Augustinians gather in the Abbey in Fethard
Members of the Augustinian Community attending the special Chapter Mass in Fethard Abbey, one of the oldest functioning churches in Ireland, last weekend.
Augustinian Friars had their intermediate chapter at Horse and Jockey hotel Thurles from June 15 to 19. On Thursday, June 18, the Abbey Church in Fethard was honoured to host the group for an evening Mass at 6pm. This was a rare privilege to host these friars who came from all over Ireland and internationally to the Fethard Abbey – famous of Blessed William Tirry. Like the cup of the psalmist, which overflows, the joy amongst the Abbey community members was overflowing without boundary.
Fr. Gerry Horan graciously recognised and welcomed all to one of the oldest churches still functioning in Ireland. The core of the Eucharistic was the Jubilee celebrations of some of the friars at different stages in their religious life. The choir was full of angelic voices, fantastic and got the envy of all in rousing appreciation from the visitors. The Abbey community known very well for her hospitality was equal to the task. Cups of tea and coffee were again overflowing in the Abymill for our visitors. The pleasant, fabulous and gorgeous sunshine was sign of the usual and common weather in Fethard. This is to remind our visitors to please come again. – Fr. Lazarus Barkindo OSA
Water Conservation Awareness in Holy Trinity National School
Pupils from Holy Trinity National School taking part in their Water Conservation Day.
Pupils of Holy Trinity National School held a Water Conservation Awareness Day on Monday, June 22. The pupils are doing lots of preparatory work on this area for their third Green School Flag.
Pupils from 6th class did a sponsored Water Hike to raise Water Conservation Awareness and also to contribute some relief to Nepal in light of the recent disaster there.
Pupils from Junior Infants up to 6th class also dressed up to raise awareness and we were thrilled when we saw the efforts that the children, and their families, made for this wonderful cause. The school has also recently installed a water butt to harvest rainwater and reduce our school’s water consumption.
The global ‘Water Footprint’ – the water used by humanity each year – is more than one million litres per person, the equivalent of 20,717 baths per person every year. When we measure a country’s water footprint we have to ask the question, where does all this water come from? Europe imports huge quantities of water embedded in in products from countries that are suffering water shortages.
We use approximately 150-200 litres of water a day, but only approximately 4% of drinking quality water used is actually used for drinking and eating! 40% of us flush the toilet 5-6 times every day, using about 40 litres of water each. Two thirds of us clean our teeth twice a day. However, two thirds also keep the tap running, wasting six litres of good quality water a minute down the drain.
Water is becoming a very real issue in Europe. More than half of European cities are extracting water faster than it can be replenished. We need to act now to ensure our future and even small changes can add up to a lot over the course of a year.
Thanks to Mr Brian Sheehy for all his help with this initiative, we couldn’t have done it without him. Thank you too to Mrs Gleeson and Mrs Kenny and the Green Schools Committee who do a wonderful job of keeping us all well informed and on track! We will continue all of this good work in September.
Well done girls!
Well done to the ladies who completed the Ladies Mini Marathon in Dublin for their respective charities, photographed above in The Castle Inn, Fethard. Back L to R: Maura Ryan, Hazel Sheehan, Amy Pollard, Majella Daly, Monica Pollard. Front L to R: Aoife Sheehan, Patricia Breen, Gillian Breen and Cora Breen. Missing from photo are Denise O'Brien, Elaine Daly, Valerie Rice and Trisha Duggan.
Convent Community Hall’s ‘Toddler Group’ open for summer
As requested by some of the parents/minders, the Toddler Group will continue to be held every Thursday morning over the summer in Fethard Convent Community Hall. New toddlers are always very welcome or if you have a small baby at home feel free to come along for a chat and a cup of tea. For parents will older children on school holidays you can bring them along and they can play the games.
The Irish Dance Class with Carmel Lawrence has now finished for the summer break. Carmel would like to thank everyone who supported the class and the weekly Tuesday Class will resume in September.
Ballet Classes on Friday afternoons have also finished up for the summer months and Kathy will be back again in September.
Design a Medieval Costume Competition
Participants from Fethard that took part in the Historical Society’s ‘Design a Medieval Costume’ competition was recently run in conjunction with Fethard Festival Community Fun Day.
Historical Society’s ‘Design a Medieval Costume’ competition was recently run in conjunction with Fethard Festival Community Fun Day. In preparation for the competition, students were given art classes, sponsored by Fethard Historical Society, where they looked at medieval costume through paintings, illuminated manuscripts and tomb sculptures. The students also looked at Irish dress through bog finds of costumes preserved in the National Museum of Ireland.
The work of the students was on public display in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland on Sunday, June 14, as part of the community festival.
The prizes, also sponsored by Fethard Historical Society, were as follows.
Participants from Killusty that took part in the Historical Society’s ‘Design a Medieval Costume’ competition
Fethard National School: Junior Infants, 1st Emma Roche, 2nd Mikey Brennan; Senior Infants, 1st Jenny Roberts, 2nd Oisín McAndrew; First Class, 1st Lily Murphy, 2nd Michael Walsh; Second Class, 1st Ben Allen, 2nd Aoife Harrington; Third Class, 1st Bobby Clemson; 2nd Saoirse Maher; Fourth Class, 1st Anna Collier, 2nd Ciara Spillane; Fifth Class, 1st Melinda Csuzi, 2nd Oleg Shabrat; Sixth Class, 1st Alison Connolly, and 2nd Annica O’Connor.
Killusty National School: Junior/Senior Infants, 1st Tara Moquet, 2nd Joseph Gaule; First/Second Class, 1st Andrew Connorton, 2nd Rebecca Cuddihy; Third/Fourth Class, 1st Emily Davey, 2nd Charlie Hackett; Fifth/Sixth Class, 1st Cathal Ryan, and 2nd Hannah Connorton.
Community Council AGM
Fethard & Killusty Community Council held their annual general meeting on Tuesday, April 29, in the Tirry Community Centre. The meeting was attended by: Joe Kenny (chairman), Joe Keane, Brian Sheehy (vice-chairman), Deirdre Brady (secretary), Carmel Kiely, Edwina Newport (public relations), Maurice Moloney, Jonathan Ledger, Colette Geoghegan, Eileen Coady (treasurer), Cllr John Fahey, Pamela Sweeney, Marie Murphy, P.J. Henehan and Herbert Obbrink. Accountant Michael McGarry was also in attendance to present the annual financial report to the meeting.
Reports from the various subgroups; Information Office, FÁS Community Employment Scheme, Convent Community Hall, Fethard & District Day Care Centre, Fethard Playground, Business & Tourism Group, Tidy Towns were received followed by the chairman’s address. Joe Kenny also spoke on the ongoing projects that would need attention in the coming year. These projects include the implementation of the Community Text Alert Scheme in the parish; the acquisition of the Town Park land from Tipperary County Council and the formation of a steering committee from the ten organisations interested in using the facility; and the installation of a Community CCTV System for the town.
Board members elected for the coming year are as follows: Joe Kenny, Brian Sheehy, Deirdre Brady, Eileen Coady, Edwina Newport, Peter Grant, Pamela Sweeney, Joe Keane, Carmel Kiely, Maurice Moloney, Marie Murphy, Jonathan Ledger, Colette Geoghegan, P.J. Henehan and Fr. Tom Breen P.P.
A vote of sympathy was passed at the AGM, to the Stokes family, on the death of their mother and long-serving member of the board, Mrs Diana Stokes.
In accordance with the Company’s Articles of Association, a follow-up meeting to appoint officers to the board for the coming year was held on Tuesday, June 6, 2015. At that meeting, Joe Kenny, stepped down as chairman after serving 15 years in the position. Brian Sheehy took over as chairman; Joe Kenny as vice-chairman; Eileen Coady, treasurer; Edwina Newport, community employment scheme Participant Development Officer (PDO); and Marie Murphy, public relations officer. Due to personal commitments, Deirdre Brady also resigned from her position as secretary, and as no board member was available to take over the position, Gráinne Bagnell, attending her first meeting, offered to help out with the situation and agreed to take minutes.
The next meeting of the Fethard & Killusty Community Council will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre.
Fethard & Killusty Community Games
Athletes from Fethard & Killusty who participated in the Community Games County Athletic Finals in Templemore last weekend
Competitors from Fethard and Killusty did well at the County Athletics Finals in Templemore on Sunday last. Rebecca Kiely, Aine Connolly, Daniel Barry, Zack Smith and Aleksi Laaksonen all reached the semifinals of their respectful events while Alison Connolly won bronze in the girls U14 100m. Alison won this U12 event also last year but unfortunately got injured prior to the national finals. Mark Heffernan won silver in the 100m events for the past two years but this year Mark had to settle for bronze in the U16 200m narrowly defeated by David Ryan, Moycarkey Borris, who is an exceptional athlete and Jake Vermeer from the all powerful Carrick-on-Suir club. Noah O’Flynn put in an amazing performance winning his heat of the U8 80m, finishing second in the semifinal and winning a silver medal in the final. Well done to all. Thank you to all parents for their help on the day especially managers Jimmy Smith and Annette Connolly. Our first batch of photographs may be viewed on tipperarycommunitygames.com Facebook page.
Mark Heffernan, Ballyvaden, who won a bronze medal in the U16 200m at the County Athletics Finals in Templemore
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on June 17 were: 4, 23, 29 and 32. We had no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Mary Woodlock, Rathdrum, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Breda O'Loughnan, Grawn, Fethard; Ann Hahessy, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; and Margaret Burke, c/o Kitty O'Donnell.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, June 24. The Jackpot is €4,750 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €475. 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 19, were 17, 18, 25 and 35. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner so the following two drawn tickets won €25 each: Paudie Spillane, Tullamaine; and Anna Cummins, c/o Ladies Football. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Alice Power, Cashel Road, Killenaule.
Next week’s Jackpot is €12,000 and the draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, June 26, at 7pm. Sellers Prize €290. All are welcome and thank you for your continued support. All funds raised are used to promote sport in the community.
13 year-old Robert finishes 3rd in Munster Fly Fishing
13-year-old Robert Hackett (blue top), Fethard, who finished in 3rd place at the Munster Juvenile river fly-fishing competition on Saturday, June 6.
Congratulations to Fethard and Killusty Anglers juvenile competitor, Robert Hackett, who finished in 3rd place at the Munster Juvenile river fly-fishing competition on Saturday, June 6. This catch and release event was held in the Cashel/Golden and organised by the Tipperary Anglers Association on the river Suir. Thanks in particular to their chairman Albert Adcock who has worked tirelessly for weeks to ensure this brilliant event was the success it turned out to be.
This is an outstanding achievement by Robert to finish in 3rd place at only 13 years of age and was only beaten by two very experienced juvenile anglers 5 years older than he with Munster and All Ireland titles and International caps under their belts.
Robert is a credit to his dad Colm who is nagged into going to the river with him several times a week and has to put up with Robert catching more trout on most occasions! Fethard and Killusty Anglers have won Munster and All Ireland Senior titles in the past and have several Anglers that represented Ireland at International level in European and World Championships. Robert is an excellent angler and fierce competitor who never gives up and we wish him every success in the future as we have no doubt he will go on to achieve more success for himself and this club in the coming years.
Fethard and Killusty Anglers welcome any new members and can join by contacting Tom Fogarty on 087 7477218 or Seán Maher on 085 7050580. Tight Lines to all and enjoy every minute on the river.
Coolmore Family Day
Click to view photographs taken at this year's Coolmore Family Day and evening Party held on Saturday, June 13. VIEW PHOTOS
The Fethard Support Group for South Tipperary Hospice will hold their annual church gate collection in Fethard and Killusty weekending June 27 and June 28. Your continued support for this deserving cause is most appreciated.
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, June 28, to the music of ‘Checkers’. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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Abbey Church Childrens Choir in the 1960s. Front L to R: Jimmy O’Sullivan, Jack Healy, Michael Hayes, Ritchie Hayes, Pierce Dillon, Con Healy, John O’Connor. Second Row L to R: Paschal Hanrahan, Paddy Burke, Vincent Breen, Brian O’Sullivan, William Breen, Joe Morrissey, Kevin Hayes. Third Row L to R: Brian Hanrahan, Paddy Trehy, Pat Fitzgerald, John O’Donnell, William Looby, Declan Morrissey, Mark Houlohan. Fourth Row L to R: Christina Lonergan, Mairead Henehan, Rena McGrath, Ann O’Riordan, Marie Trehy, Vera O’Donovan, Paula Carey, Winifred Carroll. Fifth Row L to R: Rita Leahy, Josie Keane, Helen O’Riordan, Caroline Barrett, Norma Hanrahan, Caroline Lonergan and Fr. O’Mahoney OSA.
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Willie Cummins and his mother ‘Bab’, who lived on the Killenaule Road.
Tipperary hurling great Jimmy Doyle passes away
Tipperary Senior Hurling team captain, Jimmy Doyle, photographed in London, June 1962, with some Fethard locals. Tipperary won the All-Ireland in 1962 with the late Jimmy Doyle as captain and Liam Connolly from Fethard on the team. L to R: Peter Hogan, ?, Paddy Gleeson, Joe Ahearne, Jimmy Doyle, Liam Connolly and Pat Burke (who supplied the photo).
The death has been announced on Monday, June 22, 2015 of the Tipperary hurling great, Jimmy Doyle, aged 76. Jimmy, from the Thurles Sarsfields club, won six All-Ireland senior hurling medals in the period from 1958 to 1971, as well as nine Munster titles. He also captained Tipperary to All-Ireland victory in 1962 and 1965 and was an All-Ireland runner-up on three occasions.
The 1962 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final was the 75th All-Ireland Final and the culmination of the 1962 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, an inter-county hurling tournament for the top teams in Ireland. The match was held at Croke Park, Dublin, on 2 September 1962, between Tipperary and Wexford. The Leinster champions lost to their Munster opponents on a score line of 3-10 to 2-11. This was the first All-Ireland final to be broadcast live by Teilifís Éireann.
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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.
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