Santa visits Fethard
Santa meeting Lizzie Purcell and her daughter Bonnie on The Square, Fethard, on Friday, December 5.
Cathal Brett bringing Aidan Herbert to meet Santa in Fethard.
Helping Santa on The Square in Fethard were L to R: Mickeala Doyle, Emily Spillane, Jack Donegan and Natasha Murphy.
Giovanna Aguiar keeping a close eye out for Santa to arrive
Pupils from Holy Trinity National School, Fethard, singing Christmas carols as they await the arrival of Santa to switch on the Christmas lights.
Waiting for Santa to arrive in Fethard are L to R: Rose O'Donnell, Hannah Connorton and Éabha Ryan.
Christmas Party for Toddlers
The Parent/Minder toddler group's Christmas Party will take place in the Convent Community Hall on Thursday, December 18, from 11am to 1pm, with lots of fun and treats for all the toddlers.
All toddlers and minders are very welcome to come along regardless if you go to the weekly group or not. The group will then finish up for a Christmas break and will resume with weekly group in January. Parents/Minders with new babies are also very welcome to join us.
Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, December 14, is ‘Party Night’ with music supplied by ‘Dave Rae. Dancing 9pm to midnight and admission is €8 which includes tea and cakes.
Sports Achievement Awards winners
Ken Moloney, representing sponsor Heineken, presenting the joint Fethard Sports Achievement Award winners for October and November to Julie Connolly (centre) and Amy Pollard. Both will now go through to the annual 2014 award final in January.
This month we had two winners, representing October and November, in the Fethard Sports Achievement Awards, which were presented on last Friday night in Butler’s Bar. The first winner was Amy Pollard who is a member of the Killenaule/Moyglass ladies soccer team who were crowned Munster Intermediate Champions following their fine victory over Lakewood Rangers of Ballincollig Cork. The second winner was Julie Connolly, who was captain of the Cahir Park ladies golf team for 2014 and had a major success in October with victory in the Miele All Ireland Fourball inter club competition. They beat City of Derry in the semifinal and Tuam in the final following a playoff. Nominations are now being taken for the December award, which is the last monthly award for 2014.
Photographed at the Sports Achievement Awards were L to R: Martin Cooney, Denis Fahey, Stephen Harrington, Mike Kelly, Bill O'Brien, Darragh Corbett and Michael Griffin.
Photographed at the Sports Achievement Award presentation were L to R: Dick O'Brien, Derek O'Brien, Cathal Brett and Shannon O'Brien.
Emigrants Newsletter on sale now!
Copies of the Newsletter are dispatched free of charge to emigrants and relatives from the parish living throughout the world. We thank you for your continued support and donations every year, as this enables us to continue this wonderful contact with our emigrants which was first started in 1959 by the Legion of Mary in Fethard. We wish all our readers and supporters a very Happy Christmas.
This year’s edition of the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants’ Newsletter is on sale now in the following local shops: Centra Supermarket, The Green; McManus’s Grocery, Burke Street; Daybreak, Kerry Street; and the Post Office, Main Street. This year’s Newsletter cost €12 each and has over 248 pages of articles and photographs including many interesting feature articles. We expect this year’s issue to sell out fast so we advise early purchase to avoid disappointment.
Christmas Carol Concert
Fethard Choral Society present a concert of Christmas carols on Sunday, December 14, at 7pm in the Augustinian Abbey. Choirs from Holy Trinity National School and Patrician Presentation Secondary School will also join the Choral Society. A collection in aid of Fethard Youth Centre will be taken up on the night. The concert will be followed by a complimentary cheese and wine reception in the Abymill Theatre next door, kindly sponsored by Centra, Fethard.
Red Ribbons to remember your loved ones
In keeping with the last two year’s tradition, the Red Ribbons will be on sale next Friday outside the Post Office. The Ribbons will cost €3 each and you can write the name of a deceased loved one you would like to remember over Christmas on the ribbon. The ribbons will be put on the church railings and blessed on Christmas Day. This is a very simple idea but a lovely way to say Happy Christmas to a departed loved one. If you can't get to the post office this Friday to buy your ribbon, please let us know at the Convent Community Centre and we can arrange to have your ribbon put up with the others.
Christmas Street Lights collection
A Church Gate Collection, to help defray the annual cost of maintaining and erecting the seasonal Christmas lights on Main Street and Burke Street, will be held on this coming weekend, Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14. We ask for your continued support for this community event.
Want to trace your ancestors?
If there is sufficient interest, the Fethard Historical Society are planning to run a six week course (one night per week) during February and March for all those who would like professional help in tracing their family history. The course will be conducted by Dr. Noreen Higgins-McHugh and will focus especially on Tipperary sources but would still be very useful to anyone wishing to trace their ancestors anywhere in Ireland.
The fee for the course will depend somewhat on the numbers involved but a fee of at least sixty euro is to be expected. Anyone interested should email: email@example.com stating, (A) Preferred week night(s); (B) weeknight(s) that are not possible; and (C) If you have your own laptop and whether you need Wi-Fi to connect to the internet. Interested people who do not have a laptop should still register your interest and course planning will then take account of this. Contact again is email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fethard Bridge Club ‘Open Night’
On Wednesday, December 17, there will be an open night a Fethard Bridge club. All are welcome - our regular players, beginners wanting a practice game, improvers at bridge, or anyone interested in finding out more about bridge. Refreshments will be served. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038. We look forward to seeing as many as possible on the night.
Fethard Senior Citizens
Fethard's Senior Citizens' Club assembled last week for 11.30am Mass in the Augustinian Abbey, where our deceased members were remembered in prayer. All members then travelled by coach to The Anner Hotel, Thurles, where they enjoyed a festive dinner and entertainment.
The Senior Citizens' committee and members are very grateful to the all who bought tickets for our Christmas raffle. We are also thankful to local businesses who donated prizes. The following are the winners of the raffle: 1st prize €200, Rosena Kenny, c/o Centra; 2nd prize €100, Noel Delany, Parson's Hill; 3rd prize Christmas cake and bottle whiskey, Harry St John, Main Street, Fethard; 4th prize was won by Laura Sayers, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; and 5th prize was won by Mark Hennessey.
One week to 5k Santa Run
Only one week now to go until Fethard Athletic Club’s annual 5k Santa Run, which takes place on Sunday, December 21, at 2pm. We hope to see lots of festive fancy dress so get your Santa hats and join in the fun, walkers, buggies, joggers, runners all welcome. All proceeds go to the paediatric ward at South Tipperary General Hospital.
Also coming up this week is our Christmas night out in Clonacody House on Friday December 12, tickets are still available, please contact any committee member if interested in coming. Training continues each Monday and Friday at 7.15pm from the ballroom carpark. New members welcome.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto extra ‘Christmas Prizes
The numbers drawn on December 3 were: 2, 12, 22 and 25. We had no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets won €50 each: Pat Hayes, Lurgoe, Killenaule; Niall Connolly, c/o Eileen Connolly; and Bridget Cooney, Rathdrum, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Marie O'Sullivan, Main Street, Fethard; Caolainn Kelly, c/o Kathleen Connolly; and Lorena Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
This week we had the first week of three Christmas Draws for turkeys and hams. Winners of Turkeys in the Free Christmas Draw were: John Slattery, Barrettstown, Fethard; Monica O'Shea, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; and Christy Williams, Killusty, Fethard. Winners of Hams in the Free Christmas Draw were: Philip Butler, Main street, Fethard; Suzy O'Mahoney, Dunguib, Killenaule; and Liam O'Sullivan, Cois Falla, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, December 10. The Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €1,000. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
Fethard GAA Sports Lotto
The numbers drawn on December 5 were 2, 18, 27 and 29. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner so the following drawn tickets received €30 each: Tom Purcell Burke Street; Paul Fitzgerald, Kiltinan; Biddy Kearney, St. Patrick’s Place; Ellen Morrissey, Barrack Street; and Paul Moriarty, c/o Merry’s, Clonmel. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was: Jill Schubert Barrack Street, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot is €7,500 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park on Friday, December 12, at 7pm. All are welcome. Thank you for your continued support.
Fethard U13 Girls at Munster tournament in Kilrush
Fethard U13 girls team who travelled to Kilrush last Saturday for their third Munster 7's Rugby tournament
Fethard U13 girls travelled to Kilrush for their third Munster 7s Rugby tournament of the season last Saturday. This improving team of enthusiastic girls are having great fun this season successfully playing contact rugby. Molly Keane (Captain) rallied well in Scrum half and off loaded quickly out to Alison Connolly who ran the wing and gave quick ball to Jennifer Fogarty to score in the corner in the first match against Kilrush. The Girls thought hard with Sinead Crowe propping well and Mairead McCarthy, centre, working together supporting Caoimhe Doyle, hooker, with tackling and robbing ball ably assisted by Nicole Vaughan Prop. Lucy Murphy out half showed great rucking over and consistent tackling and organised the team with Kelly Hunt centre providing safe hands off to Emer McCarthy on the wing to Sprint down the line to score.
Narrowly defeated in their first game the Girls came out all guns blazing and quickly accounted for Listowel in their second game with tries from Alison Connolly, Nicole Vaughan, Caoimhe Doyle, Lucy Murphy, Sinead Crowe, Emer McCarthy sister Mairead, Molly Keane and Jennifer Fogarty is was an exciting match.
We then came up against Dingle and played an attacking game and all the squad again played well and Fethard came out on top. Training continues on Friday evening's 8pm to 9pm and New members are always welcome please contact Polly 086 339 49 59.
Christmas Cookery Demonstration
Prepare for Christmas with a once off cookery demonstration by Eileen Bowden in Fethard Convent Community Hall on Tuesday, December 16, from 10am to 1pm. Cost is €10. This is an opportunity to get new ideas for the traditional Christmas dishes and tips on using those Christmas leftovers. To book your place, call or text Margaret O'Neill at 087 6536374. All are welcome.
Pilgrimage to Medjugorje 2015
A seven-day Pilgrimage to Medjugorje is being planned for August 12 to 19, 2015. The total cost is €669 per person sharing, which includes flights, accommodation, breakfast and evening meal. For those interested please contact David Woodlock at Tel: 087 2522028 or (052) 6131077. Deposit of €200 required when booking.
Special discounts for early payments: €150 discount if paid in full by December 10, 2014; €100 discount if paid in full by February 2, 2015; and €50 discount if deposit paid by February 2, 2015. Single Rooms cost an additional €22 extra per night. The trip is organised by Joe Walsh Tours
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