Rebecca excels in Abymill
Show organiser Anne Williamson photographed with Rebecca Storm (right) before her performance in the Abymill Theatre in Fethard.
The recent ‘intimate’ sold out performance by Rebecca Storm in the Abymill Theatre was a remarkable treat for those lucky enough to get tickets to hear an international star sing in perfect setting. Acoustics in the Abymill Theatre are idyllic with stone walls and oak beams to bounce vocals throughout the theatre.
Rebecca accompanied by Vincent Lynch on keyboards
Rebecca was accompanied on stage by Vincent Lynch on keyboards, and her husband, Kenny Shearer, on bass. Her choice of songs for the evening were chosen from a wide range of her previous productions and many others from musical acquaintances that she met while on tour, such as Irish singer/songwriter, Jimmy MacCarthy from Cork. Inviting the audience to participate in some of the well known ‘show-stoppers’, Rebecca’s personality shone through uniquely and succeeded in spellbinding her attentive audience for every song.
Rebecca Storm photographed introducing Holly-Jean Williamson in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard
The show was organised by local producer Anne Williamson from Mullinahone. Anne’s daughter, Holly-Jean Williamson, was invited to make a guest appearance on stage where she sang two songs, one in each half, and received a terrific reception from the attentive audience.
Rebecca Storm, speaking after the performance, expressed how impressed she was with the venue and the audience, and is more than willing to make a return visit in the near future. An event we can all look forward to.
Rebecca Storm performing in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard
For those willing to see Rebecca Storm live in Dublin, she is currently appearing in ‘Blood Brothers’ at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from September 29 to October 11, 2014. A show highly recommended for anyone who hasn’t seen it already.
Rebecca in an 'intimate' moment on stage with her husband and musical director, Kenny Shearer.
Holly Jean Williamson singing at the Rebecca Storm concert.
Senior Citizens’ Club resumes
Fethard's Senior Citizens' Club are resuming their monthly meetings following the summer break. Reminding all members, we meet on Tuesday, October 7, at 7.30pm, in the Tirry Centre.
Red Cross first aid course completed
Photographed at the presentation of certificates were Back L to R: Tommy Sheehan, Geraldine Cahill, Miceál McCormack, Annette Quigley, Eamon Kennedy, Stephen Fitzgerald, Fiona Lawless, Michael Ryan, Tony McGarry. Front L to R: Pat Coyne, Martin O’Keeffe (Red Cross Instructor), Bríd O’Keeffe (Red Cross) and Richard Cummins (Red Cross). Missing from photo were Tony Burgess, Nicola Quigley and Michelle Hennebry.
Congratulations to those taking part in and successfully completing the Practical First Aid and CFRC course run recently in Fr. Tirry Community Centre. It was great to see a group so keen to learn life saving skills. Well done to all, it was a pleasure to work with you all and the cakes and apple tarts provided on the last night will definitely ensure that we’ll be back to give more courses very soon. So anyone interested in taking part in our next Practical First Aid and CFRC course in Fethard (or Cashel) can give their names to Richard Cummins at Tel: 086 2734566.
Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, October 5, to the music of ‘Adrian Ryan. 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.
Fitness Classes starting next week
The following classes are starting next week in the Fethard Ballroom: Circuits start on Tuesday, October 7, from 7.15pm to 8.15pm; Low Impact Aerobics on Thursday, October 9, from 10.45am to 11.45am (ideal for those new to exercise). Both classes are suitable for all fitness levels and the cost is €7 per class. For more information contact Bobbi on 087 2130414.
Killusty appeal for volunteers
Junior Infants starting school at Killusty National School. L to R: Laura Coonan, Sophie McEvoy, Joe Purcell and Joseph Gaule
If anybody is free on Wednesday evenings around 7pm, we would really appreciated their help by coming along to Killusty and help to get it tidied up for the winter months. A lot could be achieved in an hour or so. Your help will also be needed over the winter with the construction of flower boxes so we ask all budding carpenters to lend a hand. For further information contact any of the Killusty community committee members.
A big thank you to Killusty Crafts for sponsoring a tennis net for the courts in Killusty court. Many evenings have been spent cleaning it and now with this generous gift from Lorraine and Richard, it's now open for play again.
Nominees for the September Sports Achievement Award
The following nominees were received for the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for September:
- Annette Murphy – Annette was a member of County Tipperary (Dundrum) ladies golf team that won the Munster Challenge cup. In the All Ireland series played at Monkstown golf club they were narrowly beaten in the quarterfinal by Galway Bay.
- Sarah Smyth – Fethard ladies footballers had another good year. Having won the league they lost to Mullinahone in the county final where they gave a good account of themselves led by their captain Sarah Smyth.
- Harry Kelly – Two winners for Harry during September, ‘West Montana’ won a maiden hurdle in Galway and ‘Padraig’s Joy’ was also a maiden hurdle winner at Cork.
- Bernard Feery – Bernard continues his brilliant year with a second place in the county championship 10 mile road race held at Ballynonty.
- Bridget Walsh – Another local lady golfer who was part of the Cahir Park team that won the regional final of the Miele Fourball Interclub Competition played at Athlone G.C. Their opponents in that final were Castletroy Limerick.
- Kate Davey, Fethard Ladies Football Club – One of Fethard’s best young players, Kate recently won an All Ireland U16 title with Tipperary beating Laois on a score of 3-16 to 2-6, with Kate scoring three points.
- Kari Laaksonen – Kari is a member of Tipperary Crossfit Training, which is a relatively new sport to Ireland. In a recent scaled and masters competition held in Clonmel, he finished in a very creditable 4th place
The September winner will be announced on Friday next, October 3, in Butlers Bar at 10pm. All are welcome.
Athletic Club training
Fethard AC training takes place every Monday and Friday evening at 7.15 pm from the ballroom carpark. The countdown has now started to our annual Santa 5k run in December, so even if you're a non-runner why not set yourself a goal and start training for this event now, you could surprise yourself.
Fethard Rugby Club
Jack Quinlan breaks through two tackles to score a wonderful try for Fethard & District Rugby Club against Thurles in the Under 10 match on Sunday, September 28. (Photo supplied by Kieran Butler)
Fethard & District Rugby Club's annual Cash-for-Clobber event is up and running again to raise much-needed funds for the club. Please drop any items of unwanted clothing, footwear or soft toys up to the rugby club on Friday nights during training, or contact Alice 086 0612306 or Mary 086 1688158. Thanks for your generous support.
Rugby training for all ages (boys & girls) has resumed for the new season at the Community Sportsfield every Friday night - new players are always welcome.
Fethard U10s turned out in huge numbers to take on Thurles, assisted by five of our big strong U9s. We split them into two teams so they got plenty of game time on a beautiful morning in the valley of Slievenamon. The spectators were not disappointed with the quality of rugby on offer with some great tackling by Tom Smyth, Tomas Ryan, David McCormack and Mark Neville and superb running from Louis Ryan, Padraig O'Dwyer, Luke Ryan, Jack ‘Drico’ Quinlan, some brilliant turnovers by Daithi Hogan, Michael Flanagan, Andrew Wall, Sean Nash. The lineouts and scrums were a pleasure to watch with Adam O’Connell, David O’Donnell, Niall O’Meara and Michael James Phelan. Consistent overall play from Michael Blake, Luke Dolan, Joseph O’Flynn, Sam Gavin was a joy to watch with some marvellous tries scored.
Paddy Ryan slips through a tackle to score a try for Fethard & District Rugby Club on Sunday morning, September 28. Rugby is a great option for children of all ages looking for a new challenge and exciting experience. To find out more, why not join us for training on Friday nights at the Community Sportsfield in Fethard? (Photo supplied by Kieran Butler)
Fethard U12 & 11s join forces
Our 11s teamed up with our 12s to play together against neighbours Thurles. Both teams were very evenly matched with the rugby flowing from end to end and Fethard ending up victorious. Looking forward to seeing everybody back at training on Friday night for training. Newcomers are always welcome.
Fethard Bridge Club results
Fethard Bridge Club would like to thank everyone who supported their Hospice Coffee Morning on Thursday, September 18, in particular they would like to thank Centra, Fethard who provide sponsorship every year. Thanks to those who came and had time for coffee and a chat, to those who didn’t have time but who contributed generously, and all who helped in any way to make the coffee morning such a success.
The results of our game on Wednesday, September 17 were:
- 1st Gross Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke
- 2nd Gross Betty Walsh and Monica Anglim
- 3rd Gross Alice Quinn and Berney Myles
- 1st Nett Rita Kane and Kay St. John
- 2nd Nett Nell Broderick and David O’Meara
- 3rd Nett Eileen Ryan and Jim Lahert
Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Fethard GAA Sports and Lotto
On Sunday, September 28, the Fethard Under 14 team competed in the Tipperary A League Final against Thurles Sarsfield in Littleton. The Fethard girls were superb and took some outstanding scores, but unfortunately were narrowly beaten on the day. Back row (left to right) Lauren Dowling, Sophie Ryan, Aoibhe Browne, Muireann O'Connell, Katie O'Flynn, Sally Butler, Rachel Prout, Lucy Spillane, Aine O'Connell, Laura Kiely, Laura Stocksborough, and Amy Brophy. Front row: Katie Ryan, Alison Connolly, Carrie Davey, Ciara Connolly, Laura O'Donnell, Maeve Ellie Ryan, Maggie Fitzgerald, and Caoimhe O'Meara. (Photo supplied by Kieran Butler)
The numbers drawn on September 26 were 2, 22, 23 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner so the following five drawn tickets received €30: Anne Butler, Main Street; The Abymill, c/o Austy O'Flynn; P.J. Aherne, Prospect; Kieran Bryan, c/o Karl Maher; and Dick Fitzgerald, St. Patrick’s Place. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Mikey Aherne, Prospect, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot is €6,500 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park on Friday, October 3, at 7pm. All are welcome. Thanking you for your continued support.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on September 24 were: 5, 14, 23 and 28. We had no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50: Martin Burke, Main Street, Fethard; Irene Sharpe, The Castle, Fethard; T.J. Sheehan, Killusty.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Philip Butler, Main Street, Fethard; Anne Williamson, Cappanagrane; Peter and Marie, c/o McManus.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, October 1. The Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €1,000. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.
Country Markets move house as Town Hall work commences
Renovation work on Fethard Tholsel (Town Hall) will commence on Tuesday, September 30, and for the duration of these renovations Fethard Country Markets hope to move back to their original premises on Rocklow Road, the ICA Hall, where the first Market was held in 1947.
As from next Friday morning the weekly Country Market will be held in the ICA Hall (maybe changed) until further notice. Will update when known.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Maurice Roth Kyle, merchant of Fethard
Photographed at the opening of the new shop window on Main Street, Fethard, depicting the products and furnishings of a Fethard merchant of the year 1338. L to R: Terry Cunningham, Maree Moclair, Mary Hanrahan, Pat Looby, Canon Tom Breen P.P., Marie O'Hara, Berna Morrissey, Ian O'Connor and Maeve Moclair.
There’s a new shop window on Main Street, Fethard, depicting the products and furnishings of a Fethard merchant of the year 1338. The records show that such a merchant existed from an account that comes down to us from ‘the 10th Day of March in the 12 year of Edward III’. King Edward III was the English king at that time and Fethard was a walled ‘English’ town that was mainly under the control of the descendants of the great Anglo-Norman families like the Butlers, Everards and Hacketts who had come to this area in the previous century.
It is not actually known - at this stage anyway - where Maurice Roth Kyle had his premises in Fethard, but the McGrath family have kindly allowed the Fethard Historical Society to present this ‘Pop-up Museum’ in their shop window. All the objects on display are true professionally made reproductions of the type of goods that were traded by the wealthier classes at that time. The whole display is the work of Cashel based archaeologist Joanne Hughes who sourced the various goods from specialised workshops in Ireland, Britain and Europe.
It is quite surprising how sophisticated many of the products are, especially the ceramic tableware, which is very ‘grand’ indeed. The display will remain for a number of weeks and hopefully will further add to people’s knowledge of what life was like 700 years ago - for the wealthier people at least.
The Black Death
It should be added here also that, ten years later in 1348, Fethard and the other ‘English’ towns in Ireland were infected by the ‘The Black Death’ - otherwise known as ‘The Plague’- which was carried by the fleas of the black rat. We don’t know if Mr Roth Kyle survived the plague as up to fifty per cent of people died in some of these ‘English’ towns at that time. It is somewhat ironic that the Gaelic Irish in this area -such as the McCarthys, Whelan’s (O’Faoláin) and O’Briens were little affected by the Black Death as they lived scattered in the countryside in their ‘raths’ with their beloved herds of cattle. The black rats on the other hand liked living in the towns where the fleas in turn had more people living close together that they could bite and thus the plague spread rapidly in all the urban centres at that time!
Early signs of winter already appearing
Ireland has been basking in one of the warmest autumns for many years but that may be about to change if the tradition of holly trees signalling the arrival of a bitter winter is to be believed. The arrival of these beautiful bright red holly berries in Fethard may herald a harsh winter to come. So be prepared!
Danish fashion collection showcasing at Convent Community Hall
A Danish fashion autumn / winter collection will be showcasing in Fethard Convent Community Hall on Sunday, October 5, from 12 noon to 6pm. This is a fantastic collection offered at a reasonable price. Admission is free and for further information contact Geraldine at Tel: 086 4427973.
Craft and Food Fair
A Christmas Craft and Food Fair will take place at the Clonmel Park Hotel on Sunday, December 14, from 10am to 5pm. Tables (strictly craft) can now be booked at €40 each. For more info contact: Ned Lonergan at 086 8309365 or email: email@example.com
Fethard National School Principal retires
New principal Holy Trinity National School, Triona Morrisson (left), and staff teacher Rita Kenny (right), making presentations on behalf of the staff to retired principal, Patricia Treacy, marking her long dedicated teaching service to Fethard's Nano Nagle National School, St. Patrick's Boys School and Holy Trinity National School.
Mrs Patricia Treacy retired from Holy Trinity National School on August 31, 2014. Trish, as she was known to her colleagues, trained as a primary school teacher in Mary Immaculate College of Education. Having begun her career in Grangemockler, she joined the staff of Nano Nagle National School in 1974. She served twenty-nine years as Deputy Principal before taking up the position of Principal in St. Patrick’s Boys’ National School in 2004. 2010 saw the amalgamation of Nano Nagle and St. Patrick’s and Trish was appointed Principal of the newly formed school and staff. Trish held this position until her recent retirement.
Trish probably put at least one thousand pupils through her hands during this time and was steadfastly as dedicated in year forty-two as she was in year one. At each stage of her career, she threw herself whole-heartedly into her work. Many will remember her as a kind, committed and talented infant teacher.
During her years in Nano Nagle, the Adlerian approach to discipline was adopted by Nano Nagle staff and Trish was a huge advocate of its principles of mutual respect, inclusiveness and encouragement. Her concern for her pupils was always evident and her sense of justice and fair-play always permeated her work.
On her transfer to St. Patrick’s Boys’ National School parents, pupils and teachers were delighted with her energy and hard work in embarking on this new role of Principal. Her talent for this position really came to the fore during this time and her skill in administration and management became evident when she was appointed Principal of Holy Trinity National School. This involved a huge commitment of time, energy and hard-work and Trish threw herself into this position with a “no holes barred” approach. She acknowledged the support and help of the Board of Management and the Parents’ Association, especially at this demanding time in her career.
The Catholic ethos of the school was always very important to the school community and when the Presentation Sisters retired, Trish ensured that the Catholic ethos was always cultivated and nourished. Trish’s faith is very strong and she was involved directly and indirectly in preparing many children for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation in her role as teacher and Principal.
Trish was an innovative, creative teacher and Principal and never let the grass grow under her feet vis-à-vis new techniques and teaching approaches. She had her finger on the pulse of modern developments and initiatives and led her staff well in this regard.
Trish’s interest in and love for the town of Fethard was evident in encouraging pupil involvement in community based projects. She was always open to suggestion and was always supported her staff in any new endeavours.
As Trish embarks on this new phase of her life we wish her health and happiness. At last she will have time to dedicate to her many talents and interests. Maybe next March, she will have the time to go to Cheltenham! Trish is also a wonderful seamstress and baker, among other things – we’ll miss her scones – her family will have the opportunity to enjoy these! We wish Trish all the best and many, many happy years with her family – Billy, Liam, Ciaran, Mia and her grandchildren.
Photographed at the presentation to retired principal, Mrs Patricia Treacy, at Holy Trinity National School are Back L to R: Sarah Hogan, Aisling Fanning, Róisín Ryan, Triona Morrisson, Ann Marie Harty, Willie Ryan, Denise Meehan, Ann Darcy, Margaret Gleeson, Leonie Loughman. Front L to R: Rita Kenny, Sr. Maureen Power, Peg McGarry, Patricia Treacy, Eileen Fitzgerald and Carmel Lonergan.
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.