Foróige Youth Club Registration Night
Are you interested in joining a Youth Club with a difference?
If you are, Fethard Foróige Youth Club are holding a 'Registration Night' in the Convent Community Hall on Friday, December 4, from 7pm to 8pm. The youth clubwill cater for young people from 1st Year to 6th Year and parents are welcome to come along as well. For further information Tel: 086 2316302 or visit www.foroige.ie
Peter Pan coming to the Abymill
The Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard, proudly presents 'Peter Pan' at the Abymill Theatre, Fethard from Wednesday, December 9, to Saturday, December 12. Tickets are available from the school office contact: Tel: (052) 6131572. The show starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night and at 8.15pm on Saturday night. This show promises to be a great night’s entertainment so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Fethard Senior Citizens' Club Christmas Party
The annual Christmas party for members of Fethard's Senior Citizens' Club takes place Sunday, December 6. Mass to remember our deceased members takes place at the Augustinian Abbey at 11.30am and the coach will depart for Horse and Jockey Hotel after Mass. Members being driven by family are asked to please note the change of venue for our meal. Raffle tickets need to be given to any committee member before Friday December 4 .
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, December 6, to the music of ‘Checkers’. 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.
St. Rita's Camogie Club AGM
St Rita's Camogie Club will hold their AGM on Thursday, December 3, at 7.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. We appeal to all parents and interested persons to attend and support our club for 2016. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
The Road to 1916
On Friday next, December 4, a talk entitled ‘The Road to 1916’, will take place in the Abymill Theatre at 8pm. The lecture will be given by Tipperary native Dr Noreen Higgins-McHugh and her talk will deal with the lead up to the Rising at Easter 1916, the situation in County Tipperary at that time and the fall-out during the remainder of that fateful year. Dr Higgins McHugh has recently researched and edited ‘Tipperary Remembers’ – the 1916 Centenary Calendar for the Third Tipperary Brigade committee, along with society member Gerry Long. The calendar will be available for sale on the night and the usual refreshments will be served. Entrance fee is €3 for members and €5 for non-members. Membership (covering 2016 also) costs €7 for an individual and €10 for a family and new members are very welcome indeed.
This is the second event in Fethard Historical Society’s ‘1916 Commemorative Programme’. The lecture on Roger Casement, by Angus Mitchell, on Friday, November 20, last, attracted an audience of over fifty people, which demonstrates that there is great interest indeed in the historic happenings of one hundred years ago.
Table Quiz in Killenaule
Fethard and District Rugby Club will hold a table quiz on Saturday night, December 5, in Ardagh House, Killenaule, at 9pm. Looking forward to seeing all for a night of good fun in Killenaule. Follow us on Facebook by looking for FethardRFC.
Win Christmas Turkeys & Hams in Community Lotto
Fethard Community Lotto will have free festival draws for Turkeys and Hams over the next three weeks, December 2, 9 and 16, for all those entered in the weekly Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto. There will be a two-week break from the lotto over the Christmas period, with no lotto draw on December 23 and 30, and resuming again in the New Year on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.
The numbers drawn on November 25 were: 3, 22, 24 and 26. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: Liz Hunt, Lisronagh; and David Kane, c/o Rita Kane.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners who also received €50 each were Irene Sharpe, The Castle, Fethard; Tom Kearney, Killusty; Greta and Ann O'Dwyer, c/o Kathleen Connolly.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, December 2. The Jackpot is €8,200 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €820. All proceeds go towards community projects in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
Nominees for November Sports Achievement Award
The seven nominees for the Fethard Butler’s Bar Sports Achievement Award for November are as follows:
Billy Treacy – Billy trained his horse ‘Fethard Player’ to victory in a good quality two-mile handicap hurdle race at Down Royal.
Fethard Ladies Rugby – Ladies rugby in Fethard is going from strength to strength with two of their underage teams, U13 and U18 having qualified for the semifinals.
Coolmore Stud – A great weekend for Coolmore Stud at the Breeders Cup meeting in the USA with two winners, ‘Hit it a Bomb’ in the Grade one mile for two-year-olds and ‘Found’ in the Longines Turf 1.5 miles for three-year-olds.
Fethard U18 Boys Rugby – Currently top of the East Munster league with one-hundred percent record, three wins from three played.
David Flanagan – Greyhound trainer David had 2 Powerstown qualifiers during November when his dogs ‘Amelias Milly’ and ‘Astana Rubie’ won Oaks Trial Stakes at Waterford and Kilsheelan.
Danny Kane – Greyhound owner of ‘Amelias Milly’ winner of an Oaks Trial Stake at Clonmel and Kilsheelan coursing meeting and qualifier for the Oaks at Powerstown in January.
Thomas Ryan – Fethard man now resident in Clonmel who was a prominent member of the St. Marys Clonmel U18 management team, recent winners of the County Minor A title for the first time in their history.
The winner will be announced at a function in Butler’s Bar on Friday night next, December 4. All are welcome.
Fethard Athletic Club
Best of look to the super duo of Aine Doocey and Franny Tyrrell who will tackle the Waterford Viking half-marathon this Saturday, flying the Fethard AC colours. Hope all the training pays off and you both have a great run.
Fethard Athletic Club’s annual 5k Santa Run in aid of the children's ward at South Tipperary General Hospital will take place on Sunday before Christmas, December 20, at 12pm. Families and walkers all welcome and festive costume for all participants is encouraged.
Our club Christmas Dinner is taking place on Thursday, December 10, at 8pm in McCarthys. Please let Micheál know if you're able to attend.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! A stroll around Fethard
late November and you can see little signs of Christmas fast approaching . . . if you have some some similar photographs to share send them on to email@example.com
Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre wish to thank all their sponsors, clients, volunteers and staff for making their Annual Christmas Bazaar such a great success last Thursday. We wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
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 27, were 8, 12, 33 and 36. There was no jackpot winner and or match three winner. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Ailish Sheehan, Garrinch, Fethard. The two €25 lucky dip winners were Tommy Dalton, Ballingarry, and Laura-Kate-Aine Ryan, Tullamaine. Next week’s draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, December 4, at 7pm. The jackpot is €16,600 and the sellers prize is €520.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 next year's publication (2016).
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. 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.
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