The death has occurred on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, of Michael (Gike) Keane, Knockelly, Fethard, deeply regretted by his partner Berney, his brothers Sean, Paddy, Tom, Jim and Joe, his sisters Maureen and Theresa, nieces, nephews, David, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at his residence on Thursday September 3, from 4.30pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass on Friday at 11am in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, followed by burial in Peppardstown Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to South Tipperary Hospice. House private on Friday morning.
The inaugural Liam Connolly Perpetual Cup
Fethard U8 team who were runners-up in the Liam Connolly Perpetual Cup played in Fethard last Saturday
Fethard Juvenile GAA club held a very successfully under-eight hurling tournament in Fethard on Saturday last, August 29, for the inaugural Liam Connolly Perpetual Cup. Huge crowds turned out to see all the stars of the future from Moyle Rovers, Kilsheelan, St. Mary's, St. Pats, Killenaule and Fethard. After some great qualifying matches, Killenaule and Fethard emerged from the two groups to contest a superb final which was won by Killenaule by a two point margin.
Killenaule team that beat Fethard by two points in the inaugural final of the Liam Connolly Perpetual Cup U8 Hurling Tournament played at Fethard GAA Park on Saturday, August 29.
Well done to Killenaule and many thanks to Sean Connolly and Clonmel Oil for sponsoring the day’s tournament. We were all very proud to honour our most celebrated county and club player in the late Liam Connolly.
Kilsheelan U8 team that played in the Liam Connolly Perpetual Cup
St. Mary's Clonmel U8 team that played in the Liam Connolly Perpetual Cup Tournament in Fethard.
Moyle Rovers team that played in the Liam Connolly Perpetual Cup
St. Patrick's U8 team that played in the Liam Connolly Perpetual Cup Tournament in Fethard.
Our sincere thanks to you
Johnie and Mary Coady, Blandford, Dorset, England, would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational and speech therapists, for all the hard work they put in getting Mary back to full strength during our recent visit home to Fethard. They did a great job! Thanks also to rest of the staff at Cashel Rehabilitation Centre, they were marvellous and we can never thank them enough.
There is a sign over the door that states, ‘You come as strangers and leave as friends’. Believe me, that is so true. I was told beforehand, when we were in Clonmel, that Cashel was the best rehabilitation centre in Ireland, I would go further and say, the best in Europe.
Thank you again so much for your attention and care, Johnie and Mary Coady.
Johnie and Mary Coady home last year on holiday from Blandford Forum, Dorset, England
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, September 6, to the music of ‘Peter Burke’. 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.
Parent Toddler Group back at Convent Community Hall
Fethard’s community Parent/Minder Toddler Group will resume in Fethard Convent Community Hall on Thursday, September 10, starting at 10am. All new babies and toddlers are very welcome to come along from 10am to 12 noon every Thursday, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while the children get to play and know each other even before they start playschool. Cost is only €3 per child. For further information contact Janice at 087 2475762.
Liam’s grandnephew keeps up the tradition
Following a wonderful afternoon of hurling at the Liam Connolly Perpetual Cup tournament in the GAA Park on Saturday afternoon last, the Connollys were in the limelight again on Saturday night in the United States when Liam’s grand nephew, Evan, grandson of Eileen and the late Ned Connolly, Garrinch, played in his first ever American Football College Championship astounding the spectators and scoring an amazing 11 goals which played a major part in his team’s victory. Evan was later interviewed on the TV sports channel and recalled numerous successes on his sporting journey from his childhood in Waterford to his present status and change of scene in America. He was referred to by the interviewer as, ‘the jewel in the crown’, who looks to have a very bright future. Congrats and Best of Luck Evan.
Another younger grandnephew of the late Liam Connolly, 20 month old Cian Connolly, is also keeping up the family tradition – and starting early!
Fethard Athletic Club
Ballynonty AC played host for the county senior 10-mile road championships last Sunday which saw three experienced Fethard AC athletes take part. We were well represented and came away with two superb wins by Ginny Hutton and Bernard Feery in their respective age categories. Joey Feery was just out of the medals but ran extremely well.
Ginny Hutton running at the county senior 10-mile road championships in Ballynonty
We also had to say a fond farewell to popular member Zane Zorina who returned with her family to Latvia recently. Zane was a club stalwart over the past few years and will be greatly missed.
Training continues Monday and Friday evenings at 7.15pm from the ballroom carpark, new members always welcome.
Singers wanted for Fethard Choral Society
The Fethard Choral Society will begin rehearsals in September and are looking for new members, male and female, please ring Ann Barry on 087 6194215. Rehearsals take place on Sunday evenings, and we envisage to take part in at least two competitions in Ireland, and also practise for our annual Christmas Carol Service, which will take place in the Abbey Church in December.
Curtain comes down on 2015 Community Games
Fethard and Killusty Community Games committee wish to extend their sincere thanks to all those who contributed so generously to their recent church gate collection. They would like to congratulate the Tipperary Minor Football team on reaching the All Ireland final, this team contains many former competitors including our own Charlie Manton from Main Street. Great performance boys and best of luck in the final.
The curtain came down on the 2015 community games season with two fantastic weekends of sport in Athlone Institute of Technology. We would like to congratulate all medal winners, especially Oran Gahan, Drangan and Cloneen Area (a grandson of Gus Smyth who is manager of Fethard Glanbia), winner of a gold medal in u8 80m B final. Oran narrowly defeated Noah O’Flynn, Knockelly, at the County Athletics Finals in Templemore, and the girls’ u14 football team from Kerry who defeated Dublin in their final. Fethard and Killusty girls were runners up to Kerry at the Munster final in UL so the form held up well!
We are very proud of all our competitors who gave hours of entertainment and enjoyment to their supporters during the year especially, Abaigeal Maher, Mark O’Meara, Oleg Shabrat and Matthew Burke, who did us proud representing Tipperary in Athlone. Finally a big thank you to all parents, mentors, teachers and everybody who helped during the year. We hope to hold our AGM in the autumn and expect a good attendance – watch this space!
Starting school in Moyglass
Starting school at Moyglass National School this year are Back L to R: Hannah Lacy, Aoife Kearney, Tom O'Connor, Eoin O'Donnell, Olivia Ledger, Aoife Fanning. Front L to R: Lili Blake, Ellie Anne Woodlock, Daisy Craik-White, Juliet Quirke and Callum Healy. Also in the class is Ruairí Hayes.
Bunny Hop reopens on September 7
Bunny Hop, one hour of music and movement for babies and young children from 0 to 4 year-old will reopen again in Fethard Convent Community Hall on Monday, September 7, from 10am to 11am. All are welcome to join. For enquiries please contact Nicola at 087 6742401.
Irish Dance Classes
Lawrence Academy Dance Company (LADC) will commence a new season of Irish Dance classes in Fethard Convent Community Hall, reopening on September 2. Pupils will be trained by two qualified ‘An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha’ (The Irish Dancing Commission) teachers, mother and daughter team of Carmel Lawrence TCRG and Michelle Lawrence TCRG, both champion dancers themselves.
Classes from beginners to advanced are available for boys and girls. All welcome including teenagers wishing to start as beginners and classes for older groups are also available. For more information contact us on Tel: 087 7827730 or 087 8782978. Registration and first class free.
Culture Night in Fethard Town Hall
This year in Fethard we celebrate ‘Culture Night 2015’ with a concert of acoustic world music with Tania Opland and Mike Freeman in the newly renovated Town Hall on Main Street on Friday, September 18, from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. Culture night is an annual all island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.
Since 1995, Tania Opland and Mike Freeman have toured the world together from home bases half a world apart, with a unique and eclectic mix of songs in several languages and acoustic music played on more instruments than any sane duo would travel with; hammered dulcimer, guitar, recorders, cittern, violin, native American flute and hurdy gurdy. Their shows feature traditional and contemporary material from many cultures as well as original compositions, all presented with wit and style- guaranteed to provide an evening of great music and entertainment for all.
The concert is free, brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, in partnership with Tipperary County Council and organised locally by Fethard Historical Society.
Its also a wonderful chance view the restoration work recently completed on Fethard Town Hall here in Fethard, so do come along and enjoy.
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
John B Keane photographed with the Cloneen Hall Committee November 1983. Back L to R: Teddy Keane, Denis O’Halloran, John Holohan, Teresa Keane, Jim Egan, Jim Quinn. Front L to R: Peggy Brett, Peggy O’Brien, John B. Keane, Teresa Quinn and Siobh�n Duggan.
This photograph taken in 1985 shows the 'Dead Beats' playing in the 'Fethard Arms' L to R: Pat Guiry, Tom O'Donnell, Keith Grimson and Joe Gallagher (Cashel). Another photo of the band below from the same period.
MaryAnne Keane posted this photograph of her dad Michael (Chas) Keane, Barracks Street, Fethard, aged 11 taken October 1969
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on August 26, were: 12, 21, 27 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets who received €50 each: Rita Burke, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; Dinny Shine, The Valley, Fethard; and Mary Myler, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard. The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Mary Brett, The Valley, Fethard; Eddie Crotty, Killusty; and Michael Russell, c/o Seamus Moloney.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, September 2. The Jackpot is €6,250 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €625. All proceeds go towards community projects in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
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 28, were 7, 33, 34 and 35. There was no jackpot winner or match three winner so the following drawn ticket won €50: Bob Hall, Killenaule. The two lucky dip winners received €25 each: Ronan Maher, Barrack Street; and Noel O'Dwyer, Moyglass. Next week’s draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, September 4, at 7pm. The jackpot is €14,000 and the sellers prize is €390.
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.
Thanks, another million . . .
On Sunday, August 30, 2015, Fethard Website passed another milestone when our page counter passed the 6,000,000 mark. I would like to thank all our readers and visitors who have made this site very popular and appreciated at home and abroad. The Fethard site now receives over 2,000 visitors per day as can be seen from the statistics below for last month, August 2015.
Fethard Website, dedicated to emigrants from the parish, had its first presence on the internet in January 1998 with a small site hosted on www.iol.ie/~fethard/ On August 12, 1998, fethard.com domain name was registered and ever since has remained the home of 'Fethard News' on the internet. Thanks again for your support and encouragement in maintaining this site.
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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