Children from Holy Trinity National School singing at the Christmas Tree on The Square as part of Fethard Christmas Festival
The Fethard Business & Tourism Group’s ‘Christmas Festival Draw’ for a first prize of €300, 2nd Prize of €50 and 3rd Prize of €50, has been extended to Sunday, December 15. Put your name on the back of your purchase receipt at local shops and drop it in the draw box. You can also vote for your favourite school festival poster, which are numbered and displayed in shop windows on Main Street. Put the poster number also on the back of your receipt and the pupil’s poster with the highest number of votes will also receive €50. Best of luck.
Be a good friend to someone this Christmas
As we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this festive season we often forget those in our community living alone and isolated from family. Please remember to pay a visit, even if it is just to say hello, to those living alone in our community. It doesn't cost anything and may mean the world to someone.
Red Ribbon Christmas Appeal continues
The Red Ribbon Christmas Appeal, part of the Fethard ‘Christmas Festival’, will continue for one more week. Ribbons will be available in Centra Supermarket, Barrack Street, and after 7pm Mass on Saturday night and 11am Mass on Sunday morning outside Fethard Parish Church. Ribbons are €3 each and you can write the name of a deceased loved one you would like to remember over the festive season and the ribbons will be blessed and hung on the church railing, which already look so lovely. This was a great success last year and we look forward to your continued support this year. The money raised is used for deserving local causes.
November ‘Sports Achievement Award’
Harry Kelly (centre) receiving his Fethard Sports Achievement Award for November from special guest, Brendan Kenny (right). Also included is Philip Butler, proprietor Butlers Sports Bar.
The winner of the Butler’s Bar ‘Sports Achievement Award’ for November was Harry Kelly. Harry is a local trainer who continued his winning ways during November with three winners, two seconds and a third. His winners were ‘Oscars Passion’ at Punchestown, ‘The Housekeeper’ at Fairyhouse and ‘Inarticulate’ won a point-to-point at Boulta, Co. Cork. The November award was sponsored by Daly Fuels Fethard and presented by special sporting guest, Brendan Kenny, who was acknowledged for his fifteen years as secretary/manager at Slievenamon Golf Club.
Some of the nominees for the November 'Sports Achievement Award' photographed at the presentation of the November Award. L to R: Simon Standbridge and Sarah Standbridge representing their father, David Standbridge; Tom Halpin, Harry Kelly, Brendan Kenny (guest) and Kevin Shelly.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
We wish to thank all who contributed to our Christmas appeal. The total amount received between collection and donations was €4,342.96. We are very grateful for your generosity. Anybody who missed it and who wishes to contribute may still do so. May you all have a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas.
Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this Sunday Night, December 15, to the music of ‘Sam O’Doherty’. All welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing. Dancing 9pm to midnight and admission is €7.
Killusty National School
Pupils and staff from Killusty National School receiving their Tidy School Award, from Cllr Jimmy O Brien, Cathaoirleach South Tipperary County Council, for best tidy school in the Fethard Electoral Area. Also included are Cllr John Fahey, Mrs Frances Harrington, Principal; Sharon Scully, Environmental Dept., South Tipperary County Council; and Fr. Anthony McSweeney c.c.
Congratulations to Killusty National School who won the tidiest school in the Fethard Electoral Area. Cllr Jimmy O’Brien, Cathaoirleach South Tipperary County Council, presented their award to school principal, Mrs Frances Harrington. Mrs Harrington started teaching in Killusty on July 1, 1975, replacing Mrs Flood, a total of thirty-eight years teaching. She became principal in October 2002 when Mr Danny Kane retired and will now retire herself in December. We congratulate her on her long year’s service to the children of Killusty and wish her well in her retirement.
Sean Keane Christmas tour for the Abymill
The Abymill Theatre presents Sean Keane and friends with their ‘Christmas by the Hearth’ tour on Saturday, December 28. This concert will provide a wonderful night of music and song from that great singer whose voice has a superb unique tone, Sean has the ability to take any song and make it his own – a master musician who can also play any instrument.
Early booking is advised (maybe the perfect Christmas present for music lovers) Sean concert will commence at 8pm in the Abymill on Saturday, December 28. If you want to make it a ‘Christmas to Remember’ book your tickets now at: 086-0834208.
From their meet at Silverfort on Saturday last, Tipperary Foxhounds had what regular followers described as, their best hunt of the season. Finding near Mobarnane church, they ran through Mr Ryan’s Stud Farm to the Cashel-Fethard road at Kilconnell, which they crossed. Right-handed through Mocklershill, they crossed the Rosegreen road to Ballyfoloo where they marked to ground. A feature of this hunt was the furious pace at which hounds ran. The pace and the big Tipperary banks encountered at the outset ensured that the big field was very well strung out before the finish, after forty minutes of the best, without a check.
White Heather Harriers
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers had a very enjoyable days hunting from Rocklow and would like to thank Mr John Hally and family for their kind hospitality prior to move off.
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers will meet next Sunday, December 15, at Loughcopple, meet starts at 11am.
Fethard Community Playground opens to public
Enjoying the new Fethard Community Playground on opening day L to R: Sam Knightly, Alec Knightly and Jamie Dennehy.
On Saturday, December 7, Fethard Community Playground opened to the public. The committee were finally in a position to take down the barriers when all insurance and other outstanding issues were sorted. The playground will open from 9am to 5pm during the winter months and from 9am to 9pm in summer.
This great asset to Fethard is due to a very patient and hard-working committee; a fantastic local response to their fundraising efforts; and funding and support from South Tipperary County Council and Tipperary Development Company, without whose help the project could not have gone ahead.
Hanna Sheehy at Fethard Community Playground on opening day
We ask parents and children to use the playground and encourage a respect for this facility that can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. The playground will be official opened in the New Year.
Extra Christmas Prizes up to December 18
We will have extra Christmas prizes for the next two weeks of three Turkeys and three Ham on December 11 and 18. The Lotto will then take a two-week break over the Christmas period and return again on Wednesday, January 8.
The numbers drawn on December 4 were: 3, 4, 19 and 31. We had no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Martin Burke, Main street, Fethard; Christy Williams, Killusty, Fethard; and Tony Morgan, Fethard. The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Eddie Croke, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; Albert McGivern, Coolmoyne, Fethard; Noel Maher, Barrack Street, Fethard.
The winners of free draw for Christmas Hams were: Mary Fleming, Coolmoyne, Fethard; Noel Sharpe, The Castle Inn, Fethard; and Esther Leahy, Killenaule. The winners of free draw for Christmas Hams were: Emma O'Donohoe, Mellison Glengoole; Tara Mullins, Fethard; and Eamon O'Donohoe, Cashel.
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, December 11. The Jackpot is €6,700 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €670. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.
"Ode to the Valley of Sliabh ne mBan"
Milo Power wrote this poem as he was looking out the window admiring the beautiful surrounds and Sliabh na mBan as he wrote his objections to the proposed pylon plague on our beautiful valley.
O God how blessed we are by Thee
Your wondrous beauty here to see
Warmed, sheltered, and enfolded thus
This fertile valley, oh so lush.
The hews, the colours can all be seen
The lush rich pastures and the shades of green
The tree lined hills that slope away
The berried hedgerows and the fields of hay.
This time of year in the autumn shade
The trees and pastures just seem to fade
The falling leaves flutter and decay
And evening mists hide the day.
But with lengthening days the spring breaks through
The singing birds our hearts renew
The fields awake from their winter sleep
Burst forth with pasture for their summer keep.
So now, to all who care in this Golden Vale
The call goes out, tis no fairy tale
Its up to YOU, don’t wait until its gone
Come on, stand up, we now must fight for
The Valley of Sliabh na mBan.
– Milo Power (all rights reserved)
The death has occurred on December 5, 2013, of Bro. Ultan O'Mahony (aged 97), Patrician Brothers Monastery, Newbridge. Bro Ultan, along with Bro Paul and Br. Raymond, were the last Patrician Brothers to teach in Fethard before they left in July 1993 and the monastry was sold.
Deeply regretted by his sister-in-law Mary Jane, niece-in-law Mary, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and all of his fellow Patrician Brothers, neighbours, relatives and friends.
May he Rest in Peace.
Reposing at the Patrician Brothers Monastery, Newbridge from 5pm on Friday evening with prayers at 7pm. Removal on Saturday morning at 10.30am to arrive at St. Conleth's Parish Church for 11am Mass, with funeral afterwards to St. Conleth's Cemetery, Newbridge
Christmas Street Lights collection
A church gate collection to help defray the cost of Christmas Street Lights in Fethard will be held next weekend, December 14 and 15, and we ask for your continued support for this much appreciated seasonal effort to enhance our town.
Leaving Cert '78, '79 and '80 Class Reunion
Calling all leaving cert students at Patrician Presentation
Secondary School during 1978, 1979 and 1980, to a school reunion in the Fethard Arms on Friday, Dccember 27, from 8pm. Contact any of the organisers: Sean O'Donovan, Susanna Manton, Catherine O'Connell and Maree Moclair or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leaving Cert class c1980. Back L to R: Noel Murray, Richard Trayer, Trudy Phelan, Majella Pollard, Pat Fahey, Martina Murphy, Donal Tobin, Sally Dunne, Pat Fitzgerald, Teresa Quinn, Don Paul O'Rourke, Kathleen Denn, C.J. Skehan, Paul Wyatt. Front L to R: Margaret O'Dea, Mary Keane, Carmel Butler, Carol Cunningham, Joan Brett, Caroline Guiry, Martina O'Connell, Catherine Lawrence, Patricia Coffey and Mary Meaney.
Two new Digital Recollections online Interviews with Madge Hurley and Jimmy O'Shea, Fethard, two of the recent interviews by Holy Trinity National School pupils as part of the Muintir na Tire’s recent ‘Digital Recollections’ project.
Interview with Madge Hurley Congress Terrace, Fethard.
Interview with Jimmy O'Shea, Burke Street, Fethard.
Christmas Carol Service on Sunday, December 15
Fethard Choral Group at practice in the Augustinian Abbey. Back L to R: Fiona Browne, Jim Trehy, John Fogarty, Michael McCarthy, Paul Hayes, Paddy Broderick, Brian Guiry, Bernard Walsh, Michael Kenrick, Joan Halpin. Middle L to R: Tina Whyte, Chrissie Cummins, Josie Fitzgerald, Mary Smyth, Susanne Manton, Marie Murphy, Nell Broderick, Marian Gilpin, Shirley Clooney, Ruth Farrell. Front L to R: Ciara Tillyer, Catherine Smyth, Anita Maguire, Geraldine McCarthy, Laura Cummins, Majella Walsh, Mary Healy, Maree Moclair, Noreen Sheedy and Ann Barry (Musical Director). Absent from photo were Maria O’Dwyer, Emma Lalor, Gemma Burke and Amy Lalor.
Fethard Choral society, under the musical director Ann Barry have just finished their recording of the 'Little Drummer Boy' for the RTE Lyric FM ‘Carols for Christmas’ competition. Ciara Tillyer sung the first verse solo and Ted Barrett played the snare drum to accompany the singers. The choir will be performing their Christmas Carol Service on Sunday December 15, in the Abbey Church Fethard at 7pm. The children’s choir from the local primary and secondary schools will also sing on the night. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Fethard Seniors defeat Young Munster in Gleeson League
Fethard senior rugby team recorded their third win in the Gleeson League with a good win over Young Munster in Fethard on Saturday evening last. This followed a great win over Clanwilliam the previous week where John Pollard scored his first try in Fethard colours. On Saturday last Fethard dominated most phases of the game and a great break from Chris Bannister saw him score under the post.
In the second half Fethard continued to pile on the pressure and when Nicko Hoynes broke from a ruck on the halfway, the big second row sprinted the whole way to the line. Fethard defended well to hold Young Munster out with Philip Ivors, Kieran Power, Kevin Hayes and Emmet O’Mahoney doing well in the forwards while, Shane Kavanagh, John Boy Ryan, Dean Tobin, Richie Carroll and William Power had fine games in the backs.
Next week we play Ennis at home on Saturday at 2.30pm.
Fethard U16 bow out of the league and look forward to the Pan Munster competition
Fethard U16 found Dungarvan one step too far in the semi-final of the league on Sunday morning last in Dungarvan, the first half was very evenly contested and it was not until the stroke of half time that Dungarvan broke the Fethard defence to lead 7-0 at the break. Early in the second half Fethard were unlucky not to score when Bill Phelan broke from a ruck and some fine recycling saw Fethard lose possession just short of the Dungarvan line.
Dungarvan finished up deserving winners but that said, this was a fine display from the young Fethard side with Michael Gaynor, Liam Meagher, Richie Holohan, Matthew Lynch and Jake Murphy having a great game.
Fethard and District Rugby Report
U10s travelled to Musgrave Park to play Dolphin
Dolphins wonderful hospitality was repaid by Fethard in letting them score three unanswered tries. After a quick water break Ben Ruttle went over for a try and this settled Fethard. Ben went over for another try to close the gap at the end of the first third. Fethard started strong again and Johnny Gleeson scored the levelling try. After that there was only going to be one winner – Fethard – now playing their best rugby of the season that befitted the hallowed Musgrave Park. Further tries by Johnny Gleeson, Ben Ruttle and James McCormack trilled the super vocal Fethard supporters and parents. A great team performance with great tackling by Michael Ryan, ripping by Stuart Luke driving forward by Charlie Cummins and Michael Long and protecting ball by Daniel Boland. A wonderful performance that promoted rugby in Tipperary and Fethard to a rugby stronghold.
On Saturday in Musgrave Park, the rugby stronghold of Cork, we started very well running in a great try, this was very quickly cancelled by Dolphin they ran in two unopposed tries. The second section saw a very much-improved Fethard side putting in some great runs and tackles. Our final third started as our other teams were finished which gave our team terrific support. In this section the score was level with every player giving 100 percent in an unreal 15 minutes of top class rugby. The level of skill from both teams was just top class with the scoreboard for the final section a try each. These Corkonians are in no doubt as to the colour of a Fethard jersey as they saw a hell of a lot of the Fethard tacklers in the last two minutes. A huge thank you to Dolphin for their hospitality and kind words. Fethard team was: Luke Fox, Oisín Smullen, Cillian O’Keeffe, Micheal Scully, Conor Walshe, Toby Collier, Robert Wall, Sean Ryan, Robert Barton, Josh Ronan, Aidan Fitzgerald and Cathal Foley.
A Saturday morning fixture against one of the biggest and oldest clubs in Munster is a day to remember and travelling to Musgrave Park proved a thrilling experience for all involved. Maintaining a Fethard tradition the U12s started slowly and at times it seemed David Gunn was manning a solitary defence as Fethard looked lost and bewildered. One highlight of the opening period were the drop kicks from Iain Harrington which were very fine indeed. In the second period of play Fethard recovered a bit but were kept on the back foot, Mathew Gleeson, Cathal Ryan, Mark McCormack and Mathew Burke all putting in tackle after tackle but moving backwards all the time. Two scores down, Fethard started the third period in quite a different fashion; a beautiful kick set up Declan Hayes to cross the line and score. Fethard now had better shape on the pitch and were quashing dolphin attacks and the hooking of Sam Quigley-O'Dwyer lead to the equalising score by Ethan Coen who brought the two sides level. Honours definitely even.