Best Wishes Charlie
Best wishes from all at Fethard Community Playgroup to Charlie Manton in the All-Ireland Minor Football final in goal for Tipperary against Kerry on this Sunday, September 20. We'll be cheering for you!
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, September 20, 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.
Help with third level college fees
Vincent de Paul Society, Fethard Conference, invite applicants who need help with Third Level College expenses, to contact any member of the Fethard St. Vincent de Paul conference for an application form which must be returned before October 7.
The death has occurred on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 of Henry Smyth, Moyglass and late of Mobarnane, Fethard, suddenly at home. Henry, beloved son of the late Harry and Jenny. Sadly missed by his sisters Phyllis and Phoebe, nieces Emer and Caroline, nephews Timothy, Harry and Eoin (New Zealand), brothers-in-law Bobby and Owen, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at Devitt's Funeral Parlour, Cashel, this Friday evening, September 18, from 6pm to 8pm. Removal on Saturday to Magorbane Church for Funeral Service at 2pm, followed by Burial in the adjoining Churchyard.
Community Playgroup open evening
Fethard Community Playgroup will hold an open evening on Monday, September 21, at 7pm in the playschool, Rocklow Road, for parents of children who have just started or will be starting from this year on. Enquiries please contact Tel: (052) 6132316.
Coffee Morning in aid of Hospice
Fethard Bridge Club will hold a ‘Coffee Morning’ in aid South Tipperary Hospice on this coming Thursday, September 17, from 9am in Fethard Tholsel (Town Hall) on Main Street. So please invite your family friends and colleagues to join us for a cuppa on Thursday morning. All proceeds go to our local South Tipperary Hospice Support Group.
Sports Achievement Award for August
Special guest Jim Costigan (left) presenting the Fethard Sports Achievement Award for August to Eoin O’Connell
Congratulations to Eoin O’Connell who was chosen as the August winner of the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award. Eoin has overcome serious injury in recent times and returned to playing hurling at top level. He recently helped Killenaule to victory in the South Senior hurling final.
The presentation was made on Friday, September 11, by special sporting guest, Jim Costigan, Moyglass, who was a member of the local Kilnockin Emmets minor hurling team who won the South Minor Hurling Championship in 1943.
L to R: Carrie Davey, Lucy Spillane and Leah Coen photographed at the presentation of the Fethard Sports Achievement Award for August
Fethard & District Rugby Club
Welcome back for the new season ‘World Cup Year’, and we hope you will enjoy a great year of rugby. Membership Fees are now due and have been reduced this year as follows, €50 for single membership, €20 for second child, €10 for third child, and €110 for family membership.
The club still owe €50,000 for the new pitch lighting system, so we are asking each player to contribute €2 every Friday night for the season as part of our ‘lights levy’, your coach will collect this at the start of training. Please invite your friends and schoolmates to join up for a season of fun and great games in Fethard.
Thanks to local artisans
On behalf of TRUST please pass on our sincere thanks to all the Slieve-na-Mon Artisans for their extremely generous donation of €310 raised at their local exhibition held in Fethard Ballroom earlier this year. Our daily work with the homeless is made possible by the support in so many ways we receive from all sections of the community and for this we are extremely grateful. I hope all in Fethard enjoyed the lovely summer weather.
– With kind regards, Alice Leahy, Director and Co-Founder TRUST.
An eight-week session of yoga classes will commence in the Tirry Centre on Monday, September 21, at 8pm. These classes are suitable for beginners or intermediate. Some of the benefits of yoga practice are it improves flexibility, builds muscle strength, helps to detox the body, reduces stress and anxiety and increases energy. For further details contact Peg at 086 3027927, booking is essential as places are limited.
Fethard Bridge Club
Bridge has resumed in the Tirry Centre on Wednesday last, September 9. Due to the small turnout the game was cancelled. We hope to have a full turnout this Wednesday September 16 and see everyone back playing. New members are very welcome.
From Wimpy Kid, to Shakespeare and everything in between!
Recipients of Speech & Drama Awards in Fethard were Back L to R: Judith Shortall, Gemma Gould, Adam Buttimer, Elizabeth Kennedy, Sam Quigley. Middle L to R: Anna Quigley, Carolann Ryan, Henry Buttimer, Beth Buttimer, Sorcha O'Brien, Paddy Fitzgerald, Thomas Hartigan, Jack Hartigan, Charlotte Burgess, Katie Ryan, Michael Ryan, Nancy Farrell (Tutor). Front L to R: Cillian Carey-O'Dwyer, Killian Hallinan, Jamie Whelan, Billy Burgess, Evija Golvere, Isabelle O'Donnell, Orianna Doyle and Anna Collier.
There was a great sense of occasion at the Tirry Centre in Fethard recently, when The Irish Board of Speech and Drama came to town. Proud families and friends gathered to applaud all who received their Awards in Elocution and Drama. Certificates of Merit and First Class Honours were in abundance, maintaining a tradition of excellent results.
Three Gold Medals were awarded for Distinction in Performance. Judith Shortall from Cahir (Proficiency Grade), Séamus O’Brien from Clonmel (Grade 6) and Anna Quigley from Clerihan (Grade 4).
Their tutor is Nancy Farrell. Nancy is a member of the Institute of Drama and Communication Teachers (IDAC) and teaches in South Tipperary. She offers a unique service by teaching small groups, as well as offering private tuition. Poetry, Mime, Drama and Communication Skills are excellent ways of building self-confidence and improving self-esteem – skills which remain with us for life. Students range in age from 5 years right up to Adults and all abilities are catered for. Autumn Classes are just beginning. To book a FREE introductory class contact Nancy on 086 3432526.
What you doing on Thursday evening?
Fethard Macra recently held their AGM in McCarthys Bar and welcome our new officers as follows, Suzanne Gorey (chairperson), Pat Murphy (secretary), Liam Cleary (pro), Hugh Browne (treasurer), Steven Tierney (president) and Johnny McCormack (young farmer rep). Good luck to all officers in their new roles and well done to all outgoing officers from the last year.
Badminton and volleyball continues every Thursday night at 8.30pm in Clerihan hall. Contact Liam Cleary on 086 3998711 for more information. Remember if you would like to join the club, it's only €20, and with that you get a club jersey, a diary for 2015/2016 and discounts on car insurance and travel. You can also check our Facebook page or feel free to contact our chairperson Suzanne on Tel: 086 1076457 or secretary Pat on 086 2131802 for upcoming event news.
Convent Community Hall back in full swing
Summer is now officially over and Fethard Convent Community Hall is back in full swing with Bunny Hop on Monday mornings, Irish Dancing on Tuesday afternoons, Parent/Minder Toddler Group on Thursday mornings and Ballet Classes on Friday afternoons. Saturdays and Sundays are also starting to fill up with party bookings.
If you would like any information on any of the classes or would like to book a party/event please contact (052) 6131000 or 086 8743752.
Patrician Presentation Jottings
The school extends a big welcome to the new First Year Pupils who join our school from five local Primary Schools: Holy Trinity, Fethard; Lisronagh NS; Clerihan NS; Killusty NS and Moyglass NS. They were welcomed to the school by Principal, Mr Michael O’Sullivan and Deputy Principal, Ms M.A. Fogarty. They then embarked on an Induction Programme, which included an introduction to the 5th Year mentors who will mentor them during their first year of Secondary School. The mentors took the First Years on a tour of the school and later accompanied the group to the bowling alley in Clonmel. Mr McGree, Career Guidance Counsellor, also conducted a ‘Transition to Secondary School’ workshop with the group. The school is extremely conscious of the importance of a successful transition from the Primary Cycle to the Secondary Cycle and has thus developed an induction programme for First Years.
Staff members L to R: Ms Róisín Slattery, Mr Billy Walsh, Mr Ian O'Connor, Mr Michael O'Sullivan (Principal) and Mr Michael Hickey.
Welcome also to newly appointed Staff Members: Mr Ian O’Connor, Business; Mr B. Walsh, Maths Department; and Mr M. Hickey, English and Geography (temporary position). Ms R. Slattery is our new SCP (School Completion Programme Coordinator) and will work in the school on Mondays each week. Ms Slattery replaces Ms Sinead Burke who returned to the classroom in Killenaule this year. We thank Ms Burke for her five years of dedication to our school and we wish her well in her teaching career.
It was with sadness that we said goodbye to Ms Deirdre Mulhall on May 29 last. Ms Mulhall gave seventeen years of dedicated service to our school. A Commerce Graduate, she worked as a Maths and Business teacher in the school and in recent years produced the ‘Off The Wall’ school magazine, headed up the Resource Department, was JCSP (Junior Cert Schools’ Programme) Co-ordinator and did an inordinate amount of work on Literacy and Numeracy Programmes in the school. She will always be remembered for her tireless work for the pupils and her high standards. We thank her very much for her great contribution to Patrician Presentation and wish her many happy years of retirement with her husband and family.
Off to College
Best Wishes to all the Leaving Certs of 2015 as they embark on their college careers this week.
All Ireland titles
Congratulations to 5th Year pupil, Kate Davey who won a Minor All-Ireland Medal this summer with the Tipperary Ladies’ Football team. Well done also to 2nd Year Lucy Spillane who also won an All-Ireland Final with the Tipperary under-14 Ladies’ Football team. Kate and Lucy are both great role models in the school and we are very proud of their achievements in football.
Success as well for 1st Year Patrick Shine who was a member of the Fethard Scouts who earned a silver medal in the recent Phoenix Challenge competition, held in Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick.
A number of pupils have joined both the Junior and Senior classes this year from other schools and we hope that they will reach their potential in our school. Welcome also to foreign students: Catherine Sutherland, Germany; Sara De La Nogal Berzal, Spain; Sara Oz, Germany; and Emma Lorenz, Germany.
Transition Year ‘15
Transition Year ’15 got off to a good start and as part of the induction programme, the TYs, accompanied by Acting TY co-ordinator, Mr O’Connor and PE Teacher, Ms Walsh, took part in a hike to Mahon Falls. Their Work Experience Programme commenced the following day, September 2, and we thank all the employers who kindly facilitate the programme in our school each year. There is a comprehensive TY Programme in the school and the year is always a very busy one for the pupils.
The school was ably represented on this year’s Lourdes Pilgrimage by helpers Orla Walsh, Kiya Lawrence and Katie White. The girls were very fortunate to have had the chance to go as Youth Volunteers with the Cashel and Emily Pilgrimage to Lourdes and were delighted with their visit there. Thank you to the local Lourdes committee, Mrs Carmel Rice and the Parents’ Association who support this programme each year for the 5th Year pupils. The school has long associations with Lourdes through the work of retired teacher, Mr Richard Prendergast and Religion Teacher, Ms Caitríona McKeogh.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on September 9 were: 5, 15, 19 and 29. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Barry Purcell, c/o Tom Purcell. The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Tommy Sayers, Crampscastle, Fethard; Sharon Carroll, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard; and Dóirín Saurus, Crampscastle, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, September 16. The Jackpot is €6,550 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €655. 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, September 11, were 15, 26, 27 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner who received €100: Matt O'Dwyer, Red City, Fethard.
Next week’s draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, September 18, at 7pm. The jackpot is €14,400 and the sellers prize is €410.
Best wishes to our county minor football team
Congratulations to the Tipperary County Minor football team who defeated Kildare by 0-11 to 0-9 in the All Ireland semifinal on August 30. Tipperary will now face Kerry in the All-Ireland minor football championship final in Croke Park on Sunday, September 20, at 1.15pm. We would like to congratulate all involved especially Charlie Manton, son of Suzanna and Gerard Manton, Main Street, Fethard, who is the team goalie and also represents the Fethard club.
Tipperary were beaten by Kerry earlier this year in the Munster final, but September 20 will give our team a chance for revenge. We wish them the best of luck in this great achievement for Tipperary football so please get out the colours and support these great young men.
Free Music and Viewing Event for Culture Night in Fethard this coming Friday
This Friday, September 18, is the date for Culture Night all over Ireland. This international idea came to Ireland in 2006 and has gone from strength to strength with every passing year. Central to the idea is that all events must be free and open to the general public.
Fethard is celebrating Culture Night with a free concert of ‘acoustic world music’ by duo Tania Opland and Mike Freeman in the rejuvenated Town Hall building in the centre of Fethard, beginning at 8.30pm this Friday evening. This beautiful building began life as an Alms House (Hospital/Old Folks Home), built by the wealthy Fethard Everard family in 1608. Four hundred thousand euro of E.U., Government and County Council grants has been spent over the past year to restore the building to much of its former glory and this is another great opportunity for the public to come and visit the building and enjoy world class music at the same time.
The concert, featuring an array of instruments, is being hosted by Fethard Historical Society with the cooperation of Fethard Business and Tourism Group who have masterminded the whole Town Hall-Tholsel project.
Furthermore, the evening is being supported by the Arts Office of Tipperary County Council as this enables a free event for one and all. The music will be followed by a reception which will allow time for everyone to view the restored building. For further information see www.culturenight.ie and any enquiries on the Fethard event can be got by phoning (052) 6131537.
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
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.
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.
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