The death has occurred on Friday, May 22, 2015, of Tommy O'Brien, Kilnockin View, Fethard (suddenly). Deeply regretted by his loving wife Ellen, his daughters Katelyn and Natasha, his father Seamus, his mother Patricia, brothers and sisters Paul, Trishia, Johnny, Gillian and Samantha, sister-in-law Eleanor, niece Sophia, father-in-law Tony, mother-in-law Joan, the McGarry family, relatives and large circle of friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at his residence on Sunday from 5pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass on Monday, May 25, in St John the Baptist Church, Lisronagh, at 12 noon followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery, Fethard. Donations, if desired, to the Irish Heart Foundation.
Holy Trinity National School Celebrate Europe Day
This year, Holy Trinity pupils participated in the Blue Star Programme which aims to foster better knowledge and understanding of the European Union and how it affects our lives through classroom projects and activities.
Our pupils were 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. Pupils incorporated elements about the foundation and develop of the European Union, the cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe and what the European Union does and how its work affects the lives of citizens.
Photographed at the 'Europe Day' at Holy Trinity National School. L to R: Patrick Kennedy, Cian Lawrence, Patrick Walsh and Oleg Shabrat
On the May 8th we hosted an event for Europe Day which incorporated an outstanding art exhibition, European food and presentations of pupils work in history, geography, art, music, reading and ICT. Junior and Senior Infants treated us to songs and facts about France and Italy.
First class delighted us with a Reader’s Theatre based on a Hans Christian Anderson favourite-‘The Ugly Duckling’ and second class did a wonderful performance of Edelweiss. Third and Fourth classes made a very informative presentation on Spain and also brought in some Spanish food for us to sample! Third class learned about famous artists such as Van Gogh, Macke and Hundertwasser and European languages. We were informed that there are 24 working languages in the European Union and that the European parliament provides translation for all. English is the most spoken of the European Union at 50%. Fifth and sixth classes showcased all the work that they had carried out on World War I and World War II and also demonstrated their well-developed communication skills in their presentation on Anne Frank. Well done to all pupils for their excellent efforts on the day.
Photographed at the 'Europe Day' at Holy Trinity National School. L to R: Aisling Hennessy, Emma Lyons and Melinda Csuzi.
All pupils completed artwork inspired by the European Union – famous landmarks, renowned artists, well-known works of art and landscapes. Many incredible works of art were on display in the school hall on the day and really showcased the artist talent of the pupils in the school.
There was a real “feel good” factor to our Europe Day. The children derived enormous satisfaction out of showcasing their works of art, their various projects as well as other dramatic and musical performances. We received wonderful support and feedback from all of our parents, families and community members who turned up in large numbers to celebrate Europe Day with us and helped make it such a success this year.
Photographed at the 'Europe Day' at Holy Trinity National School. L to R: Simon Brawders, Ava Ward, Ciarán Maguire, Aine Ryan, Hayley Ryan and Laura Harrington.
We can say, without a shadow of doubt, that participation in the Blue Star Programme certainly did challenge us to get creative and has ensured that pupils have a better knowledge and understanding of the European Union.
The death has occurred on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, of Annie Ryan (née Ryan Martin) Ard Alainn, Killenaule Rd., Fethard, and formerly of Inch, Milestone and Cummerbeg, Kilcommon; predeceased by her brother Sean and her nephews J.J. and Spencer, deeply regretted by her partner Bill, sons T.J., Dermot, and Seanie, daughters Kathleen, Anne and Winnie and their father Jerry, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters Emily, Maureen and Bridie, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, relatives and friends. Rest In Peace
Reposing at her home on friday evening from 6pm to 8pm. Requiem mass in St. Patrick's Church Kilcommon on Saturday morning at 11.30am followed by cremation in the Island Crematorium Cork.
Irish Cancer Society Church Gate Collection
The Irish Cancer Society will hold their annual church gate collection in Fethard and Killusty on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, before all mass times. Your help and support for this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated. The Irish cancer society operate a free helpline; 1800 200 700. Thank you for your support
New resource room opened at Holy Trinity NS
Sr. Maureen Power, Past Principal Nano Nagle National School, cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the new resource room at Holy Trinity National School. Included are members of the parents association, parents, Canon Tom Breen P.P. and School Principal, Ms Triona Morrison.
Holy Trinity National School proudly opened the door to a new resource room on May 8. The opening was a reason for celebration, as we have wanted a space that would perform many duties as a resource room with sensory elements, a library for the children with a relaxing and feel good factor to it and a meeting space for groups/classes away from their own classroom.
It is bright, spacious, colourful, functional and engaging, everything we could have wished for and more. All the children have seen this room and they really love it! It is novel and refreshing and they are eager to spend lots of time reading their favourite book on the new comfortable beanbags.
School principal, Tríona Morrison, paid tribute to all those who helped to make the new room a reality. The Parents’ Association are always there to support the school and were very happy and eager to help out again in any way that they could. The room has beautiful murals, beanbags, couches and shelving and the school would like to give special thanks to Ms Amanda Quigley, Ms Lillian Brennan and Mr John Quigley for all their help with the different aspects of this new room.
This is only the beginning and we look forward to adding lots of new elements to this room in the coming months and years.
Some of the participants that took part in the Sponsored Walk for the Fethard Lourdes Invalid Fund last Sunday morning in Fethard
Fethard Community Festival
Plans are currently underway by Fethard Business & Tourism Group, for this years’ Fethard Festival on Sunday, June 14, which will be a Community Fun Day aimed at children, families and teenagers. Some of the events planned to date include a GAA Juvenile Blitz, Fethard’s Fittest Family Event (team of mam, dad and two teenagers over 12), Duck Race (1pm) in aid of Patrician Presentation Secondary School Fund, Entertainment Bouncy Castles, BBQ by Fethard Rugby Club, Country Market Stalls, Dog Show and live music.
This year, again, a voucher system for free burgers and ice cream will be distributed to all local Primary Schools in the Fethard vicinity. The newly refurbished Tholsel Building (Town Hall) will be open for viewing and Fethard Historical Society will hold a workshop in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church of Ireland.
First Holy Communion
Boys and girls who received their First Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Parish Church. Included also is Canon Tom Breen P.P. and teacher Lisa Kearney.
Congratulations to the following boys and girls who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, on Saturday, May 9: Zoë Prout, Roisín Geoghegan, Olivia Ward, Lucy Lawrence-Burke, Lucy Brett, Kiera Daniel, Jamie Ferncombe, Isabelle O’Donnell, Emily Spillane, Ciara Donald-Besso, Aoife Harrington, Aoibheann Collum, Angel Louise O’Reilly, Amy Costin, Ben Allen, Charlie Brennan, Cian Murray-Breen, Danny Hayes, Jake Fox, Joshua Hall, Leo Makhinya, Liam Kiely, Robert Brawders and Sean Coonan.
Killusty Tidy Village Group
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 & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on May 13 were: 6, 17, 18 and 23. We had no jackpot winner and three ‘Match Three’ winners who received €50 each: Helen Grace, c/o Nellie Donovan; Margaret Walsh, Barrack Street, Fethard; and Tom Kearney, Killusty.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Margaret Bradshaw, Congress Terrace, Fethard; Tom Ryan, c/o Nellie Ryan; and Ann Hahessy, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, May 20. The Jackpot is €4,000 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €400. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
President’s Prizewinners at Fethard Bridge Club
Club President, David O'Meara, presenting the President's Prize to winners Nora Ryan (left) and Gabrielle Schofield.
On Wednesday, May 13 we played for the President’s Prize and the results were as follows: President’s Prize: Gabrielle Schofield and Nora Ryan; Committee Prize: Gemma Burke and Carol Kenny.
1st Nett, Ellen Rockford and Rita Holohan; 1st Gross, Kay St. John and Rita Kane; 2nd Nett, Tony Hanrahan and Bill O’Sullivan; 2nd Gross, Monica Anglim and Betty Walsh; 3rd Nett, Nell Broderick and David O’Meara; 3rd Gross, Berney Myles and Alice Quinn; 4th Nett, Joan Hayes and Teresa O’Brien; 4th Gross, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; 5th Nett, Noel O’Dwyer and Vincent Cummins; 5th Gross, Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara; 6th Nett, Kevin O’Dwyer and Willie Harrington; 6th Gross, Jim Lahert and Eileen Ryan.
Along with the above prizes the following prizes were also presented at our President’s Lunch on Sunday, May 17, at Hotel Minella: Club Championship (Hayes Trophy) to Monica Anglim and Betty Walsh; Player of the Year (O’Flynn Trophy) to Monica Anglim; Individual Championship (Dick Gorey Perpetual Trophy) to Betty Walsh; and The Lucey Trophy to Brendan Kenny and Carmel Condon.
Fethard Athletic Club
With only seven days to go until our annual walls of Fethard 6k Road Race, the countdown is well and truly on. Thanks to all the local businesses who have got behind us and offered prizes for the race, your support is really appreciated. The race kicks off on Thursday, May 28, at 8pm sharp and participants of all fitness levels are encouraged to take part. Registration takes place in the Convent Community Hall from 7pm. We'd love to have the biggest crowd yet this year so come along and bring a friend or two and really make it a great event!
Senior Citizens’ Club
Fethard Senior Citizens' Club are grateful to everyone who supported our recent raffle. The draw was held during our meeting on May 5, in the Tirry Centre and the prize winners were as follows: 1st Maeve Bookle; 2nd Judy Doyle; 3rd Agnes Evans; 4th Patricia Maher; 5th Peggy O'Reilly; 6th Ann Leahy; 7th Kevin Delara and 8th Tony Morgan.
Community Games Art
Young artists from Holy Trinity National School Fethard who won medals at the Community Games Art Competition. Back L to R: Holly Hayes, Aoife Harrington, Conor Neville, Laura Harrington, Lily O’Mahony, Aine Ryan, Rory O’Mahony. Middle L to R: Ciaran Maguire, Eimear O’Sullivan, Jennifer Phelan (representing Powerstown-Lisronagh area), Matthew Burke. Front L to R: Sami Laaksonen, Lauren Connolly, Meadbh Collum, Oisín McAndrew, Michael Walsh and Kiera Daniel.
The following competitors will represent Fethard and Killusty at the County Finals of the Community Games Art competition which will take place in Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel on Saturday, May 23, commencing at 1pm (not 2pm as previously stated).
Competitors must supply all their own materials. Time allowed for the event is 3 hours but child may leave provided there is an adult present to collect him/her once their picture is handed up for judging.
Competitors U8: Tara Moquet, Killusty; Grace Coen, Cashel Road; Rory O’Mahony, Tullamaine; Sam Coen, The Green. U10: Freya Byrne, Killusty; Aoife Harrington, Kerry Street; Danny Shelly, Killusty; Jack Davey, Farranshea. U12: Eimear O’Sullivan, Fethard; Aine Ryan, Tullamaine; Ciaran Maguire, Coolmore; Charlie Hackett, Quartercross. U14: Laura Harrington, Kerry Street; Phoebe Duggan, Killusty; Matthew Burke, Drumdeel; and Robert Wall, Knockelly.
The list of events for competitors from U12 upwards to choose from are: Cross Country, Cycling on Grass, Rounders, Skittles, Gymnastics, Group Modern Dance, Choir, Duathlon, Table Tennis and Long Jump.
Fethard GAA Community Games
Girls’ U12 Community Games GAA team who defeated Cahir. Back L to R: Aine Ryan, Ciara Spillane, Emma Lyons, Hannah Sheehy, Hannah Connorton, Ella-Mai Hackett, Heather Spillane, Anna Cummins. Front L to R: Kelly Ryan, Aoife Morrissey, Eimear O'Sullivan, Rose O'Donnell, Lily O'Mahoney, Abby Tillyer, Jess Gleeson and Nicole Delaney in very front.
The U12 girls’ football team had a great win over Cahir in the south semifinal of the Community Games championships on home ground on Monday last. On a cold evening with a stiff breeze Fethard challenged strongly from the beginning with Hannah Sheehy scoring 1-1, Lily O’Mahony and Ciara Spillane 1-0 each, and Hannah Connorton 0-2, to give them a lead of 3-2 to 1-1 at half time.
The second half commenced with a point from Lily O’Mahony followed by a goal from Hannah Connorton. Cahir quickly replied with another goal but Heather Spillane and Ciara Spillane kept the pressure on scoring a further 2 points giving a final score of Fethard 4-5 to Cahir 2-1.
These girls displayed speed, skill and stamina and each girl played a part in this victory as a result of which they will now play Drangan Cloneen in the South Final. Team consisted of Aine Ryan, Ciara Spillane, Emma Lyons, Hannah Sheehy, Hannah Connorton, Ella-Mai Hackett, Heather Spillane, Anna Cummins. Kelly Ryan, Aoife Morrissey, Eimear O'Sullivan, Rose O'Donnell, Lily O'Mahoney, Abby Tillyer, Jess Gleeson. Nicole Delaney. Managers Micheál Spillane and Willie Morrissey assisted by Noreen Sheehy.
Well done also to the Girls U14 GAA team who had a fine victory over Moycarkey Borris during the week which brings them to the County semifinal against Templemore. Team members are: Laura Kiely, Lucy Spillane, Chloe Nolan, Carrie Davey, Leah Coen, Alison Connolly, Nell Spillane, Aoife Morrissey, Aine Ryan, Jess Gleeson, Ciara Spillane, Lily O’Mahony, Rose O’Donnell, Heather Spillane, Sophie Delaney and Ava Hickey. Managers Micheál Spillane and Willie Morrissey.
GAA Sports Lotto
Last week’s numbers drawn on May 15, were 1, 6, 10 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and two match three winners who received €50 each: Pat Holohan, c/o Bob Fitzgeralds; and Pat Strappe, 46 Cathal Brugha Cashel.
Next week’s Jackpot is €11,000 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, May 22, at 7pm. Sellers Prize €240. All are welcome. Thank you for your continued support and you can now support our weekly lotto online.
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.
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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