The death has occurred on Friday, March 27, 2015, of Eva Purcell (née McCarthy), Jossestown, Fethard, in the care of the staff of South Tipperary Regional Hospital. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Toby, her sons Adrian and Desmond, her daughter Erica, her daughter-in-law, partners of her children, her sisters Marie, Mossie and Annette, her brothers John and Michael, sister-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home on Sunday, March 29, from 6pm with removal to the Holy Trinity Parish Church at 8pm. Requiem Mass on Monday at 1.30pm followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. Family flowers only please.
The death has occurred on Friday, March 27, 2015, of Hannie Leahy (née Crean), Annsgift, Fethard, in her 96th year, predeceased by her husband Jack. Hannie was a founder member of Country Markets, which started in Fethard in 1947 and has now grown to be a national organisation. She will be sadly missed by her loving sons and daughters, Alice, Eileen, Donal, Martin and Mary, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, niece, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at her son Donal's residence at Annsgift on Sunday, March 29, from 2pm to 6pm. Funeral to arrive at the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 7pm. Requiem Mass on Monday at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to South Tipperary Hospice.
The death has occurred on Friday, March 27, 2015, of of Michael Quigley, St. Johnstown, Fethard.
Reposing at O'Connell's Funeral Home, Killenaule this Saturday evening, March 28, from 5pm to 7pm. arriving at St. Joseph the Worker Church, Moyglass, at 7.45pm.
Funeral Mass on Sunday at 10 o'c followed by burial in St. Johnstown Cemetery. Rest in Peace.
Friends of Fethard support Business Group’s project
Original members of Friends of Fethard presenting a cheque to representatives of Fethard Business & Tourism Group towards their current renovation work on Fethard Town Hall. L to R: Paul Ronan, Maurice Moloney (Fethard Business & Tourism Group), Tadhg Gleeson (Fethard Business & Tourism Group), Jimmy O'Sullivan (Fethard Business & Tourism Group), Jack O'Keeffe, John Whyte, Tom Butler and Paddy Lonergan.
Friends of Fethard members gathered together on March 19, to donate the balance of their financial account to Fethard Business & Tourism Group who are currently undertaking a major renovation project at Fethard Town Hall.
The original ‘Friends of Fethard’ group was formed in 1988 in response to John Magnier, Coolmore, donating his senator’s salary to Fethard community and in particular, towards renovating the façade of Fethard Town Hall. The group chosen to undertake the project was made up of seven individuals from different local business disciplines. Four were born locally and three had come to live and work in the area: Tom Butler, Paddy Lonergan, John Whyte, Paul Ronan, Michael Morris, Jack O’Keeffe and Tadhg Gleeson. The patrons of the group were: John Magnier, Donal O’Sullivan, Tom Ronan, Dr. Paddy Stokes and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Following the removal of the plaster from Fethard Town Hall in 1989 it was discovered that underneath was just rubble stonework not suitable for pointing. The renovation project was then redirected toward the Town Wall and between 1989 and 1995 the Friends of Fethard took responsibility for planning, co-ordinating and financing the restoration of the 420 metre stretch of the Town Wall that runs along the River Clashawley. This project received national prominence in 1992 when it won the AIB Better Ireland award in the heritage/environment category at a glittering gala ceremony on live television. Both Taoiseach Albert Reynolds and AIB Group Chairman, Peter Sutherland, paid a glowing tribute to the medieval wall restoration project which scooped the national £25,000 award.
Significant funds were also raised from Government through a FAS scheme and grant aid from the Heritage Council. In addition, and most importantly, local private fund raising efforts were very successful and reflected the huge local and national interest that existed at the time, setting the seed for the current wave of investment and restoration being generated by Fethard Business and Tourism Limited.
The committee of Fethard Business and Tourism Limited, consisting of Jimmy O’Sullivan, Catherine Corcoran, Maurice Moloney, Peter Grant, Bill O’Sullivan, Terry Cunningham, Leo D’Arcy, Anthony Fitzgerald, John Fahy and Tadhg Gleeson, are currently co-ordinating and overseeing Phase 1 of restoration work to Fethard Town Hall, also known as Fethard Tholsel. The building dates back to 1605 and many architectural treasures have been unearthed during the course of the current works. A study is currently being carried out with a view to establishing if the restored building can house a Tourist Centre and Exhibition area that will celebrate the history of Fethard and its long and interesting equine associations.
Participants in the Fethard Operation Transformation project photographed on the final weigh-in where a total of 23 stone 11 lbs was lost over the period.
Congratulations to all that took part this year’s Operation Transformation at Fethard Convent Community Hall, especially to the biggest ‘losers’. In joint 3rd place was Roseanne O'Meara and Louise Pattison, who both lost 1 stone 2lbs; Lara Walsh finished in second place losing 1 stone 3 lbs and the ladies winner by a slight margin of 1 stone 4 lbs was Noelle Cummins.
For the guys, in third place was William Needham who lost 9 lbs, Mark Buckley lost 10 lbs and the winner for the men is the one and only Gussie Smyth losing a total of 1 stone 4 lbs. Well done to all. Total weight lost 23 stone 11 lbs. Keep up the good work and I will see you all Fri night from 7.15 for couch to 5k.
Clocks go forward this weekend
Don’t forget to set your clocks forward by one hour at 1am on this coming Sunday, March 29, officially the start of Summer Time, also called Spring Forward and Daylight Savings Time. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later than the day before giving us more light in the evening. We may be losing an hour in bed but with extra daylight in the evenings and a long summer ahead, there’s plenty to look forward to.
‘Musical Mayhem’ at Clonacody House
Some of the cast members of ‘Musical Mayhem’ L to R: Jane Hayes, Jordan Freeman, Molly O Meara, Mark Fitzgerald, Anna slattery, Aine McManus, In Front L to R: Jessica Strappe and Laura Horan
JW Productions will stage their new spectacular ‘Musical Mayhem’, at Clonacody House, Fethard, for three nights only, April 3, 4 & 5. The show is a musical variety production with a twist, featuring all your sing-along hits from such great musicals as ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘Pirates of Penzance’, ‘Evita’, and many more. The show is written and directed by Stefan J. Doyle and produced by Holly-Jean Williamson, Tickets are €20, which includes wine and tapas served at the interval. Please note there are only 50 seats available per night so early booking is advised. Booking contact: Helen Carrigan Tel: 087 1689167, or Holly Jean Williamson Tel: 087 2345760.
At rehearsal are L to R: Jordan Freeman, Stefan J. Doyle (director), and Molly O'Meara.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on March 18 were: 14, 26, 27 and 29. We had no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winners so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Christine Brett, The Valley, Fethard; Kaycie Aherne, Prospect, Fethard; and John Fitzgerald, Crampscastle, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Tom Noonan, Coolmoyne, Fethard; Lar Looby, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; and Carmel Gahan (online ticket).
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, March 25. The Jackpot is €2,800 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €280. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
Fethard Athletic Club
Training continues towards our annual 6k ‘Walls of Fethard’ race on Thursday, March 28, at 8pm. We're using the same 6k route as used for ‘the masters’ held in Fethard recently, so should prove popular with all.
Congratulations to Denise O'Brien in a great display of running completing the Reading half marathon last Sunday, all the hard training paid off.
‘Meet and Train’ continues every Monday and Friday at 7.15pm from the ballroom carpark, new members welcome, walkers, joggers, runners alike.
Swimming closing date for entries
Closing date for all Community Games Swimming entries for Fethard and Killusty area is 5pm on Monday next, March 30. You may email your entry to email@example.com on or before this date or call Tel: 086 8110768. Competitors may only compete in one event. Entry fee is €2.
Events are as follows:
- Boys & Girls U8 Over 6 - Freestyle 1 length
- Boys & Girls U10 Over 8 - Freestyle 1 length
- Boys & Girls U10 Over 8 - Backstroke 1 length
- Boys & Girls U12 Over 10 - Freestyle 2 lengths
- Boys & Girls U12 Over 10 - Breaststroke 2 lengths
- Boys & Girls U12 Over 10 - Backstroke 2 lengths
- Boys & Girls U14 Over 12 - Freestyle 2 lengths
- Boys & Girls U14 Over 12 - Backstroke 2 lengths
- Boys & Girls U14 Over 12 - Breaststroke 2 lengths
- Boys & Girls U14 Over 12 - Butterfly 2 lengths
- Boys & Girls U16 Over 14 - Freestyle 14 2 lengths
- Boys & Girls U16 Over 14 - Backstroke 2 lengths
- Boys & Girls U16 Over 14 - Butterfly 2 lengths
- Boys U13 Over 10 - Panel of 6 Squad, four to swim and two subs 4 x 1 length freestyle
- Girls U13 Over 10 - Panel of 6 Squad, four to swim and two subs 4 x 1 length freestyle
- Boys U16 Over 13 - Panel of 6 Squad, four to swim and two subs 4 x 50m medley
- Girls U16 Over 13 - Panel of 6 Squad, four to swim and two subs 4 x 50
- Order of events:- Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Freestyle
The county finals of the Handwriting and Project competitions will take place in Moneygall on Saturday, April 11, commencing at 2pm.
The county finals of the Cross Country events will take place in Thurles Crokes A.C on Friday evening, April 10, commencing at 7pm.
The county finals of the Swimming will take place in Clonmel Pool on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19.
The county finals of all the Talent competitions will be held in Haile Na Feile, Cashel on Sunday, April 26.
GAA Sports Lotto
Last week’s numbers drawn on March 20, were 2, 11, 17 and 19. There was no jackpot winner and two match three winners who received €50 each: Paddy Bradshaw, St. Patricks Place, and Margaret Lyons, Grangemockler.
Next week’s Jackpot is €9,400 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, March 27, at 7pm. All are welcome. Thank you for your continued support.
Fethard & District Rugby Club
Fethard U18 played Thurles in the final of the East Munster League which was played in Clonmel. Both teams were evenly matched in a very competitive game. Thurles had most of possession in the first half but Fethard held strong. Gearóid Fahy, Bill Phelan, Michael Gaynor, Niall Kelly, Matt Walsh and Paul Maloney were solid in defence. Enda Keane and Tim Daly carried making ground every time. It was scoreless after a thrilling first half. Fethard got off to a flying start in the second half with our forwards wining a penalty which Gary Kavanagh converted for the opening score. Fethard were gaining in confidence with our backs finding space and our wingers, Connie Cone and Kieran Luttrel capitalizing on it.
Thurles got their own penalty leaving the score 3-3 going into the final minutes. Fethard worked their way up to the Thurles line after great attacking play from Andrew Phelan, Tommy Murphy, Joey Noonan and Adam Fitzgerald which helped Harry Tobin score a great try in the final minute which Gary converted. A great team effort with our subs, Kevin White, Gavin Keane, Ross McCormack and Jake Murphy contributing throughout the league. Well done lads, a great result for all the hard work put in. Keep up the hard work as we go into East Munster Cup Competition.
Looking for Coffey DNA
My name is Marianne Coffey Morrison and I visited Fethard back in 1999 with my husband Lee. I am interested in contacting any of the Coffeys that are still living in the Fethard and Clonmel area to see if they would be interested in doing a DNA test. My brother Phillip Coffey submitted his DNA and we found a match with David Coffey of Dublin. He is our second/third cousin once removed.
I have a little unique situation in that my grandmother on my dad's side was a Coffey and she married a Coffey. My other information is that my dad was about 65 when I was born in 1948 and then almost 66 when my brother was born in 1949. Because of this I have great-grandparents that were born in the early 1800s.
Michael Coffey shows that his birth was about 1816 in Fethard but I don't have the complete information for Thomas Coffey my dad's father other than Clonmel was referenced. I would appreciate any help or information that you would have regarding the Coffey's in the area. I hope someday to return to Ireland but with age comes less travel. Best Regards, Marianne Coffey Morrison
Easter Garden decorating class
Fethard Convent Community Hall will host an Easter Garden Cupcake Decorating Class this Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm with the very talented Alla Dediuk. This week’s class will have Easter as the theme which promises to be great fun. The class will cost €8 per child and is suitable for boys and girls aged four and over. Places must be pre-booked with Alla who can be contacted at: Tel: 086 0639127.
Died in Castlebar
Please pray for the soul of Eddie Hoban, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, father of Ann Barry Tullamaine, son-in-law Seamus Barry, and grand-daughter Fiona Barry. A big thank you to all who travelled to Mayo for the funeral from Tullamaine, Coolmoyne, Coolbawn, Coleman and Clerihan. Thanks also for the many texts and phone calls from those who could not travel, your words of sympathy were very much appreciated.
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.
Halloween at Strylea, Fethard, 1985
Knitting class with Sr. Maureen at Nano Nagle Primary School, Fethard, in 1985
Nano Nagle Primary School, Fethard, 1985
Fun on the bars at Nano Nagle Primary School, Fethard, in 1985
Cllr. Willie Ryan presenting the County Council Tidy Schools award to Bro Raymond, Principal St. Patrick's Boys School, Fethard. November 1985.
Cllr. Willie Ryan presenting the County Council Tidy Schools award to Bro Raymond, Principal St. Patrick's Boys School, Fethard. November 1985.
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