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Saturday 6th December 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

Fethard Day CARE Centre

Thank-you to everyone who contributed in making our Christmas Bazaar held on the 28th November a huge success.  Again, it is an amazing event and everyone connected with the Day Care Centre really enjoyed the bustle and craic of the day. Our Christmas Party will be held on Friday 19th December and then we close for two weeks, opening again on Monday 5th January 2004. We would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


This year’s Annual Christmas Hat Party will take place in the Bridge Bar on Saturday 27th December. This is the first time it will be held after Christmas, which will give our visitors a chance to join in the fun.  All proceeds go to the CRC Santa Bear Appeal.  More details later!

St. Vincent De Paul

The annual collection for our society takes place at all masses this coming weekend. We ask people to be as generous as they can to enable us to continue our work in 2004. In the current year we have spent the following amounts. All of which came form local donations.
Christmas help  2,200, education projects  3,387, Fuel,  1,800, cash assistance usually for debts, bills etc.  2,160, holiday for senior citizens  3,720. This collection is our only public fundraising of the year and it is the community judgement of our work. That judgement has always been positive and we hope that this year will be the same.
Anybody who needs our help at any time of the year can contact any member of the conference in complete confidentiality.
If any person who applied for Christmas assistance has not heard form us by December 18th please feel free to contact any member of the conference as soon as possible in case we inadvertently missed you.


The Pheasant Pluckers will go carol singing on Thursday night 18th December at 8pm, leaving from the Town Hall.  Please make sure children are supervised if they wish to come along. Proceeds are in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic’s Santa Bear Appeal.


The County Junior A Football Final was played on Sunday 7th in Templemore and we certainly had to give way to a young Ballina team who played very good football on the day and won on a scoreline, Ballina 2-10 (1-6), Fethard 2-3 (0-1).  The match report is on the sports page. This ended our year on the playing field and I would like to thank all those who helped to make Sunday last such an enjoyable day — Coolmore, The Bridge Bar, Grants Bar, The Well, South East Scaffolding, Munster Joinery, and Coen’s Shop. To the team, selectors and back room staff, we are very grateful for the enjoyment during the year.
Congratulations to Dick Cummins (life president), Miceál McCormack (vice chairman), Noel Byrne (fixtures committee), Joe Ahearne (appeals committee), all having been elected for 2004 at the South Board Convention last Sunday.
Our Lotto Jackpot €2,100 was not won. We had five who matched three, receiving €30 each:  Eddie & Mary Sheehan (67 St Patricks Place), Nuala McCormack (c/o Cambells Soup, Thurles), Laura Lyons (71 Woodvale Walk), Michael Ryan (46 St Patricks Place), David Maher (8 Barrack Street). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was: Thomas Purcell (Jnr), Burke St).

Patrician Presentation Secondary School

It’s show time again for Transition year who will stage ‘Buddy's Song’ in the Abymill Theatre on December 16th, 18th and 19th, starting at 8.15pm. Tickets will be on sale in the school from the week of Dec 9th 2003 at €8. This year's show is one with a difference and is a play loosely based on Buddy Holly and his music. This will be the 11th Transition year Show.

On the sporting front, our senior volleyball boys’ team just missed out on an All-Ireland qualifier, playing in Loughrea, Co Galway.  In the Cidona South Tipperary Schools Cross Country competition, athletics David Sullivan of 5th year won his event, Darragh Dwyer of 1st year came second, and Bernadette Costello of 1st year came 4th. Michael Costello, Robert Maher and Kate O’Brien also participated. Well done to all and our thanks to Fintan Rice who accompanied the team with our P.E. teacher Ms Bernie O’Connor.


The Parents Association Christmas Draw has now been launched and lines are on sale at  2 per line. The prizes are excellent and the draw will take place in the school on Tuesday December 16th.


Sincere greetings for a happy and Holy Christmas from the Augustinians in the Abbey. We welcome all who will be returning home for the feast and wish them a pleasant stay. May the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate, fill our hearts, homes, parish and country with peace, love and joy during the Christmas season and into the New Year.  We are very grateful, as always, for the continued kindness and support of Fr Tom Breen P.P., Canon Jim Power and the people of Fethard. A Novena of Masses will be offered in the Abbey during the Christmas Season and your special intentions will be included in the Novena.

Legion News

The Legionaries of Mary wish to express gratitude to all who joined them for the Rosaries in Fethard and Killusty during October. Many made sacrifices to come out during the cold weather. It was also wonderful to have so many pray the Rosary in the Parish cemeteries for the Holy Souls.  More members are needed so we invite anyone interested to consider coming to our meetings, which are held on Monday evenings, at 7pm.



The numbers drawn on Tuesday 2nd December were: 2, 20, 27, 30 and the bonus number 21. There was no jackpot winner and two 'Match Three' winners who received €75 each:

Dinny Gahan, Cloneen, Fethard

Rose Lonergan, Fethard

The three 'Lucky Dip' winners of €50 each were:

James Roche, 22 Woodvale Walk, Fethard

Nellie Donovan, 22 Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard

Samantha Ryan, c/o Group Homes, Fethard

Next week's Jackpot is €3,600 and the sellers prize €210. The weekly 'Bonus Number' draw for €1,000 Holiday Break will also continue until further notice.


The annual Christmas Carol Service will take place in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland on Sunday 21st December at 8pm. All are welcome.

This very popular Christmas Carol Service and is a lovely occasion — very atmospheric with the usual delightful reception afterwards. It is well worth a visit and all are welcome. The candles, holly and floral decorations are a treat to see.


Last weekend Fethard A.C. had three representatives competing in the Munster Juvenile B Cross Country Championships held in Limerick Junction. In the girls U/11 race Roisín Trehy gave her performance of the season by winning the bronze medal in impressive style. Wayne Laslett and Lolo Trehy both ran well in the boys U/15 event to finish in 23rd and 24th places respectively. This competition brings the 2003 juvenile cross-country season to a close.

Congratulations to Pat Heffernan who was a scoring member of the Irish M40 team who were silver medallists at the recent International Cross Country meet which was held in Wales. On the County scene Fethard A.C. will host the Senior and Junior Cross Country Championships on the 21st December. The venue for this event is Rice’s Farm Everardsgrange.

Training for juveniles has now ceased as the club takes a well earned mid-winter break. Preparation for the 2004 track season will commence at further notice in February. The club’s Christmas party takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Wednesday the 17th December at 8pm. This year’s format will be the same as last year’s with members participating in a fun table quiz (3 children and 1 adult per table). All who took part or helped in training and competition during the year are most welcome to come along and enjoy what promises to be a great night’s entertainment. Please don’t forget to support the carol singing in Fethard the following night Thursday 18th as all proceeds go to the Central Remedial Clinic.


I'm trying to locate an obituary of Agnes Allen whom I believe died on March 17, 2001.  Her father was Richard Allen, and she was born about 1915.  She is a second cousin of mine and I met her while in Fethard in 1994.  I'm also looking for any information anyone might have regarding the Allen side of my family.  My Great Grandfather was William Allen who married Ellen Gorman - both from Fethard I believe.  Their children were Richard Allen (died 27 February 1959), Lawrence Allen, Mary Allen, John Augustine Allen (my grandfather - born 5 August 1880 in Fethard), Agnes Allen, Catherine Allen, Ellen Allen (married Crotty), and William Allen.  While I was in Fethard I met Agnes Allen (first one mentioned above) and also tried to find out information about my Grandfather (John Augustine Allen) but to no avail.  Whatever information anyone has would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, John S. Sullivan (email: ssjohnny@prodigy.net)

Pantomime Time

The annual treat is in store for local theatre goers, when Slievenamon Musical Society presents their annual pantomime from Thursday 18th December- Sunday 21st at 8 pm.

This year’s production in Cloneen has something for all ages. Booking on 052 32241 (5-7pm.) 052 31201 (8-9 pm.)

Degree Conferred

Congratulations to Marcella Lonergan of grove road Fethard who was conferred with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Waterford institute of Technology on November 27th.

Congratulations to Elaine Purcell Burke Street on her graduation from C.T.I Waterford in Nursing Studies.


The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 20th January 2004.  We would like to wish all our voluntary workers, staff and members of the community a very Happy Christmas. 

Fethard Town Hall

Following preliminary meetings between, Fethard and Killusty Community Council and Stephen Fallon, Conservation Officer with South Tipperary County Council, a report on Fethard Town Hall, which includes an architectural inventory and photographic assessment, has now been completed by Dublin Civic Trust - a copy of which was supplied to the Fethard & Killusty Community Council by Michael Fitzgerald, Director of Services with South Tipperary County Council.

The report was carried out following a preliminary conditional report by James A. O’Connor architects, and makes very interesting reading.
The historical aspects of the report, as well as showing what archaeological treasure Fethard Town Hall is, should make all Fethard people value this important building. A charter of 1608 warranted the building of a common hall or Tholsel within the town, to be called the Tholsel of Fethard. The building has served the people of Fethard through many and various uses up to the present day, which, makes it the oldest building in Ireland in continuous uses since its construction. Down the years it has been an almshouse, market place, seat of Fethard Corporation, subsequently Fethard Town Commissioners, and Fethard Court House. From the 20th century onwards it has been used as a theatre for local and travelling shows public meetings, dance hall, sports and games such as martial arts and badminton, loan office, pre credit union and library. Fethard meals on wheels operated from the Town Hall when first started, and the fire station. The Town Hall is currently in weekly use by Fethard Country Markets, and by Mr Tom Smith Tipperary County Council for the collection of rates and rent.  One part is used as a store by O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy. The question remains unanswered, as to why in proportion to its size, Fethard was granted so many charters from English kings and given the small scale of the town why there was a need for such a vast town hall. It supersedes in scale many other examples around the country including those of Clonmel and Kilkenny.

The report does show, however, that the building is very badly in need of some urgent restoration work. This of course takes time and money. The restoration work recently carried out on Clonmel’s Main Guard shows what can be done. Let us hope that something similar will be done with Fethard Town Hall in the not to distant future and thus preserve this very historic building and its history for many generations of Fethard people to come.


Ballylusky White Heather Harriers meet next Sunday at Golden at 12 o’clock.


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