The peaceful death occurred on Sunday, May 25, 2014 of John Moxley, age 80, of Tinakelly, Fethard, formerly of New Jersey. Pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Shirley and sadly missed by his children John, Linda, Kevin, Diane and his much loved grand-daughters, Chelsea and Emma. Deeply regretted by all his family and friends.
John moved to Fethard two years ago and lived with his daughter Linda and son-in-law Philip Furnell. He was an active member of the Fethard Day Care Centre, and enjoyed attending the Augustinian Abbey. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fethard Day Care Centre or the Augustinian Abbey please.
Mass will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday, May 28, in the Abbey. John will be buried in New Jersey. May he Rest in Peace.
Community Games Athletics this Wednesday
Fethard and Killusty Community Games will hold their area athletics event on this coming Wednesday evening, May 28, in the GAA Park starting at 6.30pm.
The Programme will consist of: U8 60m and 80m, U10 100m and 200m, U12 100m and 600m, U14 100m and 800m, and U16 100m and 1500m. There will also be non-qualifying races for tots from under age six. Competitors must be under the age specified on July 31, 2014 and must live in the parish. First and second in each of the qualifying races may compete in the county finals which will take place in Templemore on Sunday, June 22 (and unfortunately clash with this year’s Fethard Festival). Entry fee is €2.
News is mainly good as the area will now contest two GAA South Finals - the U12 girls football team will play Cahir in Fethard GAA Park on this Thursday evening, May 29, at 7pm. The U10 mixed football will also play Cahir in Cahir on Friday evening, May 30. We wish them the very best of luck. The U14 girls’ camogie team played well in Monroe on Sunday morning but were defeated by a more experienced team from Powerstown Lisronagh. All four GAA finals: U10 Football, U11 Hurling, U12 Girls Football and U14 Camogie will all take place on the bank holiday Monday, June 2, in Semple Stadium.
‘Strictly Come Dancing’ on this Monday Night
The time has come around again for this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ at Fethard Ballroom which features local schoolchildren giving a colourful exhibition of ballroom dancing under the guidance of Marina Mullins.
This event takes place on Monday, May 26, at 7.30pm, and attracts a large audience every year. All are welcome to come along and proceeds are in aid of Fethard Ballroom. Admission is €5 in advance or €7 on the door.
Whist Drive on Sunday
All are welcome to take part in a Whist Drive starting at 2.30pm in the Bridge Centre, Cashel Road, Clonmel on this Sunday, May 25. Refreshments will be served.
Students explore old grave-slabs
Transition Year students from Patrician Presentation Secondary School photographed behind one of the graveslabs on the floor of the Old Holy Trinity Church Fethard. L to R: Katie Whyte, Orla Walsh, Louise Fitzgerald, Nathan Costin, Michael O’Mahony, Dominic O’Dwyer, Alannah Coady, Dylan O’Regan, Kiya Lawrence, Willie O’Meara and Keith Cronin.
In old Holy Trinity Church, Fethard, there are twelve grave-slabs, most are on the floor and date from the 16th and 17th centuries. As part of their art class, while visiting the church, students became curious as to what was written on these slabs and whom they were commemorating. With funding from the Heritage Council (through South Tipperary Heritage Officer), students began working with Patricia Looby (art teacher) on a project based around these slabs. Most of the grave-slabs have either a Latin or English inscription, with names and dates, crosses and other symbols of the Passion Christ.
Students took large ‘paper rubbings’ from all the grave slab stones and then had a calligraphy class in the 'Blackletter' type that is used on some of these inscriptions. They then made a detailed ground floor plan of the church and marked in the location of these grave slabs.
On the evening of Friday, June 20, the Transition Year students will present an exhibition of their findings at the church. At 7pm on June 20, to mark the opening of the students exhibition, Ms Denise Sheehan (nee Maher), originally from Fethard and a former past pupil of Patrician Presentation Secondary School, will give a short lecture entitled 'Looking at Medieval Grave Slabs’. Denise is an archaeology graduate of UCC and is now head tutor in the Department of Archaeology. Denise’s M.A. thesis was based on the medieval grave-slabs of County Tipperary.
Old Holy Trinity Church Fethard was built in the early 1200s and re-modelled in the late 1400s. It is one of the largest medieval parish churches in Ireland still in use and was originally dedicated to St. John the Baptist, only becoming Holy Trinity Church in the 16th century. The exhibition will also mark the beginning of a medieval weekend in Fethard, with Medieval Walled Towns Day on Sunday, June 22. Everybody welcome to all events.
Students showing one of their graveslab rubbing
Irish Dancing classes starting at Convent Community Hall
Michelle Lawrence, three times world champion Irish dancer, will start giving Irish dance lessons every Tuesday afternoon from 3.30pm to 4.30pm at Fethard Convent Community Hall. Michelle would be delighted to meet new boys and girls who would like to join her in learning to dance by the river.
Just a reminder to everybody that Fethard Convent Community Hall is available to hire for an hourly rate for birthday parties, family gatherings, all social occasions, evening classes or other events that you might like to host. For more information contact Joan O’Donohoe at the Community Office Tel: (052) 6131000 or Pamela Sweeney Tel: 086 8743752 (evenings).
Toddler Group growing from strength to strength
Fethard’s Community Parent/Minder Toddler group is going from strength to strength and our toddlers seem to love it. Janice Carroll puts in a huge effort with the group and is always there to greet everybody with a smile and a chat. This group is a great addition to the town for both children and their parents/minders. If you would like to bring your toddler along Janice would be delighted to meet you any Thursday morning from 10am to 12 noon at Fethard Convent Community Hall where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while the children get to play and know each other even before they start playschool. Cost is only €3 per child.
Fethard finish joint fourth at AIMS Choral Festival
At the AIMS Choral Festival held in New Ross on Sunday, May 18, Fethard Choral Society came joint fourth in the category “Light Touch” singing two Beatles’ songs, ‘Yesterday’ and ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’. The Choral Society competed against choirs from all over Ireland and were very pleased to come fourth against such stiff competition. Great thanks is due to musical director, Ann Barry, for her dedication and commitment to the choir who are already looking forward to next year’s competition!
Rugby Club AGM
Fethard & District Rugby Club will hold their AGM on Monday, May 26, at 8.30pm in the clubhouse at Fethard Community Sportsfield.
Hospice Dance at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on next Sunday night, May 25, is to Dermot Lyons. This is the Annual Hospice Dance and all money raised will go to the South Tipperary Hospice Care. Adm is €10. We would very much appreciate your kind support in aid of this very worthy cause.
New Youth Group starting on Tuesdays
Tipperary Regional Youth Services will start a new Youth Group for Transition Year, Fifth and Sixth Year students (15-18 year olds) every Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm at Fethard Convent Community Hall. So come along and meet us for a chat and feel good about yourself!
Fethard GAA Community Sports Lotto
The numbers drawn in the GAA Sports Lotto were 14, 19, 23 and 26 and there was no jackpot winner and one Match 3 winner who received €150: Anna Cooke, St. Patrick’s Place. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Louie and Mary Coen, Killusty.
Next weeks Jackpot is €4,600 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park on Friday, May 23, at 7pm. All are Welcome. Thanking you for your continued support.
The death has occurred on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, of Mrs Peg Gleeson (nee Ryan), Coolmore, Fethard.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Parlour on Wednesday, May 21, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm followed by removal to Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard.
Requiem Mass at 11 am on Friday in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Main Street, Fethard, followed by burial in Crosscannon Cemetery, Killenaule.
Scouting success in county shield competition
Congratulations to the Cougar Patrol who represented Fethard in the Cois Suire County Shield Competition over the weekend of May 2 to May 4, coming away clear winners for the third consecutive year. This was a great performance and well done to the following: patrol leader Dylan Ryan; assistant patrol leader Dan Walsh; quartermaster Katie Whyte; assistant quartermaster Noelle O'Meara; scribe Poppy Kane; assistant cook and assistants Katie Ryan; assistant scribe Sarah Clarke; hiking Brendan Walsh and Dylan Fenlon; fireman/site safety David Mockler; and assistant fireman/site safety Aiden O'Dwyer.
The winning formula was teamwork and all the training paid off handsomely. Congratulations and thanks to leaders Rachel Hanlon, Cormac Keating for your work with training. Thanks also to Michelle Hennebry and Tony Burgess for their logistical support, which all added to a great result.
Fethard Historical Society talk
Mullinahone monument honouring the three Old IRA local men, Jim Egan, Jackie Brett and Sean Quinn.
Fethard Historical Society will host a talk entitled, ‘War and Peace in Ireland, July 1921–June 1922’ by Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc, on Friday, May 23, in the Abymill Theatre at 8pm. The talk covers the period marking the end of the black and tan war, the truce and then the treaty split. Padraig is the author of the acclaimed, ‘Revolution - a photographic record of the war of independence and the treaty’. All are welcome. Admission price is members €3 and non-members €5.
Public Participation Network – What is it?
A new framework for public engagement and participation called ‘The Public Participation Network’ is being developed in County Tipperary. The PPN will be a new structure to ensure that the community, voluntary and environmental groups will feed into plans and policies for the future of a unified County Tipperary.
If you are involved in a Community, Social Inclusion, Environment or any other Voluntary groups you are invited to attend an information meeting at the following dates and locations to learn how your group can participate in this important new structure.
Your opinion and involvement is very important for the communities across the county. We very much encourage you to attend and to take part on the evening which takes place for Fethard District on Tuesday, May 27, at 8.pm in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard.
Table Quiz in aid of Build4Life / Cystic Fibrosis
A Table Quiz will be held in Butler's Bar on Friday night, May 23 (election day), in aid of Build4Life / Cystic Fibrosis which is funding facilities in the Cork University Hospital who cater for 25 per cent of the Cystic Fibrosis patients in Ireland. Please support.
Formed in 2007, Build4Life is a voluntary registered charity. Based in Munster we were the first charity to raise funds to develop life saving isolated Inpatient and Outpatient Cystic Fibrosis (CF) facilities in any hospital in Ireland. Funds raised to date amount to €3,500,00.
Training for Fethard Sword Fighters
Preparations for Fethard’s Medieval Festival (June 20 -22) are now well in hand and that includes upcoming workshops – for interested newcomers – in medieval combat, sword fighting and general mock mayhem as practiced by the local Rathkenny Re-enactor Troupe. The Fethard Medieval Festival is very fortunate in having an ‘in-house’ medieval re-enactor group with Rathkenny ex-army man Colm McGrath as its trainer and new recruits are now being enlisted for this year’s festival. The first workshop will take place in Rathkenny on Saturday afternoon, May 24, so any bloodthirsty young men and women (over 18) should contact Colm on 086 3502360 or email email@example.com.
Work is already on-going on the old Holy Trinity Church grave-slab project which is being carried out by the Transition Year students of the P.P. Secondary School under the direction of their art teacher Patricia Looby. This project will have a major launch during the festival and very soon the Shield and Art Workshops for the local primary schools will also be taking place. Both projects will all be on show during festival weekend.
Guided Tours of the medieval walled town for school pupils and also for families will take place leading up to and during Medieval Festival Weekend. An unique concert of medieval music by acclaimed group Nuada, will take place in old Holy Trinity Church on the Saturday night (June 21) and Sunday, June 22, is Walled Town Day with the medieval parade to the ‘fair ground’ in the Valley Park. Fethard’s Walled Town Day and Medieval Festival is again being supported by the Heritage Council this year as Fethard is seen to deliver a great family day out and in a genuine historic location. Anyone wishing to participate in the medieval festival by dressing in period costume, manning an ‘old games’ stall or who may ‘have an idea’, should make contact by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 052 6131537 or 086 3905373.
Classical Spanish Guitarist for Clonacody House
Classical guitarist, Peter Richmond, who studied under Giulio Tampalini and David Russell, will play an intimate performance at Clonacody House on Saturday, May 31 at 8pm. This unique performance in a unique setting provides the perfect setting for a very entertaining evening of classical Spanish guitar. Wine and tapas will also be included at the interval. Tickets (limited) at €25 are available from Clonacody House Tel: 087 1689167, or from O’Sullivan’s Chemist, Fethard, and Marian’s, O’Connell Street, Clonmel.
Articles for Emigrants’ Newsletter
We are now inviting submissions of articles and photographs for inclusion in this year’s Emigrants’ Newsletter which will be published in November this year. Articles or photographs can be submitted to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email to email@example.com
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.