Book Fair attracts the crowds
Photographed at Fethard Historical Society's stall are L to R: Tony Hanrahan, Marie Crean and Mossie Hayes.
The twentieth Tipperariana Book Fair in Fethard last Sunday, February 8, again lived up to its reputation of being the best of its kind in Ireland and credit must go to the organisers, the Fethard Historical Society, for co-ordinating such a major national event in the old walled town.
Photographed at the 20th Annual Tipperariana Book Fair in Fethard are L to R: Paddy Fitzgerald, Cahir and John Ryan, Clonmel.
For a fair, of any kind, to be a success you need lots of buyers and lots of sellers and Fethard attracts them both in equal measure. The buying ‘punters’ came from a fifty-mile radius that includes the cities of Limerick, Cork, Waterford and Kilkenny but the bulk of the clientele were Tipperary locals. This year also saw the biggest numbers of book dealers also coming to Fethard and the amazing fact is that they sell more books at the Fethard fair than they do at the fairs in Dublin or Cork.
Photographed at the 20th Annual Tipperariana Book Fair in Fethard are relatives L to R: John Dwyer, Liam O'Dwyer, Fr Paddy Ryan, author of the winning Tipperariana 'book of the year' award entitled, Archbishop Miler Magrath The Enigma of Cashel', and Pat Dwyer.
The success of this year’s fair was the result of a lot of work by a lot of people in the community. The Ballroom committee always keep the venue in great condition and give wholehearted support to events. It took two days to get all the stalls set up and this task is made possible with the help of voluntary supporters who lend a hand every year. In the much-appreciated ‘in-house’ Café, all the products sold were home-made and this year again ‘the master baker’ produced the best cakes and buns this side of the Shannon. The variety of thousands of ‘donated books’ for sale of our second-hand stall also proved to be a very positive feature of the fair.
Michael Coleman, Cappamore, photographed at the 20th Annual Tipperariana Book Fair in Fethard.
Given the overall turn out last Sunday it was evident that all the planning and effort was rewarded and that the twenty-first Tipperariana Book Fair should go ahead next year on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016.
Sisters Lucy and Kiya Lawrence photographed at the 20th Annual Tipperariana Book Fair in Fethard.
Photographed at the 20th Annual Tipperariana Book Fair in Fethard are L to R: Ruby Kennedy, Katie Whyte and Sarah O'Donnell.
Photographed at the 20th Annual Tipperariana Book Fair in Fethard are L to R: Isabelle, Claire and David O'Donnell from Fethard.
Richie Hayes photographed with his son Toby and daughter Jenna at the 20th Annual Tipperariana Book Fair in Fethard
Author Gerard Crotty photographed with Pat Looby, Chairperson of Fethard Historical Society at the 20th Annual Tipperariana Book Fair in Fethard.
Photographed at the 20th Annual Tipperariana Book Fair in Fethard are L to R: Dr. Willie Nolan, Jim Maher author of 'The Oath is Dead and Gone', Noel Delahunty and Mary Maher.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School
The school’s Cadette Boys’ volleyball team unfortunately missed out on their All Ireland title bid in Streete, Co. Westmeath, last week. They were defeated by a better team from Loughrea but did very well to reach the final. The panel was as follows: Dominik O’Dwyer, Munimitz Ishibashi, Dylan Fenlon, Shane Buckley, Liam Quigley, Danny O’Regan, Dillon Costin, Eric Fogarty, Gavin Mullally, Aaron Hanlon, Jack Spillane, Jack Doolin, Damien Cahill and Tony O’Reilly.
Dylan Lyons was absent due to illness on Tuesday and we wish him a speedy return to full health. Fifth Year pupils, Mikey Earl and Keith Cronin, were line officials for the finals. Well done to their coach Mr Justin McGree for his dedication to the sport and the promotion of volleyball in the school.
Catholic Schools’ week 2015
In keeping with the Catholic ethos of our school, Catholic Schools’ Week, January 25 to February 1, was celebrated in the school. This week’s theme was ‘Catholic Schools: Called to Serve’. All Christians are called to serve their brothers and sisters. This means helping them to stand up and walk on their own, exorcising their fear of the unknown and expanding their minds through education.
Eoin Kelly Visit
On Friday January, the great Tipperary hurler, Eoin Kelly visited the school and gave a coaching session with a selection of First, Second and Third Year pupils. Eoin’s huge knowledge of GAA and coaching was of great benefit to the students on the day.
The deadline for entries to the Junk Kouture competition is fast approaching and six teams from the Transition Year Class are making their final adjustments to their outfits. We wish them well and hope that they will be selected for the Munster Section of the competition. Eighty outfits will be chosen for this round from an initial seven hundred online entries.
The Mock Exams for Junior and Leaving Cert Pupils will begin on February 4. All exam students are urged to prepare well for these exams and give of their best. As Eoin Kelly said at our Awards’ Ceremony last October, ‘Hard Work beats Talent, if Talent doesn’t work hard’.
New Archbishop installed
Bishop Kieran O’Reilly photographed with Fethard sisters Liz Kennedy (left) and Catherine Kearney.
Congratulations to our new Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Bishop Kieran O’Reilly who was installed at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, on Sunday, February 8. Archbishop O’Reilly succeeds Archbishop Dermot Clifford, who has recently retired. At the time of the announcement of his appointment, Bishop O’Reilly was serving as Bishop of the Diocese of Killaloe. He also serves as the Episcopal Secretary to the Irish Episcopal Conference.
Many people from the Parish of Fethard and Killusty attended the Installation Ceremony in Thurles to pass on the good wishes and congratulations from the Fethard community.
Photographed at the installation Mass of Bishop Kieran O’Reilly are Fethard parishioners L to R: Gus and Josie Fitzgerald, Vincent Cummins and Christy Williams.
Photographed at the installation of our new bishop, Most Reverend Kieran O’Reilly SMA, are L to R: Fr. Martin Crean OSA, Augustinian Abbey, Fethard and His Excellency Archbishop Charles J Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland.
Fethard Athletic Club AGM on Friday
Fethard Athletic Club will hold our AGM this Friday night, February 13, at 9pm in McCarthys. All members are encouraged to attend.
Later this month on Sunday, February 22, at 12pm we will host the County Masters Road Races, which will see participants from all over the county descend on the town for this popular series of races. As much club participation as possible is welcomed, both running and helping with refreshments, so please come along.
Training continues each Monday and Friday evening at 7.15pm from the ballroom carpark, all levels catered for so new joggers/walkers are also welcome to join us.
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, February 15, to the music of ‘Peter Burke’. All welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing from 9pm to midnight. Admission is €8 which includes tea and cakes.
Killusty Development Meeting
A meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 17, in Killusty School Hall at 7.30pm to discuss people’s ideas and suggestions for Killusty Village Development including keeping the village tidy. Cllr. Imelda Goldsborough will be in attendance. All are invited to come along and take part.
Happy Birthday Eddie
Congratulation to Eddie Trehy who celebrated his 50th Birthday last week with family and friends at Clonacody House, Fethard. Eddie is the son of the late Mick and Mary Trehy, from The Green, Fethard.
A new series of Yoga classes for beginners/intermediate will take place in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, starting on Monday, February 16, at 8pm. Yoga encourages overall health and wellness by improving flexibility, strengthening the body and relieving stress by practising relaxation techniques. Booking is essential as places are limited. Further details contact Peg at: 086 3027927.
Fethard GAA joint registration evening
Fethard Senior GAA Club, Juvenile Club, Ladies Football Club and St Rita's Camogie Club will hold a joint ‘Registration Evening’ for all players and members of each club on Saturday, February 21, at 7.30pm in the Fethard Convent Community Centre. Light refreshments will be provided.
Juvenile training has resumed for all our football underage teams, U12, U14 and U16 football panels in the past two weeks. Championships for each will be commencing shortly.
Adam O'Donnell's Anniversary Mass
Dear Family and Friends, One year on: We will stop and take time to remember Adam. Taking time to recall how he impacted in our lives, share stories about some of the things we best remember Adam for, chat and reflect on the gift of Adam's life and of course all shall be with a cup of tea in hand as only Adam would enjoy.
On Sunday, February 15, Fr Ailbe O Bric will say mass in Clerihan at 1 pm to remember our beautiful son and brother Adam. We understand it may not suit everyone to join us but please know this is okay and yet if you are free and would like to be there you are very welcome, we would be honoured.
We would like to invite you to join us for something to eat at our home following mass. Thank you for all your love, kindness, friendship, and messages these past fifty-one weeks and particularly at the time of Adam’s death on Valentines Day 2014. And even more thank you for the gift of your friendship to Adam during his lifetime, how blessed he was to know you. We hope you know how much he valued and enjoyed your friendship. Thank you with all our heart.
– With gratitude Sean, Sue Anne, Becka and Leah.
Lourdes Invalid Fund
The local Lourdes Invalid committee invite applicants for this year’s pilgrimage to Lourdes in June, 2015. There will be three places available and applications should be made to Fr. Tom Breen P.P. before the end of February. A draw will be made for the three places if necessary.
Tickets now available for the Cashel & Emly annual Lourdes fundraising draw. The proceeds of this draw are used to finance the diocesan Lourdes pilgrimage, which takes place in June. Tickets are available from Veronica Fogarty Tel: 087 2982471, or by contacting any member of the Fethard Lourdes committee.
Toddler group’s guest storyteller
The Parent/Minder Toddler group are having Ann-Maire from Clonmel Library coming out to Fethard Community Hall on Thursday, February 12, at 10am to do some storytelling with the toddlers. All are very welcome to come along regardless if you attend this weekly group or not.
This is a very informal group that meet up every Thursday morning at 10am 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.
Enjoying a walk in the recent foggy weather are Jennifer Fogarty, Conor Prendergast and young Paul (in front).
James and Antonia Coonan from Killusty riding out in the weekend's foggy weather at Grove. (Photos taken by Larry Kenny)
Fethard ICA will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, February 10, at 8pm in the ICA Hall on Rocklow Road. Guest speaker on the night is local craft expert, Marie Crean, who will speak on Lumra and other craft skills. Lumra is Irish for fleece. The craft was introduced into Ireland through the good offices of the O'Connell Family in Fethard. A lady from New Zealand, who was on a visit to England, was persuaded to come to Ireland to teach the craft to Phyllis O'Connell who in turn shared her knowledge with the Fethard Guild members and through her national position in ICA, to other guilds. Catering on the night by the ‘Yellow Group’.
Fethard Convent Community Hall's ear acupuncture therapy evenings, take place on Wednesday evenings from 8pm to 9pm and the cost is €10 per session, concessions for OAPs and students. Open to everyone but under-16s will need parental consent. For further information contact: Audra 085 2182620.
Fethard Athletic Club
Fethard AC ladies team who took part in the Novice A County Road Race in Moyne, on Sunday, February 1.
Fethard Athletic Club were well represented at the Novice A County Road Race in Moyne last Sunday with a team of five ladies, Aine Doocey, Ruth Delaney, Zane Zorina, Nicola Grace and Nicola Guiry competing in the women's 3k event. Representing the Fethard men were Franny Tyrrell and Joey Feery in the men's 6k. Everyone ran very well and many personal bests were recorded for the distance.
Flying the Fethard flag slightly further afield in the John Treacy 10 mile road race in Dungarvan were Gunny Hutton, Denise O'Brien and Edmond Kinane, who all ran out fantastic times in this gruelling distance event.
Next up is the County Masters, which will take place in Fethard on Sunday, February 22, where a large field is expected to turn out.
Training continues each Monday and Friday at 7.15pm from the ballroom carpark. New members welcomed and we encourage walkers interested in trying jogging to also come along and give it a go!
Ballet Classes have now commenced in Fethard Convent Community Hall on Friday nights. The classes cater for children of all ages and abilities from 3-13 years. Places are limited and early booking is advised. To enrol and reserve a place for your child, Please contact us through our website or call/text on 086 8925336.
Married recently in Killusty Church were Pat O’Neill, Grangemockler, and Joan O’Shea, Cloran, Cloneen.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on February 4 were: 3, 8, 10 and 21. We had no jackpot winner and four ‘Match Three’ winners who received €40 each: Brian Sheehy, Garrinch, Fethard (online ticket); Mary Myler, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; Ger McCarthy, Kerry Street, Fethard; and Peter Kenny, The Green, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Tommy Sheehan, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Eileen Purcell, Burke Street, Fethard; and Kitty O'Donnell, Slievenamon Close, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, February 11. 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 February 6 were 6, 10, 16 and 25. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner who received €150: Alice Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was: Kathleen O'Brien, Powerstown.
Next week’s Jackpot is €8,200 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park on Friday, February 13, at 7pm. All are welcome. Thank you for your continued support.
Joedy accepts Munster Cup
Well done to local man Joedy Sheehan who was captain of the victorious Presentation Ballingarry U18.5 school team who won the Munster D Football final in Clonmel beating Carrick CBS on a scoreline of 1-08 to 0-07. Joedy accepted the new Corn Sheáin Uí Mhaolomhnaigh cup on behalf of the team. They now advance to the All Ireland semifinal against the Ulster Champions on March 8 at a venue to be decided.
Fethard U18 Rugby
Fethard U18s rugby team played Waterford City in the league. Our forwards started strongly, driving Waterford City back and pushing over for a great try in the first five minutes. Paul Maloney dominated the lineouts with Bill Phelan and Tim Daly getting him up in front every time. Kevin White and Niall Kelly tackled hard throughout the match with Michael Gaynor and Matthew Walsh carrying and making hard yards. Our players rucked hard and fought hard for every ball, which resulted in them winning a lot of turnovers.
Enda Keane had another great day scoring a fine try after a break from half way. Our backs were eager to get on the ball with Adam Fitzgerald on the wing intercepting a pass on our try line and running the length of the pitch off loading to Tommy Murphy who scored under the posts. Gary Kavanagh converted. Our centres Connie Coen and Harry Tobin played well with Joey Noonan covering the pitch at full back. Jake Murphy and Gavin Keane were eager to get involved throughout. Final score 22-0. Well done lads.
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 who are 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.
Photographed in the Fethard Arms (closed on December 28, 2014) at a GAA Book presentation to the late Mick Ahearne are L to R: Joe O'Dwyer, Mike Connors, Mary and Miceál McCormack, Paddy Murphy, Nell Murphy, Paddy Ahearne, Jack Gunne, Dick Allen and Tom Barrett. Photo taken in July 1989.
Cummins family from Monroe, Fethard
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'Cabbage Patch Dolls' Fethard Festival July 1989
Davy and Bridget Morrissey's family at Don's Christening included are the Lonergan and Morrissey grandparents.
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Mary (Brett) O'Mullane
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Kerry Street house, later to become Jimmy Hanrahan's shop, following his death the shop was taken over by Eileen Looby and now a residential house owned by Pat Looby. If anyone knows who the children might be please contact us at email@example.com
Kerry Ryan and Evelyn Eustace at the Community Sports May 1989
Emmet and Glen Burke holding medals for U6 and U8 running events at the Fethard Community Sports May 1989
Child Achievement Award for Russell O'Meara 1989.
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