Thursday 4th July 2013

Fethard and Killusty Community Games
Congratulations to the Fethard and Killusty Community Games U12 girls GAA team who had such wonderful games all through the championships, from their first game against Powerstown Lisronagh to becoming County Champions in Semple Stadium and finally representing Tipperary at the HSE Community Games Munster Finals on Saturday last where Glanmire, Co. Cork, finally just proved to be too strong for them in the semifinal. We would like to congratulate all our girls and their mentors for giving us hours of excitement on their journey to Tralee where they were indeed worthy recipients of Munster Certificates.

The support this team generated was super all through the season and all families must be complimented on travelling to the kingdom in large numbers to enjoy an action packed game. Team members were Lucy Spillane (captain), Ava Hickey, Laura Kiely, Carrie Davey, Ellie Devaney, Emma Geoghegan, Hannah Dolan, Sophie Delaney, Nell Spillane, Caoimhe O’Meara, Kaylin O’Donnell, Rachel Prout, Aine Ryan, Ciara Connolly, Emma Lyons, Alison Connolly, Ava Ward, Leah Coen. Mentors: Micheál Spillane, Annette Connolly, Mark Prout and Jacqui O’Flynn.

Laura Kiely, Coolmoyne, suffered an injury, very bravely borne, which resulted in a visit to hospital. We wish Laura a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back in action very soon.

Fethard GAA Club
Fethard GAA Club would like to welcome Coolmore as the main sponsor of our club and to thank the Magnier family for their support which is greatly appreciated by all our members.

The lotto numbers drawn on June 25, were 5, 15, 29 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner, so the following five drawn tickets won €30 each: Percy O’Flynn, Burke Street; James Murphy, Coolmore; Michael O’Rahilly, c/o P.J.; Willie Fitzpatrick, Burke Street; and Denis O’Meara, St. Patrick’s Place. The €50 lucky dip was won by Josie Fitzgerald, Kiltinan, Fethard.

Next week’s draw takes place on Tuesday, July 2, in Butler’s Sports Bar. The jackpot will be €7,000. Thanks for your valued support.

Died Recently
The death has occurred on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, of Mr Danny Ryan, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard. Requiem Mass took place in Holy Trinity Parish Church on Friday, June 28, followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery.

The death has occurred on Monday, June 24, 2013, of Andrew (Andy) Fox, Fianna Street, Thurles, and St. Patrick's Place, Fethard. Andy, a former teacher in Scoil Ruain, Killenaule, passed away peacefully in the loving care of the Staff of Milford Hospice, Limerick. Deeply regretted by his sister Mary Walsh, his brother Eddie, sister-in-law Verona, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, relatives and many friends. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Class of 93 Reunion
Calling all students from Leaving Cert 1993 and Intermediate/Group Cert 1991 to a Class Reunion at The Well, Burke Street, Fethard, on Saturday, August 10, gathering at 8pm. For further information contact Ollie Maher at Tel: 087 2964888.

Cemetery Masses
A Cemetery Mass will take place on Friday, July 5, in the Parish Church grounds at 7pm and in Killusty Cemetery at 7.30pm
On Thursday, July 11, a mass will take place in Calvary Cemetery. We encourage as many people as possible to attend these masses to mark the ‘Year of Faith’.

Fethard sports achievement award nominees for June
The following nine nominations were received for the May ‘Fethard Sports Achievement Award’, promoted by Butler’s Sports Bar in Fethard. The aim is to recognise and reward sporting achievement be it at participation, coaching or administration level. Nominees must be over 18 and from Fethard parish, work in Fethard, live in Fethard (play for Fethard teams) or from Fethard but participate in sport elsewhere.

(1) Cathal Hurley – Nominated because he scored 1-11 during a recent hurling championship game against Carrick Swan. Cathal is a member of a very young Fethard team who hope to do very well this season.

(2) Claire Annan – First person to be nominated in two different sports. Following a very successful point-to-point season she has recently come to prominence in the athletics world winning the ladies road race as part of the Fethard Gathering festival.

(3) Annette Connolly, Mark Prout, Michael Spillane, Jacqueline O’Flynn – Coaches and mentors to Fethard U12 ladies football team who recently won south and county titles in the community games. They were narrowly beaten last Saturday in the Munster semifinal by Cork.

(4) Jacqui Stokes Freyne – Recently represented Munster and Ireland in Masters Hockey. She played in all three games during the recent home countries internationals, drawing with Wales and Scotland and beaten narrowly by England the eventual winners.

(5) Coolmore – Local breeders and owners of some of the world’s top thoroughbred racehorses. June was a very successful month with victory in the Epsom derby ‘Ruler Of The World’ followed by four winners at the Royal Ascot meeting.

(6) Fintan Rice – Local athlete again to the fore during June. He won the mens 5k run as part of the Gathering festival weekend and also finished 3rd in a very competitive 10k race in Moyne.

(7) Peggy Colville, Joe Keane, secretary and chairman of Fethard and Killusty Community Games for close to thirty years. This nomination comes following great success for some of their charges recently at county level. Medals were won at athletics, swimming, Gaelic games, art and handwriting.

(7) Bernadette O’Meara, Michael Hayes – Coaches and mentors to a very successful ladies U14 football team. Their team, which includes five girls who played for Tipp, recently won the county title beating Templemore by 3-7 to 3-4.

The June winner will be announced at a function in Butlers on Friday night next, July 5, at 10pm.

Fethard Ladies Football
Hard luck to the Tipperary U14s who lost out to Wexford in the recent All-Ireland final. There were five girls from Fethard on the panel: Megan Coen, Kate Davey, Molly O’Meara, Ciara Hayes and Laura Stocksborough. The girls put in trojan work this year at both club and county level and no doubt will be part of the county set up for years to come.

Our U12 girls played Slievenamon in the county final last Tuesday in Mullinahone and having played some terrific football to get to this stage we were up against a very talented Slievenamon side which proved a step too far for us on this occasion with 2 points separating the teams at the end. This team has come on leaps and bounds this year and it wont be long until they get another crack at a county title. The club would like to thank Sparky for supplying the food after the game.

We travelled to Tralee last Saturday to represent Tipperary in the Munster Finals of Community Games. We played the Cork champs Glanmire in the semifinals and did ourselves proud putting in a great display. Luck wasn't with us on the day and we lost out on a scoreline of 3-2 to 1-2. We came into this game as Tipperary champions and should take great pride in that. A special thanks to Peggy Colville for her tireless work in organising the Tipperary Community Games.
Get well soon to Laura Kiely who fell ill in Tralee and had to spend the night in hospital. Hopefully Laura will be back on the field soon.

Popular Principal Retires
On May 31 last, a function was held in Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard, to mark the retirement of Principal Mr Ernan Britton after twenty-three years of dedicated and sterling service to the school. Present on the day were Mr Britton’s wife Vicky, his sisters Teresa, Bridget and Claire, Fr. Tom Breen, Fr. Anthony McSweeney, Sr. Juliana Purcell, Patrician Brothers: Br. James, Br. Cormac, Br. Matthew, members of the Board of Management, officers of the Parents’ Association, pupil representatives, retired staff members and present teaching and ancillary staff. Tributes were paid to Mr Britton by Fr. Tom Breen, Br. Matthew, Chairperson of the Board of Management, Marian Gilpin, Retired Deputy Principal, Retired Teacher Ms. Mary Lysaght and Ms Mary Anne Fogarty, Deputy Principal.

A native of Dublin, Mr Britton arrived in Fethard in 1990 and was the first Principal of the newly amalgamated Patrician Presentation Secondary School. With youthful enthusiasm and energy, he oversaw the construction of the new two-storey building on the Patrician site and over the years led a number of building projects in the school. An innovative and creative leader, Mr Britton also blended successfully the traditions of the Patrician and Presentation Orders and helped to create the rich school ethos which exists today.

Significant changes in the secondary education system took place during Mr Britton’s time in Fethard: the introduction of Boards of Management, Transition Year, Leaving Cert Vocational Programme, CSPE, SPHE, School Planning, School Self-Evaluation, Students’ Council and many curricular changes. Mr Britton managed and led all of these changes successfully. Indeed, the school was ahead of the posse in this area as Mr Britton always facilitated and encouraged his staff’s participation in in-service courses and in educational initiatives.

Finally, Ernan excelled where interpersonal relationships were concerned and thus proved himself to be the ideal leader. He was understanding of both pupils and staff and faced the everyday school issues with integrity and fairness. All the staff and pupils will sadly miss him.

Well done Mr Britton on a job well done and a life well lived in Fethard. We wish you a long and happy retirement and we thank you for your enormous contribution to education in Fethard over the last twenty-three years. To quote Kahil Gibran: “All knowledge is vain where there is work and all work is empty save where there is love. And where you work with love, you bind yourself to yourself, to one another and to God”.

Married Recently
The marriage recently took place of Shane Sullivan (Fethard) and Mary Brunnock (Kilcash) in St John the Baptist Church, Kilcash. The reception was held in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny. Shane and Mary celebrated their honeymoon in Los Angeles, Hawaii and Las Vegas.

Chrissie celebrates 100th birthday in Killusty
On Wednesday, June 19, Killusty Village and surrounding area celebrated Chrissie Byrne’s (nee Shee) milestone 100th Birthday Party with 150 people on a lovely fine day. Commencing with Mass 11.30am, Chrissie arrived to the Church at 11.45am to tremendous applause from all present. Canon Tom Breen P.P. assisted by Fr Anthony McSweeney carried out procedures with a fine introduction of Chrissie’s life and times living between her grocery shop across the road and the Church of the Sacred Heart. Chrissie’s favourite place in the church is the Marian Shrine which was unveiled on the August 15, 1954. On that same day Mrs Barnable also celebrated her 100th Birthday and was presented with a letter from the Presidents.
Following mass Killusty National School pupils sang Slievenamon and then Carri Acheson (Clonmel) made the presentation of the President’s letter and cheque for €2,540 to Chrissie. Her great-grandchild, Freya Byrne and Mrs Frances Harrington, school principal, presented a bouquet of flowers and birthday card.
Chrissie’s son Noel thanked the parishioners for coming and making her day special. He then invited all present to an afternoon in Byrne’s shop across the road for tea and refreshments organised by Bernie Byrne and family members.

A copper beech tree, donated by Fidelma O’Flaherty, Killusty Castle, was then planted to mark the occasion by Noel Byrne assisted by great-grandchild, Ewan Byrne, at the shrine area where Chrissie lived from 1921 to 1924 as Shee’s shop was built in the old school grounds when it was burned to the ground by the Black & Tans in 1921.
A great evening of chat and remembrances was had by all who travelled near and far for the special occasion with Chrissie not leaving the party until 4.45pm. Also present on the day was another parishioner, Mrs Josie Casey (nee Holohan) who will also celebrate her 100th birthday in a few months time.

Congratulations and best wishes to Chrissie for her great achievement.

Killusty Pony Show this Saturday
This year’s Killusty Pony Show will take place at the Showgrounds, Claremore, Killusty, on this coming Saturday, July 6. This is the 51st year of the show covering all types, sizes and breeds of pony, in-hand, on the flat or over fences.

Generous sponsors have contributed to the success of the show over many years making the Killusty Show prize fund is one of the best on the circuit. All that is required now is good weather on Saturday to set up the field and commence judging at 10am. Killusty Show Committee look forward to welcoming all participants and visitors to the show.

Bridge for Beginners
Fethard Bridge Club hopes to run classes for bridge beginners next winter. The classes would run over twelve weeks and start in September or October. If anyone is interested, please contact Eileen at 086 0781448 for further details.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on June 26, were: 6, 19, 26 and 31. We had no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Trish Fitzgerald, Cloneen, Fethard; Jim Cooney, Rathdrum, Fethard; and Audrey Devitt, Strylea, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Dolores O'Donnell, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; Tom Kearney, Killusty, Fethard; and Mike Purcell, Burke St., Fethard.

Remember you can purchase your lotto ticket online at fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets and get one free! Check on the website for lots of special offers. Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, July 3, and the Jackpot is €3,250 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €325. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, July 7, to the music of ‘Cupla’. All welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing. Dancing 9pm to midnight and admission is €7.

Sean Keane coming to the Abymill
Sean Keane and his band will stage a concert in the Abymill Theatre in Fethard on Saturday, July 20, at 8pm. Sean whose unique sean-nós style of singing is known and loved worldwide. Younger brother of Delores Keane, Sean began singing before he could talk and this concert is a once off down south before his tour of America at the end of July. For a night of good music and song this is a must for any music lover. Ticket enquiries to Anne 086 0834208

Tullamaine Graveyard cleaning
Cleaning of Tullamaine graveyard, will take place on Wednesday, July 10, at 7pm. Volunteers welcome, please bring strimmer if you have one. Contact Seamus Barry on 086 2547162 for more information. Thanks you for your continued support.

Fethard News
Items for inclusion on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to news@fethard.com or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.



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