Corpus Christi Procession
The annual Corpus Christi Procession in Fethard will take place on this Sunday evening, June 7, leaving from the Parish Church
at 7pm. The Blessed Sacrament will be carried in procession from the PArish Church to the Augustinian Abbey. We invite all to make a special effort to attend and pay honour to the Blessed Sacrament.
Fethard Tidy Towns
A Church Gate Collection in aid of Fethard Tidy Towns will take place this weekend, June 6-7,
in Fethard. We ask you to support this great group of volunteers who keep Fethard looking well and litter free.
Redcity Graveyard clean-up group need your support
Photographed at a previous clean-up of Redcity Cemetery by local Tullamaine residents assisted by members of Fethard Tidy Towns a few years ago are L to R: Seamus Barry, Martin Leahy, John Barry, Pat Burke, Kevin Shelly, Jimmy O'Shea, Michael Fitzpatrick, Joe Keane, John Slattery, Gus Smyth, John O'Connell and Noreen Sheehy.
The voluntary group who are currently undertaking tremendous work cleaning up and maintaining our local graveyards are currently working at Redcity Graveyard where they plan to raise a lot of the fallen graveslabs if possible. These graveslabs may have fallen as a result of storms or ground subsidence etc and are at risk of further damage if not repaired. Unfortunately this work will cost in the region of two thousand euro and the committee are appealing for donations to help complete this project, which will involve specialised work and equipment. If you can help financially in any small way please contact John Slattery (Coolmoyne) or Gus Smyth (Glanbia, Fethard) Tel: 087 6272009, or any member of the Graveyard Clean-up Committee who continue to look after the sacred resting ground of our loved ones and relatives from our parish.
Joey finishes 2nd at the Walls of Fethard 6k
Joey Feery (right) who finished second in the Walls of Fethard 6k is photographed with his father Bernard Feery, Killusty, who finished in 15th place.
Fethard AC enjoyed a great evening's run at the Walls of Fethard 6k on Thursday last, May 28. The weather was perfect with a crowd of 126 runners who enjoyed the scenic rural route. The race was won by Thurles Crokes man Liam Shanahan with Fethard AC's Joey Feery finishing a close second. The ladies race was won impressively by Siobhan O’Doherty, Borrisokane, who gave the men a run for their money.
Taking part in the Walls of Fethard 6K are Fethard AC members L to R: Gwen Cooke and Elaine Daly.
We would like to extend our warmest thanks to all the local businesses that generously donated prizes and sponsorship for the race and indeed to all the volunteers on the night who ensured the smooth running of the event. We're looking forward to next year's meeting already.
Photographed at the 'Walls of Fethard 6K' are L to R: Jennifer Rice, Lisa Laaksonen, Valerie Rice and Fintan Rice.
Fethard AC members make a surprise presentation of a cake to club secretary Nicola Neylon who celebrated her birthday on the same day as the Walls of Fethard 6k.
History and Heritage on Display
Locals and visitors alike will be able to explore Fethard’s medieval heritage during the weekend of June 13-14. On Saturday, June 13, there will be two free guided walks of the old town of Fethard starting by the town wall at the footbridge across the Clashawley at 11am and again at 2.30pm. The tours will last one and a half hours and there is no need to book, just turn up for either tour starting at The Valley.
Heritage Displays in Old Holy Trinity Church
On Fethard Community Fun Day, Sunday, June 14, a large variety of displays that will show the richness of Fethard’s past history and heritage can be seen in Old Holy Trinity Church. There will be colourful reproductions of some of Fethard’s Heraldic Coats of Arms. These plaques and shields, some dating back six hundred years, can be seen in the old churches in the town and also on the Tholsel building, but to see them in colour – as they originally were - is to really understand their significance.
The artwork of over two hundred pupils of the parish’s schools will also be on display as well as the Fethard medieval town model and the Holy Trinity grave slab panels which were produced by recent Transition Year classes under their art teacher, Patricia Looby. Information on Fethard’s rare wooded statues and also on the Barton ‘wine’ family of Grove and on Arctic Explorer, Henry Kellett of Clonacody House, will also be available.
This initiative promoted by the Fethard Historical Society is a great opportunity for locals and visitors to get a better understanding as to why Fethard is known nationally as ‘The best example of a Medieval Small Town In Ireland’. Old Holy Trinity Church is a wonderful setting for such an event and the Church of Ireland parish are to be thanked for welcoming these displays into their beautiful church.
Joint 30th Birthday Celebration
Celebrating a joint 30th birthday last weekend and suitably attired for the occasion were L to R: Paul Kenny, Jamie McCormack and Liam Frewen.
The June meeting of Fethard ICA will take place on Tuesday, June 9, at 8pm in the ICA Hall, at Rocklow Road. Our guest speaker this month is Denis O'Brien, our local Garda, who will speak on Home Security. Catering on the night will be in charge of our ‘Green Group’.
Our annual outing takes place on Thursday, June 25, this year when we travel to Dublin visiting Farmleigh House, Glasnevin Cemetery and the Botanic Gardens. To book a place a €20 deposit will be required at our next meeting on June 9, and non-members are also welcome to travel.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night, June 9, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.
Happy Birthday Valerie
Best wishes to Valerie Slattery (right centre) who celebrated her 50th birthday with her friends at Lonergan's Bar last weekend.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, June 7, to the music of ‘Dave Rea’. 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.
Donation to South Tipperary Hospice Movement
The Tipperary Foxhounds recent Mud Run held at Grove, Fethard was a huge success, pictured here is Con O’Brien, chairman of The Tipperary Foxhounds, presenting a cheque for €1,000 to Marie Harold-Barry who accepted the cheque on behalf of South Tipperary Hospice. A date for your diary! The next 'Mud Run' will take place again in Grove, Fethard (by very kind permission of Mr Harry and Mrs Rosemary Ponsonby) on Saturday, October 24, 2015, when there will be lots of new obstacles and challenges! For details please contact Kevin on 087 291 111 or Facebook Grove Mud Run.
Sports Achievement Award Nominations for May
The following nominations were received for the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for May:
- Joey Feery – a fantastic 2nd place finish in the recent Walls of Fethard 6k road race.
- Matty Tynan – local trainer Matty took his charge ‘Maontri’ to Leicester racecourse where he had a great win in the totequadpot Fillies' Handicap on May 25.
- Aine Ryan – winner of a bronze in ‘Pattern’ and a silver in ‘Sparring’ at the recent Waterford Crystal Taekwondo classic.
- Lucy Spillane – Lucy is a member of Tipperary Ladies U14 B team who recently defeated Waterford after a replay in the Munster championship.
- Fethard Rugby U16 Boys – reached the final of the East Munster Cup where they were narrowly beaten by Waterpark.
- Eoin Tynan – Eoin recently won an All Ireland ‘C’ Racquetball title followed by victory in the Italian Open B section.
- Natalie Jordan – Natalie recently returned to Masters swimming and won double gold at the Kingdom Munster Masters gala in both 50m and 100m backcrawl.
- Fethard Ladies U16 Footballers – county title winners after an epic game against local rivals Moyle Rovers.
Winner will be announced at a function in Butlers on Friday night next June 5. All are welcome.
Fethard Area athletic finals and results
Taking part in the Fethard Area Athletics Finals were Back L to R: Alison Connolly, Carrie Davey, Laura O’Donnell, Lucy Spillane. Front L to R: Heather Spillane and Ciara Spillane.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games held their Area Athletics in Fethard GAA Park on Friday last May 29. Thankfully the weather stayed fine and there was a good turn out. The official results are listed below but as a competitor may only compete in one event at county level a separate list of those representing the area in Templemore on June 21 will be published next week.
The area is entitled to send two competitors in each event to the finals but it cannot be the same competitor. It would be appreciated if anyone who is unavailable to travel or anybody who was first or second in two events would please confirm their intentions with firstname.lastname@example.org before next Wednesday evening as all finalists have to be registered on line otherwise they cannot compete. A big thank you to everybody who assisted from the start to the finish and to the GAA Park committee for supplying the venue.
Taking part in the Fethard Area Athletic Finals were Back L to R: Tara Moquet, Suzy Murphy, Roisin Purcell. Front L to R: Billy Hayes, Roisín Tyrell and Sam Knightly.
Medal winners in the under 8 events L to R: Daniel Barry, Noah O’Flynn, Sarah Moore, Saoirse Burns, Rebecca Kiel and Gavin Neville.
The results of the girls’ events:
- U8 60m, 1st Rebecca Kiely, Coolmoyne; 2nd Sarah Moore, Killusty; 3rd Saoirse Burns, Coolmoyne.
- U8 80m, 1st Rebecca Kiely, Coolmoyne; 2nd Lily Murphy, Ballinard; 3rd Tara Moquet, Killusty.
- U10 100m, 1st Aine Connolly, Tullamaine; 2nd Lucy Kenny, Cois Falla; 3rd Aoife Harrington, Kerry Street.
- U10 200m, 1st Lucy Kenny, Cois Falla; 2nd Ciara Donald Besso, Friarsfield; 3rd Emily Davey, Farranshea.
- U12 100m, 1st Ciara Spillane, Tullamaine; 2nd Kelly Ryan, Cedar Grove; 3rd Isobel Maher, Tinakelly.
- U12 600m, 1st Ciara Spillane, Tullamaine; 2nd Isobel Maher, Tinakelly; 3rd Heather Spillane, Tullamaine.
- U14 100m, 1st Alison Connolly, Tullamaine; 2nd Lucy Spillane, Tullamaine; 3rd Carrie Davey, Farranshea.
- U14 800m, 1st Lucy Spillane, Tullamaine; 2nd Ava Ward, Garrinch.
- U16 100m, 1st Laura O’Donnell, Grangebeg.
The results of the boys’ events:
- U8 60m, 1st Noah O’Flynn, Knockelly; 2nd Gavin Neville, Kilknockin; 3rd Daniel Barry, Coolmoyne.
- U8 80m, 1st Noah O’Flynn, Knockelly; 2nd Zack Smith, St Patrick’s Place; 3rd Gavin Neville, Kilknockin.
- U10 100m, 1st Aleksi Laaksonen, Saucestown; 2nd Matt Coen, The Green; 3rd Jack Davey, Farranshea.
- U10 200m, 1st Matt Coen, The Green; 2nd Charlie Walsh, Killenaule Road; 3rd Jack Davey, Farranshea.
- U12 100m, 1st Keenan Aherne, Prospect; 2nd Conor Neville, Kilknockin.
- U12 600m, 1st Keenan Aherne, Prospect; 2nd Conor Neville, Kilknockin.
- U14 100m, 1st Ethan Coen, Knockelly Road; 2nd Charlie Pearson, Coolmore; 3rd Shane Neville, Kilknockin.
- U14 800m, 1st Charlie Pearson, Coolmore Stud.
- U16 200m, 1st Mark Heffernan, Ballyvaden.
- Long Puck Boys U12, 1st Keenan Aherne; 2nd Conor Neville; 3rd Matt Coen; 4th Jake Coen; 5th Jack Davey.
- Long Puck Girls U14, 1st Lucy Spillane; 2nd Alison Connolly.
There were fun races for competitors in 4, 5 & 6 age groups but some were so excited with their medals they escaped before registering, however, we did succeed in recording the following: Boys 4 and under, 1st Billy Hayes; 2nd Thomas O’Rahilly; 3rd Eoghan Neville. Boys 5 and under, 1st Sam Knightley. Girls 6 and under, 1st Tara Moquet; 2nd Roisín Purcell; joint 3rd Daisy Kenny and Suzy Murphy.
Medal winners in various events at the Fethard Area Athletics Finals Back L to R: Matt Coen, Conor Neville, Ciara Spillane, Keenan Aherne, Jack Davey Front L to R: Aleksi Laaksonen, Kelly Ryan, Aine Connolly, Aoife Harrington, Isobel Maher and Lucy Kenny.
Back L to R: Emily Davey, Lucy Kenny, Ciara Donald Besso. Front L to R: Noah O’Flynn, Eoghan Neville, Gavin Neville and Zack Smith.
Medal winners in U10 200m event L to R: Matt Coen (gold), Charlie Walsh (silver) and Jack Davey (bronze).
Some of the younger competitors who took part in the underage events.
Taking part in the Fethard Area Athletics finals were Back L to R: Eathan Coen Mark Heffernan. Front L to R: Charlie Pearson,Shane Neville, Keenan Aherne and Conor Neville
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on May 27 were: 12, 14, 20 and 22. We had no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Liz Paradine, c/o Rita Kenny.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: John Kenny, The Green' Fethard; Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; and Gus Slattery, Kilknockin, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, June 3. The Jackpot is €4,300 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €430. All proceeds go towards community projects in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
GAA Sports Development Lotto
Last week’s numbers drawn on May 29, were 3, 6, 16 and 29. There was no jackpot winner and three match three winners who received €35 each: Tony Ryan, Tullamaine; Alice Lawrence, Woodvale Walk; and Jennifer Fogarty, Tinakelly.
Next week’s Jackpot is €11,400 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, June 5, at 7pm. Sellers Prize €260. All are welcome. Thank you for your continued support. All funds raised are used to promote sport in the community.
Fethard Community Fun Day by Town Wall
Fethard Business & Tourism Group will hold their ‘Community Fun Day’ on Sunday, June 14, with all the usual FREE Fun Fair entertainment including Bouncy Castles, Bungee Run, Trampolines, Climbing Wall plus lots, lots more. Fethard Rugby Club stall will have their barbecue and refreshments stall, Country Markets will have various produce and visiting market stalls, and the traditional Dog Show will also take place with lots of categories and prizes.
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. Live music in the afternoon will be provided 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.
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.
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.
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
Pheasant Pluckers Christmas Hat Party organised by Marianne Shortall in aid of the 'Santa Bear Appeal' and held at Burke's Bar, December 18, 1999.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Items for inclusion on this website and on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to email@example.com or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
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