Thursday 8th Augest 2013

John’s book shortlisted on RTE
Last May the John Murray Show on RTE Radio 1, in conjunction with the RTE Guide and Kazoo Independent Publishing, announced a competition asking for new authors to submit their unpublished manuscripts with publication by Kazoo as a prize. Fethard postman, John Fogarty, submitted his manuscript, 'Scenes from an Indian Summer', and thought no more of it until last Thursday when he received a call telling him his book had been put on a short-list of five chosen from over five-hundred submissions.

The five shortlisted authors were announced on The John Murray Show on Tuesday last, including a brief outline of manuscripts and authors.

A panel of three judges are currently reading the five shortlisted books and will pick an overall winner, which will be announced on the John Murray Show at the end of August.

'Scenes from an Indian Summer' is basically about growing up in a small Irish town (Fethard) with the focus on one particular summer – the summer of 1963. It's a mixture of fact and fiction, real people and fictional creations to add interest. The aim of the book was to give an accurate impression of what boys got up to during the summer months in the days before play-dates, summer camps, sleep-overs and rigidly supervised play.

John, a popular local postman, actor and writer, left school at the young age of thirteen but later returned to college and graduated with a First Class honours degree in English Literature. We congratulate John for this fantastic achievement and wish him every success in the final stage of the competition the results of which will be announced later this month.

Pilgrimage to Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon
The Fethard & Killusty annual pilgrimage to the Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon takes place next Sunday, August 11, with the usual start time of 1pm. Last year there was some confusion due to the adverse weather, but the walk will take place come hail, rain or shine, low lying fog is the only thing that might force us to cancel.

By now most people may know the format, please allow at least twenty minutes to walk from the car park to the starting point at the wooden cross by the hill wall. Mass will be celebrated at the mass rock when the walkers return this will be at 3.15pm approximately.
Each year after the walk we ask patrons to carry the crosses down from the mountain and this year we are going to ask you to carry the crosses up the mountain as well, where you will wait at the wooden cross, the cross bearers will then lead the procession and as we reach each station a cross will be left in place. This year we are going to leave a donations box in place for the upkeep of the crosses, all donations are welcome.

This is the ‘Year of Faith’ so what better way to show your faith then by joining us for this wonderful day, on this most beautiful mountain, and it’s all on your doorstep.

Sports Achievement Award for July
Congratulations to Michael Ryan, Tullamaine, who received the Butler’s Bar Sports Achievement Award for July. Local man Michael is manager of the Tipperary Intermediate hurling team who recently won the Munster title for the second year in a row beating Cork by a point.

Special guest on the night was Tony Newport, Congress Terrace, Fethard. Tony, in his day, was one of those all-round gifted sportsmen who competed at the highest level in GAA, handball, badminton, tennis, racquetball, and not forgetting his involvement and lifelong passion for local hunting and dogs. Tony was presented with the South Tipperary GAA / Nationalist ‘Hall of Fame’ award for 2002 at a very successful function held in Clonmel.

Nominees for August 2013 are now being taken and can be handed in to Philip Butler at Fethard Sports Bar, Main Street, Fethard, before 6pm on Friday, August 30, or emailed to: sportsaward@fethard.com

Music Extravaganza and Barbecue at Lonergans Fethard
A fantastic line out of bands will perform at the ‘Music Extravaganza and Barbecue’ held in Lonergan's Beer Garden, The Square, Fethard on Sunday, August 18, from 2pm to 9pm, in aid of the Tipperary Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association.

This is the second annual ‘Music Extravaganza’ event and will follow on last year’s great family day out with Barbecue, Bouncing Castle, and lots of fantastic music from the following bands who are all playing free of charge: Wig Wam Glam Band; Hot Ice; Kenny Ryder & Rockin Rebels; No Recession; Midnight; Groovy Tunes; Hooley; Liberty Session and MC for the evening is again the fabulous DJ Roger Brown.

Tickets are only €10 (accompanied children free) and are available at Lonergans Bar, The Square, Fethard; John Ryan, Tipperary Branch of the IWA, or from Jack Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard Tel: 086 0750815.

Killusty Soccer Club Golf Classic
The results from the Killusty Soccer Club Golf Classic held on Sunday last are as follows: 1st place with a nett score of 54.2 – David Lawton, Chris Coen and Brian Higgins. 2nd place with a nett score of 54.8 – Davy, Ollie and David M Woodlock. Nearest the pin: Willie Morrissey. Draw results, 1st prize Tony Egan, 2nd prize Matt Coen.
We would like to thank Slievenamon Golf Club for all their assistance and compliment them on the excellent course conditions. A sincere thanks also to all who turned up on the day, especially those of you who travelled a distance to be with us, your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Dreaming of Tuscany . . .
Clonacody House, Fethard, in association with ‘Opera 40’ will host a lovely evening in the company of recordings playing your favourite arias selected from the most famous operas composed by Giacomo Puccini. The selected recordings will be introduced and explained by Soprano Sara Filippini and accompanied by a selection of authentic Italian Antipasti and wines from Puccini’s homeland, Tuscany, sponsored by Mitchell & Son.

The evening promises a very casual, relaxed atmosphere and commences at 7pm on Sunday, August 25. Tickets are €25 per person (limited) and can be purchased in advance by contacting Helen Carrigan at 087 1689167.

Let’s ‘Fight for Fethard’
With the recent decline in employment and business in Fethard over the last number of weeks, it is vital that we the people of Fethard support our local business and services. The Fethard Business and Tourism group have initiated plans to hold information meeting next month to encourage and promote business in Fethard. The group will be facilitating interested parties to meet with accountancy, finance and enterprise advisors at these information seminars. The business group are also interested in creating a database of available commercial units and hope to be in a position as a group to negotiate very attractive leasing terms with the leaseholders.

Fethard has a powerful community heart but we the people of Fethard need to fight to keep it alive. To keep in touch with on-going events or for suggestions: Facebook or business@fethard.com

Community Games Collection
Fethard and Killusty Community Games annual church gate collection will be taken up at all masses on this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4. Offers of assistance to man the collection would be gratefully received. Anybody with half hour to spare on either day might please contact Peggy at 086 8110768.

This is the only funding we receive to assist with expenses incurred by competitors who may be lucky enough to qualify for Provincial or National finals. Please try and give us a helping hand if at all possible.

Articles for Emigrants’ Newsletter
We are now inviting submissions of articles and photographs for inclusion in this year’s Emigrants’ Newsletter. The Newsletter covers all generations of emigrants and it would be nice to have articles covering all age groups. The item need not be long. It might recall a funny incident, a local character you remember, a particular event, school time or any other recollection that may surface. So please consider putting pen to paper, or voice to recorder, and submit an article for this year’s issue. Photographs, current or old, are also very welcome. Articles or photographs can be submitted to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email to newsletter@fethard.com

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on July 31 were: 4, 9, 15 and 19. We had no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: P. Russell, Ballydonnell, Mullinahone.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: J.P. McGrath, Birch Hill, Knockeevan; Denis O'Meara, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; and Jane Keogh, c/o Tom Purcell.

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, August 7. The Jackpot is €4,000 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €400. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

Fundraising Reunion in Cloneen Hall
The Fionn Mac Cumhaill Players are holding a much needed fundraising reunion on next Saturday, August 10, in Cloneen Hall. The reunion will have a rock icon fancy dress theme with cash prizes for best male and female costume from the 60s 70s or 80s.

So come on guys! For a great night out make your way to Cloneen.
There has to be some old rockers out there and this will suit younger people too as the old songs are clearly the best! The exciting Wig Wam Glam Band will be playing all the great song from the past. We ask you all to make the effort and come along to support your local drama group. Dancing from 10pm to 1am and cover charge is €10. Great music! Great craic!

Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, August 11, to the music of ‘Liam O’Sullivan. All welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing. Dancing 9pm to midnight and admission is €7.

Community Games
Fethard and Killusty Community Games Committee would like to thank all those who subscribed to their recent Church Gate Collection.

We were very pleased with the results of our games during the year. The U10 football team reached the South Final; the girls U12 football team reached the Munster Finals; Cassie Needham and Keenan Ahern both competed in the National Finals in Art and Handwriting last May; and Jack Dolan will compete in Athletics in the National Finals on the weekend August 16 to 18. We wish Jack the very best of luck in Athlone and say well done to every child who participated and enjoyed the fun, which is what Community Games it is all about.

Fethard Concert 1917
The following snippet of information was taken from the Clonmel Chronicle newspaper dated January 24, 1917, and details a fundraising concert held towards paying the costs of a new organ installed in the Augustinian Abbey.

“The concert which was held in the Town Hall. Fethard, on Sunday, January14, to supplement the fund raised to clear off the debt incurred by the erection of a new organ in the Augustinian Abbey, proved a gratifying success. Vocal items were given by Miss K. O'Connor, Cahir; Messrs John O'Shea, E. O'Shea (jun), L. Keating, F. Kenrick, P. Kenrick, and the choir of the Abbey church.

Instrumental items were contributed by Misses M. Coffey, C. Quirke, and M. Wall and Messrs John Kenrick and J. O'Shea (senr).

Exhibitions of Irish step dancing were given by Messrs Wall, Keating, Kenny, and Misses Byrne, Keating, and Hogan. The following took part in the sketch, ‘Na Bocklish’, Miss Ciss Kenrick, Messrs J.
Stapleton, P. O'Connor, W. Finn, J. O'Shea, E. Higgins and F. Kenrick. Mr P. Kenrick was stage manager and Mrs J. Kenrick (organist) Abbey choir conducted.”

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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