Irish Walled Towns Book Launched
Fethard is very favourably treated in the book and the cover of the book features Fethard’s Town Wall. The book is highly recommended and is now available locally at Newports Newsagency for €29.95 or order directly from The Liffey Press
Bro. Paul in Eldoret 18th January 2008
I understand that many of you have been tuned into radio and especially TV over the past three weeks following events here. I also realize that sometimes TV tends to exaggerate the problems for the sake of getting something like a 'scoop' on the news. However, no matter how graphically it has been portrayed, please believe me, it has been very bad here on the ground.
I must also stress that we Europeans and Americans, Missionaries, and other non-citizens like us, have not been directly been caught up in the mayhem except to say that our ordinary way of life has been completely disrupted and many in the affected areas, like myself, have been virtually house-bound since the New Year. That may explain all the emails that have been emanating from my office here near Eldoret! One should also stress that there are vast areas of Kenya that are completely at peace and carrying on with their lives normally or as normally as possible. You may be aware that other countries to the west of Kenya (Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, the Sudan, and The Congo) rely heavily on the Kenya port at Mombasa for all their major imports. These neighbours are being badly affected in terms of trade etc. as the main trans-Africa highway runs from Mombasa through Eldoret to places west.
The other way we have been affected is that we are generally working with poor people and it is the poor people who have been affected most of all. An African proverb says that when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers! So it is in the present crisis where the poorest are the grass. It is not pleasant to see what has happened and that is an understatement.
In spite of the fact that more mass action rallies are being planned for today (Friday) in Nairobi and major towns including Eldoret, there is still some hope on the horizon as Kofi Annan along with two other eminent people are coming to mediate in the dispute. We pray that their efforts will bring peace and genuine reconciliation to our country's leaders.
I would like to thank all of you who have been sending messages of support to us here at this very troubling time. The world is such a small place now and more than ever we can say that 'no man is an island'.
There is so much more we could add but . . .
May God Bless all of you and may He also spare a blessing for Kenya and her people.
With the White Heathers
Fethard Bridge Club Results
1st Gross: Nell Broderick and David O’Meara;
Anyone looking for a partner please contact Berney Myles at 32038.
Patrician Memorabilia Required
All items will be credited, if wished, and returned safely to you after the celebration. Please contact the school or Pat Looby, art teacher, if you have something you wish to be displayed.
Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
Leanness Programme Presentation:
Fethard Walled Towns Parade
Patrician Bicentenary celebrates Fethard’s educational heritage
The Patrician Order was founded on 2nd February, 1808 by Daniel Delaney in Tullow, Co. Carlow. Then, in 1873, three Patrician Brothers: Bro. Augustine Holton, Bro. Vincent Riordan and Bro. Arsenious Fitzpatrick established a monastery in Fethard on the site of the old Presentation laundry. Thus for one hundred and twenty years the Patrician Brothers together with the Presentation Sisters provided education for the people of Fethard and made an enormous contribution to the cultural formation of the town.
The people of Fethard and the surrounding areas are cordially invited to join in the Patrician celebrations on Wednesday, 30th January. The celebrations will begin with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Patrician plot in the grounds of the Holy Trinity Parish Church followed by a concelebrated Mass at 11am in the adjoining church. Afterwards at 12.30pm you are welcome to partake of light refreshments in the Secondary School.
Open Night at Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Requiem Mass at 1pm on Thursday followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
Wednesday found Earlshill covered with snow. Hunting on foot Derry found near the old Coalmine. Scent was very patchy. Hounds, however, stuck well to their task and had a good forty minutes if somewhat rather slow. The torrential rain brought this hut and the day to an early conclusion. At Mullinahone on Thursday hounds hunted exceptionally well in Finnane Wood. Despite their best efforts however Charlie could not be persuaded to leave covert, two short circles out over the Drangan Road to the Graveyard and back was the best that could be achieved. Poor scent was the order of the day from Ballingarry on Saturday. A fox from Ryans was hunted down towards the plantation on the Crohane side and lost. Foxes proved hard to find afterwards. Grawncole, usually a certain find, was blank. Hounds eventually found on the hill over the road. Running down towards the Commons hounds ran left-handed to the Ballynonty road which they crossed. Finding it difficult to hold the line they checked where Derry called a halt in quickly failing light at 4pm.
Archaeology in South Tipperary
South Tipperary County Museum in association with its current exhibition ‘Earthen Banks and Broken Walls’ will host a one-day seminar on current, recent and ongoing Archaeological projects in South Tipperary. The Seminar will be held on Saturday 19th January 2008 in the Clonmel Park Hotel, Poppyfields, Clonmel. The day commences at 10am with registration. All are welcome and admission is free.
Presentations will include the N8 Cashel - Michelstown Development, The Archaeological Inventory of South Tipperary, The Fethard Town Walls Conservation Plan, The Architectural Inventory of South Tipperary and the sources available in the Local Studies Section of the Tipperary Library.
The full day’s program is as follows: 10am, Registration & Welcome; 10.15am, Jean Farrelly - The Archaeological Inventory of South Tipperary; 10.45am, Julian Munby - Fethard Town Walls Conservation Plan; 11.15am, Coffee; 11.30am, Margaret Gowen - N8 Cashel-Mitchelstown Excavations; 12 noon, Richard O’Brien - Overview NRA Road Projects; 12.30pm, Question & Answer Session; 1-2pm, Lunch (at attendees own expense); 2pm, Barry O’Reilly - The Architectural Inventory of South Tipperary; 2.30pm, Mary Guinan Darmody - The Local Studies Section of Tipperary County Library; 3.00pm, Joanne Hughes - Cashel Bypass Excavations; 3.30pm, Coffee; 4.00pm, Question and Answer Session; 4.30pm, Close.
To register your attendance or for further information please contact: Julia Walsh, Documentation/ A Education Officer, South Tipperary County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel. Tel: 052 34562, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org