Seventh Medieval Festival on Sunday, June 23
1st Class Pupils at Holy Trinity National School preparing their banner for this year's Medieval Festival parade that will take place on Sunday, June 23, in conjunction with the Fethard Gathering Festival the same weekend.
Fethard Medieval Festival, which has been held for the last six years during Heritage Week in late August, has been moved this year to Sunday afternoon, June 23, to form the colourful centrepiece of the first weekend long ‘Fethard Gathering Festival 2013’
Fethard Historical Society, who are again hosting the medieval afternoon, have assembled a mighty programme of acts and events that will surely please old and young alike.
The Medieval Parade at 2pm on Sunday, assembling at 1.30pm outside the Town Hall, will then proceed to the Valley Park which is sure to be a spectacular affair led this year by newcomers ‘Nuada’ with their wind-up hurdy-gurdy and medieval bagpipes. Wobbly Circus are back again with their juggling, stilts and tricks and fierce Celtic Warriors are also coming this way and are likely to take hostages along the route.
Then there will be hosts of knights, warriors, peasants and ladies heading to the ‘Valley Fayre’, being joined by a multitude of school children – up to a possible 250 of them – with their class banners, shields and medieval hats that they are now making in parish schools workshops with artist Patricia Looby. We also have some surprizes which seem to appear ‘out of the blue’ every year and is a great feature of the Fethard medieval parade.
Prizes for best Medieval Costumes and Children’s Art
All and everyone are welcome and encouraged to put on their medieval kit for the day, which you can beg, steal or borrow for the occasion. Also, anyone handy with the sewing machine and needle can look up www.reconstructinghistory.com to see some patterns and rustle-up an ensemble costumes for themselves or a group of friends. There will be prizes for best male, female, children and group costumes so it may pay you to put in the effort!
The children in the parish primary schools along with schools in Killurney, Cloneen, Moyglass and Lisronagh will also be able to enter a Colouring Competition and a ‘Design a Medieval Costume’ competition and all the entries, including the winning entries, will be displayed in old Holy Trinity Church on Festival Sunday.
The Valley Fayre
The Valley area and the grounds of old Holy Trinity Church will again become the site for the medieval fayre -ground with Archery, Re-enactments, Dunking tank, Craft stalls , Children’s Tent Work -shops, Coin striking, Stocks and all the fun and games of a genuine medieval carnival. New this year also will be the Mad-Hatter Magic Show which should go down a bomb with the children.
The Medieval Festival is part of the national Walled Town Day celebration and is financially supported by the Heritage Council and the Heritage Officer of South Tipperary County Council. This support is given to towns who put on an authentic Medieval Festival which helps to build awareness of the towns heritage and that also attracts visitors to the town from other areas and abroad. To date, the official bodies are very happy with the genuine ‘medieval show’ that Fethard has organised over the past six years and are willing to continue to help fund the Fethard medieval festival. For further information see www.fethardfestival.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Bring Them Home’ Gathering Festival
Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, speaking to members of Fethard Business and Tourism Group, when he visited the current Town Hall Development Project. The group are currently organising the Fethard Gathering Festival which will run from Friday June 21 to Sunday, June 23. L to R: Cllr. John Fahey, Bill O'Sullivan, Conor Ryan (STDC), Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Deputy Tom Hayes, Tim Robinson, Maurice Moloney, Anthony Fitzgerald (Business Development Executive), Catherine Corcoran (chairperson), Peter Grant, Terry Cunningham and Tadhg Gleeson.
Fethard’s ‘Bring Them Home’ Gathering Festival 2013 will take place weekending Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23. The festival is run in conjunction with the Annual Medieval Festival which was brought forward this year to Sunday, June 23.
Some of the many Festival events over the weekend will include a ‘Battle of The Bands’ in the marque at Fethard Convent Community Centre from 7pm to 10pm on Friday, June 21; ‘Rose of Fethard’ competition at Lonergan’s Bar on the same Friday night from 9pm to 12.30am.
On Saturday the ‘Country Markets Gathering’ will take place from 11am to 4pm; and that night the Festival Barbecue and Dance will take place in the marque with music supplied by the fantastic live band ‘20th Century Gold’. This event promises to be one of the festival highlights and tickets are available from participating local shops and the committee members.
On Sunday the traditional Medieval Festival and Parade will take place by the Town Wall and this year’s event will be complemented by the staging of the semifinals of the Irish Strongman’s ‘Highland Games’ by the Town Wall. From 6pm to 7pm local pubs will compete in the ‘Magnificent 8’ Pub Challenge, which will take place on the streets and should be great fun.
The Festival will have lots of other sporting and fun events throughout the weekend and full details are available on the festival poster or website.
The Fethard and Tourism Business Group will use funds towards the on-going Town Hall Development Project which received very favourable comments from Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, who visited the project last week.
Fethard Scout Group photographed on their hike to the Mass Cross on Slievenamon to recite their Beaver and Cub Scout Promise
On Saturday, June 1, twelve Beavers and twenty-two Cubs from 27th Tipperary Fethard Scout Group hiked to the Mass Cross on Slievenamon to recite their Beaver and Cub Scout Promise to be invested or renew their Promise into their Beaver Colony or Cub Pack. This was a very special occasion for each Beaver and Cub Scout, as they had to complete a number of tasks prior to becoming a full member of their Beaver Colony or Cub Pack. Their adventure didn’t stop there!
They returned to Camp where they had a light snack and prepared for their hike to the Holy Year Cross. This was a great personal achievement for each Beaver and Cub considering their ages ranged from 6 to 11 years. They returned to camp where they enjoyed a campfire along with song and hot chocolate. They all headed to their tents for a well-earned night’s sleep. They were awoken on Sunday morning with the sound of a cuckoo, a rare treat for any Scout, and returned to their parents in high spirits and slightly shattered.
We would like to thank our Ventures and Scouts for their great help on the overnight and also a special thanks to all the parents who joined us on the hike.
Fethard Girls win County Final
Lucy Spillane, Captain of Fethard girls football team, proudly displaying the County Community Games Trophy.
Congratulations to Fethard and Killusty U12 girls football team who created another chapter in history when they became Community Games County Champions in Semple Stadium last weekend, defeating Moycarkey Borris by 2-11 to 0-1.
There was wonderful parental support from the Fethard camp who were provided with some fine displays of clever and skilful footwork. This team is a credit to their coaches: Micheál Spillane, Annette Connolly, Jacqui O’Flynn and Mark Prout. The team has now qualified for the HSE Community Games Munster Finals.
Team members are: Lucy Spillane (capt), Ellie Devaney, Aoife Morrissey, Alison Connolly, Leah Coen, Emma Lyons, Carrie Davey, Ciara Connolly, Laura Harrington, Aine Ryan, Nell Spillane, Kaylin O’Donnell, Hannah Dolan, Ava Hickey, Rachel Prout, Caoimhe O’Meara, Laura Kiely and Ava Ward. Emma Geoghegan was on holidays for this game.
Baby Kevin Connolly, 12 days old, was the youngest supporter in Semple Stadium when his sister, Alison, and her team mates won the community games girls county football final.
Fethard Juvenile GAA Notes
Cúl Camp time is here again, August 19. Fethard’s Cúl Camp over the last few years have been extremely successful both in numbers and in their high standards. Bookings can be made online and is now open.
Club registration day is Saturday, June 22, from 1pm to 2.30pm, where we hope to have a selection of kits there to aid people in ordering the correct sizes.
Fethard will close club registration in July and will not be committing to ordering kits after this date. Fethard is open to all children both from Fethard and any surrounding area or club. More information can be had from any of the Fethard clubs – Juvenile, Senior, Camogie and Ladies football. Fethard Juvenile club would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to get involved in the club, on the committee or assisting in training.
Newport's Newsagency sincere thanks
John Neville, Kilnockin, Fethard, and his sons Shane, Conor, Gavin, Mark and Eoin, photographed with Tony Newport. The Neville family have had an association with the business since the 1800s and continued to be daily customers at Newports.
Newport’s Newsagency had their last day serving the community of Fethard on Monday, June 3, having opened as Kenrick’s in 1920.
Edwina, on behalf of the Newport family, would like to acknowledge the significant goodwill built up over the past 93 years and sincerely thank the people of Fethard and surrounding areas for their loyal custom and valued support in that time.
Edwina would also like to express her gratitude on the kindliness and good wishes received in recent days, it is very much appreciated.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on June 5, were: 10, 12, 22 and 29. We had no jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each, Sarah Conway, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; and Majella Daly, Cedar Grove, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Leanne Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard; Bob Maher, Barrack St., Fethard; and Michael Monaghan, Woodstown, Waterford.
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 draw takes place on Wednesday, June 12, and the Jackpot is €2,800 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €280. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.
Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, June 16, to the music of the Dermot Lyons. All welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing. Dancing 9pm to midnight and admission is €7.
Midsummer’s concert at Crocanoir
Tickets now on sale for the Midsummer’s concert at Crocanoir on Friday, June 21, with outstanding trio: Mick McCauley, Winifred Horan and Colm O Caoimh.
Mick McCauley and Winifred Horan are both long-time members of Irish American super group ‘Solas’ who have recorded ten albums to worldwide critical acclaim and have been praised by the Boston Herald as ‘The Best Irish traditional band in the world’. For further information and booking contact John Bermingham, Croc an Oir, Ballycullen. Tel: (052) 9153117 or 086 8907329.
Art Award for Kate
Kate Davey being presented with her cash prize by Mr Earnon Britton, Principal Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard. Kate was joint winner in an art competition held recently. The purpose of the competition was to design a Logo for a new and innovative project, '5 Steps to Living Well with Dementia', in South Tipperary. The joint winners were Kate and Laoise Kelly, St Annes Secondary School, Tipperary Town. The final Logo is a combination of their two artworks. Congratulations to both girls and wishing them every success in the future
Fethard GAA Sports Lotto
The numbers drawn on June 4, were 1, 9, 13 and 14. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner, so the following five drawn tickets won €30 each: Alice Lawrence, Woodvale Walk; John Byrne, c/o Merrys, Clonmel; Joe Ahearne, Main Street; Willie O’Meara, Killusty; and Peter Kenny, The Green. The €50 lucky dip was won by Cora McGarry, Burke Street.
Next week’s draw takes place on Tuesday, June 11, in the Fethard Arms. The jackpot will be €6,700. Ticket sponsor is AIB Fethard and good luck and thanks for your valued support.
South Tipperary General Hospital have notified the organisers of the recent ‘Pillow Talk’ event in Fethard that they have purchased 66 pillows for the A&E Department in Clonmel with the proceeds and wish to thank everyone who kindly made this possible.
Liz Newport, organiser of the event, is very grateful to all and absolutely delighted with result. Hopefully there will be some patients who have a more comfortable stay in the A&E Dept. as a result of our joint effort. Thanks again to you all.
Representing Tipp in All-Ireland semifinal
Fethard girls Laura Stocksborough, Molly O'Meara, Ciara Hayes, Kate Davey and Megan Coen helped the Tipperary U14 team beat Leitrim in the All-Ireland Semi Final on Saturday, June 8. Well done girls and best of luck in the All-Ireland Final.
Stephanie’s says ‘Thank You’
The staff at Stephanie’s Hair Salon on Main Street would like to thank everyone who supported their recent coffee morning and participation in the recent ladies Mini-Marathon in Dublin. A sum of €720 was raised for Suicide Awareness for which they are most grateful.
Community Council Meeting
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday, June 18, at 8.30pm.
Benefit night raises €800
Patrice Tobin would like to thank everyone for their support of the recent Suicide Awareness night in Lonergans Bar on May 25, where locals with ‘Stars in their Eyes’ gave a fantastic night’s entertainment to all present. Patrice would also like to thank proprietors, John and Roseanne Carroll, for their support in organising the night which raised €800 for Suicide Awareness.
Bridge Club AGM
At Fethard Bridge Club AGM held on Wednesday, May 22, the following officers and committee were elected: President Eileen Frewen; Vice-President David O'Meara; Secretary Marie Delaney; Treasurer Anna Cooke; Assistant Treasurer Rita Kane. Tournament Directors: Alice Quinn, Betty Walsh, Frances Burke and Gemma Burke. Committee: Anne Connolly, Monica Anglim, and Ann O'Dea. Partner Facilitator is Berney Myles.
The results of the game following our AGM were:
1st Gross: Monica Anglim and Betty Walsh;
2nd Gross: Kay St. John and Rita Kane;
1st Nett: Annie O'Brien and Marie Delaney;
2nd Nett: Anne Connolly and Eileen Frewen.
Bridge is finished in Fethard until September but summer bridge continues at the Bridge Centre in Clonmel on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm and in Ballinure on Thursday evenings. All are welcome at summer bridge.
New Pharmacy opens in Fethard
Daltons Pharmacy is now open for business at Teach an Chúinne, Barrack St, Fethard. Mike Dalton (27) originally from Cahir has been a qualified pharmacist for over 5 years. After qualifying from Trinity College in 2007 he went on to work for Bayer pharmaceutical in their office in Dublin and locumed in various pharmacies around the city. In 2008 he returned to work locally with O'Briens Pharmacy in Cahir and later O'Dwyers Pharmacy in Cashel where he has spent the last three years.
Daltons pharmacy provide a vast range of over the counter medicines and can fill all prescription types, just call in store and speak with Mike. They also blister pack medication into simple to use, disposable, hygienic packs. This is ideal for anyone on a multitude of medication that needs to be taken at different times of the day. These packs remove any confusion or strees involved with taking your medicine.
FETHARD GATHERING FESTIVAL
The Festival will have lots of other sporting and fun events throughout the weekend and full details are available on the festival poster or website.
Bring Them Home Draw and Refreshments
Canon Tom Breen P.P. presenting Ger and Suzanna Manton, Main Street, with their second prize of a €1,500 Travel Voucher in the Fethard Gathering Festival 'Bring them Home' draw.
The evening was rounded off with the big ‘Bring them Home’ draw for €5,500 worth of travel vouchers organised by Fethard Business and Tourism Group. The winning ticket for €3,000 was drawn by Rev. Barbara Fryday, and won by Dearbhla O’Brien, Cahir; Second prize for €1,500 was drawn by Canon Tom Breen P.P. and won by Ger Manton, Main Street, Fethard; third prize for €1,000 was drawn by Fr. Martin Crean OSA and won by Mary Murphy, Marlfield, Clonmel. The proceeds of the draw will go towards bringing the Town Hall and Main Street back to life as a busy hive of activity for locals and visitors alike.
The evening concluded with plenty of food and drinks for the happy audience who could see the great work being done in the town by many organisations including the schools and the Convent Community Hall committee. Of equal importance is the knowledge that the official bodies are fully behind the community in Fethard mainly because they always deliver when they set their mind to doing something.
Articles for Emigrants’ Newsletter
We are now inviting submissions of articles and photographs for inclusion in this year’s Emigrants’ Newsletter. The Newsletter covers all generations of emigrants and it would be nice to have articles covering all age groups. The item need not be long. It might recall a funny incident, a local character you remember, a particular event, school time or any other recollection that may surface. So please consider putting pen to paper, or voice to recorder, and submit an article for this year’s issue. Photographs, current or old, are also very welcome.
Articles or photographs can be submitted to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email to email@example.com
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.