Louise Morrissey – The Acoustic Concert – ‘In This Life’
Louise Morrissey has long been regarded by both Folk and Country music enthusiasts as one of our vocal treasures. Multi award winner Louise is highly regarded both nationally and internationally as one of Ireland’s greatest interpreters of song, this combined with her unique guitar style makes for a magical experience.
This special concert sees Louise return to the Abymill Theatre, Fethard, stage for this intimate trip back to her folk days when she performed with her brothers as part of the highly acclaimed folk group The Morrisseys. From the mid 70s through to the late 80s The Morrisseys enjoyed national and international success.
Louise will take you on a nostalgic journey from those early days with The Morrisseys right up to the present day, singing songs from her vast repertoire. Louise has invited her brother Norman to join her on bass and vocals for these special concerts and together they will share with their audience many memories, stories and songs including her chart topping, ‘The Old Rustic Bridge By The Mill’, her touching tribute to Percy French with the classic, ‘Come Back Paddy Reilly To Ballyjamesduff’ and many more favourites, making for a most enjoyable evening.
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
On the way to Slievenamon L to R: Don Byard, Mary Byard, Sally Finn, Peggy Kenrick, Lou and Ann Kenrick, Patsy Byard and Joan Morrissey (Cloran).
Maggie's mother, 'Kate White Sayers' with young girls Joan and Catherine (right). Dogs name was 'Jimmy' who accompanied Maggie's father Tom when he went fishing at night. Also included are Annie Sayers (Dalton) and Kitty Sayers (Lawrence). Sun house in background was built by Paddy Sayers (brother). Taken at their home in the Valley.
Harry Sayers holding John (Buddy) Sayers with Catherine Sayers (John's daughter) on chair. Taken outside old home in the Valley. John was on holiday from America. Catherine lives USA.
Maggie, Harry and Catherine Sayers and Annie (Sayers) Dalton, Maggie's sister.
Annie Sayers and Biddy Dwyer (Mackey). Stephen Dwyer was her father and Bríd Loughlin was her mother. Biddy was married to Jack Mackey who lived near Ballroom, both are dead.
Annie Sayers taken in the plots on the Green (Mullins house in background), damp canvas was put on the ass 'Billy' to keep down the flies during Summer. Used for drawing sticks from Grove.
Paddy Fitzgerald and Jackie White (Maggie's mother's brother) who moved to the Green from the Valley. Jackie was blind and famous for climbing trees in Grove to cut down branches etc. He was also able to read Braille. Taken on the Green.
Maggie, Nora, Mary Ellen Sayers, Anita . Back Buddy and Annie (Sayers) Dalton. Taken down The Valley.
Maggie Sayers and Peter Napier collecting old timber for firewood on the building site of the new Community Centre 1970s.
Maggie Sayers parents, Kate (White) and Thomas Sayers
Helen Lawrence Howard posted this photograph . . . "The year before I left Fethard 1975 with my then husband to be seems does not feel like 40yrs !!! "
Sitting ouside a display of Fethard Festival Parade Photos in Kenny's shop window, July 1981, are L to R: Cyril Keane, Nigel O'Donnell, James Connolly, Paul Trehy, Pat O'Meara and Eddie Trehy.
Mick Ahearn and Liam McCarthy dressed up as they were in the Fashion Show on the first night of Fethard Festival. July 1994
Fethard Festival Fancy Dress Parade (26/6/1994)
Senior Citizen's Bingo Party at the Abbey Garden, Fethard (21/7/1994)
Kevin and Martina Ryan, Woodvale Walk, August 1994
Sarah and Pat Mullins (supplied by John Kenrick)
The death has occurred on Tuesday August 18, 2015, of Mary Fitzpatrick, Ardsallagh, Coolmoyne, Fethard, peacefully at South Tipperary General Hospital. Mary, deeply regretted by her mother Maura, her sister Mairead, her brothers Pat, Liam and Michael, aunts, uncle, sister-in-law, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home on Thursday, August 20, from 5.30pm with removal to the Holy Trinity Parish Church at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Friday at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. House private please.
Heritage Week in Fethard
Maurice Moloney (right) showing the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, the model of Fethard Medieval Town on display in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, on her recent visit to view the current renovations completed at Fethard Tholsel. Also included are Eamon Kennedy (Fethard Tidy Towns) and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr Tom Hayes, T.D.
This year, National Heritage Week runs from Saturday, August 22, to Sunday, August 30, and two events have been organised by Fethard Historical Society. This coming Saturday afternoon, August 22, there will be a guided Walking Tour of the walled town of Fethard and on Wednesday evening, August 26, there will be an ‘interactive visit’ to a local pottery.
Ireland’s Industrial and Design Heritage
Each year a special ‘theme’ is chosen for Heritage Week and the 2015 theme is ‘Celebrating Ireland’s Industrial and Design Heritage’ and hence the visit to see the work and skill of local potter Dóirín Saurus in Crampscastle. Before the age of mass globalisation, all the products and equipment needed in a local area were sourced and made in that area. Every area had blacksmiths, coopers, thatchers, stonemasons, furniture makers, basket-weavers and of course the travelling people were the tin-smiths who made and repaired the buckets and cans needed around the house and farm. The visit to Crampscastle Pottery takes place on Wednesday, August 26, at 7pm where there will be a chance to get a close up view (and get your hands dirty if you wish) of how ceramic products are designed and made. Dóirín Saurus pottery shop is one mile from Fethard – take the first road on the right (Killusty Road) as you go out the Cloneen road from the town. Fee is €3 per individual and €5 for a family.
Local potter Dóirín Saurus (left) who will give a workshop on Wednesday, August 26, at 7pm is photographed above with Labhaoise McKenna.
Guided Tour of Medieval Town this Saturday
A guided walking tour of the medieval area of the town will take place this Saturday afternoon, August 22, meeting at the Footbridge in The Valley at 2pm. All over the summer many visitors have ‘discovered’ Fethard and are amazed that the Walled Town is not better known in tourist circles. A problem cited by visitors and locals alike is the question of ‘access’ to the various sites especially Old Holy Trinity Church and Grounds. In these present times there are very good ‘security’ reasons as to why access has to be curtailed to certain times but guided tours do allow all and sundry a chance to visit these very old and beautiful places. Fee for the tour on this Heritage Saturday is €3 for an individual and €5 for a family - no need to book, just turn up before 2pm at the Footbridge in the Valley.
Heritage Week and local Contact
The full list of national events for Heritage Week – and there are hundreds – can be checked out on www.heritageweek.ie and if any clarification is needed for the two Fethard events then the number to contact is 086 3905373.
Patrician / Presentation Jottings
Principal, Mr Michael O’Sullivan photographed with Clodagh Bradshaw, Katie O’Rahilly, Shannon Dorney and Rachel O’Meara on Leaving Cert Results Day in Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard.
100% Success in Leaving Cert 2015
Congratulations to all the Leaving Certs of 2015 who received their results last week. There was a 100% success rate in the exam and we hope that all the pupils will get their first choices on the CAO. They are a credit to themselves, their parents and their teachers and we wish them well in the future. Patrician Presentation Secondary School continues to support and encourage all pupils to reach their potential in a caring and supportive environment.
L to R: Kate O’Donnell, Grangebeg; Niamh Morrissey, Cloneen; and Anthony Clair, Clonmel; celebrate their exam results in Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard.
Students and their parents who are registered for the School Book Rental Scheme may collect their books and a copy of the School Diary on Monday, August 17, between 5pm and 7pm. Best wishes to Ms Burke, who as SCP Co-ordinator in the school, organised the Book Rental Scheme over the last five years. Ms Burke is returning to the classroom and will be replaced as SCP Co-ordinator by Ms Róisín Slattery. The school wishes to thank Ms Burke for all her hard work and dedication to our school since her appointment in 2010.
The incoming First Years will commence their school year on Friday, August 28, at 9.15am. There is a comprehensive programme of events for the day and parents / guardians will be receive an information letter and timetable in the coming days. The school extends a big welcome to the group and wishes them well in our school. Second and Fifth Year Pupils will return to school on Monday, August 31, with the 3rd, 4th and 6th Years returning on Tuesday, September 1.
The Liam Connolly Perpetual Cup
The sporting career of former Tipperary hurler and footballer, the late Liam Connolly of Coolmoyne and Fethard, will be celebrated with the running of the Liam Connolly Perpetual Cup on Saturday, August 29, at 2pm in the Fethard GAA Park.
Liam had an extensive inter-county career with the Premier County in hurling and football. He won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal with Tipperary in 1953 and won a Munster Minor Hurling title in 1954, losing to Dublin in the All-Ireland final. Liam played for the Tipperary Minor Footballers in 1954 and the Tipperary Junior Hurlers in 1955 and was an ever present on the Tipperary Senior Football team from 1956 to 1967.
Liam was left corner-forward on the Tipperary side which won the 1958 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final and right corner-forward on the 1960 team which captured the Munster final before losing out to Wexford in the All-Ireland Final. Liam won two more All-Ireland Senior Hurling medals in 1961 and 1962. He won two County Senior Football Championships with Fethard while he won a South Senior Hurling medal with Na Piarsaigh in 1957, losing out to Thurles Sarsfields in the County Final.
Liam also won 2 Senior National Hurling League titles with Tipperary in 1960 defeating Cork and in 1961 defeating Waterford. He was honoured with a ‘Hall of Fame’ award by the South Tipperary Divisional Board in recognition of his many honours on the field of play.
Liam’s inter county roll of honour is as follows: Liam started his inter county career by represented Tipperary at Minor Football level in 1953 and also represented Tipperary at Minor Hurling Level and was victorious in the both Munster and All Ireland Finals; In 1954 Liam again represented Tipperary at Minor Hurling Level and was victorious in the Munster Final and lost the All-Ireland Final to Dublin and in the same year represented Tipperary at Minor Football level reaching the Munster Final. In 1955 aged 19, Liam played for the County Junior hurling team and also started his 11 year inter county career at Senior Football level for Tipperary. Liam was noted by all, including Mick O’Connell of Kerry fame, as the one finest Munster footballers of his generation. 1959 was the year in which Liam made in his Senior Inter County Hurling debut for Tipperary versus Limerick. It was in 1960 when he won his first Muster SHC medal beating Cork in the Final. Tipperary progressed to the All-Ireland Final narrowly losing to Wexford. In 1961 he won another SHC Munster title beating Cork again. Tipperary again progressed to the All-Ireland Final this time winning the title by defeating Dublin. 1962 proved to be another extremely successful year for Liam winning a SHC Munster medal defeating Waterford in the final and again winning the Liam McCarthy Cup in Croke Park defeating Wexford in the 1962 Final. In 1963 Liam played in yet another SHC Muster Final losing out to Waterford that year. At the age of 31 Liam represented Tipperary at County Intermediate Hurling level defeating Galway in the Munster Final and was victorious over Dublin in the All-Ireland Final of 1966.
We would like to thank the people whom have given their time and effort into organising this hurling tournament dedicated to Fethard’s greatest sporting legend. We would also like to thank Sean and all the Connolly family for the kind sponsorship that Clonmel Oil has given to this tournament.
The Liam Connolly Perpetual Cup 2015, proudly Sponsored by Clonmel Oil, will take place at Fethard GAA Park on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 2pm for U8 Hurling teams in two groups. Group A: St Patricks, Fethard and Kilsheelan. Group B: Killenaule, St. Mary’s and Moyle Rovers. Top team from each group go through to final. Teams are 12-a-side. All games, including final, are 20 Minutes (2 x 10 minutes). Teas, coffees and refreshments for all after the final.
Keeping cool in Fethard are members of the Cummins family L to R: Nicole Cummins, Abbie Tillyer, Sophie Cummins, Daniel Cummins and Racheal Cummins.
Schoolboys Soccer Training
Moyglass Schoolboys Soccer Training will take place on Tuesday nights in Moyglass School Field at 7pm for Under-12, 13, 14, 15 and 16s. New players are most welcome. Any queries, please contact Martin at 087 7872528 or Richard at 087 6725309.
Fethard and Killusty Community Games wish to congratulate all participants who represented Tipperary at the HSE Community Games National Finals last weekend especially our own Abaigeal Maher who competed in swimming, Mark O’Meara and Oleg Shabrat who took part in Handwriting and Matthew Burke who did a fantastic exhibit in u14 Art. We are proud of you all.
L to R: Mark O’Meara who competed in u10 Handwriting with Matthew Burke who submitted a super picture in u14 Art at the HSE Community Games National Finals.
Abaigeal Maher made a pretty picture at the swimming championships at the HSE Community Games National Finals.
Oleg Shabrat who competed in u12 Handwriting competition at the HSE Community Games National Finals.
St. Patrick’s Place Residents Meeting
A meeting of St. Patrick’s Place residents will take place on this Thursday night, August 20, at 7.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, to discuss relevant matters that may affect those living in St. Patrick’s Place. Please come along and let your voice be heard.
Visitors to Fethard
Liam Kenny and his daughter Ruby on the left, photographed with his relatives, Hazel and Andrew Mutch, who were visiting Fethard. Hazel is a daughter of Jerry Maher. Hazel’s father was Jerry Maher, son of Patrick Maher, Drumdeel, Fethard, who died 1926, age 46. Patrick was the first husband of Josie Kenny, Grove.
Music at Crocanoir
On Saturday, August 22, we welcome American singer/songwriter Buddy Mondlock back to Crocanoir. Buddy gave an outstanding performance here a few years ago and we are delighted to get the chance to hear him again.
Some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Janis Ian and Joan Baez to name just a few. But there’s nothing like hearing the guy who wrote them sing them
When Buddy made his first trip to Texas, Guy Clark heard him singing one of his songs under a tree at the Kerrville Folk Festival and liked it. So Guy went back to Nashville, opened the door and said, listen to this kid, he’s good! A publishing deal soon followed. Buddy is an outstanding songwriter and a great performer rolled into one. He will be joined on stage by accomplished bass player Mike Lindauer. Tickets can be booked by contacting John at Tel: (052) 9153117 or 086 8907329.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, August 23, to the music of ‘Dermot Lyons’. 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.
Moyglass Family Fun Weekend & Barbecue
Moyglass Hall committee will hold their annual Family Fun Day and Barbecue on this coming weekend, commencing on Saturday, August 22, with a ‘Barbecue’ with music supplied by the UK’s top Irish and country rock band, ‘Donnybrook Fair’. Tickets are €15 each and with full bar facilities available. Tickets are on sale now.
Family ‘fun day’ begins on Sunday afternoon, August 23, with bouncy castles, fittest family competition and lots more entertainment. Sunday night we have our ‘Festival Bingo’ with €100 for every full house, €200 on jackpot sheet (if jackpot is not won).
Missing Dog at Grove
Border Terrier x long legged Jack Russell dog missing from Grove since 2pm on Sunday last, August 16. The dog answers to the name of ‘Stanley’ and is microchipped.
If anyone was walking through Grove at that time, we would love to hear if he was noticed.
Please contact us with any information at Grove telephone number (052) 61 31295 or mobile 0044 07740 041697. Thank you.
Minor Team of 1985 reunion next weekend
On weekend of August 21 and 22, a reunion of the Fethard Minor Football Team of 1985 is planned. It is now 30 years since this team won both the South and County Minor Championships and to mark this anniversary a ‘small’ get-together is being organised for the above weekend in August.
For more details for anyone involved with this team including players managers, selectors, supporters etc, you can contact Chris Coen on Tel: 086 0334797. Looking forward to meeting you all again.
Are you worried about cancer?
Marie Keating mobile unit and staff nurse will be available on Main Street, Fethard (outside O’Sullivan’s Chemist), on Thursday, August 20. If you have any questions about cancer and how to spot the early signs please call in. This is a free advice service and the nurse can also advise on a healthy lifestyle to prevent cancer.
The Marie Keating Foundation’s work focuses on raising awareness of all of the common cancers affecting men and women in Ireland and the healthy lifestyle choices to reduce the risk of cancer.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on August 12, were: 5, 9, 22 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Liam O'Sullivan, Cois Falla, Fethard. The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Niall Connolly, c/o Eileen Connolly; Chrissie O'Meara (online ticket); and M. Prendergast, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, August 19. The Jackpot is €5,950 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €595. All proceeds go towards community projects in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
Evening of Music at St. Mary's Church in Killenaule
St. Mary's Church in Killenaule celebrates 150 years with an evening of music on Friday, August 28, at 8pm, featuring some of the top choirs in the county, including the Fethard Augustinian Abbey Choir.
Tickets are free and are available in Fethard from O'Sullivan's Chemist.
Donations if required can be made on the night in aid of the repair costs of the stained glass windows in St. Mary's Church.
GAA Sports Development Lotto
The Committee of Fethard GAA / Sports Centre Development Lotto would like to thank all our supporters, far and near, who participate in our weekly lotto draw. The funds raised are used to promote sport in the local community. Please let all your friends and family know that they can now play online.
The numbers drawn on Friday, August 14, were 16, 23, 26 and 28. There was no jackpot winner or match three winner so the following drawn ticket won €50: Michael Quinlan, Tullamaine. The two lucky dip winners received €25 each: Paul Maloney, Cashel; and Joan Barrett, Market Hill. Next Weeks draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, August 21, at 7pm. The jackpot is €13,600 and the sellers prize is €370.
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