Fethard hosts Tipperariana Book Award presentation
Friday night last, January 23, saw the thirteenth Tipperariana Book of the Year Award being awarded to Fr. Patrick J. Ryan for his ‘Archbishop Miler Magrath 1522-1622 The Enigma of Cashel’. The award was presented to the winning author by Patricia Looby, chairperson of the Fethard Historical Society, at a ceremony in the Abymill Theatre. Ms Looby congratulated Fr. Ryan on his wonderful scholarly achievement saying that it adds further to the wonderful store of historical material on County Tipperary, something the Fethard Historical Society has been trying to promote for the past twenty-five years.
The author of the book, Fr. Patrick J. Ryan, is a Holy Ghost priest and native of Rossmore. His three-hundred page book covers the life and times of an amazing man, Miler Magrath, who was born into a noble Gaelic catholic family in Donegal and even spent forty-seven years as a Franciscan priest and Catholic bishop but ended his long life as the Protestant Archbishop of Cashel. All in all he was a very complex and intelligent character who deserves the indebt treatment that Fr. Ryan brings to his subject.
Photographed at the presentation of the 'Tipperariana Book of the Year 2014' are L to R: Dóirín Saurus, local potter who created the presentation piece, and Father Paddy Ryan, author of the winning book, 'Archbishop Miler Magrath The Enigma of Cashel'.
Colm McGrath, a member of the Historical Society and local tour guide, made a very insightful and humorous presentation on his response to the book and to the man himself, Miler Magrath. He informed the audience that he has always speculated that he might be a descendant of Archbishop Magrath – and there are many descendants - and those present seemed to concur with this speculation.
The publisher of the winning book is Willie Hayes, a native of Fethard, who has run the successful Lisheen Publications in Roscrea for many years. Willie’s own book ‘ Holycross The Awakening of the Abbey’ was the recipient of the Tipperariana award in 2011. Fr. Paddy Ryan, as he is more commonly known, was joined at the ceremony by relatives and friends, including two sisters, from the Clonoulty area. Fr Ryan will attend and be available to sign copies of his book at the Tipperariana Book Fair, on Sunday, February 8, from 2 to 6pm in Fethard Ballroom.
Well deserved award for Peggy
Members of the Colville family photographed at the Annerville Awards held in Clonmel Park Hotel on Saturday night last are Back L to R: Alan Connolly, Adrian Morrissey, Grainne Colville, P.J. Colville, Emby Walsh, Tommy Ryan. Front L to R: Valerie Connolly, Avril Morrissey, Peggy Colville (this year's award recipient) and Theresa Ryan.
Congratulations to Peggy Colville who was the recipient of this year’s Annerville ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at a presentation in Clonmel Park Hotel on Saturday, January 24. The annual sporting awards sponsored by Bulmers were first presented in 1960. Peggy’s lifetime award was in recognition of her long-standing dedication to the promotion of Community Games at local and national level, which she first began in 1985. Peggy also compiled a ‘History of Tipperary Community Games 1968-2008’ book in 2008, suggested by fellow local Community Game’s enthusiast Joe Keane, which is a tremendous record of Community Games photographs and results in the parishes and county.
Athletic Club present proceeds of Santa Run to STGH
Fethard Athletic Club presented the proceeds of the December ‘Santa Run’ to the staff of the paediatric ward this week at South Tipperary General Hospital. They were delighted with our cheque for €1,100 and plan to buy some much needed equipment which will greatly benefit the ward and its young patients.
The club was well represented at the Moyne AC 5k on Sunday last with some improving times being recorded by club runners Denise O'Brien, Edmond Kinane, Miceál McCormack and Nicola Guiry.
Next Sunday Moyne AC will host the county A Novice Road Race at 12 noon. We're hoping to have both a mens and ladies team so any club members interested in coming, please let Miceál know in the coming week.
Fethard Athletic Club will host the Munster Masters Road Championships on Sunday, February 22, at 12pm, all eligible members encouraged to attend.
Training continues each Monday and Friday evening at 7.15pm from the ballroom carpark. New members welcome. Please note that annual registration fees are now due.
Remembering Padraig Walsh
Padraig Walsh was born on May 15, 1926, and lived a long and happy 88 years and 8 months. Padraig spent many happy days in Moyglass and our family were very happy to see so many Moyglass faces at his funeral in January. There are a few things we would like to say about our father. He was a man of brevity and would probably appreciate us coming directly to the point today so this won't take too long.
He was a kind, thoughtful and hard-working man, comfortable in his own skin and generous in many ways. He always had time for people and spent many happy hours just talking about everyday life and enquiring about their lives and interests. A very reflective person with an open nature, he was emotionally intelligent, gave praise freely and accepted life as it was. This was particularly evident during his final years, the difficulties of which he accepted with grace.
Padraig was always grateful for the good things that came to him in life, particularly his family and friends. He was married for 58 years and deeply loved and respected our mother. One of his final comments was, “Well Bríd, haven't we a wonderful family?”, and was very happy to spend his final days in his own home passing away peacefully in his sleep.
We thank all our family and friends who helped along the way, Dr John Keane, his carers Maureen, Wendy, Mary and his niece Pauline, the palliative care team from the Irish Cancer Society and all of the many nursing and medical professionals involved in his care. May he rest in peace.
– Declan Walsh
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, February 1, to the music of ‘Sam O’Doherty’. 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.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on January 21 were: 3, 6, 26 and 32. We had no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150 each: Robert Jones (online ticket).
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Tony McGarry, Barrack Street, Fethard; Yvonne Lawlor, Killenaule; and Lar Kehoe, c/o Kathleen Connolly.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, January 28. 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 Bridge Club Results
The results of our game on January 14 were: 1st Gross, Alice Quinn and Noreen Evans; 2nd Gross, Nell Broderick and David O’Meara; 3rd Gross, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke; 1st Nett, Tony Hanrahan and Bill O’Sullivan; 2nd Nett, Kevin O’Dwyer and Willie Harrington; 3rd Nett, Judy Doyle and Joan Hayes.
Next Wednesday, February 4, we have our charity night. 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 Sports Lotto
The numbers drawn on January 23 were 15, 21, 24 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner who received €150: Bernadette McManus, Burke Street, Fethard. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was: Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot is €8,000 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park on Friday, January 30, at 7pm. All are welcome. Thank you for your continued support.
Tipperary Foxhounds Cross Country Sponsored Ride
Photographed at the Tipperary Foxhounds charity cross country sponsored ride on Sunday, January 25, at Ballylusky, Drangan, in aid of Bridget Quigley, are L to R: Sam Coen, Jack Carroll, Michael McGrath, Harry Carroll and Michael Carroll. (Photos taken by Larry Kenny)
All roads led to the cross of Ballyluskey on Sunday, January 25, where the Tipperary Foxhounds held a successful Cross Country Sponsored Ride in aid of the ‘Help Bridget’s Family Help Her Fund’. Bridget Quigley, daughter of Jimmy and Breda Quigley, Ballingarry, has been living in Australia for the past 3 years. Sadly 2014 ended with Bridget falling ill and consequently is now recovering from Brain Surgery in Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Australia.
Niall Higgins riding at the Tipperary Foxhounds charity cross country sponsored ride on Sunday, January 25, at Ballylusky, Drangan, in aid of Bridget Quigley.
Photographed at the Tipperary Foxhounds charity cross country sponsored ride on Sunday, January 25, at Ballylusky, Drangan, are L to R: Shay Ryan and his daughter Kaitlyn.
Photographed at the Tipperary Foxhounds charity cross country sponsored ride on Sunday, January 25, at Ballylusky, Drangan, are L to R: Jack Ronan and Liam Kearney.
Photographed at the Tipperary Foxhounds charity cross country sponsored ride on Sunday, January 25, at Ballylusky, Drangan, are L to R: Kaycie Ahearne and Kaitlyn Ryan.
Fethard and District Rugby
Fethard U18s second match in the Phase 2 League resulted in a great win for over Clanwiliam on Saturday night. Gary Kavanagh opened the score with a well taken penalty followed by Joey Noonan scoring in the corner. Our second attack yielded another try for the backs with Harry Tobin scoring and Gary converting. Fethard were dealt a blow with Andrew Phelan coming off due to an injury. His replacement Adam Fitzgerald went on to score a great try in the second half. Fethard’s second try was scored by Enda Kane. The final blow for Clan came from Joey Noonan who scored the fifth try for Fethard leaving the final score 30-10. Well done lads, a great win.
Fethard U13 Girls travelled with a squad of 16 to Saint Mary's in Limerick for their fourth Munster tournament and fielded two teams of 7 with numerous victories in the five games. The squad members were: (Team A) Nicole Vaughan (captain), Emma Jayne Burke, Maria O'Meara, Molly Keane, Sinead Crowe, Kellie Hunt, Mairead McCarthy, Aoibhe Gayson-Molloy; (Team B) Lucy Fogarty (captain), Caoimhe O'Donnell (vice captain), Kate Flannery, Lucy Murphy, Jennifer Fogarty, Emer McCarthy, Eabha Fitzgerald and Aishling Lonergan.
Training continues on Friday evenings from 8pm to 9pm. New members are always welcome.
Congratulations to Peggy Colville as a recipient of the Annerville Sports Award for all her wonderful work to sport, not only in Fethard but also in the county. We also like wish our secretary, Liam Hayes, a speedy recovery.
The death has occurred on Friday, January 30, 2015, of Marian Keane (née Greene), Caherclough, Kilmore, Clonmel, peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family and in the caring hands of the South Tipperary Hospice Team. Sadly missed by her loving husband John Joe and her children John Paul, Stephen, Brian, Deirdre, Anthony and Maria, her grandchildren, her mother Teresa Greene, her brothers and sisters Jimmy, Jeffrey, Billy, Johnny , Tina, Caroline, Cyril and Helena, her large extended family and wide circle of friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at her residence on Sunday from 4pm to 7pm. Funeral Mass in St Mary's Church, Irishtown, Clonmel, on Monday at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Calvary Cemetery, Fethard.
House private on Monday morning. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the Hospice or to Cancer Research.
The death has occurred on Thursday, January 29, 2015, of Kieran Maher, Kilnockin Road, Fethard. Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
Funeral to arrive at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard on Saturday, January 31, at 6.50pm. Funeral Mass on Sunday, February 1, at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. Family Home Private.
Toddler Group back on Thursdays
Just a reminder to all parents/minders with small babies and toddlers the Toddler Group meet in the Convent Community Hall on Thursday mornings at 10am. This is a very informal group that meet up and enjoy some adult conversation with a cup of coffee while the toddlers play and get to know each other in a clean safe environment.
This is a community run not for profit group and the more that come along the more successful the group is. We hope to have a nursery rhyme reading morning with a storyteller in the coming weeks or if there’s anything you would like us to do for the toddlers please let us know. Parents or minders with small babies are very welcome to come along to the group.
Fethard Faces and Places from the Past
The following are a selection of photographs recently added to the Fethard Faces and Places from the Past page on Facebook, also published here
for the benefit of our readers not on Facebook. The Facebook page is used for sharing old Fethard photographs with other members of the group and is open to all interested in joining.
Fethard Coursing Club in the 1960s. Back L to R: Pat Carroll, Austy O’Flynn, Jack Kenrick, Timmy O’Riordan, Jimmy Hannigan, Derek Curran, Jimmy Hayes, Mick Hayes. Front Row: Jimmy Ryan, Davy Morrissey, Tom Smyth, Dick Curran, Danny Carey, Jimmy Heffernan, Desmond O’Donovan, Denis Donovan, ?, Michael Keane, Seamus Hayes, Michael Kenrick and Tommy Fleming.
Fethard U-13 School Team – November 1985
Twins Louise and Geraldine O'Donnell photographed at the Moyglass Field Day 1981
'Charlie's Angels' - Fethard Fancy Dress Parade 1981. L to R: Elizabeth Burke, Catriona Hackett and Mary Connolly.
Fethard Festival local challenge team 1981 between present pupils and past pupils of the Patrician Brothers Secondary School.
Fethard Festival local challenge team 1981 between present pupils and past pupils of the Patrician Brothers Secondary School.
Tynan children from Moyglass 1981
Burke and Hackett family at Confirmation Day in Fethard 1982
Morrissey family at Confirmation Day in Fethard 1982
Watching the games at Killusty Soccer Tournament in 1982
Swimming at Newbridge, Grove, in 1982
Pat O'Meara, The Green, sporting a 'cool' earring in 1982
The late Teddy Morrissey in Fethard Fancy Dress Parade 1981
Fethard Patrician Brothers Munster U15 Football Champions 1982. Back L to R: Colm Kehoe, Dermot Hackett, Brian Burke, Liam O'Dwyer, Willie O'Meara, Michael O'Riordan, Roger Mehta, Chris Coen. Front L to R: Davy Hogan, John O'Connor, Paul Mullins, Paul Hayes (captain), Fergus McCormack, Rory Keane, Eddie Casey and Gerry Horan.
Not many of these Fethard GAA stalwarts from 1987 still alive today?
'The Terrible Twins' at Fethard Fancy Dress Parade 1988. L to R: Twins Siobhan and Katie Whyte, Marissa and Vicki Roche.
The late Chris O'Dwyer and children at NACA sports meeting held in Fethard c.1980
Sisters Lisa and Stephanie McCormack photographed at the NACA sports meeting c.1980
Items for inclusion on this website and on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
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