Basketball clinic at Secondary School
Pupils and teachers photographed at the Basketball Clinic at Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School run under the auspices of the South East Schools’ Basketball Group
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School had the opportunity last week to host a Basketball Clinic in the school under the auspices of the South East Schools’ Basketball Group. Pupils from 1st, 2nd and 5th Year participated in the clinic facilitated by American Post-Graduate Students who are presently in Ireland on a Post-Graduate Programme and who will also play with National League Clubs in Ireland. It was an enjoyable afternoon for all and thanks to Liam Fennell from the Titans Basketball Club for organising the clinic.
After its summer break and successful appearance at New Ross Choral Festival, Fethard Choral Society will commence rehearsals again on Sunday, September 7, at the Abymill Theatre. The Society needs more men! Any men interested in joining the group should give Ann a ring at (087) 6194215. Rehearsals are one evening a week for less than an hour. Remember, you are never too young or too old to sing and singing is therapeutic both emotionally and physically. So why not give it a go?
Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, September 7, to the music of Tommy Carroll. 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.
Coffee Morning raises €1,800 for Hospice
Centra staff members Tamara Timlin and Aimee Pollard undertaking and early morning ice bucket challenge as part of the Coffee Morning fundraiser for local Hospice Homecare Group.
Centra Fethard hosted a coffee morning on Thursday, August 28, in aid of the local Homecare Hospice Team. The morning kicked off at 7am with Tipp FM doing a live broadcast, followed by some staff members undertaking an early morning ice bucket challenge. Throughout the day there was face painting for children and at 11.30am ‘Dance Revolution’ dance studios put on a very entertaining dance display outside the shop followed by a display of Irish Dancing by the Michelle Lawrence School of Irish-Dancing at 12 noon. A festive atmosphere was created on The Green with music dance, food and craic to highlight and support a great cause. The local Homecare Hospice Team have been very good to a lot of families in Fethard and the surrounding area so your support was greatly appreciated. A total of €1,800 was raised.
Joan O'Brien and Esther Breen photographed at the fundraising 'Coffee Morning' in aid of Hospice at Kenny's Centra, The Green.
Danielle May, Arina Krasnigi and Lilia McGrath all students of Michelle Lawrence School of Irish Dancing who performed at the Centra Coffee Morning for Hospice
Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Patrician/Presentation Secondary School Fethard is a co-educational Post Primary School under a Board of Management representing the Le Cheile trustees, teachers and parents. The atmosphere within the school revolves around the traditional principles of a Catholic Secondary School with all the modern ideas and facilities now involved in Post-Primary Education. The school’s ethos is expressed in the wide range of subjects offered, its class structures and its contact and co-operation with parents.
The school aims to enable each pupil to achieve his/her potential and pupils’ progress is monitored at all stages/levels. Incoming pupils are sorted into classes of mixed ability, so that the same work-like atmosphere is created within each class. We find that pupils are better motivated within such a system. At all times, the pupil is the focus of our attention and our Pastoral Care Team is always at hand to support individual pupils experiencing particular family or personal difficulties. We are committed to the holistic development of our pupils and their full preparation for life as mature citizens. By modern standards, Patrician/Presentation is a small school and herein lies our great advantage. We offer a high quality education in a family-like environment which helps to create a sense of belonging so important to our new pupils.
As the school year begins, we extend a warm welcome to all our First Year pupils from eight different Primary Schools in the area and to foreign students: Fernanda Segovia from Mexico, Meunemitzu Ishibashi from Japan and Katherine Armstrong from Minnesota. Welcome also to Amy Roche and to Aishling Geoghegan who have joined our 2nd and Transition Year Groups.
Sports award nominees for August
Jenny Hutton, Fethard AC, one of the nominees for the August Sportes Achievement Award.
The following nominees were received for the August ‘Fethard Sports Achievement Award’ organised by Butler’s Sports Bar.
- Jenny Hutton – a member of Fethard Athletic Club who recently finished 2nd in her category at the Ballynonty 10 Mile Race.
- Michael Broderick, Willie Quigley, Patrick Moroney – these three gentlemen are selectors and mentors to Anner Gaels (Fethard and St. Patricks) U16 hurling team who were recent winners of the Brian Teehan Memorial Shield played at Gortnahoe.
- Isobel Maher, Clonmel Swimming Club – a bronze medal winner at the Community Games National Swimming Finals in Athlone.
- Fethard Rugby Club – two of the clubs finest under age players, Ross McCormack and Jack Keeley, recently played on an East Munster Cadets team that defeated a Leinster Midlands selection.
- Fethard Ladies Football Club – a good month for the club with blitz wins for the U12s in Bansha and the U14s in Cahir. Also one of their finest under age players Kate Davie plays this weekend for Tipperary in the All Ireland U16 final.
- Bernard Feery – a prolific athletic down through the years and continues with victory recently in the over 50s race at the Boston Scientific Half Marathon.
- Magnier Family Coolmore – August highlights for Coolmore included victories in the Ebor (Australia) and Yorkshire Oaks (Tapestry) both ran at York Racecourse.
- Joe Murphy – horse trainer Joe recently had success with ‘Shepherds Purse’ at The Curragh racecourse at odds of 20/1.
- Sandra Spillane, Margaret Hogan, Michael Ryan – Fethard U13 Camogie selectors and mentors narrowly defeated by Moycarkey in the county final played at The Ragg.
Winner will be announced at 10pm on this coming Friday, September 5, in Butler’s Sports Bar, Main Street. All are welcome to attend.
Fethard ICA back after summer break
Fethard ICA meetings resumes on Tuesday, September 9, after their summer break. Our guest speaker this month is Linda Kelly from Country Life Garden Centre, Glanbia, Fethard, who will speak to us on flowers and shrubs. The final arrangements for our trip to Belfast will also be discussed. The ‘red group’ will be in charge of catering for the evening.
Fethard Bridge Club
Fethard Bridge Club resumes on Wednesday next, September 10, at 7.30pm in the Tirry Centre. Incoming president, David O’Meara, is hoping to see everyone back for the new season. New members are especially welcome. Former members, who have taken a break from the game, might consider re-joining. Every effort will be made to find a partner for those interested in coming back. Anyone interested in taking lessons should contact David at 6131325 and if there is enough interest classes will be arranged.
Toddler Group back on September 11
Just a reminder that our ‘Toddler Group’ will resume on Thursday, September 11, at Fethard Convent Community Hall, from 10am to 12 noon. Cost is only €3 per child. Tea or coffee will be supplied for parents and minders, and juice and biscuits for kiddies. All new kids are very welcome and this informal group is a great addition to the town for both children and their parents/minders. Contact Janice Carroll at 087 2475762 for further details.
Help with third level college fees
Do you require help from St. Vincent de Paul Society towards Third Level College fees? If so, we still have a small amount of funds available so you can apply by obtaining an application form from any member of the Fethard St. Vincent de Paul conference and returning same before September 30.
Fethard Art & Craft Walk now over
The very popular ‘Art & Craft Walk’ project in Fethard ended on August 30, and could not have happened without the good will of shop owners who allowed art and craft products to be exhibited in their windows for the past two months. Participating premises included, O’Sullivan Pharmacy, Butler’s Bar, David Gorey, Colm McGrath, John Whyte, Declan Morrissey, Anna Henehan, hairdressers Abigail Sheehan and Roisin’s. Thanks also to Kennys’ Centra, Castle Inn and O’Flynn’s Menswear who organised their own shop window display to complement the project.
Thanks to the artists who volunteered their talent and time stocking and staffing the exhibition gallery on Main Street from June to August, and a big thank you to Marianne Shortall who used her creative and innovative skills to enhance the visual aspect of the displays. Special thanks to costume designer, Michael Kennedy, who loaned the beautiful renaissance and antique costumes on display.
Fethard and Killusty Community Council and Tipperary County Council supported the project, with the promotional help of local media, The Nationalist, South Tipp Today and Tipp FM Radio. Project co-ordinator, Marie O’Hara, would like to thank everyone who supported the project by loaning props, supplying food or art, visiting the ‘Crafty Art Gallery’, and all who helped in any other way to make the project the success it was.
Died in England
The death has occurred recently in England of Mrs Mary Mulvey (nee Fitzgerald), Highbridge, Somerset, England, and originally from Knockelly, Fethard. Mary is survived by her husband John, her two daughters and her brothers (also originally from Knockelly), Paddy and Connie. Interment took place in England.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on August 27 were: 9, 13, 18 and 27. We had no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Margaret Dunne, Ballycullen, Mullinahone.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Michael Conway, St., Patricks Place, Fethard; Mary Godfrey, Derryluskin, Fethard; and Ursula Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, September 3. The Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €1,000. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.
Mullinahone GAA Book Launch
Photographed at the launch of 'The Green above The Red', at C.J. Kickham's GAA Club in Mullinahone are L to R: Miceál McCormack and Paddy Power
Fethard GAA Sports Lotto
The numbers drawn on August 29 were 13, 23, 31 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winners so the following drawn tickets received €30 each: Paddy Bradshaw, c/o Benny Morrissey; Sophia Cummins, c/o PJ Aherne; Bob Maher, Barrack Street; Claire Morrissey, Killenaule; and Tony Ryan, Tullamaine. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Joan Dunphy, c/o Bob Fitzgeralds, Clonmel.
Next week’s Jackpot is €6,100 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park on Friday, September 5, at 7pm. All are welcome. Thanking you for your continued support.
New season start for Fethard RFC senior team
Fethard’s RFC senior team that gained promotion to J1 status at the end of last season following a great win in the Evans Cup and a top finish in the Gleeson League, is looking forward to a challenging season ahead. This is, undoubtedly, incredible progress for a club that only began fielding an adult team three years ago. The current underage teams can now look forward to representing the club at J1 level.
This season the club will also cater for all age groups with the 'mini' section fielding teams at U7, U8, U9, U10, U11 and U12. These teams see both boys and girls take to the rugby field. Minis train every Friday evening at 6.45pm commencing next Friday evening, September 5. So why not bring your child along to a safe and friendly environment where they can learn the skills of this great game under the guidance of our qualified coaches.
The under-age season also kicks of in earnest Friday night, September 5, with the U14s and U16s training at 6.45pm. The club has enjoyed some great success at this level over the years. Above all, emphasis is put on inclusion and participation among these young players. This ethos has made the club more attractive and continues to keep player numbers up. New players are always welcome, even if you have never thrown a rugby ball before, there is a place for you within Fethard RFC regardless.
U18s and 20s also train next Friday night at 8pm. Our 18s will be made up of a lot of U16s from last years East Munster finalists and the remaining U18s from last year. The club is also going to field an U20s team this year.
The girls’ participation in the club has grown considerably over the last number of years under the guidance of Polly Murphy. This year it is anticipated that we will feed girls’ teams running from U14 to U18s. For the forthcoming season, it is clear that girls’ rugby has gained popularity due to the success of our National Ladies team in the World Cup. Training commences on Friday next, September 5, from 8pm to 9pm from 12 year olds to 18 year olds, so why not ‘Give it a Try’ and join us for some great fun. We will have teams for U13 for friendly blitzes. The U15s and U18s will be able to take part in the Munster girls leagues for this season starting on Saturday, October 4. We look forward to welcoming back our members and also welcoming new members. So girls come along and bring a friend. Enquiries to Polly Murphy at Tel: 086 3394959.
Benefit night at The Castle Inn for baby Danny
A Benefit night for baby Danny Molloy, who is currently attending Crumlin Hospital, Dublin, will be held at The Castle Inn on this coming Saturday night, September 6. Tickets are €5 and music will be supplied by 'Shindig' with finger food and raffle also on the night. Baby Danny is the son of Carol Fleming and Dermot Molloy and your support would be much appreciated.
The death has occurred peacefully at home on Saturday, August 30, 2014, of Monica O'Meara (née McCarthy), Magorban, Fethard, and formerly of Buffana, Killenaule. Monica, beloved wife of the late James and mother of the late Mick and Mona, is deeply regretted by her loving sons Jim and John, daughter Anne, daughter-in-law Anne, son-in-law Chris, grandchildren, great-grandson, sister Rita, nephews, nieces, relatives, kind neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at her residence this Monday evening from 4pm with removal at 7.30pm to St. Joseph the Worker Church, Moyglass. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 11.30am followed by Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Happy 50th Birthday to Helena
Congratulations to Helena Fanning (front centre), Fethard, who celebrated her 50th BIrthday with family and friends at Lonergan's last weekend
Community Alert Launch on Friday, September 5
Cloneen Community Alert and Killusty Community Alert will have a joint launch of their Text Alert Schemes on Friday, September 5. The launch of these crime prevention schemes will take place at Cloneen Hall at 8pm and it is planned to have Tipperary Chief Superintendent, Catherine Kehoe, Clonmel Garda Superintendent William Leahy, local councillors and Muintir na Tire representatives in attendance. Refreshments will be served.
The committees of both Community Alert Groups would like to thank all those who contributed to both schemes. All residents of both Cloneen and Killusty Community Alert areas are invited to attend the launch of these community schemes, which encourage members of the community to report any activity they deem to be of concern by using the Garda phone number on local signs, which will be erected in the area shortly. These schemes have been hugely successful in reducing crime in areas where they operate.
Best Wishes to Sergeant John Burke
Our best wishes to Sergeant John Burke who has recently retired from An Garda Síochána to follow his own career. John was very effective and popular while stationed in Fethard and was a great help in starting a local Text Alert group in Fethard and the surrounding parishes, which is currently underway in Killusty and will start in Fethard shortly. For those interesting in getting involved please contact the community office Tel: (052) 6131000.
John was also instrumental in progressing the installation of a CCTV system in the town to deter anti-social behaviour. Following a well-attended public meeting it was agreed to have the town surveyed and a suggested system recommended for installation. This has now been completed and its installation was never more needed and important than it is in Fethard today.
Thanks John for your help and foresight into helping solve crime in the area. We look forward to having a similar relationship with the new Sergeant and local Gardaí.
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.