Barbecue for Soccer Club
Collection for Concern
Proposed Fethard-Saratoga Civic Exchange
Mike, working in conjunction with Fethard & Killusty Community Council, at the meeting, described Fethard as a small Irish town with a big reputation internationally for breeding top thoroughbred horses. Fethard is also well known in Ireland for the nearly intact medieval town walls that surround it walls that drew the attention of Cromwell's forces during the English Civil War era and yet survived. Similarities were noted between Fethard and Saratoga County, a place synonymous with horse racing in the US and the home of the Saratoga Race Course. Though it has no town walls, Saratoga is dotted with historic structures from the era of the American Revolution. The county was the site of a major British defeat during the war the Battle of Saratoga.
Jennifer and Fiona discussed the importance of horses and tourism for Saratoga's growing economy, and they touched on the role of Saratoga CCE in promoting the equine industry and agriculture, generally, within the region.
The prospect that Fethard and a Saratoga County town might have an interest in exploring an international civic exchange or sister city relationship for their mutual benefit was discussed. Some potential benefits of an exchange were identified. They included promoting equine and historic tourism between the two towns; sharing information and ideas on economic development; and arranging opportunities for civic, school, and cultural exchanges.
At the end of the meeting it was agreed that another session would be scheduled in the near future so that Mike could make a presentation to Saratoga County town supervisors and other local leaders.
Mike holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and has worked on child welfare and aging issues for the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. His connection with Fethard comes through his father's side of the family. His paternal great grandfather emigrated from Fethard to Troy, New York in 1867 as the story goes, because there weren't enough potatoes to go around. His last known relative in Fethard, the relater of this story, died at near ninety in 2000. Mike and several members of his family visited Fethard in 2003. On their arrival, they headed straight to McCarthy's Hotel and introduced themselves. The next day, McCarthy's proprietor took them on a tour of the town, including the old family homestead and the local cemetery, which contained Cahill family burials going back to the 1700s. Mike finds in Fethard a civic pride and an awareness of community that are inspiring. Fethard's website beautifully captures the town and underscores the progressive and dynamic nature of its leadership. If character is all, Fethard should make a stellar town partner.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
Too Long In Exile
Aidan has recorded three albums, two with the band Aiseiri, and lately his first solo album entitled, ‘Water’. He has settled for the moment in Connemara, where he hosts a radio show, fishes on the trawlers and even picks stones to keep mind and body together. He is looking forward to his long overdue homecoming concert in the Abymill at 8pm on Saturday 30th September. He will be joined on the night by several accomplished musicians. Support on the night is from local band, “The Autocats’. Tickets are €10 and can be bought in McCarthy’s.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Reunion for friends of Bro Paulinus
The Well Golf Society
Grove Horse Trials
Knitting for Pleasure
Fethard Country Market members win awards at Iverk Show
In the Farm Produce Section, Patrick Quinlan, Lisronagh, was the overall winner and came away with the ‘Goldcrop Cup. In the Jam Section, Maura Meaney, Crampscastle, was presented with the ‘Blackmore Cup’ as overall winner. Dave Curran, Moyglass, winner of twelve first prizes was also recipient of the ‘Billy Breen Cup’ for overall winner in the Vegetable Section. To cap a great day for the group, Bernie Meaney, Crampscastle, was overall winner in the Baking Section and was presented with the ‘Galvin Trophy’.
Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Thursday Market on the Square
Fethard GAA Club News
The Minor B Hurling final takes place this Friday, 15th September, when we play St Marys in our first final appearance since 1996, having beaten Ballybacon Grange in the semifinal on last Friday on a scoreline, Fethard 3-10, Ballybacon Grange 0-7. The team was: J.P. McGrath (Sparagoulea), Ed Sheehan (Woodvale Walk), Liam Ryan (Slievenamon Close), Adrian Lawrence (Woodvale Walk), Declan Doyle (Strylea), Christopher Sheehan (Woodvale Walk), Eoin O’Connell (Coolmoyne), Peter Gough (Killenaule Rd), David Prout (Derryluskin), Alan O’Connor 0-2 (St Patrick’s Place), Richard Gorey 1-0 (Jesuits Walk), Dean Tobin 1-7f (Woodvale Walk), Niall Hayes (Cashel Road), Thomas Gilpin (The Valley), Jack O’Sullivan 1-0 (Main Street). Subs were: Aaron Donovan 1-0 (The Valley), James Kelly (Rathvin), and Thomas O’Connell (Coolmoyne). The very best of look to all involved in the final to be played in Kilsheelan, with a 6.15pm start. Please support these fine bunch of players by your attendance.
Our Lotto Jackpot €2,000 was not won on the 29th August. The numbers drawn were 8, 14, 21 and 24. We had two match three winners who received €75 each: Ger McCarthy (Kerry St), and Rose Connolly (c/o Cambells Soup Thurles). The €50 Lucky Dip going to our hard-working promoter, Rita Doyle (Woodvale Walk).
Neither was the Jackpot won on 5th September, with two match threes of €75 each to Bobby Dorney (Woodvale Walk), and Joe Hayes (Rathcoole). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Gabriel Horan (Tinakelly). All tickets were kindly sponsored by Harrington Developments.
Our condolences are at this time with the Maher family (Abbey St) Fethard on the death of Paddy, and with the family of Billy Kelly, Templemore. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.
Fethard Athletic Club
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Our under-10s travelled to Cloneen to take on the local team in a hurling and football challenge and did very well on their first night back together after the summer break. They will resume a one-day a week training schedule until November, beginning next week. All parents will be notified by text.
The Juvenile Club will run a level one coaching course in hurling and football in the coming weeks and would request as many parents as possible to put there names forward to participate, as there is a need to help and develop the skills of the kids for future years. Any parent interested should contact Caroline at Tel: 086 1713502. It is a two night programme taking only about six hours and will be run in the GAA field.
Our under-16 hurlers have one game left to play and will need to win if they are to progress in this year’s championship. Our opponents are Killenaule and a date has yet to be finalised. All will be informed when decided.
Well done to our minors who qualified for the south final to be played on Friday 15th September in Kilsheelan at 6.30pm against St Marys. The lads beat Ballybacon last week and with so many of our under-16 playing key roles, the future of hurling is looking bright for our club. Best of luck to all involved.
At the time of writing, there is an under-13 ground hurling blitz taking place on this Saturday. If it goes ahead, all players will be notified in due course.
Opera Boutique opens in Fethard
Annual Emigrants’ Newsletter
We also invite individuals to submit their own articles (typed where possible) and photographs as soon as possible. Same can be handed in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, or to Edwina Newport, Newport’s Newsagency, Main Street, Fethard.
Fethard Debs Ball
Fethard Embroidery School 1853
“There has been an embroidery school established in this town, under the patronage of Mrs Barton, Grove. There are from 5 to 30 little pupils in daily attendance, to whom instructions are given by Mrs Green, and her daughter, two most excellent embroideresses. As Mrs Green received instructions in this tasteful art at Brussels, a place of known celebrity for this species of manufacture, consequently the school has the advantage of being presided over, by one of the most competent embroidery mistresses probably in the whole country.
Capes, handkerchiefs, collars, It habit-shirts and chemisettes together with a variety of other ornamental and fancy works, are manufactured there, which, if presented at the exhibition, would, I am sure, claim the honour of a premium. Little girls of ten years of age earn 1s 6d a week others about twelve years, earn from 2s to 2s 6d a-week.
I am proud to be enabled to state that time school is characterised by time total absence of sectarianism or proselytism. The greatest decorum, order, end morality is enforced and observed in the school, but there is not a single word spoken, or insinuated, offensive or prejudicial to the religion of the children. lt would therefore be very desirable that this institution should receive more encouragement from parents, and from such as have any influence, by securing a more numerous attendance, as habits of industry and cleanliness would supplant indolence and squalor, and supersede that degeneracy of morals, which in many instances, of late years is but too prevalent among the distressed poor, owing to the extreme poverty under which they so pitilessly languish.
I should not forget to state that the very worthy patroness furnishes for time most part, these children with clothes, and that she has given them an excellent breakfast of bread, beef, and tea, on Christmas morning at the schoolhouse, at which were present the kind‑hearted, and amiable Mrs Barton, and her respected brother.
Would that every lady contributed so much to the weal of the poor as Mrs Barton does; poor-rates would thereby be expunged, poverty would disappear, vice would perish, virtue would bloom, and the domestic family, circle would gladden and be comforted as these little innocent embroideresses would return to their homes, after their days labour, like the bees, laden with the sweet fruits of their industry.I would be unfaithful to truth and to my subject did I forget to observe that the school has been often visited by Miss Woodward and Miss Darby, who take a great interest in it, and bestow very nice presents to scholars in order to establish a competition among them to encourage them to persevere in their attendance. These philanthropic ladies are second to no one in deeds of charity great active benevolence.”
First Day at Nano Nagle National School