Fethard Tidy Towns
Members of Fethard Tidy Towns planting summer bedding plants on The Square Fethard L to R: Jason Lawrence, Michael Lawrence, Jonathon Lyons, David Murphy and Joe Keane.
Fethard Tidy Towns committee are grateful for all the encouragement and support received from the community.
We have two new workers employed under the Tús Scheme, David Murphy and Jonathon Power, which is a great addition to achieving all our current work projects.
Summer bedding plants are currently being prepared which will replace the winter plants throughout the town. The landscaping work by the Clashawley is almost complete and much improved with the removal of the overabundance of Dogwood growth which was obstructing the view from The Valley. The area is now much more open and used more frequently by walkers. A selection of wild flowers have also been sown to enhance the area for the summer and autumn months.
Fethard Tidy Towns will hold their Annual Church Gate Collection on weekending Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, in the parish.
The committee recently published a brochure which outlines some of the projects and work achieved from 2010 to 2014 in Fethard. The work is undertaken by voluntary help and community support.
The annual support of the Government's Tús scheme and local manager, Richard Wood is also a tremendous help. Tús is a community work placement initiative to provide short-term, quality work opportunities for those who are unemployed.
To view the brochure and see examples of the work undertaken in Fethard over the past few years you can CLICK HERE TO VIEW TIDY TOWNS BROCHURE
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, May 10, 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.
Annual May Procession this Sunday
This year’s May Procession on honour of Our Lady will take place on next Sunday evening, May 10 (weather permitting). The procession will start at the Parish Church at 7pm and make its way to the Augustinian Abbey. We look forward to a good turn out for this year’s procession.
Circus Skills programme with First Year Students
Paul Wheeler and Clara Belle from Wobbly Circus photographed with First Year pupils from Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Paul Wheeler and Clara Belle from Wobbly Circus visited the Patrician Presentation Secondary School in Fethard on Thursday, April 30, as part of the JCSP Programme and did a Circus Skills Module with the First Year pupils. The pupils participated actively in the module with many of them showing hidden talents at the end of the day. Their parents were invited to a Circus Display at 4pm that evening in the school. Thank you to Ms Mulhall, the JCSP Co-ordinator, for organising the visit.
ICA evening at Garden Centre
Fethard ICA will hold their annual evening in Glanbia Garden Centre is on Tuesday, May 12, at 6.30pm. This has always been a very enjoyable and rewarding evening for members and as this coincides with our monthly meeting there will be no meeting in the ICA Hall.
Area Art Results
Competitors from Killusty who won medals at the Community Games Art Competition. Back L to R: Phoebe Duggan, Danny Shelly, Andrew Connorton, Charlie Hackett, Jack Davey, Kieran O’Donnell. Front L to R: Tara Moquet, Freya Byrne, Grace Coen, Laura Coonan, Sam Coen and Joe Purcell.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games had a total of 134 entries in the Area Art Competition this year so the judge had a tough task selecting the following medal winners. The first two in each event (except the U6 Tots event) may compete at the county final, which will take place in the Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel, on Saturday, May 23.
Competitors must bring all their own materials, ie sketch pad, paints, pencils etc. Parents are required to provide a contact number to the Community Games officer when their child is delivered to the competition. The parent will be contacted when the child has their entry submitted and may collect him/her as they wish. The competition will commence at 1pm and competitors would need to arrive from 1.30pm in order to register and take their place. Official time allowed to complete a picture is 3 hours (normally competitors are finished earlier). Results will be announced approximately after 4pm.
Some of the children who competed at the Fethard and Killusty Community Games Art Competition L to R: Cathal Foley, Isobel Maher, Robert Wall (bronze) Clodagh Foley and Andrew Wall.
Under 8 Girls: 1st Tara Moquet, Killusty; 2nd Grace Coen, Killusty; 3rd Megan Lyons, Coolmoyne. Under 8 Boys: 1st Rory O’Mahony Tullamaine; 2nd Sam Coen, Killusty; 3rd Michael Walsh, Fethard.
Under 10 Girls: 1st Freya Byrne, Killusty; 2nd Aoife Harrington, Kerry Street; Joint 3rd Kiera Daniel, Fethard and Holly Hayes, Saucestown. Under 10 Boys: 1st Danny Shelly, Killusty; 2nd Jack Davey, Everardsgrange; Joint 3rd Sami Laaksonen, Saucestown and Andrew Connorton, Boolagh.
Under 12 Girls: 1st Eimear O’Sullivan, Fethard; 2nd Aine Ryan, Tullamaine; 3rd Lily O’Mahony, Tullamaine. Under 12 Boys: 1st Ciaran Maguire, Annesgift; 2nd Charlie Hackett, Quartercross; 3rd Conor Neville, Kilknockin.
Under 14 Girls: 1st Laura Harrington, Kerry Street; 2nd Phoebe Duggan, Killusty. Under 14 Boys: 1st Matthew Burke, Fethard: 2nd Kieran O’Donnell, Grangebeg; 3rd Robert Wall, Knockelly.
Under 6 Tots (non-qualifiers competition) Girls: 1st Lauran Connolly, Fethard; 2nd Laura Coonan, Killusty; 3rd Meadhbh Collum, Fethard. Under 6 Tots Boys: 1st Oisín McAndrew, Fethard; 2nd Joe Purcell, Killusty; 3rd Paddy Reilly, Fethard.
First Holy Communion
The sacrament of First Holy Communion will take place in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, on this coming Saturday, May 9, at 11am. All are welcome to come along and join the children in this very special church occasion.
A Table Quiz will be held in Cloneen Community Hall on Friday, May 22, in aid of the Sports and Social Club. The quiz will commence at 9pm and a table of four will cost €20. All are welcome to come along.
Fethard Badger Patrol win four-in-a-row
Fethard Badger Patrol team consistinof, Katie, Noelle, Lucy, Poppy, Daniel, Patrick, Adam and Aiden photographed with leader, Rachel Hanlon, at the Annual Scout County Shield Competition.
Fethard Scouts attended the Annual Scout County Shield Competition over the May weekend. It was great to see the re-emergence of Ballymacarbry after rekindling their Scout fire from the embers of quiet some years back.
The competition started at 6.30pm on Friday and so did the rain, we had no break from the persistent rain until Sunday morning, which then came only in showers. As always it was to prove to be a challenging event. With the cold and wet it was sometimes overwhelming, and for a brief moment late on Friday we were bowed, but alas never fell, true grit. They were up against strong opposition from across the county, particularly from Cahir.
Fethard Badger Patrol of: Katie, Noelle, Lucy, Poppy, Daniel, Patrick, Adam and Aiden, soldiered on like professionals and pipped Cahir by the narrowest of margins. Another great win for Fethard, now with four-in-a-row. On now to prepare for Annual Camp and then represent the county at national level. A huge congratulations and well done to the Badger Patrol and to leader, Rachel Hanlon, on being presented with the Chief Scout Commendation Award.
Community Games GAA teams doing well
Well done to Fethard and Killusty U11 Hurling team who have now reached the South Final of the Community Games Championship against our neighbours, Cashel and Rosegreen.
Congratulations also to the U14 Camogie team who defeated Moycarkey Borris in Littleton played in horrible conditions on Sunday evening. The U12 girls’ football team are due to play Cahir during the week and the U14 girls’ football team are also due to play Moycarkey. Good luck to all.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council AGM
Fethard & Killusty Community Council will hold their annual general meeting on Tuesday, May 19, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street. We invite all interested in getting involved in community affairs to come along and participate in the Community Council or any of the various sub-committees: Fethard & District Day Care Centre, Fethard Tidy Towns, Fethard Business & Tourism Group, Fethard Convent Community Hall & Youth Centre, Fethard Playground, Community Text Alert and CCTV, or various other seasonal events.
John Lee and Elaine Mitchell who were recently married in Gougane Barra, West Cork. John is a grandson of Mrs Bridie Lee, Loughcopple, Fethard, and his new bride is Elaine Mitchell is from Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Both John and Elaine work in Dublin and are honeymooning in Canada.
Nominees for April Sports Achievement Award
The nominees for the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement award for April are as follows:
- Billy Treacy – Billy’s horse ‘Fethard Player’ put up a fantastic performance to finish second in a three-mile handicap hurdle at Aintree recently.
- Ross McCormack – Ross has been picked to play on the Munster rugby clubs U18 team and also on the Tipperary U16 Gaelic football team.
- Mary Gorey – Clonmel ladies rugby team, with Mary as captain, had a marvellous season completing a league and cup Munster double.
- Robert Hackett – At the recent Fethard Anglers club competition he finished 3rd overall and also received awards for best juvenile and heaviest trout. Robert is a young angler with huge potential.
- Nina Carberry – Among her many achievements in recent times Nina’s outstanding one was her Foxhunters Chase double at both Cheltenham and Aintree riding ‘On The Fringe’ for owner J.P. McManus.
- Aine Ryan – This young all-rounder had a great month in April winning the U12 Premiership soccer title with Killenaule and also winning gold for Taekwondo sparring at the ITF Ireland cup.
The winner will be announced at a special function held in Butlers Bar, Main Street, this coming Friday night, May 8, and all are welcome.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on April 29 were: 1, 8, 10 and 32. We had no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Magic Ryan, Abbey View, Fethard; Margaret Barrett, c/o Allen’s; and Margaret Phelan, Strylea, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, May 6. The Jackpot is €3,700 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €370. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
Moyglass Church 25th Anniversary
Photographed at the Moyglass Church 25th Anniversary celebrations last weekend are some of the workers involved in the building of the Church 25 years ago. L to R: Niall O'Connell, John Murphy, Martin Hannigan, Marcus Fogarty, Jim Tierney and Tony Kelly.
Cllr John Fahey and Fr. James O’Donnell, PP, Killenaule, photographed at the Moyglass Church 25th Anniversary Celebrations
Brian and Helen Guiry photographed at the Moyglass Church 25th Anniversary Celebrations last weekend.
Fethard Athletic Club
With less than four weeks to go to our annual 4 mile 'Walls of Fethard' road race, preparations are in full swing for the event on Thursday, May 28, at 8pm. Over the past week committee members have visited local businesses in the town to secure prizes for this years race and they have all committed to helping us with sponsorship so thank you all in advance.
Training continues Mondays and Fridays at 7.15pm from the ballroom carpark and for the summer season we have a group of hardy 6am runners who meet at the ballroom daily. New members always welcome.
GAA Sports Lotto
Last week’s numbers drawn on May 1, were 4, 23, 32 and 34. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. Two tickets were drawn and the following won €25 each: Dinny Burke, Red City; and Josie Fitzgerald, Kiltinan. The €50 lucky dip winner was: Chrissie Cummins, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.
Next week’s Jackpot is €10,600 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, May 8, at 7pm. Sellers Prize €220. All are welcome. Thank you for your continued support and you can now support our weekly lotto online.
St. Vincent de Paul help for First Communion
Families that may still 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.
Pat's Tavern' by Thomas J. Crane
Click on the image above or HERE to read 'Pat's Tavern' by Thomas J. Crane online.
'Pat's Tavern' is a mythical gathering place spun from stories and poems of my real life experiences living in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood during times past. Also where stories and poems can be read that stir the soul as well as the imagination.
Thomas J. Crean previously wrote 'Green is the Valley, Blue are the Hills', and published it on the Fethard Website in 2005. The book revolves around the author’s search for, but not limited to, his Crane and March families history. As well as the details of the author’s travels taken to unravel the mystery of his ancestors, this account includes pictures and poems that are used to highlight the text, but stand on their own merit. In addition to the search for the past, any reader will find some of life’s treasures that exist in human and spiritual values. Both books can also be downloaded free of charge from this Fethard Website by CLICKING HERE for details.
Lourdes Invalid Fund sponsored walk
A sponsor3d walk in aid of the local Lourdes Invalid Fund will take place in Fethard on Sunday, May 10, starting at 2.30pm from outside the Town Hall and commencing via Killenaule Road – Ballybough and returning by Rocklow Road to finish at the Town Hall. Those wishing to take part can obtain sponsorship cards at Kenny’s Centra Supermarket in Barrack’s Street. Your support is appreciated.
Strictly Come Dancing to Fethard on May 25!
The annual ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ event will take place again in Fethard Ballroom on Monday, May 25, this year. All proceeds are in aid of the Fethard Critically Ill Fund. We invite all to come along and enjoy the local children, aged 5 to 18, strut their stuff on the dance floor. Great night’s entertainment and fun guaranteed.
Members of the Sullivan family from Woodvale Walk, Fethard photographed with relatives from Scotland at a family gathering in Lonergan's Bar last weekend.
Charlie returns to Crocanoir
Renowned musician Charlie McGettigan makes a much-anticipated return to perform at Crocanoir on Saturday May 9. Charlie is one of the most popular performers to come to the end of the boreen. His songs stories and wonderful stage presence have endeared him to young and old alike. Tickets always sell quickly for the 'Rock n Roll Kid' so early booking is advised.
On Wednesday, May 20, Crocanoir welcomes actor Aonghus Og McAnally to Crocanoir for the first time. Aonghus is a grandson of legendary actors Ray McAnally and Laurie Morton and an outstanding performer in his own right. Tickets can be booked by contacting John at Tel: (052) 9153117 or 086 8907329. For more information visit: www.crocanoir.com
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. Send any comments or photo information to email@example.com
Fethard Patrician Brothers 1st Year Boys Class in 1970. Back L to R: Roger Grant, Jimmy Harrison, John Godfrey, Michael Ryan, Tommy Meehan, Paddy Maher, Seamus Grant. Front L to R: Francis Murphy, Liam Cummins, Gerard ‘Bunty’ O’Connell, Michael Downes, Eddie McGrath, Pat Aylward and John Cooney.
St. Patrick's Boys School 6th Class 2005. Back L to R: Dean Sharpe, Ger Maher, Tony Myler, David Burke, Gavin Carroll, Gareth Lawrence, Jamie Walsh, Andrew Maher. Front L to R: Noel O'Brien, Ted Barrett, Brian Delahunty, Louis Rice, Michael Smyth and Gavin Lonergan. Missing from photograph is Tommy Veale.
Fethard Nano Nagle Primary School 6th Class 2005. Back L to R: Rachel Prout, Orla Lawrence, Stephanie Allen, Claire Morrissey, Rebecca O'Donnell, Jenny Pyke, Maryanne Fogarty, Edel O'Sullivan. Front L to R: Mary Jane Kearney, Louise O'Donnell, Amy Lyons, Jane Holohan, Faye Manton and Amanda Ryan.
Enjoying the Halloween celebrations in Fethard in 2005
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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