Saturday 25th September 2004
First Lady Principal for St. Patrick’s Boys School
A little bit of history was made with the appointment of Mrs Treacy as the first female principal of St. Patrick’s Boys’ School. Although last year, Ms Cathriona Horan, did work as Acting Principal while Mr Dwyer was on leave of absence. These two ladies have broken a long tradition, which began back in 1873, when Brother Augustine Holton called to the residence of the Rev. Dean Cantwell PP in the Main Street to discuss the foundation of a Patrician Brother’s School in Fethard. This meeting resulted in the Patrician Brothers sending three men to Fethard Brothers Augustine Holton, Vincent Riordan and Arsenious Fitzpatrick who took up residence on St. Patrick’s Day 1873.
In the same year they arrived, the Patrician Brothers founded two establishments, a primary and a classical school, housed on different floors in the old laundry, then the property of the Presentation nuns and now owned by Primus Advertising on Lower Main Street.
Some years later, in 1885, an application was made for the building of a new primary school on Rocklow Road, the foundation stone (presently set in the school yard wall) of which was laid two years later by Dean Kinane P.P. It was officially named Fethard Monastery School. This school served the educational needs of Fethard boys up to the early 1960s when, following the increase in the number of pupils, tenders were invited by the Board of Works for the erection of a new three roomed National School in Fethard. Construction work began on 18th January 1965 and the new school opened in the same year.
A prefab was erected beside the National School to cater for the additional pupils who were transferred to Fethard when Coolmoyne National School closed. The total number of pupils enrolled was 162 making it a five-teacher school for 1967/68. The teachers in 1968 were: Bro Lazarian Byrne (principal to August), Bro James Moran (principal from September), Bro. Luke Moroney, Bro Aidan Dunne (transferred September 1968), Bro Sylvester O’Neill (appointed September 1968), and lay teachers, Mr Eddie O’Sullivan and Miss Alice Stapleton.
In September 1971 Bro James Moran was transferred to Abbeyleix and Bro Berchmans Coffey was appointed principal. Bro Berchmans remained principal up to 1977 when he left Fethard to take up as principal of Urlingford National School. Bro James Moran returned to Fethard and was appointed principal up to 1980 when he was transferred again to Abbeyleix. Bro Paul Duffy took up the position as principal up to 1984 when he retired.
Bro Raymond Forde was appointed principal in September 1984, and was the last Patrician Brother to teach in the school up to his retirement on 30th June 1993. The first lay teacher, Mr Eamonn Dwyer, was appointed principal 1st July 1993.
In 2004, eleven years later, Mr Dwyer retired and has made way for the first female principal to be appointed after 130 years of male dominance.
We wish you the best of luck Mrs Treacy, in your new job and in a new era of education for boys in Fethard.
Butler’s Sports Bar to Open
The pub was owned and successfully run for the past five years by a very popular Bob Grant who will be missed by his many loyal customers. Bob purchased the premises from Pat O’Shea, who, on the 22nd November 1999, closed shop and ended his family’s connection with the premises first started by his father, Jack O’Shea, in November 1959.
Irish Girl Guides Resume Meetings
Before our summer break, on 31st May, we had an enrolment ceremony where we welcomed our new members. Ladybirds enrolled on the day were: Aine Proudfoot, Laura Ryan, Kayleigh Higgins and Larissa Clancy. Brownies enrolled were: Kate Quigley, Jade Pattison, Aobh O’Shea, Molly Proudfoot, Anastasia Blake, Amy Burke, Kate O’Donnell and Molly O’Dwyer. Link badges from Brownies to Ladybirds were presented to Kate Quigley, Jade Pattison, Aobh O’Shea, Molly Proudfoot and Anastasia Blake.
Congratulations to the girls and their leaders Judy Doyle, Catherine O’Connell and Teresa Hurley. We also welcome our new leaders, Ann Marie Burke and Catherine O’Donnell.
All the girls and leaders had a very enjoyable day out in Parson’s Green on 12th June, where we joined with Guides from the Rathdowney Unit. Area Commissioner Mary Jordan also attended.
We are looking forward to seeing you all again, plus many new faces, on Tuesday 5th October at Fethard Ballroom from 7pm to 8pm. Cost per week is €3. Ladybirds are aged from five and half to seven years old; Brownies from seven to ten years old; Guides from ten to fourteen years old. At present we have no Guide age group, bu hopefully in the near future we can start up again.
For further information please contact Judy Doyle, District Commissioner, Tel: 052 31109.
Civil Defence First Aid Classes
New members over-16 years of age are welcome to join Civil Defence. Some of the events that will be covered in the coming year include, rescue from heights, fire fighting, first aid, abseiling, boating and canoeing. For further information contact Rory Walsh, Tel: 086 0802782 or Civil Defence Headquarters, Clonmel. Tel: 052 34455.
Look right and left before you step
They are convinced that the present system, used properly, is the best solution for pedestrians in Fethard and have asked us to remind users and motorists to be very considerate of each other when using the crossing. Pedestrians are asked not to cross without first stopping, putting one foot out to indicate that you want to cross, and then waiting until oncoming traffic stops before crossing carefully. Motorists are asked to be very attentive and aware of people waiting to cross, especially, during those ‘rush hours’ when cars appear to speed through Fethard with little regard for anyone or anything.
The Community Council, in conjunction with the County Council, have agreed to monitor the situation over the coming weeks and would welcome any further comments or complaints before taking any further action. Please contact the Community Office in Barrack Street if necessary. Tel: 052 31000.
Fethard Bridge Club Results
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John;
2nd Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn;
1st Nett: Bridie Lee and Mike Burke;
2nd Nett: Nell Broderick and Annie O’Brien.
On Wednesday next, 6th October, we will be playing for the Nett Free Sub. Following this competition membership fees of €25 will be due, except for the winners of the free sub!
Anyone looking for a partner can contact Annie O’Brien, The Square, Fethard. Tel: 052 31862.
Fethard GAA Club News
Thanks to Martin Shanahan, John Hurley and Jerry Aherne for their time and commitment and a very special thank you to the players for the enjoyment. Congratulations to Ballybacon for winning the south title and best of luck to them and St Marys in the county quarterfinals.
Lucky GAA jackpot winner
We would like to thank everyone who supports this worthy cause in funding the promotion of our Gaelic Games at all ages in the parish and long may it continue.
Banshees on Bennett’s Hill
Some friends and myself were telling a few local stories the other evening and unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of information except what some of our now deceased relatives would have told us when we were very small. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks and kind regards, Breda Burke (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Good to see them back
The Well Golf Society
Belated apologies to those reading the results notes from our outing to Callan the winner of the ladies section should of course read, Mary Stakelum and not Mary Comerford. Humblest apologies to the two Marys.
Killusty Soccer Club
They say that reality bites, and that proved to be the case last Sunday. If you play teams like St Michaels, nothing less than one hundred per cent commitment will do. In the first half we were off the pace and found ourselves 3 down at half time. A more spirited performance in the second half saw us get more into the game and with 15 minutes to go we were awarded a penalty, which Karl Maher converted, but Michaels closed the door as quickly as they opened it and a goal from a free kick finished the scoring.
This is all part of the learning curve for this young Killusty team and they now realise the amount of commitment and performance that's needed to survive in the top flight of Tipperary Soccer.
Fethard Draft Local Area Plan
The proposed Local Area Plan will be on public display from Monday 20th September to Tuesday 2nd November 2004 at the following locations:
Planning Section, South Tipperary County Council;
Newport’s Newsagency, Main Street, Fethard;
The Post Office, Main Street, Fethard;
The Library, Main Street, Fethard;
A copy of the proposed plan is also available for purchase from the Planning Office, South Tipperary County Council, Clonmel, at a cost of €20.
Anyone interested in finding out more information can also attend one of two information evenings which will be held from 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday 6th October and Wednesday 13th October, in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard.
Submissions or observations in respect of the proposed plan may be made in writing or by email to the undersigned on or before Tuesday 2nd November, 2004.
M. McGivern, Administrative Officer, Planning Section, South Tipperary County Council, Clonmel. Co. Tipperary. Email: email@example.com
O’Connells from Liverpool
Would anyone have an idea where in Fethard the family may have come from and if there are any descendents still there? John Harrington (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fethard Judo Club
Liam Halley fought well and is improving at every competition. He was delighted to win a bronze medal. Also competing on the day was Roy Gorey who hadn’t competed in over a year and was very unlucky not to win on the day.
On Sunday it was our younger competitor’s turn with our juniors (under 16) and our youths (under 20) fighting for medals. Our youths were up first with five fighting for gold. The best on the day for the girls was Orla O’Donnell who won silver having beaten our own Samantha Feery into third place. Grace Maher did well in her weight and finished third. These were excellent results for Grace and Samantha who are only 14 and had to also fight later in their own age group. Our two men fighting were Richard Gorey, who won gold in his usual style, and Martin O’Donnell, who did well and finished third.
Our juniors were up next with the Feery sisters, Samantha and Lorraine, both winning gold to follow up on their wins in Mosney last month. Next was Grace Maher who won gold in her division, her second medal of the day. Stephanie Lawrence was our next gold medal winner, as only she can. Alan Brannigan surprised everyone with the way he fought and ended up to be our only boy who won gold.
Our silver medal winners were Niall O’Donnell, Padraig O’Shea, Gary Bradshaw and Jake Walsh who surpassed himself with an unbelievable effort. Our bronze medal winners were Robert Guiry, Tom Woodlock and Aobh O’Shea. Unlucky on the day was Alan Sutcliffe.
Thanks to Josephine O’Donnell who helped everyone with their fights and well done to Martin O’Donnell who, after finishing his fights, went on to act as referee for the rest of the afternoon, and did a great job.
The Irish Open will take place in three weeks time and everyone hoping to go will need to train on both Tuesday and Friday nights.
Lonergan family from Slievenamon
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Jackpot €9,550
Kathleen Lyons, Ballylusky, Drangan
Eileen White, Drangan
Éilis Barrett, Red City, Fethard
Open Door, Day Care Centre, Fethard
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Thelma Griffith, Crampscastle, Fethard
Fr. Tim Walsh, OSA, The Abbey, Fethard
Michael Meehan Snr., Coolbawn, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot is €9,550 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €845.
Community Council AGM
“Looking after yourself”
The next meeting of Sli Na Slainte is to be held on Thursday 30th September at 8pm in the Tirry Centre and all are welcome. This meeting will provide an opportunity to see the layout of the planned Sli Na Slainte routes and at your leisure to try them out. The meeting will also be complimented with a presentation on ‘Looking After Yourself’
Very shortly the Irish Heart Foundation representatives and the South Tipperary County Council will visit to see the planned walks and to advise us on any issues that need to be considered.
Once this visit has been completed the new routes will be signposted and Fethard will then have joined the many towns in the country with a Sli Na Slainte. An invitation is extended to everyone who can see the new routes and attend the presentation. We look forward to meeting you there.