Saturday 17th June 2006

The 43rd Killusty Pony Show
The forty-third Killusty Pony Show is on course to take place at Claremore, Killusty, on the 1st July, 2006.  A committee meeting to prepare for this annual event took place on Wednesday 14th June in the Tirry Community Centre.  Several younger Committee members have made themselves available in the last few months and their input is particularly appreciated.  Should anyone else like to join the committee you would be very welcome at the next meeting.

The Killusty programme has been very successful over the last many years but tweaking of the schedule is always taking place to ensure that its popularity never wanes.  This year’s show will include for the first time a Local Riding Pony Class. This Class will be confined to competitors from within 20 miles of Killusty and to animals under 153 cms.  There will be a prize for the best placed competitor from the Parish of Fethard and Killusty. There will also be a Coloured Riding Pony Class for animals under 148 cms.  A new 123cms Show Hunter Pony Class is also included.  These new Classes supplement what is already a full schedule of In-hand, Show and Hunter Pony Ridden Classes, Working Hunter Pony Classes, both Novice, Open and Performance as well as Ridden Equitation and Equitation Jumping.  There are also Welsh, Arab and Connemara Breed Classes. The side-saddle classes are always spectacular and the Fancy Dress and Dog Show are most entertaining.

Schedules for the 2006 Show are available from the Secretary, Betsy O’Connor, Knockelly, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Tel: 052-31130.  All classes must be entered by 22nd June as a full catalogue is produced with the exception of the Equitation Riding and Jumping and the Performance Working Hunter, which may be entered on the day on the field.  All are welcome to enter and day affiliation of the IPS is available so that all competitors are covered by insurance on the day.

Knitting for Pleasure
Now that summer has arrived the Tuesday evening ‘Knitting for Pleasure’ club will take a break as from this week on and will recommence again in September. There was a great variety of knitting projects undertaken among the group of knitting enthusiasts during the year and anyone willing to join is more than welcome.

Please contact Sr. Juliana for further details and come along and enjoy the knitting, chat and a friendly cup of tea when we resume in September.

Died Recently
We record the death of Margaret 'Gretta' O'Donovan, Burke Street, Fethard, which took place on 10th June 2006. Relict of the late Andy, Gretta will be sadly missed by her loving sons, daughters, sister, brother, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives and friends. Interment took place in the Parish Church Cemetery.

We record the death of John Joe O'Connor, Ballyvaden, Fethard, which took place on 10th June 2006 at his residence. Deeply regretted by his loving family, Diarmuid, Margaret, Denis, Liam, Mary, Imelda, Patricia, John, Elizabeth and Eddie, his brother Willie, sons in law, daughters in law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends. Interment took place in Moyglass Cemetery.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Wednesday 7th June were 2, 4, 19 and 30. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match 3’ winner so three tickets were drawn and the following won €50 each:

Derek Cuddihy, Fethard;

Seamus Hackett, Strylea, Fethard;

Ger Manton, Main Street, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:

Eileen Tobin, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;

Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;

Olwyn Wall, Chapel Lane, Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot is €4,950 and the Jackpot ticket sellers prize is €495.

Parents’ Association Pre-Holiday Quiz
The St. Patrick's Boys' School Parents Association have organised a Pre-Holiday Quiz in aid of St. Patrick's Boys' School. The Quiz will take place in the Boys' School Hall on Wednesday 21st June from 7pm to 9pm. Boys and girls from first to sixth class are welcome to take part. Sports shop vouchers for the winners. Entry fee is €2.50 per child. Raffle tickets will also be sold at €1 each.

Fethard GAA Club News
We had no activity on the club front last week with no fixtures, but the coming week will be very busy with five teams out in the South Championship, starting on this Friday evening 16th June in Cloneen with Fethard v Ballingarry in Junior ‘A’ Football at 8pm. On Sunday 18th June we play Carrick Swans in Senior Football in Kilsheelan at 3.30pm; on Wednesday 21st June we play Killenaule in Junior ‘B’ Football in Ballingarry at 8pm; on Friday 23rd June we play Ballyneale in Intermediate Hurling in Kilsheelan; and on Saturday 24th June we play Newcastle in Minor B Hurling in Ned Hall Park. Report on Intermediate Hurling County League semifinal next week.

Last week’s Lotto Jackpot of €2,600 was not won. The numbers drawn were 3, 4, 5 and 25. We had one ‘match three’ winner of €150 to
Josie Fitzgerald (Kiltinan).
The €50 Lucky Dip going to
Willie O’Meara (Killusty).

This week’s Lotto Jackpot of  €2700 was also not won. The numbers drawn were 7, 10, 12 and 14. We had three match three winners of €50 each to:
Aiden Fitzgerald (Burke St),
Willie Fitzpatrick (Kilmoganny Co Kilkenny),
Dermot Daly (30 St Pats Place).
The €50 Lucky Dip was won by
Catherine Kearney (The Green).
All Tickets were kindly supplied by Allied Irish Bank, Main Street.

Our Sympathies are at this time with O’Brien family, Rathkenny, on the death of Michael; The Donovan family, Burke St, on the death of Gretta; and the O’Connor family, Ballyvaden, on the death of John Joe. Go ndeanai trochaire ar an ainmeachta.

John Bradley launches the Fethard Town Trail
On Saturday night, June 10th, at Holy Trinity Church, John Bradley, Senior Lecturer Department of Modern History, NUI Maynooth, officially launched the new walking trail map of Fethard. This map is published by the Fethard Historical Society with assistance from the Tipperary Leader Group. The guide depicts medieval Fethard and outlines 10 medieval features one meets along the trail. It is hoped that this map will bring attention to the medieval footprints that remain as an integral part of today's town.

Launching the guide, John Bradley spoke of the many changes that have taken place in our towns in recent decades. He cited his own native Kilkenny and how people had struggled to maintain the medieval buildings there and how today the vision of those who activated the preservation of such buildings is greatly appreciated. He suggested that Fethard is now not possibly, but certainly, the most important medieval small walled town in Ireland today.

After the official launch, Mary Hanrahan guided a group of 40 people along much of the town trail. From the ramparts of a section of the restored town wall, people were able to look out over a portion of countryside largely unchanged due to minimal encroachment from building development.

Towards the end of the walk, everyone was generously invited into Tim Robinson and Catherine Corcoran's recently restored 15th century early post-medieval town house at Watergate. This inspiring restoration of the original house includes features such as original oak beams with carpenters marks still visible, carved slate tiles surrounding an original fireplace and a view of Holy Trinity Church with its crenulated tower and surrounds, little of which, has changed for three to four hundred years. Some of us who live, might say, a view to die for.

To finish the evening the tired group gathered for cakes, cheese and drinks in the Abymill and to celebrate the remaining architectural and historical landmarks of  those people who used to live in medieval Fethard.

Honner family of Clonmel and Ballinard Castle, near Fethard
My wife Anne and I recently spent a week's holiday in South Tipperary, staying at Ardfinnan. One purpose of our holiday was to investigate my grandmother's (father's mother) family - Honner.  Her father was Joseph Honner (1859-1940), who left Ireland at a young age to join the British Royal Navy and who eventually became a Captain. I have a copy of his memoirs in which he described his childhood at Greyfort, Croan, Clonmel and his father's summer residence at Ballinard Castle near Fethard (towards Cloneen). His father was also a Joseph Honner (1826-1885), who was a Solicitor and Clerk of the Crown, Court House, Nelson Street, Clonmel. He also lived in Dublin, where he died. His widow, Caroline Jane (nee Minchin) (1827-1892) died in Toxeth Park, Liverpool, and I believe that their other children arranged for their parents bodies to be returned to Clonmel for burial.

We managed to find both of the above residences and the family headstone in St. Mary's church at Clonmel. On this headstone was listed one of Joseph Junior's elder brothers, John Joseph Honner (1855-1887).  John Joseph was described as being a Lieutenant in the Tipperary Artillery, and since he died at the early age of 32 we think that he may have died during his military service. I have just found from Fethard website and become aware that there was a military barracks housing the Tipperary Artillery at Fethard. Thus it seems likely that John Joseph Honner enlisted there. Please could anyone tell me if there is any way of finding out if this was the case and if he died in service, also the circumstances in which he died (i.e. what action).
Many thanks, Terry S. Baker (email: terrysbaker@hotmail.com)

Fethard ICA Guild
On Thursday 8th June, eighteen members celebrated th 65th anniversary of South Tipperary Federation of ICA along with representatives from twenty-seven other guilds. The venue for the occasion was Aherlow House Hotel. The evening commenced with a punch reception followed by high tea. The guest speaker was Celia Larkin, followed by a question and answer session and social half hour. Wonderful weather, magnificent scenery and President Nora Kennedy’s welcome for all, made it a very memorable occasion.

Our summer outing takes place on Wednesday 21st June to the Agricultural, Food and Garden Show at Kildalton College, followed by refreshments in Kilmeaden, a trip on the Suir Valley Railway by the River Suir and a visit to Easter Island Garden Centre. An evening meal will be available at Poppys on the Park, Waterford. Bus fair is €12, leaving Fethard Town Hall at 10am. Enquiries to our secretary Tel: 052-31116 or 086 3231085. We wish our members a happy and safe summer and see you all on 12th September DV.

Bianconi v Stokes — a tale of two wheels!
The following article published in the Tipperary Free Press on 18th July 1835 was supplied by Michael Hall, Kyle, Drangan, and gives us a good insight into the cut-throat business world of the 1830’s, in particular, between the Bianconi’s Cars and Stokes Cars of Fethard. The following ‘REWARD’ advertisement was published in the newspaper of 18th July 1835:


Whereas on the night of Tuesday last, some person maliciously cut, with a saw, the shafts of my Day Car to Dungarvan (which had that day commenced plying between Thurles, Killenaule, Fethard, Clonmel and that town) in the first mentioned place, and quite close to the stand occupied by Mr Bianconi’s cars.

Now in order to bring to punishment the guilty person, I herby offer a Reward of TEN POUNDS, on his being prosecuted to conviction, within the ensuing TWELVE MONTHS.

It may perhaps, be almost unnecessary to mention that I have used every exertion in my power, to accommodate the public, and particularly the persons in the trade, residing in the towns thro’ which my Cars travel that in very rare instances, do I charge for parcel, that in all cases, my fares are extremely moderate. These are facts that can be proved, and which I do respectfully conceive, entitle me to the support of the public.

Hotel Fethard, (Tipperary) July 17, 1835.





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