Fethard CCTV Information Evening
A date has been set for a consultation and information meeting regarding the installation of a Community CCTV System in Fethard. The meeting, attended by the Gardai, will be held in the Tirry Community Centre at 8pm on Tuesday, April 14. All are welcome to come along.
Noel steps down from Killusty Pony Show committee
Members of Killusty Pony Show photographed at a special function to mark the retirement of long serving committee member and chairman, Noel Byrne, and to pay tribute to his service and dedication to the show over many years. Back L to R: Jacinta Kennedy, Clarsse Moquet Boisgard, Emma Lalor, Katie Tobin, Antonia Coonan, Barry Walsh, Lorraine Thompson, Ed Flaherty, Catherine Kearney, Derek Walsh, Mary Jane Kearney, Sue Perry, Rosemary Ponsonby. Front L to R: Christopher Horsman, Judy Butler, Jenny Butler, Noel Byrne, Pat Culligan (chairman), Betsy O'Connor and Pat O'Brien.
The Killusty Pony Show committee would like to thank Noel Byrne for his hard work and commitment to the show over many years. Noel’s retirement was acknowledged after a recent show meeting in the Tirry Centre, Fethard. On the night committee members along with other associates joined in thanking Noel and wishing him all the best for the future. A very memorable and enjoyable night was had by all.
This year’s show will be held on Saturday, July 4, as usual in Killusty. Plans are already underway to ensure this year’s show will be as successful as ever. The committee would like to welcome anyone who may be interested in getting involved to come along and assist them in their efforts. Contact any committee member for information.
Noel Byrne sharing some show memories with members of Killusty Pony Show L to R: Clarsse Boisgard, Catherine Kearney, Noel Byrne and Nicola Everard.
Noel Byrne photographed with members of Killusty Pony Show L to R: Christopher Horsman, Betsy O'Connor, Noel Byrne, Rosemary Ponsonby and Judy Butler.
Sports Award nominees for March
The following people were nominated for the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for March. The winner for March will be announced at a special function held in Butlers Bar, Main Street, Fethard, on Friday next April 10. All are welcome.
- Mary Gorey – captain of Clonmel ladies Munster Division 1 winners following their recent play off victory 22-10 against league rivals Thurles.
- Harry Kelly - trainer Harry had two winners in March, ‘Curragh na Gold’ won a mares handicap in Clonmel and ‘Ducloyne Lady’ won at a point-to-point meeting in Kilworth.
- Denise O’Brien – local Fethard athlete Denise recently ran a fantastic race in the Reading UK half marathon.
- Eoin Tynan – at a Racquetball event in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Eoin finished runner up in both the singles and doubles events.
- Pat Walsh and Pat O’Donnell – coaches to Fethard’s U18 Rugby team, winners in March of the East Munster league.
- Patrician Presentation Secondary School – winners of a recent boys football blitz beating Comeragh College, Carrick-on-Suir, in the final.
- Tommy Anglim and Ben Murray – two lads from Fethard Rugby club who helped Rockwell College to victory in this year’s Munster Senior Schools Cup.
- Nina Carberry – well known National Hunt jockey now resident in Fethard was the recent winner of the Foxhunters chase in Cheltenham on board the J.P. McManus owned ‘On The Fringe’.
- Hazel Galloway – a Fethard resident and member of Clonmel Athletic Club who finished 4th in the European Indoor 200 metre over 55 held in Poland.
Nina Carberry, Ireland’s leading female National Hunt jockey. one of the nominees for the Fethard Sports Achievement Award for March
Killusty Village 'Tidy-Up' for First Communion
Volunteers are asked to assemble at 7pm in Killusty on Thursday, April 16, to help prepare the village for
the oncoming First Communion which takes place in May. General tidy-up work and planting of flowers will be required and your help would be much appreciated over the coming weeks.
‘Walls of Fethard’ Road Race fast approaching
Less than two months to go until Fethard Athletic Club host their annual 4 mile ‘Walls of Fethard Road Race’ on Thursday, May 28, at 8pm. There's plenty of runs taking place around the county from now on so let the preparations begin! Training continues on Mondays and Fridays at 7.15pm from the ballroom carpark. New members welcome.
General George Plant remembered
Selling Easter Lilies in Fethard last weekend were L to R: Marcus Fogarty, Dermot O'Connor, Éamonn Ó Fogartaigh, Mícheál De Faoite and Douglas Hannigan.
The Annual Commemoration to General George Plant took place at St Johnstown, Fethard, on Easter Sunday, April 4. The parade to the graveyard was led by the Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band. A wreath was laid to honour all those who died for Ireland, followed by Cllr Catherine Carey reciting the funeral address given on August 1, 1915, by Padraig Pearse at the graveside of O'Donovan Rossa in Glasnevin Cemetery. This address by Pádraig Pearse remains one of the most famous speeches of the Irish independence movement stirring his audience to a call to arms.
Local man Kevin Wilson, Drangan, whose family was closely associated with George Plant gave a wonderful and inspiring oration on the life and times of George Plant.
Drangan local, Kevin Wilson, giving the oration at the George Plant Commemoration on Easter Sunday at St. Johnstown, Fethard.
Text Alert reminder to ‘sign-up’
Fethard & Killusty Community Council wish to remind anyone not already contacted to join the Community Text Alert project in the town and adjoining areas outside town that ‘sign-up forms’ are also available for collection from the Community Office in Barrack Street, Tel: (052) 6131000. This scheme, to help combat crime, is supported by Muintir na Tire and the Garda Síochána and is already operative in the Killusty area and surrounding communities.
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.
Thanks for your help
The Fethard News has been of great assistance in helping us to trace our Irish roots. Some time in 2012 I sent a speculative note seeking for information on one Thomas McCabe and his wife and family. Thomas was my wife's grandfather and he had worked as a butler at Lakefield, Fethard in the years 1911 to 1916. Previously he had been a hall boy at Johnstown Castle and as a result of the Fethard News request, I was contacted by a young relative of my wife, Clare McCabe (nee O'Connell), who was also researching the family history from her side. It was a perfect match as we knew everything about Thomas after he left Ireland and Clare supplied the story of Thomas in Ireland. Not only did we discover Thomas McCabe's history but acquired some fine relatives into the bargain.
Later this year we intend to visit Ireland (we live in Aberlady in Scotland) to view significant sites in Thomas's life, Scaughmolin where he was born and Johnstown Castle and Fethard where he lived and worked. Mysteries remain as we are now trying to find out how his wife Maud Richards got from service on the south coast of England to Ireland to meet and marry Thomas. We know that between 1916 and 1919 Thomas, Maud and five children relocated to Yorkshire where the family settled.
Of course this is only half the battle. I am hoping that somewhere in County Mayo there is a Fethard News equivalent so that I can research my side of the tree and trace the Hamrocks via my great grandfather Martin born in 1852!
Again many thanks, Dr Eddie Gatner (email)
Welcome home on holiday from Africa
Paddy Trehy (right), formerly from The Green, Fethard, photographed with his sister Marie and two of his brothers, Eddie (left) and Michael, on a visit home to Fethard over Easter.
Paddy Trehy and family visiting Fethard over Easter with a family friend. L to R: Wendy Trehy, Ricky Trehy, Enele Sehuhula (friend), Paddy Trehy, Jason Trehy and in front Sean Trehy. (Photos by Larry Kenny).
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on April 1 were: 6, 13, 19 and 26. We had no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Breda Kearney (online ticket).
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Dick O’Brien, Chapel Lane, Fethard; Ann-Marie Corcoran (online ticket); and Tom Tobin, Moyglass Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, April 8. The Jackpot is €3,100 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €310. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
GAA Sports Lotto
Last week’s numbers drawn on April 3, were 3, 12, 26 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and two match three winners who received €50 each: Bill Sullivan, Chapel Lane, Fethard, and the O'Donnell family, Coleman, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot is €9,800 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, April 10, at 7pm. Sellers Prize €180. All are welcome. Thank you for your continued support.
Cash for Clobber
St. Rita’s Camogie Club and Fethard Ladies Football Club will hold their annual ‘Cash for Clobber’ Spring Clean fundraiser for those thinking of clearing out their house of unwanted items. Items will be collected outside the Fethard GAA Field on Friday, April 24, from 7pm to 9pm, and on Saturday, April 25, from 10am to 12 noon.
Please bring adult and childrens clothes, paired shoes and boots, handbags, belts, sheets, curtains, towels and soft toys. Please note we cannot take any duvets, pillows, dirty or wet clothing, mats or carpets.
For further information contact Mary O’Mahoney, St. Rita’s Camogie Club, at Tel: 087 6980351 or Willie Morrissey, Fethard Ladies Football Club, at Tel: 086 3032260.
'Famine Lunch' at Magorban Church
Photographed at the Famine Lunch held at Magorban Church in aid of Christian Aid Ireland are L to R: Jane Grubb, Barry Lalor, Rebecca Lalor, Rev. Bronwen Carling, Alix Tiernan (Christian Aid Ireland) and Rev Gerald Field, Dean of the Cashel Union of Parishes.
Photographed at the Famine Lunch held at Magorban Church in aid of Christian Aid Ireland are L to R: Lucy Field, James Craig White and Emma Lalor. (Photos by Larry Kenny)
Fethard ICA meeting
Fethard ICA will hold their April meeting on Tuesday, April 14, at 8pm in their hall at Rocklow Road. Guest speaker this month is Monica Conway who will speak on health issues. Catering on the night by the ‘blue group’.
A pre-Baptism meeting will be held in the Tirry Community Centre on Monday, April 20, at 7.30pm for parents who wish to have their child baptised during the following weeks. Please contact Fr. Tom Breen P.P. before attending.
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, April 12, to the music of ‘Sam O’Doherty’. 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.
The death has occurred on Monday, April 6, 2015, of Martin Power, Moyglass, deeply regretted by his friend Betty, his cousins, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, on Tuesday, April 7, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, funeral to arrive at St Joseph the Worker Church, Moyglass at 8pm.
Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 11.30am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Community Games Results
Local medal winners at the Community Games Handwriting Event. L to R: Ella-Mai Hackett, Rose O'Donnell, Seán McEvoy, Jack Davey, Sarah Moore and Taryn Purcell.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games Handwriting Competition attracted a lot of interest and some very talented entries this year. The following are the results of the Area Finals:
Girls U10: Taryn Purcell (gold), Sarah Moore (silver);
Boys 10: Mark O’Meara Purcell (gold), Jack Davey (silver), Sean McEvoy (bronze);
Girls U12: Ella Mai Hackett Purcell (gold), Rose O’Donnell (silver), Aine Ryan (bronze);
Boys U12: Gold, Shabrat Purcell (gold), Jack O’Donoghue (silver), and Keenan Aherne (bronze).
Pictured at the Community Games Handwriting Presentation are L to R: Keenan Aherne who won a bronze medal U12, Aine Ryan who won a bronze medal U10, and Oleg Shabrat who won a gold medal U12. Missing is Jack O’Donoghue who won a silver medallist U12.
The County Finals will take place in The Old Church Hall in Moneygall on Saturday, April 11, commencing at 2pm. All gold and silver medal winners are qualified for the county final but they must confirm if they are going to attend before Friday next, April 3, as the closing date for entries in Monday, April 6.
The county finals of the boys swimming will now take place in Clonmel Pool on Saturday, April 18, with the girls taking place on Sunday, April 19. Local entries must be submitted immediately. Closing date for entries with the county co-ordinator is Monday, April 6.
The county finals of the Art and Model Making will take place in Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel on Saturday, April 23, commencing at 1pm. Area results will be published after Easter.
Mark O’Meara winner of a gold medal in the boys Handwriting U10
St. Vincent de Paul
Families that may need assistance with this year’s First Communion expenses are asked to contact any member of the Fethard St. Vincent de Paul committee as soon as possible or Denis Burke at (052) 6131852.
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.
Fethard Festival Fancy Dress Parade 1982 - Neilie Hall with his entry
'Mad Jack and No 7'.
Fethard Festival Parade 1976 - 'Madrid Hospital, General Franco's Final Battle'
Fethard Festival Parade 1976 - The Connolly and Ryan family entry, "The Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe"
Fethard Festival Fancy Dress Parade 1982 L to R: Elaine Gleeson and Roseanne Flanagan as 'Black and White Puddings'.
Festival Fancy Dress Parade 1982 part of the Croome Carroll's entry
Festival Fancy Dress Parade photos from 1982 'The Greatest American Hero!' L to R: Ray Cummins and Jimmy O'Meara
More Festival Fancy Dress Parade photos from 1982 "All Kinds of Everything" Tina Kenny in the centre.
Moyglass Communion c.1950 or so . . ..
The old Moyglass Church which was built c.1839. Around that time John 'Red' Kelly (Ned Kelly's father) was 19 years old, two years later he was transported to Australia for stealing two pigs! This is another glass plate photograph taken in the 1950s by Moyglass photographer Billy Boland. This church was demolished in 1989 and replaced by the current church dedicated to 'St. Joseph the Worker' . . . a man after my own heart!
Moyglass Village in the 1950s photograph photographed on a glass plate by Billy Boland, a photographer from Moyglass who also worked for The Nationalist newspaper. It's hard to see here but there's children sitting on the wall on the right, one walking on the road and a man at the door beside the pub, now the Village Inn. Helen Hannigan tells us the man at the door is Michael Boland a brother of Billy Boland.
It took three Marlfield men to mark Willie O'Meara when Fethard won the Intermediate South Hurling final at Clonmel in November 1992. Maybe that's why he's the only one with a helmet!
Local Garda Martin Shanahan in action during the Intermediate South Final 1992
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