Exceptional Piano Students
Pictured are Fethard piano students nominated to perform at the 2014 Leinster School of Music and Drama Excellence Awards Competition. L to R: Hannah Sheehy, Katie McCarthy, Laura O’Donnell, Sadhbh Morrissey and Chloe Carey O’Donovan with their piano teacher Stuart Clooney
Congratulations to all piano students, taught by local Fethard piano teacher Stuart Clooney, who were examined in the Leinster school of Music 2014 piano exams held in Fethard. With exceptional results achieved, the students did themselves and their teacher proud. Very impressive in particular was the group of young beginners some as young as seven, and some of whom only started lessons in January 2014, who received their first piano certificate. Medals were duly awarded to Laura O’Donnell, Keith Morrissey, Eoin Murphy, Katie McCarthy, Kaylin O’Donnell and Hannah Sheehy who obtained results of over ninety-five per cent.
There is success again for Fethard this year with the representation of Stuart’s students competing in the prestigious annual National Excellence Awards Competition held in Griffith College Dublin every July. Six students have been nominated by the examiners to take part, Katie McCarthy, Hannah Sheehy, Laura O’Donnell, Sadhbh Morrissey, Chloe Carey O’Donovan and Keith Morrissey. Congratulations and best of luck to the students. For further information please contact Stuart and Maura Clooney, Cashel Road, Fethard on (052) 6132567
Build up to Fethard Festival
The build up to the 2014 Medieval Festival, taking place from Friday, June 20, to Sunday, June 22, continues. Training and educational workshops for children of the area are now taking place for both secondary school and primary schools of the immediate area.
The Holy Trinity Grave Slab project by the Transition Year students of Presentation Patrician Secondary School is being prepared for display and hanging in the church for its formal launch on at 7pm on Friday, June 20.
The Shield and Art workshops, conducted by local artist Patricia Looby in the primary schools, is now beginning and the children’s artistic creations always form a colourful spectacle at the parade on Festival Sunday.
Guided historical tours for school pupils
This year the Fethard Historical Society are also organising Guided Historical Tours of the medieval town for the more senior classes in both Fethard and Killusty primary schools. The Heritage Council, main funders of the Medieval Walled Town Festival, put a huge emphasis on the educational and awareness raising aspect of the festival programme. Guided tours for the general public will take place as part of the festival on Saturday, June 21, at 11am and 2pm, starting from the footbridge in The Valley.
There may still be time for newcomers to get some training with the Rathkenny Re-enactor group by calling 086 3502360. For the past seven years Colm McGrath and his ‘merry men and women’ have been central to the medieval atmosphere of both the Sunday parade and the ensuing ‘pop-up’ village by the Clashawley.
Midsummers Night Concert & Barbecue on Saturday, June 21
The concert of Medieval Music by group NUADA, who play an amazing array of musical instruments and styles, will take place in old Holy Trinity church at 8pm on Saturday, June 21, the longest day of the year. Those interested in early booking for this unique event can contact 052 6131537 and tickets, subsidised by the Medieval Festival, are only costing €10. On the same evening, to live the longest day to the full, the Fethard Business and Tourism Group are holding a midsummer’s night Barbeque in the precinct of the Convent Community Hall and this will be a great opportunity for the whole community to come together on this very special night of the year.
Community Text Alert Meeting
A follow up meeting to commence with the proposed local Community Text Alert Scheme will be held in the Tirry Centre at 8.30pm on Tuesday, June 17, in conjunction with Muintir na Tire and An Garda Síochána.
To start the scheme in Fethard and surrounding hinterland, a number of volunteers will be needed to visit and distribute forms to every house in our designated geographic area. Every household will need to be asked if they want to get involved and a steering committee of twenty to twenty-five people will be required to undertake this initial task. A small management sub-committee, called the Community Alert Group, will be then agreed to manage the scheme.
If you are interested in getting involved please leave your name and number (mobile where possible) with the Community Office in Fethard, Tel: 052 6131000.
Fethard Tidy Towns
Helping keep Fethard in shape for the national Tidy Towns competition are L to R: Joe Keane, Thelma Griffith, Mary Connors and Maura Ryan
Fethard Tidy Towns will hold their church gate collection on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, and ask you to please support.
The group welcome the national Tidy Towns adjudicators back to Fethard in the coming weeks so they appeal to locals to be more diligent and help remove any litter that they may see laying about.
It is lovely to see the fruits of all the residents and Tidy Town’s work carried out with beautiful window boxes, hanging baskets, flower beds, containers of shrubs and flowers all enhancing the overall look of the town. At this time of year we can also see lots of wild flowers and trees in full bloom. Many thanks to all who helped in any way and we again appeal to please keep Fethard clean and litter free, and we also ask dog walkers to continue the good habit of cleaning up after their pets on paths, lanes, and roads where people walk.
Community Council Meeting
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday, June 10, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.
Fethard ICA June meeting
Fethard ICA will hold their June meeting on Tuesday, June 10, in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road, at 8pm. Items that will be discussed include the ICA Annual Outing on July 3, and the ICA Federation Day which will be held in Cashel on June 18. Catering on the night in the hands of the ‘Yellow Group’.
A big thanks to all who supported the recent Table Quiz in Butlers Sportsbar in aid of Build4Life Cystic Fibrosis. The raffle winners are as follows: Hamper, courtesy of Jack Murphy Motors, Ballingarry, won by Bunny Hurley; Bottle of Cream Liqueur won by Ann Marie Butler ; Fiona O’Meara Perfume won by Stephanie Fitzgerald; Jimmy and Fionnuala O’Sullivan Toiletries Hamper won by Ger McCarthy; Bottle of Wine won by Maryanne Fogarty; Clock won by Mark Murphy; Racing Legends DVD won by Cha Morrissey; Tickets to Clonmel Races won by Nicola Neylon; Box of Chocolates won by Olwyn O’Brien; and an Electric Kettle courtesy of Fethard Wholesale Electric won by Brian Gallagher. A special thanks to proprietors Philip, Anne and Anne Marie Butler.
Community Games Area Athletics
Group of medal winners at the Fethard Community Games Athletics evening. Back L to R: Ben Coen, Cathal Ryan, Ryan Walsh, Keenan Aherne, Cathal O’Mahoney. Front L to R: Laura Harrington, Lucy Spillane, Ciara Spillane, Laura O’Donnell, Leah Coen and Alison Connolly.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games Committee would like to thank all those who supported their area athletics on Wednesday last, they would also like to congratulate all those who qualified (first and second in each event) for the County Final in Templemore on Sunday June 22. Unfortunately the national rule is that a competitor may compete in only one event at county level.
Congratulations also to the girls U12 football team who won the South Final against Cahir on Thursday evening and subsequently travelled to Semple Stadium on Monday last. The U10 team played a great game in their south final on Friday night but lost nothing in defeat to an exceptionally strong side from Cahir. The Fethard side really settled in the second half and despite a great performance from all team members they could do everything but accumulate the scores. Well done to Michael Moroney, Willie Morrissey and their team members consisting of Kelly Ryan, Lily O’Mahoney, Heather Spillane, Nicole Delaney, Jack Quinlan, Cian Hall, Dara O’Meara, Michael James Phelan, Conor Neville, Sean Moroney, Shane Lawrence, Thomas Donegal,
Luke Dolan, Charlie Hackett and Michael Flanagan.
Jack Dolan, Coolmore, who will represent Fethard in the boys U16 1500m at the Community Games County Finals in Templemore on June 22.
The U14 Camogie team managed by Michael and Fiona Ryan were defeated in a tough game against Powerstown Lisronagh but they are a very young team who will have benefited from the experience and we look forward to seeing them again next year. We hope those who suffered injuries have now recovered. Team members are: Lucy Spillane, Laura O’Donnell, Sally Butler, Katie Ryan, Carrie Davey, Alison Connolly, Chloe Nolan Ciara Connolly, Ava Hickey, Sally Nagle Nell Spillane, Aine Ryan, Laura Kiely, Amy Roche and Sophie Delaney.
Medals winners in Fethard Community Games girls long puck L to R: Lucy Spillane (bronze), Katie Ryan (gold), and Alison Connolly (silver).
Fethard Athletic Club
Fethard Athletic Club’s annual ‘Walls of Fethard’ road race, held last Thursday evening, was won in impressive style by Tony Fogarty for the senior men and Clare Annan won the senior women's race. Our own club members also put up a great show with Aine Doocey and Ginny Hutton winning their respective categories. Overall the event was a great success and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors who generously donated prizes, we hope to have you on side again next year!
Training takes place every Monday and Friday evening at 7.15pm, meeting at the ballroom carpark. Our numbers have improved since Bernard Feery has taken up the role as new training coach and we hope this trend will continue.
Nominees for the Fethard Sports Achievement Award for May
The following local sports personalities were nominated for the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for May:
- (1) Tommy Anglim – Tommy has just been selected on the Munster U19 squad. The players were chosen from all clubs, schools and colleges.
- (2) Chris Coen – Fethard Ladies footballers recently won the junior league final beating Gortnahoe in the final. Chris is coach to the team.
- (3) Evanna McCutcheon – ‘Maarek’ trained by Evanna recently won the highly prestigious Prince of Wales Group 2 race at York racecourse.
- (4) Alan O’Connor – Fethard rugby J2s recently won the Evans Cup with Alan as captain, the first adult trophy won by the club since reforming.
- (5) Claire Annan – Claire recently won the ladies section of the Fethard 4k road race held last week around the walls of our historic town.
- (6) Fethard Holy Trinity National School – Recent winners of both the boys and girls sections of South Tipp Primary Schools Track and Field competitions.
- (7) Aine Doocey – Aine has had a number of noteworthy runs in recent times at both Poulmucka and Fethard.
- (8) Benny Morrissey – Benny is a first time racquetball nominee who recently won the over 50 events at both Arklow and Kilkenny opens. He also won novice doubles competitions at both of these venues.
- (9) Eoin Tynan – Eoin partnered Benny Morrissey to victory in the novice doubles events at both Arklow and Kilkenny opens. He also won the C Singles event at Kilkenny.
Winner for May will be announced on Friday night next, June 6, at Butlers Sports Bar, Main Street, Fethard. All are welcome.
Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday Night, June 8, to the music of ‘Catherine and The Images’. All welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing. Dancing 9pm to midnight and admission is €8 which includes tea and cakes.
The death has occurred on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 of Mrs Mary
Quirke, (nee Manning), Kiltinan, Fethard, Co Tipperary, peacefully at home.
Mary, much loved by her husband P.F. and her children, Pat, Rosemary, Ginny and Joe, her extended family and friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at her home on Wednesday, June 4, from 4pm to 7pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 1 pm in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, followed by burial in Clerihan Churchyard. Donations, if desired, to South Tipperary Hospice.
Urgent Appeal for Community Games medal winners
Unfortunately we have no record of the three medal winners in last Wednesday’s Fethard Community Games girls U8 80m and of the second and third in the boys U8 80m won by Andrew Connorton. The first two in each of these events are entitled to be entered for the County Final so we would be grateful if anyone who won a medal would contact Peggy Colville at 086 8110768 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org so that the competitors may be given the opportunity to contest the county finals.
The late Gerard Long
Gerard Long’s (MRCVS) passing on May 27, 2014, was received with great shock and sadness by all who knew him in the Killusty & Fethard Community. Gerard’s family originated from Market Hill, Fethard, with his young life spent in Kyleavalla, Grangebeg, where they had a farm before moving to Clonmel.
Killusty Pony Show would like to acknowledge his great commitment and love of ponies for well over 30 years, in particular his willingness to be available every first Saturday in July to measure in hands on the skittles slab in Killusty Sportsfield. On Pony Show day, no matter how busy his schedule, he would always make his appearance and give a healthy donation to help keep the show on the road. He used also regularly enquire as to what stage the classes were and loved meeting and chatting to the pony show fraternity.
A very popular vet in the Killusty and Fethard area, his good nature, friendliness and obliging manner will be sadly missed. To his wife Gail, daughters Jessica, Sarah and Elaine, his mother Maureen, his sisters Frances (O’Connor), Rosemary (Hutch), brother Paddy we offer our deepest sympathy at this time. Interment took place at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Waterford Road, Clonmel. Go Ndeanai Dhia Trocaire ar an Ainmeachta. – (Noel Byrne)
Fethard GAA Club’s ‘Blue Boy’
It was with deep regret and sadness that we learned of the passing of Alan Bourke from Tullamaine, Fethard, on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Alan was an excellence player and a loyal GAA clubman, always available to put his shoulder to the wheel when the call went out. His wit and presence in the teams he played on were legendary. He was really the character of all the teams he was involved with.
At Alan’s packed to capacity funeral mass in Fethard, Fr. Joe Walshe, in his homily rightly called Alan the ‘Blue Boy’, someone very dangerous at the edge of the square. This described Alan to a tee and as often or not, one found himself and the ball in the net – great memories of a lovely and sweet young man. Indeed the parish and club will be a lot sadder for his passing.
To his partner Oonagh, his daughter Mia and his son AJ, his mam and dad Noreen and Martin, his brothers Michael, Tom, Diarmuid and Martin and extended family we offer our sympathy at this sad time. May the green sod rest lightly on his soul. Interment took place in Ballyclerihan Cemetery.
Community Lotto Jackpot now €10,000
The numbers drawn on May 28 were: 5, 7, 21 and 30. We had no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50: Mike Moylan, Kilmoyler, Bansha, Cahir; Darren Sharpe, Hillview Upper, Green St., Fethard; and Bridget Lonergan, Newchapel.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Eileen Ryan, c/o Kitty O'Donnell; Joan O'Meara, The Green, Fethard; and Norma McCarthy, c/o Kitty O'Donnell.
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 4. The Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €1,000. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.
Fethard GAA Sports Lotto
The numbers drawn last week were 1, 8, 9 and 31 and there was no jackpot winner and no match three winner so the following drawn tickets received €30 each: Mary Coen, Killusty; Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk; Anne Butler, Main Street; Niall O'Dwyer, c/o Bob Fitzgeralds; and Louie & Mary Coen, Killusty.
The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Mary Godfrey, Derryluskin. Next week’s Jackpot is €4,800 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park on Friday, June 6, at 7pm. All are welcome. Thanking you for your continued support.
Fethard Art & Craft Walk 2014
Fethard Town will host an ‘Art & Craft Walk’ from June 3 to August 30, when art and crafts will be displayed in various shop windows in our medieval town. For your pleasure come along and enjoy a visual example of our specialties including Paintings, Ironwork, Silversmith Design, Wood craft, Jewellery, Photography, Hurley Design, Quilt and Cane Work, Card Designs, Get Real Recipes within a 52 card design. You can also take a stroll of our medieval town while you visit. For further information contact: 087 7539230.
‘Happy Heart’ thanks
The heart foundation would like to thank Orla Barry, the students of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School and local businesses for there support in the recent ‘Happy Heart Week’ when a total of €447 was collected. Thanks also to all who supported this good cause.
Fethard Model back on display
3D Model of 17th century medieval Fethard
The 3D Model of Medieval Fethard will be on display in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland for Fethard’s Medieval Festival Weekend, June 20 to June 22. The model was made by students from Transition Year (2012-13) attending Patrician Presentation Secondary School, and has been on display in the County Museum in Clonmel for several months as part of its exhibition which featured 81 gold coins from Carrick-on-Suir, which also date from the 17th century.
The model was unveiled last year as part of the ‘Bring them Home’ festival organised by Fethard Business and Tourism group and also marked the launch of the Fethard Historical Society’s Medieval Town Trail brochure, on which the model is based. The map on the trail shows Fethard as it might have looked in the 17th century, and was drawn by archaeological illustrator Dan Tietzsch-Tyler. Michael Costello, a former past pupil of the school and an Architectural Technician gave his time and expertise to ensure that the students knew how to scale and present the buildings accurately. The Model was made in the Art Class, with funding from South Tipperary County Council, Irish Walled Towns Network festival fund and Fethard Historical Society.
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.