Reposing at her daughter’s home at Mount Taylor, Killenaule, from 5pm on Monday 13th March. Removal at 7.30pm to St. Mary’s Church, Killenaule. Requiem Mass at 11.30pm on Tuesday 14th March followed by interment at Peppardstown Cemetery.
Fethard Students' Success in Ireland's Team Maths Quiz
Their success is a great tribute to their school and their teacher Ms. Mary Lysaght. Hot on the heels of the winners of the Hamilton Trophy, Gonzaga College, the Fethard boys ably demonstrated the high standards achieved in this rural secondary school. The team photographed above are L to R: Ronan Shee, Fintan Maher, Niall Hayes, John Frewen and Ms Mary Lysaght (teacher).
New Memorial Statue Unveiled
Fr. Gerry Horan, Prior Provincial, was chief celebrant at the 11:30am concelebrated mass. Co-concelebrants were Fr. Tom Breen PP, Fr. Peter Haughey OSA, Prior of Fethard, and Fr. John Meagher OSA. Several Augustinians from other priories came to Fethard for the final liturgical celebration of the Jubilee Year. Fr. Malachy Loghran, Fr. Crean, Fr. P. Cooney and Fr. John O’Connor were among the visiting Augustinian priests.
TDs Tom Hayes and Seamus Healy were in attendance together with members of South Tipperary County Council. Cashel’s Brass and Reed band played outside the Abbey before mass to welcome the congregation. Beautiful flower arrangements created by Valerie Rice and Mandy Quigley adorned the altar and the new statue of Blessed William Tirry.
As the priests entered the Abbey the choir sang a hymn to St. Augustine, accompanied by organist Kathleen Kenny. The readings for the First Sunday of Lent were read by Vincent Doocey. Fr. Timothy Walsh OSA read the Gospel. After communion Fr. Gerry called upon Fr. John Meagher OSA to bless and to unveil the specially commissioned statue, sculpted in Fethard by David Gorey. The statue stands on a limestone plinth designed and created by Jerome Lennon of Lisronagh. Above the statue hangs a beautiful banner incorporating the crests of Fethard and Cork and the dates 13052005. Mrs Nelly Ryan laid a wreath at the site where blessed William is buried, close to the door of the ‘Shrine’ or Mother of Good Counsel chapel.
Fr. Haughey thanked the Jubilee committee for their dedication to the successful running of a year of events to mark the Augustinians’ 700 years in Fethard. The guests and the congregation were all invited to the Abymill for tea, refreshments and chat after Mass.
Gus Fitzgerald, chairman of the Jubilee committee, thanked the Augustinians for seven centuries of service to the people of Fethard and surrounding parishes. In remembering Blessed William, we also recall with gratitude the many Augustinians Fathers who ministered caringly in Fethard’s Abbey over the centuries. Each member of the committee wish to thank sincerely the many helpers they called upon to assist them in numerous ways. You, our friends and helpers, have filled the Jubilee year with goodwill and generosity of heart and spirit. We are most grateful.
McCarthy’s Hotel Golf Society
Community Lotto Jackpot won again!
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Next week's Jackpot commences at €3,000 and the Jackpot seller's prize at €300.
Historical Society Lecture
It was noted on the night that the Norman parish church, (the present Church of Ireland Holy Trinity) built soon after they came in 1200 and the Augustinian Church, built in the early 1300s, are still there and the original buildings are still being used as places of worship today. This is indeed a very rare and special feature of Fethard’s history, as you can still walk the same path as was taken by those Augustinian Friars who came here 700 years ago.
Fethard Bridge Club
1st Gross: Frances Burke and Breda Walsh;
On Wednesday next, 15th March we play the third round of the Player of the Year competition. Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien Tel: 31862.
Wahoo worked at the Abymill
Highlights in the set were many, but a few songs stood out, such as John’s self penned Russian sounding “Yeltsin” and the beautiful slow airs that opened the second part of the show with the uileann pipes and the keyboards blending to create an enchanting atmospheric sound not unlike the Moving Hearts sound of the eighties. John’s banter with the audience was as much a part of the show as the music, especially when he told the tale about the origin of the name of the band which harked back to an ancestor of his who was a real life sheriff in the USA in the last century.
Unfortunately, the sound system left the band down on a few occasions, but they were able to soldier on and make the most of things, getting called back for a well-deserved encore at the end. I don’t think that they’ll have any trouble filing this venue again. (VM)
Fethard Main Street c.1900
Fethard & Killusty Anglers
Fr Sheehy Lecture
The site of the Sheehy house is known to have stood quite close to Barrettstown Castle. Perhaps Fethard Historical Society may at some stage erect a small plague or memorial on the spot before it is entirely forgotten. (EAN)
Ladies Football Club AGM
The club requires trainers urgently for the 12 to 16 age group, and unless we have people to train these groups, as soon as possible, we will have no option but to withdraw the teams. This would be a very sad state of affairs. In the junior league Fethard play Newcastle on 7th May.
The club will hold a ‘Duck Race’ on the Clashawley River on Easter Sunday, 16th April, as a fundraiser. Sponsorship would be much appreciated for this event. Players must be under 12 on 1st January 2006, likewise for u/14 and u/16 age groups.
The following officers were elected: President, Rev Fr. Tom Breen; Chairman, Joe Keane; Secretary, Ollie Noonan; Treasurer, Nora O’Meara; Child Officer, Jennifer Fitzgerald; and PRO, Joe Keane.
In the Community Games event we are at home to Moycarkey, approx mid April. Competitors in Community Games competition must be u/12 on 31st July, 2006. Club meeting will take place on this Thursday, 9th March, at 8pm in the GAA dressing room. It is important that all players attend this meeting.
Fethard & Killusty Community Games
Fethard GAA Club
On Sunday next, 12th March, we are away to Cahir in the county league at 12 noon. Our county senior football team representatives, Paul Fitzgerald, Aiden Fitzgerald, Cian Maher and Brian Coen, were in hard luck last Sunday losing to Cavan 0-13, Tipp 1-9, in Cavan.
The numbers drawn were 18, 21, 24 and 28. We had no winner of our Jackpot €5,200 and three ‘match three’ winners: Emily Sayers (Watergate); Kay Williams (Killusty); Jim Williams (Killusty). All receive €50, with Lucky Dip €50 going to Deirdre Dorney (37 St Patrick’s Place).
The numbers drawn the previous week in Burkes Bar were, 7, 15, 16 and 18. Tickets sponsored by Dawn Fresh Foods. There was one Match three winner of €150, to Niall O’Dwyer (c/o Bob Fitzgeralds, O'Connell Street Clonmel). The €50 Lucky Dip going to Audrey Sheehan (Derryluskin).
Our condolences are at this time with the O'Dwyer family and the Ahearne family on the passing away of Elsie O'Dwyer (nee Ahearne), Derryluskin, last week. Interment took place in Cahir and the large attendance on both days was a recognition of her fine achievements as a camogie player during her playing days with Coolmoyne and Tipperary. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.
Presentations were also made to Pat’s close friend and whipper-in, James O’Donnell, fencer P.J Murphy, to Willie McGrath and Robert Murdoch. Regret was felt all round that James has decided to retire from hunting and go farming on the family farm at St Johnstown. It is hoped that James’ retirement is only temporary as there is, without doubt, the makings of a good huntsman in James O’Donnell.
What bigger tribute could be paid to P.J Murphy than the remark, “They may have replaced the Pope, but they’ll never replace P.J.” Four days a week P.J walked at least 10-14 miles per day, over bog and drain, repairing fences and making sure all damage was seen to. Pat, James and P.J, wish to thank sincerely, all farmers over whose land they hunted during the season.
Presented also with bouquets on Tuesday night at Rosegreen were, Yvonne McClintock, Betsy O’Connor and Janet Barbour, who supplied the hunters with a sumptuous hunting breakfast during Autumn’s hunting in their areas; Kathleen McCarthy, Sally Davies and Hilary O’Connor, who fed the troops throughout the season with chocolate cake, homemade fruit cake, sweets and chocolate. Bouquets were presented to Pat O’Brien’s mother, Mary, and also to James O’Donnells mother, Madeline.
The whole event was co-ordinated by Cyril Smith. A very special thanks to Cyril and indeed, to all rank and file followers of the Tipperary Foxhunters, for their very generous support.
Take the winters of the forties every year without fail, the floodwaters in the convent fields froze over with ice thick enough for children to skate on. Known as ‘The Nuns Pond’, it was very safe as there was only about twelve inches of water beneath, so a wet foot was the most serious indignity suffered if the ice broke.
Slides on the streets The Green, opposite Centra; The Square, from the Christmas tree to Manton’s; and Main Street, from opposite the funeral parlour to the foot of the hill; were all noted spots. A good pair of hobnail boots was a passage to the winter Olympics. Farmers were out regularly breaking the ice on ponds to enable the cattle to drink. Last week, what ice there was, could have been broken with a pencil. A good fall of snow, at least one in January or February, ensured a session of snowball fights. Present day winters how are you, sure recent winters are not winters at all! (EAN)