Saturday 10th June 2006

Medieval Town Brochure
On Saturday evening next, 10th June, a new Medieval Town Trail brochure is being launched in Fethard. The colourful brochure, produced by the Fethard Historical Society lays out a mapped walking trail around the old walled town.  Everyone is invited to join in the event which begins in the Holy Trinity Church of Ireland at 7pm.

The launch itself will be performed by Mr John Bradley of the History Department of St. Patricks College Maynooth. Mr Bradley is an expert on the medieval period and he has spoken previously in Fethard, a place he cares about a great deal.

The Historical Society received welcome assistance from Tipperary Leader towards the production of this useful guide, as Fethard’s unique heritage belongs to all of Tipperary, and to all of Ireland for that matter.

Guided Walk
Following the launch, Mary Hanrahan of the Historical Society will lead a guided walk along the Medieval Town Trail. The walk will end up in the Abymill Theatre where refreshments will be available to all the weary - but well-informed -walkers.

Teenage ‘Treasure Trail’
A total of one hundred euro in prizes will be given to the winners of a historical treasure trail contest for young people. The winners will be those who can answer a questionnaire based on the historical town of Fethard. All answers will ‘surface’ during the walk so any keen eyed teenager has a chance of winning. Entrants can go alone or in pairs and questionnaires will be given out at the launch in Holy Trinity Church at 7pm. Three prizes are on offer: the winning pair will get €50, and a second and third prize of €30 and €20 respectively will also be available. All in all, easy money is to be had!

All Welcome
Saturday evening will therefore present a great chance to natives and visitors alike to get to know the history of the old town and the Historical Society sends out a warm welcome to one and all to join with them in ‘Walking the Line’ on Saturday evening.

St. Patrick's Boys School ‘Monster Draw’
St. Patrick's Boys School will hold a ‘Monster Draw’ to help pay some of the outstanding costs arising from the following works; (1) Redecorating, (2) Replacing the underground section of the heating system, and (3) Resurfacing the playground.

First prize is €2,000 and there are also eighteen prizes of €100 to be won. Tickets cost €20 each. Parents are currently selling tickets throughout the parish. The ‘Monster Draw’ will be held in July. Tickets are also available at the school. We appreciate your support.

The Well Golf Society
As members may now know, our trip to Callan was cancelled due to weather conditions. This outing has now been rescheduled for early September. In the meantime, we have organised our next outing for Saturday 24th June to Abbeyleix Golf Club. Tee off time is 9.30am. We played in Abbeyleix for the first time last year and the reaction from our members was so positive we just had to play there again this year.

Congratulations to 11-year-old Evan Connolly, son of Sgt Liam and Margaret Connolly formerly from Garrinch, Fethard, who was a member of the Waterford Schoolboys Soccer league team who recently won the Munster Championship and reached the All Ireland Final this weekend. After beating Dublin in the semifinal in a tough game that went to penalties, they were beaten 2-1 by Donegal in the final.

Charity Soccer Game in Killusty
A large group of spectators turned out in beautiful hot weather to see a team from The Well battle their soccer skills a team from McCarthys in Killusty last Saturday evening. The game was organised as a fundraiser for Trust Charity, founded by local lady Alice Leahy, formerly from Annsgift, Fethard. The game was refereed by Killusty’s newly appointed league referee, Bernard Feery, who had a tough job enforcing soccer league rules on past-players with bad memories, rugby players, cricket players and a few suffering from bar-counter-elbow. Nevertheless, the game went ahead without injury and in good spirit with the more experienced drinkers from The Well emerging victorious on a 3-1 scoreline.

Juvenile GAA Club
Our under-6, 8, 10 and 12s played Clonmel commercials in the community field last Friday night and all teams did great there was a great turnout from children and adults and many new faces turned up to participate in a great nights fun. We hope to have more games this Friday night. A special thanks to the Clonmel club for coming out to play us. Our under-14s played Moyle Rovers in a play off game on bank holiday Monday and were unlucky to lose by 3 points in a thrilling game of football played in sweltering heat.

Having lead by 4 points at halftime, thanks to 2 brilliant goals from Matt Fitzgerald and a peach from Tommy Sheehan, we somehow lost our way and, with time running out, brought their lead back to 3 points with another great goal from Tommy Sheehan. But time was against us and we could not get that vital score to level the game.

The boys gave there all and had some great displays on the day from Kieran O’Connell, Frankie Donovan, Davy Walsh, Matt Fitzgerald, Brian Delahunty, Alan Lawrence and Tommy Sheehan. The team will have played in another play off by the time you read this and hopefully will have qualified for the semifinal.

All membership is now well overdue and will have to be paid before the hurling championship starts. We wish all the best to the Tipp football team who play Kerry this Sunday and to Paul Fitzgerald, Cian Maher, Brian Coen, Aidan Fitzgerald and Glen Burke who are on the panel.

The late Cllr Michael O’Brien 
Fethard & Killusty Community Council members, along with Fethard community, were shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Cllr Michael O’Brien in the early hours of Sunday morning last while attending a wedding reception. As the news filtered through the town on Sunday morning it was accepted with a mixture of shock and disbelief.

Michael was an example of the ‘Perfect Politician’ who loved his work and always had a smile and a good word for everyone he met. He, along with colleague Cllr John Fahey, attended all the Community Council meetings and worked tirelessly on our behalf. We will dearly miss his attendance and good humour at our meetings, as indeed all the good work he has achieved for the community of Fethard.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Eileen (Noll) and their four children, Mairead, Ailish, Jimmy and Mike. Interment took place in the Old Graveyard, Drangan.

Fethard GAA Club News
In the Intermediate Hurling County League on Monday 29th May we had a good win over Moyne Templetuohy in Fethard on a scoreline, Fethard 3-14, Moyne Templetuohy 0-12. The team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Michael Ryan, Cian Maher, Paul Hackett, Willie Morrissey, Shane Walsh, Stephen O’Donnell, Kieran Treacy 1-5f, John P Looby, Tomás Keane 0-1, P J Aherne 0-1, Jamie McCormack 0-3f, John Leahy, Michael Aherne 2-0, and Kenneth O’Donnell 0-2.

We then went on to the county quarterfinal played in Boherlahan on Monday 4th June, with Martin Goldsboro in charge of the whistle, to record a victory on a scoreline, Fethard 1-13 (0-5), Eire Og (Annacarty) 1-7 (1-5). The team that finished: Kieran Treacy, Jamie McCormack, Carl Gahan, Paul Hackett, Willie Morrissey 0-1, Shane Walsh, Stephen O’Donnell, Brian Coen 1-1, John P Looby 0-2, Michael Dillon 0-1, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-7 (4F), Michael Aherne, and Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1. Fourteen men did us proud to bring victory on the day. Our next outing is the semifinal this week.

Well done to Aiden Fitzgerald who played on the Tipp Intermediate hurling team that beat Waterford last Sunday in the Munster semifinal. They now play in the Munster Final in mid July

The best of luck to all our players in both junior, Michael Dillon, and senior football, Paul Fitzgerald, Cian Maher, in the Munster Championship semifinals in Killarney on this Sunday 10th June.

We expect to play Doonbeg (Clare) in the Munster Senior Football League in Fethard on June 14th at 7.30pm.

The Juvenile Hurling Under 12 B starts on Thursday 8th June in Fethard against Clonmel Og at 7.15pm. In the second round we are away to Skeheenarinka on 15th June at 7.15pm.

The Munster Hurling Final on 26th June between Tipperary and Cork is an all ticket affair and we ask that only interested Club Members 2006 give there names to Nicky O’Shea, Gus Fitzgerald or Noel Byrne and that all accounts to date be cleared before names will be taken by any of the above.

Fethard ICA Guild
Fethard ICA will hold their next meeting (after our guest speakers) on Tuesday 13th June in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road. Our guest speakers will be the two lady owners, and their head gardener, from Carewswood Garden Centre, Castlemartyn, Co. Cork. They will speak on and demonstrate the filling of hanging baskets, patio containers, summer bedding plants and perennials, followed by a question and answer session.

Non-members and new members are very welcome to come along and everyone is asked to please note, that the meeting begins with the guest speakers at 8pm sharp.

Hostesses on the night are the ‘Green Group’ and the competition theme is ‘Six Decorated Queen Cakes’.

We had a very good turn out of members at our annual general meeting in May. Information Officer, Nan Hackett, attended and gave our guild great praise for continuing the work of the wonderful Fethard ICA ladies who got together eighty years ago to found the guild.

Election of officers for the coming year took place and the following were elected: President, Anne Gleeson; Vice-President, Anne Horan; Hon. Secretary, Nuala Delaney; Hon. Treasurer, Phil Wyatt. Committee members: Betty Lanigan, Kathy Aylward, Rose Holohan, Marie Crean, Breda Slattery, Sheila O’Donnell, Joan Anglim, Margaret Phelan, Breda O’Donnell and Nora Ahearne.

Fethard London Reunion
Following emails and calls from people concerned that the Fethard London Reunion wasn't going to take place this year. Paul Looby has contacted us to say this year’s Reunion will take place later in the year and Mary Morrissey and her band have now been booked for the 7th October.  Paul is just waiting on confirmation of a central London venue and will forward all the details when available. But for now, please pencil in 7th October in your diaries and get booking those flights. He would love to see a large Fethard contingent come over this year.

On behalf of his Fethard friends, we would like to wish Paul and his fiancée the very best of luck for their wedding which takes place in a few weeks time.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Wednesday 31st May were 9, 11, 13 and 28. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner so three tickets were drawn and the following won €50 each: 

Ann Gleeson, Drangan;
Patrick Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard;
Breda Nolan, Ballinure.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Sheila Butler, Coolanure, Fethard;
Tony Maher, 56 Woodvale Walk, Fethard;
Mary Pacitti, Killenaule.
Next weeks Jackpot is €4,800 and the Jackpot ticket sellers prize is €480.

Art Exhibition by Niall Bracken at St. Bernard Group Homes
An art exhibition, 'Images and Destinations' by Niall Bracken will take place in the Conference Room, St. Bernard Group Homes, Fethard, on Saturday 10th June from 2pm to 7pm and Sunday 11th June from 2pm to 7pm. Niall Bracken grew up in Monkstown, County Dublin, and also lived in Dalkey and Sandycove. He studied art at the National College of Art and at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Technology, and then took over the management of a large Dublin advertising agency graphic design studio. This led to a career in business when his love of drawing and painting had to be put to one side. In recent years he moved to Waterford to work full-time as an artist. Niall Bracken is a founder-member of the Waterford Life Art Group, and he is tutor to the New Ross Painters Group. He is co-author with his wife Pauline of the novel, The Dalkey Persuaders. His work is in collections in the UK, USA and Ireland (including Waterford County Civic Offices permanent collection).

Niall Bracken
Niall Bracken grew up in Monkstown, County Dublin, and also lived in Dalkey and Sandycove. He studied art at the National College of Art and at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Technology, and then took over the management of a large Dublin advertising agency graphic design studio. He joined Peter Owens Ltd, the Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations company, and was later appointed Managing Director. This led to a career in business when his love of drawing and painting had to be put to one side. In recent years he moved to Waterford to work full-time as an artist. He was invited to spend time as an artist in residence at, 'Annaghmakerrig', the Sir Tyrone Guthne Centre for artists. As a professional artist he has exhibited recently in the following locations: Dublin; Loughborough; The Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan; Greenacres Gallery, Wexford; The Waterford Treasures Museum Gallery (solo); 411 Gallery in Hangzhou and Shanghai; The Cockleshell Arts Centre, Duncannon (solo); Art in Action, Townley Hall, County Meath; gaIIery@stmichaels, New Ross (solo); Waterford Regional Hospital Exhibition; Greyfriars Municipal Gallery, Waterford; and at the Waterford Imagine Arts Festival 2005. Niall Bracken is a founder-member of the Waterford Life Art Group, and he is tutor to the New Ross Painters Group. He is co-author with his wife Pauline of the novel, The Dalkey Persuaders. His work is in collections in the UK, USA and Ireland (including Waterford County Civic Offices permanent collection).

Niall Bracken, The Studio, 6 Viewmount Park, Waterford.
Phone/Fax: 051 304264  e-mail: brackenn@indigo.ie

Some Information on St. Bernard's Group Homes
St. Bernard's Group Homes continues a caring tradition established in Dundrum, Co. Tipperary in 1908 by the Presentation Sisters. For over sixty years, the Centre cared for children from homes where the death, indisposition or personal distress of a parent made it impossible for normal family life to be maintained.

In 1975, the Sisters established purpose-built residential units on a three-acre site at Fethard, creating one of the first modern residential child care facilities of its type in Ireland.

Since then over 400 children and young people have benefited from the professional care and supervision of St. Bernards.

Today this facility offers up to fifteen places to children and young people in informal surrounds that provide a warm and caring environment and allow them to live as normal a life as possible.

Since 1997 one of our units specialises in caring for young people needing High Support. Innovative and creative work is ongoing as we build community and help young people live together, deal with their hurts and trust enough to form meaningful relationships with others.

We look forward to welcoming you during the week of the exhibition.

Sr. Éilís Bergin (Director)





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