Filming starts for 'Stella Days'
Martin Sheehan filmed outside McCarthy's Hotel on Friday 12th November, in a scene from Stella Days
Martin Sheehan getting some last minute directions from 'Stella Days' director, Thaddeus O'Sullivan, outside McCarthy's Hotel where the scene was filmed on Friday 12th November.
Standing in the doorway are L to R: Marcella Plunkett (Molly), Trystan Gravelle (Tom Lynch) and Amy Huberman (Eileen O'Meara) in a scene from 'Stella Days' filmed in Fethard, Co. Tipperary.
Berystede Film Productions Ltd, have released the Fethard filming schedule for 'Stella Days' which will run from Tuesday, November 9, to Friday, November 26. The filming crew have set up camp at Fethard Ballroom with offices based at The Square. A great sense of excitement is evident around town as preparations are being made in the selected premises to be used for the film.
Week one commences on Tuesday, November 9, at Mrs Ahearns, Main Street, where all the filming, from 8am to 7pm will be internal. On Wednesday, from 8am to 10am, the filming will continue in Ahearns, and from 10am to 3pm, outside Reflections Hairdressers on The Square. From 3pm to 7pm the crew will return to Ahearns.
Thursday, November 11, filming will take place at the interior of the Church of Ireland from 8am to 1pm and from 2pm to 7pm in Mrs Ahearns, Main Street. Filming will continue on Friday in Church of Ireland on Friday from 8am to 1pm and then move to McCarthys Hotel from 2pm to 7pm. On Saturday the full day will be spent at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland.
Week two starts at 8am on Monday, November 15, in the Town Hall interior up to 5pm and then move outside from 5pm to 7pm. All day Tuesday will be spent filming on the Town Square. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be spent in the interior of the Town Hall.
Week three will see the crew back in the interior of Holy Trinity Church of Ireland from 8am to 7pm for three days and the remaining two days in the Town Hall.
Photographed at the auditions for 'Stella Days' in Fethard Ballroom were L to R: Alma Maher, Holly Williamson and Anne Williamson.
In Fethard for the auditions for 'Stella Days', a new film directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan, are L to R: Stephen O'Dwyer, James Power and Conor Cuddihy from Carrick-on-Suir.
Got the Bird
A ring taken from the carcase of a bird found at Kiltinan showed the address Stavanger Museum Norway. The ring was returned and the following information was received. The bird was a Kestral and had been ringed as a nestling in Grunnforsgnollen (get your tongue around that) on June 30, 2010.
The authorities were very grateful for the report from Ireland and said it gave them more information about bird migration and biology. The bird was just four months old and had covered 1575 Kilometres, some 1000 miles, from point of ringing. This would be the direct route. The bird which had probably travelled overland via France, England or Scotland and Northern Ireland would surely have covered much, much further. Truly a tremendous distance for a bird just left the nest. — (E.A.N.)
Bunny Hop now at Youth Centre
Bunny Hop, music and movement (0-4yr olds) in Fethard has a new venue. We are now based in the Youth Centre/ Internet Cafe/ Old Convent Hall, where there's plenty of space for parking. For further details or to join us Nicola 087 6742401.
Sixth Class visit Fethard Folk Museum
Sixth Class Pupils from Holy Trinity National School photographed on a recent visit to Fethard Folk Museum and playground with teachers Rita Kenny and Lorraine DeLacey.
Fethard Players open this Friday at the Abymill
Fethard Players production of Hugh Leonard's comedy, 'A Life' will open its run in the Abymill on this Friday, November 12, and run until Wednesday, November 17, inclusive. The play is recognised as one of Ireland's greatest and should not be missed. Booking at O'Flynn's Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard, Tel: 052 6131254 or 087 1604260. Tickets are €15 for adults and €10 for children. Curtain 8.15pm.
Celtic Community Link
Celtic Community Link is a new Rural Development Initiative that will run from 2010 to 2013, is based in South Tipperary, Waterford and also in Carmarthenshire, Wales. It is a Muintir na Tire sponsored project about enhancing rural services and improving the competitive advantage of rural communities.
There will be three pilot areas in South Tipperary: Fethard / Killenaule area, Clogheen area and the west Tipperary area around Cappawhite / Dundrum / Hollyford. It is hoped to establish an outreach office in Fethard to serve areas of Gortnahoe, Killenaule, Ballingarry, Drangan, Mullinahone and Fethard, with the Project Officer also available to call out to each community.
A meeting to explain the initiative takes place on Tuesday, November 16, at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Fethard, and any community or voluntary organisations, farming organisations or other rural groups are invited to attend. Contact Philip Ryan at 087-6270661 for more information.'
Slievenamon Musical Society
Members of the Slievenamon Musical Society who will stage "Me and My Girl" in Cloneen from Thursday November 18th to Sunday November 21st. Booking: Betty (052) 6131549 or (086) 3161882 11am to 2pm daily or Pamela (087) 3283074 6pm to 9pm daily.
Slievenamon Musical Society are staging 'Me & My Girl' in Cloneen Hall from Thursday, November 18, to Sunday, November 21, inclusive. 'Me & My Girl' is a musical comedy set in Mayfair, London in the 1930s. The search is on for the heir to the Hareford millions and is found in Lambeth in the form of cockney Bill Snibson, who is totally unsuitable. Worse still he comes with an equally unsuitable girlfriend, Sally. The horrified family try to make him acceptable with hilarious consequences.
This show is not to be missed with its great script, songs, cast and directing team. It promises to be a great night out. For bookings contact Betty on (052) 6131549 from 11- 2pm or Pamela on 087 3283074 from 6 - 9pm. Tickets cost €15 for adults and €10 for children. Early booking is advised. Curtain is at 8.15pm.
Photos of the cast were taken at Clonacody House, Fethard. This beautiful period house is open for functions, parties etc and is an excellent venue. We would like to thank Helen and Michael most sincerely for opening the house to us.
Table Quiz in aid of Re-Hab
A Table Quiz will be held in the Castle Inn on this Friday night, November 12, in aid of South Tipperary Re-Hab. Tables of four will cost €40 and first round starts at 9.30pm. Please come along and support this very worthy cause.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Nora Cahill, winner of the €10,000 Jackpot in Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto, receiving her cheque at Willowbrook Lodge last week. Photographed at the presentation were Back L to R: Jimmyy Connolly (treasurer Fethard & Killusty Community Council), Carmel Shine (seller), Noelle Killeen (manager of Willowbrook Lodge Nursing Home), Joan O'Donohoe (Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto). Front L to R: Peggy Daly, a good friend of the winner, Nora Cahill, on the right.
The numbers drawn on November 3 were: 11, 19, 20 and 23. We had no jackpot winner and one 'Match Three' winner who received €150: Philly Kenny, Hillview, Fethard.
The three following 'Lucky Dip' winners won €50 each: Danny Croke, c/o Kitty O'Donnell; Mary Danaher, Cedar Grove, Fethard; and Maureen Whyte, Main Street, Fethard.
Remember you can purchase your lotto ticket online at fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets and get one free! Check on the website for lots of special offers. Next week's Jackpot will start at €3,300 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €330. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.
Table Quiz in aid of IWA
A Table Quiz will be held in Gaules Bar on Friday, November 26, in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association.
Secondary School Table Quiz
Table Quiz in aid of Patrician Presentation Secondary School will take place in the school hall on Tuesday, November 23, at 8.30pm. Pupils, parents, past-pupils and friends are welcome. €28 per table of adults, and students €20 per table. Great prizes to be won.
McCarthy Cup visits Fethard
Liam McCarthy Cup visit to Fethard Day Care Centre. Standing L to R: Marion Noonan, Sean Nugent, Joan O'Donohoe, Michael Cleere, Geraldine McCarthy, Annette Quigley, Noel Byrne. Seated in front is Joe Bradshaw.
Eoin Kelly keeps a close eye on the McCarthy Cup as the pupils of Holy Trinity National School in Fethard all reach to touch the 'Holy Grail'.
Pupils from Holy Trinity National School, Fethard, photographed with the McCarthy Cup on November 2, when Tipperary captain, Eoin Kelly and members of the South Board visited the school.
South Tipperary Lecture Series
The following lectures will take place in South Tipperary County Museum as part of their 'Winter series of Lectures'. Admission is free to both lectures.
On Thursday, November 4, John Sheehan, Department of Archaeology, Cork, will speak on 'Kilmacomma and other Viking Silver Finds from Tipperary' at 7.30pm.
Om Thursday, December 2, Pat Holland, South Tipperary County Council, will talk on 'The Photography of W.D. Hemphill and other photographic collections in the County Museum', also at 7.30pm.
Fethard Ladies Football Club
Our under-14s were beaten in the county final last Sunday in Golden by a much superior Moycarkey team. The result did not reflect the girls' performance and they lost nothing in defeat. Well done girls for a fantastic year
A special word of thanks to our manager, Chris Sheehan, for all he achieved. Also to Aisling Dwyer who gave great help to this group and to Maureen and Kieran for their time and effort. Finally we would like to thank Michael Ryan for kindly sponsoring team socks for the county final. Roll on 2011.
Next Saturday our under-18s play in the county final against Ardfinnan in Ned Hall Park at 2pm. This is our first year entering a minor team in the championship and we wish the management team, Tommy Sheehan, Tom Anglim and Tom McCarthy, the very best of luck as we bid to make history. Please come out in force to support this young team.
November – month of the Holy Souls
The Rosary will be prayed in all our local cemeteries during the month of November. On this coming Sunday, November 14, Calvary Cemetery at 3pm and Peppardstown at 3.30pm.
The twenty mounted followers at the Tipperary Foxhounds meet at Knockfee on Tuesday enjoyed some excellent hunting. Finding in the gorse at the Watertower hounds ran some two circles of the hill before getting their fox away on the bottom. Crossing the road they ran towards the main Cahir – Clonmel Road before turning right-handed.
Hunting well they ran to Moorestown (West) where he got to ground. Back to the fort at Knockagh, near where they met they were quickly away again. Running towards Moorestown (West) they checked in Mr John Hickey's where a fresh fox was afoot.
Derry quickly had them right and sticking with their original pilot they crossed the Knockfee-Moorestown lane by the big earth. In the laneside ring-fort they ran towards the Cahir-Poulmucka Road, the fox going to ground short of the roadway near Ballingeary.
The main covert at Knockfee held a brace, after some covert hunting both foxes left on the right-hand-side of the wood. Settling on one of these they ran down to the valley towards the HGV Depot at Kedrah Cross, where he again got to ground.
Next draw at the fort at Mortlestown provided an excellent finish to the day. Away towards the top road Charlie then did a u-turn and surprisingly ran onto a strong headwind and rain.
Scent which had been good all day seemed to improve as hounds ran into the strong south-western wind. Back down towards the old N8 Dublin-Cork road they again swung right and hunted back to quite close to the old Outrath Graveyard. Here they checked and were stopped at 3pm.
This cetainly saved Charlie's Brush as a very tired fox was viewed crossing the Outrath Cross-Whitelands Cross Road not too far in front of the hounds. Thus concluded a very good day. Here's to many more during the 2010-'11 season. Perhaps no better place to finish a good November hunt than at a graveyard, providing a stark reminder of where we will all finish some day.
Wednesday at Ballinonty reminded us of the 'No Jars, No Jam' posters displayed in stores during the war years. On Wednesday it was a case of no foxes, no hunting. The gorse on the hills on the left of the Ballincurry road proved blank. Drawing on the other side up to and includind the hunt covert on the hill also blank as was Geoghan's and Martin Maher's at Kylenahone.
Hounds eventually found on John Burke's at Monslatt. They had a short quick run from here, back and to ground at the fort at Martin Maher's. Drawing on to the limit of Wednesday's country they did not find again.
At Rathkenny, from Cloneen on Saturday, hounds had a short circle from the Glen at John Joe White's. From Ballinard Wood they also had another short trip and more of the same from Carroll's. Byrne's Rock held a brace, they had a good run from here through Byrneskill to Killusty Glen and to Bannixtown.
Drawing back to Byrne's they found again and had another good run to finish. Without achieving any hunt of any great distance or duration hounds were kept quite busy all day.
With the White Heathers
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers on Sunday last hunted the Kilbury – Cappagh area. From the fort at Milestone they ran back to Kilbury to Michael McGrath's.
Running down towards the Anner they hunted back to where they found. Turning right-handed here they ran back towards the village and right again to Kilbury lane where they lost him.
Cantwell's was blank and a short run was had by the banks of the Anner in Cappagh. Drawing on to Paul Whyte's they found a brace on a thick hedgegrow. Hunting one of these they ran to the road where the fox ran for a considerable distance. Hounds found it difficult to hold the line here and they eventually lost him near the Five-Eyed-Bridge, where home was blown.
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers meet at 11am on Sunday next, November 14, at Loughcopple.
Fethard Rugby Club
Fethard under-7s and 8s travelled to Carrick on Suir last weekend. Our under 7s gave a great display of leprechaun rugby with great passing and support play. Great scores came from Sean O'Dwyer, Josh Rowan, James Ryan, Eoin O'Dwyer, Charlie Cummins, Conor Neville, John Gleeson and Michael Ryan.
Our u8s played Carrick in the first match, which resulted in a draw with great tackling from Shane Neville, Aaron Denny and Craig O'Shea. In our second match against Dungarvan, Fethard proved to strong with some great passing and support play resulting in tries from Aidan Fitzgerald, Michael Scully, Conor Walsh, Cathal Foley and Oisín Smullen (captain). New players are always welcome, training every Friday night at 6.45pm.
Our under-9s played two games also with some great play showing great tackling and stringing some good passages of play together.
Our under 11s played Carrick on Suir this Sunday and it was by far our best performance this season. There was great tackling, passing, rucking and counter rucking all throughout the game.
David McCormack had a great game scoring three tries and making breaks every time he got the ball. Gavin Ryan also as usual worked his socks off at scrum half turning over a lot of Carrick ball and getting two tries as reward. We had great tackling and ball carrying from Harry, Paraic, Eoin and Ruth. Dara, Dale and Joey also made great line breaks during the game. Good improvement from John - keep up the good work.
As Dungarvan did not have an under-11 team we had a second mini-game against Carrick in which Dale and David scored tries. The day finished with a win for both sides, which was a fair result. Well done and see you all at training on Friday night.
All parents who travelled to Carrick-on-Suir were treated to some great rugby form the under-12s, where they played two games. Firstly the hosts Carrick and secondly Dungarvan.
Carrick started the game off with a great attack that seemed to spawn Fethard into life, with Aaron Smullen breaking through the Carrick line with some fine side stepping to run clear and touch down for our first try. With some missed tackles and good running from Carrick they got a try which was quickly answered by Mark Heffernan who showed great pace to score. Our third try came from Jack Grace who showed great strength to score a very good try leaving it 3-1 at the half time mark.
The second half started with a very determined attack from Carrick and with good off loading in the tackle they scored a well deserved try. Fethard attacked well and Carrick defended well but with Carrick spilling the ball Mark Heffernan showed both teams a clean pair of heels as sprinted the length of the field for a brilliant try leaving it 4-2 for Fethard.
We played a well drilled side in Dungarvan who showed good pace in attack. With good tackling from Richard Holohan, Dale Murphy, David Healy, Kieran O'Dwyer and Danny Gleeson, Fethard got three very good tries from Mark Heffernan Ross McCormick and Patrick Scully. We only conceded a single try to Dungarvan so this was a very good all round performance.
Fethard under-19s travelled to Portlaoise to play a great game in good weather and good spirit. This team, made up of players from Fethard and Thurles, is only together a short period of time and you could hardly tell by the way they played with Fethard running out winners 19-10 with some great tries scored by Fethard. It was a very entertaining game.
Fethard J2s came up against a strong Clonmel side on Saturday evening last in Fethard, the home team were slow to settle and seemed to be uncomfortable on the ball. Clonmel continued to dominate the early exchanges and were rewarded with a fine try in the corner.
Another good back movement by Clonmel scored under the post. This seemed to wake up the Fethard team and they proceeded to dominate the next 30 minutes of the game and they were eventually rewarded when John Smullen burst over for a fine try.
Fethard continued to pile on the pressure but in fairness to Clonmel their defence held out and indeed they got down into the Fethard half and scored just before the end. Fethard will have to improve tackling and handling but this young team is improving with every game. We wish Brian Murphy, who suffered a broken nose, a speedy recovery.
We hope to have our dressing rooms open for next weekend when the Gleeson League continues with an away game to Waterpark.
Fethard under-13s played Kilfeacle away on Sunday morning last on a lovely bright morning. Fethard who were a much smaller side were first to score when Gary Kavanagh scored in the corner. Richie Ivors made a great break down the left wing to score under the posts, but Kilfeacle continued to battle hard and scored two fine tries of their own.
The Fethard lads finished stronger with Paudie Feehan and Keith Cleere both scoring tries. Other fine players from Fethard were Conor Peacock, Jack Kealy, Cathal Fogarty and Eoin Barry.
The county round of the Macra public speaking was won by Fethard last Saturday night in Ballyneale hall. The team consisted of Julie Kennedy, Leah McNamara and Fiona Shanahan. They are a formidable team for any other county team to face in the next round of the competition. We wish them all the best in their preparations.
A number of the club attended the Macra annual rally in Arklow county Wicklow two weeks ago. Some very interesting farm walks took place along with the finals of many of the Macra sporting competitions. Some great nights craic was had as well and our members arrived back to Fethard tired but happy!
Macra soccer takes place every second Friday in the rugby club in Clonmel at 8pm and volleyball takes place in Clerihan hall weekly at 9pm. All are welcome.
Plans are already a foot for next years all Ireland drama competition. Michael Manley from Cork will once again direct next years play and hopes to build on last years success when we got to the all Ireland final. Scripts will be handed out to all interested in the next few weeks. Rehearsals will commence in January.
A couple of members of Fethard Macra are busy rehearsing 'Me and My Girl' currently in Cloneen with the Slievenamon Musical Society. The show runs from Thursday November 18, to Sunday November 21. We would hope to see a good Macra presence in the audience. Tickets are €15 for adults and €10 for children.
Hallowe'en Fun & Frolics
Witches and Warlocks enjoying the crack at Lonergan's Halloween Party CLICK FOR MORE HALLOWE'EN PHOTOS
Hallowe'en in Fethard is certainly an occasion growing in popularity every year. Once the bastion of children, Hallowe'en is now equally as popular with all ages and as seen on the streets of Fethard, no longer is a child only celebration. Witches, warlocks and many other strange creatures could be seen roaming the streets at all hours of the night . . . all in good fun I may add.
Celebrating Halloween at Gaules Bar were L to R: Ollie Burke, Seamus 'Ginger' Whyte, Eoin Kerrigan, Ann Kerrigan and Sarah Whyte. CLICK FOR MORE HALLOWE'EN PHOTOS
This year's 'fancy dress' spanned over the whole weekend and we expect the 'firecrackers' to stop popping sometime before Christmas! However, it was all great fun and great crack. Congratulations to all who made the effort to make the weekend special and in particular, all the visiting 'witches' who came to Fethard over the weekend!
Celebrating Halloween at The Castle Bar were L to R: Brendan Lonergan and Emma Fleming CLICK FOR MORE PHOTOS
Celebrating Halloween at Butlers Bar were L to R: Vincent Wilson, Wendy Allen, Amy Lyons, Lisa Doyle, Shelly Coffey, Laura Lyons and Tina Dorney in front. CLICK FOR MORE HALLOWE'EN PHOTOS
Celebrating Halloween at Lonergan's Bar were L to R: Sinead Lenihan, Siobhán Kennedy and Alisha Nynan
Celebrating Halloween at Gaules Bar were L to R: Reece McNamara, Shannon Burke, Kathleen Burke, Gabrielle Doherty and Liam Grant
Celebrating Halloween at The Castle Bar were L to R: Stacie Grace, Laura O'Gorman and Kealy Tobin
Celebrating Halloween at Butlers Bar were L to R: Ann Marie Butler, Sinead O'Brien, Brian Arrigan and Declan Fahey.
Tom Coen, originally from Brodeen, Fethard, photographed in Fethard for Halloween with his two daughters, Mary and Tracy (right).