Thursday 28th April 2011

Clonacody House hosts unique event this weekend
This bank holiday weekend will see a ground-breaking event in Fethard, South Tipperary. ‘Spring Into Smallholding’ is an event on Saturday, April 30, aimed at all those people who have taken an interest in producing food in their own back yard. Throughout the day there will be demonstrations and classes on vegetable growing, starting out with pigs and poultry, beekeeping and working with horses. There will also be a market with plants, seeds, livestock and equipment, as well as hot pork rolls from Ashgate Butchers and plenty of other refreshments.

The event takes place at Clonacody House, where the walled kitchen garden is being restored by Silverwood Events, who are also organising the fair. The garden is a full hectare, and still retains most of its original fruit trees and the bones of seed-beds and glasshouses.
Previous owner Bitsy Carrigan kept the garden in full production up until 1990. Her daughter, Helen, now wants to see the garden returned to its former glory. "I can remember we had every kind of vegetable in the garden," she says, "and it's wonderful to see it coming back to life".

The house has already been restored, and now offers top class accommodation and facilities, which makes it possible for courses and events to be held in the grounds. Proceeds from the smallholders fair will fund the works in the garden. Organiser Lily de Sylva says, "So many people are looking at producing their own food these days. It might be because they want organic, or better quality, or just to save a bit of money, Whatever the reason, it's important to know what you're doing, especially with animals. Ideally, at this event, I'd like people to come and get the advice they need, pick up some skills, buy all the equipment they need and go home ready to get started!"
There is an entry fee of €5 for adults, and children go free. All workshops are free of charge. There are still a few spaces left for stallholders. Contact Lily on 0505 42806 or 087 6128577.

May Procession this Sunday
The annual May Procession will take place on Sunday next, May 1, at 7pm leaving from the Parish Church and finishing at the Augustinian Abbey. We ask all our parishioners to make a special effort to come along and participate in this procession in honour of Our Lady.

New range of Fethard Pens from local craftsman
A new range of Fethard pens, handcrafted by local wood carver, Johnny Sheehan, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard, is now available for sale and make the ideal personalised gift individually signed. The pens are made from a choice of Australian She Oak, Olivewood from the Holy Land, native Irish Bog Oak, Walnut, Plumwood, Beech, Ash, Yew, Laburnum, Burr Elm, Burr Oak, and all are manufactured from managed or storm damaged trees. For further details Johnny can be contacted at his home at 25 St. Patrick's Place, Fethard, or by phone (052) 6131919.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Friday, April 22, of Fr. Timmy Walsh OSA at St. Augustine's, Ballyboden, Dublin 16. Fr. Timmy was a very popular priest since his appointment to Fethard’s Augustinian Abbey in 2001. Requiem Mass took place at the Abbey at 12 noon on Easter Monday followed by burial in Ballylanders, Co. Limerick.

The death has occurred on Thursday, April 21, of Annie Ryan, (née Slattery) of St. Patrick's Place, Fethard. Funeral Service took place on Easter Saturday in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 11am, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.

The death has occurred on Tuesday, April 5, of Mr Jimmy McInerney, Burke Street, Fethard. Requiem Mass took place at 11am in Holy Trinity Parish Church on Wednesday, April 6, followed by cremation at Newlands Cross, Dublin.

Fethard ICA Guild outing
Fethard ICA visit to Glanbia Garden Centre will take place on Thursday, May 5, from 7pm to 9pm. Please note time. So ladies, this is the time to have all your gardening queries ready for the horticulturist Dan, who will do his best to solve our problems and give us lots of advice for summer colour, etc., in our gardens.
Raffle will take place on the night.

Waste collection on Bank Holiday weekend
Please note that South Tipperary County Council bin collection will take place on Saturday morning on this Bank Holiday weekend instead of the usual Monday.

Fethard Macra News
Here at Fethard Macra the club would like to thank all those who supported our recent club fundraiser held in Cloneen. A social evening in the Sports and Social club was held on Holy Thursday night with music provided by the 'Loose Canons'. A good sized crowd attended on the night and we would like to thank them all sincerely for their support and also thanks to those who purchased tickets in order to support us but did could not make it on the night to join us. We also wish to show our appreciation for members of other South Tipperary clubs who turned up in droves and to our sponsors who provided raffle prizes on the night.

On April 14, a number of club members attended a meeting with IFAC accountants from Cahir who briefed us on the implications of the last budget. All members agreed that it was a useful and informative discussion. We thank the Coachhouse pub in Clonmel for facilitating the event and allowing us use of their upstairs meeting room.

The club wishes our PRO, Noel Clancy, all the best this Thursday, April 28, as he represents the club in the Irish Farm Centre in Dublin. Noel is shortlisted for interview along with other Macra members from around the country for the RDS 2011 Sheep Scholarship, the prize being a travel bursary of €3,000.
Shortly plans will be afoot within the club for the annual Fethard Macra Field Day here in Fethard.

Volleyball continues every Tuesday night in Clerihan, all club members in the region are welcome.

For more on Fethard Macra or to become a member telephone our chairperson, David Ryan on 087 9454384.

Fethard sisters marry in great style
Locals came out in their hundreds to watch sisters Mary Ellen and Bridget O’Reilly travel by horse-driven coach to Holy Trinity Parish Church where they both got married in a double wedding ceremony. The individual brides and their bridesmaids were dressed in contrasting styles and colours and created quite a stir on a beautiful April’s day in Fethard as they arrived for the ceremony.

Mary Ellen and Bridget, daughters of Bridget and Johnny O’Reilly, Barrack Street, Fethard, were both very popular past-pupils at Fethard’s Nano Nagle Primary School and Patrician Presentation Secondary School. We wish the girls the very best in their new married life.

Rugby Club AGM
The annual general meeting of Fethard and District Rugby Club will take place on Thursday, May 12, at 8pm in the Abymill theatre. All are welcome.

Fethard & District Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre wish to thank Ladbrooks, Fethard, for choosing the centre as their charity once again. We are very grateful to the staff in Ladbrooks, Stephen, P.J. and Marie who organised a table quiz and Karaoke night in Lonergan’s Bar on The Square, Fethard, and other sweepstakes throughout the year.
Thanks to all who supported our event and to all customers who donate by taking part in the sweepstakes at Ladbrooks.

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday, April 20, we played the first round of the Club Championship and the results were:
1st Gross, Bernie O'Meara and Anna Cooke; 2nd Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 3rd Gross, Frances Burke and Breda Walsh; 1st Nett, Philly Kenny and Nora Lawrence; 2nd Nett, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke; 3rd Nett, Annie O'Brien and Marie Delaney.
On April 27, we play the second round of the Club Championship. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.

Business and Tourism Group
One of the recommendations that emerged from the Community Council’s six-week development programme with facilitator Ailbhe Harrington was the need for a business association and tourism group in Fethard.

The committee are looking for anyone interested in taking part in this new group to promote business and tourism in Fethard. This group will function independently and concentrate on developing and fostering local business and tourism in the area.

If you are interested please give your name to our secretary, Edwina Newport, or contact the Community Office in Barrack Street, Tel: 052 6131000.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting, focussing on the administration of the Youth Centre, will take place on Tuesday, May 3, in the Tirry Centre at 8.30pm.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto Jackpot won again
The numbers drawn on April 20 were: 5, 15, 28 and 31. We had one Jackpot winner who received €3,150: congratulations to Nora Butler, Garrinch, Fethard. This is the second jackpot won in three weeks.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Mary Fleming, Coolmore, Fethard; Slievenamon Close, Fethard; and John Ryan, 11 St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.

Remember you can purchase your lotto ticket online at www.fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets and get one free! Check on the website for lots of special offers including a chance to win a full set of jerseys for your sport’s club. Next week’s Jackpot commences at €2,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €200. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.



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