Fethard Community Text Alert
Mr James O'Neill, Community Alert Development Officer with Muintir na Tire, photographed with one of the Text Alert signs in neighbouring Drangan parish.
Now that there’s an obvious stretch in the evenings, Fethard & Killusty Community Council will resume their Community Text Alert project in the town vicinity and adjoining areas outside town that are not already covered. Local residents who were not contacted so far in Fethard will be contacted over the coming weeks. The ‘sign-up forms’ for the new Community Text Alert Scheme are also available for collection from the Community Office in Barrack Street. This scheme, to help combat crime, is supported by Muintir na Tire and the Garda Síochána and is now operative in the Killusty area and surrounding communities.
We are now looking for volunteers to help distribute and collect ‘sign-up’ forms for the remaining countryside roads linking up with other parishes already joined, such as the Moyglass Road, Cahir Road, Redcity and Cashel Road.
There is no obligation to join but it is highly recommended that as many people as possible do. The form will ask for your consent to use your mobile phone for receiving ‘Text Alerts’ when deemed necessary by the monitoring area headquarters. This will warn you of suspicious activity or potential criminals approaching or in the Fethard area. This very useful information is gathered by all communities reporting suspicious activity in their area and reporting the information to the Gardai by calling the 24 hour manned Text Alert phone: 0504 25100. This information is then assessed and if decided necessary, a text alert will be sent to all who are signed up to the scheme. In practice this usually only happens a few times per month.
A once off donation, at your discretion, would also be greatly appreciated to help with the local cost of erecting new Text Alert Signs and the on-going cost of the texts themselves. For further information or request for sign-up forms please contact Joan at Fethard Community Office, Barrack Street Tel: (052) 6131000.
Free Dementia Clinic
Are you concerned about forgetting things, memory loss etc ? Call and visit our Dementia expert on Tuesday, February 24, for a free consultation. Get help with dealing with this problem or with someone who is suffering from memory loss.
Call O'Sullivan's Pharmacy Tel: (052) 6132111 for your free appointment
Town Hall Renovations
Fethard Town Hall with plaster removed in preparation for a traditional 'lime render' used on similar buildings of its age.
The renovation of Fethard Town Hall continues at a steady pace and one of the more noticeable changes from the outside is the removal of the plaster from the façade. This was last removed twenty-six years ago in January 1989 when the possibility of exposing the stonework was explored. Unfortunately, then and now, the stone is mostly rubble and not suitable. This time the building’s walls will be have a traditional ‘lime render’ applied to give protection to the poor quality rubble stone. This render helps by acting like a sponge, absorbing rainfall and then allowing it to evaporate rather than soak into the porous wall.
During the past week the building was visited by a group of consultants who came on a fact-finding mission to explore Fethard’s background and future development. The group spoke to many representatives from the community and were very excited about the possibility of including this material in the Town Hall project.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council meeting
The next committee meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday, February 24, in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, at 8.30pm.
Fethard Athletic Club
Congratulations to Fethard AC members Joey Feery on winning the 5th race of the Clonmel 4k race series in a blistering time of 4mins 53 and also to club veteran Bernard Feery in coming an impressive 5th overall in the Mount Juliet 10k last Saturday, winning his category in a brilliant time of 39mins 15.
Our AGM was held last Friday night in McCarthys and a committee re-elected for the coming year with Miceál McCormack remaining at the helm as chairman; Aine Doocey and Noreen Sheehy joint treasurers; Nicola Guiry secretary; Ed Kinane and Joey Feery event coordinators; and Bernard Feery medical officer.
This Sunday, February 22, at 12pm Fethard will play host to the county masters road races so a good club turnout is anticipated as there is sure to be plenty of runners from county wide clubs for the event.
Meet and train groups take place every Monday and Friday evenings at 7.15pm from the ballroom carpark so if you're interested come along. New members welcome and walkers/ joggers also encouraged to join us.
Toddler group’s guest storyteller
The Parent/Minder Toddler group will have Annmaire from Clonmel Library coming out to Fethard Community Hall on this Thursday, February 19, at 10am to share some storytelling and rhymes 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.
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, February 22, to the music of ‘Liam Mannering’. 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.
Great turnout for local pharmacist Jimmy O'Sullivan's blood pressure and diabetes check ups at Operation Transformation last Friday and Sunday in Ballingarry. Everyone was very grateful for this service so huge thanks to Jimmy for his time and expertise. The participants are still losing weight at a steady pace with 17 and three quarter stone lost to date. The T.V. show will be finishing soon but we are going up until our finale on Friday, March 13, so there's still a month to go and there are plans for when we finish up so watch this space. Keep up the good work.
Moyglass soccer supporters
Moyglass United supporters photographed at the Youths Division 2 Cup played in Moyglass L to R: Becky McCarthy, Roisín Gleeson, Jessie McCarthy, Nicola Thompson and Theresa Lanigan.
Community Games Area Art Competition
The closing date for the Fethard and Killusty Community Games Area Art Competition is Friday, March 13. All schools in the area will be visited on that day for collection of entries and please note that late entries will not be accepted.
Age groups are boys and girls from over 6 and under 8, under10, under 12, under 14 and under 16. Competitors must live in the area and be under the age specified on the July 31, 2015. They must print their name and date of birth clearly on the back of their entry which must be accompanied by a fee of €2.
Competitors under 8 and under 10 may draw anything they wish from the Community Games Programme of events. Competitors under 12, 14 and 16 must choose from the following events: Cross Country, Cycling on Grass, Rounders, Skittles, Gymnastics, Group Modern Dance, Choir, Duathlon, Table Tennis and Long Jump. These are the choices which will also apply at the County Finals which will take place in Clonmel on April 18.
Fethard and Killusty area are also running a non-qualifying event for boys and girls under 6. Medals will be presented to the first three in all events and certificates of merit to all participants. The first two in all of the qualifying events will go forward to the County Final. If a child is not attending school in Fethard or adjacent areas they may leave their entry into the Tirry Community Centre on or before March 13 and it will be included for judging.
It is now time to prepare for the Handwriting competition, date and venue to be confirmed shortly.
The closing date for team entries for the Summer Games Programme is February 25. The local area is entering teams in U10 football, U11 Hurling, U12 girls football and U14 Camogie. If there are any other teams who wish to be entered please ring 086-8110768. Complete programme of events for 2015 may be downloaded from www.communitygames.ie Good luck to all.
Irish Dancing Classes
Irish dancing class resumes in Fethard Convent Community Hall in this Thursday, February 17, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm with nine-times world champion Michelle Lawrence. Michelle and Carmel would be delighted to see all the regular dancers back and to welcome new girls and boys to their weekly classes.
Fethard GAA Sports Lotto
The numbers drawn on February 13 were 3, 21, 29 and 36. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner who received €100: Callum O'Flaherty, Killusty.
Next week’s Jackpot is €8,400 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park on Friday, February 20, at 7pm. All are welcome. Thank you for your continued support.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on February 11 were: 2, 3, 5 and 15. We had no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Mary McCormack, Kerry Street, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Dorothy Connolly, The Green, Fethard; Nellie Donovan, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard; and Larry Kehoe, c/o Kathleen Connolly.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, February 18. 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.
Rugby Club's 'Fantasy Cheltenham' Fundraiser
Fethard Rugby Club, following their great success last year in finishing 2nd overall in 'Fantasy Cheltenham', and also winning an individual daily cash prize and overall individual prize, the Club are asking you to support us again this year to help raise valuable funds for the club.
Tickets are €20 each and to play you select one horse per race from the first four races on each of the four days of the Cheltenham Festival starting on Tuesday, March 10. Tickets can be collected at training on the next three Friday evenings or contact a committee member of Fethard Rugby Club.
Alternatively you can purchase on-line at www.fantasycheltenham.ie and register your support to Fethard Rugby Club. If the Club can sell 201 tickets or more, €12 from each ticket goes back to the Club.
Fethard & District Rugby Club
Fethard U8 rugby team ready to play in Clanwilliam
Fethard U8s travelled to Clanwilliam for the East Munster Blitz with neighbours Cashel. Our ‘Super 14’ were rearing to go and right from the start wasted no time getting scores on the board in both their matches. Emileigh Cuddihy and Aine Connolly worked well together and off loaded to try scorers Shane Ryan and Alex Britton. Troy Delaney and brother Lee Delaney robbed ball and picked for the rucks. Top tackler Tadgh O'Brien worked well with Charlie Walsh and Joey Fitzgerald to also score. Sam Austin provided a strong back line with Gavin Neville to take the ball on. Darren Mullins was great support to fine tackler Jack Tobin and Billy Smyth was consistent at ball recycling and setting up tries for his team.
Fethard U7s were small in numbers travelling but that did not stop the fun that these guys had on the pitch. Quick hands and fine runs made for great try scoring and special mention to Alec Knightly and Josh Britton who were supported by Sami Knightly and Luke Britton. Keep up the great work guys.
Thank you to Andy Brace Munster development coach for visiting the club and working with the great talent pool of young players across all ages in Fethard Rugby last Friday evening.
Girls’ rugby continues to grow with Fethard fielding three teams of U13s, U15s and U18s and all having played plenty of competitive rugby successfully this season. The U15s are out next on Sunday, February 22, away to Abbeyfeale in the Munster League. Then both the U18s and U15s play Shannon on February 28. The U13s are due out next month with a weekend girls’ tour to Dingle and Listowel for their Munster development games. Not forgetting the girls night out on Friday, February 27, when we travel to Ashbourne to cheer on the Irish women's team in their six nations match against the world champions England. Any enquiries to Polly Murphy at Tel: 086 3394959.
Training continues on Friday evening in Fethard at 8pm to 9pm and Monday evenings in Rosegreen at 7.3m to 8.30pm. New members are always welcome.
Fethard U12 Rugby
Fethard U8 rugby team at the Kilfeacle tournament
Fethard U12 took part in the well-organised Kilfeacle U12 tournament last Sunday. The team played four great teams, Bruff, Cashel, Kilfeacle and Clanwilliam. All twelve of this squad improved with each game and finished with a flourish. Tries were aplenty and tackling was prolific with great off-loads, strong scrums and fine runs. The squad was: Sean Ryan, Killian O'Keefe, Seamus Healy, Robert Wall, Michael Scully, Eoghan O'Dwyer, Josh Rowan, Connor Walsh, Luke Fox, Aidan Fitzgerald, Toby Collier and Shane Neville.
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.
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.
McCarthys, Kerry Street, Fethard
Old Tennis Courts behind Coffey's in Burke Street
The Rocklow Road c.1950 when the Patrician Brothers Secondary School was built and the road widened.
Tom Healy —"This photograph intrigues me. I went to the Patrician Brothers National School in January 1950. The secondary school was built by that time and I remember Brothers Albert and Stephen who taught there. My grandmother lived at Inisfail opposite the Abbey Church; the Brothers occupied the adjoining house subsequently purchased by the Hayes family when the brothers moved into the house which is now the doctor's surgery. I remember the wall featured in the photograph being built while I was at the national school so the picture was taken in 1950 or '51. I moved to the secondary school in September 1955. The brothers' house was built in 1956 if my memory is correct. On the right hand side of the road is Larry Keating's exercise field and stables. That area is now covered by housing which would probably obscure the view of the parochial house if that photograph were taken now."
Anyone know these Fethard people c.1940s ?
Mary Scanlon and Philly Kenny at a dance in Fethard.
Dolly and Tommy O'Connell, Lower Main Street, Fethard
Annette McCarthy and partner at a dance in Fethard
L to R: Paddy Trehy (I think) and Michael Moroney (Mullinahone)
Sheehan families Fethard Confirmation 1968
Slievenamon Musical Society's 'Rainbow Kids' that took part in their show ‘Over The Rainbow’ (November 1997) — with Pat O Gorman and Joan O'Shea.
Monica (Kenny) Hickey c1980
Items for inclusion on this website and 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.
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