Fethard Christmas Spree 2015 — December 11 & 12
Santa meeting Lizzie Purcell and her daughter Bonnie on The Square, Fethard, last year. Santa returns to Fethard this year on Friday, December 11, and will will visit the schools at lunch time followed by switching on the Christmas lights on The Square.
Fethard Business & Tourism Group are currently putting together their programme for this year’s ‘Fethard Christmas Spree’ on December 11 and 12.
Santa will arrive in town by sleigh on Friday, December 11, in time to meet the children at Holy Trinity National School at lunch time. He is then expected to invite the children down to the Christmas Tree on The Square to help him switch on the festive lights on the streets of Fethard. Following this official duty for Santa he will make his way to the Convent Community Hall where a huge party will take place and the distribution of Christmas gifts. Music will be supplied by the talented Roger Mehta and his band.
For those waiting to visit Santa there will be lots of side-shows to keep everyone busy such-as face-painting and ballooning etc. Of course, Mickey and Minnie Mouse will also be there to add to the atmosphere.
To mark the occasion, local businesses will also offer special discounts for the ‘spree’ and for every €5 spent you will name and number will be put on a free ticket and put into a draw for a huge ‘Christmas Hamper’ provided by the business people of the town.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse looking forward to coming back for the 'Fethard Christmas Spree' on Friday December 11.
Another great attraction to the streets are the visiting Country Market groups who will set up stalls and sell their festive produce to all. Later that night the school’s ‘Christmas Show’ will be held in the Abymill Theatre. All-in-all this promises to be one of the best ‘Christmas Sprees’ Fethard has seen for many years! Tell your friends to come along and support our local businesses and enjoy the festivities.
Annual Emigrants’ Newsletter last call for articles
The Newsletter is currently being prepared for print so any outstanding club reports, articles or photographs for inclusion should be submitted as soon as possible to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or emailed to email@example.com The final date for taking articles is Friday, November 13, we cannot guarantee articles received after that date can be included in this year’s issue.
If you would like to support the Annual Emigrants Newsletter, donations can be made online at the following web address: CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION ONLINE all donations of €10 and over will be acknowledged in this year's publication.
We are also accepting new addresses or change of addresses of family members and emigrants living away from home. The Fethard & Killusty Newsletter is now in operation for over 55 years and posted free of charge to our emigrants living in over 25 different countries throughout the world.
Died in England
The death has occurred in Ellesmere Port, North Shropshire, England, of Mr Joe
Fahey, formerly from Farranshea, Fethard.
Fethard Sports Achievement Award for October
Photographed at the presentation of the Butler's Bar Sports Achievement Award for October are L to R: Louis Coen (special sporting guest), Shane Kenny (winner), Brendan Kenny who accepted the award on behalf of Colin Allen (winner), and Mark Cummins representing this month's sponsor Bulmers.
The winner of the October Fethard Sports Achievement Award, organised by Butler’s Sports Bar, were local golfers, Shane Kenny, son of Brendan and Mary Kenny, St. Patrick’s Place, and his partner Colin Allen, son of Jim and Cinta Allen, The Green. The golfing duo, representing Slievenamon Golf Club, won the prestigious HolmPatrick Cup, the final of which was played at the famous St. Andrews Golf Course in Scotland. This was a tremendous achievement as they had to qualify by beating the best golfers from 150 clubs throughout Ireland; first winning the four-ball competition in their local club, then go on to represent Tipperary in the Munster final, followed by representing Munster in the grand final in Scotland.
Members of the Hall family photographed at the Awards Presentation in Butler's Bar. L to R: Michaél Hall, David Hall. Rita Hall, Jonathan Hall, Neilie Hall, Marina (Hall) Byrne and Adam Hall.
This month’s award was sponsored by Bulmers, represented by Mark Cummins and presented by special sporting guest, Louis Coen, Killusty. Louis was a founder member of Killusty Soccer Club in 1969 and his sporting career in soccer and Gaelic football spanned a period of twenty-five years winning lots of trophies on the way.
The October winner was announced on Friday, November 6, at a special function in Butlers Bar, Main Street.
Photographed at the presentation of the Butler's Bar Sports Achievement Award for October are L to R: Michael Moroney, John Hurley, Mick O'Mahoney, John Neville and Padraig Spillane.
Photographed at the presentation of the Butler's Bar Sports Achievement Award for October are L to R: M.J. Croke, Jarleth 'Foxy' Connolly and Ollie Maher.
Photographed at the presentation of the Butler's Bar Sports Achievement Award for October are L to R: Larry Kehoe and Larry Loughnane.
Fethard GAA Club AGM & Annual Mass
Mass for decreased members of the Fethard GAA will take place at 7pm on Friday, November 20, in Fethard Parish Church. All members and families of members past and present are invited to come along.
The Annual General Meeting of Fethard Senior GAA Club will take place on Friday, December 4, in the Fr. Tirry Centre at 8pm. All are welcome.
Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game on October 28 were as follows: 1st Gross, Kay St. John and Rita Kane; 1st Nett, Noreen Evans and Anna Cooke; 2nd Gross, Betty Walsh and Monica Anglim; 2nd Nett, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; 3rd Gross, Nell Broderick and David O’Meara; 3rd Nett, Margaret Slattery and Mike Burke.
On November 18, we play for the first of the turkey prizes which will be the Gross Turkey. Please note that bridge now starts at 7.15pm sharp! Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Athletic Club’s ‘Santa Run’ in December
With the festive season fast approaching, the club’s annual 5k Santa Run, again in aid of the Paediatric Unit at South Tipperary General Hospital, will take place on Sunday, December 20, so keep your diaries free for this ever popular event.
Another fantastic win for U18 Rugby team
Fethard U18 rugby team hosted Cashel in Fethard on Sunday, in atrocious weather conditions. Fethard got off to a great start when Cashel fumbled the ball and Tommy Murphy was first to react scoring a great try. The game was unfortunately bogged down by the inclement weather, but the Fethard boys continued to play well, with a lot of hard tackles and big hits from Bill Phelan, Griffin Ivors and Michael Gaynor. Andrew Phelan captained the side, leading from the front and driving his team on. Cashel scored two tries before half time with the wind to their backs put us under a lot of pressure, but our boys rose to the challenge.
The second half saw Josef O'Connor and Joey Noonan start to control the game and set up the backs of Luke Grant, Pierce Blackmore and Connie Cone to score two great tries. We now had Cashel under pressure with Richard Holohan and Ross McCormack leading the charge, which resulted in our forwards scoring a great try. Andrew O'Connell and Jake Murphy also had a great game. Well done lads ye did the club proud. Keep up the good work!
We play Fermoy next week at home and will expect to see you all there.
'My Canine Companion'
Cyclists arriving in Fethard after a fundraising cycle from Killarney to raise funds for 'My Canine Companion' — a national charity founded on June 16, 2011, by Cliona O’Rourke, to provide highly trained and skilled service dogs to people with disabilities, particularly autism. L to R: Susan Parker Laste, Evan Delaney, Fred O'Sullivan, Eugene Walsh, Stephen McCormack, Mary McCormack holding baby J.P. and Padraig McCormack with his son Cian. Also included in the photograph are two service dogs, Hanna (left) and Úna on the right who is a new addition to the McCormack family.
Fethard Girls’ Rugby
Fethard Girls rugby continues to flourish with games aplenty and lots of good rugby played at the weekend. We had twenty-four girls out last Saturday and all showed improved skills.
Our U13s hosted the Munster Tournament on Saturday in Fethard and we made two teams who were victorious in all their games against Listowel and Bruff. Tries from Nicole Vaughan, Natasha McGarry, Kate Flannery, Lucy Fogarty, Lucy Murphy, Eabha Fitzgerald, Sinead Crowe, Emer McCarthy, Sarah O'Donnell, Fiona Tuohy, Aobihe Gayson and Hannah Roche. Special recognition to Sophia O'Brien and Ella Shelly.
Our U15s and U18s travelled with Carrick to play Shannon / Bruff combination teams. Well done to Lauren Redmond on her rugby debut along with emerging player Abigail Keating with Caoimhe Doyle O'Donnell, Aisling Lonergan, Orlagh Crowe, Molly Keane, Kate Gayson, Jenifer Fogarty and Therese Ryan. Special thanks to Niko Hoyne, our travelling assistant coach, and to Aine Lonergan for First Aid.
We are recruiting new members for our girls’ teams and have also started up an U11 section. If you would like to join us please come along on Mondays to Rosegreen from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, or Fethard on Friday evenings from 8pm to 9pm. Thank you to our new girls team sponsor, O'Connell Fencing, for your support.
Our club offers rugby opportunities for girls from 9 years to 18 year old, so do come along and join in the fun. New members are always welcome.
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Help
Anyone requiring the help of St. Vincent de Paul for this Christmas can contact any member of the society for an application form or collect one from the back of our local churches. Please return completed form to any member of the society.
25 Drive this Friday night
Your support is requested for a ’25 Drive’, taking place at 8.30pm in Fethard Ballroom on this Friday night, November 13. Tickets are €10 and the proceeds will go towards the Fethard Parish Renewal Council’s twinning with the Presentation Sisters Mission in Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa. All help and support for this fundraising event on Friday night would be greatly appreciated.
Lecture on Roger Casement
Fethard Historical Society will host a lecture on Roger Casement in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard on Friday, November 20, at 7.30pm. Angus Mitchell, broadcaster, historian and the author of the Roger Casement book in the popular 1916 lives series, will give this lecture. Mr Mitchell will also include a broad outline of the humanitarian work undertaken by Casement in the Congo and South America, his role in 1916 revolution and the continuing controversy surrounding his notorious diary. All are welcome to attend.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, November 15, to the music of ‘Liam Mannering’. 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.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on November 4 were: 22, 24, 28 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winners so the following three drawn tickets received €50 each: Kitty O'Sullivan, Canon Hayes Court, Fethard; Mary Keane, Knockelly, Fethard; and Spud Culligan, Main Street, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners who also received €50 each were: Mary Myler, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Margaret Doocey, Abbey Road, Fethard; and Mary Healy, Cois Teallaigh, The Green, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, November 11. The Jackpot is €7,750 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €775. 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, November 6, were 26, 31, 33 and 34. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner who received €100: Breda Kearney, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.
Next week’s draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, November 13, at 7pm. The jackpot is €16,000 and the sellers prize is €490.
Two loyal supporters of the Emigrants Newsletter helping, along with others, every year with the annual Church Gate Collection. L to R: Micheál McCormack, Kerry Street, and Paddy Croke, St. Patrick's Place.
A sincere thanks to all who contributed to the Emigrants’ Newsletter annual church gate collection in Fethard and Killusty last weekend. A total of €935.85 was collected for which we are most grateful.
Community Text Alert launch on November 10
The official launch of Fethard Text Alert will take place on Tuesday, November 10, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. For anyone still wishing to avail of this fantastic free service, forms are available from the Community Office in Barrack Street, Tel (052) 6131000. The launch is being held in conjunction with Tipperary County Council, Muintir na Tire and the Garda Síochána. All are welcome to come along.
Have you seen Felix?
A family black and white cat called Felix has gone missing from Tinakelly, Fethard, on Thursday, October 22. This family pet can be recognised by his white chest and a black tail as can be seen in the photograph.
Felix is an indoor neutered male cat and has never strayed before. He is greatly missed by his owners. When he went missing he had on a black collar with yellow on it.
If anyone has any information or had seen Felix could they please ring Linda on 089 217 3146.
November Cemetery Rosaries for the Holy Souls
Rosaries for the Holy Souls will be recited in the following cemeteries during the month of November.
- Sunday November 15, in Calvary Cemetery at 3pm and Peppardstown Cemetery at 3.30pm.
- Sunday, November 22, in Tullamaine Cemetery at 2.30pm, Rathcoole Cemetery at 2.45pm and Redcity Cemetery at 3.30pm.
- Sunday, November 29, in Killusty Cemetery after Mass, Kiltinan Cemetery at 3pm and Kilmaclugh Cemetery at 3.30pm.
All are invited to come along and remember our loved ones who have passed on to their eternal reward.
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
The following photographs were taken at a Nano Nagle National School outing and supplied by teacher Ms Winnie Hickey and added to 'Fethard Faces & Places' by Larry Kenny.
Items for inclusion on this website and on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to email@example.com or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
Share this page on Facebook