Thursday 6th August 2009

Zero Party
Extended members of the Kenny family from Hillview, The Green, Fethard, turned out in force last weekend for a special ‘Zero Party’ devised by sisters Edwina Newport and Catherine Kearney.
This year, the extended family of the late Maggie and Laurence Kenny, celebrated a 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th and 80th birthday, with three younger members also celebrating their 10th birthday. So a joint ‘Zero Party’ was planned where all the relatives could get together and celebrate at Slievenamon Golf Club. The response was terrific, with 78 out of a possible 86 attending, and those not able to attend had very valid reasons for their absence.
Following a meal at Fairways Restaurant, the celebrations concluded with the production of two beautiful birthday cakes and everyone singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to the deserving ‘Zero’ candidates.

Medieval Fancy Dress Parade!
This year’s Fethard Medieval Fancy Dress Parade will take place on Sunday 23rd August with lots of prizes to be won. We ask children and parents to make a special effort to dress up in costume and participate in this year’s parade and events by the medieval town wall at The Valley. The Fancy Dress Parade will commence at 2pm from the Town Hall on Sunday 23rd August.

Childrens’ Medieval Tapestry Workshop
As part of this year’s Fethard Walled Town Medieval Festival, Children aged 8 to 14 are welcome to enroll for a series of Workshops, led by artist Pat Looby. This is a textile art project based on medieval tapestries. Children will learn how to draw, paint and sew on to fabric and will create a new Tapestry based on the Medieval features of Fethard.
The finished Tapestry will be part of the Fethard Walled Towns Day Festival on 23rd August and will then go on permanent display at the Fethard Youth Centre. The workshops will take place from Monday 17th August to Friday 21st August, from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.  Booking Essential. Special workshop for 5 to 7 year olds will take place on Monday 17th August from 11am to 12.30pm. The workshops will be held at the new Fethard Youth Centre. To enroll please call: (052) 6131000.

Died Recently
The death has occurred, on Wednesday 29th July, of Mr Dinny Walsh, Knockbrack, Fethard. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Annual Emigrants Newsletter articles wanted
We are now inviting articles and photographs to be submitted for inclusion in this year’s Annual Emigrants Newsletter. Items can be sent by email to newsletter@fethard.com or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard. When sending photographs by email please send at full high resolution taken by your camera or have photographs scanned at the 300 dpi (dots per inch) setting on your scanner. If can alternatively take the photographs to Joe Kenny who will scan them while you wait and return originals.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 29th July were 10, 21, 23 and 24.  We had no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150:
Michael Doherty, 9, Strylea, Fethard.
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
John Ryan, c/o Arthur Daly;
Sheila Dalton, Killenaule;
Jimmy O'Brien, Rathkenny, Drangan.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000.
You can now also play our lotto online from your own computer by visiting www.fethard.com/lotto.

National Heritage Week Photograph Competition
Are you a David Bailey wannabe? Have you got an eagle eye and a steady hand? The National Heritage Week Photo Competition invites you to be part of Heritage Week and to share your best Heritage Week event photos for a chance to win some fantastic prizes!  We want you to use your imagination to capture the connection between people, environment and heritage and share your experiences by uploading your Heritage Week event pics to www.pix.ie/go/heritageweek between the 22nd August and 13th September.
So bring your camera to Fethard Medieval Walled Town Festival on 22nd & 23rd August and capture the readymade medieval atmosphere.

Holy Year Cross Pilgrimage
This year’s pilgrimage to Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon will take place on Sunday 16th August, leaving at 2pm, with Mass celebrated at 3pm in O’Donnell’s field. Community members are asked to make a special effort to come along and participate in this year’s climb, dedicated to victims of child abuse.

Fethard GAA Club News
The Senior Football South Semifinals were drawn during the week with Fethard drawn against Cahir to be played in Clonmel on Friday 14th August at 7.15pm.
Intermediate Hurlers played the 5th Round over the bank holiday weekend losing on a scoreline, Fethard 1-9, Cahir 2-13. Having already qualified for the last four they still must play Carrick Davins on Sunday next in Kilsheelan at 7pm.
For Fethard, Michael Aherne and Miceál Spillane were to the fore. The full team was: J P McGrath, Michael Carroll, Michael Aherne, Declan Doyle, Dean Tobin 0-1, Shane Walsh 0-2f, Eoin O’Connell, Cian Maher, Brian Coen, Eoin Doyle, Aiden Fitzgerald 0-4F, Alan O’Connor 1-1, Benny Hahessy, Miceál Spillane 0-1, and Alan Bourke. Substitute was John Leahy for Alan Bourke.
Junior A Footballers were also out at the weekend and consolidated their form with a good win on a scoreline, Fethard 0-10, Cahir 1-5. Best for Fethard were Philly Croke, Peter Gough, Michael Carroll, Michael Dillon, Miceál Spillane, Willie Morrissey, Martin Coen. The full team was: Paul Kenny, Connie O’Flynn, Peter Gough, Philly Croke, Michael Carroll, Stephen O’Donnell, William O’Brien, PJ Morrissey, Miceál Spillane, Alan Bourke, Shane Kenny 0-2, Willie Morrissey 0-3, Johnny Neville 0-1, Martin Coen 0-3 (2f), and Ben Walsh. Subs were: Michael Dillon, John Leahy 0-1, and Brendan Brett.
Our Lotto Jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were 12, 17, 19 and 21. We had no match three winner so the following tickets drawn won €30 each: Hugh O’Connor (Knockelly, Fethard), Martha Williams (Killusty, Fethard), Lilly Maher (Kilnockin Road, Fethard), Lynsday McGrath (Merrys Clonmel), Michael Teehan (Moyglass, Fethard). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Denis O’Meara (51 St Patricks Place, Fethard).
Our condolences are at this time with Walsh family, Knockbrack, on the death of Dinny, nephew of JP Walsh, past treasurer of the South Board. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.

Fethard Juvenile GAA News 
Members are asked to please note that those who are not turning up for training are making it difficult for coaches and trainers to fill a team. We ask you to make a greater effort to turn out for training sessions, in particular the Under-14s and 16s. The Under-14s are nearing a place in the south semifinal and a greater effort is required. You are also asked to make an effort to train with your own age groups.
Our golf classic is still going ahead as planned for the 15th August and anyone wishing to enter a team are asked to contact Andy O’Donovan for a tee-off time at 087 9882344. The cost is €120 for a team of three. Please support this worthy cause in aid of the juveniles of Fethard.
We will hold our prize giving and raffle draw in Lonergans Pub on Saturday night 15th August at 9pm followed by a disco with music supplied by Tipp FM's Ian O’Connor. A great nights entertainment is promised and we look forward to seeing all the parents of the juvenile club their to support this worthy cause.
The Juvenile Club would also like to send Cathal Quigley of Moyle Rovers U16 team, best wishes for a speedy recovery after a misfortunate accident during a challenge match on last Sunday morning.

Information on Mulcahy and Mackey family
Judy (Mulcahy) Wecke from Auckland, New Zealand, sent us this request for information regarding the Mackey family of Cahir Road.
“I am really trying to find out more about the Mulcahy family and had used the Mackey family as a starting point because I knew most of them as a child. My father was Thomas Mulcahy, brother of Elizabeth, Mary, Alice, Chris and Kathleen. We stayed with aunt Lizzy and uncle Jerry in Fethard in 1946 and there I also met Chris, Gerald, Billy, Ann and Maureen, and grandad William. Ann came back to England with us and stayed with us for a while before going to live with aunt Mary in Retford. Later uncle Chris visited us in Worksop and also Stephen, who I understood at the time to be another cousin. My father died in 1951 when I was still a child and aunts Mary and Alice never discussed their Mulcahy relatives with me. Now my children want to know more about their family roots and I can tell them very little.
I have tried to find information via the internet with no success. I do not know where grandad Mulcahy came from, who he married, what other children he may have had, if any are still living, or have living relatives or descendants. Maybe some of your readers remember them? I would greatly appreciate any information you could give me about any members of the family. I enclose a copy of a photograph, taken between 1925 and 1930 of granddad William Mulcahy with, I believe, my father Thomas on the left and his brother Chris on the right. I can be contacted by email at jwecke@hotmail.com

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