Hannah Leahy who celebrates her 90th birthday on this Friday 19th March.
This week we have two ninetieth birthdays to celebrate in the parish. Congratulations to both Paddy Cormack and Hannah Leahy. Paddy, formerly from Kilnockin, is now resident at Willowbrook Lodge, Mocklers Hill and celebrated his 90th birthday on 14th March. Hannah, formerly from Burke Street, is resident at St. Patrick’s Cashel and celebrates her 90th birthday on this Friday 19th March. Happy Birthday to both.
Paddy Cormack photographed with family and relatives on the occasion of his 90th Birthday. Back L to R: Jocie Fitzgerald, Liam Harrington, John Keane, Kathleen Maher (nieces and nephews). Front L to R: Mary Harrington (sister), Paddy Cormack and Margaret Keane (sister).
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on 10th March were: 12, 16, 21 and 32. We had no Jackpot winner and two ‘Match 3’ winners who received €75 each: Jimmy Roche, Ballinard, Fethard, and Jim Keane, Knockelly, Fethard.
The three following Lucky Dip winners received €50 each: Richard O'Brien, Abbey Close, Fethard; Gerry Fogarty, Cluain Ard, Fethard; and Anthony Coffey, Abbey View, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot continues at €10,000 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €1000. Draw will take place on Thursday 18th March due to St. Patricks Day.
Charity Bazaar in Aid of Haiti Orphans Appeal
The organizers would like to thank all those who so kindly donated to the above event which was held in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday 7th March. We would also like to thank all those who supported, and helped in any way on the day.
A total of €2,161 was raised and has been sent to Ms Gena Heraty from Mayo who has worked with abandoned children in Haiti for the past sixteen years and runs an orphanage in Kenscoff. Bank details are as follows should anyone like to make a donation to this worthy cause: Bank: AIB, Westport A/C No: 11108008 Sort Code: 937169
Winners of the raffle were as follows: Ann Martin (Kilcash), Bridle O'Callaghan (Clonmel), Mary O'Shea (Ballypatrick), Michael & Ann Walsh (Fethard), Denis Lynch (Clonmel), Dale O'Dwyer (Clonmel), Austy Kenny (Fethard) and Nellie Shortall (Fethard).
Famine Lunch at Magorban
Photographed at the Famine Lunch at Magorban Church are L to R: Billy Kingston, Rev George Knowd, Bishop Michael Burrows and Rev Dean Philip Knowles.
Photographed at the Famine Lunch at Magorban Church are L to R: Bronwen Carling, Jane Grubb and Margaret Kingston.
Geraine wins 'Mother of the Year'
Congratulations to Geraine O'Donnell who was winner of the recent Tipp FM's 'Mother of the Year' award. Geraine was nominated by her daughter and won enough votes to beat the other Tipperary nominees for the award.
Historical Society AGM
The AGM of the Fethard Historical Society will take place next Thursday night, 25th March, at 8.30 pm in the meeting rooms in the Abymill Theatre and all those interested (members and non-members alike) are welcome to attend.
Over the past few years much of the time of the society was taken up with ‘official reports’ on the town and also looking for (and getting) grant aid to repair the Town Wall. Hopefully, 2010 will see the society returning to its main activity of organising outings and lectures, with priority given to the history of the local area whenever possible. In this regard it is planned to hold a Sunday outing to Kilcooley Abbey, with local historian Liam Noonan in the coming weeks. More details later.
As reported previously, 2010 will see the publication of two books on Fethard. One, by Gerard Crotty, will concentrate on the heraldic family plaques that exist in the town, especially in and around old Holy Trinity Church). The other book, by Michael O’Donnell, is a complete history of the town and area. The society is planning to organise a big ‘splash’ to launch both those books, so that should be two big occasions for the citizens and families of the town during the year.
The AGM itself will be a short affair, followed buy a brief presentation on the latest information that exists as to the origins and use of the older buildings in the town. The meeting will be mainly a social affair and refreshments will round off the evening. Membership information can be got by phoning Pat Looby at 052 6131537.
Enjoying the 'Keytones'
Photographed at Lonergans last weekend at the 'Keytones' are Christine and Tara Needham.
Photographed at Lonergans last weekend at the 'Keytones' are Mark Leahy and Mike Purcell.
Tipperary Foxhounds drew the final curtain on the 2009 - 2010 season with the Children’s Meet at Kilcooley on Saturday and a very well supported Charity Ride at Cashel on Sunday. Following a similar event at Ballynonty the previous Sunday, great credit to the Tipperary followers, supporters and organisers for answering the call in such fine style when these deserving projects call.
Hunting people, at this time of year, usually enquire what was the scent like. The object of the exercise in hunting is for the huntsman to produce a pack to hunt the red fox, in his natural environment, catch him or mark him to ground. If this be the standards by which hunting is judged the Tipperary Foxhounds had a very successful season. For the last few weeks the Green Isle of Erin, due to the prolonged dry spell, looked more like a corner of the Sahara Desert. Scent has been very poor during this period. Nevertheless, huntsman Derry Donegan has said “good hounds should be able to carry the line to some extent no matter what conditions prevail”. The Tipperary Foxhounds certainly prevailed in that regard. We will conclude with apologies for the non-appearance of the column for the past few weeks. The wheel came off the bike to some extent and things did not exactly go according to plan. However, next season is just around the corner and who knows. Go dtí sin, go Dé sibh slán agus “go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís”.
The count of the years is steadily growing,
The old give way to the eager young,
Far on the hill is the horn still blowing.
Far on the steep are the hounds still strung,
Good men follow the good men gone,
And ‘Hark’ they’re running,
They’re running on.
—(E.A.N., March 2010)
The death has occurred, in Cahir, recently, of Mr Philly McGrath, formerly of Burke Street, Fethard. Interment took place in Cahir.
Killusty Choir are looking for new members to rehearse for Easter, anyone interested in joining can contact Pamela on 086 1632475.
St. Rita’s Camogie Club
St Rita’s camogie club will hold a Table Quiz in Butlers Sports Bar on Friday 26th March at 9pm. All are welcome.
Fethard and District Day Care Centre
Fethard and District Day Care Centre will hold their AGM on Thursday 8th April at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre.
Fundraising Night for Fethard Community Playschool
Just a reminder to all ladies, don't forget our ‘Girls Night Out’ on Thursday the 25th March. We have some great guest speakers lined up and many stands on the night providing tips and advice for everyone. We will have advisors on hand to show you how to style your clothes, your makeup and even your home. Our image consultant Margaret Doyle will explain body shapes, our make up artist from Gosh will help you create the perfect makeup look and Susan Archdeacon from Town and County will be available to offer advice on styling your home.
In addition to this we will have a mini fashion display with clothes and accessories from Ryan Design, Clintons and Moroney’s Footwear. Local beauty therapists, Judy from Mimosa and Carly from Top 2 Toe will provide mini-pampering sessions on the night and a range of stands such as Miglio Jewellery, O'Sullivan’s Pharmacy, Receptions, Aloe Vera, Emily's Delicatessen and Red Nose Wine, and others, will also be involved.
This night promises to be great fun and all proceeds are for an excellent cause, the building fund for a new playschool. Tickets are available from Newport’s, Fethard Playschool or can be reserved by calling Carmel at 087 6851046. Don’t forget the details: Girls Night Out; Thursday 25th March; 8.30 pm; Fethard Youth Centre (Old Convent Hall).
Happy Birthday Brian!
Happy birthday to Brian Sheehy, Garrinch, Fethard, who celebrated his 40th birthday last weekend in Butler's Sports Bar. Brian is photographed above with family members.
Fethard GAA Club News
Fethard Senior Footballers received their third county league defeat in a row in Fethard on Sunday last on a scoreline, Fethard 0-3, J K Brackens 0-16. The next game is away to Killenaule on Sunday next at 2.30pm.
Club Membership this year is run different than other years. All adult and players membership must be paid up before 31st March. Membership cards are only available from Croke Park and if not paid and registered by club before 31st March you will not be eligible for ticket allocation. Only those paid before that date will and there is no provision for late payment in 2010. You may contribute to any of club officers before that date.
Tipperary County Club Draw held on Friday last, 12th March, was a great success in Fethard even though we did not win any prizes. Thanks to the committee for organising same and to our hosts, Butlers Sports Bar, for their facilities and courtesy. Go raibh mile maith agat.
Our Lotto Jackpot of €4,900 was not won. The numbers drawn were 4, 9, 13 and 30. We had no match three winner so the following drawn tickets won €30 each: Mary Godfrey (Derryluskin, Fethard); Sabrina Gardiner (c/o Merrys Clonmel); Mary Wade (Cloran, Cloneen); Graig Barry (c/o Merrys, Clonmel); and Noel Byrne (Claremore, Killusty). The €50 Lucky Dip was won by Emma Fleming (Red City, Fethard). Thanks to Clonmel Oil for providing the tickets.
Fethard Rugby Club News
On Mother's Day, Sunday 14th March, our Under 11s travelled to Kilfeacle where we had three games against Waterpark, Clonmel and the home side. Only seven of our regular Under 11s were available on the day, so we were delighted when Frank Meagher stepped up from the Under 10s to help us out. He played very well in all three matches. A loss in our opening match against Waterpark seemed to discourage the Fethard boys. They had no reason to feel that way because they showed great improvement all through the match. They got into their stride for the game against Clonmel, and they came away with a richly deserved win. Richard Holohan really stood out in this game, making several brilliant runs from the restarts. Jack Grace and Ned Grogan worked hard in this game to hold onto the ball despite strong challenges from the Clonmel team, while Joseph O'Connor was in lightening form in both attack and defence. The Fethard team were beginning to tire for the draw against Kilfeacle. In this game, Harry Butler and Patrick Scully secured plenty of possession in the rucks for Fethard, while Aaron Smullen made a few great moves to win the ball by driving Kilfeacle over the sideline. Well done to all. Training continues on Friday evenings between 6:45pm and 8pm. New players are always welcome to join in.
Our U15s played Dungarvan in the ‘Play-Off’ of the league and were beaten by a much bigger team. Fethard started brightly and played great rugby throughout, the backs were forced to defend for much of the game and we saw outstanding tackling displays from Joey Purtill, Luke Keating, Tomas McGabhain and David Hayes while Joss Murray at Full-Back had a good game. The forwards put in great work with Cathal O'Donnell, at hooker, winning three or four strikes against the head and was very accurate at the line-outs finding his jumper consistently. Fethard’s only try was created by forward momentum when Gerard Gorey, Jack McCarthy and Tommy Anglim controlled eight phases before releasing Willie Ryan for the try. Willie Morgan, Shane Cleere and Paul Butler were also impressive on the day. All the players showed great spirit and they can be very proud of their success rate this season being un-beaten until the play-offs and when the full panel of players is available they can look forward to further success this season.
U19s played Cashel and lost on a score line of 20-7 it was a very exciting game of rugby with the telling try for Cashel coming in the last five minutes, the game hanging on a knife edge until then with only six points separating the teams. Fethard can take a lot of positives from this game, particularly the scrum and line-out which performed very well against a much bigger pack, with Kevin Hayes at hooker, and David Hall at prop continuing to improve at every outing. Adam O'Donnells attacking potential led to the awarding of a penalty try and all aspects of his game continues to improve. Our backs got very little opportunity to attack but when they did they showed great potential with good performances from Shane Kavanagh and Jonathan Fleming while Conor Kavanagh at scrum-half was very effective throughout. The can look forward to the Plate competition with confidence but will need to improve on this performance to progress.
Daniel O'Donnell visits Willowbrook Lodge
Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell photographed with staff members of Willowbrook Lodge Nursing Home L to R: Andrea Matisz, Sarah Flynn, Daniel O'Donnell, Noelle Killeen (Manager), Catherine O'Connell and Helen Murnane.
The residents of Willowbrook Lodge received a pleasant surprise last Tuesday afternoon when Daniel O’Donnell arrived to spend with some time with Margaret (Madge) Ryan. During the course of his visit he chatted with the other residents and entertained all present with an impromptu performance of his most popular songs and performed several special requests for individual residents. His visit was greatly appreciated by his many fans in Willowbrook Lodge. Daniel O'Donnell (centre) is photographed talking to his family friends, Willie and Madge Ryan.
Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell photographed with Alice Byrne, Fethard.
Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell photographed with Paddy Cormack, Fethard.
Juvenile GAA Club
Training: U6 to 8s are back training, both hurling and football, on Saturday 27th March at 11am. U10s are back training on Saturday 27th at 11am. U12 training takes place on Monday (boys) from 6.45pm to 8.15pm and Thursday (boys and girls) at the same time. U14 back training on Monday 22nd from 6.45pm to 8.30pm and on Thursday at the same time. U16s are training Mondays and Thursdays at 6.45pm.
Our U12s played a challenge match against St. Patricks on Saturday. We played a great game and won. Our thanks to St. Patricks for coming to Fethard for the game and we look forward to a future match with their club. The panel for this challenge was: Harry Butler, Megan Coen, Jack Dolan, Mathew Lynch, Jessie McCormack, Molly O'Meara, Andrew Phelan, Tom Sheehan, Rebeccas Walsh-Kenny, Sally Butler, Kate Davy, Dean Dorney, Darragh Lynch, Megan McCarthy, Ross McCormack, Eoin O'Donovan, Tony O'Reilly, Liam Quigley, Dean Walsh-Kenny and Jack Ward. Their selectors were Willie Quigley and Thomas McCarthy.
Our first championship football fixture begins this coming Saturday at home to Fr. Sheehys at 12 noon. Please come along to support your club and team.
U16s played their first championship football fixture of the season at home on Saturday against Fr. Sheehys. We won this fixture due to teamwork displayed by our lads. The panel was: Kieran Walsh, Jody Sheehan, Andrew Maher, Eoghain Hurley, Gerry Horan, David Hayes, JJ Freeman, Dylan Fitzgerald (captain), Niall Doocey, Dion Butler, Kyle Walsh, Mike Smyth, Garreth Lawrence, Cathal Hurley, Brian Healy, Gerard Gorey, Ronan Fitzgerald (vice captain), Jack Devaney and Tommy Anglim. Our selectors were Jimmy O'Meara and Michael Quinlan. We are out again on Saturday at home to Cahir at 2pm. Please come along to support our lads. Guaranteed 'proud factor' here.
The date for Cul Camp 2010 has been set from Monday 23rd August to Friday 27th August. Price is set the same as 2009. Further information can be obtained from club secretary, Ann on 086 896 3925.
From next week, we will be focusing on a member of the Juvenile Committee, this is to let you all know who is who, what the member's responsibilities are etc.
Club Lotto: A juvenile ticket sold this week won the €50 lucky dip, and that was Emma Fleming of Redcity, Fethard. Anyone wanting to purchase a ticket at €2, can text Ann (GAA Juvenile Secretary) on 086 8963925 with your name, contact number, and your four lotto numbers.
Those of you who ordered helmets or hurleys through the club this year can obtain them on Saturday 27th March at 11am (no later than 11.30am please).
The Fethard Juvenile GAA Club will be holding our annual Church Gate Collection on Saturday and Sunday, 20th and 21st March, in Fethard and Killusty. This money will go towards the running of our Juvenile Club, costs of which are presented at our AGM every year, where all is welcome.
The South Bord na nOg will be holding a church-gate collection on 10th/11th April, in the Fethard & Killusty Parish. The monies raised from this enables the South Bord to finance our South Tipperary Juvenile Teams, which in many cases involves our own club members.
Fethard & Killusty Community Games
The area final of the Community Games Art competition took place during the week. There were over 100 entries. Judge Maureen Purcell complimented all the children on their work and stated she was very impressed with their submissions which were of a very high standard. The following children were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals with the first two in each event qualifying for the county final which will take place in Gortnahoe Community Hall on this Saturday 20th March commencing at 12 noon sharp. Entry Fee is €2 to be paid on the day.
Pupils from Nano Nagle School who won medals at Community Games Area Art Final: Back L to R: Sadhbh Horan, Jade Callanan, Ciara Hayes. Front L to R: Jennifer Phelan, Cassandra Needham and Lucy Spillane
Medal winners as follows:
Girls U8: 1st Phoebe Duggan, Killusty; 2nd Jennifer Phelan, Jossestown; 3rd Emma Lyons, Coolmoyne. Girls U10: 1st Sophie Lillis, Grove; 2nd Lucy Spillane, Tullamaine; 3rd Annabel Lillis, Grove. Girls U12: 1st Ciara Hayes, Coolmore; 2nd Cassandra Needham, Slievenamon Close; 3rd Roisín McDonnell, Killenaule Road. Girls U14: 1st Jade Callanan, Slievenamon Close; 2nd Sadbh Horan, Tullamaine; 3rd Orla Walsh, Killusty.
Boys U8: 1st Matthew Burke, Fethard; 2nd Cathal Ryan Cloran; 3rd Shane Neville Kilknockin. Boys U10: 1st Ben Coen, Killusty; 2nd Patrick Shine, Fethard; 3rd Cathal O’Mahony, Tullamaine. Boys U12: 1st Matthew Hunter, Tinakelly; 2nd Francis Holohan, Killusty; 3rd Jonathan Hennessy, Fethard. Boys U14: 1st Thomas Sheehan, Killusty; 2nd Eoin O’Donovan, The Valley.
Children from Killusty NS who won medals at Community Games Area Art Final. Back L to R: Tommy Sheehan, Orla Walsh, Francis Holohan. Front L to R: Phoebe Duggan, Annabel Lillis, Sophie Lillis and Cathal Ryan.
Non Qualifying Event U6 Tots. Girls: 1st Kelly Ryan, Fethard; 2nd Lily O’Mahony 3 Heather Spillane both from Tullamaine. Boys: 1st Sean Moroney; 2nd Conor Neville, Kilknockin; 3rd Shane Lawrence, Fethard. Note the Tots are too young to qualify for County Final.
There are certainly budding artists attending Killusty N.S. as gold medallists Phoebe Duggan, Sophie Lillis, Ben Coen and Tommy Sheehan along with silver medallists Cathal Ryan and Francis Holohan who both qualified for the second successive year and bronze medallists Orla Walsh and Annabel Lillis are all pupils there.
Pupils from Nano Nagle School are Ciara Hayes, Jade Callanan, Jennifer Phelan, Lucy Spillane, Cassandra Needham, Sadbh Horan, Roisín McDonnell, Emma Lyons, Kelly Ryan, Lily O’Mahoney, Heather Spillane, Sean Moroney, Conor Neville and Shane Lawrence.
Pupils from St Patricks Boys School are Matthew Burke, Eoin O’Donovan, Patrick Shine, Shane Neville, Cathal O’Mahony and Jonathan Hennessy. Matthew Hunter attends St Patricks Boys School in Drangan.
Pupils from St Patricks Boys School Fethard who won medals at Community Games Area Art Final. Back L to R: Jonathan Hennessy, Eoin O’Donovan, Matthew Burke. Front L to R: Patrick Shine, Cathal O’Mahony and Shane Neville.
Community Games Committee would like to say a big thank you to the teachers in all the schools for their continued help and cooperation. Also to Anne D'Arcy who is always on hand to support. We wish all our qualifiers the very best of luck at the County Final and look forward to seeing them in Gortnahoe next Saturday.
Well done to our three quiz teams who contested the county final in Thurles last weekend. Fethard A Team were Katie Butler, Niamh Shanahan, Sadie McGrath and Lily Dalton. Fethard B Team were Kiya Burke, Nicola Thompson, Anne Prout and Aine Proudfoot. Killusty Team members were Orla Walsh, Sarah O’Donnell, Molly O’Meara and Megan Coen who all did very well.
Calling all swimmers in the area. The closing date for entries for the county final is 12th April. Late entries will not be accepted. Final will take place in Tipperary Town. Events and age groups as follows: boys and girls U8 freestyle; U10 freestyle and backstroke; U12 freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke; U13 squad; U14 freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke; U16 freestyle, backstroke and butterfly. Children must live in the area and be under the age specified on 31st July 2010. Anybody interested please contact the Community Games Office, Grove Rd, at 052 6131906 or 086 8110768 and we will complete entries. Fee €2.
Fethard and Killusty Community Council
The Annual General Meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday 23rd March at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street. All are welcome.