Saturday 25th June 2005

Ecuadorian Mission Appeal
This appeal to help the Ecuadorian Mission stems directly from a recent trip by Fr Gerry Horan OSA to Ecuador during which he visited the Irish
Augustinian missionaries and viewed their work.

The economic and social conditions in their particular area are poor to an extent that he could
never have imagined. The response of the Irish Augustinians - with the support of the folks
here at home - has been absolutely incredible.

In the past number of years a complete hospital and a large clinic, along with almost 200
houses have been built. The hospital and clinic provide essential health care, while the
houses have removed people from disease-prone swamplands.

Of all the great work being done, the project, which most caught Fr Gerry’s attention,  ws the feeding
of 100 local children every day from Monday to Friday. Were it not for this particular
initiative, most of these children would be malnourished. The cost of the programme is about
€150 per month or €1,800 per annum.

Fr Gerry’s hope is that we might adopt this particular project and commit to financing it for the next
four or five years. This appeal for assistance carries the guarantee that every single cent contributed will go
directly to finance the feeding of the children.

To assist our friends in Ecuador the Jubilee 700 Committee is organising a Golf Classic and
Raffle at Slievenamon Golf Club on Friday 22nd July 2005. To sponsor a team (Three Ball Scramble) the price is €60; Sponsor a Full Hole (Tee and Green) for €100; or either a Green or Tee for €50.  Contact Fr. Gerry Horan OSA, Augustinian Abbey, Fethard, or Agnes Evans, Congress Terrace, Fethard. A raffle has also been organised in conjunction with The Golf classic. Tickets are €3 each and are available from members of the Abbey Centenary committee. Raffle prizes are photographed and on view in the Abbey porch. Thank you most sincerely for your support, which is very greatly appreciated.

Died Recently
The death has occurred of Matt Millet, who died on Wednesday 22nd June. Matt was the former owner of The Castle Inn and promoted great folk and Irish traditional music sessions in the 1970s and 1980s. He will always be remembered for his friendly and understanding attitude to the youth of Fethard at that time. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery on Friday 24th June.

Thanks from Gerry in New York
Gerry Nevin, formerly from St. Patrick’s Place and Ballintemple, and now living in New York, would like to thank everyone who telephoned, sent Mass cards and get well cards during his recent illness. He's now nearing the end of his treatment and hopes to get the 'all clear' soon.  We wish Gerry and Sylvia the very best from everyone in Fethard and look forward to seeing them both very soon.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Tuesday 21st June were: 6, 9, 27 and 30. There was no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75 each:

P.J. Nagle, c/o Group Homes, Fethard

Niall Connolly, c/o Eileen Connolly.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Carina Condon, 1 Kilnockin View, Fethard

Liam O'Sullivan, Perryville, Fethard

Michael Allen Jnr., 14 St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

Next weeks Jackpot remains at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.

Abymill Theatre AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Abymill Theatre took place on Thursday 23rd June in the Abymill Theatre and the following Board of Directors were elected: Austin O’Flynn (Administrator), Joe Kenny (Chairman), Marian Gilpin (Secretary), Agnes Evans (Treasurer), Michael McCarthy, Noelle O’Dwyer, Eileen Maher, Jimmy O’Shea, Vincent Murphy, Mary McCormack, Bernard Walsh and Carmel Rice.

Fethard GAA Club News
The Senior Football South Championship continues on this Sunday, 3rd July, when Fethard play Ardfinnan in Clonmel at 2pm before the replay of the South senior hurling semifinal.
The result of the Minor Hurling B game played in Ned Hall Park on Friday 24th June was Fethard 1-6 (0-3), Ballybacon Grange 5-15 (3-4).  Fethard team was: Jason Lawrence, Declan Doyle, Niall Hayes, Connie O’Flynn, Stephen O’Meara, William O’Brien, Peter Gough, Liam Ryan 0-1, James Smyth 0-1, Dean Tobin 0-1, John Leahy 0-2, David Prout, Alan O’Connor 1-1, James Curran and Adrian Lawrence.  Subs used were: Richard Gorey, James Kelly and Eoin Condon. The next game is against Davins on this coming Friday 1st July, in Monroe at 8pm.
In the Junior B Hurling game, played in Fethard on Saturday 25th June, the result was Fethard 0-8 (0-7), Ballybacon Grange 1-12 (1-7).  Team was: Paddy Cooney, Kevin Coffey, Diarmuid Burke, Darragh Corbett, Gavin Aherne, William O’Brien 0-3 (F), Peter Gough, Gabriel Horan 0-1, Glen O’Meara, John Leahy 0-2, John Hanrahan 0-1, John Noonan 0-1, Daniel Lonergan, Paul Kenrick, and Philly Prout.  Subs used were: Kenneth Sheehan and M. J. Croke. The next game will be played on Wednesday 29th June in Cloneen against Killenaule at 8pm.
The Junior A Football has started and  Fethard had a bye in the first round.  Our first game will be against Ballylooby / Castlegrace,. We also await the semifinal of the Minor B Football against Mullinahone and the next round of Intermediate Hurling against Carrick Davins.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €1,700 was not won.  The numbers drawn in the Fethard Arms were 1, 10, 11 and 14.  We had no match three winners so five Lucky Dips were drawn and the following won €30 each: Mary Godfrey (Derryluskin), Bob Maher (Barrack St), Rena Sheehan (Elm Park), Tossie Lawton (St Patrick’s Place), and Anthony Leo (c/o Bob Fitzgeralds Clonmel).  The €50 Lucky Dip going to Catherine Kearney (The Green).

Killusty Pony Show
Final preparations are in hand for this week’s forty-second Killusty Pony Show.  The catalogue is heading to the printers.  The fences are in situ waiting for the course designer, Tony Ennis, to direct the volunteers on Wednesday night, and the weather reports are being scanned anxiously.

Entries for the show, which is held on Saturday the 2nd July at Claremore, Killusty, are slightly back on last year’s record levels, but, as quite a few competitors come only for the Performance Working Hunter, or the equitation classes, which can be entered on the day, a final total cannot be predicted.

It is hoped to have a ring dedicated to the Fancy Dress and the Dog Show so that these ever-popular events can commence at 2 pm.  Spectators are more than welcome as usual. The Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank their longstanding sponsors and the many volunteers who have faithfully lent a hand over the years.  The Civil Defence ambulance, doctors, stewards, announcers et al, with their cheerful and efficient service go to making Killusty an Annual Success.

Historical Society guided tour of Kells and Kilree
Fethard Historical Society have organised a Guided Tour of Kells and Kilree for this Friday evening, 1st July, departing from the Town Hall at 7pm, and returning to Fethard at approximately 11.30pm.  The tour, led by our guide, Colm McGrath, will visit the Augustinian Priory, Kells, and the Irish Monastic Settlement at Kilree.  We will stop for tea and sandwiches in Callan on the way home.  The cost for the trip is €16, which includes refreshments in Callan.  All are welcome, members and non-members, and booking is by phone to Dóirín Saurus Tel: 052 31936, or Mary Hanrahan Tel: 087 9009722.

The Historical Society held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 26th April in the Abymill Theatre and the following committee was elected: Dóirín Saurus (Chairperson), Mary Hanrahan (Vice-Chairperson), Margaret Newport (Secretary), Peter Delaney (Assistant Secretary), Catherine O’Flynn (Treasurer), Terry Cunningham (Public Relations Officer), Kitty Delany, Tim Robinson, Marie O’Donnell, Ann Lynch, Colm McGrath and Diana Stokes.

Membership fees are now due, Individuals €7; Family Membership €10; OAPs, Unwaged and Students €5.  Please contact our treasurer, Mrs Catherine O’Flynn, Knockelly, Fethard.

Bridge Bar Golf Society Outing
The next outing for the Bridge Bar Golf Society will take place on Friday 1st July to West Waterford Golf Club.  Tee-off times are from 4pm to 5.15pm.  All members intending to travel are requested to notify Martin Burke at Tel: 052 31142 as soon as possible.

Art Exhibition at Clonmel Library (photo ‘Exhibition.jpg’)

An exhibition of oil paintings and watercolours by Sue Perry and Rosemary Ponsonby will take place in Clonmel Library from July 4th to July 9th.  Sue has being painting in oils for many years and has exhibitions of her work in Limerick, Abbeyleix and Clonmel.  She follows from a long line of artists in her family, one of whom was Lilla Perry, a well-known artist from the 1920s and 1930s.

The official opening of the exhibition takes place on July 4th at 7.30pm and both artists extend an open invitation to all.  So please come along, all are welcome.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Training will take place on this Saturday for under-6s only from 3pm to 4pm.  Under-8s and Under-10s will be playing Ballingarry away and the bus will leave the GAA field at 1.30pm. 

Our Under-12s played two games last week, beating Killenaule in one, and then being well beaten by Clonmel Óg in the other.  With six games left the team will need a big improvement if they are to make the semifinal stage.  Upcoming fixtures are for Thursday 30th June, at home to Ballybacon; on Wednesday 13th July, away to St. Patricks; and on Saturday 16th July, at home to Carrick Davins.

At long last the Under-14 fixtures arrived and the lads will have eight games.  The first three games are on 4th July, at home to Killenaule; on 7th July, away to Carrick Swan; and on 11th July, at home to Carrick Davins.  The best of luck to all involved.

Our Under-16s will have five games but no dates available yet.  It starts in three weeks with the first three games at home to St. Patricks; at home to Clonmel Óg; and away to Cahir.

All players are asked to give our Club Secretary a mobile contact number as the committee are trying to set up a group text scheme for each team, which will make contacting players a lot easier.

Anyone wanting club jerseys should contact the Club Secretary as our order will be sent in soon.  All Summer Camp forms should also be returned as soon as possible.

Well done to Commercials on winning the Under-12 county football final and, finally, best of luck to the Fethard senior team who play Ardfinnan in the South Championship on Sunday.  Hoping to see all our juveniles in Clonmel to cheer the seniors on.

Date for Fancy Dress Parade
As part of the Abbey 700 Commemorations, a Fancy Dress Parade for children will form part of the Celebrations for St. Augustine, which take place weekending 28th August.  Members of Banna Cluain Meala will lead the parade from Main Street to the Abbey.  We will have full details later, but children are asked to put their ‘thinking hats’ on and write the date in their diaries.

Pre-holiday quiz winners
The St. Patrick’s Boys’ School Parents Association ‘Primary Pupils Pre-Holiday Quiz’ winners were, Stephen Maguire, Gerry Horan, Gavin Lonergan and Charlie Manton. Sixteen teams competed very enthusiastically.  The Parents Association of St. Patrick's Boys School wish to thank those businesses and families who generously contributed raffle prizes. Many thanks to our teachers Mrs P. Treacy and Miss A. Ryan, and also to Linda Quigley, Maureen Prendergast and Paddy Broderick for their extra help on the night.
The Parents Association congratulate the boys Under 11 team on their victory in Semple stadium on 9th June. We thank coach Willie Ryan and Mrs Eileen Fitzgerald for the training and encouragement, which bought this team to the Roinn C final against Upperchurch. Eoin Kelly presented the boys with their medals at the school on Wednesday 22nd June. We wish all the pupils a very happy and safe summer holiday.

Fethard connections in Kenya (photo ‘Patrician Brothers.jpg’)
On a recent trip to Kenya with Irish and Munster rugby player Mick Galway, Self Help's Seamus Hayes met with two Patrician Brothers based in Kenya, Br Paul Brennan and Br Colm O’Connell. Both have strong links with Fethard, having spent many happy years teaching with the Patrician Brothers on Rocklow Road. They are now teaching near Eldoret in a remote part of Kenya called Kabongo, they also operate a small dispensary to assist with the provision of health facilities for the local population.

Colm O’Connell is a world-renowned athletics coach and has travelled the world lecturing on his training methods. He has coached several Kenyan Olympic Gold medal winners. Colm is related to the O’Riordan family who run a light engineering business in Fethard.
Paul and Colm would welcome any support for their work and if you wish to contact them you can do so via Br. Camillus Regan, Provincial Superior, Patrician Brothers, Delaney House, Castledermot Road, Tullow, Co. Carlow, or contact Seamus Hayes Tel: 086 2307330

Affordable Housing
Cllr Michael O’Brien has asked us to mention the following information on Affordable Housing.  If you are interested in purchasing your own house, you can make a considerable saving by purchasing the property under a Part V Scheme for affordable housing.  You may be eligible if you are: in need of accommodation and if the repayments on a mortgage would exceed 35% of your net annual income.

It is envisaged that houses and apartments may be made available for affordable housing purposes in the Fethard area, among other designated areas in South Tipperary. South Tipperary County Council now wishes to assess the need for affordable housing at the designated locations and to prioritise the successful affordable applicants. Interested applicants are invited to forward completed application forms for assessment as affordable applicants.

Application forms and further information are available on request from South Tipperary County Council, Housing Section, County Hall, Clonmel. Phone: (052) 34683 or downloaded from their website at www.southtippcoco.ie

As there will be a limited number of housing units available under the scheme, a fully completed application form together with income details and a mortgage approval letter should be submitted by 11th July, 2005.

Patrick Cody
People regularly turn up in Fethard trying to trace their ancestors. Some get lucky and locate the old family home, graveyard plot or even get to meet distant relatives. Others leave no wiser than the day their search began. Patrick Cody is on the missing list.

His connection with Fethard was a brief one that he knew nothing about. He was dead before he got here. His story was related by his granddaughter who came in search of his final place of rest. He was born in the 19th Century and as a young man he travelled to Australia to search for gold. He had some luck and returned to Tipperary where he had enough money to place a deposit on a farm near Thurles. He then got married and raised a large family.  The elder sons emigrated to St Louis in America and joined the Fire Department.  He ran the farm with his wife, looking after the younger siblings.

On 11th April 1903, he travelled to Waterford to meet the bank official who held the deeds to his farm. Times were hard and he was in danger of losing the farm after missing some repayments. The bank turned him away. He died on the return journey and was taken from the train in Fethard. A loaded revolver was found in his pocket. The story made the local and National papers at the time. A post mortem was carried out in Clonmel . . . and then he disappeared from the record books. 

The bank seized the farm, so his wife and remaining siblings sailed across the Atlantic to join the family in St Louis. His ancestors presume that his wife wouldn’t have had enough money left to pay for a headstone, so they believe he may lie somewhere in an unmarked grave. They know that his family had a plot in Callan, Co Kilkenny, where he might be buried, but they were told when they looked for the record books, that records weren’t started until 1904. The only other reference that hinted at his possible whereabouts were a few words scribbled in a family bible saying, ‘Windgap, Co Tipperary’ (which we know is in Co Kilkenny).  No other record has been found to help locate the man.  Patrick Cody’s ancestors would like to erect a headstone to him. If anybody knows of any record that may help trace him contact news@fethard.com.

(N Gawe)


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