The death has occurred on Friday, August 15, 2014, of Jack Moclair, Ballinlough, Lisronagh. Reposing at McCarthys Funeral Home, Fethard, on Sunday, August 17, from 5pm with removal to Holy Trinity Parish Church at 7pm.
Funeral Mass on Monday at 11am followed by burial in Old Clerihan Cemetery.
Family flowers only. Donations to Palliative Care Team at South Tipperary General Hospital.
Holy Year Cross pilgrimage to Slievenamon
Annual pilgrimage to the Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon on Sunday, August 10, 2014. Next year on Sunday, August 15, will mark the 65th anniversary of our pilgrimage. All photos taken by Kieran Butler, Fethard.
For once the elements were not totally in our favour, while the walk up the mountain was pleasant, we did have a couple of showers on the way down, and while they dampened our clothes they didn't dampen our spirits. Back in O’Donnell’s field, thanks to Bobby Phelan and the lads from the Fethard scout troop those people who were unable to make the climb were well sheltered in the scout marquee. When the walkers returned Mass was celebrated by Fr Morty O'Shea and Canon Tom Breen. After Mass the much welcomed cup of tea was provided to one and all.
A word of thanks to all who helped out to make this another memorable day, firstly to the O’Donnell family for letting us invade their property, and a special get well soon to Eileen, a big thank you to our cross bearers and to those who led the prayers and the readings on the way to the Cross. To Kieran Butler our photographer, you may just have landed a job for life. A massive word of thanks to all who work behind the scenes to make this day happen, thanks also to everyone who brought food and refreshments.
Next year on Sunday, August 15, will mark the 65th anniversary of our pilgrimage and we hope it will be one of the biggest and best in recent years. Pencil the date in your diary and God willing we will all meet again next year.
Brothers Gus and Joe Purcell at the Holy Year Cross pilgrimage on Slievenamon.
Sean and Cathy Aylward at the Holy Year Cross pilgrimage on Slievenamon.
Photographed after making the annual Holy Year Cross pilgrimage on Slievenamon are the O'Keeffe family of Larry, Mary, Ailish and William.
Enjoying a refreshing cup of tea after the annual Holy Year Cross pilgrimage on Slievenamon are Billy Prout, Jim Williams, Kay Williams and Christy Williams.
Photographed at the annual Holy Year Cross pilgrimage on Slievenamon are Willie O'Meara, Paddy Kenrick, and Michael Healy.
Photographed at the annual Holy Year Cross pilgrimage on Slievenamon are (back row L-R) Mike Holohan, Morgan Prout, Billy Prout, (front row) Emily Holohan, Aideen Prout, and Holly Prout.
Photographed at the Holy Year Cross pilgrimage on Slievenamon are John and Ann Lee, Joe Lee and Kevin Ryan.
Willie Ryan fixes the cross during the Stations on Slievenamon.
Photographed after the annual Holy Year Cross pilgrimage on Slievenamon are Billy Prout, Mary Hollerhan (from Cashel), Jean O'Dwyer (from New Inn) and Kevin Ryan.
Mary O'Brien and Ann Burke take a quick break on their pilgrimage to Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon.
John Lee fixes a cross during the Stations with Percy Butler at the Holy Year Corss pilgrimage on Slievenamon.
Fethard Events for Heritage Week
This year’s National Heritage Week will run from Saturday, August 23, to Sunday, August 30, and Fethard will join the national effort with Fethard Historical Society co-ordinating a local ‘Heritage Day’ on Friday, August 29. The day will showcase the unique medieval heritage of the town and also showcase the tremendous community involvement and co-operation that allows locals and visitors alike to walk in the shadow of eight hundred years of history.
Town Model and Grave Slabs on View
In the past two years, the Transition Year students at Patrician Presentation Secondary School, under the direction of art teacher Patricia Looby have carried out two major historical type projects that have attracted national attention. Both the Town Model and the Grave Slab projects will be on view (free of charge) in Old Holy Trinity Church from 10am to 5pm with personnel present to interact with the visitors. The Town Model has already spent many months in the County Museum in Clonmel but is now back in the wonderful setting of the church gallery, which is housed under the great window in the tower of the old Norman church.
This year’s Grave Slab project consists of the full size ‘rubbings’ of 12 carved grave slabs (from the 1500s to the 1700s) which are set in the floor of the church. These very large rubbings have been temporarily mounted on the church walls and their inscriptions have been deciphered and can now be read.
Guided Tours of the Medieval Trail
Backs to the Wall Tours will be conducting two tours of the Medieval Trail of Fethard at 11am and again at 2pm for anyone wishing to find out more about their hometown. The tours last one and half hours and cost €5 per adult with all children going free. Meet at the Foot Bridge in The Valley and there is no need to book, just turn up. Further information if needed is available on: www.backstothewalltours.com
Country Markets and Craft Walk
Friday, August 29, like all other Fridays is Country Markets day and of course this in itself is historic as Fethard was the first ever Country Market held in Ireland. The Irish Country Markets idea was initiated by Fethard women, led by Olivia Hughes. One of the original founders, Hannah Leahy, is still involved to this day, a truly remarkable achievement.
Long serving goalkeeper Paul Fitzgerald decides to call it a day
Tipperary’s long-serving goalkeeper Paul Fitzgerald has announced his retirement from Inter county football. Paul, from Kiltinan, made his senior championship debut against Kerry in 2005, and has now decided to call time on his career in the blue and gold following a very successful season. Tipperary enjoyed a fine year in Paul Fitzgerald's final season, winning the Division IV league title and recording championship wins over Limerick, Longford and Laois before exiting the championship to Galway in Round 4A.
“But I’m still happy to go. I’ve had a decent career and this has been a decent year. I’d rather go on a good note rather than go when things are going bad. The one regret is that I didn’t get to a Munster senior final. I think I played in a Munster final in every grade – minor, U21, junior and two with the Fethard club.”
Senior goalie since 2005, winning the Tommy Murphy Cup with the county that season, while as stated above, won silverware in his final season, with Tipperary lifting the Allianz Football League Division IV title at Croke Park back in April.
“But the last few years have been the highlight, as we’ve become recognised as a good championship team. The National League is great but championship is where it’s at. The profile of Tipp football has been rising and sometimes, you have to gain respect outside your county before you get it inside. The thing has a bit to go yet but I’ve got to play with those young lads who won All-Ireland minor medals and see them emerge as leaders. And the friends you make, friends for life, are better than anything. I wish I was 17 again with some of these young players but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it – the highs and lows, the ups and downs.”
Honours: McGrath Cup 2003; Tommy Murphy Cup 2005; NFL Promotion Div 4, 2008; NFL Div 3 title 2009; Munster Minor Football 1995; 2 County SFC 1997, 2001; 3 Co SFL 2001, 2003, 2004; Railway Cup 2008; South Tipp Nationalist Award Footballer of the Year 2008.
Paul is a goalie of the highest calibre, ‘Man of the Match’ in the Tommy Murphy Cup Final in Croke Park in 2005. Was part of the Munster panel in the Inter-provincial Championships in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013 Paul was on the Tipp Under 21 Teams 1997, 1998, Junior Team 2002, holder of McGrath Cup Medal in 2003. Also an accomplished hurling coalie for his club Fethard.
Senior Citizens' Outing
A reminder to Fethard's Senior Citizens' Club members that the next outing takes place on Tuesday, August 19. The bus departs from Main Street at 2pm. Please note the change in departure time to 2pm.
Anniversary Mass for Martin
The first Anniversary Mass for the late Martin Phelan, Strylea, Fethard, takes place on Sunday next, August 17, at 11am in Fethard Holy Trinity Parish Church.
July produces first ever joint winners of Fethard Sports Achievement Award
Joint winners in the July Fethard Sports Achievement Awards photographed receiving their awards on Friday last. L to R: Declan Ryan representing this month's sponsor Dalcassian Wines & Spirits, Dublin; Evana McCutcheon; Clodagh Brett who accepted the award on behalf of her daughter Keri; and special sporting guest, Michael McCarthy from England.
The July winner of the Fethard Sports Achievement Award was announced on Friday, August 8, in Butlers Sports Bar, and this month saw the first joint winners chosen for monthly award. The first winner was 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. The second joint winner was young Keri Brett, daughter of Clodagh and Brendan Brett, who recently won two gold medals at the Special Olympics event held in Limerick. Her medals were achieved for Bowling and Push Ball.
Special sporting guest on the night was Michael McCarthy, whose father Mick came from Kerry Street, and his mother Mary Sheehan from Killusty. Michael lives in England and is a Judo expert receiving his first Black Belt at the age of 21 and now the holder of four Black Belts. He is also a senior referee and examiner in the sport and has represented England at all levels. This month’s awards were sponsored by Dalcassian Wines & Spirits, Dublin, represented by Declan Ryan.
Keri Brett who was joint winner in the Fethard Sports Achievement Award for July.
Photographed at the Fethard Sports Achievement Award presentation were L to R: Elizabeth McCormack, Paul McCarthy, Michael McCarthy (senior) and Michael McCarthy (junior)
Photographed at the Fethard Sports Achievement Award presentation were L to R: Sam Taylor, Shannon O'Brien, Andy McBride and Aimee Pollard.
Photographed at the Fethard Sports Achievement Award presentation were L to R: Mark Rafferty, Evana McCutcheon, Olivia Briggs and Annie Madden.
Photographed at the Fethard Sports Achievement Award presentation were L to R: Miceál Maher and Edmond Horan.
Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, August 17, to the music of ‘Peter Burke’. 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.
Local stars compete in National finals
Sisters Abaigeal and Isabelle Maher who take part in the Swimming Finals
Fethard and Killusty Community Games would like to send best wishes to our seven stars who will represent Tipperary at the National finals of the HSE Community Games in Athlone over the next two weekends.
On Weekend One, commencing on Friday, August 15, Leo Mahynkya will compete in Art, Katie Allen in Gymnastics, Dara O’Meara in Handwriting and the Maher sisters Isabelle and Abaigeal in Swimming. Weekend two will commence on Friday, August 22, with last years silver medallist, Jack Dolan returning to compete in the U15 1500m and Alison Connolly is in the U12 100m.
Siobhan Maher has been appointed as the County Swimming Manager for Saturday, August 16. Well done to everyone on their achievement on qualifying for All-Ireland Finals.
Dara O’Meara will compete in Handwriting
Leo Mahynkya will compete in Art
Katie Allen who will compete in Gymnastics
Jack Dolan will compete in the U15 1500m
Alison Connolly will compete in the U12 100m
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on August 6 were: 6, 13, 23 and 30. We had no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Marie Allen, Butchers; Breda Burke, c/o Patsy Lawrence; and P. Russell; Ballydonnell, Mullinahone.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Thomas Shine, Monroe, Fethard; Lar Looby, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; and Janneke Van Dommelen (online ticket).
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, August 13. The Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €1,000. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.
‘70s & 80s’ night in Cloneen
Cloneen Sports & Social Club will hold a ‘70s & 80s’ night on Saturday, August 23, at 10pm. Music by DJ Kumar Mehta. Entry Fee is at the 1980s price of €2, with an additional 80c off your first drink. Why not come along with a few friends and enjoy a great night’s music and entertainment, 70s & 80s dress optional. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Fethard GAA Sports Lotto
The numbers drawn on August 8 were 13, 24, 26 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winners so the following drawn tickets received €30 each: Jessica Moloney, Congress Terrace; Anne and Eoin Butler, Main Street; Mikey Aherne, Prospect; Tom Purcell, Burke Street; and Justin Walsh, c/o Merry's Clonmel. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Noreen Hackett, Cashel Road, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot is €5,800 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park on Friday, August 15, 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.