of Local History Societies in conjunction with Fethard Historical Society will hold their Autumn Seminar in the Abymill Theatre on Saturday 12th September.
The programme for the day will allow members of local history societies throughout the county to meet each other in pleasant surroundings while visiting some of the locations connected with the Young Irelanders of the area. The full programme is as follows:- 12 noon lecture “1848 An Overview” by Jonathon McCabe in the Abymill Theatre; 1pm Lunch; 2.15pm Guided Walking Tour of the Medieval Town of Fethard; 3.30pm Visit to the “War House” Ballingarry and Killenaule Heritage Centre.
HOGAN MUSICAL SOCIETY
It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that the Hogan Musical Society has acquired the services of Bryan Flynn, producer, for the 1999 season, the last show before the Millennium. Bryan has written a show “Pena Menti” which he is currently producing and will be staged in the Theatre Royal, Waterford in November 1998. The show for Fethard will be decided within the next few weeks. A general meeting of the society will take place on Monday 21st September in the Abymill at 8.30pm.
AUTUMN FLOWER SHOW
This year’s Autumn Flower Show will be held in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday September 20th from 2.30 to 4.30pm. All exhibits must be received between 3pm and 6pm on Saturday 19th September. Schedules are available at the Post Office or from committee members.