The death has occurred on Monday, January 12, 2015 of James (Jimmy) Hurley, Congress Terrace, Fethard, (peacefully) in his 93rd year.
Jimmy, beloved husband of Madge and loving father of Anne, Breda, Victoire and Marjorie, pre-deceased by his son James, he will be sadly missed by his much loved wife, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sons in law, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard on Wednesday January 14th from 5pm to 6.45pm, with removal to Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 12 noon followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. Family flowers only please.
The death has occurred (peacefully) at Naas General Hospital on January 11, 2015, of Mrs Ann Lucey (née O'Donovan), Craddock House Nursing Home, Naas, Co Kildare and formerly of Main Street, Fethard.
Ann, beloved wife of the late John Lucey, deeply regretted by her loving daughters Breeda, Marie and Linda, son Richard, sons-in-law Damien and Douglas, daughter-in-law Margaret, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
Funeral Mass on Friday, January 16, at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Fethard & Killusty Youth Club
If any parent in Fethard or Killusty like the idea of having their children participate with Fethard & Killusty Youth Club please ask them for suggestions of what they might like to do in the youth club and these can be posted on the club’s new Facebook Page. All ideas are welcome. As the youth club is about youth the organisers are hoping to do some great activities that would include challenging the youths to increase their abilities. But, will also include a lot of fun activities and outings as well.
The death has occurred, on Thursday, January 8, 2015, of Sheila O’Donnell (nee Buckley), Coleman, Fethard, peacefully, after a short illness in South Tipperary Regional Hospital, Clonmel.
Sheila, beloved wife of David and loving mother of Marie (Weston), Pat, Sean, Declan and Bryan, pre-deceased by her grandson Adam, sadly missed by her son-in-law Paul, daughters-in-law Margaret, Sue-Anne, Hilda and Laura, her grandchildren Rebecca, Ciara, Leah, Cathal, Kate, Gavin, Orla, Ronan, David, Isabelle, Claire and Eva, her sisters Ailis Buckley, Anne O’Keeffe and Helen Dunne, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at her son Pat’s home in Coleman on Saturday from 3pm to 7pm. Funeral Mass in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard on Sunday, January 11, at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. House private on Sunday morning. Family flowers only and donations in lieu to South Tipperary Hospice.
Coolmoyne featured on 'Down Your Way'
Thursday's 'Down Your Way' radio programme on Tipp FM will be broadcast from Coolmoyne Fethard and feature locals talking to presenter
Eamon O'Dwyer. The show will be broadcast at 7pm on Thursday, January 8, 2015 and repeated on Saturday morning at 9am. You can LISTEN TO TIPP FM LIVE BY CLICKING HERE
The late Aidan Ward
Aidan Ward photographed with his mother Mary (left) and her close friend Ann Lonergan after his concert in the Abymill Theatre on November 17, 2007.
The death has occurred on Monday, December 29, 2014, of Aidan Ward, Letterfrack, Connemara, and formerly Kerry Street. Fethard. Aidan (aged 44), predeceased by his father Philip and sadly missed by his loving mother Mary, his sisters Niamh and Lisa, his niece and nephew, brothers-in-law, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives and large circle of friends. May he rest in peace. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.
The news of Aidan’s sudden death came as a great shock to the Fethard community and his worldwide popularity was hugely illustrated by the amount of individuals who travelled from far and near to show their respect for a great travelling musician, songwriter and friend.
Aidan's musician friends photographed at an impromptu session in McCarthys after his removal to Fethard Parish Church on Thursday, January 1.
The following is and excerpt from the 1986 Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter, written by Aidan when he was only 16 years old and shows his love and respect for people even at that young age. Maybe his message is still relevant in today’s world:
A message to the old and young
“Nowadays, we are living in a world where the elderly are being badly treated, mugged, robbed, mocked and humiliated. They have grown to be terrified of the young people today. This is terrible, but it is a fact. I know one case where an elderly man living in our own town admitted being afraid to walk up town when the youngsters are coming out of school, for fear of being pushed or shoved off the footpath. This situation is scandalous.
It is up to us, the young, to prove to the elderly that they are loved, needed, wanted and respected members of our society. After all, we owe them a lot. They have passed down to us our Parish of Fethard and Killusty, our faith, our culture and our traditions. We need to put an end to the maltreatment of our elders by correcting those few who are the cause of it, and make the Parish of Fethard and Killusty a safer place for the elderly to live.
So young people from this day forth, say hello to an old person you see, smile and show them that they need not be afraid. If they are trying to get past you and your friends on the footpath, move back and let them through. Give them any help you can, call in to see them more regularly and by doing these simple things we can ease the terrible fear in the old peoples’ hearts and show them that they are loved.”
— Aidan Ward (aged 16, November 9, 1986)
Aidan Ward (left) giging in Fethard with friends, Ted Connolly and Mervyn Colville back in 1988. Also included is No 1 fan, Gary Lonergan!
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, January 11, to the music of ‘Tommy Carroll’. All welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing for the New Year. Dancing 9pm to midnight and admission is €8 which includes tea and cakes.
St Patrick’s GAA support baby Danny Molloy
St. Patrick's GAA representatives presenting a cheque to the parents of Danny Molloy, Fethard. Back L to R: Conor Cuddihy, Robert McCormack. Front L to R: Patrick Moroney, Dermot Molloy, Carol Fleming holding baby Danny and John Moroney
Players from St. Patricks GAA Club presenting Dermot Molloy and Carol Fleming, Fethard, with a cheque for €3,500 from fundraisers they ran on Sunday, December 28, December. During the day they held a match between a combination of players from 2005 and 2010 against the current team and that night the players ran a table quiz in The Archway Bar in Drangan.
Dermot and Carol’s young baby boy Danny was diagnosed with a rare condition, truncus arteoriosis, which affects the pumping of blood from the heart and prevents the lungs from getting an adequate supply. Even though he is only five months old Danny has already undergone a number of operations and will have to undergo many more in the future. The St. Patrick’s players and community are to be complimented on their support for baby Danny and his parents Carol and Dermot.
St. Patrick’s current winning team that played a combination team from 2005 & 2010 in a benefit match in Cloneen, in aid of baby Danny Molloy. Back L to R: Liam McCormack, Eugene McCormack, Conor Gorey, Ciarán Mockler, Darren Boland, Aidan Buckley, Conor Clancy, Conor Cuddihy, William O’Brien, Neil Gleeson, Nicky Kearney, Darren Meagher, Paul Horan, Dermot Molloy. Front L to R: Shane Gorey, Damien Barry, Mark Slattery, Conor Barry, Brendan Gleeson, Mark Mullally, Robbie McCormack, Colm Dunne, Tony O’Brien, Robbie Meagher and Mick Walsh.
St. Patrick’s combination team from 2005 & 2010 that played the current winning team in a benefit match in Cloneen, in aid of baby Danny Molloy. Back L to R: Tom McCormack, Dermot Molloy, Jason Hayes, Anthony Barry, Kieran Clancy, Brian McCormack, Colm Duggan, John O’Brien, Tot Noonan, John Hayden, Paddy Moroney, Richie Horan, Tommy Griffin, Keith Brown, Mick Barry, Micheál Broderick. Front L to R: Derek Noonan, Aaron Cronin, Declan Ryan, Micky O’Connell, William McCormack, Richie Needham, Sean Horan, Noel Brett, Kenny Brett, Eoghan McCormack, Danny Gleeson and Ian Hickey.
Photographed before the throw-in at the benefit match in Cloneen between the current St. Patrick’s winning team and a St. Patrick’s combination team from winning teams in 2005 & 2010. L to R: Liam Brett (2010 captain), Tommy Griffin (2005 captain), Paddy Ivors (referee), Robbie McCormack (2014 captain) and Dermot Molloy (2013 captain).
Bridge Club reopens
Fethard Bridge Club reopens this Wednesday, January 7, after the Christmas break. On January 21 we play the second round of the Player of the Year competition. Please note that bridge now starts at 7.15pm sharp! If you are interested in learning bridge, come along to the Tirry Centre on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Fethard GAA Club officers elected
John Fogarty with his son Joe, home from South Korea, photographed after the Fethard GAA Club's AGM L to R: John Fogarty, Joe Fogarty, Michael O'Riordan, newly elected chairman John Hurley, Michael O'Mahoney and Michael Quinlan.
The Fethard Senior GAA Annual General Meeting was held in the Fr. Tirry Centre on Friday, January 2, with the biggest attendance at an AGM for a number of years.
The committee elected on the night was: John Hurley (Chairman), P.J. Ahern (Vice-Chairman), Mary Godfrey (Secretary), Wendy Donegan (Asst. Secretary), Stephen Fitzgerald (Treasurer), Brian Delahunty (PRO), Stephen Fitzgerald (South Board Delegate), Mary Godfrey (County Board Delegate), Austie Godfrey (Football Board Delegate) and P.J. Ahern (Field Officer).
Fethard Athletic Club
Fethard AC athletes achieved great success in the Tipperary Indoor Championships held on Saturday, January 3, in Nenagh. Club members Bernard Feery, Joey Feery and Micheál McCormack brought home a total of eight medals which included an amazing six gold, one silver and one bronze. Congratulations to all concerned, keep up the brilliant results.
Training continues every Monday and Friday evening at 7.15pm from the ballroom carpark. We'd love to see some new faces joining the club for 2015. Our AGM will be coming up shortly, details to follow soon.
The ‘Beauty Queen’ at Clonacody House
Clonacody House will host three intimate performances of Fionn MacCumhaill Players production of ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ on January 22, 23 and 24. The performance will start at 8pm each night and tickets are €20 each. Food will be served.
‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’, by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, was premiered in 1996 by the Druid Theatre Company in Galway and also enjoyed successful runs at London's West End, Broadway and Off-Broadway. It was nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Play for the London production, and the 1998 Broadway production was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning four.
This production features the cast of Mia Treacy, Noel Clancy, Keith MacAdhaimh and Anne Williamson. Booking now at Tel: 083 1355762 or 086 0834208.
Christmas Goal Mile
A section of the large crowd who took part in the Fethard Goal Mile on Christmas Day
We had perfect conditions for the Christmas Day Goal Mile 2014. Though we were expecting a smaller turn out with Moyglass now also holding their own Goal Mile, in fact numbers were up. It seems even some of the runners did both and had come straight from the Moyglass event.
On behalf of organising committee I wish to extend my sincerest thanks to all for taking the time to come along and support this great cause. Last year, a Goal Mile was held at 122 locations nationwide, and raised over €169,000 for Goal's work with the poorest of the poor in the Developing World. This year Fethard raised and contributed €1,000.
Colm McGrath signing in Lauren Connolly for the Goal Mile on Christmas Day in Fethard
On Christmas Day the Goal Mile is a nice way of taking some exercise, while at the same time making a meaningful contribution towards helping those less fortunate than ourselves.
Abbey and School Choirs thanked
The Augustinian Abbey Choir and choir from Holy Trinity National School held a fantastic carol service in the Abbey Church over Christmas. A collection during the service raised €489.66 which was very kindly donated towards the Convent Community Hall and Fethard Playground to assist with running costs. The Playground and Hall committees would like to thank sincerely both choirs for their kind donations which will be a huge help towards defraying the cost of insurance which is due in January.
Fitness Classes resuming in the Ballroom
The following fitness classes are resuming in Fethard Ballroom. Circuits resume on Tuesday, January 6, from 7.15pm to 8.15pm; Low Impact Aerobics resume on Thursday, January 8, from 10.45am to 11.45am (ideal for those new to exercise). Both classes are suitable for all fitness levels. Cost is €7 per class. For more information contact Bobbi on 087 2130414.
Sports Achievement Nominees for December
The following were nominated for the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for December:
- Fethard Secondary School U16 Ladies Football Team – Nominated this month because they have just qualified to play in a Munster quarter final following their outstanding victory over Scoil Ruain, Killenaule.
- Brian Delahunty – Captain of Anner Gaels U21 hurling team who are qualified to play in the south final. They currently await the winner between Moyle Rovers and Cahir in the other semi final.
- Paul Tobin – Paul is coach to the local Taekwon-Do club. One of his pupils Áine Ryan recently won a silver and a bronze at different disciplines at the Irish open championships.
- Michael Mouse Morris – On a winning streak recently, saddling three winners ‘Horrendous Hulabaloo’, ‘Dromnea’ and ‘Ravished’ at the recent Christmas festival meeting at Limerick racecourse.
- Michael Ryan – Well renowned local hurling coach is nominated because of his involvement with Anner Gaels U21 team who have qualified for the south final.
- Fethard Rugby Club U13 girls – This young squad recently competed with distinction at a Munster rugby 7s tournament winning three out of four games.
- David and Margaret Flanagan – Greyhound trainers David and Margaret already have five qualifiers for the national Coursing meeting at Powerstown park in February. Their December qualifiers were ‘Ballymac Abraham’ and ‘Clontuohy’ in the Derby and Oaks respectively.
The winner will be announced at a special function in Butler’s Bar on Friday next January 9, at 10pm. All are welcome.
Unwanted books wanted!
The Tipperariana Book Fair committee are busy organising this year’s event which takes place on Sunday, February 8 – the twentieth Book Fair held in Fethard Ballroom, organised by Fethard Historical Society.
The annual Bookfair, held on the second Sunday in February each year, is the main source of income that keeps the society thriving throughout the year and is also used to support projects that further an interest in heritage in the Fethard area.
People have been very good at donating unwanted books to the society over the past twenty years and these are sold at the our second-hand book stall at the fair to generate the much needed cash. If you have books you no longer need at home, the committee will gladly arrange collection if needed. You can contact Tel: 086 3905373 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org If anyone would like to get involved or help in any way at this year’s Tipperariana Book Fair, please contact any member of the Fethard Historical Society. All help or support is greatly appreciated.
Fethard and District Rugby Club
Don O'Connell presents a set of new jerseys for the Under 18 team at Fethard & District Rugby Club on behalf of Fethard Electrical Wholesale. Pictured are John Stokes, Don O'Connell, Paul Moloney, and Pat O'Donnell.
The new lights in the Community Field were put to their test on Saturday, December 2, after a lot of hard work getting them up and running which is a huge credit to the committee for their work involved.
Fethard U18s played their first match under the lights against Thurles in a League playoff. Fethard players defended from the off as if their lives depended on it with our out half Gary Kavanagh repaying the forwards for the hard work they were putting in with two early penalties converted. Connie Cone and Ciarán Luttrell made brilliant runs with Kieran scoring his first try for the club. Another great try came from Joey Noonan who was playing full back. The final score on the night was 20-0, a great result for the team.
Fethard played their first match of the New Year against the same team Thurles who started very strongly but Fethard again defended our line brilliantly. The final score this time was 29-0, a great start to the New Year and we look forward to many more exciting games. A special word of thanks to Don O'Connell, Fethard Electrical, for sponsoring the team’s jerseys. Training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays as usual.
Hope everyone is having a lovely Christmas and not leaving too much work to be done when we start back. Friday, January 9, will be our first weigh-in at 8pm, and it will run over ten weeks to bring us up to St. Patrick’s Day. We ask all to pay upfront as it encourages people to keep going when they have already paid. In return we will give a 'book of vouchers' that entitles you to a free class for those taking place in the area during the ten weeks. Still awaiting confirmation for two but we have secured vouchers from Scoil Ruain Sports Centre, Bobbi Holohan (Circuits), Colm McGrath (Bootcamp) and Fab Fitness (Circuits). So if you think you’d like a certain class this is your chance to try it out for free.
The Operation Transformation cost is €20 for the ten weeks and prizes will be distributed by percentage of weight lost. Don't know how much the prizes will be until we see how many take part. Each person gets a prize of a healthier body, more awareness of what they eat and activity taken. I am also hoping to hold a 'healthy cookery demonstration' during the running of the programme. Any queries please don't hesitate to contact me Biddy O'Dwyer 087 6410352.
Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland
Photographed at the Christmas Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Fethard are L to R: Peig Butler, David Butler, Rev. Barbara Fryday and John Fryday.
Photographed at the Christmas Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Fethard are L to R: Ann Barry and Fr. Martin Crean OSA
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