Coolmore Family Day 2014
Coolmore Family Day and Evening Party was held on Saturday, June 14, at Coolmore and blessed with great weather
which complemented all the family fun activities and entertainment on the day.
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Photographed at the Coolmore Family Day were L to R: Oksama Cariova, Alena Kurkova and Ina Molloy.
Corpus Christi Procession
This year's annual
Corpus Christi Procession will take place on this coming Sunday evening, June 22, leaving from Holy Trinity Parish Church at 7pm.
Children prepare for Medieval Parade on Sunday
Pupils from Killusty National School with their shields ready for Fethard Medieval Festival on Sunday next, June 22.
Children from Fethard and Killusty Primary schools have all their preparations ready to celebrate Walled Towns Day on this coming Sunday, June 22, when they will gather on the town square at 1.30pm to start the parade through the town at 2pm. The parade will be accompanied by some Irish Wolfhounds and led by the sound of music played on the Hurdy Gurdy, by medieval musicians Nuada. The parade will end at the Town Wall in the Valley, where games, fun, music, food, re-enactments, workshops and craft demonstrations will be held. Everybody is welcome to come along and join in the parade, some people take the opportunity and dress in medieval costume, which can be great fun, deciding what figure from the past you would like to represent.
Children’s art workshops
Children from Fethard Holy Trinity National School working on their shields for the medieval Parade on Sunday next, June 22
This year’s festival workshops, sponsored by the Heritage Council, highlight our rich medieval heritage in Fethard, including its many family heraldic shields. Over twenty shields or coats of arms carved in stone are found in various locations in the town, some high on buildings others quiet hidden on church floors or near altars. Two of the finest shields or coats of arms are to be seen on the front of the Town Hall in the centre of Fethard. Some of shields in the town can be identified with names that still exist locally such as, Hackett, Butler, Wall, Cooke, Tobin and Fitzgerald.
On these stones a great variety of animals are carved, lions, monkeys, horses, dragons, pelicans, boars and fish. These are what pupils looked at for this project, and, after being introduced through photographs, made their own painting interpretation of what they saw, which will be used on their shields for the parade.
If you would like to know more about the Medieval Heraldry in Fethard, an excellent book written by Gerard Crotty in 2012 entitled, ‘Heraldic Memorials in Fethard’, was published by Fethard Historical Society and is still available from the County Museum in Clonmel or by contacting the society (052) 6131537.
The death has occurred on Monday, June 16, 2014, of Barbara Dargan (née Dineen), Abbey Close, Fethard, peacefully at South Tipperary General Hospital.
Barbara, deeply regretted by her loving husband Jeremiah, daughters, Shirley, Geraldine, Julieanna, Ruth and Rhoda, sister Alice, sons-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace
Reposing at her residence on Wednesday, June 18, from 2pm to 9pm. Removal on Thursday morning at 10.30am to Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, for Service at 11am. Funeral immediately afterwards to St. Patrick's Cemetery, Clonmel. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to IWA Tipperary Branch. House private on Thursday morning please.
Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday Night, June 22, to the music of ‘Jason Travers’. 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.
Athletes ready for Community Games County Finals
Fethard and Killusty Community Games are pleased to announce that the following twenty-seven competitors have been entered for the County Athletics finals in Templemore on this coming Sunday, June 22. This exciting programme will commence at 10am with the Discus, Javelin and Marathon events.
Assembly for the parade is at 10.30am inside the main gates of the track. The parade which will be led by the Templemore Pipe Band will get underway at 11am followed by the opening ceremony and the first races of the day, which will be the hurdles, will commence immediately after the ceremony.
We wish the very best of luck to all our participants:
Under 8 60m – Rebecca Kiely, Nicole Moloney, Oisin Ryan, Sami Laaksonen; Under 8 80m – Andrew Connorton; Under 10 100m – Kelly Ryan, Katie Wyse, Michael James Phelan, Jack Quinlan; Under 10 – Eabha Ryan, Isobel Maher, Sean Moroney, Dara O’Meara; Under 12 100m – Alison Connolly, Aine Ryan, Ryan Walsh, Cathal Ryan: Under 12 600m – Ciara Spillane, Laura Harrington, Shane Neville; Under 14 100m – Laura O’Donnell, Ben Coen; Under 14 800m – Lucy Spillane, Cathal O’Mahoney; U16 boys 1500 – Jack Dolan; Under 12 Long Puck – Micheál Quinlan; U14 Long Puck – Katie Ryan.
The U12 girls football will play the winners of Waterford v Clare in the semifinal of the HSE Community Games Munster Finals in UL on July 5. Other teams are Limerick v Kerry, winner play Cork.
Birth Certificates must be submitted immediately.
IWA members delighted with Trudi’s generous support
Trudi Lalor making a presentation of €3,500 to the Tipperary Branch of IWA at their sports night at Monroe Sports Complex. Back L to R: Anthony Cunningham, Kevin Campion, Jenny Burke, Shane Cronin, Alita Carew, Billy Morrissey, John Ryan, Francis Meehan, Trudi Lalor, Liam Condon, Claire Piggott, Ray Brett, Paul Carew. Front L to R: Jonathan Tully, Annie Carey, Marie Louise Clear, Jack Kenny, Geraldine O'Donnell, Lorraine Doherty and Donal O'Halloran
Members of the Tipperary Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association were presently surprized at their weekly sports night at Monroe Complex when singer Trudi Lalor dropped in to present a cheque for €3,500 to the Tipperary Branch. Trudi, who is an honorary member of the Tipperary IWA Branch, has been a great support to this group over the years. The members are always given a special welcome whenever they meet up at various music functions throughout the year.
John Ryan, representing the IWA branch, thanked Trudi and her husband, music promoter Billy Morrissey, for their fantastic support that helps nurture a much needed social life for all the members of the Tipperary branch.
Trudi and Billy organise the hugely successful annual Tipp FM Country Music Awards in Clonmel and proceeds from this sell out event benefit many charities close to their hearts such as the Pattaya Children’s Orphanage in Thailand; Hannah’s Animal Cottage Rescue in Ardmayle, Cashel; St. Michael’s Unit, Cashel; and the Senior Citizens Group in Kilkenny.
The Tipperary members of the IWA are forever grateful for Trudi’s support in these difficult times for any voluntary group to survive and function effectively.
Twins celebrate 75th Birthday
L to R: Twins, Joan and Eileen Gleeson from Knockelly, Fethard, photographed on the occasion of their 75th birthday, celebrated on June 12.
The numbers drawn on June 11 were: 3, 14, 17 and 22. We had no jackpot winner and three ‘Match Three’ winners who received €50 each: David Shelly, Moyglass; Kaycie Aherne, Prospect, Fethard; and Annie Ryan, c/o Kitty O'Donnell.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Sheena Fitzgerald Ryan (online ticket); Brendan Breen, Fethard; and Conor Shelly, Moyglass.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, June 18. 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 3, 22, 24 and 31 and there was no jackpot winner and no match three winners so the following drawn tickets received €30 each: Kelly Ryan, Cedar Grove; Stephen O'Donnell, Coolmoyne; John Murphy, c/o Pat Sheehan; Ester Breen, Barrack Street; and Laura, Kate and Aine Ryan Tullamaine.
The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Jimmy Connolly, Main Street. Next week’s Jackpot is €5,000 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park on Friday, June 20, at 7pm. All are welcome. Thanking you for your continued support.
Novena to St. Joseph starting on Mondays
A novena to St. Joseph will commence at Fethard Holy Trinity Parish Church on Monday and continue on preceding Mondays from now on. Copies of the Novena will be available in the church This novena to St. Joseph requests divine assistance from someone close to our Lord, quite close indeed: His foster-father! Although he was from royal ancestry, a descendant of King David, St. Joseph has inspired the faithful for generations as a model of humility and service as a carpenter caring for his Holy Family. St. Bernard called him “the faithful and prudent servant whom the Lord appointed master over His household—His foster-father [and] the comfort and support of His Mother.”
- Glorious St. Joseph, foster-father and protector of Jesus Christ! To you do I raise my heart and hands to implore your powerful intercession. Please obtain for me from the kind Heart of Jesus the help and graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare. I ask particularly for the grace of a happy death, and the special favor I now implore (name it).
- Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel animated with confidence that your prayers in my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
- V. O glorious St. Joseph, through the love you bear to Jesus Christ, and for the glory of His name,
- R. Hear my prayers and obtain my petitions.
St. Thomas Aquinas, the preeminent 13th century theologian, and St. Teresa of Avila, the celebrated 16th century Carmelite nun, both praised St. Joseph’s ability to assist us in all our needs before God. Is it any wonder then that he is a patron saint of the Church, workers, families, home buyers and sellers. Don’t be afraid to ask for his aid!
Fethard AC Midsummer's walk/run
This coming Saturday evening Fethard Athletic Club will host their 'Midsummer Ramble', a 5k fun run and walk over a lovely scenic rural 5k loop. The event takes place at 7pm and proceeds are in aid of a local cancer fund. We're hoping for a good turnout and hopefully the weather will be on our side.
Well done to all club members who took part in the Michael Cahill 5k last Friday evening, when all put in great performances. Also putting up a great show was Ginny Hutton who completed the Fenor 15k run on Sunday in a super time for her first attempt at this distance. Training continues every Monday and Friday evening at 7.15pm from the ballroom carpark.
Midsummer Merriment this weekend
Fethard Festival flags flying over the rooftops heralding the oncoming Fethard Medieval Festival starting this coming weekend, June 21 to June 22.
Fethard will be en-fete this weekend for our annual Medieval Festival. Whatever you’re interested in we can guarantee you’ll find it in Fethard this weekend; country markets and cream teas, an art trail and walking tours, a midsummer barbecue, costumes, crafts and coin-striking, a treasure hunt, medieval re-enactments, circus-skills workshops, a children’s free ‘Fun Land’, duck races, dancing and much, much more.
The Festival is part of the national Irish Walled Towns celebration of our unique medieval heritage that takes place in walled towns throughout Ireland during the summer months.
Friday, June 20
Our weekend begins on Friday, June 20, with the launch by Róisín O’Grady, Heritage Officer, of the Grave Slab Project in Holy Trinity Church at 7pm. The Patrician Presentation TY students will present their project and there will be a brief lecture by Denise Maher M.A. on the Medieval Grave Slabs of Tipperary. Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, June 21
Saturday morning sees the Main Street come alive at 10.45am with the Fethard Country Market and other local markets in situ offering a great opportunity to sample the best of Tipperary produce. Marie Crean’s Patchwork Quilt Display in the Town Hall will be open from 10am.
Marie O'Hara, organiser of the Fethard Art and Craft Trail, photographed outside the 'Crafty Arts' Gallery with Peter Grant, Fethard Business and Tourism Group.
The Art & Craft Trail, which is currently bringing the windows of the town to life with dazzling displays of local artisan crafts, is also well worth a look. A guide to the trail is available from their Crafty Arts Gallery on Main Street. Free Guided Tours of the Medieval Town will take place at 11am and 2pm from the Valley.
In afternoon there’s a treat for children, a Medieval Treasure Hunt that will start from the playground at 3pm. A fun-filled challenge available at a very reasonable €3.
A more serious challenge is available to active adults wishing to stretch themselves in the 5k Road Race from the Town hall at 7pm.
For music aficionados the wonderful Nuada will perform in Holy Trinity Church at 8pm offering a whistle-stop tour of 1,000 years of musical history (medieval, renaissance and contemporary) on a selection of amazing instruments including the lyre, the dulcimer and the hurdy-gurdy.
What better way to celebrate Midsummer than dancing the night away at the Midsummer Barbecue down in the Convent Hall? Good food, good music and good company from 9pm onwards. Tickets €15.
Pupils from Killusty National School with their shields ready for Fethard Medieval Festival on Sunday next, June 22.
Sunday, June 20
The first event on Sunday, June 22, is the ‘Duck Race’ starting from the Clashawley at 11.45am under the careful stewardship of Bill O’Sullivan. You pick your duck and you take your chance!
The Medieval Parade, led by Nuada, featuring wolfhounds, Boggle street entertainers, re-enactors will leave from the Town Hall at 2pm. Everyone is invited to come along in Medieval costume and be in with a chance to win a prize – there are prizes for children, adults and the best group ensemble.
The parade finishes down in the Valley where the Medieval Village displays its attractions along the Town Wall: free children’s workshops facilitated by local artists, craft demonstrations, re-enactors, circus-skills workshops, music, coin-striking, calligraphy, archery and lots more. There will be games and quizzes, food stalls, ice-cream and teas.
The festival offers lots of child friendly options especially in the Kids Funland, organised by the Fethard Business & Tourism Group with local sponsorship, where all the activities are free.
Later in the afternoon the always popular Dog Show will take place at 3.30 pm. There are lots of categories with lots of prizes.
Holy Trinity Church of Ireland will also be open so people can come long and view the Grave Slab rubbings. The 3D Model of Fethard which has recently returned from its sojourn in the County Museum, will also be on display upstairs in the gallery. Someone will be there to explain the finer details of the model and to tell a little of the history of the town.
Fethard is definitely the place to be next weekend if you’re looking for interesting things to do. Come along and join us as we celebrate the wonderful heritage of our town.
Magical Musical Evening with Nuada
Music lovers in South Tipperary are in for a magical night of music on Saturday, June 21, the longest day of the year. Nuada, consist of an international trio based in Ireland, who explore and play music from many parts of the world and from many eras of history. The concert will take place at 8pm in the atmospheric venue of Old Holy Trinity Church in Fethard which will be acoustically rigged out for the event.
It is being billed as a, ‘breath-taking whistle-stop tour through 1000 years of musical history - medieval, renaissance, contemporary – played on a dazzling variety of instruments.’
The groups members are Mike Freeman, Sam Burke and Tania Opland who between them will play over a dozen, mostly unusual instruments, with Tania and Sam also supplying vocals. Some of the unusual instruments that will be featured include: bandara, lute, symphonie, lyre, bouzouki, dulcimer and the amazing ‘hurdy-gurdy’. Hurdy-gurdy is a word that we have all heard in normal conversation and now you can find out why the instrument has given its name to describe any happy boisterous occasion. Tania also plays a ‘double acarina’ which was made in her native Alaska.
The Nuada concert is being sponsored by the Fethard Medieval Festival, with finance from the Heritage Council, and all the tickets are therefore priced at only €10. Booking can be made by Tel: (052) 6131537 or at Premier Music in Clonmel (052) 6129811 for what should be a night to remember.
Fethard Medieval Festival, takes place from Friday, June 20, to Sunday, June 22. For more up to date invormation visit www.fethardfestival.com or Facebook Page
Killusty Pony Show
This year’s Killusty Pony Show will take place on Saturday, July 5. The closing date for fees and entries to the show is Friday, June 27. Show Schedule and Entry Forms are available from Pat Culligan, The Valley, Fethard, Tel: 087 9451810 - DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM - DOWNLOAD SCHEDULE 1 - DOWNLOAD SCHEDULE 2
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.