Saturday 27th May 2006

Chipping away at our history
Fethard’s only surviving gate, North Gate, dating back to the 15th century, looks like it will suffer the same fate as the previous four if something is not done soon to prevent the every increasing number of large trucks chipping pieces off it as they try and pass under it. In these days of ‘progress’ — with bigger incomes, bigger houses, bigger trucks, bigger notions — we must remember that our medieval town has remained the same size, and survived, for hundreds of years. Are we the generation to destroy it, ironically at a time when we need it most.

It was refreshing to give a lift to a Polish worker the other day and meet a smiling happy person, probably working for less than the national wage and delighted with his music, fishing, and all the simple things we appear to have forgotten. It was a glimpse of what I remember Irish people to be.

Today, we appear to have lost our sense of community! We want the benefits of safe community life and yet we do our shopping in other towns, send our kids to schools in other towns and villages, and never get involved in local voluntary committees — the lifeblood of any developing community.

The evidence is staring us in the face as we sit back and watch both our history and community being chipped away by our lack of care, commitment, involvement or support. Without doubt, we will eventually get what we deserve and please don’t complain then either!

Admiral Sir Henry Kellett  KCB
Most people may have never heard of Henry Kellett. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of sixteen and rose to the rank of Admiral before he retired. He served as a young man in West Africa working to abolish the slave trade. He then worked as a cartographer in Central America, mapping the coast of Columbia and Panama. After that he fought in the Anglo Chino War (‘Opium War’) where he was decorated for his bravery in battle. He then returned to serve in various expeditions in the Arctic. Following his final Arctic expedition he was promoted to Admiral and served in the West Indies. His final commission was served mapping the land he had helped to secure as a younger man when he returned to China.

Admiral Kellett was from Fethard. He was born in 1806 in Clonacody (in the house now belonging to the Carrigan family, bought from the Kellett’s in the late 1930s). He travelled to Cork in 1822 and joined the navy. People who are not familiar with Kellett may be very familiar with a piece of one of his ships. It has appeared in pictures, TV and in film for over a century — and what is it? Well the story begins in 1852.

Kellett was given command of a ship called the ‘Resolute’. It was one of a number of ships sent to search for the missing Franklin expedition that had disappeared searching for a north-western route from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The overall commander of the search party was Sir Edward Belcher, who ordered Kellett to abandon his ship when it was frozen in the ice. Kellett protested, claiming that he had ample provisions to see out the winter, but Belcher insisted that he obey orders and leave. The boat was abandoned and they all returned to England. Kellett and Belcher were court-marshalled. Kellett wasn’t charged as he was only obeying orders and soon after he was promoted.  Belcher wasn’t charged, as it was his commanding officer’s right to abandon the expedition as he saw fit. His real punishment was that he was never given a command again.

More to Belcher’s embarrassment, the ‘Resolute’, which was built with a triple thick hull to withstand icy conditions, floated off on a voyage of its own once the ice had thawed. It travelled 1200 miles before it was boarded by the crew of an American Whaler. The American government offered the captain of the Whaler, Captain Buddington, $40,000 for the ship. He agreed to the deal and handed it over.  The promised money never materialized, but that’s a different story.  The Americans then restored it and gave it back to Queen Victoria as a gesture of goodwill towards the British. In 1879, when the ship was decommissioned, a selection of oak was taken from the dismantled ship and carved into an ornate desk, which was then presented to the American President Rutherford B. Hayes.  It has sat ever since in the Oval office of the White House, apart from a brief period in a museum.

Admiral Kellett didn’t live to see his ship decommissioned. He retired from the Navy in 1871 and returned to live in Fethard. He died in 1875 and is buried in the grounds of the Holy Trinity Church. His name lives on in various parts of the World to this day. Kellett Point on the coast of the North Western territories in Canada is called after him and the storehouse that he built on his otherwise ill fated Arctic voyage “Kellett’s Storehouse” is preserved as a national monument in that country and was actually used for shelter by expeditions over a hundred years after it was built. His name also appears on many charts that he drew in his years in Panama and China. Kellett Island has been joined up with Causeway Bay in Hong Kong is the home of the Royal Hong Kong yacht club.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Wednesday 17th May were: 1, 2, 10 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner of €150: Seamus Hackett, Strylea, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Seamus Moloney, 7 Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard;

Philip Bolger, 10 Canon Hayes Court, Fethard;

Tom McCormack, Cashel Road, Fethard.

Next weeks Jackpot is €4,500 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €450.

Sacrament of Confirmation
Congratulations to the boys and girls from the parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday morning 12th May in Holy Trinity Church, Fethard. Archbishop of Cashel and Emly Dr Dermot Clifford confirmed the following boys and girls from Fethard and Killusty: Joseph Morgan, William Morgan, Seamus Holohan, Mathew Holohan, Shane Power, Nicholas Cleverley, Ciaran O’Meara, Eugene Walsh, Gerry Horan, Ronan Fitzgerald, Mark Fogarty, Cathal Hurley, Kieran Walsh, Adam O’Donnell, Dylan Fitzgerald, Eoin Walsh, David Hayes, Dylan Maher, Dion Butler, William O’Mahony, David Burke, Tony Myler, Dean Sharpe, Noel O’Brien, Brian Delahunty, Ger Maher, Louis Rice, Gavin Lonergan, Michael Smyth, Ted Barrett, Garreth Lawrence, Andrew Maher, Jamie Walsh, Tommy Veale, Gavin Carroll, Aisling Harrington, Jessica Conran, Nicola Harrington, Shannon O’Brien, Leanne Sheehan, Anita Pollard, Nathalie Cahill, Katie Baker, Lucy Butler, Chloe Byrne, Lucinda Carroll, Aoibhlinn Delany, Deirdre Dwyer, Chloe Gleeson, Margaret Kennedy, Nicole Looby, Molly O’Dwyer, Mary Ellen O’Reilly, Evie O’Sullivan, Amy Pollard, Stephanie Allen, Mary Anne Fogarty, Jane Holohan, Mary Jane Kearney, Orla Lawrence, Amy Lyons, Faye Manton, Claire Morrissey, Louise O’Donnell, Rebecca O’Donnell, Edel O’Sullivan, Rachel Prout, Jenny Pyke and Amanda Ryan.

Following the ceremony, great praise was directed to the teachers and those involved in preparing the children and church for this important day in their lives. The children were also commended on their good attention for the duration of the ceremony. Well done to all concerned.

Fethard Judo Club
The Samantha Feery Memorial Tournament was held in Macroom Co. Cork recently. Most of the club turned out and a great weekend was had by everyone. It was great to see so many clubs competing from all sides of the country and we ended up coming home with 18 medals.

Richard Gorey won gold in both senior and youths and his brother Cathal won silver and bronze.  Vincent Carroll won three bronze, this was a great achievement as he hasn’t played Judo in over 16 years. Tom Woodlock also won bronze, Alan Brannigan got silver, Alan Sutcliffe got bronze, Natalie Cahill got silver, Katie Delahunty got gold, and well done to Ger Mullally who won bronze in this his first competition.

The main event of the day was the team event for the Samantha Feery Memorial Cup, sponsored by Fethard Judo Club. It was a closely fought battle coming down to Macroom and Fethard in the final, although the team fought well, we were unlucky to be beaten. The team was: Tom Woodlock, Alan Brannigan, Natalie Cahill, Dean Kenny who was the star of the event fighting kids who were older and heavier and never giving up. The last member of the team was Lorraine Ferry who did great. All the above won silver medals and are going back next year to win gold. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make this a great annual event.

Juvenile GAA Club
With First Holy Communion taken place in Fethard last Saturday we held no training for the under-6, 8 and 10s but we will resume this Saturday and all parents will be notified by text of the time and venue.  It would also be great to see more children turning up to participate in the fun and games that will take place. Parents are also invited to come and give a hand and support the boys and girls.

Our under-12 football team continue to train and will play a series of games over the summer to help compensate for there very short championship and, again, they will be notified by text.

Our under-14 football team had a great win over Cahir last Friday night on the score of 2-08 to 3-01. This win will keep them in contention for the semifinals. Well done to all involved.

Our under-12/14 hurling teams are training away and looking forward to their championship which will start soon as are our under-16s and all hurling teams will be notified by text of training times. It is not to late for any new players to join up with any of these squads. The Juvenile Club would like to wish all our present and past players the best of luck in their exams which are about to start.

Posters have been put up around the town to advertise our Summer Camp for this year and we would ask all parents to support this and give their kids the chance to enjoy our weeks fun and games. Any queries on this contact our secretary Caroline at 086 1713502. Thank you.

Midsummer’s Night Ball
South Tipperary Autism Support Group has been chosen by Hotel Minella, along with nine other charity groups, to participate in a major fundraising campaign to raise €100,000 for the ten charities in recognition of their work in the community. It is an innovative fundraising event and John and Elizabeth Nallen must be commended for their efforts in organising this event.

A ‘Midsummer’s Night Ball’, on 21st June 2006, will be held in Hotel Minella, entertainment includes champagne reception, band recital on the hotel's lawn, a business talk by Dan McLoughlin of Bank of Ireland, dinner, cabaret by internationally renowned comedian Brendan Grace and dancing to Brass & Co. This is a black tie event. Tickets are €200 Limited number available. Contact Janette Blake on 087-2281900 or Noel Blake on 086-8586456

Fethard GAA Club News
The Senior Football County Championship second rounds all take place this Saturday 27th May, when we are out against Grangemockler in Kilsheelan at 7.30pm. We have a number of changes from last year and we wish our team the best of luck.

In the Intermediate Hurling County League we have qualified for the last twelve and await our opponents in the quarterfinals, with the South Championship not to far off. On Thursday last we had one of our best performances ever in Fethard against Ballinahinch when we won on a scoreline, Fethard 2-19, Ballinahinch 0-7. This puts us in the next round as winners of our group. Team was: Kieran Treacy, Michael Ryan, Karl Gahan, Paul Hackett, Willie Morrissey, Shane Walsh, Stephen O’Donnell, Jamie McCormack 0-6F, J P Looby 1-0, Tomas Keane 0-3, P J Aherne 1-1, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-4, Miceál Spillane, Mickey Aherne 0-1, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-2. Subs used were: Philly Croke, Eoin Doyle, Tommy Gahan, William O’Brien and Philly Prout.

The Minor Football South Championship final round was played last Wednesday in Cloneen against Ballingarry. In the second half we lost our way in the wind on a scoreline, Fethard 1-3, Ballingarry 0-8, leaving us in the semifinal against Mullinahone. This game to be played in July after all exams, with the first round of the minor Hurling starting immediately, and after completion of exams against Newcastle. Team on Wednesday last was: Glen O’Meara, Adrian Lawrence, Liam Ryan, Alan O’Connor, David Prout, Niall Hayes, Stephen O’Meara, Richard Gorey, Tomas Gilpin, Christopher Sheehan, Declan Doyle 1-1f, Peter Gough, David Conway, Michael Fleming, Edmond Sheehan 0-1f. Subs used were: Aaron O’Donovan and Dean Tobin. We wish all our players the very best of luck in the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert Exams which commence in the coming weeks.

Our Lotto Jackpot of €2,300 was not won. The numbers drawn were: 11, 12, 15 and 24. We had one ‘match three’ winner of  €150:
Frasier O’Gorman (Maryfield, Gorey, Co Wexford).
The €50 Lucky Dip was won by
Nellie Ryan (46 St Patrick’s Place Fethard).
Tickets supplied by AIB Main Street, Fethard.

Fethard’s Town Walls a National Treasure
Two members of the Fethard Historical Society, Tim Robinson and Terry Cunningham, travelled to Derry City on Thursday 11th May for a major event organised by the Irish Walled Towns Network.

The Network was established in 2005 by The Heritage Council, the official body that advises the government on all matters relating to both the natural and man-made heritage of this country.

Fethard featured very prominently in many of the lectures as the Town Wall of Fethard is the most complete on the island, after Derry, and the restoration of over 300 metres of the Wall in The Valley — by the community group ‘The Friends of Fethard’ — still stands as the most impressive restoration project undertaken in the Republic.

Also a large aerial photograph of Fethard, presented to the Heritage Council by Tim Robinson, was prominently displayed in an exhibition in Derry’s famous Guildhall, and now all the walled towns have been asked to do likewise.

The Network is part of a bigger European project and attending the Derry event were the mayors of the walled cities of Valletta in Malta and Dubrovnik in Croatia. So Fethard is in very good company indeed and it is vitally important that every effort is made by the people of Fethard to ensure that the walls are ‘minded’ and that over time the complete circle of the Wall can be opened up and preserved for the public to see and admire.

The Fethard Historical Society have produced a new colourful walking guide, the Medieval Town Trail, and this will be launched on Saturday evening 10th June and all admirers of the old walled town — local and visitors alike — are invited to ‘walk the line’ that evening. Completed arrangements will be published in the coming weeks.

New Centenary Logo for South Board
Congratulations to Lucy O’Hara whose design has won the competition for the South Tipperary GAA Board’s ‘Centenary Logo’.  The South Board was founded in McCarthy’s Hotel, Clonmel, in 1907 and the logo will represent South Tipperary GAA for the duration of Centenary Year in 2007.

Lucy is a granddaughter of Sean Hanrahan, The Green, and won the competition which was organised by Grace O’Meara with the cooperation of the Technical Institute Clonmel and the Adult Education Programme. The presentation was made at a function held in the County Museum Clonmel on Wednesday 17th May.

Are you the wife of Michael Cleary?
Stagemad Theatre Company from Waterford city will perform the world premiere of “Are you the wife of Michael Cleary?” by Gino Dilorio at the Abymill Theatre, Fethard on this coming Friday 26th May.  The author Mr Dilorio will travel from New York for the premiere and is also expected to give a talk on how he came across the story and why he decided to write the play. The play commences at 8.15pm. Tickets are €10 and booking is at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard. Tel: 052 31254.







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