Meeting in Fethard Secondary School
All are invited to attend a 'Coder DOJO' information meeting in Fethard Secondary school at 8pm on this Monday, October 12. CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people, between 7 and 17, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment. In addition to learning to code attendees meet like minded people and are exposed to the possibilities of technology. Please come along tonight so to give our young people the skills that are needed into the future.
Table Quiz in aid of Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Centre are holding a Table Quiz on Friday, October 23, at 9pm in Butler's Bar, Main Street, Fethard. Table of four will cost €24. Raffle on the night. All are welcome.
Fethard & District Day Care Centre supports the older members of our community in Fethard & Killusty parish and also caters for the surrounding areas of Killenaule, Drangan, Mullinahone, etc. The centre offer a safe and comfortable location for meeting, playing cards and bingo, doing arts and crafts, exercises suitable to one's abilities and also provide a hot nourishing meal and loads of support from their peers. Meals-on-Wheels are also provided to a number of clients in the Fethard area three days a week. We ask you to please support.
‘Indian Summer’ book launch
A section of the crowd attending the launch in a packed Abymill (all photographes taken by Larry Kenny)
A capacity crowd filled the Abymill Theatre on Friday night last, October 2, for the launch of John Fogarty’s first book, 'Scenes from an Indian Summer'. John’s book is based on the vivid memories of summer 1963 through the eyes of a 12-year-old child as he and his friends leave school to begin their school holidays.
Photographed at the launch of John Fogarty's book 'Scenes from and Indian Summer' in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard. L to R: Tony O'Dwyer (Wordsonthestreet Publishers Galway), Michael Coady who launched the book, John Fogarty (author) and Geraldine Burke (Wordsonthestreet Publishers Galway).
Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Gus Fitzgerald and the book was launched by poet and author, Michael Coady from Carrick-on-Suir. Michael began his address by mentioning his long happy association with Fethard since his college days in Drumcondra where he also discovered Don Byard from Burke Street. This meeting developed into a life-long friendship up to Don’s untimely death in 1996. Michael spoke of the feeling of loss when losing a family member or friend and remembered Don with a few words from a poem by Michael Hartnett, Newcastle West, “We began with simple hearts, but then one friend is cancelled out and the long subtraction starts.” Michael, a keen musician, also played in Billy Kenrick’s Dance Band for many years.
John Fogarty's last surviving uncle, Seamus Cooney from Carrick-on-Suir talking to Michael Coady (right) at the launch of 'Scenes from an Indian Summer'.
Michael went on to say, “This book is a wonderful addition to the cultural atmosphere that I have detected in Fethard. It is an astonishing feat of acute, detailed, interesting, vivid memory of people and place.” Finishing up he remembered an acquaintance, Archie Morrissey, when introducing a story he was telling said, “I don’t know if this is true or not . . . but it happened!”
Photographed at the book launch L to R: L to R: Tommy Keane, Mary Myler and Pat Sheehan.
Photographed L to R: Teresa (McCarthy) Morrissey, Mary Byrne, Theresa Kelly, Geraldine and Michael McCarthy.
L to R: Martin O'Shea, Mary Hanrahan, Tommy O'Brien, Liz O'Brien and Michael Coady.
Photographed at the book launch L to R: Simon Standbridge, Maryanne Fogarty, Jane Fitzgerald, Beth Whittle and Sean Cleary.
L to R: Aisling Whelan, Niamh Whelan, Rita Cronnolly and her daughter Jenny Cronnolly in front, Madeline Whelan and Maryanne Fogarty.
Members of the Butler family helping out at the 'Scenes from an Indian Summer' book launch in the Abymill Theatre L to R: Madeline, Ella, Marianne, Jimmy and Rita.
Photographed at the book launch L to R: Sean Doyle, Judy Doyle, Theresa O'Brien and Liam O'Brien.
Members of the Fogarty family photographed at the book launch Back L to R: Frank Fogarty, Kieran Fogarty, Joseph Fogarty, Declan Fogarty. Middle L to R: Martin Fogarty, Pat Fogarty, Jim Fogarty. Front L to R: Tom Fogarty, Gerry Fogarty, Veronica Fogarty and John Fogarty.
The evening continued with John Fogarty reading some excerpts from his book which was well received by all present.
John expressed his heartfelt thanks to all who attended the launch and for all the expressions of support and encouragement he received. It was heartening, after all the work writing the book, getting it into print and organising the launch, to see so many people taking copies and to feel so much goodwill in the air at the Abymill. I hope that people enjoy reading it now. Listen to
Michael Coady's introduction and some readings by the author John Fogarty by clicking their names below . . .
The book is available for sale locally at €12 in Centra Supermarket, McManus Grocery, Post Office and Carroll's Picture Framing. It will also be available to buy from all online bookstores: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository etc. It can also be purchased on request in all bookstores with a computerised Bookdata system.
Sports Achievement Award nominations for September
The following nominations were received for the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for September:
- Kyle McNamara – (this young race driver was recently crowned Tipperary Junior Hot Rod champion.
- Joe Murphy – ‘Snowy Scene’ trained by Joe was a good winner at Fairyhouse in a six furlong nursery race.
- Colin Allen and Shane Kenny – two local golfers were the winners of the Munster HolmPatrick Cup played at Fota Island golf club.
- Natalie Jordan – Natalie brought home a haul of five medals from a Masters swimming gala held in Tullamore.
- Mouse Morris – trained first and third ‘Rogue Angel’ and ‘Rule the World’ in the Kerry National at Listowel.
- Charlie Manton – Tipperary Minor football goalkeeper who reached the All Ireland Final beating the Leinster and Connacht champions along the way.
The winner will be announced at a special presentation function in Butler’s Bar on Friday night next, October 9, at 10pm. All are welcome.
Rosary for the month of October
The Rosary will be prayed each Sunday during the month of October in the Augustinian Abbey at 4pm and in the Parish Church at 9.35am.
Francis ‘At Your Service’ in Fethard
Proprietor of McCarthy’s Bar, Vincent Murphy and Francis Brennan, presenter of TV series 'At Your Service' speaking with the film crew during filming at McCarthy's funeral parlour.
Francis Brennan and his ‘At Your Service’ team recently paid a visit to McCarthys in Fethard. Although asked to come initially to give some advice on a make over to the restaurant, they took a good look around and got stuck in to the undertaker side of the business as well. Which should make for a fairly different ‘At Your Service’ show when it broadcasts in January, as they visited places as diverse as Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin and the ‘Ideal Death Conference’ in Winchester.
Fethard Serious Illness Fund AGM
The annual general meeting of the Fethard Serious Illness Fund will take place on this Thursday night at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street. All are welcome.
Grove Mud Run in aid of Hospice
Tipperary Foxhounds will hold a ‘Mud Run’ at Grove Estate on Saturday, October 24, from 12 noon, in aid of South Tipperary Hospice. This fun day out is suitable for all members of the family and includes a 5k course over natural and man-made obstacles with lots of ‘mud’. Entry is €30 with group discounts and €20 for under-16s. For further information contact Kevin 087 2912111 or Sue 086 8253718.
Fethard Bridge Club Coffee Morning
Photographed at Fethard Bridge Club's Coffee Morning in the Town Hall, in aid of South Tipperary Hospice are L to R: Noreen Evans, Carol Kenny, Sr. Marie, Jimmy Connolly, Kevin O'Dwyer, Gemma Kenny, Margaret Doocey, Kay St. John and Pauline Morrissey.
On Thursday, September 17, at a coffee morning held in the Tholsel, Fethard, over €700 was raised for South Tipperary Hospice. For many who supported the event it was their first visit to the newly renovated Town Hall and all were complimentary in their comments on the restoration work carried out. Over coffee, people chatted and reminisced about the many uses of the Town Hall down through the years - it was used for dancing, plays, badminton, Meals-on-Wheels, and the library to mention but a few. A big thank you to all who so generously supported this very worthy cause.
The results of our game on September 16 were as follows: 1st Gross, Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara; 1st Nett, Eileen Ryan and Jim Lahert; 2nd Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 2nd Nett, Kevin and Noel O'Dwyer; 3rd Gross, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke; 3rd Nett, Nell Broderick and David O'Meara.
On October 21 we will be playing for Hallowe’en Prizes. Please note that bridge now starts at 7.15pm sharp! Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Juvenile GAA Club
Fethard U8 boys team, winners in the David Boland Tournament at Monroe. Team: Sean McEvoy, Gavin Neville, Criostoir Sheehy, Noah O'Flynn, Ben Allen, Charlie Walsh, Danny Shelly, Paddy Ryan, Zach Smith, Rory O'Mahoney, Sami Laaksonen and TJ Keane.
Congratulations to Fethard U7s and U8s for winning the David Boland Tournaments in Monroe last Saturday. These were two well deserved victories at the end of season for this group of players. Our U7s won their three matches to get to the final in which they beat Moyle Rovers with a great display. Our U8s followed a similar route and came from behind in an epic final against a gallant Moyle Rovers. Great excitement followed with captains Sam Coen and Zach Smith collecting the trophies. Many thanks to Moyle Rovers for running a well organised competition in which we are delighted to take part every year.
Fethard's successful U7 team after winning in the David Boland Tournament at Monroe. Team: Sean Thompson, Miceal O'Rahilly, Troy Delaney, Lee Delaney, Alec Knightly, Tadhg Cuddihy, Kelvin Ryan, Sam Coen, Daniel Barry and Oliver Woodlock.
Our U10s did very well in the County Blitz on Saturday in Dr Morris Park beating Ardfinnan and Loughmore and only loosing out to a very strong Commercials team. This team have improved throughout the season, so well done to all the coaches and parents of all the teams mentioned. U10 team Andrew Wall, Danny Hayes, Oisín Ryan, Andrew Connorton, Liam Kiely, Mark Neville, Jack Davey and Matt Coen.
Captains Zach Smith and Sam Coen collecting the trophies.
Fethard Mini Rugby
On Sunday morning last Fethard & District Mini Rugby hosted Waterpark, with a large turn out from both teams that saw the teams divided into two with each playing two games. Great rugby was played by both teams who were experiencing lineouts and scrums for the first time. Fethard, showing great eagerness and teamwork, ensued victory in all games. Starring for Fethard were Adam Ruttle, Charlie Walsh, Jack Stokes, Pierce Vaughan, Bill Smyth, Sean Fitzgerald, Paddy Ryan, Gavin Neville, Eoghan McAree, Sam Austin, Johnny Shanahan, Noah O'Flynn, Ned O'Meara, Mark Ryan, Troy Delaney, Lee Delaney, Emily Cuddihy and Darragh Butler.
Died in London
The death has occurred on Sunday, September 27, 2015, of Christy Matthews, of Neasden, London, and formerly from Kerry Street, Fethard. The late Christy is survived by his wife Mary, son John, two daughters Marie and Cathy, his sister Carmel Hannon in Fethard and his relatives in Clonmel. May he rest in peace.
Funeral service will take place in St Mary and St Andrew’s Church, Neasden, London, on Tuesday, October 13. Interment will take place in Hendon Cemetery on Wednesday, October 14.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on September 30 were: 3, 8, 12 and 22. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Kaycie Aherne, Prospect, Fethard.
The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Denis O'Meara, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard; Daniela Sabatini, The Lantern, Fethard; and Majella Daly, Cedar Grove, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, October 7. The Jackpot is €7,000 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €700. 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, October 2, were 2, 12, 31 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner who received €100: Orla Lawrence, Strylea, Fethard.
Next week’s draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, October 9, at 7pm. The jackpot is €15,000 and the sellers prize is €440.
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. 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
Lucy Phelan and Geraldine Hayes sketching in the grounds of Kiltinan Castle c.1976
John Kenrick posted this photo of Caroline Palmer (Delmage) riding 'Ancasta' winner Irish Oaks in 1964. She was one of the very few women riding in racing stables then.
Pictured at Vincent O'Brien's stables in Ballydoyle.
Members of Fethard Macra Club photographed at their club meeting held to finalised plans for their '50th Anniversary Dinner Dance' which took place on Saturday 7th October 2000 in the Clonmel Arms Hotel.
Mrs Mary Slattery, Rocklow Road, having a flutter on the slot machines in Tramore back in 1999.
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, Ciarán 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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