Thursday 14th June 2012

Patrician / Presentation sadly bids farewell to Anne O’Donnell after 40 years of loyal service to the Fethard Community

It was in 1972 after her studies in UCD that Anne O’Donnell, originally from Wexford, arrived in Fethard to teach in Presentation Secondary School. The Presentation Secondary School later amalgamated with the Patrician High School. It was a co-ed school then with separate management-structures. Life was uncomplicated and Anne remembers being interviewed for the job by the Principal, Sr. Alphonsus, in the UCD carpark.

Anne studied English, History and Economics in UCD before completing her H.Dip in 1972. During her time in Fethard, Anne taught all three subjects to Leaving Cert Level with great success and went on to qualify as a Special Needs Teacher in Mary Immaculate College Limerick in 2000. In recent years, she excelled in this area and parents often commented on her sensitive approach to this work. Aspects of Anne’s personality which will be remembered in the school are her gentleness in every situation, her empathy with all members of the school community and her collegial support.

In a recent article for the School Yearbook 2012, Anne wrote: “In September 1972, I had to search for Fethard on the map – in 2012, I can certainly say that Fethard and its people have formed a centre point on the map of my life and the life of my family”. The management, staff, parents and pupils of Patrician/Presentation wish Anne many years of health and happiness in her retirement. Ní bheidh do leithéid arís ann.

First Green Flag for Holy Trinity NS
Holy Trinity National School received its first Green Flag on May 17 at a special presentation ceremony held in Cork. The overall aim of the school was to reduce waste in the school and to minimise the use of cling-film and tin foil for lunch packing. There has been great success in this area and the two dreaded non-biogradable materials have all but been eradicated from the premises. The pupils and staff are now looking onwards and upwards towards procuring flag No 2.

New Tipperary Rangers function
New Tipperary Rangers Social committee will hold a function to honour Mark O’Dwyer of Ballinure, now living in Annacarty, who played centre field for the New Tipperary Rangers hurling team that won the Mid Number 2 Junior Hurling Championship in Semple Stadium against Rahealty in 1948. Mark is one of the five remaining members of that team still hale and hearty at 92 years of age.

At the opening of the New Tipperary Rangers monument and celebrations Mark was unable to be present at that time, so the organizing committee felt that he should be honoured and fêted for his contribution to the success of the team. The function will take place at the famous Jerry Jack’s bar in Annacarty on this Friday, June 15, with music and finger food on the menu. A great night entertainment is guaranteed and every one is welcome to come along and join in the merriment.

Fethard GAA Club News
Well done to our senior footballers on a convincing win over Kilsheelan Killcash in the South Tipperary senior football championship game played during the week in Cloneen. Even though we were short a few players the selected team gave an excellent display on the night.

At half time we were behind by two points but the boys really gave their all in the second period and ran out winners on a scoreline: Fethard 0-14, Kilsheelan Kilcash 0--12. The introduction of David Hayes and Aiden Lonergan made all the difference to the game and was a telling factor on the result.

Team: Paul Fitzgerald, Shane Aylward, Gavin Fitzgerald, Alan O’Connor, Ronan Fitzgerald, Dee Burke, Brian Delahunty, Shane Walsh, Jamie McCormack, Cian Maher, Michael Dillon, Dylan Fitzgerald, Ciaran O’Meara, Brian Coen, Kenneth O’Donnell. Subs were: David Hayes and Aiden Lonergan.

Unfortunately our intermediate hurlers gave a walk over to Fr. Sheehys on Sunday in the championship.

The 125th Anniversary Dinner Dance in the Park Hotel was a great success and compliments to all concerned with the venture.

Ballroom Dancing
Social dancing continues at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday, June 17, to the wonderful music of Sam O'Doherty. Dancing from 9pm to midnight. A great nights dancing and entertainment is assured.

A reunion of ‘Green’ people
A reunion, focusing on people from The Green and Barrack Street, is being provisionally planned for Saturday night, August 18, 2012. A meeting will be called to plan the event and we invite all interested people to come along. If you are interested in getting involved please give your name to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email at joe@fethard.com

Fethard ICA Summer Outing
Fethard ICA will hold their summer outing on Thursday, July 5, when they will visit the beautiful Fota House and gardens and then on to Cobh to see the ‘Titanic Experience’ and take a trip by boat to the spot where people boarded the Titanic on their fateful journey. The trip will end with a meal in Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir. Non-members are welcome to join us.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday, June 19, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

Community Lotto Jackpot at €10,000
The numbers drawn on June 6 were: 1, 20, 27 and 32. We had no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Henry Smyth, Moyglass, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Maisie O'Dwyer, Barrack Street, Fethard; Jimmy O'Brien, Rathkenny, Drangan; and Tommy Shine, Monroe, Fethard.

The next Lotto draw will take place on June 13, and you can also purchase your lotto ticket in local shops or online at www.fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets online and get one free! Check on the Fethard website for lots of special offers. Next week’s Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Lakefield enquiry
Dr Eddie Gatner, Aberlady, Scotland, is looking for some information on Lakefield.

I am trying to find details of a relative, Thomas McCabe, who was a butler at Lakefield, Fethard, sometime between 1901 and 1911. I know that he had four children there and possible even married there. Although I have records of the three later children, I have no details of the first child, Mary, or of his marriage to Elizabeth Maud Richards who came from England. I do not know whether they wed in Ireland or if Thomas went to England and met his bride. I realize that this query is a little ‘off the wall’ but would appreciate any information that you could supply. I traced Thomas to Johnson Castle in 1901and they were very helpful but no mention of Elizabeth. Thanks for even reading this. Email: eddie.gatner@btopenworld.com

Niall Toner band at Crocanoir June 23
The Niall Toner band gave a memorable performance at Crocanoir last year and we are delighted to welcome them back for more of the same on Saturday June 23.

Niall has been to the forefront of bluegrass music in Ireland for many years and is also well known for his broadcasting work. In his Roots freeway programme on RTE Radio 1 Niall has given many favourable mentions to Crocanoir and always plays works by our featured artists. The other members of the band, Clem O’Brien on guitar vocals and Dick Gladney on double Bass, are also highly acclaimed musicians.

Together they perform a mixture of original bluegrass tunes and songs as well as throwing in a few country standards. There will a break in concerts until September so if you want to experience some down home foot tapping tunes now’s your chance. Concert starts at 8.30pm. Further information Tel: (052) 9153117 www.crocanoir.com

South Tipperary Military History
On Tuesday, June 19, at 8pm in IUNVA House, Railway Station, Clonmel, South Tipperary Military History group will host Dr. Pat McCarthy who will lecture on, ‘Arming the IRA – Running Guns in 1921’, which promises to be a fascinating lecture and we urge all interested to be there early to be sure of a seat.

On Saturday, July 14, we intend travelling to Aughrim, Co. Galway, site of the famous battle that probably did more to seal the fate of the Jacobites in Ireland than the more famous Battle of the Boyne. Any member intending to travel please contact one of the committee well in advance.

Our programme of events for Spring Summer 2012 has been finalised and is available to download from our website, also posters have been placed in libraries, post offices and museums throughout South Tipperary. This years lecture series has something for everyone and is well worth supporting. Membership is €25 per year and €2 per lecture for members, €5 for visitors.

Died in England
It is with great sadness we announce the death of (Fran) Frances Elizabeth McCarthy of 145 Oval Road, Dagenham, Essex, born July 5, 1960, died May 30, 2012. The late Fran was wife of Michael McCarthy and mother to Michael (Jun) and Paul, grandmother to Joshua.

Michael McCarthy is the son of the late Mary McCarthy (nee Sheehan), and the late Michael McCarthy, Kerry Street, Fethard. You will be missed very much, Sleep in Peace Fran. — Bridget Mann (Sheehan)



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