Presley family visit Fethard
The visit was a low-key affair and the family and their entourage were able to enjoy a few pints and the singsong that started without the popping of paparazzi cameras. They were happy to pose for a picture for the McCarthy family to hang on the wall before heading back to Gurteen.
Day Care Centre Donation
With the White Heather Harriers
The weather perhaps and maybe even the hunting could have been better. However, it is all part of this great sport, you take it, weather and hunting, as it comes always remembering that there is no such thing as a bad days hunting, some days are just better than others, and it truly can be said a most enjoyable day was had by all. Thanks to the committees of both packs who organised the day’s sport and the refreshments and to joint-huntsmen on the day, Donie Slattery of the White Heather Harriers and Seamus Kelly, Master and huntsman of the Jessfield Harriers.
Fethard GAA Club News
Fethard Bridge Club Results
On Wednesday next 17th January we play for prizes sponsored by Berney Myles and Alice Quinn. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 32038.
Open Coursing Club Draw Results
The Committee would like to express their sincere thanks to all who supported their draw.
Photo from the Past
The Camp at Market Hill 1832
(Tithe, generally defined as, “the tenth part of the increase arising from the profits of land and stock”, was a tax on all agricultural land excepting only church lands and glebes and urban areas. The Act of Union was passed in 1801. This controversial British legislation bolstered the status of Protestant landowners, and the imposition of exorbitant rents and heavy tithes on lands leased by Catholic tenant farmers brought extreme poverty to the county. Evictions throughout the 19th century were all too frequent and often merciless. The rise of Daniel O'Connell gave the oppressed a voice, however, and anti-tithe protests and mass meeting were widespread across the county. In response to public outrage amongst Irish farmers, the first Tenant Protection Society was established at Callan village, County Kilkenny. Its aim was to obtain fixed rents for tenant farmers. Its members also pledged not to take the land of any evicted tenant who had been prepared to pay a set, fixed rent.)
“An early hour on Sunday morning, 16th July 1832, Market hill (the place appointed for holding an Anti-Tithe meeting) was covered by a large military and police force, consisting of detachments from the 6th Dragoons, 97th Infantry, and 92nd Highlanders, some Artillery, and three pieces of cannon, headed by Doctor Fitzgerald, Stipendiary Magistrate. The entire of this formidable array, held undisputed possession of the Hill, and the Officers in command evidently used their knowledge of tactics in disposing their forces on the ground; thus they continued until about one o’clock, when Stipendiary Magistrate thought proper to withdraw a ‘portion’ of his Majesty’s forces, and entered the town leaving still however, the Artillery, Highlanders, and a few Dragoons to prevent, I suppose, the hill from being taken by surprise, of which you may rest assured there was no danger, as, tho’ the town was thronged with people, there was not a single man discernable on the Hill but a soldier or a ‘peeler’.
There certainly was also a large congregation of ‘gingerbread women!’ who disappointed as well as others who were to take a more active part in the days proceedings, growled forth their impatience and dissatisfaction at being obliged to stand like weathercocks, subject to the disagreeable wind which blew all day and which bore on each blast a cloud of dust. The effect, however, was truly picturesque; there stood the pieces of the cannon, disposed within a few feet of each other, on a little rising ground, the artillery men standing all around, or leaning on the carriages, with sponge in hand, ready for action; in another space were to be seen the muskets of the foot soldiers, fancifully piled, with their owners lying leisurely round, or sauntering idly in their vicinity.
In one quarter were groups of officers of the different regiments, some dismounted, leaning on their horses, other on their swords beneath them the town, towards which every eye was turned and all discussing the one grand topic, viz, the ridiculous figure they cut in being obliged to stand the gaping of all the little country boys and girls, who were the only witness on the hill to admire this military display.
I should have stated that owing to some defect in the requisition calling the anti-tithe meeting that its postponement had taken place, of which course the magistrate and military were not aware, nor were many also who came from any great distance and who thronged the town. Some expressions of a hostile nature to the people, having fallen from the military and being communicated to the respected Parish Priest, he with the most praiseworthy activity, proceeded in person to clear the town of strangers, in which good work he was well seconded by the Rev Messrs Burke and Laffan. Mr John O’Meagher, Doctor Kelly, Mr William Hickey at student of St. Johns College. I never saw anything more peaceable than the conduct of the people who were not to be goaded into any breach of the law I am sorry, I cannot speak in terms of praise of the military here you could not say, ‘That many a rose is born to blush unseen’.
For only the ‘Rose’ present was the Major who was so conspicuous at Cullen. This man seemed, by his bearing, to forget the trials which his own country, Scotland, endured, during her memorable resistance to church innovation. The police were more steadily and well conducted, but there was no one to commit a breach of the peace, or to come within the meaning of Sir William Gossett’s circular, except ‘Florence the fool’ and Hawks a pensioner. Poor Florence wore green ribands in is cap and that was enough to cause ‘terror and alarm’. Hawks is a ‘Waterloo hero’, he is quite deaf, and when the military were marching into town he did not hear the horses approaching until on of them trod on his heels. Hawks raised up his arm to protect himself and to keep the horse back the dragoon drew his sword and swore he would make use of it, if Hawks did not go out of the way. Hawks and the fool were put under an arrest, and the redoubted Major Rose pledged ‘his honour’ he would deprive the brave Waterloo man of his pension.
With these exceptions, the military and police here found nothing to criminate the uniformly well-conducted people of Fethard, (or of the other persons who assembled from different parts of the country during the day).”
Dumping at Watergate
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Fethard & Killusty Community Council