Parents' Association Table Quiz
The Annual Parents’ Association Table Quiz in aid of school funds will be held in the Convent Community Hall on Monday next, October 19, at 8pm. It is always a very enjoyable and sociable night with a cup of tea provided at the interval. The Parents’ Association would welcome your support for this event. Table of four cost €28. There will be lots of raffle prizes and refreshments will be served. All funds raised go directly to school activities during the year.
Kilnockin Emmets get-together - this Friday night!
Kilnockin Emmets Minor Hurling Team South Tipp Champions 1943. Back L to R: Jack Molloy (selector), Tom O'Neill (sec), Martin Wright, Eddie Trehy, Jack Wall, Jim Costigan, Paddy Butler, Jerome Guiry (selector), John McCormack (selector). Middle: Mick O'Neill (school boy), Paddy Dalton, Michael Barry, Peter Walsh, Pat Hayes, John O’Donnell. Front: Ger Hayes, Willie Molloy, Paddy Browne, Joe O'Neill and Willie Stapleton.
Survivors and supporters of the short-lived Kilnockin Emmets minor and junior hurling teams from the mid 1940s are invited to Lonergan’s Bar on this coming Friday night, October 16, to have a chat and share memories of the successful achievements of these teams based in Kilnockin, outside Fethard.
The Kilnockin Emmets minor hurling team won the South Tipperary Championship in 1943 against Carrick Swan in the final played in Kilsheelan. The final score was Kilnockin Emmets 4-0 to Carrick Swan 3-01. The winning team included: Martin Wright, Eddie Trehy, Jack Wall, Jim Costigan, Paddy Butler, Paddy Dalton, Michael Barry, Peter Walsh, Pat Hayes, John O’Donnell, Ger Hayes, Willie Molloy, Paddy Browne, Joe O'Neill and Willie Stapleton.
There was also a Kilnockin Emmets Junior hurling team that we are anxious to hear more about . . . maybe on Friday night in Lonergans! All are welcome.
Kilnockin Emmetts Junior Hurling Team c.1943. Back L to R: young boys Christy Fleming (a brother of Bridget Hayes and who later became a Garda Sergeant), team mascot Sean 'Glamour' Walsh, Jack Molloy (Moyglass), Johnny Tynan ('Boher man oge'), Tom O'Neill (Ballyvadin), Jerome Guiry (St. Johnstown), Gus Maher ('Bawn O Rea'), Connie O'Donnell (Slainstown), John McCormack (Kilnockin), Paddy Carroll (hat), Eddie McCormack (Kilnockin), Tommy Fleming (boy). Front Players kneeling L to R: Brud Flynn (Glenagaddy), Cutsy O'Donnell (Slainstown), Paddy Murphy (Slainstown), Willie Molloy (Moyglass), Paddy Butler (Coolanure), John Fogarty (Curraghscarteen), Danny Carey (Kilnockin), Peter Walsh (Carrigeen), Paddy Dalton (Redcity), Jimmy McCormack (Kilnockin), Tommy Carey (Kilnockin) and Willie Stapleton (Brodeen). — Names supplied by Sean 'Glamour' Walsh, Curraghtarsna, Fethard.
Launch of Fethard Text Alert set for November 10
The launch of Fethard Text Alert has been arranged for November 10, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre and all are invited to come along. A full list of additional signage is currently being prepared and any remaining areas or houses that have not signed up to receive notifications are asked to contact the Community Office in Fethard, Tel (052) 6131000, without delay. This community service is significantly important in combating the growing problem of rural crime.
Sports Achievement Award for September
Charlie Manton (centre) receiving the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for September from special sporting guest, and this month's sponsor, Des O'Meara, Sports Injury Clinic, Tullamaine.
The September winner of the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award was Charlie Manton, Main Street, Fethard. Charlie was the Tipperary Minor football team’s goalkeeper that reached the All Ireland Final played against Kerry in Croke Park in September this year. The team played some tremendous games in the championship this year, beating the Leinster and Connacht champions along the way.
The award was presented by double Irish Derby winning jockey Shamie Heffernan, based in Ballydoyle Stables, and this month's sponsor, Des O'Meara, Sports Injury Clinic, Tullamaine, at a special presentation function held in Butler’s Bar on Friday night, October 9.
Photographed at the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award presentation were L to R: Richie McNamara, special sporting guest Shamie Heffernan, Kyle McNamara and Sonny O'Connell.
Photographed at the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award presentation were L to R: Shamie Heffernan, Fin O'Driscoll, Natalie Jordan, Adam Clooney and Shirley Clooney.
Charlie Manton (centre), Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award winner for September, photographed with his parents, Ger and Suzanna Manton.
Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game on September 23 were as follows: 1st Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 1st Nett, Anne Connolly and Eileen Frewen; 2nd Gross, Alice Quinn and Berney Myles; 2nd Nett, Mike Burke and Margaret Slattery; 3rd Gross, Monica Anglim and Betty Walsh; 3rd Nett, Kevin and Noel O’Dwyer.
On September 30 we played for sponsored prizes and the winners were: 1st Nett, Eileen Ryan and Jim Lahert; 1st Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 2nd Nett, Alice Quinn and Berney Myles; 2nd Gross, Monica Anglim and Betty Walsh; 3rd Nett, Anne Connolly and Eileen Frewen; 3rd Gross, Nell Broderick and Anna Cooke.
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.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Fethard Transition Year class are involved in a number of interesting projects at the moment. On Thursday last, they had a workshop on the Student Enterprise Awards, facilitated by Ms Sue Anne O’Donnell. TY pupils in the school have had success in these awards over the last few years. Then on Friday, October 9, there was an Entrepreneurship Workshop presented by Stephen Power of NFTE/Foróige. The TY Radio Media Studies module with Ms Sarah McCormack (Head of Operations at Tipp FM) continues on Thursdays in the school.
Our senior volleyball girls played the first round of their competition on Tuesday, September 29, in Moyle Rovers GAA Complex where they took on Mountrath and Coolock. The girls won both games in straight sets. Well done to all involved. The team included Molly O'Meara, Megan Coen, Kate Davey, Emma Cronin, Sadhbh Horan, Ciara Hayes, Katie Whyte, Annie Prout and Louise Fitzgerald. Also thanks to Nathan Costin, Keith Cronin, Amye O'Donovan, Carly Tobin and Shauna O'Neill for acting as referees and scorekeepers on the day. The girls will travel to Naas this coming Wednesday for the second round where they take on Trinity, Sutton Park, and Naas. Best of luck.
Awards Day on Friday October 23
Preparations are in full swing for this year’s Awards’ Day which will be held in the school on Friday, October 23. As usual, there are a big number of awards on offer and the event is eagerly awaited by all the students.
Dinner Dance for Ladies Football Club
Fethard Ladies Football Club will hold their ‘Dinner Dance’ on Friday, November 13, in the Clonmel Park Hotel. Tickets are €35 each. Dinner served at 8pm with music supplied by ‘Supersoul Machine’, followed by DJ Kumar. Tickets are available now from Willie Morrissey (086 3032260), Miceál Spillane (087 6217055), Martin Coen (086 6075102) and Peter Stocksborough (086 8232130).
Fethard ICA will hold their October meeting on Tuesday, October 20, at 8pm in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road. Special guest speaker this month is from O'Dwyers Shoes, Thurles. Catering on the night by the ‘Red Group’. The next craft night will take place on Monday, October 19, at 8pm.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on October 7 were: 1, 9, 26 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Samantha Fernihough, Main Street, Fethard (online ticket). The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Mary Keane, Knockelly, Fethard; Dean Sharpe, The Castle, Fethard; and Eoin Maher, Abbeyville, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, October 14. The Jackpot is €7,150 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €715. All proceeds go towards community projects in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
Fethard Athletic Club
Fethard AC members photographed at the Tipperary County Novice Cross Country in Mayglass on Sunday, October 4. L to R: Jennifer Rice, Fintan Rice, Ailbe Ryan, Joey Feery, Elaine Kennedy and her father Jim Kennedy
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 9, were 4, 27, 28 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner so the following two drawn tickets received €25 each: Anna Lynch c/o Ladies Football; and Kevin Cullinane c/o John Neville. The €50 lucky dip winner was: Rachel O’Loughlin, Fethard.
Next week’s draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, October 16, at 7pm. The jackpot is €15,200 and the sellers prize is €450.
Killusty Junior Infants
Starting in Junior Infants class at Killusty National School are L to R: Aaron Feery, Sam Donovan, Ewan Byrne and Gus Purcell.
Fethard Girls Rugby
Our Fethard Under 15s played a great game with the hosts in Carrick last Saturday and collected the winning points in the game against Youghal. We were delighted to have such a great turnout in numbers for Fethard's Tipp stars. Jennifer Fogarty continued where she left off last year as a strong tackler and quick ball carrier. Molly Keane showed grit and determination turning over ball in the rucks tackling and carrying with some fine runs. Kate Gayson Molloy scored the first and last try of the game with a fine run down the wing, also converting her first try. Nicole Vaughan stepped up to U15s and was a great asset to the team with great ball robbing resulting in a fine try for her team.
Caoimhe O'Donnell assisted in the recycling of the ball with Orlaigh Crowe counter rucking well and picking up loose ball to good effect. Kellie Hunt put in some good work on the wing. Sinead Crowe did sterling work in the scrum in second row and pint in some fine tackles. Aisling Lonergan came on with gusto and provided great drive in the scrum. Bridget Quinlan provided support to the forwards. Thanks you very much girls and see you Training Monday evenings in Rosegreen and Friday evenings in Fethard.
The U18 girls game with Carrick against Thurles was also a great result for us in a good game at the start of the season. Special mention to Therese Ryan who played her first U18's game and proved a great asset to the team with good defence throughout. Here's to their next game. Keep up the great work girls!
Next week our U15s play South Cork in Carrick for a 12 noon kick-off. Our U13s play in Bruff for a Munster Blitz 10-a-side for 11am, along with our U11 girls who are travelling for their first training game. New members are always welcome and if you require further information please contact Polly Murphy on 086 3394949.
Fethard U18s win thrilling rugby game
Fethard RFC hosted Kilfeacle RFC on Saturday night in a very hard competitive game with both teams scoring 5 tries each, and Fethard coming out on top by a single point. Pierse Blackmore, Connie Coen and Oran Ivors played very well in the backs, running and linking up to score two great tries. Our forwards had a very combative game with Andrew Phelan, Tommy Murphy and Griffin Ivors putting in huge hits and tackling hard. Ross McCormack carried strong and was a threat all day with Richie Holohan scoring a great try. Jack Kealy and Gus Browne made some great breaks, putting in hard yards which the team capitalised on. A very entertaining game with our boys playing very exciting rugby. Well done lads, great to have good numbers. Keep it up. Training Friday and Tuesday nights.
Fethard U16s were up against Dungarvan in a match we needed to win after a poor display last week away to Cashel. The game started tentatively enough before we gave away a penalty, which Dungarvan scored. After a little chat from captain Barry McGrath the lads decided to get it together and really performed as a unit. We mastered the scrum and after a few sniper runs Dale Murphy eventually stole in for a well deserved try, duly converted by Peter Wall. We lost, wing forward, Taylor Bailey to a finger injury in the first half and John Hayden really stepped up to the mark coming into second row with David McCormack reverting back to wing forward. Dungarvan full back caught a clearance kick and ran half the pitch avoiding despairing tackles to score. Half time 7-8.
The second half saw us up our tempo and some fantastic tackling and running with the ball made it very difficult for Dungarvan to defend. We ran in four more tries in the second half, Joe Mee (2) and 1 each from David McCormack and Darragh Lynch to end the game winners 33-20.
Well done to all the lads who gave enormous effort, which thankfully paid off. Our next outing is away to Mitchelstown in two weeks time. We would also like to thank the parents who brought and served refreshments after the game and for their excellent support (as always) during our matches.
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.
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.
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 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
Founder members of Fethard Credit Union inaugurated by the people of Fethard in April, 1970. Back L. to R: Dr. Jeremiah Maher, Dick Gorey, Jim Ryan, Front: Bill Mulligan (secretary), Fr. Sean Kennedy (chairman), Jimmy Connolly (treasurer) and Sean Henehan. The photograph was taken, coincidentally, in the premises now owned by the Credit Union.
This happy group was photographed in the 1950s in Maureen Holohan's Pub in Burke Street. L to R: Paddy Ryan, Kerry Street; Dan and Mae Mullins, Knockbrack; Denis and Nora O'Meara, Knockbrack.
McCarthy's Hotel back in the 1900s . . .
Anyone remember Lonergan's Bar looking like this . . . ?
Fethard Football Team, South Tipp Champions 1924 - Back Row: John O’Donnell (trainer), John O’Shea, Ned Connolly, Tommy Hogan, Tommy Mackey, Jer. Phelan, Mick Gunn, Jack Cummins, Gilla Allen, Middle Row: Dick Mackey, Tom Tubridy, Jack Delaney, Jim Gorman, Front Row: Gus McCarthy, Ned Cummins, Thomas Conway, Jack Brett and Ned O’Shea.
Dick Allen, Killusty, having a bit of fun with newly weds, Nellie and Pat Ryan, Killusty. Also included are John Tobin and Joe Allen.
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