Yoga classes for beginners/intermediate will commence in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, on Monday, April 27, at 8pm. Yoga encourages overall health and wellness by improving flexibility, strengthening the body and reducing stress by practising relaxation techniques. Booking is essential as places are limited. For details contact Peg at: 086 3027927.
Pupils Learn about the European Union
Deirdre Clune MEP photographed with Holy Trinity National School's Student Council after being presented with a bouquet of flowers at the school in Fethard.
This year, pupils in Holy Trinity National School are taking part in the Blue Star Programme. The aim of this programme is to foster better knowledge and understanding of the European Union and how it affects our lives. Pupils are challenged to get creative and think about Europe by carrying out projects in relation to four key elements: the history, geography, culture and creativity, and Institutions of the European Union.
The Institutional element of the programme involved holding elections to our Student Council, which took place last October. Holy Trinity 5th and 6th classes also invited Mrs Deirdre Clune MEP, to visit the school. She spoke to the pupils about her work as an MEP and what a typical day may entail! She was extremely impressed by the children's interest in her work and the many interesting questions that they asked her. Mrs Clune explained the importance of the European Union for the member states, the advantages of being part of the Union and how it helps in our everyday lives.
Deirdre Clune MEP, photographed with Holy Trinity National School's 5th and 6th classes on her recent visit to the school in Fethard.
Pupils across the school are also learning a lot about the many historical aspects of Europe. 5th class have carried out projects on World War II and Anne Frank and 6th class have studied all about World War I and also Leonardo da Vinci. 3rd class have examined the languages of the EU and its flags and while 5th learned all about Italy, 6th class did an in-depth study of France.
From a cultural and creative point of view all classes have undertaken an art project based on countries, artists and landmarks of the EU. The children’s framed pictures will be exhibited on May 8 when the whole school will celebrate Europe Day and undertake the Handshake for Europe! Seán Kelly MEP, will also visit the school on the day to listen to songs, watch dances and taste some European food. It promises to be a special day in our school year!
Students visit megalithic sites at Donore, Co. Meath
Patrician Presentation Secondary School transition year students along with some fifth year art students made a trip to Donore, Co. Meath, to visit the megalithic sites of Newgrange and Knowth on Friday, April 17.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School students photographed in front of the famous entrance stone, one of 97 stones that run around the base of the mound at Newgrange. The ‘roof box’ over the entrance can also be seen overhead in the centre background.
Collectively these monuments are known as ‘Bru Na Boinne', the palace of the Boyne, and is the name given to one of the world’s most important archaeological landscapes, dominated by the spectacular prehistoric passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth.
In recognition of the international importance of these monuments and the many other archaeological features in the area, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) have designated this area a World Heritage Site. Sites selected for world heritage listing are deemed to be of outstanding universal value to humanity and are approved on the basis of their merit as the best possible examples of cultural or natural heritage. Professor M. J. O'Kelly excavated Newgrange between 1962 and 1975 and rediscovered the ‘roof box’ through which the sun penetrates the chamber at Newgrange on December 21 each year.
Fethard & Killusty Anglers
Fethard and Killusty Anglers annual Trout Fly-fishing competition took place on Sunday, April 19. A big thank you to all who attended in very difficult fishing conditions, unfortunately the trout don’t like the mixture of sunshine and easterly winds.
Taking part in Fethard and Killusty Anglers annual fishing competition held on the Anner river at Thorny Bridge are L to R: Sean Maher, John Lalor, Colin Hackett, John Fleming, Robert Hackett, Albert Adcock, Tom Fogarty and Paul Burke.
The results of the senior competition were: 1st Mattie Fleming, 2nd Albert Adcock, 3rd Robert Hackett, and 4th John Lalor. Robert also won the Juvenile and the heaviest trout competitions and is showing outstanding prospects for the future. A great enjoyable day’s fishing was had by all our members so remember to get out in the fresh air and enjoy some time on this beautiful river. New members are always welcome and can join by contacting Seán Maher on 085 7050580 or Tom Fogarty on 087 7477218. Tight lines to all!
Provisional date for Fethard Festival
A provisional date has been set for this year’s Fethard Festival, which is Sunday, June 21, 2015. The Fethard Historical Society will not be participating in the organising of the main medieval event this year but will organise separate complementary events.
Volunteers willing to help organise and participate in the running of this year’s Fethard Festival are requested to contact any member of the Fethard Business and Tourism Group or contact the community office at (052) 6131000.
On the home to Killusty!
T.J. Sheehan, making his way home by bicycle to Killusty with his bag of groceries on the handlebars – a reminder of the many people and well-known characters who cycled from Fethard to Killusty, and Slievenamon, over the years. (Photo by Larry Kenny)
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. Training continues Mondays and Fridays starting at 7.15pm from the ballroom carpark. New members welcome, walkers, joggers and runners alike.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on April 15 were: 7, 8, 10 and 20. We had no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Mary Coen, Killusty, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Kathleen Kenny, The Cottage, The Green, Fethard; Paddy Cooke, Patrick's Place, Fethard; and P. O'Meara, c/o Tom Purcell.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, April 22. The Jackpot is €3,400 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €340. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
William and Patrick Colville, Railstown, Fethard, winners of gold and silver medals at the Community Games Swimming finals.
Abaigeal and Isobel Maher, Tinakelly, winners of gold and silver medals at the County Finals of the Community Games Swimming competitions.
GAA Sports Lotto
Last week’s numbers drawn on April 17, were 3, 10, 33 and 36. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. Two tickets were drawn and the following won €25 each: John Smyth, Strylea, and Anthony Hayes, Burke Street. The €50 lucky dip winner was: Tony Maher, Barrack Street.
Next week’s Jackpot is €10,200 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, April 24, at 7pm. Sellers Prize €200. All are welcome. Thank you for your continued support.
Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game on April 1 were: 1st Gross, Alice Quinn and Berney Myles; 2nd Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 3rd Gross, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; 1st Nett, Ellen Rockford and Rita Holohan; 2nd Nett, Kevin O’Dwyer and Willie Harrington; 3rd Nett, Nora Ryan and Gabrielle Schofield.
On Wednesday, April 15, we played the second round of our Club Championship. Please note that bridge now starts at 7.15pm sharp! Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
The death has occurred on Monday, April 20, 2015, of Ellen 'Nellie' Heffernan (née Shine), Barrack Street / Congress Terrace, Fethard. Deeply regretted by her family and friends. May she rest in peace.
Funeral Mass in the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, on Wednesday, April 22, at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, April 26, 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.
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.
The scaffolding was removed from the facade of the Town Hall on Friday, April 17, to reveal the new lime render finish (not fully dried out yet). The old plaster on the façade 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 not suitable to be left exposed. The building façade now has 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. The current phase of work is nearing completion, which will make way for further interior finishing.
Fethard Business and Tourism Group are excited by the work carried out so far and are looking forward to completing ‘Stage 1’ of the project and opening the doors to the public. Further grant aid will be required to finish the work to the same high standard reached to date.
Kate Corcoran, currently working with Concern in the rural South of Ethiopia, says, “I am so delighted to hear all the great news about the Tholsel and its near completion. It’s an amazing achievement to have got this far and I hear from many people that it looks great. I cannot wait to see it when I get home. The best of luck with the next phase. A special place brought to life by special people!”
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.'
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.
- 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.
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.
Mossy O'Brien and John Neagle in the 1970s
Anyone remembers these girls around Fethard in the 1970s ?
Photographed at the 1980 County Senior Football Final played in Fethard in which Galtee Rovers defeated Loughmore. L to R: Valerie Wade, Sara Totonchi (Lou Kenrick's daughter) and Gráinne Cummins.
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.
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