Festival blessed with glorious sunshine
Fethard’s ‘Community Fun Day’ festival on Sunday last, June 14, was blessed with glorious sunshine and a tremendous crowd who really enjoyed the cheerful and relaxed family atmosphere by Fethard’s medieval town wall.
This year’s event, organised by Fethard Business and Tourism Group, focused on free family entertainment and an opportunity to highlight their ‘Town Hall’ project which was opened to the public for viewing for the first time since stage one of the renovations commenced on September 30, 2014. The Magnier family, Coolmore, must be acknowledged and thanked for their tremendous support this year in providing food and ice-cream vouchers to the pupils attending local primary schools in the Fethard neighbourhood, along with sponsoring the free ‘Fun Fair’ entertainment including Bouncy Castles, Bungee Run, Trampolines, Climbing Wall plus lots, lots more.
The ‘Duck Race’, coordinated by Bill O’Sullivan and run in aid of the Patrician Presentation Secondary School, was very well supported and started early in case the Clashawley waters dried up! The winning ducks were: 1st Prize, Michael Leahy, Strylea; 2nd Prize, Carmel Kiely, Coolmoyne; and 3rd Prize, Michael Lenighan, Ballinlough. Thanks to all who supported.
Fethard GAA Club organised the Danagher Cup Tournament on Sunday morning for our young sportsmen and Fethard U8 team won a very close fought final against last year champions, Clonmel Commercials. Other teams that took part in the tournament were Killenaule, Mullinahone and St. Patrick’s, Drangan & Cloneen.
Fethard U8 football team winners of the Fethard Festival Danagher Cup Tournament after a very close fought final against last year champions, Clonmel Commercials.
Fethard’s ‘Fittest Family’ competition also contributed greatly to the day’s fun activities and attracted teams from a wide area who competed over a diverse range of obstacles to complete the course. The overall winning team were ‘Clonmel Swimming Pool’.
The relaxed family atmosphere on the day was further enhanced by the busy barbecue and refreshments stall run by the local rugby club, where young and old could sit and listen to the wonderful music supplied by six-piece blues band Mojo’d. Making their Fethard debut, this new band led by local man Roger Mehta, kindly provided their services free of charge on the day and proved a great success. A variety of stalls were perched by the Town Walls offering crafts, food, country market produce and entertainment. Deputy Séamus Healy joined the staff at the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ stall and helped raise over €600 for the Fethard Critically Ill fund. The traditional Dog Show run by Catherine Kearney and Pat Culligan attracted a huge number of entries from far and near.
Young Fethard athletes waiting for their chance to take part in the 'Fittest Family' challenge at the Community Fun Day
Other complementary events on the day included the Fethard Historical Society’s display of historic stories from Fethard’s past and the parish primary school’s students’ historic art work project also on display in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland.
Artists from the locality also held a “Art and Craft Expo 2015’ in Fethard Ballroom which was a wonderful showcase for the wealth of talent in our area.
Blues Band, Mojo'd, entertaining the crowd at the festival
Overall this year’s Community Family Festival was a fantastic success for all, including local business who also reported a welcome boast to their businesses during the festival. Maybe next year the traditional fancy dress parade will also be revived, if and when the water and sewage upgrade systems are completed on the streets of Fethard. Well done to all concerned.
Oisín and Caoimhe Murphy enjoying a burger at the Fethard Festival Community Fun Day
Sisters Claire and Rita McCormack photographed at this year's Fethard Festival 'Community Fun Day'
L to R: Ruth Busalacchi and Elena Busalacchi, visitors from Wisconsin USA, photographed at this year's Fethard Festival 'Community Fun Day'.
At the Fethard Festival 'Community Fun Day' were L to R Jimmy Ryan, Aisling Fanning, Charlie Fanning, Paul Fanning and Margaret Ryan from Clonmel.
L to R: Louis Grubb and Johnny Sheehan having a chat at the Fethard Festival Community Fun Day.
Paddy White with his puppy ready for the Dog Show at Fethard Festival Community Fun Day
Willie O'Connell at his fresh produce stall
Ann Moloney (right) presenting the Clonmel Swimming Club team with their prize after winning the 'Fittest Family' challenge L to R: Abi Maher, MIchael Kelly, Niamh O'Sullivan, Ann Moloney and Isabelle Maher (front).
Ann Moloney (centre) presenting the 'Glamour Hammers' team with their prize for the 'Best Team Name' at the 'Fittest Family' challenge L to R: Annette Connolly, Julianne Gahan, Ann Moloney, Jackie Horan and Tina O'Dwyer.
Ann Moloney (right) presenting 'Girl Power' team with their runners-up prize at the 'Fittest Family' challenge L to R: Laura O'Donnell, Jess Gleeson, Niamh Hayes, Lucy Spillane and Ann Moloney.
Members of the Fethard Business and Tourism Group who organised the Fethard Festival 'Community Fun Day' L to R: Peter Grant, Ann Moloney, Maurice Moloney, Gráinne Bagnell, Jimmy O'Sullivan and Marie Murphy.
Winner of the overall 'Best in Show' at the Festival Dog Show was John Smullen (centre) and his dog 'George', receiving his prize from organisers Pat Culligan and Catherine Kearney.
Enjoying the sunshine at the Fethard Festival 'Community Fun Day'
Mary Hanrahan speaking to visitors at the Fethard Historical Society's display in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland.
Overall view of the many art and crafts by local artists on display in Fethard Ballroom for the duration of the Festival.
Locals enjoying a view of Festival activities from the new viewing area at the rear of the 'Stage 1' renovated Town Hall (Tholsel) which was opened to the public for the day.
Died in England
The death has occurred on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, of Austin Cassells, Wolverhampton, England, and formerly Cashel Road, Fethard, peacefully in hospital. Austin, much loved husband of Eve (nee Hurst), will be sadly missed by his sisters Kathleen and Noel, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Removal to Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard on Saturday, June 20, at 6.45pm. Funeral Mass on Sunday, June 21, at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred on Thursday, June 18, 2015, of Neddie (Edward) Hunt, Woodhouse, Fethard.
Reposing at O'Connell's Funeral Home, Killenaule, this Saturday evening, June 20, from 5pm to 7pm, arriving at St. Joseph the Worker Church, Moyglass at 7.30pm.
Funeral Mass on Sunday, June 21, at 10am followed by burial in adjoining cemetery. Rest in Peace.
No flowers please. Donations if desired to St. Bridget's Hospital, Carrick-on-Suir.
Fethard ICA outing to Dublin
Fethard ICA Guild’s annual outing will take place on Thursday, June 25, to Glasnevin Cemetery, The Botanic Gardens and Farmleigh House, Dublin. The tour is also open to non-members and we have a few places left on the bus if anybody is interested. A deposit of €20 secures your place. Contact Catherine O’Connell on phone: (052) 6231358 or Margaret Phelan (052) 6131378.
St. Rita’s Camogie Club fundraiser postponed
Our Cake Sale and Coffee evening which was due to be held on Saturday evening 20th June has been postponed to a later date, this is due to the U14 Girls county football final which will be held in New Inn on Saturday evening. We wish the girls the best of luck.
Moyglass N.S. 50th Anniversary
Moyglass National School is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and all past pupils are invited to the school’s Summer Barbeque on Friday, June 26, at 6.30pm.
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, June 21, to the music of ‘Sam O’Doherty’. 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.
Security advice for Fethard households
As the holiday season approaches and Fethard children finish their exams and school for the summer, families travelling to warmer climates for their holidays will leave their homes vacant for the duration of these holidays. During this time homes are very vulnerable to being burgled causing distress and upset for the homeowners upon their return. With this in mind the local Garda are offering a number of tips that can help deter your home being burgled.
- Make sure your house looks like someone is living in it while you are away – this may involve a trusted neighbour opening and closing your curtains, turning your lights on and off or parking their car in your driveway.
- Try to avoid discussing your holiday plans where strangers may hear details of your absence from home.
- Try avoid posting Facebook updates from airports or while on holidays. This is an indication that your home is vacant.
- Leave any important documents and valuable items with other family members or a bank. Alternatively if you have a safe installed in your home you should store them in this safe.
- If you normally leave valuable bicycles or similar items in your shed, you may consider putting them into your home.
- Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries to your home. Untouched deliveries are an indication that you are away.
- Ensure all windows and doors are securely locked and if your home is alarmed ensure it is set before leaving.
- Contact your local Garda Station with the details that your home will be vacant. This allows Gardaí to keep an eye on your home where possible.
For further information and other crime prevention advice please contact Garda Denis O’Brien at Fethard Garda Station on (052) 6131202 or Sergeant Kieran O’Regan at Clonmel Garda Station on (052) 6177640.
Community Text Alert
Last call for Community Alert forms to be returned to the Community Office in Barrack Street, for those wishing to be involved in the Fethard & Killusty Community Alert Scheme. We have just received the completed forms and donations from Sean O’Donovan, who covered the areas Prospect, Coolmoyne, Derryluskin, Ardsallagh and Crossard. There are still areas with forms not returned so if anyone didn’t get a form yet, they can do so now by calling or contacting Joan at the Fethard Community Office, Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard. Tel: (052) 6131000.
Thanks for your support
Fethard and district Rugby Club wish to thank everyone who contributed, volunteered and supported in any way possible in making the Festival BBQ and recent church gate collection both very successful events.
Fethard Athletic Club
After the success of our 6k 'Walls of Fethard' at the end of May, we were hoping to have another fun run on Midsummer's Day but due to unforeseen circumstances, this has been cancelled.
Our club members have been out in force over the past few weeks supporting various local runs and finishing well up the ranks with plenty of personal bests being recorded so keep up the good work.
Training continues on Mondays and Fridays at 7.15pm from the ballroom carpark. New members are encouraged and welcome to join us.
Augustinian Order Chapter Mass on June 18
The Chapter of the Augustinian Order is taking place this week. Chapters are held every four years to deliberate the life and work of the Irish Augustinians here in Ireland and in their overseas missions. The Abbey in Fethard has been selected as the venue for Mass on Thursday evening, June 18, at 6pm.
Concelebrating Mass, ten years ago in 2005, at the Abbey Mass for youth and their parents were: L to R: Fr. Timmy Walsh OSA, Fr A.B. Kennedy, Fr Malachy Loghran OSA, and Fr John Meagher OSA.
The people of Fethard & Killusty are invited to attend. The Abbey choir will sing at this special celebratory ceremony, which will be attended by over fifty Augustinians. It is ten years since Fethard's Abbey hosted a similar Chapter Mass in 2005, when the Abbey was celebrating 700 years of Augustinian presence in the town.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on June 10 were: 9, 14, 15 and 20. We had no jackpot winner and three ‘Match Three’ winners who received €50 each: Sarah Quigley, Balrothery, Co. Dublin; Josephine Shelly, Moyglass, Fethard; and Patricia Maher, Kilnockin Road, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Mikey Fitzgerald, Red City, Fethard; Chrissie Nash, Ballyluskey, Drangan; and Kitty O'Donnell, Slievenamon Close, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, June 17. The Jackpot is €4,600 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €460. 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 June 12, were 17, 19, 29 and 35. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner so the following two drawn tickets won €25 each: Laura Stocksborough c/o Ladies Football Club; and Linda McCormack, Woodvale Walk. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Donna Keyes, Clonmel.
Next week’s Jackpot is €11,800 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, June 19, at 7pm. Sellers Prize €280. All are welcome and thank you for your continued support. All funds raised are used to promote sport in the community.
Class of 1990 Reunion in July
The Fethard class of 1990 are holding a reunion in Burke's Bar, Fethard on Saturday, July 25, 2015. Anyone who was in that class at any stage from Junior infants to Leaving Cert is more than welcome to attend. For more information you can contact Niamh (Kenny) Moroney Tel: 086 1940016 or Pamela (Morrissey) O'Donnell Tel: 086 1632475. We hope to see a good crowd there.
Fethard Patrician Presentation Leaving Certificate Class 1990. Back L to R: Dick Prendergast (Principal Patrician Brothers Secondary School), Mary Hurley, John Meagher, Mairead O’Brien, Martin Ryan, Clara Phelan, Pat Doocey, Pat Phelan, P.J. Tobin, Noel Maher, Brian Daly, Declan Ryan. Third Row L to R: Siobh�n Cleary, Tina Phelan, Sarah Ryan, Mona O’Gorman, Margaret Allen, Sandra Wade, Kim Lonergan, P.J. Lonergan. Second Row L to R: Bernadette Holohan, Debbie Coen, Mairead O’Connor, Josephine Denn, Charlotte Lawless, Helen Costello, Emma Boland, Sr. Breda (Principal Presentation Secondary School). Front L to R: Fionnuala Murray, Jacqueline Conway, Pamela Morrissey, Rowena Lawless, Valerie Colville, Eleanor Maher, Sarah Ryan and Eleanor Sheehan.
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
The French 'Dionne' Quints' at Fethard Carnival back in the 1940s. Includes: Maureen O'Donnell (Yvonne), Mary Kenny (Cecile), Goldie Newport (Annette), Noddy Hennessy (nurse). The Dionne Quintuplets were born May 28, 1934, and are the first quintuplets known to have survived their infancy. The identical sisters, Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie and Marie were born in Canada, just outside Callander, Ontario, near the village of Corbeil. All five survived to adulthood.
Civil Defence photographed at their Sponsored Stretcher Push from Fethard to Killusty which took place on Sunday 25th June, 2000. The proceeds will enable the local branch to spend over £1000 on much needed equipment and supplies. L to R: Marie O’Meara, Paul Kenny, Rory Walsh, Tony Kennedy, Emma Morrissey, Declan Kenny and Philly Croke. Edel Bradshaw in the stretcher. Also in the unit are; Theresa Coffey, Ruth Higgins, Pa Looby and Ronan Maher.
Fethard Boy Scouts and leaders photographed on 14th October, 2000, before heading off to climb the Galtee Mountains. Back L to R: Bobby Phelan, John McCarthy, David Kennedy, Damien Shine, Sean Cloonan, Philip O'Donnell, Richie McCarthy. Front L to R: Dermot Culligan, Fintan Maher, Lory Kenny, Paul McCarthy, Mike McCarthy, Kieran Barrett and Kevin Maher.
Sixth Class girls at Nano Nagle Primary School (2000). Back L to R: Denise McGrath, Martina Ryan, Katie Murphy, Tracey Burke, Donna Ryan, Chloe Power. Front L to R: Kate Maher, Emma Smyth, Samantha O'Brien, Rosanna Needham and Laura Burke.
Ms. D.J. Russell, who lived at 'Rose Cottage', Tullamaine, for a few years, photographed with her son Joe on a visit to see her in Fethard.
Fethard's First Prefects (September 2000) – Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School appointed their first class prefects at the presentation of awards ceremony held at the school. L to R: Elain Williams (head girl), Ian O'Connor (head boy), Lisa Hanrahan, Ross Maher and Aideen O'Donnell. Frank Nugent was also appointed prefect.
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.
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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