Colm Cooper visits Fethard Secondary School
Kerry football legend Colm Cooper photographed on his visit to Patrician Presentation Secondary School Fethard. L to R John Palmer (AIB Fethard), Ian O'Connor, Helena Walsh (PE Teacher), Colm Cooper and school principal Michael O'Sullivan.
On Monday last May 18, Patrician Presentation Secondary School had their annual sports day. Special guest on the day was Kerry football legend Colm Cooper who firstly visited the first year students to speak about both business and his sporting background. He highlighted the importance of participation and involvement in sport amongst teenagers today. He spoke about how commitment and determination were vital from him to get to where he is today.
Colm Cooper presenting Keith Cronin with his Sports Day Skills medal at Fethard Secondary School
He then held a training session for students in Fethard GAA pitch. The students took part in a skills competition at which the winners were Keith Cronin, Darragh Hurley, Megan Coen and Ciara Hayes. This was followed by a mix-match between all students, which he refereed. He was very encouraging and helpful towards the students and was highly impressed by the level of ability. Overall the day was highly successful and enjoyable for all students. Many thanks to Mr Cooper for taking the time from his very demanding schedule to visit the school and also to John Palmer, AIB Fethard with his help in organising the visit.
Colm Cooper presenting Ciara Hayes with her Sports Day Skills medal at Fethard Secondary School.
Senior Citizen's Summer Outing
Fethard Senior Citizens' Club's Summer Outing - A reminder to our club members, bus departing from Main Street, Fethard, at 11am on this coming Tuesday, June 2.
Died recently in Cork
The death has occurred on Saturday, May 23, 2015,
of Vera Kelly (née Stokes), St. Luke's, Cork City, Peacefully at CareChoice Montenotte. Vera, dearly loved wife of Denis and much loved mother of Veronica, Frances, Thomas, Sarah and Conor, and loving sister of Rena, Maura and the late Paddy, Michael and Olive. Sadly missed by her devoted husband and family, sisters, sons-in-law Serge, Gordon and Joe, daughters-in-law Kelly and Michèle, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Requiem Mass took place at The Holy Family Church, Military Hill with funeral afterwards to Rathcooney Cemetery, Co. Cork. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.
Wanted ‘fittest family’ for Fethard Festival
Register now to become Fethard’s ‘fittest family’ on Sunday, June 14. As part of this year’s Fethard Festival why not get a family group together (two adults and two teenagers over 12) and join in on the day. It should be a brilliant event and will be suitable for all ages because nothing gets the competitive juices flowing quite as much as the quest to prove that your family is better than everyone else’s! Does your family have what it takes to walk away with the big prize? Places will be limited so be sure to register as soon as possible.
Volunteers are also needed to help with the festival on Sunday, June 14. So if you can help please attend a quick meeting on Tuesday, June 2, at 7.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. This year, again, a voucher system for free burgers and ice cream will be distributed to all local Primary Schools in the Fethard vicinity. Other events include a GAA Juvenile Blitz, Duck Race (1pm) in aid of Patrician Presentation Secondary School Fund, all the usual FREE Fun Fair entertainment including Bouncy Castles, Bungee Run, Trampolines, Climbing Wall plus lots, lots more by the Town Wall, Barbecue by Fethard Rugby Club, Country Market Stalls, Dog Show and live music by the new exciting stompin' blues band Mojo’d.
The blues - from its raw howl of the Delta to the psychedelic head-spin of the sixties through country and contemporary urban, MOJO'd Stompin' Blues Band, takes you on a exhilarating musical journey through the many shades of blues music that has shaped popular music as we know it today.
Leading the charge with their diverse background in rock, country, funk & soul, Roger Mehta, vocals and percussion, Seamus Hayes, guitars, Val Whelan, drums, Oreste Perillo, bass, and David Corbett, harmonica meld a fusion of musical passion and their love of the blues to deliver a night of heart aching, foot stompin', classic blues songs.
The newly refurbished Tholsel Building (Town Hall) will be open for viewing on completion of the first phase of the building restoration. A video presentation of the Fethard Business and Tourism Group’s museum concept, prepared by Event Communications, will also be available for public viewing.
History for Local Schools
The Fethard Historical Society, in co-operation with local Primary Schools, has initiated two projects that will connect children more closely with the history and heritage of the Fethard and Slievenamon area. The Heritage Council (the official agency that promotes heritage awareness nationally) are grant-aiding the Historical Society so as to ensure that seven local Primary Schools can take a full educational tour of the historic walled town of Fethard during the month of June this year.
The Historical Society, from its own resources, will facilitate hands-on art projects in the Primary Schools of Fethard and Killusty, also during the month of June.
Guide, Ms Mary Hanrahan, taking pupils from Patrician Presentation Secondary School on a visit to the ruins of Temple Martin church at Jesuits Walk. Also included is teacher Ms Caitriona McKeogh.
School Visits to Medieval Fethard
The Heritage Council funding will help seven local schools; Fethard, Killusty, Cloneen, Drangan, Moyglass, Lisronagh and Killurney to take their senior classes on a detailed historical tour of the medieval ‘quarter’ of Fethard. The tour will take in the town wall and battlements, old Holy Trinity Church and grounds and the Augustinian Abbey, plus all the associated stories covering heraldry, the hidden medieval statues, the White House office desk, the married Catholic Bishop and many more stories that have national and international significance. Terry Cunningham, who is the current chairperson of Fethard Historical Society, will conduct the tours. Terry runs ‘Backs To The Wall Tours’, and is also a heritage expert with the Heritage in Schools initiative that is run in primary schools all over Ireland by the Heritage Council from their headquarters in Kilkenny City.
Free Guided Tours for the General Public
As part of the same initiative the Historical Society is laying on two free guided tours for the general public on Saturday, June 13, at 11am and again at 2.30pm. There is no need to book the tour, just turn up either at 11am or 2.30pm on Saturday at the footbridge in The Valley. If further clarification is needed, phone 086 3905373.
Costume Art in the Schools
The Historical Society is also organising art classes for all age groups in the two parish primary schools – Holy Trinity National School and Killusty National School. The art classes will be conducted by local artist and art teacher, Patricia Looby, and the overall theme will be ‘Investigating Medieval Costumes - Irish and European’. The pupils finished work will then be on display in old Holy Trinity Church during ‘Family Fun Day’ on Sunday, June 14. The Historical Society will also be sponsoring prizes for the ‘best work’ from the various age groups in the schools.
Fethard & Killusty trip to Medjugorje 2015
Next year’s Fethard & Killusty parish trip to Medjugorje, operated by Joe Walsh Tours, will depart on August 12, 2015, and return on August 19, 2015. A special group rate of €669 per person sharing has been organised which includes flights, accommodation with breakfast and evening meal. There are some single rooms available at an additional cost of €22 per night. Deposit (when booking) €200. For further information contact David Woodlock at Tel: (052) 6131077 or 087 2522028.
Well done to art competitors
Three young ladies from Killusty made a pretty picture at the County Finals of the Community Games Art. L to R: Freya Byrne, Tara Moquet, and Grace Coen (bronze medal u8).
Fethard and Killusty Community Games wish to congratulate all those who took part in the county finals of the Community Games Art Competition on Saturday last May 23, especially Matthew Burke winner of a silver medal under-14, Grace Coen bronze medal winner under-8 and Ciaran Maguire bronze medal winner under-12. Almost 150 competitors from all over the county participated and the exhibits were of a very high standard. Full results are on the sports page and several photographs are on the Tipperary Community Games Facebook page.
Some of the local competitors who took part in the Community Games Art County Finals. Back L to R: Charlie Hackett, Jack Davey, Aoife Harrington, Laura Harrington, Danny Shelly. Front L to R: Matthew Burke (silver), Eimear O’Sullivan, Ciara Hogan (Glengoole Gortnahoe) Jennifer Phelan (Powerstown Lisronagh) Ciaran Maguire (bronze). All from Fethard Killusty except Ciara and Jennifer from neighbouring areas. Absent from the photograph is Aine Ryan, Tullamaine and Phoebe Duggan, Killusty both of whom also competed.
Area Athletes on this Friday
Fethard & Killusty Community Games will hold their area athletics on this Friday evening, May 29, in Fethard GAA Park at 6.20pm. The following is the programme of events: Boys and Girls U8, 60m and 80m; U10, 100m and 200m; U12, 100m and 600m; U14 100m and 800m: U16, 100m, 200m and 1500m. Entry fee is €2 which covers all events. Competitors must live in the Parish of Fethard and Killusty.
For the past 30 years we have been running the event on the basis that if one wins a gold medal then they may not take part in any other race. This was to ensure a wider spread of medals as one may only compete in one event at county level. However, this did not always work as some few always did compete and managed to win both. This year I am proposing that competitors run in whatever race they are qualified for and then make their choice of which race they want to be entered in for Templemore which takes place on Sunday, June 21. I will need to know that on the evening. If anyone wants to give feedback on this please contact the Community Games Office at (052) 6131906 or 086 8110768.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, May 30, to the music of ‘Philip English’. 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.
Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Care Ltd will hold their Annual Church Gate Collection this coming weekend, Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31, in Fethard and Killusty.
The next ‘Senior Day’ will also be held at the Day Care Centre on this Friday, May 29. All seniors welcome.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin and Nellie Meaney, owners of The Ramble Inn, St Johnstown, now closed for some years. What great memories down through the years. Never to be forgotten! (Photo by Larry Kenny)
"I find it hard to believe that these two ladies, Agnes Allen and Babe Maher, died in 2001, such is the effect on memory of living away for so long. Agnes I remember from the late 1940s, a lovely person, part of the fabric of my life growing up on The Green in the 1950s. Babe and Bill Maher arrived a little later but again part of my growing up. Hillary Clinton said some years ago that a child needs a village in which to grow up as a well adjusted human being. These two ladies along with so many others provided that 'village'. Go ndeanaid Dia trocaire ar a hanam dills." (Comment from Tom Healy and photo by Larry Kenny)
St. Patrick’s Boys School Sixth Class, Fethard, taken November 1998. Back L to R: William O’Brien, Shane Walshe, Paul Kenrick, James Smyth, Ronan O’Meara, Brian Conway, Darren Sharpe and Catriona Horan (teacher). Middle Row L to R: Cian Moloney, Mike Kelly, Connie O’Flynn, David Sullivan, John Leahy, Gerard Walsh, Brian Kennedy. Front L to R: Michael Leahy, Damien Shine, Bill Walsh, Cathal Brett, Mark Lawless and Francis Lonergan.
Nano Nagle Primary School sixth class, Fethard, taken November 1998. Back L to R: Sr. Mary (teacher), Helen Frewen, Rosanne Meaney, Lucy O’Hara, Susie Harvey, Emma O’Connell, Sarah Costello. Middle Row L to R: Tracey Lawrence, Danielle Lawrence, Mary Gorey, Ruth Corcoran, Linda Kenny, Susan Sayers, Stacey Grace. Front L to R: Evelyn Fogarty, Amy Quigley, Vicky Dorney, Kathleen Cawley, Tracey Coady, Siobhán Prout, and Melissa Rochford.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School Show 'Me and My Girl' December 1998.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on May 20 were: 7, 25, 26 and 29. We had no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following three drawn tickets received €50 each: J. Slattery, c/o Tom Purcell; Cathal Brett, The Valley, Fethard; and Spud Culligan, Main Street, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Johanna Corbett, Canon Hayes Court, Fethard; Eoghan Hurley, Strylea, Fethard, and John Slattery, Barrettstown, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, May 27. The Jackpot is €4,150 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €415. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
GAA Sports Lotto
Last week’s numbers drawn on May 22, were 21, 25, 33 and 34. There was no jackpot winner and two match three winners who received €50 each: Pat Sheehan, Killusty; and Louie & Mary Coen, Killusty.
Next week’s Jackpot is €11,200 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, May 29, at 7pm. Sellers Prize €250. All are welcome. Thank you for your continued support and you can now support our weekly lotto online.
Talking to Teens
If you are interested in ‘Talking to Teens’ and need help in: positive communication, getting to know your teen, establishing rules, connecting with your teen, communicating rules positively, encouraging your teenager and using consequences, a four-week introductory ‘Parents Plus Programme’ will take place at Spafield Family Resource Centre, Clonmel, in June, delivered by trained, experienced facilitators. The course will entail two-hour morning sessions. To book a place or for further information, please contact reception on 062 63622, or email email@example.com
Items for inclusion on this website and on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
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