Saturday 5th June 2004
Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Substance Misuse evening on Wednesday 19th May was a great success with over one hundred people in attendance. Guest speaker John Lonergan, Governor of Mountjoy Prison, was very well received by the assembled adults. He spoke with great conviction and positively about ‘parenting’. The meeting was chaired by John Casey of South Eastern Health Board, who also spoke about the drug problem in the area and gave details of what support is available. Des Bell, the Garda Juvenile Liaison Officer, was also present and responded to questions posed during a lively and discursive open forum.
The gods of the elements were definitely on our side for our Annual Sports Day on Thursday 13th May. This year’s event was held in the sports field in brilliant sunshine and the results were as follows:
1st Year Boys Sprint: Robert Aherne
1st Year Girls Sprint: Bernadette Costello
2nd Year Boys Sprint: Alan O’Connor
2nd / 3rd Year Girls Sprint: Stephanie Lawrence
3rd Year Boys Sprint: Stephen O’Meara
Senior Boys Sprint: Gavin Aherne
First Year: Robert Ahearne (boys), Bernadette Costello (girls);
Second year: Alan O’Connor (boys), Stephanie Lawrence (girls);
Third year: Stephen O’Meara (boys), Stephanie Lawrence (girls);
Senior boys: Gavin Ahearne.
First year: Darragh Dwyer (boys), Bernadette Costello (girls);
Second year: Christopher Sheehan (boys)
Third year: Niall Hayes (boys).
First year: Adrian Lawrence (boys), Charlene Burke (girls);
Second year: Alan O’Connor (boys)
Third year: Michael Fleming (boys)
Senior: Richard Gorey (boys), Kelly Ann Nevin (girls.
First Year: ‘Ronán’ - Robert Ahearne, Bernadette Costello, Alex Channon and Ida Carroll
Second Year: ‘Máire’ - Christopher Sheehan, Cathal Gorey, Declan Doyle and Stephanie Lawrence
Third Year: ‘Majority Áine’ - Stephen O’Meara, Katie Murphy, David Conway and Cormac Grogan
Senior: ‘Majority TY’ - Fintan Maher, Richard Gorey, Zach Breslin and Michael McCarthy.
Killary Harbour Weekend
On May 17th, transition year ended a marvellous three days activity at Killary Harbour in the sunshine of County Mayo. The conclusion of their year was celebrated with mass and a social evening for parents on Monday 31st May.
Leaving Cert Class
Gaelic Football Blitz
Transition Year Mural
COMMUNITY GAMES COUNTY FINALS
Our neighbours Killenaule won gold in the u/16 girls relay team and silver in the boys u/14 relay event. Well done to all.
THE WELL GOLF SOCIETY
Those interested in taking part are asked to meet at the National School in Killenaule, opposite Bourke's Garage as you exit Killenaule on the Ballynonty side. Fee is €2 and further information from Dóirín Saurus, Crampscastle, Fethard. Tel: 052 31936.
PROGRESSIVE 25 RESULTS
COMMUNITY LOTTO JACKPOT NOW €7,000
John Whyte, Main Street, Fethard
Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:
Patrick Shine, Monroe, Fethard
Martin Bolger, Drumdeel, Fethard
C.E.S., Tirry Centre, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot is €7,000. Jackpot sellers prize €590.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL OUTING
Our next meeting will be held on 8th June at 8pm. Our guest speaker will be Jane Grubb of Cashel Blue Cheese fame. Hostesses are the ‘Red Group’ and competition theme is “A scenic view of your own area”.
Our summer outing is arranged for 8th June, leaving the Town Hall at 10am. Our first stop is Dungarvan and then we move on to Tourin House and Gardens, Cappoquin. Next stop will be Lismore and then back to Richmond House for dinner. Please give your names to Kay McGrath, Main Street, if you are interested in travelling.
RTE promote a special D-Day weekend to mark the occasion. Many of the veterans of that historic event will present in Normandy to mark the occasion and no doubt remember their fallen comrades.
D-Day marked the beginning of the end of World War II and it is only fitting we should remember the Fethard men who fought in that terrible conflict of 1939-1945. Killed in action were two Fethard men, Mr Jim Davis, Killusty, died in Belgium and his near neighbour, Rory La Terrier, Kiltinan Castle, was killed in action during the last few days of the North of France campaign.
Gus Kenrick, the only Fethard man to actually land on the Normandy beaches, fought throughout the entire campaign. Dick McCormack, Kilnockin, who also kept a day-to-day diary of his experiences, and John Fahy, Crampscastle, landed on the toe of Italy and were engaged in all the major battles in the Italian campaign, including the major battle of Monte Cassino. This battle consisted of four separate battles fought over the course of five months. The key significance of these battles was that it led to the eventual link up between the Allied troops trapped further North and their comrades further south. This link up of forces led to the eventual capture of Rome on June 4th 1944. This was the first Axis capital to fall to the Allies and this event did considerable damage to the enemy’s morale.
Jack Grant, The Valley, saw a lot of active service with his regiment, the Irish Guards. Tommy Murphy, also an Irish Guards man, was engaged in action throughout. His mother received a telegram from the War Office stating, “We regret to inform you, that your son Timmy is missing in action believed killed.”
Tommy, an army-boxing champion, must not have been the best of correspondents. Imagine his mother’s surprise and delight when some three years after receiving the telegram, Tommy, without any prior notice, walked in the door of his family home in Sparagoleith.
Tim Vigors, Tullamaine, an RAF fighter pilot, took part in many of the fierce aerial battles over the English southern coastline. Dick Rice of Derryluskin flew 38 bombing missions over Germany with the RAF Bomber Command and returned safely, several times just about, from each one. In the 2,074 days and nights between 3rd September 1939 and 7th - 8th August 1945 a total of 387,416 sorties were flown, over 955,000 tons of bombs were dropped and 8953 aircraft were lost.
These were the Fethard men who saw active service with the Allied forces in the Second World War. They were not inclined to speak of their experiences, which were very traumatic. A soldiers first duty when on active service was to kill or be killed. Gus Kenrick did recall that the soldier he stood beside and chatted with on the landing craft going over to France was shot dead in the water on disembarking and never set foot on French soil.
Gus, in the homily at his requiem mass, had requested that the congregation pray for his army comrades who died in various parts of the world, especially those who fell on the long road to Bremen.
Perhaps this is a good time to remember the Fethard men, especially those who took part in Work War II. We have written the above from memory and no doubt there are many others we have forgotten to mention. There was Dick Nagle, Christy Mathews, Tommy King, Tommy Fitzpatrick, Paddy Madden who served in the RAF Ground Forces. Tommy Fitzpatrick, of all those mentioned, is the only one still with us and still going strong in New York.
There must be many out there who recall relatives who took part in the war. The Fethard Historical Society would like to hear from them. The Fethard soldiers of World War íí come from all strata of society from castle and cottage, from countryside and town all brought together under a common band.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilís.
The new ‘state-of-the-art’, fully equipped unit in Clonmel, still remains unopened. This is nothing short of a national scandal. For instance, during the past week a local man, having suffered a heart attack, required urgent hospitalisation. If the amalgamated acute services were not available in Clonmel, the patient would have to be brought to Waterford, thus losing the first hour during which treatment is vital in such cases. Next week or even sooner it could be a member of your family in need of urgent treatment.
FETHARD LADY WINS
Fethard Lady’s performance would seem to indicate that her win on Sunday was more than beginner’s luck. The mare is trained by up-and-coming young Wexford trainer, Colm Murphy, of Cheltenham ‘Brave Inca’ renown.
Best of luck to the Bob’s Bar Syndicate and here’s hoping that they, like the Kerry Syndicate owners of ‘Brave Inca’, will be celebrating in the winners enclosure in Cheltenham in the not to distant future.
WOODVALE WALK WORK APPROVED
The much-needed maintenance work on the water drains, resurfacing of main road and rear access lane will also be complemented by the provision of a rear boundary wall, additional rear lighting and the provision of a storm sewer network. The funding was applied for by South Tipperary County Council following submissions made by the Woodvale Walk Residents Association.
SUMMER OUTING TO DUBLIN
Train will leave from Thurles at 3pm on Friday 18th June. Return fare will cost €30 approx. Following the very successful launch of the ‘Fethard Town Atlas’ in the Abymill last February, the Society has been invited to visit the Royal Irish Academy from 5.30 to 7.00pm for a reception and tour of the Academy. Overnight accommodation has been booked at the Harcourt Hotel (room only) at €39 per person sharing. Limited availability, so those wishing to stay in the hotel please contact Terry Cunningham as soon as possible.
On Saturday 19th June at 10.30am, we will start with a Guided tour of the National Library where we will also have the opportunity to see Cromwell's letter in which he refers to Fethard. The James Joyce "Rejoyce" exhibition is also on display in the Library
We visit to the National Museum, Kildare Street, at 2pm to view, among other things, the Medieval Fethard Statues. At 2.30pm (optional) there will be a ‘1916 Rebellion Walking Tour of Dublin’. Train departs from Dublin at 7pm.
Members intending to travel please book as soon as possible with Terry Cunningham, Tel: 052 23402 or Mary Hanrahan Tel: 052 32141, Mobile: 087 9009722.
ELEANOR SHANLEY BACK IN FETHARD
Eleanor Shanley led the trek to Uganda last October and this year, broadcaster Tracy Piggott takes over and leads the trek to Ethiopia. Tracy Piggott and other celebrities will also attend the gig in Fethard. Tickets are €25.