Sensory & Musical Garden opened at Fethard Playground
The latest addition to the very popular Fethard Playground is a ‘Sensory & Musical Garden’, which was officially opened last Saturday, August 2, by Robin Blake and Cian Hurley, both from Fethard. This sensory musical garden project was co-ordinated by South Tipperary Autism Support Group Ltd and led by Janette and Noel Blake, Kilnockin Road, Fethard.
Robin Blake and Cian Hurley who cut the tape at the official opening of the new Sensory Musical Garden at Fethard Playground.
The sensory garden is open to all children but in particular, children and adults with special needs. It is designed to provide maximize sensory and musical stimulation for those on the autistic spectrum and indeed all children/adults with special needs. There is also a sensory pathway around the garden which consists of different textures and colours to stimulate the senses and a bridge on the pathway which is wheelchair accessible.
Sarah Cuddihy playing in the new Sensory Musical Garden at Fethard Playground
The musical and sensory area consists of a set of three drums, musical crash symbols, set of eight tall chimes, a rain wheel and a wheelchair accessible wiggle bar game. There is a large storyteller’s chair for those who like to sit and dream or tell stories.
The sensory roller table is a fantastic piece of equipment which provides deep sensory pressure to users and is highly recommended for special needs, this piece of equipment was imported from America and we hope its unique use will bring pleasure to those that use it. There is also a garden picnic table which is designed so that a wheelchair user can sit comfortably at the table without having to leave their chair.
Photographed at the opening of the new Sensory Musical Garden at Fethard Playground are L to R: Dawn Cuddihy, Cian Cuddihy, Robin Blake, Cian Hurley, Sarah Cuddihy, Rosie Roche, Emma Roche and Killian Wall.
All of the garden furniture is made of re-cycled plastic and is very colourful. We would like to thank our sponsors who helped with the project and we hope all those that use the sensory and musical garden will enjoy it.
The death, unexpectedly, has occurred on Tuesday, 5th August 2014, of Jonny Callanan, Slievenamon Close, Fethard. Jonny, deeply regretted by his mother Mary, daughter Sophie, sister Tracey, niece Jade, step-sister, step-brothers, aunts, uncles, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at his residence Slievenamon Close, Fethard this Thursday evening from 7pm to 9pm. Private Cremation takes place on Friday.
Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, August 10, to the music of ‘Catherine & 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.
Holy Year Cross Pilgrimage this Sunday
This year's pilgrimage to the Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon will take place on this Sunday, August 10. Starting at 1pm from wooden cross at the 'Hill Wall', with Rosary and Stations of the Cross on route. For those not taking part in the climb, Rosary and Stations of the Cross, will commence at approximately 2.30pm in O'Donnell's Field where the pilgrimage will also conclude with Mass at 2.45pm (approximately).
Réamonn is top Irish Farrier apprentice
Ireland's top farrier apprentice, Réamonn O'Connor, Farranaleen, Fethard, winner of the Michael Osborne Perpetual Trophy in the 2014 Irish School of Farriery Graduation.
The Irish School of Farriery based in Kildare Town held a graduation ceremony for final year apprentices and visiting Omani farriers on July 23. The presentations were made to graduating SOLAS apprentices who recently completed a seven Phase FETAC approved apprenticeship. Three phases of this apprenticeship, totalling 40 weeks, were spent on off-the-job training at the Irish School of Farriery where apprentices honed their shoemaking skills.
The Michael Osborne Perpetual Trophy for top apprentice in Ireland was awarded to Réamonn O’Connor from Raymond O'Connor, Farranaleen, Fethard. Réamonn, trained under Stephen Foyle at Coolmore Stud, and also won the Eagle Eye Competition at the European Farrier Competition in 2011.
Ned Kelly Festival 2014
The dog show for the Moyglass Kennels Perpetual Trophy was won by the golden retriever 'Freddie'. The trophy was presented to winning owner, Orla Tynan by John Smullen who also very kindly judged the show.
This year’s Ned Kelly Festival opened with a ‘Trad Night’ in the Village Inn and was a night to remember for all music fans with a vast array of musicians and singers taking part – The Kennedys, Donal, Seamus, Michael, Arthur and Shirley were joined by the Fitzpatricks, Tommy, Sean Larry (who travelled from Bahrain), Jim, Christopher, Denis, Ger Healy and Joseph Byrne from Kildare and Bethany Entwistle from Cashel. The many instruments that these musicians played included Bagpipes, Uileann Pipes, accordions, harmonicas, guitars, bodhrán, tin whistle and not forgetting the spoons. These musicians, a lot of whom also sang, were accompanied by great singers, Tommy Costelloe, Pat O’Connor, Mike Boland, James Gleeson, Patsy Cooney, Paddy Tynan and Geraldine Delaney. Martin Hannigan proved to be an excellent M.C. and as the night progressed, the temptation to take to the dance floor proved too much for the audience and some Flatley impersonators were observed giving it the holly on the dance floor. For those who wish to experience the atmosphere there are uploaded videos of the session on Facebook site: ‘Ned Kellys, The Village Inn’.
Photographed at the Ned Kelly Festival in Moyglass are L to R: Joe Trehy, Pat O' Loughnane, Seamus Barry and John O'Connell
Saturday saw the Coolmoyne and Moyglass Vintage Club hold their annual tractor run. This year’s run was in aid of Moyglass Community Hall. The hall gives great service to the community for various activities and is home to Moyglass Athletic Club. The recent installation of a lighted exercise track is a fabulous amenity where people can exercise in daylight or darkness. With such heavy traffic on our roads this track provides a safe place to exercise and keep fit. The tractor run saw such immaculate vintage machines as Massey Fergusons dating from 1955, Fords from1962, Leylands, David Browns, Fiats, Ransomes Internationals and Jimmy Egan’s Mercedes Trac 1000.
This year’s run was shortened via Farranaleen, Rocklow, Glenagaddy, Coolmoyne Cross and back to Joe Trehy’s farm in Mobarnane to witness one of the finest scenes of retracing history to be ever witnessed in our area. The club wishes to thank Ray Walsh and Eddy Murphy for providing the necessary safety arrangements and also Pat O’Loughnane and Benny Tynan for manning the crossroads. The occasion was a vintage silage demonstration where all the original silage harvesters and tractors for operating same were in full swing and mopped up twenty six acres of silage. When the vintage tractor drivers saw this operation their eyes opened wide with delight to see such vintage silage machines working at their ease and relive the era when they were introduced in the seventies and eighties. The condition of the machines is a great honour and credit to their owners and operators. The local machines were backed up by those from Cork and Clare. All vintage enthusiasts, farmers and general public will be interested to know what machines were involved, so here is a list of same.
At the Ned Kelly Festival L to R: Matty Tynan, Joe Keane and Benny Tynan
A County 1164 driving a Kidd double chop, six cylinder International and a Taarup double chop. Ford 7810 two wheel drive with an inline New Holland Precision Chop harvester, Massey Ferguson 185 drawing a Taarup silage wagon, John Deere 3350 with a 339 New Holland double chop harvester, MF 185 driving a Taarup single chop harvester, 955 International driving a Class 9 foot conditioner mower for the pickup units. Among the tractors drawing silage to the pit were a MF135WD, Ford County 7600- four, Ford 8210 and a very original Ford 5000 dual power. Those who missed this once in a lifetime display can capture the experience by purchasing a video from Seamus Barry (086 2547162). Pat O’Loughnane (086 85357590) or The Village Inn.
The drivers on the Vintage Run were served food in the field and the silage operators were treated to a hot bacon and cabbage and flowery spuds full dinner later in the evening. Well done to Martin and Rena Hannigan for producing such lovely food in a field. It really added to the authenticity of such a wonderful trip to times gone past.
The ‘tug o war’ on Saturday night was won by Pat Kennelly’s team from Graigue and second were The Village inn team from Ballylooby. Music, Food and drink was enjoyed in the hall following the ‘tug o war’ where the Ned Kelly Perpetual Cup and trophies were later presented by Matty Tynan.
Sunday saw our vintage static show of cars, tractors, steam machines, oil engines and memorabilia. A word of thanks to Seamus Barry and Lar Fanning who had a long day on the gate.
Vintage cars on display included 1975 Porsche, 1957 Bentley,1954 M.G, 1960 Austin Healy ( frog eye) sprite, 1946 Austin 10, 1937 Austin7 and Sean Ward’s 1930 Citroen. Vintage motorbikes included classic Hondas from 1964 upwards.
The fittest family competition saw sixteen teams compete over an arduous course. Some members commented that they were glad they did not qualify for the final as one round was quite enough. The winning team was the Ryan family who just pipped the Gleeson family. The crowd also enjoyed the hurling match on TV as Tipperary saw off Dublin and booked their place in the All Ireland semi finals.
The dog show for the Moyglass Kennels Perpetual Trophy was won by the beautiful golden retriever ‘Freddie’ and the trophy was presented to winning owner, Orla Tynan, by John Smullen, who also very kindly judged the show.
The festival finished with live music at The Village Inn and it was great to see Jimmy Purcell and his companions return for their annual visit to the Ned Kelly Festival.
Meals on Wheels stalwart passes
An old native of Fethard, Aggie Barrett, died on August 1, 2014, at the ripe old age of 91. Aggie was a kind, warm-hearted, generous person committed to her local community.
A life-long member of the ICA and a talented craftswoman, she was also hugely involved in the Fethard Meals on Wheels. The service was then run entirely on a voluntary basis and for many years, Aggie was solely in charge of purchasing for the meals, opening the hall and having everything ready for the volunteers coming in to prepare and cook the meals. She was always available to stand-in when someone was absent and indeed, often called on her beloved Tom to deliver the said meals when the driver was absent. She did absolutely trojan work for the community in this capacity in her own quiet gentle way.
Agnes ‘Aggie’, was wife of the late Tom Barrett, Main Street, mother of the late Michael, grandmother of the late Shane Carroll, and sadly missed by her sons and daughters, Pat, Thomas, Richard, Carol Anne, Siobhán and Kevin, her grandchildren, her great grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.
Sports Award nominations for July
The following nominations were received for the Fethard Sports Achievement Award for July:
- Paul Ryan – Killusty man Paul has just completed his first Ironman competition in Bolton, UK. His time of just under 13 hours was exceptional.
- Abaigeal Maher (Clonmel Swimming Club) – This young Fethard swimmer recently won three silver medals at the Division 2 championships held in UL.
- Mike Spillane, Willie Morrissey and Annette Connolly – Mentors and selectors to Fethard U12 ladies footballers who achieved silver medals at the recent Munster finals of the Community Games.
- Jamie McCormack – Jamie is a selector on the Tipperary U15 footballer team who were successful in the Munster shield final beating Clare. Two locals Jack Dolan and Ross McCormack were members of the team.
- Keri Brett (Special Olympics) – Keri recently won two gold medals at a Special Olympics event held in Limerick. Her medals were achieved for Bowling and Push Ball.
- Evana McCutcheon – Recognised more as a trainer than a jockey but recently rode Zeptan, trained by Adrian Keatley, to victory in the ladies Derby held at The Curragh racecourse.
- David Lanigan – Horse trainer originally from Fethard now based in the UK, saddled three of his charges to victory during July. His wins came at Ffos Lass, Leicester, and Windsor.
- Jason Noonan – Jason recently represented Ireland at the R.C. (radio controlled) championships held in Portugal.
- Barbara Ryan and Aimee Pollard – Both these ladies were recently very prominent in Tipperary’s Intermediate Ladies football victory over Wicklow in the All-Ireland Championship.
- Frances Boyle – Frances won the gross prize recently at Co. Tipperary’s Ladies Captain’s competition in golf.
Winner for July will be announced on Friday night next, August 8, at 10pm in Butlers Sports Bar, Main Street. All are welcome.
I am researching my family history and I wonder if you might have any photos of Chapel Lane in Fethard or any photos of my great aunt, Jo Kennedy, who lived there and died in 1972. I have spoken to Tony Newport who remembers her well and says he remembers seeing a photo of her taken outside Newport’s shop. Any information you have would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Jacqueline McKenna (Email: email@example.com)
Grove Horse Trials
Photographed at the Grove Horse Trials are L to R: Emma Meagher, Martin Coen, Sam Coen, Lorraine Coen and Willie Gleeson.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on July 30 were: 7, 17, 21 and 30. We had no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150 each: John Joe White, Rathkenny, Drangan.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Kaycie Aherne, Prospect, Fethard; Mary Anne Fogarty, Garrinch, Fethard; and Michael Monaghan, Waterford.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, August 6. 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 on August 1 were 2, 3, 8 and 16. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner who received €150: Jimmy Smith, c/o Butlers. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Ava Kendrick Abbeyview, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot is €5,700 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park on Friday, August 8, at 7pm. All are welcome. Thanking you for your continued support.
'Fethard Faces and Places from the Past' - new group on Facebook
This photograph was shared by Kath Duffy, Birstall, UK, who is a daughter of Tom Leahy, formerly from the Kilnockin Road. The photograph is L to R: Bridie Leahy, Tom Leahy holding his son Chris Leahy, and Gerry Leahy holding his granddaughter Kath Leahy outside their house on Kilkockin Road (around 1970).
A new Facebook group called
'Fethard Faces and Places from the Past' has been set up to share photographs relating to Fethard people and places. So far we've had great interest and participation and invite all those using Facebook to join the group and view the photographs on display . . . it's an 'Open Group' and anyone using Facebook is free to view and join. Click Here to go to Facebook Page
Ireland - Newfoundland Festival Opening Concert
This year’s ‘Ireland-Newfoundland Festival’ opening concert will take place on Friday, August 22, in the Strand Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir, when fifty-eight visitors from Newfoundland will visit the home of their ancestors who left this area in the 1700s and early 1800s (before the Great Famine) to work in the fishing industry in Newfoundland. The official opening will take place with His Excellency, Loyola Hearn, Ambassador of Canada.
Irish Country Music star, Louise Morrissey will perform at the Opening Concert and will be supported by many local artists. Booking opens on Tuesday August 5, and tickets are €20 each, contact 051 645050. The proceeds help finance the running of this bi-annual event when exchange visits take place each other year between the South East of Ireland and Newfoundland.
Up to half the population of Newfoundland of 600,000 have Irish ancestry and the forbearers of these Irish Canadians nearly came exclusively from counties Waterford, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Wexford.
Next year the Irish from the South East will travel to Newfoundland and hopefully some more Fethard people will travel. John Roche, native of Ballinard, now living in Kilsheelan travelled with the group last year and was amazed by the hospitality shown and the ‘unreal’ Irishness of certain parts of the Island.
Moyglass Soccer Club 'Fun Day'
Moyglass Soccer Club will hold a Fun Day for all boys aged 10-16 at Moyglass School Field from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, August 9. All are welcome. Refreshments and registration on the day.
‘Fethard Tournament 1909’ - information needed?
We have a request for information about one the major hurling tournaments from Tom Semple’s era know as the ‘Fethard Tournament’. The ‘Fethard Tournament’ was organised by Archbishop Innocent Ryan, pastor of Fethard, for the purpose of paying off a parochial debt due to the renovation of the Parish Church and the building of the Parochial House on Rocklow Road. The tournament was contested in the years 1909-1911. Any information would be greatly received by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
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.