Happy New Year
Old school friends meeting up over Christmas in Lonergan's Bar L to R: Tom Grant, Sinead O'Brien, Jennifer Frewen and Caroline Croke.
We take this opportunity to wish all our readers a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. The Annual Emigrants' Newsletter has now been posted to all emigrants from the parish on our mailing list and should be delivered to your door in the next few days. We hope you enjoy this year's issue and maybe some of you will consider writing an article for next year's issue. These articles are welcome at any time.
Socialising in Fethard over Christmas were L to R: Leanne Burke, Johanna Sheehan and Eleanor Ryan
Socialising in Fethard on St. Stephen's Day were L to R: Lorraine McCormack, Assumpta Coffey, Werner Herkommer, Hillary Hayes, Bill Kennedy and Kathy O'Brien.
Photographed on Christmas Eve in Lonergan's Bar are L to R: Mary (Croke) Cummins who was home on holiday from England, Eddie Croke and Paddy Wallace.
On their way home from Mass on Christmas day are L to R: Geraldine Maher, Berna Morrissey and Anna Henehan.
Socialising in Fethard on St. Stephen's Day were L to R: Jennifer Fogarty, Edel Fogarty and Majella Costello.
Small is Beautiful
The music lovers of Fethard will get a chance to see top class artists in an intimate setting on Friday 16th January in McCarthy’s when Jim Rooney, Mick Daly and Arty McGlynn play in the back room in the bar.
Jim Rooney is better known as the Grammy winning Nashville producer, who has produced hits for Hal Ketchum, Nancy Griffith and John Prine. In Ireland, he is best known for his work with, ‘The Lee Valley String Band’, who are familiar to Fethard audiences as they have played for the past two Walled Town Festivals (with Fethard man Hal O’Neill on fiddle).
Mick Daly is one of the founder members of the Lee Valley String Band, and he will accompany Jim in Fethard. They are currently working on the Lee Valley’s next album, which they claim to arrange in one of their kitchens, so they should be well used to intimate venues like the back room in McCarthy’s.
The last member of this trio is well known to Irish and world audiences. Arty McGlynn started his musical career in the showbands, in an era when showbands ruled the Irish music scene. He then moved on to work in the traditional, folk and rock world, playing with Planxty, De Dannan, Patrick Street, Christy Moore, Paul Brady and Van Morrison. He has recently worked with Jim Rooney playing on Sean Keane’s latest album. Tickets for the gig are €20 and there are a few left. Call to McCarthy’s or ring 086 8119625.
Class of 1994 Reunion
Class of 1994 and friends photographed at their class reunion held on St. Stephan's Day at McCarthy's Hotel, Fethard.
Tipperary Hunt Pony Club
Tipperary Hunt Pony Club will hold their 50th Anniversary Reunion Party for parents of members, senior members (16 years and over), past members and associates, at Slievenamon Golf Club on Saturday 24th January at 7pm. Tickets cost €25 which includes buffet supper and entertainment. Bookings by 1st January to, Josephine Maher-O’Hagan Tel: 086 0700664; Anne Croom-Carroll Tel: 087 7516502; Rosemary Clifford-O’Donnell Tel 086 8360086; Gillian Maher-Murray Tel: 086 8608006; and Yvonne Blackmore-Casey Tel: 086 8334913.
Abymill to stage Fionn Mac Cumhaill production
Misery the latest production from the Fionn Mac Cumhaill Players will play for one night in the Abymill Theatre in Fethard on Friday 9th January. This Stephen King thriller, made famous by Kathy Bates and James Caan, through film is rarely seen on stage and is gripping stuff as the relationship between the two actors has to be seen to be believed. A live performance is always great and especially so here as you get lost in the story and begin to believe what is happening. Although a dark play there are many very funny incidents and you can’t help but laugh at how childlike the character is in ways. Booking el: 086-8871467 or 086-0834208.
Goal Mile in Fethard
Organisers of the Goal Mile in Fethard photographed before the event L to R: Catherine Kearney, Waltie Moloney, Ian O'Connor, Gerry Kennedy, Paul Fitzgerald, Pat Carroll, Colm McGrath, Tom Nugent and Miceál McCormack
Some of the large crowd that turned out on Christmas Day to take part in the 'Goal Mile' in Fethard. The event raised over €1,830 and attracted many participants from all over the county. The organisers would like to thank everyone who supported the run and those who helped in any way to make it possible.
Party Night at The Castle Inn
Irene and Noel Sharpe, proprietors of The Castle Inn
Pat and Eddie Sheehan providing music at the Christmas Party Night at the Castle Inn.
Photographed at the Christmas Party Night at the Castle Inn are L to R: Josephine Prendergast and her son Declan 'Deco' Prendergast.
Group photographed at the Christmas Party Night at the Castle Inn.
Photographed at the Christmas Party Night at the Castle Inn are L to R: Frank Fogarty, Una Fogarty and Kathleen Connolly.
Photographed at the Christmas Party Night at the Castle Inn are L to R: Monika Wieczerzyñska, Majella O'Donnell, Laura Doyle, Pamela Sharpe and Noel Sharpe.
Photographed at the Christmas Party Night at the Castle Inn are L to R: Tony Fennessy and Phil Tobin.
Photographed at the Christmas Party Night at the Castle Inn are Thomas McCarthy and Maureen McCarthy
Photographed at the Christmas Party Night at the Castle Inn are L to R: Helen Hannigan and Johnny Hannigan
Photographed at the Christmas Party Night at the Castle Inn are L to R: Johnny Breen, Thomas Horan and Teddy Morris.