|Fethard GAA 125 Year Celebrations
Photographed at the Fethard GAA 125th Anniversary Dinner Dance are L to R: Audrey Treacy, Fiona Conway, Marie Holohan Burgess and Sarah Conway.
All roads led to the Clonmel Park Hotel on Saturday night June 9, last where over 150 club members gathered for a Dinner Dance to mark 125 years of GAA in Fethard. The Fethard club was officially formed in 1887, shortly after the foundation of the GAA in 1884, but Gaelic Games were played in Fethard and the surrounding areas even earlier than that. It was great to see so many players and supporters, past and present, some who travelled great distances to be there on the night. The night was not one for speeches or ceremony, but for the large attendance to socialise and exchange stories about our experiences as members of this great Club, aided by the many photos on display throughout the night.
Photographed at the Fethard GAA 125th Anniversary DInner Dance are L to R: Miceál Spillane, Martin Coen, John Hurley, Tom Anglim and Jimmy O'Shea.
There were many great days relived, and indeed many had at least one eye on the present as our teams are progressing nicely and in with a chance of silver wear in a number of competitions. But one thing was clear, even though success seems to be the most important thing when you are playing, it's the friendships made through the club that sustains it and perhaps that's the most important prize of all. The Club would like to thank all of those who made the effort to be there on the night and all those who gave of their time to ensure the night was a great success. Go raibh maith agat.
Fethard Scouts celebrate 25th anniversary this year
We are delighted to report that we will once again have the Moycarkey Pipe Band to lead the parade. The wolfhounds will also feature. Wobbly Circus (familiar to lots of people from The Tall Ships event in Waterford last year) will be back to take part in our parade and will again facilitate a free interactive children's workshop down beside the Town Wall.
Lots of the regular attractions will also be present: the re-enactment group, coin-striking, the falconer, the dunking tank, the pet's corner, dog show etc. Our usual complement of craftspeople will also be present and this year we will also have a calligrapher. There will be a hog roast and lots of quality food stalls. The Children's workshop facilitated by Pat Looby will take place as usual in August and we hope also to organise an Adult's workshop to make simple medieval costumes. Our festival is going from strength to strength and we hope this year will be better than ever.
Ladies Football Club
Mikey and Samantha share Community Lotto Jackpot
Killurney Historical Ramble this Thursday
GAA Juniors on a Winning Streak
The Junior team continued its winning ways at Cahir on Wednesday night last when they accounted for Ballyporeen. Even though we were short a few players we were able to give twenty of our panel a run during the game. In fairness we were a little to strong for the opposition and this reflected in the score but, nevertheless, all games have to be won and we can be sure the waters will get rougher as we progress in the championship.
Fethard ran out winners with a score of, Fethard 4-10, Ballyporeen 1-4. The field in Cahir was in excellent condition and the club must be complimented on same. The team was: Paul Kenny, Curley O'Connell, Tom Anglim, Peter Gough, Frankie O'Donovan, Damien Byrne, Cathal Gorey, P. J. Aherne (capt), Cathal Hurley, Dion Tobin, Miceál Spillane, Brian Healy, Martin Coen, John Fitzgerald, J.P. Looby. Subs used were: Philly Prout, Ned Allen, Eugene Walsh, H. Morgan and Ronald Allen. Best were: P.J. Aherne, D. Byrne, Ml. Spillane M. Coen. B. Healy and J.P. Looby.
Saturday night at Cahir saw Fethard exit from the South Championship for this year when we were defeated by old rivals, Ardfinnan, after a reasonable performance in very good conditions. Minus a number of players due to holidays and the 'green army', we were not at full strength for this encounter and ran out of steam in the latter stages of the game. At the break, Fethard were trailing by 1-3 to Ardfinnan's 0-10, but when the play resumed the Blues made a mighty effort to bring the sides to just two points separating them with nine minutes to go. A number of frees didn't hit the white spot and left us short at the end of play. Now we must await the deliberations at the County Board to see where we are in the Co. Championship.
The final score saw Ardfinnan run out winners on a score of Ardfinnan 0-17, Fethard 1-7. Best for Fethard were Brian Delahunty, Ronan Fitzgerald and Michael Hayes. Team was: Paul Fitzgerald, Shane Aylward, Gavin Fitzgerald, Alan O'Connor, Ronan Fitzgerald, Dee Burke, Brian Delahunty, Shane Walshe, Cian Maher, Aiden Lonergan, David Hayes, Dylan Fitzgerald, Ciaran O'Meara, Karl Maher and Kenneth O'Donnell.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games
The Fethard Banner will be erected at a central point as a landmark for the competitors to meet. We are still awaiting an offer of a volunteer to act as athletics manager which will involve distributing numbers to the competitors and make sure they know time of their race.
Complete programme of events including running order of same and names of competitors in each race may be downloaded from the www.tipperarycommunitygames.com website from Thursday, June 21. This will give everyone a chance to have their own programme and avoid confusion.
Best of luck to all qualifiers:
If competitors are unable to attend the finals they might please ring 086 8110768 before Sunday.
Meeting to organise 'Green' people reunion
The reunion is being provisionally planned for Saturday night, August 18, 2012. Although this reunion is focussing on people and families that lived in that area, it is open to all their friends and anyone interested in reminiscing in Fethard times past.
If you are interested in getting involved please give your name to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email at email@example.com
Outing to Holy Cross Abbey
Our two hours with Willie flew by as he detailed the history of the Cistercians, their coming to Tipperary and the foundation of the Abbey by Dónal Mór O’ Brien. We learned about the lives of the monks, their daily routines, the influential role they played at both local and national level and their links to Europe. Throughout his talk, Willie referred to the similarities and the differences between the Abbey and the medieval Holy Trinity Church in Fethard which would have been built shortly afterwards. This was particularly interesting for all of us.
We also learned about the amazing restoration of Holy Cross undertaken from 1971 to 1975, at a time when people were probably much more inclined to build new modern churches than to invest money, time and energy in the regeneration of an abandoned ruin. Willie’s passionate commitment to the restoration of the Abbey and the support of the local community enabled that vision to become a reality. Interestingly, all the craftsmen involved in the restoration were from the locality, belonging to families with a long tradition as carpenters, stonemasons etc. Holy Cross Abbey today is a testament to the skill with which those local craftsmen restored and\or replicated the wonderful features of the original.
As Willie pointed out the Abbey is an amalgam of many different styles in its various features and yet they all meld to form a most harmonious whole. We had time to admire the many impressive aspects of the Abbey: the elaborately carved stone columns of the colonnade, the wonderful oak-beamed ceilings, the groined roof with arched stone ribs, the hunting fresco, the famous stone-carved owl, the masons’ marks, the East Window, the modern stained glass windows and much more besides. We learned that the floor of the nave slopes down towards the altar not for any profound liturgical reason but simply because when the monks started to build their church that part of the site was on a slope. The sedilia,(the stone seats for the Abbot and two other high-ranking monks),with its intricate carvings merited special attention, Willie told us, as it is regarded as the finest example of its type in Ireland.
Finally, we visited the side altar where one can see the relics of the true Cross from which the Abbey derives its name. As everyone knows these relics were stolen last October but were retrieved by the Garda Síochána in January of this year and are now safely ensconced behind reinforced glass and back where they belong.
Emerging into the June sunshine, we continued at a leisurely pace around the lovely environs of the Abbey while Willie told us more about the restoration, pointed out features of note on the exterior of the Church and told us about such tales as that of ‘The Good Woman’s Son’. We had a wonderful visit to the Abbey and we would like to thank Willie most sincerely for giving so generously of his time and knowledge. Holy Cross Abbey is indeed a national treasure, it’s on our doorstep in a most beautiful location and it is well worth a visit. Indeed, many of us came away vowing to return soon.
Then it was time for the next part of our trip organised by Pat Looby: tea & scones & a surprise. So, having invited Willie to join us, very much in the spirit of a mystery tour, we headed off through the park opposite the Abbey, down a narrow lane, along a grassy pathway to find ourselves in the delightful surroundings of Philip Quinn’s Stone Mad Workshop. Philip, originally from Killenaule, is a sculptor working in stone and wood. Everywhere you look there are the most amazing pieces, some abstract, some not, all inspired! Mermaids and dancers and lovely, tactile, curved polished limestone pieces abound. It is a treasure trove of beautiful objects, again well worth a visit.
Philip’s wife Liz welcomed us with tea, coffee and an array of homemade scones, blackcurrant jam, apple jelly and cream. As Pat knows we in the Fethard Historical Society take our food very seriously and Liz did us proud. Suitably fortified, it was out to Philip’s workshop where he gave us a fascinating demonstration of the various techniques and tools used in working with stone. He explained the varying properties of different stone such as the local blue limestone, Portland limestone, French sandstone etc. and then showed us how the stonemason varies his technique accordingly when working with the stone. Referring to some of the older inscriptions we would have seen in Holy Cross Abbey, Philip carved one such letter for us in limestone, making it look incredibly easy. As mentioned already, Philip also works in wood and is currently working on a Madonna and Child figure in cypress wood sourced from Fethard! It was the perfect ending to a lovely afternoon and all that was left for us to do was to thank Philip and Liz for their hospitality and for welcoming us into what is a very special space.
Presentation to Mark O’Dwyer, Annacarty