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Wednesday 31st December 2003

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We wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas, especially all our emigrants who are away from Fethard and Killusty at this time. Slán agat go fóill agus go mbeirimid beo ag an am seo arís.

Ms Aileen Power, Loughcapple House, while attending the funeral of her brother, Rev Fr Patrick Anthony Power, Los Angeles, discovered the Cantwell Chalice, bearing the inscription, Walter Cantwell PP Mullinahone 1898. Very Rev Fr Walter Cantwell PP died in 1917 when the chalice went to his nephew, Rev Fr John Joseph Cantwell, who was later appointed first bishop of Los Angeles in 1936.  The chalice then went to his grandnephew, Fr Patrick Anthony Power who died in June 2003.

Fr Power is a member of the Cantwell family who gave many illustrious priests to the church. Those include, Canon Walter Cantwell PP Fethard, 1861-1878, who brought the Patrician Brothers to Fethard; Canon Walter Cantwell PP Mullinahone 1895-1917, born Loughcapple House, Killusty; Canon James Cantwell PP Ballingarry 1885-1905; Archbishop John Cantwell, Los Angeles; Monsignor William Cantwell, San Francisco; Monsignor James Cantwell, San Francisco; Rev Arthur Cantwell, San Francisco; Sr Mary Regis Cantwell, Ursuline Convent Cork, died 1965; and Rev Patrick Anthony Power, Los Angeles, died 2nd June 2003.

Ms Power has returned the chalice to Mullinahone, its original home.  The parishioners of Mullinahone are deeply grateful for her magnificent gift that links three centuries of worship in St. Michael's Church, Mullinahone.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 23rd December were: 6, 17, 28, 32, bonus number 22. There was no jackpot winner and no 'Match Three' winner . Five tickets were drawn and the following receive €30 each:
Samantha Ryan, c/o Group Homes
Noreen Evans, Congress Terrace,
Mary Hall, Slievenamon Close
Lisa O'Donnell, Red City Road
Mary Sayers, Crampscastle
The three 'Lucky Dip' winners of €50 each were:
Richard O'Donnell, Woodvale Walk
P.J. Nagle, c/o Group Homes
M. Monaghan, c/o J. O'Donohoe.
Next week's Jackpot is €4,050 and the sellers prize €255.

There will be no Lotto Draw on 30th December and 6th January. We would like to wish all our supporters a very Happy Christmas and look forward to another successful year for the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto in 2004.

We record the death of Frank Kearney, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard, who died on Sunday evening, 21st December, following a road accident on the Fethard-Clonmel road at the Clonmel side of Lisronagh.

Remains left McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 7pm on Tuesday 23rd December for Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery following 11am Mass on Wednesday, Christmas Eve.

The Fethard and Killusty Annual Newsletter is now on sale locally. The 2003 edition is receiving a good response. Over 1,000 copies of the Newsletter have now been mailed free of charge to Fethard and Killusty emigrants throughout the world.

The Tipperary GAA Year Book is now also available. Reading of the around €5,000 fines on Tipperary for breaches of the new rules such as, unauthorised pitch incursions, players not having their socks pulled up, subs pucking around at half time etc, we wonder are these rules enforced across the board. They seem to apply to the major venues and inter-county matches only. This is akin to building a house and starting with the chimney. Are these rules ever applied at club level. Fethard have never been penalised for breaking them. Then Fethard, like we are sure most other clubs, never break them. Do they? Starting at the bottom, we may have more respect at the top.
One notable omission from the GAA Year Book is an obituary in the ‘friends we have lost’ pages, on Cly Mullins, one of Fethard’s greatest footballers. Someone must have got their communications crossed somewhere.

The 5th Annual Christmas Hat Party will take place in the Bridge Bar on Saturday 27th December. All proceeds from this event will go to the CRC Santa Bear Appeal so come along and design, make and wear a Christmas hat for the night. The theme for this year’s hats is ‘Christmas Songs and Carols’ and there will be a special prize for the best hat and title. Entry cost €5 which entitles you to two tickets for ‘All Kinds of Everything Hampers’ drawn on the night. A great nights fun is guaranteed for all.


Photographed above are some of the large group of children and adults that joined with the Pheasant Pluckers to sing carols to raise funds on Thursday 18th December for the Central Remedial Clinic's 'Santa Bear Appeal' . This is the Pheasant Pluckers 9th year organising the event in Fethard.
Ian O'Connor covered the event for Tipp FM which will be broadcast on Christmas Eve.

The death has occurred recently of Ms Margaret ‘Maggie’ Tynan, Coolenure. The late Maggie Tynan was in her time an outstanding camogie player. Her death severs one of the last remaining links with the Coolmoyne camogie team of the 1930s, which won the Tipperary senior camogie championship. Interment took place in Moyglass cemetery.


Transition year pupils from Patrician Presentation Secondary School on stage after their performance of ‘Buddy's Song’ in the Abymill Theatre.This year's show is one with a difference and is a play loosely based on Buddy Holly and his music. The show was produced by Ms Marian Gilpin.

While Fethard did have a very respectable junior rugby team in the 1930s and there is a strong juvenile club in the parish at the moment, it would not be noted for producing inter-provincial players of note. The late Dr Paddy Stokes and the late Christy Heffernan, Fethard and Garryowen, are two that come to mind, and in more recent years, John Stokes.
Congratulations to Fethard’s most recent inter-pro rugby player, Mary Gorey, Main Street, who won her first under-19 cap against Highfield recently. We wish her the best of luck in the inter-pro series, which takes place after Christmas.

The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers will meet on St. Stephens Day at Drangan at 12 noon. On Sunday 28th December at Peppardstown and on Sunday 4th January at Ballyluskey.

The ‘Showband Stars’ appear on Cloneen on New Year’s Eve, for all those wishing to relive the great old memories of the Irish dancehall scene. Doc Carroll and the ‘Big Chief’ will be appearing this time and a great night is promised. Tickets are €10 and can be ordered at Tel: 086 0834208


Photographed at the presentation of new jerseys to Killusty Soccer Club from The Well Bar are L to R: Sharon Lawton, Sean Aylward (chairman), Marie Smyth (The Well Bar), Eugene Walsh (captain) and Lorraine Coen.

Last week Killusty FC held its ‘Presentation Night’ at The Well Bar in Fethard. Medals were presented to the victorious youths team who won the 2nd Division League for the year 2003. The Well also kindly sponsored a set of jerseys for the Killusty teams for the remainder of the season, which is in full swing at the moment.
While Killusty Juniors are doing well in the League, our Youths have not made the transition from 2nd Division football, in which they did so well in last season, to make top flight football in the 1st Division Youths League. A big improvement is needed to secure their future in the First Division.

Club captain of the Youths team last season thanked everyone who helped in the youths success last season and while his comments were very pleasing to hear, it was from a management and training point of view this team succeeded because of the outstanding effort that was put in on the training ground and the self belief that players had.
We wish the Youths a return to form in the New Year and wish the Juniors more success in the New Year in their bid to get back into the Premier League next season.

Louis Coen with his five sons, who all play soccer with Killusty F.C.
L to R: Martin, Chris, Louis, Shay, Colm and Brian.

Let There Be Light
Well done to Paul and his merry crew who are trying to ensure that the light will shine this year on Killusty village and the Christmas Tree will look at its best. But go easy on the mulled wine as it blurs your vision. Well done, lads.

Community Alert
On behalf of Killusty Community Alert we would like to wish all the senior citizens of the parish a very happy, peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and to our friends and neighbours in Killusty Nursing Home. We wish you all a Happy Christmas. Please remember to call to an elderly neighbour over the holiday period and ensure they are okay.

Smoke Alarms
Now is the time to check that all smoke alarms are working and ensure that batteries are checked and new ones fitted where necessary. This time of year, with so many electrical appliances fitted, including Christmas trees, etc. safety is important to one and all to ensure it is a happy holiday period. Wishing you and yours a very happy, peaceful and Holy Christmas.

To our many friends who read our Killusty column on the internet each week we wish you and your family and friends a very happy Christmas. “You may be a long way from Tipperary but you're all with us in our thoughts this Christmas from the slopes of Slievenamon.”

Community Penance Service takes place on Saturday 20th December at 7.30pm Mass. Confessions on Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th, from 12 noon to 12.30 and from 3pm to3.30pm. Mass on Christmas Eve at 9pm. Masses on Christmas Day at 9.30am and 11.30am.
Our Novena of Masses for the Christmas Card intentions will begin on Christmas Day at 11.30am Mass.

Mass in the Parish Church on Christmas Eve at 8pm; Masses on Christmas Day at 8.30am and 11am.

Christmas Eve Mass in Killusty takes place at 9.30pm. Mass on Christmas Day takes place at 10am.

A special Penitential Service in preparation for Christmas will takes place in the Parish Church on Monday 22nd December at 8pm.
There will be a penitential service in Killusty on Tuesday 23rd December at 8pm. The penitential service in the Abbey will take place at the 7.30pm Mass on Saturday 20th December.


Photographed at the launch of 'Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 13, Fethard', in Dublin on Monday 15th December are L to R: Anngret Simms (editor, Irish Historic Towns Atlas), Tadhg O'Keeffe (author), Senator Martin Mansergh, and Michael Ryan (President, Royal Irish Academy).
Fethard is the thirteenth town to be produced as part of the prestigious Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA), series, a Royal Irish Academy publication and research project. This atlas was launched this week on Monday 15 December 2003, by Senator Martin Mansergh (read his speech) in the Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. The publication will be launched locally in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard, on 7th February 2004.

L to R: Sarah Gearty (Cartographic Editor), Tadhg O'Keeffe (author), and Angela Murphy (Editorial Assistant).
The IHTA series will eventually cover some forty towns/cities for the whole country. Quality reproductions of old maps and views are one of the unique features of the series. The growth of Fethard from its origins to 1900 is described in a lengthy essay. Streets, churches, mills, schools, tanneries, smithies and wells are among over 380 features of the town whose histories have been compiled by the author, archaeologist Dr Tadhg O’Keeffe, who is based in University College Dublin and has carried out much work on Fethard over the years.
Dr Michael Ryan, President of the Royal Irish Academy, welcomed the publication of as ‘a major contribution on a local, national and international level that places Fethard alongside over 370 other European towns that have been studied following similar guidelines’. Senator Mansergh commented that the atlas ‘highlights and may lead all concerned to appreciate the value of historic Fethard, and the need to conserve it, whilst encouraging positive development in harmony with it’.
Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 13, Fethard: five pages of coloured maps and plates 410 mm x 305 mm; seven pages of black-and-white maps and plates and twelve pages of text 410 mm x 305 mm; in a folder 410 mm x 305 mm, is available from local booksellers or directly from the Royal Irish Academy,19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Phone (01) 6762570; Fax (01) 6762346; email publications@ria.ie.

L to R: Dr Tadhg O'Keeffe, photographed above at the launch with his wife Margaret and their son Evan

Sincere greetings for a happy and Holy Christmas from the Augustinians in the Abbey. We welcome all who will be returning home for the feast and wish them a pleasant stay. May the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate, fill our hearts, homes, parish and country with peace, love and joy during the Christmas season and into the New Year. We are very grateful, as always, for the continued kindness and support of Fr Tom Breen P.P., Canon Jim Power and the people of Fethard. A Novena of Masses will be offered in the Abbey during the Christmas Season and your special intentions will be included in the Novena.

The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 20th January 2004. We would like to wish all our voluntary workers, staff and members of the community a very Happy Christmas.

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