Saturday 4th October 2008

Home from New York to celebrate her 90th Birthday
Sister Philomena (Nuala) O'Brien OSU, New York, and originally from The Green, Fethard, travelled back home to celebrate her 90th birthday with family and friends last week.

In 1935, seventeen-year-old Nuala O’Brien boarded a ship at Cobh and left her home on The Green, Fethard, to join the Ursuline Sisters, following her sister into the community which was just becoming established on Long Island, New York.

The voyage, she recalled, was her answer to divine guidance. “I didn’t know anything about the Ursulines at all,” she recalled, “I just knew I was going away to do something for God.” That “something for God” developed into 63 active years working in religious life, a time she spent as a teacher, principal, superior for her community, and retreat director.

As a teacher with the Ursuline Order, Sister Philomena fulfilled a variety of rolls including eighteen years in ‘Our Lady of Grace’ Grammar School in Howard Beach, Queens, where she earned a doctorate in history from St. John’s University; six years as principal in Stamford, Connecticut; and ten years as Provincial of the Ursuline Order.

During this time she travelled extensively, lecturing at Ursuline Convents within the United States and attending International Meetings in Belgium, England, Holland, Rome, Germany, and a variety of other locations.

In 1982 Sr. Philomena became Retreat Director at the Sr. Ursuline Centre in Blue Point and kept the same position up to 1998 when she finally stepped down from active work after celebrating her 80th birthday.

When asked why she was called ‘Philomena’ she replied, “When we were all young my mother was very sick and she prayed to Saint Philomena. She promised Saint Philomena if God spared her until we were all grown up that if any of us entered a convent, she would ask if that child could be called Sr. Philomena.

I really didn’t want that name and I was kind of disappointed. I wanted the name Catherine after my mother: but that was her wish and that’s why many of the sisters with the renewal in religious life, changed their names, but I never changed mine. I felt that Saint Philomena kept my mother alive so I felt I owed her that.”

On her trip home last week Sister Philomena paid a poignant revisit to Cobh where she recalled the emotional feelings she experienced on that long lonely journey by boat to New York, leaving her close family and friends behind. Indeed, on her revisit to Cobh, she also remembered to bring a dozen eggs with her on the journey in case she met someone in need — an old Irish custom.

Sr. Philomena, accompanied by her good friend Sr. Mary DeMontfort OSU, was delighted to meet her many relatives on this trip to Fethard and was particularly grateful to Lynn (Bradshaw) and Johnny Cummins for hosting the party at their home in Knockinglass outside Moyglass. Lynn’s grandmother was Ursula (O’Brien) Fleming, a sister of Sister Philomena. Other relatives present included members of the Trehy and Kenny families.

Sister Philomena’s parents were Katie (Kenny) and Pat O’Brien from The Green and lived where McCormack’s now live. Her siblings, now all deceased, were Kathleen (Sr. Evangelist OSU), Mary (Connolly), Ursula (Fleming) and Eddie O’Brien.

We, her friends in Fethard, congratulate Sr. Philomena for recognising and answering God’s call at the young age of seventeen. Her departure from Fethard at that young age was our loss and America’s gain.

Macra Table Quiz for Woodvale Walk Community House
A table quiz organized by Fethard Macra for Woodvale Walk Community House will take place in Butlers, Fethard on Friday, October 3rd at 9.30pm. We are encouraging as many people as possible from the locality and surrounding areas to participate for this very worthy local cause. As well as prizes for the top teams there will be a very nice selection of raffle prizes on the night.

All attending will be very welcome on the night. So dust off those thinking caps and give those brain cells some invigorating exercise this weekend down Fethard way! Indoor soccer continues in Monroe on Thursday nights. Any teams interested in participating contact Michael 087-9019443 or email fethardmacra@gmail.com. Information is also available on our fethardmacra bebo page.

Congratulation to Ladies Football Team
Fethard Ladies Football Club would like to congratulate the Tipperary team on their terrific win in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies intermediate final with a three-point victory over Clare at Croke Park on Sunday last. It was wonderful to see two members of the Fethard Club, Barbara Ryan and Sinead Delahunty, on the team. Well done to all the girls on an excellent team performance and a well deserved win.

Fethard District Juvenile Rugby Club
Fethard & District Juvenile Rugby Club have been training for the past three weeks and it is wonderful to see a great turn out up at the Community Field on Friday evenings for training. We are pleased to welcome back our current members and delighted to see plenty of new members join the club this season.
We started the Mini rugby, Under 8s, 10s and 12s matches last Sunday at Home in the Fethard Community Field against Clonmel and Kilfeacle. The under-8s played Clonmel first and showed a stronger play throughout the match.

Their second game against Kilfeacle was well contested and ended up a draw with great rugby from both sides. Throughout the morning we witnessed fabulous tackling from Joe Carroll, Harry Cummins and Danny Gleeson. Ciaran O'Dwyer and Connor Vaughan moved up a level this year and provided great support to the team with good tackling and passing skills. The tries came thick and fast thanks to Darragh Lynch, Frankie Meagher, Peter Wall, Dale Murphy and Gavin Ryan. Keep up the great work boys.

Our Under 7s team played their first ever match and acquitted themselves very well against strong opposition in Kilfeacle. With a huge turnout we saw great work from our squad of 19 who all got a game. Great tackling was seen from Matthew Burke, Matthew Thompson, Angus MacDonald, Oisín Smullen, Connor McCormack, Daire O'Connell and Shane Neville. The team was ably assisted by Emma Jane Burke, Charlie Pearson, Mark Stakelum, Richard Anglim and Matthew Gleeson, with their persistent back up and tackling. Ethan Coen, Richard Robinson and Michael Scully showed determination in driving their team forward.

We must not forget the hard work of Ben Purcell, Patrick Shine, Ryan Walsh and Evan Looby who proved their worth throughout the game. Also thank you very much to all the parents who turned out to support, it is very much appreciated.

We look forward to seeing and enjoying more great rugby on the pitch. If your son or daughter has not already registered, please return your completed membership form to the club ASAP with €25 (if new member please bring copy of long birth cert and two passport size photographs). If your child is not registered they will not be covered to play under the Club Insurance Scheme.

Also coaches and parents under the senior membership please note that the new seasons fee, €50 is now due. If you are not receiving the texts regarding training and matches please text your child’s name and age group i.e. U12 to 087 744 7691.

School supports Tanzanian education project
Sr. Kathleen Costigan, originally from Clonakenny, Co. Tipperary, is now working in Tanzania as a missionary nun for the OLA order. OLA is the Missionary Congregation of Our Lady of Apostles. The Congregation was founded in 1876 for missions in West Africa — at that time seen as one of the most neglected places on earth.

Sr. Kathleen called to the Patrician Presentation Secondary school on 24th September to give talks to the pupils on Tanzania and receive a cheque for €1,325, which was raised in the school to sponsor girls in education in Bugesi, Tanzania. Sr. Kathleen expressed her thanks and that of the pupils helped, and explained that donations have a big impact in Tanzania in what is one of the poorest countries on earth.

Internet Café now open
A new Internet Café service is available at the Tirry Community Centre run in conjunction with the National Learning Network work experience programme and Fethard & Killusty Community Council. The Internet Café service will initially open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 12.30pm to 4.30pm and the charge is €3 per hour.

Emigrants Annual Newsletter time is here again
Now that the expected summer has come and gone and the evenings begin to close, we ask for your photographs and articles to be submitted for inclusion in this year’s annual emigrants newsletter.

We especially appeal for new contributors to take pen to paper and write about their thoughts and memories of Fethard and its people — whether it be short or long, funny or sad, simple or complicated — we know our many readers at home and throughout the world will really appreciate your efforts.

We would also appeal to club secretaries and regular contributors to submit their articles as soon as they can to ensure the Newsletter is ready for printing in plenty of time to be delivered before Christmas.

If there are any school class photographs or other group photographs we would be particularly interested in using them in this year’s issue. Photographs can be brought by hand (or posted) to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, where they can be scanned while you wait and returned instantly
The annual church gate collection in aid of the Emigrant’s Newsletter will be held in the parish at the end of the month, weekending 25th & 26th October 2008.

Visit from South Australia
Mary Carroll-Guerin, formerly Mary Shine from Crampscastle, is presently home on holidays from Gawler, South Australia. Mary worked at O'Flynn's Tailors on Burke Street before setting up her own business as a seamstress and later emigrating.

Mary was last home four years ago and was really amazed how busy Fethard is now compared to then, in particular the increase in traffic through the town. Mary is a sister to Tom Shine now living in Cahir, Pat Shine, Herts, England, who was a former organiser of the Fethard- London Reunion for many years, and Peg Shine, now living in Cappamore, Co. Limerick.

The Shine family will be particularly remembered for their association with the Capital Cinema in Fethard which opened in January 1946. Tom Shine worked there for a total of 18 years and was appointed manager in 1950.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 24th September were 7, 10, 15 and 21. We had no Jackpot winner and three "Match 3" winners who receive €50 each:
Paddy Ryan, c/o Nellie Ryan, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Paddy Ryan, c/o Nellie Ryan, St. Patricks Place, Fethard;
Alfie Brett, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Bryan Coffey, Burke Street, Fethard;
Kathleen Spillane, Killerk, Fethard;
Annie Ryan, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000. You can now play our lotto online from your own computer by visiting fethard.com

‘ABBA’ Night for Charity
Slievenamon Golf Club is the place to be on Saturday night, 4th October, especially if you’re an ABBA fan. Local fans have organised an ‘ABBA Extravaganza Mamma Mania’ night in aid of Cystic Fibrosis, Tipperary Branch, and are busy making costumes to look the part on the night.

Tickets at €10 each are available from Liz Newport Tel: 087 2792889 and Fancy Dress is encouraged. The ‘Mamma Mania’ commences at 8.30pm with lots of spot prizes distributed throughout the night.

Fethard GAA Club News
The weekend brought us mixed look when on Friday night our Junior A footballers won the South title on a scoreline, Fethard 2-7, St Patricks 0-9. This was our 12th in total the last won in 2003. This also created a small bit of history as we were the first team to win a South adult title played under lights in the division in Ballyporeen.

Fethard had fine displays from the full back line of William O’Brien, Nicky Murphy and Philly Croke. Philly Blake and Alan O’Connor helped by cutting off attacks with Aaron O’Donovan, Miceál Spillane and Conor McCarthy in form up front. The team was: J P McGrath, William O’Brien, Nicky Murphy, Philly Croke, Philly Blake, Willie Morrissey, Alan O’Connor, Thomas Keane, Cathal Gorey, John Leahy, Martin Coen 1-1, Miceál Spillane 0-1, Johnny Neville, Tom Anglim and Conor McCarthy 0-5 (3f). Subs were: Michael Carroll for Tom Anglim (10mins), Aaron Donovan for Cathal Gorey (20min), Eoin O’Connell for Johnny Neville (45m), Shane Kenny for Martin Coen (60m) and Mike Kelly for Philly Blake (62m). We wish them the very best in the County when they now play the Mid Champions,
On Sunday last our Minor B Hurlers were not so lucky when they met a very much in form St. Marys team in the South Final losing on a scoreline, Fethard 3-9, St. Marys 1-18.

Fethard’s Gavin Fitzgerald, Eoin O’Connell, Tom O’Connell, Aaron Donovan, Adrian Lawrence and Christopher Sheehan caught the eye. The full team was: J P McGrath, Gavin Fitzgerald, James Kelly, Ciaran O’Connell, Aaron Conran, Eoin O’Connell, Tom O’Connell, Dean Tobin 1-5 (all frees), James O’Keeffe, Christopher Sheehan 0-3, Cathal Gorey, Aaron O’Donovan 1-0, Adrian Lawrence 1-0, Alan Lawrence 0-1, and Ciaran Ryan. Subs were: Mathew Fitzgerald for Adi Lawrence (injured) and Frankie Donovan for Cathal Gorey.

Fixtures — On Saturday 4th October our Intermediate hurlers play the County quarterfinal in Boherlahan at 2pm against Drom Inch we wish them the best off luck.

The Lotto Jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were 4, 12, 13 and 22. We had one match three winner of €150 to Ned Connolly (Garrinch, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by James Cahill (Merrys & Co. Clonmel). We would like to thank Harrington Developments for providing the tickets.

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