Fethard & District Rugby Club
Fethard U16 East Munster Cadets L to R: Joe Mee, Patrick Scully, Barry McGrath and Jack O'Rourke
On Sunday morning Fethard U9s played Cashel with some great attacking rugby and tries from Philomena Gilman, Gavin Neville, Jack Stokes, Tadhg O’Brien, Bill Smyth, Alex Britton, Noah O’Flynn and Emily Cuddihy. Great driving forward by Lee and Troy Delaney and Pierce Vaughan kept the scoreboard ticking over with Paddy Ryan and Darren Mullins showing great passing movement. When Cashel went for the consolation tries they were repelled by great tackles from Shane Ryan and Sam Wyse.
The U8s also played really well. The rucking area will need plenty of work but overall a great start. Starring for Fethard were Sam Cohen, Adam Ruttle, Ned O’Meara, Josh Britton, Alec Knightly, Cormac O’Donnell Alice Walsh and Eoghan McAree.
Girls Munster Tournament
Fethard's Tipp stars blossomed in the girls’ Munster Tournament. 2015 has been an incredible twelve months for our U13 girls rugby that started out with an inaugural ‘give it a try’ night. This team have shown great improvement with friends, plenty of laughter and bags of determination. The culmination was a wonderful win in their recent Munster tournament. Congratulations to the team of Nicole Vaughan, Aishling Lonergan, Lucy Fogarty, Caoimhe O'Donnell, Mairead McCarthy, Jenifer Fogarty, Molly Keane, Eabha Fitzgerald, Emma Jayne Burke, Sinead Crowe, Aoibhe Gayson-Molloy, Kate Flannery, Lucy Murphy and Kellie Hunt. Special thanks to our coaches Polly Murphy, Jason Flannery and Elise O'Connor for their work with this team.
We have opportunities for girls to play rugby for our U11, U13, U15 and U18 teams and we have commenced this season training in the Community Field on Friday Evenings from 8pm to 9pm and Monday evenings in Rosegreen from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. New members are always welcomed and we are really looking forward to the season ahead with some exciting group outings. Enquiries to Polly on 086 3394949.
Died recently in Dublin
The death has occurred suddenly on Thursday, October 1, 2015 of James (Jim) O'Donnell, Sandyford, Dublin, and formerly Crampscastle, Fethard. James will be deeply missed by his loving wife and best friend Ann, his adoring children Seamus, Gerard, Ann, Ciara and Ronan, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, grandchildren Ciarán, Éimhín and Ciannait, brothers Tony and Brendan, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May He Rest In Peace.
Removal on Monday, October 5, to the Victorian Chapel in Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold’s Cross for 2pm Funeral Mass. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to the Irish Heart Foundation.
Senior Citizens' Club resume monthly meetings
Autumn has arrived and Fethard Senior Citizens' Club has resumed their monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of the month. New members (over 60) are very welcome to join. Come along to the Tirry Centre on Tuesday, October 6, at 7.30pm. Have a chat, a cuppa and be informed by a relevant speaker each month, finishing with the occasional game of bingo!
Australian couple die within weeks of each other
The happy couple, Pat and Mary (Anglim) Hayes, photographed on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary celebrated in Bribie Island, Queensland on August 15, 1999.
We record the deaths of two Fethard emigrants, Mary Anglim, Knockelly, and Pat Hayes, Rathcoole, who married and emigrated to Australia at a young age and both lived there up to their recent deaths within six weeks of each other, recorded as follows:
The death has occurred on Sunday, August 9, 2015, of Patrick Hayes, Queensland, Australia, and formerly Rathcoole, Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Patrick, son of the late Thomas and May Hayes, died in Stanthorpe, Queensland. Deeply regretted by his wife Mary, son Kevin, daughters Ann-Marie, Siobhán, Bernadette and Geraldine, his brothers Matthew, Gerard, Willie and Denis, his sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Requiem Mass took place in Stanthorpe on Friday, August 21, followed by burial in the municipal cemetery. May He Rest in Peace.
The death has occurred on Friday, September 18, 2015, of Mary Hayes, aged 91 years, late of Lyra, Stanthorpe, Australia, and formerly, Knockelly, Fethard. Mary, dearly loved wife of the late Patrick Kevin Hayes. Much loved mother and mother-in-law to Kevin and Emma, Ann-Marie and Gabriele, Siobhan and Harley, Bernadette and Geraldine. Loving Grandma of Angela and Mark, Mary and Jack, Chrissie and Ollie, Imogen and Suren, Patrick and Maya, Lucy and Sydney. Great-grandma to Massimo, Lucia and Archer. Dear sister to Monica, Paddy, Angela, Peggy (all deceased), and survived by her sisters Bunny, Joan, Tess and relatives here in Fethard.
The funeral Mass of Intercession and Thanksgiving for her life, was celebrated in St Joseph's Catholic Church, on Friday, September 25, followed by the Rite of Christian Burial at the Stanthorpe Lawn Cemetery.
Community Text Alert meeting this Thursday
A meeting to finalise the Fethard Community Text Alert project will be held in the Tirry Community Centre at 8.30pm on this Thursday, October 1. Mr James O'Neill, Community Alert Development Officer with Muintir na Tire, and members of the Garda Síochána will attend the meeting.
The Text Alert was already launched in the Killusty and Cloneen area on September 5, 2014, and is since successfully up and running. Fethard & Killusty Community Council is now ready to finalise the remaining areas of the parish.
It is highly recommended that as many people as possible fill out the forms and join up. So if you haven’t done so yet please contact Joan at the Community Office (052) 6131000 for a form and bring it along on Thursday night. The form will ask for your consent to use your mobile phone for receiving ‘Text Alerts’, which will warn you of suspicious activity or potential criminals approaching or in the Fethard area. All are welcome to attend.
Remembrance Mass for Jean-Marc Moquet
A remembrance Mass for the late Jean-Marc Moquet, Kiltinan, will be held in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty, at 7.30pm on Friday, October 2.
Bloodstock agent Jean-Marc Moquet, who managed Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber's Kiltinan Castle Stud in Fethard for 15 years, up to 2012, died at his home in France on Friday, July 24, 2015.
Jean-Marc is survived by wife Clarisse and daughter Tara.
Canine Companion Fundraiser
A Table Quiz will be held in Butler’s Sports Bar on Friday, October 2, in aid of J.P. McCormack, four-year-old son of Paraic and Mary McCormack, Tullamaine, Fethard. Your support is requested for this worthy cause to help J.P. have a special ‘Canine Companion’ under the auspices of the charity’s Autism Services.
My Canine Companion is a national charity founded on the 16th June 2011 by Cliona O’Rourke, whose main purpose is to provide highly trained and skilled service dogs to people with disabilities, particularly autism. They train dogs to assist children and young adults living with Autism and are committed to helping children with autism and their families gain independence, companionship and safety through the provision of highly trained and skilled Service Dogs.
Each Service Dog costs the charity just over €10,000 to train. The period of training covers the two years from birth right through to graduation as an Service Dog, that can make a dramatic difference in the quality of life for children with Autism and their families. Not only do our dogs assist them physically, but these special dogs also become the child’s best and in some cases, only, friend.
For further information visit: www.mycaninecompanion.ie
What a great turn out we had from our members for the county round of the Beef and Sheep Stock Judging on Tierney’s farm, Fethard. A huge crowd also showed up from the South Tipp clubs and we couldn't have asked for better weather. Thanks to Steven and Mickey for showing a bit of their farm skills to the new members in perpetration for next years farm skills competition. Thanks also to Tierneys for the use of their farm.
This Friday night, October 2, is the county round of ‘Know Your Ag’ quiz which takes place in O’Ceallachain’s Pub, Carrick-on-Suir. Our members will compete against the rest of the county and be joined by Kilkenny and Waterford Macra clubs. Finger food and raffle on the night and entry is free. Starting at 7.30pm.
Badminton and volleyball continues on Thursday nights at 8.30pm in Monroe Sports Complex. All are welcome. Check out Facebook for more information or feel free to text or ring Suzanne on 086-1076457 or Pat on 086-2131802.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Junior Cert Results
Congratulations to all our Junior Cert Pupils who performed well in their recent exams. There were some outstanding results with all pupils reaching their potential. They are a credit to the school and to their parents.
Football and hurling training takes place on Thursday and Friday evenings under the guidance of Mr Walsh, Mr Cummins, Ms Walsh and Mr O’Connor. Lunchtime volleyball is on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with table tennis on Wednesdays. Senior and Cadette volleyball training is timetabled for Tuesday evenings. The ‘Board Games Club’ is hosted in the library on Mondays by Ms Slattery, along with Mr Walsh’s draughts competition taking place on Tuesdays. The school would like to thank the teachers for their extra-curricular work with the pupils.
Transition Year Fair
The T.Y. class travelled to Kilkenny on September 17, to the T.Y. Fair. The event was well attended and was a very worthwhile experience for the pupils. They were accompanied on the trip by acting T.Y. Co-ordinator, Mr O’Connor and art teacher, Ms Looby. As well as participating in a comprehensive T.Y. Programme, the pupils do work experience on Wednesdays, help out with Meals and Wheels on two days each week and run the school shop daily on a modular basis.
Peter Pan rehearsals under way
Rehearsals are well under way for the annual school show which is planned to hit the stage in early December. Watch this space in the coming weeks for more information on this event.
The homework club, organised by Ms Slattery, SCP Co-ordinator, is now up and running. First and Second Year pupils may attend this club which runs from Monday to Thursday, 4pm to 5 pm, with the pupils receiving a light snack prior to the club.
The AGM of the Parents’ Association was held in the school on September 14. It was a very lively meeting as usual with the following officers elected for the coming school year: Pamela O’Donnell (chairperson), Mandy Quigley (vice-chairperson), Collette Geoghegan (secretary), Tina Whyte (assistant secretary), and Philomena Whyte (treasurer). The annual Church Gate Collection on September 20 was a great success and the group is already planning a table quiz in aid of school funds, which will be held in Fethard Convent Community Centre on Monday, October 19.
Students attend Ploughing Championships
T.Y. pupils and 5th and 6th Year Agricultural Science students travelled to the Ploughing Championships last week with their Ag Science teacher, Mr Maher, Mr O’Connor and HSCL co-ordinator, Ms O’Neill. Agricultural Science has become popular in the school over the last few years with the pupils performing well in the Leaving Cert Exam.
Evening Study for senior pupils
Supervised Study for Junior Cert and Senior Pupils takes place in the school from Monday to Thursday, 4pm to 6pm. There is a limited number of places in the interest of maintaining a good working atmosphere in the study hall.
Taking 'Dyson' for a walk around the walls
Dick Fitzgerald taken his dog 'Dyson' for a walk around the walls of Fethard.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on September 23 were: 17, 23, 25 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50: Bridget Ryan, Loughcopple, Killusty; Bernadette McManus, Burke Street, Fethard; and Michael Leahy, Cedar Grove, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Larry Kehoe, c/o Kathleen Connolly; Conor Cunningham, Rathkenny, Drangan; and Orla Kelly, c/o Philly Kenny.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, September 30. The Jackpot is €6,850 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €685. All proceeds go towards community projects in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
GAA Sports Development Lotto
Fethard GAA / Sports Centre Development Lotto would like to thank all our supporters, far and near, who participate in our weekly lotto draw to promote sport in our community.
The numbers drawn on Friday, September 25, were 22, 24, 34 and 36. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. Two drawn tickets received €25 each: Gerry Murphy, Congress Terrace; and Gerry Aherne, Coolmore. The €50 lucky dip was won by Michael Costello, Strylea.
Next week’s draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, October 2, at 7pm. The jackpot is €14,800 and the sellers prize is €430.
Music in the Tholsel
Photographed at the Culture Night at Fethard Tholsel are L to R: Terry Cunningham, Tania Opland, Mike Freeman and Pat Looby.
The Tholsel in Fethard came alive with the sound of music last Friday evening for Culture night. And what music! Tania Opland and Mike Freeman gave a virtuoso performance of music through the ages; traditional, folk, contempory and classics with a modern twist. They took us on a whistle-stop tour of music from such diverse places as Alaska, the Appalachian mountains, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Macedonia. Tania sang in Russian, French Creole and Greek. They played guitar, violin, whistle and recorder as well as the more esoteric hammered dulcimer and the hurdy-gurdy. Mike played percussion on a native American Indian version of the bodhrán while Tania introduced us to pipes from South America while Mike played percussion on a native American Indian version of the bodhrán. The large audience was generous with applause and the musicians thanked them for their appreciative response throughout the evening.
Maureen and John Whyte, Main Street, photographed at the Culture Evening at Fethard Tholsel. John and Maureen are also celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Tholsel was the perfect setting for our culture evening. The musicians played in front of one of the magnificent 17th century fireplaces. The subdued lighted reflected off the lime-rendered walls, glimmered on the deep-set windows and it was reminiscent of the great halls and minstrel galleries of old.
The evening was hosted by the Fethard Historical Society, funded by the Arts section of Tipperary County Council, in collaboration with the Fethard Business & Tourism Group who were delighted to showcase the Tholsel to the public as part of the national celebration of our heritage. Jimmy O’Sullivan, FBTG, spoke briefly about the restoration to date of the Tholsel, which dates from the early 1600s, and explained that the recent funding from Fáilte Ireland of €198,000 will be used to see the project through to completion.
We look forward to seeing the Tholsel restored to its former glory and once again providing a vibrant focal point on the Main Street.
Rugby Club’s ‘Cash-4-Clobber’
Please support Fethard & District Rugby Club with our Cash-4-Clobber fundraiser. Bring along bags of unwanted clothes, (any condition), shoes, boots, bags, soft toys, curtains, blankets, sheets and old mobile phones, to clubhouse at any training time. Not allowed are pillows or duvets. All proceeds will go to help pay for the new lights.
Tipperary writer launches quirky evocation of boyhood and rural life in sixties Ireland
Postcard of Main Street Fethard 1962.
Fethard man John Fogarty’s new book ‘Scenes from an Indian Summer’, which tells the story of a 12 year old boy coming of age in the summer of 1963 in a small Tipperary town, will be launched by Tipperary poet, writer and Aosdana member Michael Coady on Friday, October 2, at the Abymill Theatre, Fethard.
The book was shortlisted for the John Murray Show/ RTE1/RTE Guide book prize. It is set in a small Tipperary town during the summer of 1963, the summer of Kennedy and the Beatles, in a poverty- stricken, pre-industrial, rural society characterised by subsistence living and mass emigration. The book captures the essence of that particular summer in a quirky evocation of rural boyhood and the places, people and events, the challenges and changes, that colour the life of a twelve year old boy who is coming of age just as that rural world is about to be transformed forever as the sixties progress.
Best-selling Irish author, Ferdia McAnna, described Fogarty as ‘a lovely storyteller with a very laid-back style’. He said that ‘Scenes from an Indian Summer’ was ‘beautifully written and quirkily funny with scenes that live long in the memory . . . if you wanted to capture a summer in the sixties he has done it magnificently.’
The idea for the book came from observing the restricted and controlled way in which children are obliged to spend their summers nowadays, in this, the age of the summer camp.
Fogarty says - “We are living in a risk society with parents in almost constant fear for the safety of their children, and, consequently, there is little autonomy in the way that children are allowed to play and interact. Which is in stark contrast to the supposedly more oppressive 1950s and 1960s when boys gallivanted freely across miles of countryside, wherever their instinct and curiosity might take them. In writing ‘Scenes from an Indian Summer’ I wanted to tell a coming of age story and also recreate the sense of freedom and constant movement that characterised rural boyhood experiences in those days”. John Fogarty lives in Fethard and is married to Veronica. They have a son, Joe, and a daughter, Maryanne. (– The Nationalist, September 17, 2015)
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.
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.
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
Fethard's finest athletes 2002 L to R: Ryan Laslett, Conor Prendergast, Lolo Trehy, Michael Costello, Shane Gorey, Kevin Quigley and Ben Walsh.
Miceál McCormack and Jack Ryan photographed in Kerry Street in 1960s during the visit of Tom Hanlon and his wife Peg and family.
Remembering two brothers, John (26) and David Phelan (24), Baptistgrange, Fethard, who tragically died shortly after 8pm on Sunday night 4th August, 2002, when their motorbike was involved in a collision at the top of Market Hill.
Fethard Boy Scouts who carried their troop and the national flag at St. Patrick's Day morning mass at Holy Trinity Church, Fethard, 2002. L to R: Damien Shine, David Kennedy, Paul McCarthy, Philip O'Donnell, Dermot Culligan, John McCarthy, Declan Doyle, Ciar�n Barrett, Bobby Phelan and Mike McCarthy.
Photographed above are Fethard camogie team who were beaten by Portroe in the County Intermediate League Final 2002. Back L to R: Pat Sheehan, Laiose O’Connell, Jennifer Keane, Niamh Sheehan, Imelda Ryan, Louise Wade, Nora O’Meara, Sandra Maher, Vanessa O’Donnell, Edel Fitzgerald, Audrey Conway, Fiona Conway, Declan Browne. Front: L to R: Jean Morrissey, Sharon (Lawton) O’Meara, Caroline (Fitzgerald) Quinlan, Ailish Sheehan, Annette Murphy (sponsor), Sandra Spillane, Gillian Murphy (sponsor), Joan O’Donnell, Jennifer Fogarty, Lisa McCormack, Marie Houlihan, Mia Treacy and Emily Sayers.
Coolmoyne Creamery, closed its doors for good on Friday, 27th September 2002 after 108 years service to the community. The occasion was marked by inviting past workers and neighbours for refreshments, photographed above.
Carmel Kelly (neé Kenny), Dublin, sent us this photograph taken outside Centra on The Green some years ago. Photo includes, on bicycles Bridie Hanrahan (left) and Philly Kenny (right), standing at door Agnes Allen, ?, Kathleen Kenny and
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