The death has occurred on January 30, 2014, of Mr Joe Hayes, Rathcoole, Fethard, Co Tipperary. Joe, deeply regretted by his wife Mossie, his daughter Marée Moclair, his sons Tom, Willie, David, Johnny, Joseph, Ciaran, Richard and Mark, his brothers Fr Mattie, Pat, Gerry, Willie and Denis, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, twenty-three grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Pre-deceased by his sister Kitty Butler, May he Rest in Peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, this Friday, January 31, from 6pm with removal to Holy Trinity Parish Church at 8pm. Funeral Mass at 1pm on Saturday, February 1, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, of Ms Catherine Healy, The Green, Fethard, daughter of the late Mary and Ned Healy.
Reposing at her home on The Green from 5pm to 8pm on Friday, January 31.
Requiem Mass at 11am on Saturday, February 1, at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, of Ms Maisie Maher, Main Street, Killenaule. Masie will be well remembered in Fethard as she spent almost the last 70 years working at Thomas and Anna Henehan's, The Square, Fethard.
Reposing at Henehan's, Main Street, Fethard this Thursday evening, January 30, from 4pm with Rosary at 8pm. Arriving at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard on Friday morning at 10.45 am for Funeral Mass at 11 am. Burial afterwards in Crosscannon cemetery, Killenaule.
The death has occurred on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, of Mrs Kate Phelan, Derryluskin, Fethard.
Remains will leave her home in Derryluskin to arrive at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, on Thursday, January 30, at 7pm.
Requiem Mass at 12.30pm on Friday, January 31, followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred on Tuesday 28th January 2014, of Margaret 'Peggy' Manton (née Barrett), Synone, Boherlahan, peacefully at home in the loving care of her family. Peggy, beloved wife of the late Bobby, mother of the late Paul, John and Robert and mother-in-law of the late Margaret. Deeply regretted by her loving sons Denis, Seamus, Martin, Thomas, Pat and Gerard, daughters Margaret Meskell, Mary McGrath, Betty O’Brien and Christina Butler, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Mary Connolly and Jeanie Barrett, nephews, nieces, relatives, her dear friend Mary Murphy, neighbours and friends. May She Rest In Peace.
Reposing at Devitt’s Funeral Parlour this Wednesday, January 29, from 5.30pm with Removal at 7.30pm to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Boherlahan. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11.30am followed by Burial in Ardmayle Cemetery.
'Black and Tan’ book wins Tipperariana Award
Ms Pat Looby, Chairperson Fethard Historical Society. presenting the ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year 2013’ award to author Seán Hogan at a function in the Abymill Theatre Fethard on Friday night, January 24, for his magnificent 492 page book ‘The Black and Tans in North Tipperary’. This year's Tipperariana Book Fair takes place on Sunday, February 9 in Fethard Ballroom.
The ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year 2013’ was presented to Puckane author Seán Hogan at a function in the Abymill Theatre Fethard, Co. Tipperary, on Friday night last, January 24, for his magnificent 492 page book ‘The Black and Tans in North Tipperary’.
The full title of the book includes the wording ‘Policing, Revolution and War 1913-22’ and John Cooney, speaking on behalf of the judging panel, emphasised the point that the book is in fact a detailed history of the national struggle in North Tipperary in the ten years leading up to and including the War of Independence.
The ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year’ award is presented annually – Seán Hogan being the twelfth recipient – by the organisers of the Tipperariana Book Fair which is held on the second Sunday in February for the past nineteen years in Fethard’s own ‘Ballroom of Romance’.
The background to the Book Fair and the Book of the Year Award was outlined at Friday night’s ceremony by Terry Cunningham of the Tipperariana Committee and he listed out the eleven previous winners going back to the inaugural winner, ‘Moyne-Templetuohy A Life of its Own’, which was a massive three-volume history of that parish published in 2002. A copy of all the previous winning books was on display which added greatly to the occasion.
Author Seán Hogan receiving the ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year 2013’ award‘ for his book, 'The Black and Tans in North Tipperary’, at a function hosted by the Fethard Historical Society in the Abymill Theatre Fethard on Friday, January 24. L to R: Terry Cunningham (PRO), Seán Hogan (author), Dóirín Saurus, Ms Pat Looby (Chairperson) and John Cooney (Vice-Chairperson). This year's Tipperariana Book Fair takes place on Sunday, February 9 in Fethard Ballroom.
A book amongst many Tipperary Books
The year 2013, like most other years, saw up to forty substantial books produced that are either by Tipperary authors or the subject matter concerns County Tipperary is some material way. The ‘Tipperariana Award’ is both an acknowledgement of the great work done by the winning author and also an encouragement to all those researching ‘Tipperary’ subjects, as it all goes to reinforce the tremendous ‘sense of place’ that people have right across the county.
Seán Hogan, in his acceptance speech, acknowledged the help and support he got from so many quarters and over many years to enable him to get the book published and made available to the reading public. He outlined how he finally self-published the book and that it is available via his own website www.untoldstories.ie and in bookshops across County Tipperary and in ‘Books Upstairs’ and ‘Hanna’s’ in Dublin. The Book Centre and Book Market (Clonmel), Greene’s Cards (Tipperary Town) and Bookworm and Easons (Thurles) all stock the winning book. He further noted that his timing has, per chance, been very opportune as we are now in the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ and interest in the whole 1913-1923 era is growing by the month and year.
Seán, who now lives and works in Dublin, was accompanied by his wife Valerie and many friends when presented with a specially commissioned ceramic plate - by Fethard artist and potter Dóirín Saurus - by Patricia Looby, Chairperson of the Fethard Historical Society at the award ceremony on Friday night. The trophy, appropriately enough, was coloured ‘black and tan’ and bore ‘The Tipperariana Book of the Year 2013’ inscription.
The evening was rounded off with a wonderful rendition of five songs of that period by Clonmel folk singer Seán Callaghan followed by refreshments.
Clonmel folk singer Seán Callaghan singing at the reception
Seán Hogan will attend on Sunday, February 9
As the winning author for 2013, Seán Hogan will take pride of place at the upcoming Tipperariana Book Fair in Fethard on Sunday 9th February from 2pm to 6pm. Seán will attend so as to promote, sell and sign his book and to chat at length with the many people who are intensely interested in that pivotal period of our history. Seán will be joined by other Tipperary authors and by thirty-four book dealers – of mostly second hand and antiquarian books – from all over Ireland. There will also be thousands of lower priced ‘donated books’ for sale , and anyone wishing to donate books to help raise funds for the Fethard Historical Society can do so by phoning 086 390 53 73 and collection will be arranged.
With an entrance fee of only €2, a café and a live piano player, Fethard Book Fair represents great value for money indeed - a fact noted by the Irish Times Magazine last Sunday (under ‘tip number 22’) in an article entitled ‘50 ways to make it to payday!’ (Further information from www.tipperariana.com).
Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday Night, February 2, to the music of ‘Tommy Carroll’. All welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing. Dancing 9pm to midnight and admission is €7.
The AGM of Fethard and Killusty Community Ballroom Ltd will take place in Fethard Ballroom at 8pm on next Monday, February 3. All are welcome.
Rugby U14s win East Munster Final
Fethard U14 rugby team, winners of the East Munster League Final against Kilfeacle
Fethard U14s dominated a much bigger Kilfeacle pack in the East Munster League Final played in Thurles on Sunday under difficult weather conditions.
With excellent line breaks from the backs, Fethard forced Kilfeacle to concede a penalty on their 22, which resulted in Fethard achieving the first score of the day. From the kick off Fethard continued to apply pressure, with a great line break and equally good support play, Fethard ran in a quick try just before half time to go in 8-0 up.
Fethard faced a different challenge against a strong wind in the second half, with Kilfeacle running in two early tries, but failing to convert.
With five minutes remaining it was down to the wire. Fethard were gradually making ground and good rucking from our forwards forced Kilfeacle to concede another penalty on their 22, which Fethard scored, putting them one ahead with just two minutes remaining.
From kick-off Kilfeacle worked their way down to the Fethard five-meter line. Several phases later and four minutes into injury time, Fethard turned over, kicked the ball out of play, to the glorious sound of the final whistle and an invasion of loyal supporters onto the pitch. Well down to a tremendous U14 squad and their coaches.
Fethard Macra Notes
Fethard Macra Club members who won the County Round of Club Question time last weekend L to R: Bill Hunt, Johnny McCormack, Liam Cleary and David Ryan.
Well done to club members Liam Cleary, David Ryan, Bill Hunt and Johnny McCormack who won the county round of club Question Time last weekend and will now go forward to the national finals.
Fethard also won the first round of the Novice Debating last weekend in Rathkeevin. Their next debate takes place on Friday, January 31, at 9pm in Feehan’s, Cashel. Best of luck to club members Michael Moclair, Pat Murphy and Suzanne Gorey who are up against Clonoulty Macra.
Volleyball takes place every Tuesday night in Clerihan. All are welcome. Basketball coaching will start back this Friday night in the High School at 8pm.
A rugby trip is being organised for members to see Munster v Cardiff Blue on Saturday, February 8. For more information contact Emma Flynn 086 3472285.
The South Tipp Capers team performed very well at the semi-finals in Cappoquin recently. Tríona O’Dea won Best Female Performance on the night.
South Tipp Macra Capers team who performed at the semifinals in Cappoquin recently
New members are always welcome. If you would like to join Fethard Macra, contact Pat Murphy (086) 2131802.
Retirement Mass in Killusty
The school community in Killusty would like to invite all past and present pupils of Mrs Frances Harrington to her retirement mass in Killusty Church on Friday, January 31, at 7pm. We will be serving refreshments afterwards in the school and all are welcome to join us in marking the occasion. We were extremely lucky to have a teacher of Frances' calibre in the school for so long and would like to acknowledge her contribution to our children's lives on the night.
GAA Sports Lotto
There was no winner of the GAA Sports Lotto jackpot this week. We had four match three winners who each received €40 each: Dick Fitzgerald, St. Patrick’s Place (twice); Stephen O’Donnell, Coolmoyne, and Josie Fitzgerald, Kiltinan. The winner of the €50 lucky dip was Karl Maher, Barrack Street, Fethard. Next week’s jackpot is €3,000 and the draw will take place at Lonergans Bar, Fethard.
Colin is runner-up in holiday photography competition
Colin Kenny (centre) being presented with second prize in the recent national ‘Holiday World Show Photography Competition’ in Dublin
Congratulations to local photographer Colin Kenny, Fethard, who came second in the recent national ‘Holiday World Show Photography Competition’, run in association with Canon, The Sunday Times and Sunway. Colin’s entry, taken in New York, was shortlisted from hundreds of entries from all over Ireland. The overall winners, were chosen by an expert judging panel and announced at The Holiday World Show 2014, where the ten shortlisted photographs were also exhibited.
Convent Community Centre
The committee of Fethard Convent Community hall would like to say a big thank you to Norman Bradshaw, The Green, Fethard, who has worked with us on a TÚS programme for the last year. Norman was very popular with all the regular people who use the hall and found him very helpful and obliging. Unfortunately the TÚS programme only allows participants on placement for one year, which is a pity, so it is with regret we say good luck to Norman in whatever he does next and we look forward to working with his replacement, Michael Tiller. We would also like to thank Richard Wood from the TÚS office for working with us and setting up our new placements for 2014. Without their involvement it would be impossible for us, as a voluntary committee, to keep the hall open seven days a week.
As the nights are still dark and cold we have decided to just open the community library one night a week till the evenings get longer. We will be open on Tuesday nights from 7pm to 8.30pm and Tuesday afternoons from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. We have a great variety of books so why not call down some Tuesday afternoon or evening with your children and see for yourself.
Adult and children bodhrán lessons will resume in the hall on Wednesday, February 5. Children's lessons are from 6.30pm to 7.15pm and adults from 7.15pm to 8pm. For more information call Marion on 087 2150900.
Happy Birthday to Sean
Sean Ward, The Valley, Fethard, photographed with his wife Margaret on the occasion of his 80th birthday celebrated with his family.
The second half of the 3013/14 season has got off to a flying start with both the Tipperary Foxhounds and the Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers showing excellent sport during January.
Tipperary Foxhounds attracted a mounted field of seventy riders to their Coolmore Lawn meet. Following lavish refreshments at Coolmore offices, hounds quickly found nearby. This fox provided over one hours hunting through Coolmore, Knockelly, Slainstown and Coolbawn area. Following a good start the day concluded with another good run, from just above the old Killenaule Rectory House hounds hunted through Kennedys, Bawnbrack, to the large patch of Kale at Blackmore’s. Hunting with great cry and drive here, they ran back to Kennedy’s, back to the Kale field again, and back towards the waterfall they swung right-handed to the Killenaule – Ballyluskey road where they checked and were stopped at 4.50pm in failing light.
With the White Heathers
At Tullamaine on Sunday, January 19, the Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers had a good run from Davins. From the roadside covert they hunted to the Castleblake factory. Back again they were soon away towards the Tipp Foxhound Kennels. Turning right here they ran through Miltown by Mr Gavin Wragg’s at Moorstown to the Fethard – Cahir road. Crossing the road beyond Mr Louis Ronan’s they were away towards Clerihan. Turning left short of the Donoughmore road they hunted to Hennessy’s, Coleman, where they lost him. This was an excellent hunt of just over the hour with hardly a check.
The Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers meet next on Sunday, February 2, at 11am.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on January 22 were: 5, 9, 12 and 13. We had no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Gabriel Needham, Friarsgrange, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: Mary Brett, The Valley, Fethard; Marilyn Kehoe, c/o Eileen Connolly; and Maureen Meaney, The Valley, Fethard.
Operation Transformation starting at Convent Community Centre
An eight-week ‘Operation Transformation Fethard ‘will start in the Convent Community Centre on Wednesday, January 29. Biddy O’Dwyer will be there at 6.45pm on Wednesday evening to register everyone and get started. Weekly weigh-ins will take place in private after which it is hoped that the group will do a few walking laps of the town on a Wednesday and Friday nights and meet at the weekend for an arranged walk.
Registration is €5 and then €2 weekly. The ‘Biggest Loser’ will win €100 at the end of the eight weeks. This is a community ‘not for profit’ event. Men, women, boys and girls are very welcome to come along but children under 18 are not allowed take part in the weigh-in. Hope everybody gets involved
The new public community library is now open at the Convent Community Centre. Yearly membership to the library is €5 for over 18s and children are free. This great facility is available to all the community and are very welcome to come along and have a look.
Free computer training
A free computer training is starting again in the Convent Community Centre on Friday, February 9, from 7pm to 9pm. This is a four-week course and for further information contact Joan O’Donohoe at (052) 6131000 or Pamela Sweeney at 086 8743752.
Parent / Minder Toddler Group
The Parent / Minder Toddler Group has now resumed in the Convent Community Centre every Thursday morning at 11am. We have lots of toys to keep children happy while their parents / minders escape the housework for an hour an enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some adult conversation. The cost is a minimal €2 per child. This is a community not-for-profit group that will need your support to make it a success, so why not pop down for an hour any Thursday morning. All are very welcome
Zumba Classes are back on Tuesday nights from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. The cost is €7per class, pay as you go.
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.