'Shadow of a Gunman' play for Abymill
Members of the cast photographed at rehearsal for Fethard Players oncoming production, 'The Shadow of a Gunman' which opens in the Abymill Theater on two consecutive weekends in November, Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 and the following weekend on November Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18. Booking Tel: (052) 6131254 or 087 1604260. Back L to R: Gerry Fogarty, Colm McGrath, John Fogarty, Jimmy O'Sullivan. Front L to R: Mia Treacy, Anne Connolly, Liam O'Connor and Ciar�n Mullally. Also in the cast are Ann Walsh, Tom Gilpin and Ciarán Treacy.
Fethard Players will stage Sean O'Casey's war of independence play, 'The Shadow of a Gunman' in the Abymill Theatre on two consecutive weekends in November, Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 and the following weekend on November Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18.
A classic of the Irish theatre, it is funny, poignant and entertaining. The play centers on the mistaken identity of a building tenant who is thought to be an IRA assassin.
It is the first in O'Casey's 'Dublin Trilogy' – the other two being Juno and the Paycock (1924) and The Plough and the Stars (1926).
The cast includes Ann Connolly, Ann Walsh, Mia Treacy, Jimmy O'Sullivan, Liam O'Connor, Kieran Mullally, Gerry Fogarty, John Fogarty, Colm McGrath, Tom Gilpin and Ciarán Treacy. The play is produced by Austy O'Flynn and booking is now open at O'Flynn's Menswear, Burke Street, Fethard from 10am to 1pm or by Tel: (052) 6131254 or 087 1604260.
Clocks go back this weekend!
Don't forget to set your clocks back by one hour at 1am on Sunday, October 28, and gain an extra hour for that extended lie-in this Halloween weekend.
Newsletter Church Gate Collection this weekend
John Shortall and Phil Shee playing fiddle in the late 1970s. The Thatch pub in Cloneen was the regular venue for music at that time. One of the photographs received for this year's Emigrant's Newsletter.
The annual church gate collection for the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter will take place at Halloween next weekend, October 27 and 28. We ask for your support for this annual production, which is now in operation for over 50 years and posted free of charge to our emigrants and families living away from home. This year, with emigration again rising steadily, we depend on your continued support to provide this much appreciated service to our parish emigrants.
Donations can be handed in to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or alternatively put in an envelope with your name and address and handed in at our Church Gate Collection next weekend. All donations of €10 and over will be acknowledged in this year's issue of the Newsletters.
Donations can also be made online at www.fethard.com/donate/ All donations will be acknowledged in this year's Newsletter.
We ask for your continued support and also to send us any new addresses or change of addresses, which may be many in this period of high emigration. To join our mailing list or download past issues visit: www.emigrantsnewsletter.com
Articles or photographs can be submitted to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Juvenile GAA Club News
Saturday, October 27, will be the last training day for U6, U8 and U10 training, starting as normal from 11am until 12 noon. We will also be selling the remainder of our stock, some at special prices. Lost property will be on hand for anyone who lost items during Cúl Camp as well as uncollected prizes.
The AGM for the Juvenile Club is on Friday, November 2, at 8pm in the Tirry Centre. All nominations for Juvenile Board to be in by October 29, you can email, email@example.com
We ask that all members and parents of players attend our AGM and we also invite anyone interest in helping next year.
Fethard Ladies Football
The Fethard Gaelic4Mothers team who took part in the National Blitz on Saturday, October 20. Back L to R: Tommy Sheehan, Caroline Sheehan, Carina Condon, Alice Butler, Catherina Davey, Noelle Aherne, Eleanor Kenny, M.J. Croke. Middle L to R: Jacqui O'Flynn, Cabrina Roche, Anne Marie Kenny, Mary O'Connor, Theresa Hurley, Annette Connolly. Front L to R Pamela O'Donnell, Hazel Golloway, Anita Manton and Noreen Sheedy. (Photo Kieran Butler)
Our Under 12 team had their last get-together for 2012 on Saturday, October 20. The girls were brilliant on the day, only losing the league final by a very late point. This group of girls were a pleasure to train throughout the year, and we look forward to having them back in training for 2013. Many thanks to Bernadette, Jacqui, Miceál, Mark and Michael for their coaching support.
The Gaelic4Mothers team competed in the National Blitz at Portmarnock on Saturday, October 20, where they played 9 games of between 10 and 15 minutes against teams from Cork, Armagh, Down, Dublin, Tyrone, Antrim, Roscommon and Kildare. Fethard won all but one of their games, and came away with some superb memories. Many thanks to Patricia Fitzgerald for managing the team, and to the trainers M.J. Croke and Tommy Sheehan.
The Fethard Ladies Football club extends their deepest sympathies to the O'Meara family on the bereavement of their father and grandfather Jim O'Meara RIP.
All ready for Halloween!
Roseanne and John Carroll all ready for Halloween Weekend at Lonergan's Bar, Fethard.
Lonergan’s Pub in Fethard is becoming famous for it’s scary Halloween displays, and this year pub owners Roseanne and John Carroll have outdone themselves with the haunted house and spooky graveyard that is guaranteed to make you jump in fright!
As if decorating the pub and the four-room house of horrors wasn’t enough, this year the new addition to the scary display is the haunted forrest-cemetery that includes a skeleton that jumps out of his grave and a ghoulish girl with glowing eyes.
Witches flying overhead, ghostly screeches coming from behind you, dismembered bodies and a haunted graveyard... no, not the setting for a scary movie but the interior decoration in one local pub this Halloween!
Zumba Classes at Youth Centre
Ladies don't forget Zumba classes on every Tuesday night in the Youth Center at 8.30pm, one hour of great workout and having great fun at the same time. A great way to keep fit and loose weight. Zumba Fitness is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music and contagious steps to form a 'fitness-party' that is downright addictive.
Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown to become the world's largest and most successful dance-fitness program with more than 14 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking weekly Zumba classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries.
Congratulations to Katie Murphy, daughter of Marie and Jim Murphy, Coleman, Fethard, who recently graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science Biomedical and Advanced Materials at University of Limerick
Books still needed for Library at Youth Centre
Thank you to everybody that left books in for the library, unfortunately we still need more books, so if you have any unwanted books that are in excellent condition please bring them to the youth center Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday morning between 10am and 12am or Friday from 7pm to 9pm
Slimming by Hypnosis
A six-week slimming through hypnosis class will be starting soon at Fethard Youth Center / Convent Hall. Hypnosis will have you looking great and loosing weight for the festive season. To book your place or find out more about phone Genevieve at Tel: 085 2709789.
Dance Revolution is coming to Fethard
Dance Revolution aim to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle amongst children and teenagers. They teach lots of 'Hip Hop' and 'Break Dance' moves and promise that every class will be full of fun and excitement.
Classes are starting on Friday, November 2, from 4pm at the Youth Center/Convent hall and cater for both boys and girls from age 4 upwards. Class cost €5 per week. For more details contact Rebecca at Tel: 085 8259791.
Postman Pat calles it a day!
Staff members of Fethard Post Office photographed at Jolly's Cafe on The Square, Fethard, where they dropped in for morning coffee to mark the retirement of postman, Pat Brett from Drumdeel, Fethard.
Fethard Rugby Club
Fethard U10s had two games last Sunday. The first game against Waterpark was a very close encounter and although Fethard got off to a poor start they recovered well to earn a draw. In the second game against Nenagh we had a great win. There was a vast improvement in ball retention and rucking this week. Finally we hope Cathal Foley is fully recovered after his knock and look forward to seeing him back training on Friday night.
The change in the weather brought a boost to the U11's spirit this Sunday as Fethard played host to Waterpark and Nenagh RFCs. They played Waterpark first and a gripping grappling half it proved to be with Fethard's rucking skills much improved since their defeat last week. Waterpark are no slouches and very skilful running and neat passing play put them ahead at half-time by 3 scores to 1. Fethard pulled themselves together in the second half and the sense of teamwork missing in the first half came out strongly. The rucks were made and won, tackles completed, passes went to hand and Fethard overhauled their opponents winning handsomely in the end. In the second game Nenagh produced the first score which brought an overconfident Fethard to their senses. Despite very quick runners and a fabulous commitment it soon became apparent that this was Nenagh's first outing of the season and short of match practice allowed Fethard runaway winners at the end.
Fethard Team: Mathew Burke, Ethan Coen, Eabha Fitzgerald, Mathew Gleeson, Ian Harrington, Jack Hassett, Angus MacDonald, Mark McCormack, Sam Quigley, Richard Robinson, Eoin Walsh and Ryan Walsh. Their best performance yet.
Fethard U12s first game against Waterpark proved to be a tough contest. Fethard scored two great tries in the second half but Waterpark proved to be the better team. Nenagh played us next and it was a much tighter affair with both teams trading tries. This game ended in a draw. We wish Sean Carey from Nenagh a speedy recovery from his injury, looking forward to seeing Sean in Fethard soon.
Fethard Ladies numbers are on the increase with over 18 players training every Friday. Valerie is eagerly looking forward to some matches with her team if they play as good as they train they will take some beating!
Fethard U15s had no game on Sunday so the coaches took full advantage of the fine morning and had a good training session. Looking forward to seeing everybody on Friday night at training.
The late Jim O'Meara
The Man Who Lived in 51
A man so strong, in muscle and limb
We called him Dad, his name was Jim.
Off to work, so hard each day,
So food and clothes, could come our way.
As we grew up, stories were told,
Of Fethard teams from days of old.
Proud and passionate, his eyes lit up,
When Fethard won and took the cup.
Down to the alley, for a game of ball,
Fast and hard, around the wall.
Kept him fit, he loved the thrill,
When he took the game, with another 'kill'.
Loved his Guinness, as you know,
Called it a 'Cantona', or a 'Keano',
He loved his darts, there was no doubt,
When he hit 'tops', to finish it out.
He loved to whistle, many a tune,
At anytime, morning or noon.
You just might hear, as he cycled by,
Jim whistling, 'The Fields of Athenry'.
So now as we stand here,
And all is said an done.
We were proud to be, a daughter or a son,
Of Jim, the man who lived in 51.
– (Willie O'Meara)
Music at Crocanoir
On this Friday October 26, we look forward to Colum Sands, a member of the internationally renowned Sands Family from County Down, who is one of Crocanoir's most popular performers. Colum has performed in over thirty countries around the world, confirming the universal appeal for the songs and stories with which he observes the small and often humorous details of life.
Momentum is also growing for the arrival of ace guitarist Arty McGlynn on Saturday, November 3, who will be joined on the night by Jim Rooney and Mick Daly. Arty McGlynn is in demand as a top guitarist and record producer. He has played with everyone from Van Morrison to Mark Knopfler and Liam O'Flynn.
For further information and tickets contact John at Tel: (052) 9153117
Patrician Presentation Students' Awards Day
Group photographed at the Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School Awards Day 2012. Back L to R: Katie Whyte (Attendance Award for 2nd Year 2011), Kate Davey (Attendance Award for 1st Year 2011), Danielle Sheehan (Mentor), Michelle Walsh (Mentor and Attendance Award for 4th Year 2011), Orla Walsh (Student of the Year 2nd Year 2011), Tara Horan (Golden Quill Award Senior), Molly O'Dwyer (Students Council and Mentor), Cormac Horan Special Achievement Woodwork), Rachel O'Meara (Special Achievement Art), Thomas Channon (Sports Award Boys), Kate O'Donnell ((Special Achievement Art and Paddy Broderick Award for Junior Cert results in Geography). Front L to R: Sadhbh Horan (Student of the Year 1st Year 2011), Mrs Mary Prout representing her daughter Rachael (Best Leaving Cert Result), Kate Quigley (Padraig Pearse Award for best Junior Cert result in Irish, History and English), Mr Ernan Britton (School Principal), Mr Conor Kane (Guest Speaker), Mrs Marian Gilpin (Guest), Ms Maryanne Fogarty (Deputy Principal) and Timmy Hurley (Golden Quill Award Junior).
The Patrician Presentation Secondary School Annual Awards Day and opening Mass of the school year took place in the school on Friday, October 12, and was attended by members of the Board of Management, members of the Parents' Association and parents of award-winning students.
The school's mission is to encourage each pupil to achieve their potential in a caring and Christian community and the Awards' Day reflects this mission. Congratulations to all award winners and their families. The guest speaker on the day was past-pupil, Mr Conor Kane who is a well-known freelance journalist in the South-East.
The presentation of awards followed:
The 'Student of the Year' awards were presented by Conor Kane to: Sadhbh Horan (2nd Year), Orla Walsh (3rd Year), Brian Healy (6th Year). Rachel Prout was presented with the 'Best Leaving Certificate' award for 2012.
Mr Ernan Britton, Principal, presenting the 'Padraig Pearse Award' for best Junior Cert result in Irish, History and English, to Kate Quigley, Garrinch, Fethard.
School principal, Mr Ernan Britton presented the 'Padraig Pearse Award' for best Junior Cert result in Irish, History and English, to Kate Quigley, and the 'Paddy Broderick Award' for Junior Cert results in Geography to Kate O'Donnell.
Retired vice-principal, Mrs Marian Gilpin, was in attendance to present the annual L.A.M. (Literary Arts and Music) award to the School Choir. The award was accepted on behalf of the choir by Katie Whyte and Tara Horan.
Ms Majella Whelan (centre), presenting the Fethard 'Quill Awards' to Timmy Hurley (Junior) and Tara Horan (Senior).
English teacher, Ms Majella Whelan, presented the Fethard 'Quill Awards' to Timmy Hurley (Junior) and Tara Horan (Senior).
Sports awards, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, were presented by Mr Justin McGree to both Kate Davey and Thomas Channon.
Ms Marie Maher presented Student Council Certificates to: Dominik Adamczak, Dylan Maher, John Paul Fitzgerald, Rachael O'Meara, Corey Carroll, Annie Prout, Eoghan Hurley, Kate Quigley, Molly O'Dwyer and Michelle Carroll.
Students Council photographed at the Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School Awards Day. Back L to R: Ms Marie Maher (teacher), Corey Carroll, Michelle Carroll, Molly O'Dwyer, Rachael O'Meara, Dominik Adamczak, Kate Quigley. Front L to R: Eoghan Hurley, Annie Prout and John Paul Fitzgerald.
Mentors Certificates and Trophies were presented by Conor Kane to: Molly O'Dwyer, Danielle Sheehan, Tara Horan, Michelle Walsh and Lucinda Carroll.
Attendance and Punctuality Award winners for the previous school year were called by Mr Britton and presented by Conor Kane: Kate Davey for 1st Year 2011, Katie Whyte 2nd Year 2011, Cormac Horan 3rd Year 2011, James Maher and Michelle Walsh joint winners for 4th Year 2011, and Cathal Hurley 5th Year 2011.
Special Achievement Awards were presented by Ms Pat Looby (centre) to Kate O'Donnell (right) and Rachel O'Meara for Art at the Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School Awards Day 2012.
Special Achievement Awards, sponsored by AIB, were presented by Ms Pat Looby and Mr John Cummins to Kate O'Donnell and Rachel O'Meara for Art, and to Cormac Horan for Woodwork.
Mr Britton then made a presentation of a framed Millennium Sunrise print to guest speaker and past-pupil, Conor Kane, before thanking pupils, parents and guests and concluding the award ceremony for 2012.
Kate O'Donnell, Grangebeg, Fethard, photographed with her parents and retired teacher after receiving the 'Paddy Broderick Award' for Junior Cert results in Geography. L to R: Jim O'Donnell, Kate O'Donnell, Paddy Broderick and Catherine O'Donnell.
Mr John Cummins (teacher) photographed with Sports Award winners Kate Davey and Thomas Channon at the Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School Awards Day.
Retired vice-principal, Mrs Marian Gilpin, was in attendance to present the annual L.A.M. (Literary Arts and Music) award to the School Choir. The award was accepted on behalf of the choir by Katie Whyte (right) and Tara Horan (centre).
Mr John Cummins photographed with Cormac Horan who received a Special Achievement Award for Woodwork at the Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School Awards Day 2012.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The lucky numbers drawn on October 17 were: 9, 16, 28 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and no 'Match Three' winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Robert O'Riordan, Cloran, Cloneen; Bridget Hayes, Main Street, Fethard; and Henry Smyth, Moyglass, Fethard.
The three following 'Lucky Dip' winners also won €50 each: Betty Walsh, c/o Kitty O'Donnell, A. Moloney, Abbeyview, Fethard; and Liam O'Connor, Knockelly Road, Fethard.
The next Lotto draw will take place on October 24. The Jackpot prize is €5,200 and the Jackpot seller's prize is €520. Lotto tickets can be purchased in local shops or online at www.fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets online and get one free! Check on the Fethard website for lots of special offers. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.
Christmas Shoebox Appeal
The Christmas Shoebox Appeal is an Irish project that promises to get your 'Christmas Shoebox' into the hands of a needy child in Eastern Europe. All they ask is for you to fill a shoebox with a range of simple Christmas gifts, and drop it off at your local drop off point before November 12. All you need to do is get an average size shoebox (or a plastic storage container would also be great), and wrap it with Christmas paper. Choose who you'd like to receive your gift – a boy or a girl, in one of three age groups: 2-4 years, 5-9 years or 10-14 years.
For further information contact Monica Pollard, at Centra Foodmarket, or by Tel: 087 1258591.
Items for Fethard News and Website
Items for inclusion on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.