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Monday 14th June 2004

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Tracey Needham and Debbie Lawrence from Nano Nagle working on the school's project 'My Favourite Building'. The 6th class girls chose the Abymill Theatre as their favourite building and the project will be entered in the national Irish Independent Newspaper competition.

The theme of this year’s Irish Independent / Sunday Independent initiative project for primary schools is ‘My Favourite Building’.  Sixth class girls from Nano Nagle Primary School chose the Abymill Theatre as their favourite building and have been very busy over the past few weeks researching the project for their entry, which guarantees the school a substantial prize. 

The first step involved the school collecting 30 tokens per pupil from Independent newspapers between January and March to qualify to enter the project competition.  The girls then chose the Abymill and began their research.  The old mill which was built in 1791, closed down in the 1930s, was restored and renovated to house a beautiful theatre and recreational / function rooms in 1988.

The sixth class girls visited the Abymill during their research and spoke to Austin O’Flynn and some of the others on the Abymill committee.  They produced their own drawings, paintings and stone rubbings to illustrate various aspects of the building.  The teachers in the school and other classes showed great interest in their project and the sixth class really enjoyed working on it.  Best of luck in the competition!

With our increased allocation of space on the Nationalist every week, we ask all club secretaries and other relevant parties to send us their news reports for inclusion in the weekly Fethard Notes by email to or by hand to Tony Newport, Main Street, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road. Typed if possible.

Polocrosse is a sport with which many would not be too familiar.  The best way to describe it would be as a form of Lacrosse played on horseback.  Instead of the usual polo sticks, a stick with a Lacrosse type net on the end is used in which the ball is caught, then passed or thrown.  Polocrosse is played locally at Davern’s Equestrian Centre, Rathronan, Clonmel.  All the Tipperary Polocrosse teams that played so successfully in the Limerick Polocrosse Tournament on Sunday last train there.  Figuring on the winning B team was Desmond Phelan, Kiltinan, and on the C team Don O’Connell, The Valley.  Tipperary also won the A competition.
Desmond and Don would like to thank all who supported the teams and especially those who gave such great encouragement in Limerick on Sunday.

Those who remember Johnny O’Reilly, Barrettstown, especially his many friends in Fethard GAA circles, may like to know that the ashes of the late Johnny O’Reilly will be interred in Redcity Cemetery following 11am mass in Fethard Parish Church on this coming Saturday 12th June at 11am.

Meals on Wheels
The annual Corpus Christi Procession takes place on this coming Sunday evening, 13th June, at 7pm, commencing from outside Fethard Parish Church to the Augustinian Abbey.  Please come along and take part.
As another school year draws to an end the Meals on Wheels drivers and committee would like to thank and pay tribute to the 4th Year (transition year) pupils who helped with the delivery of the meals since September last. Their kindness and concern for the people who receive the meals has been admirable and the drivers have also enjoyed their company.

We hear so much nowadays about the bad behaviour of our youth that it is with great pleasure that we can relate the good deeds. There is so much emphasis on academic results that this kind of community effort and social integration of the young and elderly is neglected.  Well done to the young people of our local secondary school and the teachers who organise the Transition Year.

Due to a heavy demand for tickets, the Abymill Theatre will stage an extra night performance of the renowned ‘Teac a Bloc’ production by Des Dillon.  The extra night performance will take place on Sunday 13th June at 8.15pm and tickets are €15 and €12. Booking now at O’Flynn’s Menswear. Tel: 052 31254.

An alert neighbour prevented a break-in at the home of a retired lady on Main Street on Sunday morning last.  Alerted by the noise of the door being broken in, his intervention caused the raiders to flee.  Fortunately no further damage was caused and nothing was taken.

With the long school holidays upon us, here’s hoping that the committee who so successfully organised the tennis training last year will consider doing the same again this year.  Also we are hoping that the sports centre will be open and in full operation on a daily basis for the coming summer months at least.

Best wishes to all those starting their Junior and Leaving Cert examinations in Fethard today, Wednesday 9th June.
Also best wishes to Mr Eamon Dwyer who is leaving St. Patrick’s Boys National School where he commenced work as a teacher on 3rd September 1984 and took over as principal when the Patrician Brothers left in 1993.

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.

This photograph supplied by Sheila (nee Browne) Williams from Surrey, England, was taken at Fethard Tennis Court in 1953. A lot of familiar faces but can someone tell us all the names please?

The Fethard Ladies Evening Group will hold their first meeting in the Tirry centre on Monday 14th June at 7.30pm.  Veronica Crowe will welcome you and together will discuss what you want and require out of the group.

The Fethard And District Day Care Centre would like to thank all who subscribed to their Church Gate Collection last week.  The magnificent sum of €1,147 was collected for which we are most grateful.


Fethard Woodvale Walk Residents Association officers elected at their AGM in the Tirry Community Centre on Tuesday 1st June L to R: Dolores O'Donnell (treasurer), Patsy Lawrence (chairperson), and Teresa Roche (secretary).

The annual general meeting of Woodvale Walk Residents Association was held on Tuesday June 1st in the Terry Community Centre Fethard and was well attended.  The officers and committee appointed at the meeting were as follows: Patsy Lawrence (chairperson), Gerard Brown (vice-chairperson), Teresa Roche (secretary), Stephanie McCormack (assistant secretary), Dolores O’Donnell (treasurer), Geraldine Lonergan (assistant treasurer). Committee members: Kay Nagle, Joan Brown, Marian Murphy, Rita Burke, Michael O’Flynn. Also attended the meeting was Councillor John Fahey.

At this meeting it was decided to resume our door-to-door collection for the upkeep of the estate and the lawnmower and the committee would appreciate your co-operation and help in any way to keep our estate looking good and litter free.

South Tipperary County Council recently applied to the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for special funding to undertake remedial works to the Council Housing Estate at Woodvale Walk, Fethard. The main remedial works are as follows:

1. Resurfacing of rear access lanes.
2. Resurfacing of the main roads within the estate.
3. Provision of rear boundary wall to the estate for security purposes.
4. Additional public lighting columns.
5. Provision of storm sewer network. At present, the gullies are piped to soakpits which are not functional.

They have now received approval from the Department to proceed with these works at an estimated cost of €283,000. The works are being funded by the use of Surplus Capital Internal Receipts and it is proposed to advertise the works within the next month.

The Well Golf Society
Adare Manor, the outing we were all waiting for, was well worth the wait with more trees than Sherwood Forest, more sand than Sandybanks, and now, more lost balls than a eunuch convention. The results are as follows:
Nearest the pin: Davy Woodlock, Joe Corbett and Paul Kenrick.
Ladies: 1st place (35 pts) Ann Delahunty.
2nd place (34 pts) Mary Kenrick.
Men: 1st place, after being so close on a number of occasions, Michael Kenrick finally made it into the winner’s enclosure, with a score of 39 pts.
2nd place (38 pts) Kevin Ryan.
3rd place (37 pts, back 9) Ray Morrissey.
4th place (37 pts) Paul Kenrick.
5th place (36 pts, back 9) Joe Corbett.
6th place (36 pts) Billy Phelan.
Many thanks to Adare Manor, for giving us the opportunity to play on their marvellous course, one that we will return to again, maybe sooner rather than later. We must also thank Mick and Marie Smyth of The Well for their generous donation towards our outing. Our next outing takes place on Sunday, June 4th at Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club. Tee off time is 11.30am.


Relatives of Tom Browne, Burke Street, and friends who visited Fethard recently. L to R: Bill and Ann Gardiner, David and Sheila (nee Browne) Williams from Surrey, Norma and Bill Begley.

Anna and Tom Dalton, Mallow, who called to Fethard to pass on greetings from Stan and Dot Blake, Sacramento, USA, who are delighted to keep in contact with Fethard News using the Fethard website.

The scaffolding is now up at the Augustinian Abbey and the restoration project has started.  Tynan Constructions, Moyglass, were awarded the tender for ‘Phase 2’ of the project. The works include re-slating the western part of the church roof on both pitches, new gutters and downpipes to main Church, two additional downpipes and gullies, conservation work and new render to north elevation of the main church only, cleaning and any necessary repairs to limestone on west front, lighting installation to main church only. It is hoped that the work will be completed by mid October 2004.

Jubilee Celebrations
The Augustinian Jubilee Group has taken on seven projects to coincide with major Augustinian dates for their Jubilee Year celebrations, from the opening in Lent 2005 to the closing in Lent 2006, commemorating Blessed William Tirry.  The group are seeking a 'Prayer for the Jubilee' to be said at all occasions during the Jubilee Year.  The next meeting will take place on Monday 14th June in the Abymill at 8pm and the aim is to finalise the calendar of events. All are welcome.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes
All roads from this Diocese, and in particular our Parish, lead to Lourdes on June 16th next.  Canon James Power will be joined by four nurses, two helpers, two youth helpers from our secondary school and four invalids. May they all have a safe journey and a fulfilling trip.  A word of thanks to all those who helped with our fundraising and to those who took part in our Sponsored Walk on Sunday last, a lot them walking since the campaign began in 1990.  Also thanks to the ballroom committee for their sponsorship and for providing a lovely cup of tea and biscuits in the Ballroom after the walk. We'd like to recognise the huge effort made by the pupils of Patrician Presentation Secondary School to raise funds for sending two of their own young people as helpers and in so doing, raised enough to finance one of the invalids as well.  This is indeed a great credit to the pupils and to Mr Dick Prendergast and the teachers who organised the fundraising events.

Community Games Swimming

Fethard and Killusty area had one hundred percent record at the County Swimming Finals held in Tipperary Town on Saturday 5th June when nine-year-old Philip Maher (photographed above), son of Aiden and Eileen, Ballybough, won his heat of the under/10 freestyle event and then went on to win a gold medal in the final in an impressive manner.  Philip will now represent Co. Tipperary at the national finals of the ESB Community Games in Mosney weekending 20th to 23rd of August.  Also representing the county on the first week-end will be Evie O Sullivan, Main Street and Jane Kenny, Sparagoleith, in the girls under/10 and under/12 art competition.  Other county champions are: Aobh and Padraig O’Shea, The Valley, Natalie Kenny, Grangebeg, Lorraine and Samantha Feery, Killusty, and Cathal Gorey, Moanbeg, in Judo; the boys under/13 indoor soccer team of: Ben Walsh, Main Street, Adam Lyons and Daniel Hickey, Woodvale Walk, Jake Maher and Damien Morrissey, Barrack Street, Darren Connolly, The Green, and Ciarán Ryan, Slievenamon Close; and the boys under/15 and girls u/16 volleyball teams.

The Judo, Indoor Soccer and Volleyball competitors have to contest the Munster Finals in the University of Limerick on 10th July in order to secure their place at Mosney.  We wish all the competitors the best of luck.

The area wish to express sincere sympathy to Peggy Lafferty and family, Templemore, on the sad death of Ned who was known and loved by everybody in Community Games circles.  Ned was a former County Secretary, NEC Delegate, Development Officer and Munster Secretary. He will be sadly missed by all.

The results of the Progressive 25 game played on June 4th in Fethard Ballroom are:
Joint winners on 10 games: Robert Gleeson and Tom Phelan, Mary Lee and Mary B Lee.  Table prize: Kevin and Betty Sweeney.  Rubber final winners: Willie Kennedy and Mick Brown, Seán Walsh and Chris O’Brien, Tony Kelly and Pat O’Dwyer, Mai Kennedy and Mick Holohan. Tickets: David Curran, Paddy McCormack and Mai Kennedy.  Next game takes place on Friday 11th in Fethard Ballroom.


Athletes from Nano Nagle Primary School Fethard photographed at the AAI Primary Schools Track and Field Sports day in held in Marlfield Clonmel on 25th May. Back L to R: Orla Lawrence, Evie O'Sullivan, Faye Manton, Zoë McManus, Edel O'Sullivan, Rachel Prout, Stephanie Allen. Front L to R: Deirdre Dwyer, Chloe Gleeson, Rebecca Phelan and Evelyn Delany.

Athletes from St. Patrick Boys School Fethard L to R: Eoin Walsh, Kieran Walsh, Ciarán O'Meara, Ronan Fitzgerald, Gerry Horan, Brian Delahunty and John Gartland.

Killusty Soccer Club
Killusty Soccer Club will hold their end-of-season party night on Saturday, June 19th at Slievenamon Golf Club. As well as a buffet, there will also be a disco with music supplied by DJK.  On the night there will be a presentation of medals along with the ‘Player of the Year’ and ‘Top Scorer’ awards.  Tickets at just €10 are available from committee members and also from the team managers.

Your hospital needs you!  Over 6,000 people attended a Protest March in Clonmel on Saturday 5th June. The South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, urgently needs €2 million to amalgamate acute hospital services.  To further focus the Government to the urgent need for funding, a Protest March was held in Clonmel at 2pm, starting from St. Mary’s Church in Irishtown, to the Main Guard.

The new ‘state-of-the-art’, fully equipped unit in Clonmel, still remains unopened. This is nothing short of a national scandal.  For instance, during the past week a local man, having suffered a heart attack, required urgent hospitalisation.  If the amalgamated acute services were not available in Clonmel, the patient would have to be brought to Waterford, thus losing the first hour during which treatment is vital in such cases.  Next week or even sooner it could be a member of your family in need of urgent treatment. 
This is our hospital! The dedicated doctors and nurses who are doing their utmost to get the necessary funding need our support.

Lilly Carew, Patients Representatives Committee, and Robert Quinn, Matron South Tipperary General Hospital, photographed with Fethard members of the Patients Representatives Committee and supporters at the Hospital Protest March in Clonmel on Saturday. L to R: Lilly Carew, Patients Representatives Committee and proposer of the successful protest march; Marie Burke (committee); Robert Quinn, Matron South Tipperary General Hospital; Michael Walsh (chairman); Mary Prendergast (secretary and co-ordinator of the march); Tony Newport (committee); Dick Fitzgerald (chairman Fethard GAA Club) and Phyllis Hannigan.

Not long to go now for the London Reunion '04. Just 3 weeks away! Paul Looby says, he's looking forward to a great evening of caint, ceol agus craic go leor.
Paul has a number of bookings already but would like to get an idea of numbers for catering purposes. If you are coming, it would be great to hear from you on either the email address or in person on +44 (0)1276 459080 or +44 (0)7967 648244 (mobile). Slan libh go foill

South Tipperary County Council will shortly commence work on the preparation of a Local Area Plan for Fethard Town. The purpose of the Plan will be to provide for the sustainable and planned development of the town over the coming years.

You are invited to a public meeting, which will take place in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday 15th June at 7.30pm, to allow members of the community make suggestions as to the future development of the Town. An active response from the local community is essential if the Local Area Plan is to identify and address successfully the challenges presented for the future development of the town.


Eleanor Shanley photographed with Tom Anglim, Kilnockin, Fethard, and Maurice Moloney, Prospect, Fethard, who will join Eleanor in the Self Help Ethiopian Anniversary Trek which takes place in October 2004. Eleanor plays a barbecue / music gig in Fethard with Paul Kelly and Frankie Lane on Saturday 19th June in aid of the project. The event takes place in a marquee at McCarthy’s Hotel, Fethard.

On Friday 19th June, McCarthy’s Hotel will be a hive of activity for the charity barbecue and music gig in aid of self-help development and the Ethiopian Anniversary Trek.  Music will be supplied by Eleanor Shanley along with her excellent back-up musicians, Paul Kelly and Frankie Lane, who earlier this year played a terrific gig in Fethard in aid of the Fethard & Killusty Christmas Lighting fund.  The event takes place at 8pm in a marquee at the back of McCarthy’s Hotel and tickets are €25.  An informal session will take place after the gig with the musicians joined by the Pheasant Pluckers.

The Ethiopian Anniversary Trek takes place in October 2004 and this time, Maurice Moloney, Prospect, and Tom Anglim, Kilnockin, are taking part in this year’s trek.  Eleanor Shanley led the trek to Uganda last October and this year, broadcaster Tracy Piggott takes over and leads the trek to Ethiopia.  Tracy Piggott and other celebrities will also attend the gig in Fethard.

As a special fundraising attraction on the day, the Jordan Formula 1 car that won the Brazil Grand Prix will be on display from 4pm to 8pm. Tickets to view the car will cost €10 which includes entry to a free draw for a pair of three-day tickets for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.  The flights to Silverstone, from Waterford to Luton, are sponsored by Aer Arann.

Reflections Hair Saloon on Main Street had a surprise visitor to their premises when You’re a Star’s Michael Leonard popped in for a haircut in preparation for his recent successful gig in the Abymill Theatre.  Michael would like to thank Susan and Annette for their kind hospitality and hopes to return to Fethard again in the future.

Holy Year Cross Renovations
Once again we would like to say thanks to all those who have contributed to our appeal for donations towards installing a new Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon. For those of you who still wish to do so, you can leave a donation with Christie Williams, Jimmy O’Donnell or Kevin Ryan.


Out in the fresh air for a smoke at Bob Grants are L to R: Aidan O'Meara, Willie O'Meara, Dan Gorey and Teddy Morrissey.

Photographed outside the Abymill are L to R: Peter Gough, James Smyth and Glen O'Meara

Larry Kehoe, 'Happy as Larry' on Main Street

Fethard lads outside Barmore Shop on Main Street. L to R: Edmund Sheehan, Eoin O'Connell, Adrian Lawrence, Kieran O'Connell, Darren Prout, Adam Power, Colm Bradshaw, Thomas O'Connell and Robert Aherne (hidden).

The numbers drawn in the Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 1st June were: 2, 12, 13 and 23. There was no Jackpot winner, and two "Match 3" winner who received €75 each:
Bernadette McManus, Burke Street, Fethard
Margaret Bradshaw, Congress Terrace, Fethard
Lucky dip winners of €50 each were:
Kenneth Sheehan, Derryluskin, Fethard
Ann McGrath, Cahir Road, Ardfinnan
Jason Nevin, Jesuits Walk, Fethard
Next weeks Jackpot is €7,150. Jackpot sellers prize €605.

The Fethard Historical Society has organised a trip to Dublin on Friday 18th / Saturday 19th June 2004.

Train will leave from Thurles at 3pm on Friday 18th June.  Return fare will cost €30 approx.  Following the very successful launch of the ‘Fethard Town Atlas’ in the Abymill last February, the Society has been invited to visit the Royal Irish Academy from 5.30 to 7.00pm for a reception and tour of the Academy.  Overnight accommodation has been booked at the Harcourt Hotel (room only) at €39 per person sharing.  Limited availability, so those wishing to stay in the hotel please contact Terry Cunningham as soon as possible.

On Saturday 19th June at 10.30am, we will start with a Guided tour of the National Library where we will also have the opportunity to see Cromwell's letter in which he refers to Fethard. The James Joyce "Rejoyce" exhibition is also on display in the Library.

We visit to the National Museum, Kildare Street, at 2pm to view, among other things, the Medieval Fethard Statues.  At 2.30pm (optional) there will be a ‘1916 Rebellion Walking Tour of Dublin’.  Train departs from Dublin at 7pm.

Members intending to travel please book as soon as possible with Terry Cunningham, Tel: 052 23402 or Mary Hanrahan Tel: 052 32141, Mobile:  087 9009722.

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