Thursday 26th December 2013

End of an Era for Killusty National School
The arrival of the Christmas holidays was a bittersweet day for the children and staff of Killusty NS and indeed for the whole community of Killusty. It was with much sadness that everyone said farewell to Mrs Harrington who after 38 years of dedicated service is dusting off the blackboard and handing over the chalk!

Mrs Frances Harrington started teaching in Killusty in 1975 when she became assistant teacher, replacing Mrs Flood. She taught in the junior room and was often referred to as, "Our mammy in school", by the young pupils in her care.

She left Killusty and taught for almost three years in England and America. Thankfully she returned again to the valley of Slieve na mban and continued shaping the young minds of Killusty. Frances became principal in October 2002 when Mr Danny Kane retired, and held this position until December of this year.

Frances always showed commitment and dedication to the children and parents of Killusty NS. She was gifted at nurturing children to their best. She invariably had a kind word, a loving smile and a gentle reprimand was usually enough to correct when the line had been crossed! Firm but fair is how her pupils describe her. She had a genuine interest in all the school community and always encouraged kindness, respect and concern.

In 2010 Killusty NS celebrated its centenary and also the official opening of the new school extension. Frances played a huge role in bringing this extension from idea to reality. Thanks to her endeavours and many long working days, Killusty now has a bright, comfortable, child friendly school with modern features such as interactive whiteboards and yet it retains the charm of a country school.

Frances always strove to give every child a safe and happy environment where they could learn and develop to their full potential. Sport, music, drama, healthy eating and care for the environment were actively encouraged. She has been not only a teacher, but a leader, a mentor, a colleague and a friend.

As Frances finishes this phase of her life and embarks on a new one, we wish her the very best. No doubt she will put as much energy into being retired as she did into teaching! We wish her many years of happiness with her husband Noel, her children, her daughters in law and her beloved grandchildren. In the words of the children of Killusty:
Slán go fóill,
Go raibh maith agat,
Tóg sos, cuir suas do chos
Agus ná déan dearmad
Tá tú go hiontach!

Happy New Year to all our readers
We take this opportunity to wish all our contributors to the Fethard Page and readers a very Happy and prosperous New Year.

Community Council presentation on ‘SafeTown Technology’
Fethard & Killusty Community Council, in conjunction with the local Gardaí, are investigation the possibility of installing new CCTV technology in Fethard in order to help combat the upsurge in rural criminality. Following advise and recommendations it was decided to organise a presentation by one of Ireland’s leading companies, SafeTown, to explain how their security technology works in other towns similar to Fethard. The presentation has been provisionally set for Tuesday, January 28, at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre. This date has to be confirmed.

SafeTown – ‘Bringing Neighbourhood Watch into the 21st Century’ - is a community-based initiative driven and supported by Northwood Technology, Ireland's first and only ISO9001 accredited Security Distribution Company. For further information visit: www.safetown.ie

Holy Trinity NS Christmas Hamper Draw
The following are the results of Holy Trinity NS, Christmas Hamper Draw.
1st Callum Sharpe, 2nd Kasey Power, 3rd Paul Hayes, 4th Ava Ward, 5th Marie Holohan, 6th Aleksi Laaksonen, 7th Trish Herbert, 8th Mandy Lyons, 9th Bobby Purcell, 10th David Cowlard, 11th Tamara Doyle, 12th Charlie Walsh, 13th Nancy Ryan, 14th Niamh Shanahan, and 15th Kate O'Flynn.
Thanks to everyone for your support.

Emigrant’s Newsletter selling well
Copies of the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants’ Newsletter, are still available at Centra Supermarket, The Green; McManus’s Grocery, Burke Street; Daybreak, Kerry Street; and the Post Office, Main Street. This year they are also available from Bookworm, The Square, Thurles. This year’s issue has over 248 pages of articles and photographs so we advise early purchase to avoid disappointment.

Fethard Macra Notes
The Fethard Macra Capers team were working hard over the Christmas period putting the finishing touches to their variety show, which will be held in January. We held our Christmas party night in McCarthy's Pub on Saturday, December 28, and take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy New Year.

Died in England
The death has occurred in England on November 21, 2013, of Mr Vincent Mullins, aged 79 years. Vince, formerly from Chapel Lane, left Fethard in the early sixties to pursue a career in National Hunt Racing and it was there in Yorkshire that he met and married Gladys who now sadly mourns his loss.

The death occurred on Sunday last, December 29, 2013, of Liam Butler, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, and formerly of Garrinch, Fethard.

Pre-deceased by his parents William and Elsie and brother Eamon, Liam is deeply regretted by his loving wife Ann, son Michael, daughter Jane and grandchildren in Birmingham, brothers Michael (Limerick), Sean (Lisronagh), Seamus (Garrinch), Richard (London), Pat (London), sisters Margaret O’Brien (Limerick), Mary Hazel (Clonmel) and Kathleen Phelan (Clonmel), aunt Nora Butler (Garrinch), cousins, extended family and friends. Funeral arrangements later. May he rest in peace.

With the White Heathers
Favoured by a good day, the Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers had good hunting following their St. Stephen’s Day meet at Drangan. Finding at the far end of Priestown they ran towards the Mullinahone-Ballingarry road. Turning right-handed they hunted to the Priestown road at Cappanagrane. Back through Gleeson’s the crossed the road towards Knockroe. Swinging left they headed back to Glenmuicaduibhe bridge where they re-crossed the road.
Running back to Priestown to the big cover they marked to ground in the big grove close to Priestown House. This was an excellent hunt with a one and half mile point and certainly double that distance as hounds run.

Fethard GAA
Fethard GAA club would to wish all its friends and supporters a Merry Christmas and happy New Year and take this opportunity to thank our main sponsor, Coolmore Stud, for their support. We also wish all businesses that have advertising signs erected in Fethard GAA Park continued success in 2014.

There was no jackpot winner in our last draw and the numbers drawn were as follows 15, 22, 28 and 29. Five lucky dip winners were drawn and the following received €30 each: Billy Byrne, Merrys’, Clonmel; Abymill Theatre, Abbey Street; Austy O’Flynn, Abbey Street; Bernadette McManus, Burke Street, Fethard; and Kay O’Riordan, Cloneen. The winner of the €50 lucky dip was Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard. The next draw will take place on January 7, 2014, at the Castle Inn.

As the year comes to an end we would like to wish everybody a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year on behalf of the Fethard Community Sports Club Lotto. We again would like to thank everybody who supported us during the year and who continue to support us weekly.

Fethard seniors snatch victory from the jaws of defeat
Fethard seniors travelled to Richmond on Saturday last and despite been short many regulars put in a fine performance to win by 20 points to 18. William Power scored a try with only minutes remaining after Fethard forwards went through about twenty phases to get into the Richmond 22, when Conor Kavanagh broke blind to feed Kieran Power who off loaded to William who scored in the corner.

Fethard started very well with a great by Kevin Hayes who found Richie Carroll in support and Richie sprinted clear to score, Declan Doyle landed a fine penalty to leave the half time score 15-8 to Richmond. Fethard were now dominating exchanges and a fine lineout move saw Chris Bannister score under the post. Doyler converted to leave the score 15 all. Richmond came back with a penalty but Fethard showed great heart to put the phases together to score the winning try.

Matthew Ryan, Jimmy Pollard, Emmet O’Mahony and John Ryan had fine games for Fethard. Next week we’re away to UL Bohemians on Saturday, time to be confirmed.

Kennedy information wanted
I am researching my family history and some of my ancestors lived in Chapel Lane, Fethard. I have been told that two of my great uncles (surname Kennedy who lived in Chapel Lane) were members of the IRA and sometime during World War I they were shot and killed by the Black and Tans and their bodies were hung from a bridge in Fethard for several days as a warning to others. The bridge has a plaque depicting this. I wonder if anyone has any information or photos of this bridge? I'm sorry I don't have more information. The only other information I have is that their sister Josephine Kennedy lived in Chapel Lane, Fethard, until her death in approximately 1971.
Any information at all would be most helpful. Thanks.
Jacqueline McKenna (email: luka67@hotmail.co.uk)

Community Lotto back on January 8
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto committee wish all our supporters a very Happy New Year and look forward to your continued support in 2014. The next lotto draw will take place on January 8, 2014, when the Jackpot resumes at €7,000.

U14 South and County Medal Presentation
To all parents and players the U14 South and County Hurling Medal Presentation will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2014, between 6pm and 8pm at the Fethard Convent Community Centre. We would also invite all members of the 2013, U12 football and hurling panels, both B and D, to attend. On the night we have two Tipperary GAA guests to make the presentations, Colin O’Riordan of JK Brakens (son of Michael O’Riordan, Fethard & Tipperary), current member of Tipperary Senior Hurling and Football panels and our very own Michael Ryan, manager of back-to-back All Ireland Hurling titles with the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling team. We would ask parents to bring along a plate of buns or a cake to help along with the celebrations on the night. All are welcome young and old to mark this great achievement by this bunch of Fethard boys who made history by landing the first south and county hurling title in the history of Fethard GAA.

John ‘Red’ Kelly
Dear Irish Friends, I was so pleased to find information about Red Kelly on the Fethard website. However, I am writing to you wondering why the old Moyglass church was demolished, and as recently as 1989. Is this common in Ireland?

It seems such a strong draw for the diaspora to return to the church where their great great grandparents were married. Such a strong tourist attraction for Ireland. It’s a pity also and a lost opportunity the church where my some of my great grandparents were married in 1854 was also demolished not so long ago.

Here in Melbourne I can go to St Francis Church and be where Ellen Quinn and Red Kelly made their marriage vows. Two other sets of my Irish great grandparents were married in St Francis Church (then St Francis Cathedral). It is wonderful to be in two times in the one palace as Seamus Heaney once said.

Thank you for all the wonderful work you do. Wishing you all the blessings of Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Sincerely, Mary Kenneally (email: mary.kenneally@gmail.com)




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