Congratulations to Paddy Lawrence, Fr. Tirry Park, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday. It's great to see Paddy still having a flutter on the horses!
Action plan to develop Fethard as major tourist attraction
Consultants have drawn up an action plan to transform the medieval walled town of Fethard into a tourist destination of national significance. Conservation of the town's historic walls, the development of a walking route around the walls, the upgrading of the town's river walk and building a tourism visitor centre are among the projects proposed in the 15 point action plan devised by The Paul Hogart Company. The company was commissioned by South Tipperary Co. Council to conduct a "Public Realm" study of Fethard's tourism needs.
James Hennessy of the Paul Hogart Company gave a presentation on their findings at this month's Co. Council meeting and outlined a 15 point plan of middle to long term projects to develop Fethard's tourism potential. He told councillors that Fethard was a "treasure trove" of historical attractions and had "world class" tourism potential as it was one of the few intact medieval walled towns.
The aim of their plan was to elevate Fethard to a tourist attraction of "national significance" as part of a network of historic towns.
Top of the list of projects in the Public Realm action plan for the town is to conserve the town walls as a matter of urgency and preserve the historical gateways.
It is proposed to create a walking route around the circuit of the walls, improve the approach roads to the town, carry out a series of landscaping projects and showcase the town's heritage sites at night with artistic lighting.
Also included in the plan is a proposal to improve and extend the town's river walk, which the consultants describe as a "fantastic asset" to the town. And the consultants have suggested the establishment of a "tourism gateway facility", which will be tourists' first port of call to find out information on the town's history and where to find the heritage sites. Other initiatives listed in the action plan are increasing tourism accommodation, encouraging residents to improve their home and business frontages, promoting equine activities and the town's associations with the equine industry and improving traffic flow and accessibility.
Mr Hennessy said Fethard was undergoing a period of change with a lot of new housing built in the town. It was important to consider the character and design of this type of development so it didn't compromise the town's character, he stressed.
He also stressed that it was essential that this plan was not "just pie in the sky".
"The Council has formed an implementation group for the public realm action plan and it will be working with the Heritage Council and Tourism Ireland to secure funding to implement it," he informed councillors. Cllr. Jimmy O'Brien said he hoped the plan would be a "stepping stone" for Fethard's future and agreed with the study's finding that more tourism accommodation was needed in the town.
Fethard was one of the finest examples of a medieval walled town and it had huge potential for tourism, he added.
— (Aileen Hahesy, Nationalist Saturday 28th June)
Died in England
The death has occurred in England of Alice Hanrahan, Chiswick, London, formerly Alice Phelan, Castleblake, Rosegreen. Remains will leave McCarthy's Funeral Parlour at 7pm on Sunday 6th July for Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard. Requiem Mass at 11am on Monday followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Noel and Mary Colville have cultivated a beautiful Lavender hedge on the driveway to their home at Ballintemple. Mary says, the hedge has taken five years to mature and this year’s bloom is the best yet. The Lavender flowers don’t last too long but create a wonderful display when in full bloom.
Lavenders are widely grown in gardens. Flower spikes are used for dried flower arrangements. The fragrant, pale purple flowers and flower buds are used in potpourris to give a fresh fragrance to homes. The plant is also grown commercially for extraction of lavender oil from the flowers. This oil is used as an antiseptic and for aromatherapy. Lavender flowers yield abundant nectar which yields a high quality honey for beekeepers. Lavender is also used as a herb, either alone or as an ingredient of herbes de Provence. Lavender is also used to flavour sugar, the product being called "lavender sugar", and the flowers are sometimes sold in a blend with black tea, as "lavender tea".
Died Recently in England The death has occurred in England on Monday 30th June of Nessa Shine, formerly Nessa O'Donovan, Burke Street, Fethard.
Reposing at Cribbs Funeral Parlour, Wollwich, Manor Way, Beckton, and leaving to arrive at St. Anthony's Church, Forest Gate, East London, at 5pm on Tuesday 8th July.
Requiem Mass at 10am on Wednesday followed by burial at East London Cemetery.
Great support for Leg Waxing
On Sunday night last the Castle Inn was buzzing with excitement as lots of young men bared their legs to have them waxed by expert Carly Walsh, who enjoyed watching their brave faces, knowing the suffering hidden underneath. Well to their credit, a tremendous grand total of €3,571 was raised on the night without a whimper of complaint. Some of the lads really enjoyed the bare feeling and went one step further and had their heads shaved, and others their chest and armpits. CLICK TO SEE MORE PHOTOGRAPHS
Carly Walsh demonstrating the 'easy way' to remove the strip of wax from Noel Ryan's leg at the Castle Inn last Sunday night.
Proprietor of the Castle Inn, Noel Sharpe, also joined in and agreed to have his well-nurtured moustache taken off for the cause. The crowd failed to convince Deputy Mattie McGrath to shed a few hairs but his party was well supported with the earlier attendance of Cllr Siobhán Ambrose and future candidate Benny Tynan. Annette O’Donovan helped with the head shaves while punters queued up with donations to tear strips of wax and hair from the willing victims. A great crowd came and supported the event, which was run in aid of Childline, a charity dedicated to all children and young people up to the age of 18 years in Ireland. Well done to all concerned! CLICK TO SEE MORE PHOTOGRAPHS
Paudie O'Brien having his chest and armpits waxed by Carly Walsh for Childline Charity at the Castle Inn last Sunday night. A total of €3,571 was raised.
Waiting to have their legs waxed in aid of Childline Charity at The Castle Inn are L to R: Paudie O'Brien, Peter Tynan, Lar Looby and Kevin White.
Paddy Cooney having his head shaved by Annette O'Donovan for Childline Charity at the Castle Inn.
Enjoying the craic at the Leg Wax in aid of Childline at The Castle Inn are L to R: Ellen O'Brien, Cora McGarry, Edwina McGrath and Edwina Condon. CLICK TO SEE MORE PHOTOGRAPHS
Irish Heart Foundation
A huge ‘thank you’ to all who so generously supported the Irish Heart Foundation Collection last weekend. A grand total of €1,180 was collected.
Former pupil of Presentation Convent Fethard
My name is Mary Gibbs, nee Gleeson. I was a pupil at The Presentation Convent Fethard during 1960s. My best friends were Maura Frewen, Sheila Ryan and also the Dargan sisters. I would love to hear from anyone of that time. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fethard Ladies Football Golf Classic
The club are appealing to all those interested in golf to please support the Tipperary Ladies Football 3rd Annual Golf Classic which will take place in Cahir Park Golf Club on Friday 11th July. It is possible to be a main sponsor for €1500. Sponsor any one of the first four prizes for €500; sponsor a team €200; sponsor a T-Box €100; or sponsor some of the raffle prizes.
For tee-off times please contact Denis Collins on Tel: 056 7725511 or 086 8165778, or Biddy Ryan Secretary at Tel: 052 66146. This is a very worthy cause and the organisers would appreciate all the help they can get so please enter a team and enjoy a great day out.
Acorn Childcare Project '80s Disco'
Photographed at the 80s Disco at Slievenamon Golf Course in aid of the Acorn Childcare Project, Fethard, are L to R: Hilary Hayes, Paul Hayes and Niamh Hayes.
Acorn Childcare Project committee members photographed at their fundraising disco at Slievenamon Golf Club L to R: Imelda Ryan, Claire O'Brien, Mary O'Mahoney, Richard O'Connell, Carmel Kiely, Cllr Jimmy O'Brien, Helena O'Shea and Gillian Collier.
Group photographed at the 80s Disco at Slievenamon Golf Course in aid of the Acorn Childcare Project, Fethard.
Photographed at the 80s Disco at Slievenamon Golf Course in aid of the Acorn Childcare Project, Fethard, are L to R: Tara O'Brien, Pamela Ryan, Kerry McGrath and Lisa Williams.
Mary Costello and Mary Kane photographed at the 80s Disco at Slievenamon Golf Course in aid of the Acorn Childcare Project, Fethard.
Photographed at the 80s Disco at Slievenamon Golf Course in aid of the Acorn Childcare Project, Fethard, are L to R: Mary Shanahan, Patsy Rahilly and Monica Hickey.
Fethard Macra going from strength to strength!
What a busy month Fethard Macra has in store! To kick off with club members are organizing a raft for the annual Raft Race taking place in Golden on 5th July. Once again this year promises to be a splashing time for all involved so don’t forget your raincoat and brolly!
On Sunday, 6th July we are taking part in the Donkey Derby in the Clonmel Show. This event is always great fun especially for the spectators!
Fethard Macra is looking forward to hosting the only ‘Know Your Neighbour’ event taking place in South Tipp this year. ‘KYN’ is a nationwide Macra event sponsored by the ESB. The goal is that in this frantic, hectic, busy world of ours that we take a little time out to get to know our neighbour. To that end we are pleased to announce that in support of ‘Fethard Acorn Childcare Committee’ we are hosting a ‘Variety Card Night’ in McCarthy’s Hotel, Fethard on Friday, 11th July at 9pm. Prize games of ‘Progressive 25’ and ‘Poker’ will be played and also games of ‘In-between’ and ‘21’ to mention a few. Top prizes on the night will be up to €100 with spot prizes galore. So come along, get to know your neighbours, support two great ventures and have a fun night out whether observing or participating.
We also actively encourage any of our neighbours or anybody interested in joining our Macra club from surrounding parishes such as Killenaule, Drangan and Cloneen to come along on the night. We welcome our four new members to the club and encourage and welcome any more new and potential members. For further information contact Michael at Tel: 087-9019443 or Una at Tel: 087-6882683.
Fethard Walled Towns Festival – 24th August
This is a recording from last year's Fethard Walled Towns Day Festival, which promises to be even better this year with the same line up and more. Put the date in your diary — Sunday 24th August 2008! Badgers Over-30s Soccer Club
Apologies for this late entry, which is like my game, sometimes a bit behind. Our AGM was held on 9th May, at which all the officers were re-elected bar one, belated congratulations to Kevin “O” Dwyer on his appointment as Chairman.
The season has begun well with another victory over the Clonmel post office team last week. On our return to the community field from Killenaule there were some rumbles of complaint that the ground was a bit hard. Thankfully, or not, those rumbles have ceased with the advent of a wet and windy end to the month. Nevertheless, numbers have dwindled slightly and there is absolutely no excuse as the European Cup is now finished. All over 30s are welcome to come and try out every Wednesday night from 8pm til 9.30ish. It’s a great work out and the craic is good too. But don't take my word for it!
Sale Now On!
Call to Town & County Interiors on Main Street, Fethard, and see the wide range of goods available in their sale. Town & County also specialise in interior design and garden design. Tel: 052 32805.
Second Leg of Golf Classic for Kabongo Patrician Brothers Project
The organising committee of the Kabongo fundraising Golf Classic, supported by the Rotary Clubs of Portlaoise & Eldoret, held on Friday 20th June 2008 at Slievenamon Golf Club would like to thank all those who supported the event which raised much needed funds for the development of a Secondary School at Kabongo Eldoret. "We would very much like to thank all those that entered teams, sponsored tee box signs, provided raffle prizes or made donations to the project,” says Margaret Ryan, fundraising co-ordinator for the classic.
The Slievenamon Classic was the first of the two classics to be held this year, the second classic will be held on Monday 29th September in Mount Wolseley Golf Club, beautifully situated in the tranquil countryside of Tullow, Co. Carlow. Both classics are supported by Rotary International Fund, which provides matched funding for the Kabongo Project. This is an added boost to the overall funds raised all of which will go directly to the project.
Anyone interested in supporting the 2nd leg of this fund raising event can contact Margaret Ryan, Tel: 045 525563. The Mount Wolseley Classic is a shotgun start classic at 12.30pm. Teams of four cost €400 which includes dinner in hotel. This classic is limited to twenty teams and will be sold on first come first booked basis.
The organisers would like to especially thank the members of staff at the Slievenamon Golf Club and in particular Brendan Kenny who provided every support in making the day a success. A special word of thanks is also extended to all the restaurant staff who presented excellent fare for the team players and organisers.
The support by the local community many of whom were past pupils of Br. Paul was very much appreciated, we would like extend a sincere thanks to Vincent Woodlock and members of the O'Brien family, Cloneen and the Ryan family, Killusty.
The organisers would like to thank the Rotary Clubs of Portlaoise, Eldoret and International Rotary for supporting this very worthwhile project which over the coming four years will provide secondary education to over 300 students, most of whom are already students in the Primary School and existing Patrician Brothers project.
The Secondary School Project is managed by Br. Paul Brennan (Paulinus) who taught in the Patrician School in Fethard before taking up his project role at the Brothers House in Eldoret.
We would like to congratulate Mary Kenrick and her team as overall winners of the classic and winners of the fabulous first prize over night accommodation in Mount Wolseley Hotel and entry to the Golf Classic on 29th September.
Calvary Cemetery Mass Open air mass will be celebrated in Calvary Cemetery on Wednesday 9th July at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend.
Chairman's Reception for Daffodil Day & Cystic Fibrosis
Cllr John Fahey, Chairman South Tipperary County Council, making a presentation to Fethard and Killenaule Daffodil Day Supporters at a Chairman's Reception held at Council Chambers, Clonmel. Back L to R: Honor Davern, Mick Ryan, Mary O'Connell, Lucy Butler, Ann Moloney, Heather Baily, Mary Theresa Fehan, Pat Fehan, Cllr Susan Meagher, Cllr Denis Landy, Eileen O'Donoghue, Fr. James O'Donoghue. Front L to R: Eileen Moloney, Mary McGinn, Ann Connolly, Cllr John Fahey, Chairman South Tipperary County Council, Ina O'Dwyer and Phyllis O'Connell.
Cllr John Fahey, Chairman South Tipperary County Council, making a presentation to the Tipperary Branch of Cystic Fibrosis Association at a Chairman's Reception held at Council Chambers, Clonmel. Back L to R: Kay Gallagher, Patricia Butler, Pat Butler, Evelyn O'Mahoney, Theresa Hurley, Willie Quigley, Bridie Hickey,Kathleen Kelly, Cllr Denis Landy, Cllr Susan Meagher. Front L to R: Mandy Quigley, Mary Walsh, Cllr John Fahey, Chairman South Tipperary County Council, Michael Hickey, and James Kelly.
The death has occurred of Mr Billy Cummins, Dually. Billy was married to Joan Sayers, St. Patrick’s Place, and a brother of Dan Cummins, St. Patrick’s Place. Interment took place in Dually.
The death has occurred in England of Mr John O’Shea, formerly from Ardsallagh, Fethard. John was a brother of Ned O’Shea, Woodvale Walk and a sister of Ann Darcy, Killusty. John was the renowned huntsman of the East Essex Foxhounds from 1974-2005. Interment took place in England.
Moyglass United AGM
The annual general meeting of Moyglass United Soccer Club will take place at 8pm in The Village Inn, Moyglass, on Friday 4th July. All are welcome.
Thanks for your support
Sr. Winnie wishes to thank very sincerely all those who sponsored her, together with Srs. Betty, Juliana and Alice Butler in the June bank holiday Women's Mini marathon. The people of Fethard and surrounding areas have been amazingly generous. The proceeds amounted to €3600 with donations still coming in. A special word of thanks to Alice Butler whose participation and fund raising efforts no doubt enhanced the outcome. Most people are aware, through media coverage these days, of the sorry state of Zimbabwe. There are approximately twenty Presentation Sisters working there at the moment who are enduring extreme shortages and generally very difficult conditions. This sponsorship will be a huge boost in helping to alleviate their many needs.
Where Are You Going On Your Vacation?
Ed Dunphy was going on vacation. He works as a research scientist with a company called Neoclone in Wisconsin in the United States of America. His boss asked him where he was going. He replied that he was going to Ireland and named the usual spots that tourists visit. He also added he was also going to visit a place called Fethard in Co Tipperary. His boss, Deven McGlenn, stunned him when he said that he knew Fethard well, as he had visited quite a few times with his friend Patrick Burke, a native of Fethard who now lives in Milwaukee. Ed told him that his family are originally from Fethard. Both his grandparents had emigrated from the town in the early years of the 20th Century. His granddad went to New York and his grandmother to Boston. His name was Dunphy and hers was Hannigan. There was a bit of an age gap, so they hadn’t met in Fethard, but a mutual acquaintance in New York introduced them. They married and had fifteen children.
Jump forward a hundred years and Ed Dunphy arrives in the town of his ancestors. His boss, Deven, told him to call to McCarthy’s and look for Patrick’s friend Vinny. He called and they met. And because the name Dunphy was unusual in Fethard, Vinny felt that the family would be easy to trace in the funeral records. So he pulled out the old funeral book. Ed knew that his family lived in a place to the north of the town which started with M. Soon, a Mr Dunphy was located in the funeral book, a native of Monroe who was buried in Rathcoole cemetery. A few minutes later, Annette arrived and said that there was a Dunphy house on the Cashel Road. So Ed went off there to see the home patch and then to the cemetery to find the resting place of his ancestors. And this all stemmed from a chance conversation in a corridor in Wisconsin. As the old ad said, “It’s good to talk!”
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 25th June were 14, 20, 21 and 22. We had no Jackpot winner and two "Match 3" winners who received €75 each:
Mary Murphy, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard;
Ruth Morris, Ard Alainn, Fethard.
The three Lucky Dip winners received €50 each:
Dermot Darcy, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard;
Robert & Megan Hackett, Cashel Road, Fethard;
Paddy Butler, Saucestown. Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000. PLAY ONLINE NOW
Fethard Historical Society trip to Carnahalla
Fethard Historical Society has organised a trip on this Thursday, 3rd July, to Carnahalla, gateway to Irelands mythological past, where you will be taken on guided tour of the sacred and prehistoric site, nature trails, woodlands, lakes, artifacts, archaeology and also experience the acoustics of a natural amphitheatre. Walking shoes are sufficient unless we have very wet weather.
Land owner, Tom Coffey, will lead the tour through the 1.5 miles of pathways on his organic farm at 7.30pm. Afterwards, at approximately 9.30pm, buffet food will be served at Carnahalla Centre where we can socialise and have a bit of craic! You are welcome to bring your own wine and music.
The group travelling will meet at Fethard Town Hall at 6.30pm where we can pool cars as necessary. Travelling from Cappawhite to Doon, when one mile from Doon (just on the Limerick border) at bend /bridge, turn left for Toem and the Carnahalla Centre is half mile on that road.
For booking contact Terry at Tel: 052 23402 or 087 0576921. You can also get further information on the Carnahalla Centre at their website: www.carnahalla.com
Loudest Whisper in Butlers Bar
Cork based band, Loudest Whisper, performing the Beatles hit, Eleanor Rigby, in Butlers Bar last Friday night 27th June.
Killusty Pony Show
The forty-fifth Killusty Pony Show will be held this weekend, on Saturday 5th July, at Claremore, Killusty, facing the majestic Slievenamon. A great day’s family entertainment is guaranteed which includes Fancy Dress and a Dog Show. No entry required for the fancy dress and entries on the field for the Dog Show. Now is the time to start preparing!
Fethard GAA Club News
On Saturday last our Intermediate Hurlers consolidated their South Championship League position with a fine display in Cloneen winning on a scoreline, Fethard 3-13, Kilsheelan 0-9, with Aiden Fitzgerald again giving an outstanding display with great assistance from Michael Aherne, Tomás Keane, Eoin O’Connell and Cian Maher.
Fethard Team: Paul Fitzgerald, Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Ahearne, James Kelly, Aidan Lonergan, Michael Ryan, Cian Maher, Christopher Sheehan, Tomas Keane, Benny Hahessy 1-1, Aidan Fitzgerald 1-6, Dean Tobin, Eoin O’Connell 0-2, Michael Spillane 1-2 and Owen Doyle 0-1.
Subs were: Brian Coen 0-1 for Owen Doyle, Declan Doyle for Christopher Sheehan, Alan O’Connor for Dean Tobin and John Leahy for Eoin O’Connell.
This Saturday we are out against Moyle Rovers in Kilsheelan at 7pm in Round 5.
Minor B hurlers played on Sunday last in defence of there crown with a great workout against St Patrick’s. The spoils were shared in O’Sullivan Park, Ballingarry, on a scoreline, Fethard 0-12, St Patricks 2-6. At the break Fethard led by 0-7 to St Patrick’s 0-5. Fethard team was: J P McGrath, Gavin Fitzgerald, James Kelly, Kevin O’Connell, Adrian Lawrence, Eoin O’Connell 0-1, Thomas O’Connell, Dean Tobin 0-5 (4f), Jamie O’Keeffe, Aaron Conran, Christopher Sheehan 0-3, Aaron O’Donovan, Mathew Fitzgerald 0-1, Cathal Gorey and Kieran Ryan 0-1. Subs were: Alan Lawrence for Kieran Ryan, Frankie Donovan 0-1 for Cathal Gorey, Jonathan Fleming for Frankie O’Donovan.
We wish J P McGrath and Christopher Sheehan the very best of luck in this Sundays Munster Minor football final against Kerry in Pairc Ui Caoimh, Cork.
In Junior A Football on last Friday we were well beaten in Fethard on a scoreline, Ardfinnan 1-9, Fethard 0-7. Fethard team was: J P McGrath, Philip Croke, Stephen O’Donnell, Connie Flynn, Willie Morrissey, Michael Quinlan, Alan O Connor, P J Aherne, Aaron Donovan, Jimmy O’Meara 0-1, Miceál Spillane 0-1, Martin Coen 0-2, Brendan Brett 0-1f, Tom Anglim 0-2, and John Fitzgerald. Subs used were: Conor McCarthy for PJ Aherne, Mike Kelly for Connie Flynn, John Leahy for Aaron Donovan, and Edmond Sheehan for Tom Anglim
Congratulations to Bishop Richard Burke on his Elevation to Archbishop at a ceremony in Rome last Sunday for the Dioceses of Benin, Nigeria. Richard played with Fethard GAA Club up to Minor level and although very timid on the field, showed quite a bit of skill when on the ball in those days. We all wish him the very best of luck in his new dioceses.
Our condolences are with the Cummins Family (St Patricks Place) on the passing of Billy to his eternal reward. Go ndeana Dia trocaire orthu.
Sports Day Results
The results of Patrician Presentation Secondary School Sports Day are as follows:
First Year Boys – Dion Butler;
First Year Girls – Lyubov Novikova;
Second Year Boys – Ted Barrett;
Second Year Girls – Sarah McManus;
Third Year Boys – Darren Thompson;
Third Year Girls – Aisha Tobin.
First Year Boys – Patrick Sheehan;
First Year Girls – Lucy Butler;
Second Year Boys – Tony Myler;Second / Third Year Girls – Aisha Tobin; Third Year Boys – Padraig O’Shea; TY Mixed – Adam O’Donnell.
Middle Distance Races:
First Year Boys – Dion Butler;
First Year Girls – Lucy Butler;
Second Year Boys – Louis Rice;
TY / Second / Third Year Girls – Sarah McManus;
Third Year Boys – Ciarán O’Connell.
First Year ‘Ronáns’ – Lucinda Carroll, Nicole Looby, Dian Butler, Dylan Fitzgerald.
Second Year ‘Máires’ – Tony Myler, Ted Barrett, Sarah McManus, Rachel Prout.
Third Year / TYs – Aisling O’Riordan, Laura Rice, Stephen Brady, Adam O’Donnell.
Senior Soccer Match
Fifth Years won on a score 2-0. Adrian Lawrence and Eoin O’Connell were the scorers.
Junior Volleyball Match winners:
Jean Anglim, Fiona Crotty, Katie Coen, Mary-Ellen O’Reilly, Lucy Butler, Matthew Fitzgerald, Rachel Prout.
TY, Third Year and Fifth Year Mixed Volleyball winners:
Bridget O’Reilly, Lisa Anglim, Niamh Fanning, Kelley Coady, Katie Coen, Sarah O’Meara and Aisling O’Riordan.