Business & Tourism Group feature on Irish TV
Fethard Business and Tourism Group speaking about their Town Hall renovation project and how it will help promote tourism in this beautiful, unique, and medieval town of Fethard. (Recording is an excerpt from 'Tipperary County Matters' broadcast on Irish TV, May 11, 2015) VISIT IRISH TV WEBSITE
Killusty Tidy Village Group
The next 'tidy up' evening in the village will take place on Thursday, May 21. A big thank you to all the volunteers for a fantastic turnout for the recent village tidy for First Holy Communion.
The next meeting of Killusty Tidy Village Group will take place on Thursday, May 28, at 7.30pm. Why not bring a friend along?
Fethard U16 Ladies – County Champions
Fethard Under-16 Ladies Football squad photographed after winning the county final. Team: Rachel Prout, Lucy Spillane, Laura Stocksborough (1-1), Sophie Ryan, Amy Brophy, Lauren Dowling, Ciara Hayes, Muireann O’Connell, Molly O’Meara (0-1), Sally Butler, Megan Coen, Kate Davey (capt) (2-0), Maggie Fitzgerald (1-0), Laoise Stapleton, Katie Ryan, Allison Connolly (0-1), Aine Trayer, Aine O’Connell, Carrie Davey, Leah Coen, Caoimhe O’Meara, Laura O’Donnell, Laura Kiely and Aoibhe Browne.
The U16 Ladies County ‘A’ Final between Fethard and Moyle Rovers was played in New Inn on Friday, May 1, in conditions more accustomed to winter rather than the first day of summer. The two teams took to the field in what promised to be a titanic affair and having played out a drawn game in the group stages there was never going to much between these local rivals, and that's how it proved to be.
Fethard hit the ground running and after a good passing move spearheaded by Laoise Stapleton, saw the ball fall to Fethard corner forward Maggie Fitzgerald who turned her marker to fire the ball to the back of the net, after only a minute. This did not phase Moyle Rovers, however, and they responded with 2 points from full forward Kirsty Crotty Ryan in the 5th and 8th minute. Moyle Rovers were now commanding possession and a superb 50-yard run from wing back Emma Cronin ended with her netting a sublime goal on 14 minutes. Rovers now led by 2 points.
Fethard reeling from this set about trying to get a grip on the game and on 17 minutes Fethard captain Kate Davey collected a pass from midfielder Muireann O’Connell and powered her way towards goal finding the net with a terrific effort. Fethard were now in the ascendency and after a Katie Ryan shot had hit the bar, a foul on Maggie Fitzgerald in the square led to a penalty. The spot kick was duly dispatched by Kate Davey on 19 minutes. Two minutes later Fethard were awarded a second penalty for an infringement in the square but this time the outcome was different as Kate Davey sent her kick wide of the post. With conditions deteriorating both sides struggled to maintain possession and with no scores for the remainder of the half, the score remained: Fethard 3-0 to Moyle Rovers 1-2.
The second half was only two minute old when Kirsty Crotty Ryan opened the scoring with a superb long range point. Moyle Rovers were now laying siege to the Fethard goal with only some last gasp defending by Ciara Hayes and Sophie Ryan and brave goalkeeping from Rachel Prout keeping Moyle Rovers at bay. This did not deter Rovers, however, as Crotty Ryan was imperious from distance and added points in the 6th, 9th and a free in the 11th minute.
With the score now level Fethard were finding it hard to get out of their own half and only the selfless running of Megan Coen and Sally Butler relieving the incessant pressure. A rare foray up field led to substitutes Alison Connolly and Leah Coen combining for Connolly to score a delightful point with virtually her first touch of the ball for Fethard to lead by a point again. Normal service resumed for Moyle rovers again and they were again encamped outside the Fethard 21. It was backs to the wall stuff from Fethard but Moyle Rovers kept scoring from range with four unanswered points from Aine Fitzgerald (22), Kirsty Crotty Ryan (23, 26) and substitute Rachael Browne (24) to now lead by 3 points with 4 minutes remaining. This seemed to spark Fethard to life and now the roles reversed. A great tackle by Amy Brophy broke up a Moyle Rovers counter attack and following a long-range point from Molly O’Meara on 27mins, Fethard were dominating possession. Full back Laura Stocksborough now deployed at full-forward slotted over a point on 29mins to reduce the deficit to the minimum and set up a nail-biting finish.
The decisive moment of the game came as we entered injury time. With Fethard pushing for an equaliser Laura Stocksborough seized on a loose ball 30 yards from goal evaded two tackles and powered a left footed strike to the back of the net to give Fethard a two point lead with only seconds remaining. Still Moyle Rovers attacked and only for some slick defending from Lucy Spillane and Lauren Dowling saw Fethard retrieve possession with the latter carrying the ball to safety. With that the final whistle blew on what was an enthralling encounter between two evenly matched teams who played the game at an incredible level despite the adverse weather conditions.
The basis for this victory was the panel of girls with Aine Trayer, Aine O’Connell, Carrie Davey, Caoimhe O’Meara, Laura O’Donnell, Laura Kiely, Aoibhe Browne all playing their part throughout the championship. The final score was Fethard 4-3, Moyle Rovers 1-10. Fethard captain Kate Davey received the cup on behalf of her team and with that drew a close on the U16 ‘A’ championship for this year.
Rev. Hugh Allen from Fethard
Information is wanted on a Rev. Hugh Allen, who died in 1599 at Fethard. He had a known son John Allen. If anyone has any information, especially on his origin in England, his wife and children or any other family members, please contact Elizabeth L Nichols (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Some information is given about him in ‘Ferns Clergy and Parishes’ by James B. Leslie (page 6 & 7).
April Sports Achievement Award winners
Joint Winners in the April Sports Achievement Awards at Butler's Bar. L to R: Ted Walsh (junior) who acceped the award on behalf of his wife Nina Carbury; Mary Gorey, and Sean O'Sullivan, representing this month's sponsor, O'Sullivan's Insurance, Mitchel Street, Clonmel.
The Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement award for April was awarded to joint-winners: Mary Gorey, captain of Clonmel ladies rugby team, who had a marvellous season completing a league and cup Munster double; and Nina Carberry, who among her many achievements in recent times, won the Foxhunters Chase double at both Cheltenham and Aintree riding ‘On The Fringe’ for owner J.P. McManus.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School First Year Retreat
On Thursday, April 23, all the First Year pupils took part in an in-school retreat facilitated by their Religion teacher, Ms Maher, who recently completed a Shekinah Training Course in Youth Retreat Facilitation. Shekinah is the English spelling of the Hebrew language word that means the dwelling or settling of the Divine Presence of God. The retreat was enjoyed by the pupils and thank you to Ms Maher for organising and facilitating this spiritual experience for the pupils.
Healthy Active Week
There were numerous activities in the school for Healthy Active Week, April 27-May1. The activities were organised by P.E teacher Ms Helena Walsh and created a buzz around the school. Among the events were an Xbox Dance Activity, Hula Hoopathon, Skipping Challenge, Long Puck, Keepy Uppy Challenge, Skipping Challenge, Crossbar Challenge, Penalties, Volleyball and Basketball. The winners of some of the events were as follows: Keepy Uppy Challenge: 1st Danny O’Regan, 2nd Darragh Hurley, 3rd Robert Hackett. Skipping Challenge Results: 1st Amy Byrne, 2nd Megan Hackett, 3rd Emma Cronin. Hula Hoopathon: 1st Emma Cronin, 2nd Holly Broomfield. The Basketball Challenge was won by the girls team: Lucy Spillane, Maggie Fitzgerald, Ashley Bradshaw, Carrie Davey, Laura O’Donnell, Leah Coen, Rachel Prout, Caoimhe O’Meara and Nathan Costin.
A highlight of the week was a training session on Friday for 1st Year and TY pupils with former international rugby player Denis Leamy. A big thank you to Denis for giving of his time to the school and for being so patient and gracious with the pupils. There was also an emphasis all week in Home Economics and SPHE classes on the benefits of healthy eating and exercise, contributing to the success of Healthy Active Week in the school.
Agricultural Science Exam
A Department of Education examiner visited the school to examine the Leaving Cert Projects for 2015. The pupils under the guidance of their Ag.Science teacher, Mr Maher, worked hard on their projects and will hopefully reap the rewards of their work in the Leaving Cert exam.
Art, LCVP and Construction Exams
Best of luck to all the Junior and Leaving Cert pupils in their upcoming Art, LCVP and Construction Exams.
Alan Bourke’s Anniversary Mass
The Bourke family would like to take this opportunity to thank neighbours and friends for their support, goodwill and kind messages which gave us great comfort during the difficult year gone by. In particular, our neighbours in Tullamaine and Coolmoyne who have visited us and shared their fond memories of Alan and helped us get through the difficult days.
Alan was a great father, partner, brother and son. His personality has left a positive mark in many people’s lives and traits such as his loyalty, sense of humour and caring nature will not be forgotten. For those who wish to join us in marking the Anniversary of Alan’s passing, Mass will be celebrated in Clerihan on Saturday, May 30, at 6pm. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.
Rugby Club AGM
Just a quick reminder to let everybody know Fethard & District Rugby Club will hold their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 28, at 8:30pm in the Community Sportsfield Clubhouse, Killenaule Road. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on May 6 were: 1, 6, 9 and 17. We had no jackpot winner and four ‘Match Three’ winners who received €40 each: Rory Shelly, Moyglass; Marie Niland, c/o Anne Daly; Dennis O'Meara, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; and Helen Grace, c/o Nellie Donovan.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Abigail Sheehan, Reflections, Fethard; Kitty Sullivan, Canon Hayes Court, Fethard; and Kathleen Connolly, The Valley, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, May 13. The Jackpot is €3,850 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €385. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
Katie Allen, Woodvale Walk, who represented Fethard & Killusty area at the county finals of the Community Games Gymnastics last weekend where she performed a most graceful routine. Well done Katie.
Fethard Athletic Club
Fethard Athletic Club runners were in flying form in the Annerville 10K in Clonmel last Sunday with Joey Feery coming in 21st, Bernard Feery 28th, Ed Kinane in 64th and both Denise O'Brien and Nicola Guiry recording personal best times for the course and distance.
This day two-weeks, at 8pm on Thursday, May 28th, we will be hosting the 6k ‘Walls of Fethard’ road race and we have had a wonderful response from local businesses who have donated prizes for this popular event. Their support is sincerely appreciated.
New members to the club are welcome as always.
GAA Sports Lotto
Last week’s numbers drawn on May 8, were 3, 4, 8 and 35. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. Two tickets were drawn and the following won €25 each: Ryan Walsh, Kilknockin; and John Murphy c/o Pat Sheehan. The €50 lucky dip was won by: Paddy Bradshaw, St Patricks Place.
Next week’s Jackpot is €10,800 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, May 15, at 7pm. Sellers Prize €230. All are welcome. Thank you for your continued support and you can now support our weekly lotto online.
Open Day at Garden Centre
CountryLife Fethard will hold an Open Day at their garden centre in Fethard on this coming weekend, Friday, May 15 and Saturday May 16. All are welcome to come along and kiddies can enjoy face painting, bouncy castle and barbecue. Open from 9am to 4pm with 20% off all gardening items.
Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game played on April 29 were as follows: 1st Gross, David O’Meara and Nell Broderick; 2nd Gross, Berney Myles and Alice Quinn; 3rd Gross, Tony Hanrahan and Bill O’Sullivan; 1st Nett, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; 2nd Nett, Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney; 3rd Nett, Mary Tierney and Anne Connolly.
This Wednesday, May 13, we play for our President’s Prize. The results will be announced at our President’s dinner on Sunday, May 17. On Wednesday, May 20 we will hold our AGM at 7pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
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.
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 & 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.
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.
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
Traffic disruptions at North Gate in another time zone . . . . .
Augustinian Abbey Altar Boys in 1970
Fethard Festival Baby Show in the 1970s . . . how many faces can you pick out?
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