Visitors to Fethard
Visiting Fethard from Wimbledon, London, were Paul Mullins and his daughter Aisling. Paul's father was the late Tom Mullins, originally from Fethard, who died in 2001. Paul is a regular visitor to Fethard where he still has many relatives.
Free Dementia Clinic
Daltons Pharmacy will hold a free Dementia Clinic at their premises on Barrack Street, Fethard, on Wednesday, September 4. In attendance will be Geraldine Hoyne who is a registered general and psychiatric nurse and will be available to meet for 30-minute clinical session. For further details call in to store.
Kids Disco in Cloneen
A Kids Disco takes place in Cloneen Hall on Friday, August 23, from 7pm to 9pm. Local DJ will be in attendance. Entry will be allowed for ages 8 to 13 only and this will be strictly monitored and supervised by qualified adults. For refreshments a mineral bar and snacks will be available. Tickets costing €5 per head will be available at the door.
Mountain Madness Weekend
‘Mind at Risk’ band will perform in Cloneen Hall at 10pm on Saturday, August 31. This rock band have spent the last few months perfecting their sound, musicianship and show! Now with everything set in place, the boys are back in town again (to quote an Irish Legend!) to remind everyone how a rock band should sound like! Cover Charge is €5 payable at the door. Come along and enjoy great music.
Enjoying challenge of working in Ethiopia
Catherine Corcoran, a member of Fethard & Killusty Community Council and Fethard Business & Tourism Group, earlier this year availed of the wonderful opportunity to take some time out and work with Concern in Ethiopia. Catherine has travelled extensively while working with Concern in the past and this time has promised to keep us in touch with her work in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is a really fascinating place full of so many contrasts. There is a huge amount of construction going on everywhere – huge glass buildings being built from medieval wooden scaffolding – like on the North Gate I suppose. And in front of all these glass buildings are holes in the road, herds of sheep and goats, beggars and blind people, hoards of people in white robes going to church, kids selling everything, shoe shiners galore, kids in hoodies on mobiles, a few bewildered looking tourists-you name it, its here. It is certainly vibrant and exciting if tiring too with traffic and all those contrasts you have to brace yourself a bit.
Work is going great so far; Concern has a big programme here – over 250 staff involved in nutrition, agriculture, income generation, soil conservation, water and HIV/Aids. There is a very good and experienced team who seem to know what to do in most situations – which I suppose is no surprise as the organisation is here 40 years and there are lots of very talented Ethiopians working in Development work. Just as well as the problems here are huge – 85 million people depending mostly on agriculture; tiny land holdings; droughts and floods happening one after the other; very poor services and a huge young population to serve. On the plus side Government staff work hard generally at their jobs and we assist where we can; there are 2 harvests every year of wonderful produce; the largest livestock herd in Africa is here and set to grow and most importantly it is peaceful. And the people are very warm and lovely – very proud of their culture.
I am off for a week up North on Wednesday so looking forward to that. All the very best to my friends in Fethard. – Catherine.
Family Fun Field Day
Cloneen Hall will be holding a Family Fun Field Day on Sunday, September 1, starting at 2pm with Dog Show, Bouncy Castles, Sumo Wrestling, Archery, Barbecue, Bric-a-Brac sale, Cashel Brass Band, Stalls, Games, Music and many other events and fun competitions. Bring that ‘mutt’ to the dog show and enjoy the various competition classes on offer. Entry Fee: Adults €5, Student €2, Accompanied Children are Free.
Heritage Week Fethard Guided Tour
Terry Cunningham and Colm McGrath, 'Backs to the Wall' tours Fethard
In conjunction with Heritage Week, ‘Backs to the Wall Tours’ have organised a guided tour of the Medieval Walled Town of Fethard at 2.30pm on Saturday, August 24, meeting at the footbridge at the Valley Park. The duration of the walking tour is one and half hours. There is no need to book, just turn up on Saturday. Fee is €5 and children go free. For further information contact: Colm 086 3502360 or Terry 086 3905373.
Medieval Mix Up
This week is National Heritage Week the traditional time that Fethard Medieval Festival was held over the past few years. This year the Medieval Festival was held earlier in June to coincide with the Fethard Gathering Festival with the approval of the Heritage Council who fund the event. Unfortunately many visitors were unaware of the change and came to Fethard on Sunday last to attend the Medieval Festival. Jolly’s Café on The Square reported that at least nine people travelled from various places as far away as Wexford stating the Festival was still being advertised as part of Heritage Week on some websites. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and for any wrong information that was made available online not under our control.
Weather shines for Music Extravaganza
Nicole Moloney having her face painted at the Music Extravaganza
Sunday last saw the second ‘Music Extravaganza’ run in Fethard in aid of the Tipperary Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association. The weather obliged with brilliant sunshine in the lovely setting of Lonergan’s Beer Garden under the shade of Fethard’s Town Wall. A huge ‘thank you’ to all the seven bands who provided their services free of charge for the day. The quality of music was fantastic and was enhanced even more by the ‘gig rig’ supplied and manned by Premier Music staff, Clonmel.
Photographed in Fethard on Sunday were L to R: Bid Kennedy (Cahir), Ethna Maher and Bernadette Stocksborough
Customarily planned as a ‘Family Day’, this year was no exception where children of all ages enjoyed the bouncy castle and face painting with barbecue food supplied by Peter Stocksborough and his staff. The organising committee of the IWA would like to thank all who helped out on the day in particular John and Roseanne Carroll who provided the premises and prepared the venue for wheelchair access. Thanks also to Helen Carrigan who sponsored a prize of two nights bed and breakfast with evening meal at Clonacody House. This proved a very attractive main prize for the raffle. Lastly thanks to MC and DJ for the afternoon, evening and night, Roger Mehta (Roger Brown) who was the perfect host and anchor throughout the day.
Margaret and John Gallagher at the Music Extravaganza
Enjoying the fun at the Music Extravaganza were L to R: Kathlyn O'Brien, Sophia O'Brien and Jessica Moloney.
Photographed at the Music Extravaganza are L to R: Joan Carroll, Ann Browne and Toni Corbett.
Kenny Ryder & The Rocking Rebels performaing at the Music Extravaganza
Mariola and Pat O'Dwyer
'Hot Ice' with IWA members at the Music Extravaganza and Barbecue in aid of the Tipperary Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association L to R: Jack Kenny, Sylvia Cregan (Hot Ice), Liam Bedford (Hot Ice) and Garreth Meehan.
L to R: Martin Hayes and Stan Morrow
Members of the Mullins family and friends
Enjoying the fun at the Music Extravaganza
Members of the O'Connor family at the Music Extravaganza
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on August 14 were: 2, 4, 5 and 27. We had no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Kathleen Connolly, The Valley, Fethard; Fr. Lazarus, The Abbey, Fethard; and Marie Allen, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Patrick Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard; Michael Flanagan, Derryluskin, Fethard; and Sean Kelly, c/o Kathleen Connolly.
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, August 21. The Jackpot is €4,300 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €430. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.
Fethard GAA Sports Lotto
There was no jackpot winner in this week’s GAA Sports Lotto. There was one match three winner who received €150: P.T. Houlihan, c/o Bob Fitzgeralds. The €50 lucky dip went to Anthony Coffey, Burke Street, Fethard.
Next week’s jackpot is €7,700 and the draw takes place at McCarthy’s Bar. You can get the lotto tickets of any committee member. The jackpot is big now so remember if you’re not in you can't win. Thanks again for all the support. It is much appreciated.
Boston Scientific Half Marathon in Clonmel
Neilie Hall (Fethard) starting his half-marathon.
Fintan Rice, Everardsgrange, who ran a brilliant race to win the over-45 award finishing 11th overall in 79 minutes 267 seconds.
Tom Halpin running the Half-Marathon
Willie Prout taking part in the Boston Scientific Half-Marathon
Edel Roche making her way over Knocklofty Bridge
L to R: Linda Egan (102) and Andrew Cashman (Clonmel). Andrew is a relative of the late Sarah Cashman from the Back Green in Fethard.
Gus Napier (Clonmel and originally from The Green) running the half-marathon on Sunday last, August 18.
Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon
North & South Tipperary Sports Partnerships have come together to organise the Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon which is now in its 4th year. The event takes place on Sunday, September 29, in Clonmel at 11am and follows a 10k route through the streets of the town.
Since the inaugural event in 2010, many charity groups have used the event as a much-needed fundraiser for their own individual causes. This event provides each charity with the opportunity to have a 10k fundraiser, without the time and financial cost of organising an event of this nature.
We would like to invite you to utilise our Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon as a fundraiser for your charity. All you need to do is register your willing participants at www.tippminimarathon.ie or by contacting the STSP office at (062) 64737. The fee for participation in the event is €20 per person however; an early bird offer of €15 is available up to September 2. As an added incentive the organising committee will make a charitable donation of €200 to the largest charity fundraising group to register. Please contact Valerie Connolly, Sports Co-ordinator, should you have any queries.
Dreaming of Tuscany . . .
Clonacody House, Fethard, in association with ‘Opera 40’ will host a lovely evening in the company of recordings playing your favourite arias selected from the most famous operas composed by Giacomo Puccini. The selected recordings will be introduced and explained by Soprano Sara Filippini and accompanied by a selection of authentic Italian Antipasti and wines from Puccini’s homeland, Tuscany, sponsored by Mitchell & Son.
The evening promises a very casual, relaxed atmosphere and commences at 7pm on Sunday, August 25. Tickets are €25 per person (limited) and can be purchased in advance by contacting Helen Carrigan at 087 1689167.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.