The Pentitential Service in preparation for Christmas will take place in the Parish Church, this Monday, December 21, at 7.30pm.
In Advent we spend some time looking back on the year, and our lives. Christmas reminds us of other times, good things that have happened in our lives recently and not so good things that have happened to us this year. It also reminds us of people that have been in our lives recently and all those who have passed to their eternal reward during the year.
Santa Arriving in Fethard
Santa and his helpers arriving through the North Gate Fethard by sleigh on Friday December 11.
St. Vincent de Paul’s record collection
The annual St. Vincent de Paul Christmas collection last weekend in the parish was a best ever, probably a parish record, with a total amount of €3,340 collected. The local conference are extremely grateful for your generosity in these hard times and assure that the money will be put to very good use locally and help alleviate the pressure that many families and individuals experience at this time of year.
If those who have already applied for help and haven’t received a reply before Monday, December 21, please contact any of the following conference members as soon as possible: Vincent Doocey (Tel: 052 6131852) or Denis Burke (Tel: 052 6131698 or 085 8086099).
Santa Clause a big hit in Fethard
Santa Claus’s visit to Fethard on December 11 was a huge hit to local boys and girls who came along with their families to greet his colourful arrival by sleigh. First to meet Santa were the pupils attending Holy Trinity National School and Community Playgroup who thronged the school playground and cheered his entry at 2pm. School principal Ms Tríona Morrisson, presented a cheque of €400 on behalf of the pupils, for Santa to deliver to Temple Street Hospital in Dublin.
Holy Trinity National School Fethard pupils and principal, Ms Triona Morrisson, presenting a donation of €400 on behalf of the pupils to Santa for Temple Street Hospital.
Santa then travelled by reindeer and sleigh to the Christmas Tree on the Square where he greeted local children and families and was further entertained by carol singing from the pupils of the local schools of the parish. He then officially switched on the festive lights in Fethard before making his way to the Convent Community Hall where he relaxed in a specially prepared grotto and had ample time to chat and talk to all in the beautifully decorated festive surroundings arranged by the Convent Hall committee.
Paddy Trehy and his son Ricky out to see Santa in Fethard.
Santa photographed with Layla Doyle on The Square Fethard
Santa photographed with Caitlin Feery on The Square Fethard
Photographed on Fethard Square to see Santa switch on the festive lights L to R: Jason O'Dwyer, Leah Coen and Carie Davey.
Christmas Raffle Winners
The following are the prizewinners in the Senior Citizens Christmas raffle: 1st prize €200, Adrian Moloney, Redcity; 2nd prize €100, David Gleeson, Coolmore; 3rd prize Christmas cake and bottle of whiskey, P. Croke; 4th prize Bottle of whiskey and bottle of sherry, Maura Hughes, c/o Rosemary Purcell; 5th prize Box of biscuits, Philly Kenny, The Green. The committee wish to thank everybody who bought tickets to support the Senior Citizens' Club. We are also very grateful to the local businesses that kindly donated raffle and spot prizes. Your generosity is much appreciated.
Fethard Senior Citizens really enjoyed their club’s Christmas party held at the Horse and Jockey Hotel on Sunday, December 6, and would like to wish all their friends and supporters a very Happy Christmas.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, December 20, to the music of ‘Dave Rea’. 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.
Athletic Club’s ‘Santa Run’ this Sunday
Photographed at Fethard Athletic Club's Christmas Dinner at McCarthy's are Back L to R: Brian Sheehy, Aine Doocey, Fran Tyrrell, Gwen Cooke, Elaine Daly, David Guiry. Front L to R: Noreen Sheehy, Bernard Feery, Miceál McCormack and Nicola Guiry.
Fethard Athletic Club's annual 5k Santa Run in aid of the children's ward at South Tipperary General Hospital will take place this Sunday, December 20, at 12pm. Walkers and families welcome to join in and we'd love to see as many participants in festive costume as possible.
Spot prizes and refreshments will be served in the Convent Community Hall afterwards so bring the whole family along for a really nice warm up to the festive season and all for a great cause.
Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland
The annual carol service in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland will take place on Sunday, December 20, at 7pm. This is a festival of carols and readings which will include three carols performed by the Fethard Choral Society. Everyone is very welcome and there will be refreshments afterwards.
Toddler's Christmas Party
It's that time of year again when Fethard Convent Community Centre will host the annual 'Toddler's Christmas Party' on Thursday, December 17, from 11am to 1pm. So why not bring your little ones down for a Christmas treat to enjoy our party and have fun on our 'bouncy castle'. All are very welcome!
Anniversary Mass for the Late Fr. Holloway of Madamsland Fethard will be celebrated in Kilteely Parish Church Co. Limerick on Sunday 27th December at 11 am.
Seasonal Hunting News
With the end of 2015 fast approaching it is hard to realise that almost half the hunting season has elapsed. The weather prevailing for the month of November must have been the worst in living memory. The gale force winds and driving rain made hunting conditions almost impossible. However, great credit to the huntsmen, whipper-in and followers for prevailing and doing their best in the impossible conditions. Early finishes were the order on some day, with the White Heathers having their best days from Moyglass in atrocious weather on November 15, and Rocklow on December 5, with an hour long run through Glenagaddy, Grangeduff and Monroe to finish the day.
The Tipps had their hunt from George’s Land from their meet at Dualla with a good fifty minutes over excellent country.
The Ballylusky White Heathers will meet over Christmas at Cloneen on next Sunday, December 20; Drangan on St. Stephen’s Day, December 26; and Orchardstown on Wednesday, December 30. All meets at 11am. Wishing all landowners, followers and supporters, a very Happy Christmas and here’s to better weather and hunting in 2016. – (EAN)
Tipperariana Book Fair 2016
Christmas Community Lotto Results
The numbers drawn on December 9 were: 1, 9, 10 and 12. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Anne Williamson, Cloneen, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners who also received €50 each were: Anna Bradshaw Cooke, St., Patricks Place, Fethard; John Ryan, Donegal, Clerihan; and Johanna Bradshaw, Canon Hayes Court, Fethard.
Christmas Ham winners were: John Slattery, c/o Edwina Newport; Adrian Bradshaw, St Patrick's Place, Fethard; and Fiona O'Donohoe, Coolmoyne, Fethard.
Christmas Turkey winners were: Sarah Long, Crohane, Ballingarry; Emma O'Donohoe, Glengoole, Thurles; and Nellie Donovan, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, December 16, which includes free festival draws for Christmas Turkeys and Hams. The Jackpot is €8,500 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €850. Please note there will be no lotto draw on the following two weeks, December 23 and 30, and will resume in the New Year on January 6.
Fethard Bridge Club ‘Turkey’ Results
The results of Fethard Bridge Club’s Turkey competition played on Wednesday, November 18, are as follows: 1st Gross, Alice Quinn and Berney Myles; 1st Nett, Monica Anglim and Betty Walsh; 2nd Gross, Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara; 2nd Nett, Mary Tierney and Madeleine O’Donnell; 3rd Gross, Noreen Evans and Eileen Ryan; 3rd Nett, Kevin O’Dwyer and Noel O’Dwyer.
On Wednesday, November 25 we played for the Nett Turkey prizes and the results were: 1st Nett, Monica Anglim and Betty Walsh; 1st Gross, Alice Quinn and Berney Myles; 2nd Nett, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; 2nd Gross, Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara; 3rd Nett, Bill O’Sullivan and Tony Hanrahan; 3rd Gross, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke.
On Wednesday, December 6 we played for the Change of Partner Turkey prizes and the results were: 1st Gross, Frances Burke and Jim Lahert; 1st Nett, Tony Hanrahan and Madeleine O’Donnell; 2nd Gross, Rita Kane and Mike Burke; 2nd Nett, Carmel Condon and Mary Tierney; 3rd Gross, Monica Anglim and Bill O’Sullivan; 3rd Nett, Breda Walsh and David O’Meara.
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 Saturday, December 12, were 1, 4, 30 and 33. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. The two €25 lucky dip winners were: Michael Quinlan, Tullamaine, and Nora O'Meara, Mullinahone. The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Jim Smyth, St. Patrick's Place. Next week’s draw will take place in Burkes Bar on Saturday, December 19, and we would like to invite all our supporters to join us for the final draw of 2015. The jackpot is €17,000 and the seller's prize is €540.
Emigrants' Newsletter 2015 on sale now
The 2015 Emigrant’s Newsletter is now packed, posted and making its way to all destinations throughout the world where Fethard emigrants reside. Thanks to the many generous donations received from supporters at home and abroad we are still in a position to post the newsletter free of charge to emigrants living away from Fethard and Killusty parish. The letters received in return are very encouraging and highlight the importance of how much the newsletter means to those living away from home.
Thanks to all who provided photographs, articles and helped in any with the production of this year’s issue; Carmel Rice, Brookhill, who looks after correspondence and donations; Gemma Burke for proofreading; and Brendan Kenny and his voluntary team who look after distribution and postage every year.
The Newsletter is now on sale in the following local shops: Centra Supermarket, The Green; McManus’s Grocery, Burke Street; Daybreak, Kerry Street; and the Post Office, Main Street. This year’s issue is priced at €12 and has over 248 pages of articles and photographs including lots of very interesting feature articles. We thank you for your continued support and wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas.
Kickstart your business
Alan Mulcahy (left) from Energia and Mike Dalton from Dalton’s Pharmacy, Fethard. Mike won the Kickstart Your Business competition on Newstalk and Alan is photographed here presenting a cheque for €1,000.
Well done to Fethard business, Dalton’s Pharmacy, winner in the recent ‘Kickstart Your Business’ competition on ‘The Right Hook’ show broadcast on Newstalk 106-108 radio. Proprietor Mike Dalton was delighted with the award in recognition of his business started in Barrack Street, Fethard, in 2013.
Mike, originally from Cahir, qualified as a pharmacist from Trinity College in 2007 and went on to work for Bayer pharmaceutical in their office in Dublin. In 2008 he returned to work locally with O'Briens Pharmacy in Cahir and later O'Dwyers Pharmacy in Cashel where he spent three years before ‘kickstarting’ his own business in Fethard.
Daltons pharmacy now provides a vast range of over the counter medicines and can fill all prescription types, just call in store and speak with Mike. They also blister pack medication into simple to use, disposable, hygienic packs. This is ideal for anyone on a multitude of medication that needs to be taken at different times of the day.
The award was sponsored by leading energy provider Energia.
Fethard ICA Guild will hold a Christmas Workshop with Mandy Quigley on Wednesday, December 16, at 8pm, please bring a scissors with you.
The committee would like to thank Fethard Knitting Group, all guild members and non-members, who knit / crochet squares and made blankets in aid of the Syrian refugees and those who came to our craft night to help sew them up. We made a total of sixteen blankets, which was excellent for the short time we had. We wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
Historical Society’s ‘Road to 1916’
On Friday night last, December 4, on a very wild and wet evening Dr. Noreen Higgins-McHugh came from Hollyford to deliver her talk on ‘The Road to 1916’ in the Abymill Theatre. Although the weather was awful, up to thirty people came to hear a riveting lecture and slide presentation by Dr. Higgins-McHugh. The talk dealt with the whole socio / political / economic / militaristic situation in Ireland in the early 1900s which finally led up to the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916. She also recounted the ‘day by day’ happenings in Dublin, the surrender on the following Saturday and of course the immediate executions of the leaders, a response which utterly changed the mood in the country and of course changed the course of Irish history.
2016 Programme of Events
Other ‘1916’ events will occur throughout 2016 and they will be co-ordinated with the county and national commemorative programme, so as to avoid a clash of dates and allow members of the Historical Society and Fethard people in general, the chance to travel and attend events in other places.
As part of the 1916 commemoration, the 21st Tipperariana Book Fair, on Sunday February 14, 2016, will be displaying a special interest in the topic of books in the Irish Language, both in the 1916 era and also at the present time. The Irish language revival issue was central to the whole Irish Republican cause – a cause that cost the 1916 leaders their young lives. It is also planned to hold a table quiz ‘as Gaeilge’ later in 2016 a novel idea which should prove an added test for the usual table quiz aficionados.
D.P. Walsh of The Green, Fethard
Central to the Historical Society’s Commemorative Programme will be a look at the life and fighting efforts of D.P. Walsh who was born on The Green, Fethard in 1892. D.P. Walsh was central to the 1916 Tipperary story and was a vital cog in the Third Tipperary Brigade’s successes in the War of Independence. The Walsh Cup - the county trophy for the Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship - is presented in his honour every year since 1990.
The Historical Society would like to hear from anyone who has items or memorabilia associated with 1916, especially any items or books that can be incorporated (safely of course) in some way during the year-long schedule of events. Contact can be made by phoning Terry at 086 3905373 or Pat at (052) 6131537.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
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