The death has occurred on Sunday, April 19, 2015, of Olive Looby (née Stokes), Fethard, peacefully at home. Beloved wife of the late Denis, sadly missed by her loving son William, his partner Ciaran, sisters Rena, Vera, Maura, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. May she rest in peace.
Funeral Mass on Tuesday, April 21, at 11am in the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard. Burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to Alzheimer Society of Ireland, South Tipperary Branch.
Fr. Niall Molloy - The Fethard Connection
The following video uploaded by Mick Wallace was broadcast on RTE's 'Today Tonight' programme in 1987 and investigates the Fr Niall Molloy Murder Case, which still remains a mystery today!
Fr. Molloy was a brother of the late Mrs Eileen Maher, Main Street, Fethard, wife of the late Dr. Jerry Maher, who both died in 1989, and lived in the house occupied today by their daughter, Suzanna (Manton) and her family. Suzanna's late brother Ian has highlighted the case in search of answers up to his death in 2002 and his brother Bill has continued the family's quest for justice. You can also read more on Bill's website Justice for Fr. Molloy
Killusty Tidy Village Group
A big ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers for a fantastic turn out to our recent tidy village meeting in Killusty. We are very optimistic of achieving all our goals before the First Holy Communion service in May. The next meeting will be held in the village at 7pm on Thursday, April 23. Why not bring a friend along this time!
Town Hall scaffolding removed
The scaffolding was removed from the facade of the Town Hall today, April 17, to reveal the new lime render finish (not dried out yet). The current phase of work is nearing completion which will make way for further interior finishing.
Waterworks installation on Main Street
A 'Temporary Closing of Road' notice was proposed by Tipperary County Council regarding the 'Replacement of watermains and sewers on the R-689-4 (Main Street), Fethard, Co. Tipperary.'
The R-689-4 (Main Street) road is to be closed from its junction with the R-292-4 (Cashel Road) to its junction with the L-2313-0 (Rocklow Road/Sparagoulea).
The period of closure is from 6am on Monday, May 18, 2015, until 6pm on Saturday, June 27, 2015.
Alternative routes are R-706-1 (The Valley), L-2313-0 (Watergate Street), R-692-5 (Burke Street) and R-689-4 (Main Street) and vice versa.
Objections to the proposed temporary closure may be submitted in writing to the director of Services, Roads Transportation & Health & Safety, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, not later than 12 noon on Friday, April 24, 2015.
Fethard students challenge us to change
Pupils from Holy Trinity National School Fethard photographed on their visit to the Ecovillage, Cloughjordan, as part of their 'Challenge to Change' project.
On March 5, 2015, twenty third class pupils from Holy Trinity National School, Fethard, travelled with their principal, Ms Morrison and their teachers Ms Kenny and Ms Hogan, to visit The Ecovillage, Cloughjordan, as part of the group’s research for their project entered in this year’s ‘Challenge to Change’. This annual event, run by the Presentation Sisters Education Office, encourages and supports its schools nationwide in researching and presenting projects on various subjects such as, injustice, poverty, racism, inequality and Third World and environmental issues.
The Fethard school is taking part for the 8th consecutive year and their project focuses on sustainability and is entitled, ‘It Is Not Our Place!’ The central idea of the project is that we are stewards of the earth – our ancestors have passed it on to us – we must pass it on to our descendants. It is not our place to destroy, pollute or waste.
“Leave the world better than you found it, take no more than you need, try not to harm life of the environment, make amends if you do.” – (Taken from Paul Hawken’s definition of sustainability from the ‘Ecology of Commerce).
The trip to Cloughjordan was very insightful and interesting. The community live on a 67 acre site where they grow their own food, plants and trees to promote biodiversity. The founder members of the eco-village first came together in 1999 and the construction of the first homes began in March 2009. The first residents moved into their new homes in December 2011. Today there are over 100 residents living in 50 high-performance ‘green’ homes. Construction is on-going to complete the planned total of 130 homes.
We learned about the various materials used to build the village from passive houses, cob houses, hemp-crete and all cedar houses to recycled glass and lime-plaster houses. We saw the solar and wood-powered heating system and heard about various insulation systems such as recycled newspaper, sheep’s wool and loose hemp.
The group encourages biodiversity and 17,000 native trees have been planted. The policy in the eco-village is to buy food produced in Ireland and to support local shops and businesses. It also has an on-site 34-bed hostel where visitors can stay and Ireland’s only wood fuelled bakery.
The Ecovillage received the gold award for best ‘Socio-Economic Project’ at the UN International Awards for Liveable Communities (The Green Oscars) held in China in November 2013.
The students and teachers had a very educational and enjoyable visit to Cloughjordan and are very grateful to the residents who gave an audio-visual presentation on arrival, followed by a guided-tour of the eco-village. We look forward to presenting our findings at the ‘Challenge to Change’ seminar in Kilkenny at the end of April.
‘Hammered Glass’ launched in Kilkenny
Mary Hanrahan and friends photographed at the launch of 'Hammered Glass' L to R: Bridget Stapleton, Rose Dougliss, Mary Hanrahan, Ann Walsh, Rita Kenny and Catherine O'Flynn.
A Tipperary trio were among the writers from the ‘Two Roads Creative Writing for Publication’ course who recently launched their anthology, ‘Hammered Glass’, in the Clubhouse, Kilkenny on Saturday, March 28. The Tipp trio were Mary Hanrahan from Fethard, Phil Treacy (Loughmore) and Margaret Ryan Shanahan (Clonoulty). Over 150 family and friends joined in an evening of words and music to celebrate the launch of the anthology, which is the culmination of three years’ work for those involved. The ‘Creative Writing for Publication’ course was facilitated in St. Kieran’s College under the expert guidance of Suzanne Power and John MacKenna. Apart from the obvious success of published work, the course provides students with the opportunity to dig deep and express their own truths through story in its many rich forms.
The Tipperary contributions feature, along with other pieces, fine comic writer Phil speaking out in defence of cats, Margaret’s moving poem inspired by her visit to Dachau last summer and Mary’s poetry of love, life and loss. The authors would like to thank all the local bookshops who have been so enthusiastic in their response to the anthology and so encouraging in their support of this group of new Irish writers. ‘Hammered Glass’ is now available in Clonmel at The Book Centre, Upstairs at the Narrow Space, the Book Market and Eason’s and also at The Bookworm and Easons in Thurles.
Edited by writer and tutor Suzanne Power, the anthology is a powerful and honest collection of memoir, poetry, short story and, more than this, it is a window into the human condition which will resonate with all who read it.
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.
Catherine and James Fitzpatrick with John O'Connor
L to R: Danny Shelly and Tom Miles (I think)
Maggie Sayers watching the world go by from outside her house on The Green.
Connolly brothers, Garrinch
L to R: Ailish Kenny, Ella Kenny, Noel Kenny, Philly Kenny and Nuala Kenny.
L to R: Tommy Keane and John Fogarty
L to R: Maura Trehy, Agnes Allen and Mary Butler.
Fethard & District Day Care Centre AGM
The Fethard & District Day Care Ltd. will hold their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 30, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All are welcome.
Sports Achievement Award for March
Barry O'Connor, representing O'Connor Accountants, Clonmel, presenting the Butler's Bar Fethard Sport's Achievement Award for March to winners Tommy Anglim and Ben Murray. L to R: Tommy Anglim, John Woodlock (special guest), Paul Kavanagh who accepted the award on behalf of Ben Murray, and this month's sponsor, Barry O'Connor.
The Butler's Bar Fethard Sport's Achievement Award for March was won by 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. The special local sporting guest at the awards was John Woodlock, formerly from Fethard and winner of six All-Ireland handball medals between 1980 and 1984. This month’s awards were sponsored by Barry O'Connor Accountants, Clonmel, and the presentation was made at a special function in Butler’s Bar on Friday night last, April 10.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on April 8 were: 5, 9, 22 and 26. We had no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: The Checkers, c/o Fr. Tirry Community Centre.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Tom Grant, c/o Tom Purcell; Fr. Breen, Rocklow Road, Fethard; and Mary Brett, The Valley, 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.
Fethard Historical Society elects new committee
The AGM of the Fethard Historical Society took place on Tuesday, March 24, in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard. The incoming committee was elected as follows: Terry Cunningham (Chairman), Ms Pat Looby (Vice-Chairperson), John Cooney (Secretary), Ann Gleeson (Asst. Secretary), Catherine O’Flynn (Treasurer), Mary Hanrahan (PRO), Gerry Long, Kitty Delany, Frances Murphy, Ann lynch and Colm McGrath.
Ms Pat Looby, the outgoing Chairperson paid tribute to Diana Stokes RIP, who died on September 14, 2014. Pat stated that she had very much enjoyed her time as Chairperson of the society. It had proved a most interesting three years for her and she said that Fethard is a wonderful town to work in as there is such a lot of history. She thanked all the members of the society for their ongoing support and wished Terry Cunningham well in his role as incoming Chairperson.
Photographed at the Fethard Historical Society lecture on ‘Tracing Your Tipperary Family’ are L to R: Terry Cunningham (Chairman), Dr. Noreen Higgins McHugh, and Mary Hanrahan (PRO).
The AGM was followed by a lecture on ‘Tracing Your Tipperary Family’ by Dr. Noreen Higgins McHugh. Noreen’s lecture proved both informative and entertaining. She gave a succinct introduction to the best way in which to go about tracing one’s family tree. The large attendance responded most attentively as she guided us thorough the practical steps of recording the relevant data. Noreen also laced her factual demonstration with amusing anecdotes that prevented the subject matter becoming too overwhelming. There was a lively question and answer session afterwards and, such is the interest expressed by those present, the Society is hoping to facilitate a practical genealogy course with Noreen in the near future.
GAA Sports Lotto
Last week’s numbers drawn on April 10, were 21, 25, 33 and 34. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. Two tickets were drawn and the following won €25 each: Lesley Swift, Coolmore; and Mary Murphy, Coolmore. The €50 lucky dip winner was: Aoife Morrissey, Tullamaine.
Next week’s Jackpot is €10,000 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, April 17, at 7pm. Sellers Prize €190. All are welcome. Thank you for your continued support.
Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game on March 11 were: 1st Gross, Ellen Rockford and Rita Holohan; 2nd Gross, David O’Meara and Nell Broderick; 3rd Gross, Frances Burke and Breda Walsh; 1st Nett, Margaret Slattery and Mike Burke; 2nd Nett, Noel O’Dwyer and Berney Myles; 3rd Nett, Monica Anglim and Kevin O’Dwyer.
On March 25 we played for Easter Prizes and the results were: 1st Gross, Monica Anglim and Betty Walsh; 2nd Gross, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; 3rd Gross, Carol Kenny and Alice Quinn; 1st Nett, Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney; 2nd Nett, Margaret Mary McCormack and Breda O’Grady; 3rd Nett, Eileen Frewen and Anne Connolly.
On Wednesday, March 18, we played the final round of the Player of the Year competition and on Wednesday, April 8, we played the first round of our Club Championship. The results will be announced at our President’s dinner. Please note that bridge now starts at 7.15pm sharp! Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Fethard & Killusty Community Games
Congratulations to Mark O’Meara, Redcity and Oleg Shabrat. Coolmore, who both won gold medals in the U10 and U12 boys handwriting competition at the county finals in Moneygall on Saturday.
Oleg Shabrat, U12 gold medal winner in Community Games boys handwriting competition, pictured with Carole Hogan, Youth Officer for Co Tipperary Community Games.
Well done also to all our girls Taryn Purcell, Sarah Moore and Ella Mai Hackett who represented the area and presented excellent submissions at the County Final. Good luck to the Maher sisters, Isobel and Abaigeal, who will represent Fethard in the girls swimming county finals in Clonmel Pool on this coming Saturday, April 18. The boys finals will be held on Sunday, April 19. Warm-up start at 2pm each day.
Mark O’Meara, u10 gold medal winner in the Community Games boys handwriting event.
Fethard & Killusty Anglers Annual trout fly-fishing competition will take place on Sunday, April 19, meeting at Thorny Bridge from 9.15am. New members are also very welcome and can join on that day or by contacting Sean Maher on 085 7050580 or Tom Fogarty on 087 7477218.
A special mention must go to Colm Hackett and his son Robert for their dedication in building new stiles and riverbank maintenance over the last month of Sundays. Tight lines to all and enjoy every minute on the river.
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.
Fethard Athletic Club news
Fethard Athletic Club will host the annual 'Walls of Fethard' 6k road race on Thursday, May 28, at 8pm. This is a very popular race and our one lap mainly rural 6k route is sure to attract a large crowd.
The BMW 6k series in Clonmel is finishing next Wednesday and our members have been performing every well, in particular Joey Feery who finished 3rd last week in a race with over 300 entrants, superb running.
Training continues Mondays and Fridays starting at 7.15pm from the ballroom carpark. New members welcome, walkers, joggers and runners alike.
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.
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.
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.
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