Adam Strikes Gold For Fethard Athletic Club
We had to wait until very late in the evening to strike gold with Adam O'Donnell running a fantastic race to win the boys under-16 3000m race. A well deserved win for an athlete who is improving with every run. Again well done to all athletes and thanks to all parents that travelled to Templemore. Training continues for a few more weeks every Monday and Wednesday from 6.30 to 7.30pm.
Fethard Historical Society
Meetings are held in the Abymill Theatre (upstairs) on the last Tuesday of every month at 8.30pm and new members are always welcome to join.
Artist makes donation to St. Bernard’s Group Homes
Mary has donated 10% of sales from her current exhibition ‘Flow’ to St. Bernard Group Homes in Fethard. This very generous donation will be presented by Mary and Aisling Kilroy, proprietor Narrow Space Gallery, Clonmel, to Sr. Éilis Bergin, Director St. Bernard Group Homes, in the coming week.
A brief history of St. Bernard’s Group Homes:
The Parish of Red City
This Parish is bounded on the west by the Parish of Moorestown; on the north by the Parish of Barrettsgrange; on the east by the Parish of Donoghmore Moyfeven, and on the south by those of Donaghmore aforesaid, Aglish and Bally-Clerehan.
The name of this Parish is in Irish Cathair Dhearg, which signifies Red Fort; but as Cathair is the modern for city it has been locally translated Red City. Cathair signifies a stone-fort and the name was originally applied to a circular fort constructed of red sandstone, near which the old Church was built but this fort is now completely destroyed and every trace of it removed off the surface of the land.
The old Church of Red City or Caherderg is situated about three quarters of a mile westwards of the Town of Fethard; It was divided into nave and choir, the former measuring thirty feet six inches in length and nineteen feet six inches in breadth and the latter twenty two feet in length and seventeen feet in breadth. All its features are now destroyed. The sidewalls of the nave are twelve feet in height and three feet in thickness. It is built of limestones irregularly laid and cemented with excellent lime and sand mortar.
The old Church of Colman is also in this Parish, lying about two miles to the west of the Town of Fethard. It is not divided into nave and choir but is an oblong building in utter ruin. It measures in length on the inside sixty-one feet six inches in length; twenty three feet six filches in breadth. All its windows and doorways are completely destroyed, and of the sidewalls and gables only fragments remain, the most perfect of these fragments is on the south side; it is three feet six inches in thickness and about ten feet in height. It is built of rude limestones irregularly laid and cemented with lime and sand mortar. Its graveyard is deserted.
In the Townland of Rathdrum in this Parish is situated a butt of a castle about sixteen feet in height it measures on the outside thirty six feet six inches by twenty six feet six Inches and its walls are six feet six inches in thickness and built of good blocks of limestone grouted.
The first floor was of wood, as is evident from the projecting stones to support the joists; the second floor rested on a strong arch, which still remains, but from this up is now only a castle of air.
The corners of this building are rounded a little on the outside and built of good blocks of limestone chiselled. The windows lighting the ground floor are narrow and roundtopped. The doorway is on the southwest side, is pointed and fragments of a staircase leading to the arch floor are visible. The window lighting the second floor is pointed. (See sketch by George Du Noyer, c.1840 available from the Royal Society of Antiquities of Ireland).
Saratoga-Fethard Sister City project
“We feel the governmental structure best to pursue this relationship is our town government in the Town of Saratoga. I would expect the Sister City International could accommodate this, or else we can propose that we be the first American town to do so. The Town includes the multiple sites of the battles of Saratoga and lies west of Saratoga Lake to the western banks of the Hudson River. There are two villages, Schuylerville (also referenced as Old Saratoga) and Victory. In 1777, Gen. Burgoyne surrendered here. An Irish wild geese emigrant and long-distance sharpshooter, Timothy Murphy, allegedly killed Burgoyne's Aide-De-Camp and mortally wounded his best field commander, Gen Simon Frasier of Scotland. Our Saratoga County Hibernians rededicate our monument to Mr Murphy every October in the Saratoga National Historical Park.
By our Thursday evening 10th May with the Town of Saratoga's five council members, I will expect to have conceptual agreement to foster a relationship from them, with support from:
Further, I have talked to the Superintendent of the Schuylerville School District and representatives of the Schuylerville Lions' Club International. I will contact the Saratoga National Historical Park Director and the McMahon Thoroughbred Farm, where the 2004 Kentucky Derby winner, Funnycide, was foaled.
It's a grand proposal which I believe we can bring together. Sláinte, Dave Cummings.”
Fethard Bridge Club Results
Our end of season party will be held at the Fairways Restaurant, Slievenamon Golf Club, on Friday 11th May, and our AGM will be held in the Tirry Centre on Wednesday 16th May at 7pm sharp followed by a game of bridge
Anyone looking for a partner for the President’s Prize please contact Berney Myles at 32038.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The three €50 Lucky Dip winners were:
Next week’s Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1,000.
Community Games Area Athletics Results
The results of the Fethard & Killusty Community Games Area Athletics, which took place in Fethard Community Sportsfield last week, are as follows.
Boys Under-8 60m: 1st Mark Heffernan, 2nd Darragh Lynch.
First two in each event have qualified for the County Finals which will take place in Nenagh on Sunday 27th May commencing at 1pm. Entry fee €2 to be paid at the Community Games Office.
This Society has a long tradition of promoting and encouraging talent, young and old, enabling them to get involved and take pride in their own Musical Society. Remember, from little acorns oak trees grow.
Our next production will be staged in November ’07, but now is the time for forward planning and besides we love meeting up for a chat! So come along, get involved, make new friends and have fun. You might even come with us on one of our weekends away. You can’t say you weren’t asked! All are welcome.
Ar Scáth A Chéile A Mhaireann Na Ndaoine. See you there!
Enjoying the recent good weather
Fethard GAA Club News
Our next game in the County Championship will be against Clonmel Commercials on Saturday 26th May in Clonmel. Our first round of the South Championship will be against Ardfinnan.
Our Minor Football B South Championship game against Carrick Davins was played in Kilsheelan on Friday 4th May, which was a very close game that went in our favour in the final 10 minutes on a scoreline, Fethard 0-9, Carrick Davins 1-3.
The team was: J P McGrath (Sparagoulea), Cathal Gorey (Jesuit Walk), Adrian Lawrence (Woodvale Walk), Ciaran O’Connell (Coolmoyne), James Kelly (Rathvin), Alan O’Connor (St. Patricks Place), Dean Tobin (Woodvale Walk) 0-1, Declan Doyle 0-2 (Strylea), Aaron O’Donovan (The Valley), Eoin O’Connell (Coolmoyne), Chris Sheehan 0-4 (3f) (Woodvale Walk), Tom O’Connell (Coolmoyne), Gavin Fitzgerald (Cashel Rd), Jack O’Sullivan (Main St), Eoin Condon (Woodvale Walk). Subs used: Ben Walsh (Main Street) for Jack O’Sullivan, Kieran Ryan (Slievenamon Close) for Eoin Condon. Our next game is on the 16th May in Cloneen against Ballingarry.
In Intermediate Hurling on Sunday next 13th May at 2pm, we start the defence of our title with a game against Ballyneale in Clonmel.
Thanks for your continued support for our County Board Draw. Our promoters are now on the road and in full swing again. Tickets €100 for the year or €10 per month with great prizes on offer. First draw on Friday 25th May.
The South Board Centenary Celebrations are still ongoing and we must thank Tony Newport for a lovely Oration on DP Walsh at his graveside in Powerstown on Sunday 6th May. The Fethard graveside orations are coming up shortly.
Our Lotto Jackpot €4,800 was not won. The numbers drawn were 21, 23, 25 and 32. We had no match three winners. €30 went to the following: Abigail Doyle (The Green), Martin Ryan (Lismortagh), Megan Coen (The Green), Ann Marie Butler (Main Street), Jillian Breen (Main Street). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Helen Smith (41 Fairfields, Clonmel). Thanks to Clonmel Oil for providing the Tickets.Our sympathy are at this time with the family of Willie O’Donnell (Cashel Rd), the family of Michael Coffey (USA formerly the Valley) on their recent bereavements. Go ndeanai Dhia trocaire are an ainmeacha.