Thursday 30 Augest 2012

The late Bro. James P. Moran
The death has occurred on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, of Bro. James P. Moran of Patrician Brothers, Rathmoyle, Laois. Bro James first came to Fethard in September 1968 when he was appointed Superior and Principal of the Patrician Brothers National School from September 1968 up to September 1971 when he was transferred to Abbeyleix. He returned to Fethard in September 1977 when he was again appointed Superior and Principal of the National School. In September 1980 he was again transferred back to Abbeyleix and was replaced by Bro Paul Duffy.

Bro. James has always kept in touch with Fethard through the Emigrant’s Newsletter and has also returned on many occasions for various celebrations such as the launch of the Fethard GAA Centenary Book in May 1989; the Patrician Brothers Farewell from Fethard social in July 1993; the book launch in June 1997 of ‘The Patrician Brothers in Fethard 1873-1993’, celebrating the work of the Patrician Brothers in Fethard; and the Patrician Brothers Bicentenary Celebrations held in Fethard in January 2008.

Bro. James was a founder member of St. Patrick’s Athletic Club formed in the Patrician Brothers in April 1970 and a member of Fethard & Killusty Community Council in 1979. A very popular man, Bro. James will be fondly remembered by the many people whose lives he touched during his work while here in Fethard.

Reposing at the residence of the Patrician Brother's, Abbeyleix, on Wednesday August 22, was followed by removal to the Church of The Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix. Internment took place after Requiem Mass on Thursday to St. Patrick's Cemetery. May he rest in Peace.

Antiques valued at Annsgift
Ever wondered was that family heirloom gathering dust in the corner was really worth anything. Now is your chance to put your mind at ease by bringing it along to Annsgift on Sunday, September 9, between 1pm and 5pm, and having it valued by Sheppard’s of Durrow.
This ‘Antiques Valuation Day’ is held in aid of Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Fethard and the entry fee at Annsgift is €5 which includes one free valuation. So please come along and have your antiques valued at our fund-raising day on Sunday, September 9 between 1pm and 5pm. For further information telephone 087 2502837.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday, September 11, in the Tirry Community Centre at 8.30pm.

Calling all singers
A new choral society is about to be formed in Fethard under the direction of Ann Barry, organist at the Augustinian Abbey. The group will hold their inaugural meeting at 7pm on Sunday, September 2, in the Abymill Theatre and all singers are welcome.

It is proposed that the group will work in preparation to enter the Cork Choral Festival in 2013. Singing is a wonderful pastime and singing with a proficient choral group can be an inspirational experience. For more information phone 087 6194215.

Bunny Hop reopens on September 10
Bunny Hop music and movement for 0-4 year olds will reopen again in Fethard on Monday, September 10, at Fethard Youth Centre / Old Convent Hall from 10am to 11am. Within the hour we do a wide variety of stimulating songs with actions, musical instruments and lots more, interacting with children same or similar age. Music is a very important part of a child’s development, making them aware of different sounds, developing their memory, new skills and introducing a new environment. There is a free playtime afterwards.
All are welcome and for further information and to join us contact Nicola at 087 6742401 or visit bunnyhop.ie

Emigrant’s Newsletter time again!
Now, as summer holiday time fades into school time, preparations are already being made for the publication of this years Emigrant’s Newsletter, printed and posted free of charge to our emigrants in time for Christmas every year.

We now invite submissions of articles and photographs for inclusion in this year’s edition. The Newsletter covers all generations of emigrants and it would be nice to see more young people submit articles. The article need not be long. It might just be a funny incident, a local character you remember, a particular event, school time or any other memory waiting to ‘pop’ out of head.

Last week we held the first ‘Green and Barrack Street Reunion’ and it was a tremendous success. It was clearly obvious how everyone just loved chatting and reminiscing about people and times past. The popularity of the Emigrants Newsletter is for very similar reasons. People love reading stories that rekindle memories of people and places long forgotten. So please consider putting pen to paper, or voice to recorder, and submit an article for this year’s issue. Photographs are also very welcome.

Articles or photographs can be submitted to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email to newsletter@fethard.com

Festival Dog Show, Children’s Art and Best Costume Results
This year, as in the former five years of the Medieval Festival, there were many competitions that ran alongside the main event and these all added to the fun of the day. The organisers would like to thank all the sponsors and those who supplied facilities that were used leading up to and on the weekend of the festival: O’Sullivans Pharmacy for the children’s shield workshop space, Fethard Ballroom for tables and chairs, Fethard Scouts and Niall Higgins for erecting tents, Youth Centre for showing hurling match on the big screen and Holy Trinity Church of Ireland for the use of the church and grounds over the festive period.

Special mention must go to the County Council staff and the Tidy Towns group for again having the town and especially The Valley area looking so well, especially after the biggest floods in living memory.

Children’s Art Competition
The winners of the Children’s ‘Humpty Dumpty on Fethard’s Wall’ Art Competition sponsored by Tom Hennessy Spar were:
Under 8 years: 1st Robert Keating, 2nd Rose O’Donnell, 3rd Paddy Whyte.

8 to 12 years: 1st Megan Hackett, 2nd Zoë Stokes, 3rd Lucy Whyte.

13 to 18 years: 1st Cassie Needham, 2nd Eamonn Lyons, 3rd Katie Whyte.

Some of the winners had their photos taken with Humpty Dumpty himself, which really put the seal of approval on their great endeavours. Those who did not receive their prize-money on the day should phone Catherine on 087 4102430 to organise the collection of their prize.

Best Costume Results
This year again people were encourage to dress in medieval costume and to join in the parade or just to be present on the day and add to the colour of the whole event. The results of the judging for best Medieval Costumes –sponsored by The Lantern Pizzaria were as follows: (A) Best Male, John Kelly; (B) Best Female, Mary Ahearne; (C) Best Children (three prizes): 1st Amy Joe Hayes, 2nd Paddy and Millie Ryan, and 3rd Aoibhe and Conor McGuire.

Hopefully, if there is sufficient interest, the costume making workshops will be repeated over the coming winter so that even more people in the locality will have a medieval outfit ready for next year’s festival. Anyone waiting to collect their prize should contact Catherine on 087 4102430.

Raffle Sponsors and Prizewinners
This was the best sponsored raffle in the history of the festival and the organisers wish to thank: Jolly’s Café, Pat Carroll Framing, O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy, McCarthy’s Restaurant, Marie Murphy, Johnny Sheehan, Lonergan’s Bar, Mimosa Beauty Salon, Butler’s Off Licence, Town and Country and Country Life/Glanbia for their eleven generous prizes.

The raffle winners were: 1st Marie Moclair (Meal for Two at McCarthys); 2th Eileen Croke (Meal for Two Jolly’s Restaurant); 3th Mel Broderick (Gift Hamper from O’Sullivan’s Chemist); 4th Deirdre Stewart (Framed Print Carroll’s Framing); 5th Caroline Meaney (Wooden Piece from Johnny Sheehan); 6th Helen Guiry (Hamper from Lonergan’s Bar); 7th Phil Wyatt (Scented Candle - Town & County); 8th Carol Kenny (€25 Voucher Mimosa Beauty Salon); 9th Therese Murphy (Two Bottles Wine from Butlers Off Licence); 10th Sarah and Sally Slattery (Potted Plant from Country Life); and 11th Peggy O’Reilly (Polo Shirt - Marie Murphy).

Dog Show
As in former years The Festival Dog Show was a fun attraction where the emphasis was on the likeable and lovable dog and there were plenty of them on show. This year, for the first time and in keeping with the ‘heritage’ nature of the whole day, the Fethard Historical Society sponsored a best of an Irish Native Breed and this was won by an Irish Wolfhound.

The winners of the Dog show, sponsored by Meagher’s Day Break Shop and Killusty Pony show, were. Dog Most Likely to Take Home: 1st Indigo, 2nd Ned, 3rd Daisy. Best Small Dog: 1st Casper, 2nd Tudds, 3rd Charlie. Best Large Dog: 1st Gromet, 2nd Aggie, 3rd Rí. Best Groomed Dog: 1st Dailey, 2nd Millie, 3rd Muffin. Best Medieval Attire: 1st Elvis. Best Irish Breed: 1st Rí, Joint 2nd Alphie and Ollie, 3rd Collie. Best Dog with Waggy Tail: 1st Alfie, 2nd Jessie, 3rd Gromet. Best Dog in Show: Indigo.

Dog Race next Sunday
Killusty soccer club and Cloneen Sports and Social club have joined forces to hold a ‘Buster’ dog race at Clonmel greyhound track on Sunday, September 2. Tickets at €10 are available from club members and proof of purchase on the night will get you half price admission to the races. This is the first fundraiser of its kind for both clubs and we ask for your continued support.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The lucky numbers drawn on August 22 were: 7, 9, 17 and 30. There was no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Sarah Mullins, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also won €50 each: Ger McCarthy, Kerry Street, Fethard; Des Martin, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard; and Liz Hunt, Lisronagh.

The next Lotto draw will take place on August 29, 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 commences at €4,000 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €400. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.



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