The death has occurred on Saturday, November 28, of Nellie Shortall (née Fitzpatrick), The Valley, Fethard, aged 102. Deeply regretted by her son John, daughters Marie and Anne, brother Tom (New York), sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, niece, other relatives and friends.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Parlour, Main Street,
from 5.30pm on Sunday, November 29, with removal to Holy Trinity Parish Church at 7pm. Requiem Mass at 11am on Monday followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Students’ Osiery project continues
Fethard transition year students working on their Willow/Osiery project with specialist willow sculptor, Lynn Kirkham, at Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Fethard’s ‘Willow/Osiery Project’ is a continued investigation, by Transition Year students from Patrician Presentation Secondary School, into the unique willow beds based on the Cashel Road in Fethard and owned by the Cummins family.
The students have in the past made a short film on the willow beds and worked on a living willow structure placed in the local primary school. This year’s project, in its third cycle, was based around workshops with specialist willow sculptor, Lynn Kirkham, and teacher Pat Looby. Lynn is a well-known basket maker and sculptor who works with willow, other natural materials, and metal from her home at Greenmantle Arts Studios near Templemore. She has worked with the students over the month of November and hopes to finish the project in early December.
The students, who have been using the willow from the local osiery, hope to place the final sculpture on display in the secondary school grounds in Fethard.
The project is part of The Connex Youth Arts Festival, which focuses on teenagers, and is funded by Tipperary County Council, the Arts Council, and delivered by Tipperary Youth Services.
The death has occurred on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, of Patrick 'Paddy' Ahearne, Monroe, Fethard, (unexpectedly). Deeply regretted by his wife Barbara, sons and daughters Aisling, Catherine, Barbara, Patrick and Gavin, his mother Kitty, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren Georgia, Caidan, Madi, Charlie, Cooper and Isabelle, his brothers and sisters Frank, Ann, Nickey, Mary and Mona, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, his aunts Patti (South Africa), Una (Glenmore) and Tessi, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at his son Patrick's residence at Rocklow Road, Fethard on Friday, November 27, from 5pm to 9pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday in the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Lecture enlightens the work of Casement
Dr. Angus Mitchell in his lecture organised by the Historical Society in the Abymill on Friday, November 20, sketched the early career of Roger Casement's work in the Congo. Over a period of twenty years Casement began to grow more disillusioned with European management of the vast tracts of land in Western Africa and in particular over the exploitation of native workers and exploitation of the natural resources of the area. In his famous report, Casement criticized and condemned King Leopold of Belgium for his abuse of the native workers who worked in his rubber plantations. King Leopold II was a first cousin of Queen Victoria of England. This report which included photographs taken by Casement and supported by the Christian missionaries in the area brought international acclaim to Casement.
During these years Casement also grew more disillusioned with imperial power in Ireland and became more associated with national and cultural movements here. His awareness of the injustices of colonial systems in Africa caused him to reject colonial power in Ireland and led him to believe that indigenous people everywhere had a natural human right to govern themselves.
The lecture then focused on Casement's humanitarian work in the Amazon Basin before he resigned from the British Consular Service. The later part of the lecture focused on Casement's financial contribution and effort in the promotion of the Irish language and in supporting the growing nationalist movement in Ireland.
The lecture was greatly enhanced because of the visual maps of Africa, both past and modern, photographs of Mary Kingsley-the famous English thinker and writer and Alice Stopford Green, the Irish historian and friend to Casement : indeed it was the legacy from her husband's writing about the social history of England that she donated to finance the gun running episode in Howth, Co Dublin. The famous painting by John Lavery of Casement's trial in London, after he was captured on Banna Strand, Co Kerry, was dwelt on in considerable detail and much commented upon as this trial was one of the great trials of twentieth century England as it defined treason in the modern era.
The audience asked many questions and reached well over the normal average lecture quota with about fifty people in the hall. While some people expressed disappointment that their own area of interest wasn't covered in more detail, time did not permit a complete elaboration of Casement's republican activities in a brief outline of such a productive and intensively lived life. Angus Mitchell's book on Casement-part of the 16 lives series describing the lives of those 16 executed in 1916-was available for sale on the night at a discount rate. Mitchell has been to the forefront of the present day historians who study Casement and he informed us that there is a new book on Casement on average every three years since his execution on August 3, 1916, which shows the fascination that still surrounds this most interesting character.
The lecture also pointed to the rich and vibrant cultural and social ambience of Ireland in the late 20th and the early 21st century.
The controversy about the infamous diaries was not dwelt upon in any great detail as Mitchell believes that the diaries were forged in order to discredit Casement and he believes that we should now focus on both the humanitarian work and on the republican activities of Casement which are his true legacy.
The death has occurred on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, of Seamus Harvey, Woodvale Walk, Fethard, (suddenly). Seamus, deeply regretted by his loving wife Frances, son Dessie, daughters Caroline and Susie, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, Noel, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, on Thursday, November 26, from 5.30pm. Removal to Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Friday at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, November 29, 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.
Fethard Athletic Club
Fethard Athletic Club looks forward to hosting our annual 5k Santa Run/Walk on Sunday, December 20, at 12 noon. This year again proceeds will be donated to the children's ward at South Tipperary General Hospital, a worthy cause where funding is much needed and appreciated. This annual pre-Christmas event is always guaranteed to get everyone in the festive spirit and we would encourage as much festive costumes as you can muster together, children and walkers welcome for a fun family event.
Our club Christmas dinner will be held on Thursday, December 10, at 8pm in McCarthys, please contact Micheál McCormack if you're able to attend so numbers can be finalised.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on November 18 were: 7, 9, 20 and 23. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: Mary Coen, Killusty, Fethard; and Pat Fox, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners who also received €50 each were Mary Keane, Knockelly, Fethard; Abigail Sheehan, Reflections, Fethard; and Margaret Phelan, Strylea, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, November 25. The Jackpot is €8,050 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €805. 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 20, were 18, 19, 25 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner who received €100: Brendan Brett, The Valley, Fethard.
Next week’s draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, November 27, at 7pm. The jackpot is €16,400 and the sellers prize is €510.
Fethard U18s’ big win over Fermoy
Fethard u18 rugby team had a big win over a very strong team Fermoy team on Sunday. Fethard players put in big hits from the start with Michael Gaynor, Ned Grogan and Jack Kealy to the fore. After good pressure Ross McCormack broke through to score a great try to get Fethard going. Our forwards shone in the first half bringing the game to Fermoy with Bill Phelan and Richard Holohan making great yards every time they got the ball.
In the second half the game opened up as Fermoy tired, leaving Connie Coen, Luke Grant and Jack Dolan free to score great tries. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured Fermoy player. Training continues every Friday night at 8pm.
Many thanks to the parents who travelled and were treated to three great games of rugby in Waterpark last weekend. After a win and a loss, Fethard u9s finished with an exiting draw against Waterford City. A sensational debut for new boys Oran Gahan and Ben Ivors who both scored tries, along with tries from Adam Ruttle, Billy Hogan, Rory O’Brien, Sean Fitzgerald and Shane Ryan. The only thing we will need to practice now is the roar. See you all at training Friday night at 6.45pm.
Fethard U-12 Rugby Blitz against Waterpark on November 22
Girls' Rugby Fethard
Congratulations to our U18 Girls who, joined with Carrick, defeated the combo-team of Cashel and Thurles. Wishing the U18s good luck in their Munster League semifinal next weekend.
Our U15s were awarded the points for their league game and are now winners of all their games played so far this year in the league. Our U15s play their Munster League semifinal on Saturday in Carrick.
Our U13s next travel to St Mary's in Grove, Limerick on Saturday, December 12, for their next matches. We are also starting a Girls U11s rugby team so if you are interested or know young ladies, please contact Polly Murphy on 086 3394959. Training continues on Monday evenings in Rosegreen from7.30pm to 8.30pm and Friday evenings in Fethard from 8pm. If you are interested in getting involved with girls rugby in Fethard please get in touch. We are very appreciative and thankful to O'Donnell Fencing for sponsoring the girls this season.
Tipperary Foxhounds' Fundraiser
Photographed at the presentation of €15,000 to Jimmy Quigley by Tim Hyde MFH at a function in the Archway bar Drangan last February. L to R: Thomas Kearney, Imelda Goldsboro, Charles Blackmore, Tim Hyde, David Guiry, Jimmy Quigley, Liam Kearney and John Quigley.
Now that the hunting season has started again it is a good time to reflect on a most successful fundraiser that took place last January in Ballylusky. The beneficiaries were the Quigley family of Ballingarry whose daughter Bridget was recuperating in Australia at the time from a very serious illness. Jimmy and Breda's daughter have now arrived home to Ireland and continues to make progress in her recovery.
The fundraiser took the form of a cross-country ride which covered a 12 miles natural bank course. Thomas Kearney and Charles Blackmore led the committee that organised the event. There was a wonderful atmosphere on the day with a tremendous turnout of supporters, not alone those participating in the ride but from all local communities including many neighbours and friends of the Quigley family, many of whom travelled distances to be present on the day.
Over 170 mounted followers took to the saddle to tackle some of the renowned Tipperary Banks that the organisers had in store. Refreshments were served at the halfway mark, to provide some energy and offer sustenance to those who had taken a tumble or two. There was a mini-track for the younger riders so that everyone was involved.
The field were welcomed home by a warm round of applause on their return to the cross at 3.30pm. Comments afterwards confirmed that they really enjoyed a good challenging course where everyone got around safely. Afterwards, once the horses were put away there was a wide selection of refreshments provided for all present. The winning tickets for the raffle were drawn and a number of items were auctioned to add to the fundraising effort. The sociable atmosphere of the day continued and was very much enjoyed by all present.
The Tipperary foxhounds and the Quigley family would like to thank, in particular, all the landowners who facilitated the ride and also everyone who helped out in any way to make the day possible. The White Heather Harriers hunted the Ballylusky area on the day and to support the fundraiser very generously donated the cap to the fund .
A total of €15,000 was raised and this was presented to Jimmy Quigley by Tim Hyde MFH at a function in the Archway bar Drangan last February.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish Bridget a speedy return to good health.
Happy 80th Birthday Patrick!
Congratulations to Patrick Sheehan, formerly from Clarebeg, Killusty, and now living in Hertfordshire, UK. These are some photographs sent by his family who joined Pat in celebrating his special 80th Birthday on November 14, in Hitchin, Hertfordshire UK.
Pat Sheehan celebrating his special 80th Birthday with family on November 14, in Hitchin, Hertfordshire UK.
Pat Sheehan with his daughter Elizabeth
Pat Sheehan happy to join the select '80s' club
Pat Sheehan photographed with his grandaughters Stephanie and Isobelle.
The photo was taken at the Fethard London Reunion at the Irish Centre in Camden some years ago and includes Bill Whitney, Maura Sheehan, Mary McCarthy, Mary Sheehan, Patrick Sheehan (looking much younger), Josie Whitney and younger relatives.
Christmas Bazaar on Thursday, November 26
Fethard and District Day Care Centre will hold their Annual Christmas Bazaar in the Tirry Community Centre on Thursday, November 26, at 11am. Come along and support this fundraiser for the Day Care Centre you will find lots of locally hand-made crafts and ideas for Christmas Presents etc. There will also be a Cake Sale and Monster Raffle with lots of prizes to win.
Fethard Community Text Alert launched
Photographed at the Official Launch of Fethard Community Text Alert are L to R: Sgt. Kieran O’Regan, Community Liaison Officer; Sean O'Donovan, Superintendent William Leahy; Mr James O’Neill, Community Alert Development Officer with Muintir na Tire; Chief Superintendent Catherine Kehoe, Tipperary Division; Brian Sheehy, chairman Fethard & Killusty Community Council; and Garda Denis O’Brien. A reminder to take note of the phone number to CALL (not text) in case you need it in a hurry: (052) 6177640.
Fethard Community Text Alert Scheme was officially launched on Tuesday last, November 10, by Chief Superintendent Catherine Kehoe, before a packed hall at Fethard Tirry Community Centre. This launch completes the parish commitment to implementing ‘Text Alert’ as a means of combating crime in our community and to complement the Killusty Text Alert scheme already launched on September 5, 2014.
Chief Superintendent Kehoe, speaking at the launch, complimented the Community Council on their initiation of the scheme, and went on praise Muintir na Tire and their partnership with An Garda Síochána, that has helped to connect communities by sharing information in a safe environment. Communities are now sending out a clear message that they will no longer tolerate anti-social behaviour, burglaries, theft, drugs or fear related crime.
Chief Superintendent Kehoe went on to explain the importance that text alert schemes play in reducing crime. This district has the third highest amount of text alerts sent in the country and the scheme is actively encouraged in all local communities. Theft of farm machinery in the district is down by 11% with a detection rate of 26% compared to the regional detection rate of 19%; criminal damage in the district is down 14% with a detection rate of 37% compared to the regional detection rate of 27%. She thanked the people for their co-operation with the Gardaí and for their enthusiasm and engagement with the project.
Photographed at the Official Launch of Fethard Community Text Alert were L to R: Willie Quigley, Conor McGuire (Coolmore), Superintendent William Leahy, and Cllr. John Fahey.
Superintendent William Leahy, encouraged members of the community to keep a watchful eye for anything unusual and to report any activity by ringing (not text) the Gardaí phone number (052) 6177640, saying there is no such thing as a silly call to the Gardaí, let them decide what action to take and if a text alert is appropriate they will compose and send it. Superintendent Leahy also reminded people to be careful what information they give out about their neighbours to strangers or callers, in particular those inquiring about where someone lives, or are they at home? etc. He also stressed, don’t ever be afraid to ask for ID.
Photographed at the Official Launch of Fethard Community Text Alert were L to R: Michael Mallon, Donncha Doyle, Louise Coen, Kevin Ryan and Joe Lee.
Mr James O’Neill, Community Alert Development Officer with Muintir na Tire, then spoke and thanked all involved and in particular the local Gardaí district for their pro-active work in setting up Community Text Alert Schemes.
Photographed at the Official Launch of Fethard Community Text Alert were L to R: Tony McGarry, Annette Quigley, Eamon Kennedy, Joan O'Donohoe and Marie Murphy.
The official launch was followed by a question and answer session taken by the above speakers and Sgt Kieran O’Regan, Community Liaison Officer, and Garda Denis O’Brien who were also present.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council chairman, Brian Sheehy, then invited all present for refreshments in the community hall.
Photographed at the Official Launch of Fethard Community Text Alert were L to R: Gerry Fogarty, Michael Costello and Tony McGarry.
Photographed at the Official Launch of Fethard Community Text Alert were L to R: Niall O'Donnell, Abigail Sheehan, M.G. Ryan and Sean O'Donovan.
Photographed earlier this week are some of the great Fethard volunteers who helped erect the Community Text Alert signs and poles where needed. L to R: Philip Crean, David Guiry, Seamus Barry, Seamus Butler, Eamon Kennedy, Michael McCarthy, Michael Tynan and Brian Sheehy.
Died Recently in The Isle of Wight The death occurred on Thursday, November 12, 2015, of Kathleen (Kitty) Gluck, nee Morrissey, formerly of St. Patrick's Place, Fethard. Predeceased by her husband Joseph, her brothers Dan and Paddy Morrissey, St. Patrick's Place, and David, Jim and Tom in England, and her late sisters, Bridget Ryan, St. Patrick's Place, Nora O'Connor, Isle of Wight, and Mary, Reading. Deeply regretted by her Nieces , Nephews, relatives and Friends. May she Rest in Peace.
Died in England
The death has occurred on September 7, 2015, of Patrick 'Pat' O'Hanrahan, Aldsworth Close, Amberley Estate, London, at the age of 90 years. Pat, originally from Moyglass, was a brother of the late Sean Hanrahan from The Green. May he rest in peace.
Garda Charity Concert in Clonmel
An Garda Síochána and Clonmel District Community Gardaí will hold a Concert with ‘The Band of An Garda Síochána’ in aid of CARE, Clonmel, and South Tipperary Autism, at Hotel Minella, Clonmel on Thursday, November 26, at 8pm. Tickets €15. With special guests: Banna Cluain Meala, Derek Ryan, Kelley Lonergan, The Gordanaires and Belle Voci Choir.
Open Information Evening at Patrician Presentation Secondary School on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
It’s Party Time!
Tipperary Foxhounds have a Christmas Party and Hunt Auction coming up at 7.30pm in the Horse and Jockey Hotel, on Saturday, November 28. The ‘Masters’ invite all to come along. Entry fee is €5, which includes a cheese and wine reception along with finger foods. There will also be an auction of varied and intriguing items from small to large. Take a look at Tipperary Foxhounds Facebook page to get updates on items to be auctioned. Auction will be followed by dancing to live music into the wee small hours – promises to be a brilliant night!
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 Donations
The final date for taking articles was Friday, November 13, and the Newsletter has gone to print. Expected date for delivery from printers is Tuesday, December 8.
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Fethard GAA Club AGM
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.
November Cemetery Rosaries for the Holy Souls
Rosaries for the Holy Souls will be recited in the following cemeteries this coming weekend.
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.