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Monday 14th August 2006

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McManus Grocery Shop and House for Sale

Following the decision to retire from business, Bernadette and Peter McManus have decided to sell their thriving Burkes Street business and retire to their new house built overlooking the Clashawley River.
For those interested in purchasing a business and dwelling house combined, you can get details and photographs from the following link READ MORE

Fethard Town Wall a Protected Structure
South Tipperary County Council, are proposing to include the entire Fethard Town Wall in the list of Protected Structures. Local residents, whose lands are adjacent to the Town Wall, have been notified. The proposed amendment will be on public display at the Council Offices until Tuesday 22nd August.

Submissions or observations can be emailed to or in writing to Marie McGivern, Administrative Officer, Planning Section, South Tipperary County Council, Clonmel, on or before 4.30pm on Tuesday 22nd August 2006.

Fethard Leixlip Wedding

Congratulations to Eric, son of Margaret and Pat O’Donnell, Monroe, Fethard, and Ailbhe Kinsella, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, who were married on Saturday 5th August in Leixlip.

Members of the McCarthy family, born of the late Tommy and Nora McCarthy, formerly from The Green and St. Patrick's Place. L to R: Tony, now living in Clonmel; Teresa (Morrissey), Ballymacarbry; Margaret (O'Donnell), Monroe; Don, now living in Leixlip; Angela (Barrett), Ardfinnan; twins Marian (O'Connor) and Michael, both living in Fethard.

Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard and Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 15th August at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.

The Ned Kelly Story on Stage

Australian author and director, Brenda Addie, photographed in McCarthy's Hotel after her rehearsal in the Abymill on Tuesday night 8th August. L to R: Frank O'Reilly, Terry Cunningham, Johnny O'Connor, Mary O'Connor, Brenda Addie and Rita Kenny.

Australian author and director, Brenda Addie, will be in the Abymill Theatre this Friday night to direct a Stage Reading of ‘Quilting the Armour’– the story of the Kelly women, co-written  by Brenda Addie, Jeannie Haughton  and Rosemary Johns from an idea by Helen Morris.

An enthusiastic group of local actors and actresses are joining up with the author and in four days are getting the show on the road, and a cast of over ten will perform the stage reading with local musicians adding ‘a soundtrack’ to the production.

Brenda Addie has a thirty-year career in the performing arts and has worked with some real luminaries like Meryl Streep and Michael York, and in Fethard she will  meet some more ‘famous’ actors that she can add to her list!

The play ‘Quilting the Armour’ is mainly the story of the Kelly women especially Ned’s mother and sisters. The play was written (in 2005) for the 125th anniversary of the famous siege at Glenrowen where Ned Kelly was finally captured when the police shot at his legs, as the rest of his body was covered by the heavy home-made metal armour that he was wearing. The title of the play refers of course to the famous armour, which in turn became an iconic theme in the paintings of artist Sydney Nolan, and the print he donated some years ago can be seen hanging in the Abymill.

So the Fethard performance of the stage reading of the play should be an unique event and afterwards the author will join in on a discussion with the audience, both on the play itself, and also on the whole Kelly story and how it has become a central part of the whole Australian folk experience.

The performance will begin at 8pm on this Friday, 11th August, the entrance fee is €4, and afterwards refreshments will be available to all who attend the Irish premier of this new Kelly play.

Frank Purcell Memorial Golf Classic

Family and friends of the late Frank Purcell met at Croke Park to launch the Frank Purcell Memorial Golf Classic in aid of Trust which takes place in Slievenamon Golf Club on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August. Back L to R: Chris Coen, John Leahy, Alice Leahy, Babs Keating, Annette McCarthy, Tom Purcell, Gerard Purcell, Charlie Best. Front L to R: Caroline Murtagh, Gerard Horan, Michael Keating and Charlie Murtagh.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday 9th August were 5, 22, 29 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and one ‘Match 3’ winner who received €150:
Trehy Children, Mobarnane, Fethard.

The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Sarah Bryan, Kiltinan Castle Stud, Fethard;
Maureen, Kate & Lucy Whyte, Main Street, Fethard;
Anthony Coffey, Burke St., Fethard.
Next weeks Jackpot is €6,300 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €630.

Fethard and Killusty Community Games

Medallists at the recent Model Making County Finals L to R: Jack Connolly (The Green), bronze medal uunder-14; Andrew Maguire (Annsgift), gold medal under-14; and Michael Halley (Abbey Court), bronze medal under-10.

Best of luck to Andrew Maguire who will contest the HSE Community Games National Model Making Finals in Mosney next week. Competition takes place on Sunday morning at 9.30am. Philip Maher swims in the National Aquatic Centre on Sunday also. On Saturday Jack Ward competes in Art at 9.30am and Laura Rice competes in Art at 2.30pm.

Philip Maher, Ballybough, who will contest the under-12 freestyle swimming event at HSE Community Games National Finals

Judo commences at 10am when Lorraine Feery, Gary Bradshaw and Padraig O’Shea all take their chance.

The first volleyball semifinal is Ulster v Munster and the second is Connaught v Leinster. The boys play Milford (Donegal), and the girls play Tydavnet (Monaghan). If they win their respective semifinals on Saturday, they will then meet the winners of the second semifinal, which in the boys match will be either Drumshanbo (Leitrim), or Graigcullen (Carlow); and in the girls game, either Claremorris (Mayo) or Graigcullen (Carlow).  The final and play off matches are on Sunday. Both Padraig O’Shea and Laura Rice now have double bookings as they are also members of the volleyball teams.

Track suits on loan for the weekend will be given to all competitors at the Tirry Community Centre on next Thursday evening, 17th August at 7pm sharp. These tracksuits must be returned laundered and in perfect condition by Tuesday 22nd August as they are required for athletes on the second weekend.

Best of luck to all competitors.  Further details of programme on sports page of Nationalist or for enquiries, contact the Community Game Office Tel: 052 31906.

Fethard and District Juvenile Rugby Club

L to R: Tony Dalton (Saucestown), Alan Connolly (Garrinch) and P.J. Colville (Railstown) after completing their round of golf at the Fethard and District Juvenile Rugby Club Golf Classic at Slievenamon Golf Club.

Fethard and District Juvenile Rugby Club wish to thank most sincerely all those who supported their highly successful golf classic held at Slievenamon Golf Course last week.

Died Recently
We record the death of Edward Trehy, Kilnockin, Fethard, who died on 2nd August. Remains were removed to the Augustinian Abbey on Friday 4th August. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery following 11.30am Requiem Mass on Saturday.

The late Neddy Trehy photographed with friends some years ago at a community function in Fethard Ballroom. L to R: Biddy Trehy, Paddy and Joan Heffernan, Neddy Trehy, Dermot Rice and Percy O’Flynn.

SSIA and the Art of Spending
As soon as the SSIA money started to mature, there was a frenzy of institutions trying to relieve people of their cash. You couldn’t open a paper or magazine, listen to a radio show or turn on your television without being bombarded by SSIA advice. Most of the advice appeared to be ignoring the reason for the Government handout in the first place, which was to encourage people to start saving money instead of spending it at an alarming rate. It is, of course, in the Government’s best interest to get us to save for our old age, so that they won’t have to provide for us in an era when the general populace is living longer.

And so we’ve been bombarded with people soliciting their wares. Buy a new car, get a new conservatory, add a deck to your house, or buy a property in exotic Swaziland. Or just cut yourself off from the world for a few weeks and discover yourself on a luxury holiday in the Amazonian jungle with only an exotic bird nibbling your ear to wake you in the morning. Aah . . . the SSIA bliss!

And then this week, as I waited to be served in the bank, I perused one of their brochures. It pointed out a list of options for investment. The risks varied from low to medium to high. And then I turned the page. Investment in Art was the general subject. The man who wrote the column whinged about the day that he had been offered a Jack B Yeats painting for a mere £3,000 back in the pre Celtic Tiger days. He passed up on the offer and recently saw the same painting sold for over £90,000. Not once did he mention the beauty of the piece or the merits of the artist. I just hope that the painting is adorning a wall somewhere and not the drawer of a bank vault rising in value because the artist is currently very fashionable. I will leave the final word on this matter to the New Zealand Artist Pat Hanly, who, upon hearing that his paintings had become a good investment, as opposed to good art, said about the purchasers, “I hope that the paintings fall off the wall and kill them”.
 — (N Gawe)

Mary’s Band receives a great reception

Mary Morrissey photographed in Fethard with her band. L to R: Mick O'Donnell (lead), Victor Allen (bass), Mary Morrissey (vocals), Phil Overhead (drums) and Brendan Kavanagh (keyboards).

Mary Morrissey, originally from St. Patrick's Place and now living in England, played with her band on Sunday 6th August in the Fethard Arms to a large appreciative crowd of friends and supporters. Mary led her talented band of musicians through a broad selection of music ranging from country to hits from the sixties. The dance floor remained full where many of Mary’s school friends renewed their acquaintance. Mary’s last number of the night was ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ — a very relevant song for the many who had to leave Ireland to work in foreign countries.

On Saturday night, at a family function at Slievenamon Golf Club, Mary happily announced her engagement to long time friend and partner Mike Falsey. We wish them both a great future.

Mary and her band are booked to play at this year's Fethard/ London Reunion later in the year. Further details to follow.

Children Helping Children

Members of Fethard ‘Children helping Children’ committee present proceeds of their fundraising to Sr. Winnie.

The ‘Children helping Children’ committee would like to thank all those who generously donated prizes, bought tickets, and helped to see tickets for their recent fundraising event. Over €1,000 was raised for the Presentation Sisters Missions in Zimbabwe and presented to Sr. Winnie, Presentation Convent Fethard.

Sliabh na mBan Holy Year Cross
Our annual pilgrimage to the Holy Year Cross takes place this coming Sunday August 13th with ceremonies beginning at 2 o'clock at the hill wall. For those who intend to make the climb, please allow at least 20 minutes to walk from the car park in O'Donnell's field. Rosary will be recited at the mass rock for those who are unable to make the climb. Mass will be celebrated on the return of the walkers. This will take place at approx 4.15pm.

Fethard Juvenile GAA Club
The under-6, 8 and 10s will recommence training on this Friday night from 7 to 8.30pm. All children are asked to attend and bring their hurleys and helmets as training will be for both hurling and football. Please make every effort to attend as numbers have been small for previous weeks. Competitions for these ages will be coming up soon and training is vital.

The under-8s played a ground-hurling tournament at the Rosegreen field day last Sunday and did extremely well to win out the competition. The captain, Dean Kenny, led by example and was outstanding on the day, as were, Owen O’Donovan, Dean Dorney, Jessie McCormack, Jack Ward, Ross McCormack, Shane Curran, Tom Morgan, Derek O’Brien and Aimee O’Donovan. Well done to all the lads. Also well done to Tommy Sheehan who had the highest score on the target shooting in hurling, and Owen Dillon on winning the penalty shoot out — all on the same day.

The under-14 hurlers are now down to the quarterfinal stages with one game yet to be played against Mullinahone this weekend. These boys are doing very well in the league stages. Keep it up lads.

The under-16s have three games yet to play with one win and loss so far. These games will be vital to secure a semi-final spot and the team are proving very capable of playing in this grade. A bit more support would be appreciated for these young lads.

Our annual Summer Camp will commence on the 21st to the 25th August. This has always been a great success and more of the same will be guaranteed for this year. Anyone wishing to enrol their child please contact the secretary as soon as possible on Tel: 086 1713502 as places are limited and filling up fast this year.  A complete camp kit will be on offer and these will also be limited.


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