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Saturday 29th May 2004

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Archieved Fethard Notes 1997-2003

This year’s issue of the Patrician Presentation Secondary School annual yearbook, ‘Off The Wall’ is now available for sale in local shops and at the school.  The yearbook is up to its usual high standard with lots of photographs and articles compiled by transition year pupils.  The retail price is €7.

Great excitement in the Kilknockin area on Sunday night last when the largest hot air balloon in Ireland came down on the farm of Mr and Mrs Eddie Trehy.

Within minutes, the adjacent Killenaule-Fethard road was lined with cars of interested passing-by motorists.  The balloon was on a routine flight from an outing of the Irish Balloon Club at Knocklofty.  The size of the balloon may be gauged from the fact that the attached pannier basket underneath carried no less than fourteen passengers.

They had cruised over most of South Tipperary at a height of 600 feet and imagine Mr and Mrs Trehy’s surprise to find their daughter Christine and her husband Gearóid Hourihane amongst the passengers.  One might say, they literally dropped in!

Mr and Mrs Trehy cordially invited the unexpected guests in for tea.  The balloonists produced a large bottle of Champagne and an enjoyable time was had by all while the balloon was being deflated and packed in its special trailer.

The death has occurred on May 19th in England of Patrick Theobald Butler, the 28th Lord Dunboyne.  He was born into an Anglo-Norman Irish family in 1917 and was a direct descendant of the 1st Lord Dunboyne who received a writ of summons to the Irish Parliament in 1324.

While the Lords of Ormonde of the Kilkenny branch of the Butler family who owned Kilkenny, Kilcash, Kiltinan and Cahir Castles may be better known, the Dunboyne branch had also very close local connections.

The Dunboyne family were strong Roman Catholics until 1786 when the 22nd Lord Dunboyne resigned as Bishop of Cork to marry his cousin in the hope of having an heir. He was the subject of a most interesting book by the late Col. Watson, “In Search of an Heir”.

He was born at Grangebeg and died at Wilford near Ballingarry and is buried in Fethard Augustinian Abbey Grounds, according to local history having returned to the Catholic Church before his death.

The peerage passed to a Protestant branch of the family from which Patrick Dunboyne was a descendant.  He served with distinction in the Irish Guards during World War II and was reported missing, believed dead.

He studied Law and was called to the Bar in 1949.  He retired from his law practice in 1986 and devoted himself to the genealogy of the Butler family, the passion of his life.  He was active in the Butler Society from its foundation in 1968.

He was an outstanding tennis player, oarsman, and a top grade chess player.  He started the Bar Lawn Tennis Society and was president of the Forty Five Lawn Tennis Club.  In 1950 he married Ann Marie Mallet, daughter of the British Ambassador in Rome. They had three daughters and a son, John Fitzwalter Butler, born in 1851, who succeeds to the title.

We had a very enjoyable get together last Saturday evening at Slievenamon Golf Club. The results of the rumble are as follows:
1st place went to course specialists James Smyth, Liam Meagher and Andy O'Donovan.
2nd place went to Pat Woodlock, Kevin Ryan and Ray Morrissey.
Nearest the pin was won by Kevin Ryan. The list of entrants for Adare Manor is now complete. Any late entries will only be accommodated if there is a withdrawal. Those who are travelling to Adare should note that the Irish Seniors is being held at the adjacent Adare Golf Club, so allow extra travelling time for delays.

At our AGM on 19th May the following officers and committee were elected:
President: Kay St. John;
Vice President: Marie Delaney;
Secretary/PRO: Gemma Burke;
Treasurer: Frances Burke;
Asst. Treasurer: Anna Cooke;
Tournament Directors: Frances Burke, Betty Walsh, Alice Quinn, Gemma Burke; Committee: Berney Myles, Teresa Cummins, Breda Walsh and Mike Burke; Partner Facilitator: Annie O’Brien.

The results of the game following the AGM were:
1st Gross: Alice Quinn and Teresa Cummins        
2nd Gross: Berney Myles and Margaret Hackett
1st Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney
2nd Nett: Mary Quirke and Fr. John Meagher

Bridge will resume on Wednesday 8th September.  Summer Bridge continues in Hotel Minella, Clonmel and Ballingarry on Wednesday nights commencing 2nd June and in Ballinure on Thursday nights commencing 3rd June.  All are welcome.

In intermediate hurling we played Moyle Rovers in Fethard on Friday 21st May and had a great win with Miceál Spillane playing one of his best games. Final score: Fethard 3-13, Moyle Rovers 0-14. Full report on sports page. This gives us two wins from two with our next outing on Friday 4th June in Kilsheelan when we meet St Marys at 7.45pm.
Our senior footballers are playing challenges while awaiting their South Championship match.  Our juniors are due to play Ardfinnan weekending 12th June.
Minor football fixtures have taken a break while exams are in progress.
The Tipperary game against Waterford in Páirc Ui Caoimhe is an all ticket match and all club members interested in a ticket please give their name to Dick Fitzgerald, Nicky O’Shea or Noel Byrne before Monday 31st May.  If you are not in, you can’t win.
Fethard GAA Golf Classic will take place in Slievenamon Golf Club on Saturday 5th June. Team of three for €120 can be booked from John Hurley, Nicky O’Shea, Dick Fitzgerald, Miceál McCormack, Gussy Fitzgerald or any committee member. Thank you very much in anticipation of your support.

The County Athletics Finals will take place in Thurles Dog Track on this coming Sunday, May 30th.  Assembly will be at 1pm.   The following children have been entered from the Fethard area:
Boys under/8 60m: Jack Gleeson, Coolmore; David Heffernan, Ballyvaden.
Under/8 80m: Eoghain Hurley, Strylea; Kevin Hickey, Coolmoyne.
Under /10 100m: Brian Healy, The Green; Garry Bradshaw, The Green.
Under /10 200m: Philip Maher, Ballybough; Vincent Lawrence, Derryluskin.
Under /12 100m: Owen Healy, The Green.
Under /14 100m: John Lalor, Rathcanty.
Under /8 60m: Molly Proudfoot, Strylea; Hannah Tobin, St. Patrick’s Place.
Under /8 80m: Kate Quigley, Redcity: Kayleigh Higgins, Strylea.
Under /10 100m: Aine Phelan, Kilknockin; Jennifer Rice, Everardsgrange.
Under /12 600m: Radkia Janacikava, Knockelly.
Under /14 800m: Bernadette Costello, Woodvale Walk; Laura Rice, Everardsgrange.
Under /16 100m: Kate O’Brien, Redcity.
Under /15 mixed Relay Team.

The front pages of all most all national daily papers on Monday last featured prominently the 11 fatal road accidents over the weekend. What, if anything, can be done to reduce the terrible toll?

Driving during the past week on what chould be classed as 2nd if not 3rd class roads, at what one would consider a 40-45 mph reasonable speed, we were overtaken by a driver doing in excess of 70mph.  No doubt these drivers, by the grace of God, got to complete their journey and return journey safely.  One thing is sure however, as long as drivers continue to drive at that speed on such type of roads, the authorities can impose all the penalty points they wish, put Gardai on every cross-road in Ireland, but unless by some manner or means they can get inside these peoples heads and knock some common sense into them, it is all to no avail.

The wedding took place at Holy Trinity Church Fethard on Saturday 22nd May of Nicholas, son of Dr. Paddy and Mrs Diana Stokes, The Square, to Anna, daughter of Dr. Barry and the late Mrs Isobel Kempton, Lambourne, Berkshire, England.

A large number of friends of the bride and groom from the equestrian world in Ireland and England in which Nicky and Anna are widely known, attended the wedding and the reception afterwards in Knocklofty House Hotel.

The Fethard and Killusty Anglers competitions for the John Sayers Trophy and Tom O’Shea Cup took place on Sunday 23rd May.  Winner of the John Sayers Trophy was Mattie Fleming, with Eddie Casey 2nd and Liam Boland finishing 3rd.

The Tom O’Shea Cup for the heaviest trout was also won by Mattie Fleming.  The prevailing North East wind and bright sunshine provided far from ideal fishing conditions.  The catch of 28 trout by 10 rods nevertheless was quite good.

Under/12 Soccer
Well done to Fethard boys under/12 soccer team who put up such a great performance in the south final of the Community Games Championship which took place in Killusty on Sunday last.  The boys were defeated by a strong Carrick-on-Suir team by the narrow margin of just one goal.  The final score was 2-1.  The Fethard lads went very close to equalizing on a couple of occasions, just missing the net by inches.  They all played a great game and Colm Shanahan made some super saves in goal.  Well done to Bernard Feery, team manager, who put so much time into training this team, along with the indoor soccer team, and also to the parents for all their support.

Swimming County Finals will take place in the Canon Hayes Sports Complex, Tipperary Town on Saturday July 5th at 2.30pm.  Fethard will be represented by Philip Maher, Ballybough, in the under/10 freestyle event - one length of the pool, and Kevin Hayes, Redcity, in the under/14 freestyle - two lengths of the pool.  Entries for this event are now closed.

Results for game played on 14th May:
Winners: James and Veronica Muldowney; John Martin and Trish Lee; Pat O’Dwyer and Tony Kelly; Michael O’Shea and Sean Callahan.
Table Prize: Nellie Meaney and Mai Kennedy.
Rubber finals: Mick Murphy and T.J. McGrath; Seamus Maher and Brian O’Donnell; Paddy and Phyllis Murphy.
Results for game played on 21st May:
Winners on 13 games: Sheila Hall and Chris O’Brien.
Runners up on 12 games: Esther and Vincent Phelan.
Table prize: Bridget Hayes and Teresa Cummins.
Rubber finals: Alice Quinn and Kay St. John; Robbie and Bernie Phelan; Esther and Vincent Phelan
Next game takes place in Fethard Ballroom on Friday 28th May at 8.30pm sharp.

The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 18th May were: 9, 12, 15 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner, and one "Match 3" winner who received €150:
M. R. Neville, c/o Group Homes, Fethard
Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:
Brendan Higgins, 6 St. Patricks Place, Fethard
Eamon Drea, Fethard
Mary Fogarty, Monroe, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot is €6,850. Jackpot sellers prize €575.
Swimming County Finals will take place in the Canon Hayes Sports Complex, Tipperary Town on Saturday July 5th at 2.30pm.  Fethard will be represented by Philip Maher, Ballybough, in the under/10 freestyle event - one length of the pool, and Kevin Hayes, Redcity, in the under/14 freestyle - two lengths of the pool.  Entries for this event are now closed


Kathleen O'Connell (left) and Mary Quirke, winners of this year's President's Prize. Breda Walsh (centre) is President of Fethard Bridge Club.


At the Fethard Bridge Club's President’s PrizeLunch held in Slievenamon Golf Club on Sunday 16th May 2004, the following prizes were presented:

President’s Prize: Mary Quirke and Kathleen O’Connell.
Committee Prize: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles.
1st Gross: Betty Walsh, Brigid Gorey.
2nd Gross: Alice Quinn, Teresa Cummins.
3rd Gross: Bernie O’Meara, Anna Cooke.
5th Gross: David O’Meara, Tony Hanrahan.
4th Gross: Carol Kenny, Gemma Burke.
6th Gross: Annie O’Brien, Marie Delaney.
1st Nett: Breda Walsh, Frances Burke.
2nd Nett: Philly Kenny, Mgt M. McCormack.
3rd Nett: Nell Broderick, Breda O’Grady.
4th Nett: Carmel Condon, Brendan Kenny.
5th Nett: Ann and Sean O’Dea.
6th Nett: Nora Lawrence, Madeleine O’Donnell.
Player of the Year, for which the O’Flynn Perpetual Trophy is presented:  Betty Walsh.
Club Championship, for which the Hayes Perpetual Trophy is presented: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara.

It has been an extremely busy and exciting week for the Juvenile club, with three matches played and all three won.

We played Clerihan away in the semifinal of the Under/10 Community Games Football on Tuesday evening of last week came away with a really good win, qualifying us for the South County Final.  Match fixture still to be confirmed.

In the Under/13 Community Games Hurling we played Cahir on Saturday evening last in Cahir and came away with a win which qualifies us for another South County Final.  It was a close match but the lads did well to maintain their lead to the end.

The Under/12s are now through to the semifinals in their football championship bid.  We played Clonmel Commercials last Thursday evening in Clonmel and came away with a badly needed win, which placed them in the semifinals.  This football match must have been one of the most exciting games that these young lads have ever played.  They were a credit to their club and mentors and the level of skill, teamwork and team spirit was amazing to watch on the night.  They went out in a positive frame of mind, taking the lead from the start and never gave up playing till the final whistle blew.  We wish all these amazing young players the very best in all their next matches and to all the people involved.

Training for U/8, U/10 and U/12's on Saturdays at 3pm in the GAA field; U/12s on Tuesday evenings in the GAA field at 6pm; U/14's on Wednesday evenings 6.30pm in the GAA field and Fridays at 6.15pm also in the GAA field

Hurling training for U/14s takes place on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm in the new Community Sports Field.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Club Secretary Caroline Sheehan, Tel: 052 32005 or 086 1713502.

A local housewife sent her four-year-old daughter to see if there were some eggs in their hen house.  The child returned rather crestfallen and announced she had broken an egg.  She said she had been carrying it under her chin.  “Why on earth were you carrying the egg under your chin”, her mam asked.  “Because there were three eggs and I only have two hands”, was the reply.  Elementary!

The final Intermediate Hurling game in the county league was played in Fethard on Tuesday last and proved to be a great workout with Fethard winning on a scoreline, Fethard 3-10, St. Patricks 1-12.  Both teams are out of the final stages of the league. The championship continues on this Sunday with Fethard playing Moyle Rovers in Clonmel at 2pm.

Our minor football game was played on Friday 14th May in Marlfield against Cahir.  With both teams already qualified for the final stages, it was the 1st and 2nd places that were at stake.  Fethard fielded with regular five players missing and performed well on the night, going down on a scoreline, Fethard 1-9, Cahir 3-12.  The semifinals will now take place after exams.  Best of luck to all our students who are doing exams over the next few weeks.

Well played to Damien Byrne, Glen Burke, Aiden Fitzgerald and John Paul Looby on Sunday last, who all gave their best in going down to Limerick by 2 points in the 1st round game of the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Football Championship. The only downside was the refereeing who produced 10 yellow cards and one red and as the printed programme on Sunday last had a whole page on ‘more consistent refereeing’, it definitely fell on deaf ears with the Laois referee in charge.

Our Lotto jackpot of €4,300 was not won.  The draw was made in Grants and we had two match three winners who received €75 each: Noel Byrne (Killusty), Nicky O’Shea (Tullow).  The €50 Lucky dip winner was J.P. McGrath (Sparagoleith). Thanks to all those who helped in the County Board Draw and long may it continue.

Fethard and Killusty Anglers promote the John Sayers Trophy and the Tom O’Shea Cup on club waters on this Sunday 23rd May.  Competing anglers are asked to assemble at Kyleavalla Bridge at 11.30am.

Saturday night’s final of the Eurovision Song Contest would overall have received ‘no vote’ locally if popular opinion is anything to judge by.  The general census of opinion seems to be that the whole thing was a complete farce.  “The quality of the song or the singer seemed not to matter in the least”, and “It looked more like an audition for circus acts than a song competition”, were some of the more printable opinions expressed.

Chris Doran has a reasonably good singing voice and the Irish entry was a song with a beginning, middle and an end.  Chris did his best but had as much chance of winning a good vote, as Christmas would have being voted for by turkeys!

County finals of Swimming Championships will take place in Canon Hayes Sports Complex in Tipperary Town on 5th June.  Entry fee is €2.  Anybody interested in swimming from the Fethard Killusty area are asked to please forward their name to area secretary Bernard Feery Tel: (052) 31023 immediately as entries close this weekend.

John Lalor, Rathcanty and Ciara O’Connor, Ardsallagh, both represented Fethard in the Cross County Events at the ESB National Finals in Mosney.  Hannah and Lolo Trehy, Ballyvaden, and Ryan Laslett, Moyglass, represented Killenaule area at the finals.  Laura and Louis Rice both represented Co. Tipperary in the Crown Paints Art Challenge.  This is a special art promotion where children are given professional help at the art workshop. All of the above are members of Fethard Athletic Club.

One of Fethard’s by now internationally known geese had been hatching a clutch of eggs in the flowerbed at Watergate Bridge.  Regular passers-by had been monitoring the progress daily.  Imagine their dismay on Monday morning to discover the nest empty and no goslings.  A nearby lady resident said the eggs had been thrown over her wall and smashed on Sunday night.  What mindless vandalism and what kind of people would carry out such a senseless act?

Congratulations to local owner / trainer Mick Ahearne on his good win with his mare, ‘I-Gotta-Knock-on-the-Head’ at the recent Killarney May meeting.  Mick, who renewed his permit from the Turf Club this year after a ten year lapse, trains a few of his own horses with success, especially on the Point-to-Point field.  The manner in which his Killarney winner was named is a story worth telling.

Mick, who stands a fair bit over five feet, was having a look at the work being carried out on the extension to Fethard Community Centre when, apparently, he forgot to duck and banged his head against the scaffolding support.  That evening he went to look at some horses and liking this particular filly, he paid a good bit more for her than what he had intended.  When the deal was completed he said to the vendor, “Only for I got a knock on the head this morning which must have affected my judgement, I would have never given so much for her.”  A friend of Mick who was involved in the deal said, “Now you have the filly and a name for her as well.”

‘I-Gotta-Knock-on-the-Head’ is in foal to ‘Luas’.  Here’s wishing every success and good luck to Mick and hoping the mare is as successful in the paddocks as she was on the race-course.

Mr Tim Robinson, who has purchased Watergate House, took members of Fethard Historical Society on a most interesting tour of the building following their April monthly meeting.  The house, occupied by the Murphy family the last of whom died over fifty years ago, is reckoned to be one of the oldest houses in Ireland.  The original building dates back to the 14th century.  Improvements and extensions were carried out in ensuing years.  The roof timbers, which can be dated back to the 16th century, are still in perfect condition. Mr Robinson has preserved as many of the medieval features of the building as possible using the expertise of the County Council’s conservation officer.  He intends to restore the house to its original state.  When work is completed and his family in residence, it will in all probability be the oldest occupied house in Ireland.

The Murphy family who resided in Watergate House consisted of two brothers and a sister, none of whom married.  Michael, who was blind, was a former secretary of Fethard Town Commissioners.  Jim, who did casual work locally, was a keen fisherman and also a well-known local fiddle player.  Bridget, their sister, worked as a cook for Mrs Masters MFH at Woodrooffe House.

Even senior citizens only recall the Murphys, gentle retiring people, as elderly, and can not recall any previous occupiers of Watergate House.  The lower part of the house may have, at one stage, been used as a business premises.  Local history also shows that it may have been the residence of a doctor in its early days.  Mr Robinson and the Fethard Historical Society would very much like to discover further information on the historic building.

The Abymill Theatre will stage the renowned ‘Teac a Bloc’ production by Des Dillon on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th June.  The show, as seen on The Late Late Show, is receiving rave reviews throughout Ireland and along with Peigí, Rattle the Boards and all her friends, promises for a great night of music and fun. 

The show commences on each night at 8.15pm and tickets are €15 and €12. Booking now at O’Flynn’s Menswear. Tel: 052 31254.


Congratulations to the 69 children of the parish who received the sacrament of Confirmation on Friday 14th May at Holy Trinity Church Fethard.  Mass was celebrated by His Grace, Most Rev Dr. Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.

Last weekend the 2004 County Track & Field Championships took place in Scanlon Park, Kilkenny. A small but successful team of 17 athletes travelled to the games to represent Fethard A.C. and brought home a total of 11 individual medals.
Fethard’s gold medal winners were: Elaine Kennedy in the U15 800m and 1500m; Hannah Trehy in the U13 hurdles and Ciara O’Connor in the U14 1500m.  Silver medallists were: John Lalor (U13 hurdles), Aoife O’Connor ( U15 1500m) and Hannah Trehy (U13 high jump).  Fethard’s bronze medallists were: Michelle Ryall in the U13 long jump and 80m sprint, Laura Rice (U14 1500m), Wayne Laslett (U16 high jump) and Elaine Kennedy in the U15 200m.  Other athletes to compete with distinction were: Hannah Tobin, Kate Quigley, Jennifer Rice, Bernadette Costello, Lolo Trehy, Louis Rice and Roisín Trehy.

We’re told that the Cuckoo has been heard for the first time this year in the Cloneen area, on April 5th.

‘You’re a Star’ finalist Michael Leonard will play a concert in the Abymill Theatre on Saturday 29th May at 7pm.  Tickets are €12 and can be booked at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street. Tel: 052 31254. 
Michael Leonard is not just your average Mr. Nice Guy, behind the blue eyes and the white smile lies a talent that is a rare find these days. Michael began playing the piano when he was seven and as the years rolled by he started to play guitar and drums. At the age of 16 he started writing songs and this has become his single, most favourite, hobby. He looks for inspiration from his rock idols that include Jimmy Hendrix, Counting Crows and U2.
Michael is now concentrating on his song-writing abilities. He has since co-written material with Westlife front-man Brian McFadden and both Brian Kennedy and Simon Casey have expressed interest in recording some of Michael’s songs.  His life has been a whirlwind of excitement since the TV show and he is now touring the country performing to capacity crowds. Michael believes that ‘You’re a Star’ was the best experience of his life. Though it was tiring and stressful for him, he made many friends, many of whom he keeps in contact with, including Simon Casey, Brian Ormond and Susan McFadden.


A very good number of parishioners took part in Fethard’s annual May Procession held on Sunday evening 9th May.  Rev Fr. Meagher OSA, at the conclusion, on behalf of the parish clergy thanked sincerely all who took part, especially the children who had received their First Holy Communion the previous day.

Don’t forget that this years Fethard & Killusty London Reunion will takes place on Saturday 26th June at St. Anthony’s Parish Centre, Garratt Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 9AN, from 6.30pm ‘til late! Buffet food will be available, with music from 8pm onwards and all are welcome. Cover charge on the night to help defray expenses is: adults £10.00, and children £7.00 and tickets available in advance or at the door. Further details from Paul Looby (email:, Tel: 0044 (0) 1276 459080 or Joe Kenny, Fethard. Tel: 052 31663.


Congratiulations to the boys and girls from Nano Nagle Primary School and St. Patrick's Boys School, Fethard, who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday 8th May.

If you have an old photograph of interest to our readers why not email it to us and we will include it on next week's 'Pic of the Past.

Hugh Walsh sent us this photograph taken at his parents wedding, Bill Walsh to Nora White, in 1945. The photo includes several Fethard people that we all remember well:
Back Row (L to R):- Louis O'Donnell, Fethard;  Kay O'Keeffe, Barrettstown;  Michael O'Keeffe, Barrettstown;  Peg Hayes, Derryluskin;  Bill Holohan, Killusty;  Kitty McCarthy, Fethard;  Billy Kenrick, Fethard,  Mary Goldsborough, Fethard;  P. J. Holohan, Fethard;  Babs Looby,  Fethard;  Michael Britton, Cloneen;  Middle Row (L to R):- May White, Mullinahone;  Tom Walsh, Newtown;  Maureen Holohan. Fethard;  Canon Ryan, Fethard;  Bill Walsh, Baptistgrange;  Nora Walsh (nee White), Baptistgrange; Andy Holohan, Fethard;  Nora Nyhan (nee Carew), Cork & Derryluskin;  Matt White, Mullinahone;  Liz Brett, Fethard;  Front Row (Seated) Jackie White, Derryluskin;  May Britton (nee Walsh), Cloneen;  Tim Walsh, Newtown;  Agnes Barry (nee White), Ennis;  John White, Derryluskin;  Ellen White, Derryluskin.

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