Transition Year students on Tipp FM
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School Transition Year students host their 'TY Radio' show on this Sunday, December 27, at 6pm on Tipp FM! You can listen live worldwide by tuning in to Tipp FM Live
Christmas Santa Run well attended
Organiser, Miceál McCormack and Canon Tom Breen P.P. sharing a joke at the start of the Santa Run in Fethard.
Fethard Athletic Club again had a wonderful day for our Santa Run last Sunday afternoon in the friary town, where just under one hundred, both young and old, participants turned out to take part in the great Christmas atmosphere. As a result of the event, Fethard AC will be able to subscribe one thousand Euros to the Children's ward in South Tipperary General Hospital. The list is still open if anyone feels like topping it up, we will be more than delighted to accept your donation. Contact any of the usual suspects and don't be shy.
Prior to the start of the event the gathered assembly stood in a minute’s silence in memory of late Brendan Kinane, Cashel, who passed to his eternal reward last week. Brendan was a fellow athlete with Dundrum AC and a cousin of Edward Kinane, one of our own runners. This tribute concluded with a hearty round of applause to the late Brendan's memory. After a few short words from our Parish Priest, Canon Tom Breen, Jack Kenny blew the whistle to send them on their way.
Paudie O’Keeffe took the first spot, Keith O’Brien second and Michael O’Sullivan finished third. In the ladies event, the winner was Ciara Cummins, second Aine Roche and Ann Maria Boland was third. Best Santa costume was won by Kay Carroll and Paudie Carroll. The spot prizes were evenly distributed among the participants and the younger athletes were treated to a sufficient supply of drinks, crisps and sweets to entice them back next year.
A special word of thanks to our reliable road stewards and in house ladies, Edie, Noreen, Aine and Biddy and of course the Red Cross with our good friend Richie Cummins leading the way. Roll on 2016.
Taking part in the Fethard Santa Run were L to R: baby MacKenzie, Samantha, Kian and Toby Fernihough, Main Street, Fethard.
Taking part in the Fethard Santa Run were L to R: Tom Preisler, Radka Preislerova and their daughter Adelle.
Taking part in the Fethard Santa Run were Podge and Kay Carroll with their children Louis and Ruby in front. Podge and Kay also won the best 'Santa Costume'.
Taking part in the Fethard Santa Run were L to R: Bernie Hopkins, Marie Laste, Angela McCann, Brian Tyrrell, Melissa McCarthy, Marie Murphy Condon and Jackie Hickey.
Taking part in the Fethard Santa Run were L to R: Thomas O'Rahilly, Niamh O'Rahilly, Bernie O'Rahilly and Miceál O'Rahilly>
Taking part in the Fethard Santa Run were L to R: Lauren Connolly, Cian Connolly and Valerie Connolly.
Taking part in the Fethard Santa Run were L to R: Stephanie Johnson, Lydia Kelly and Niamh Hayes.
Taking part in the Fethard Santa Run were L to R: Paddy Ryan, Michael 'Magic' Ryan and Milly Ryan.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom, St. Stephen’s Night & New Year's Eve
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Saturday night, St. Stephen’s Day, December 26, to the music of ‘Johnny Mullen and on New Year's Eve, December 31, to to the music of 'Cúpla'. 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.
Patrician Presentation codes for the future
Four of the forty enthusiastic young Coderdojo Group photographed at their weekly class that takes place in Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School every Wednesday evening.
As Ireland is on track to beat the highest number of ‘Coding Classes’ per capita in the world, Fethard Patrician Presentation’s Coderdojo Group is up and running every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 8.30pm, where forty young people aged from 7 to 17 years meet in the school every week with their adult mentors. Coding is a subject that can empower our children to gain an even deeper understanding of the modern world. Coderdojo is a free computer science club which forms part of an international network, organised by committed volunteers.
At the moment, pupils have learnt the basics of programming and have already programmed and designed games and greeting cards. Fethard parents are very involved and act as mentors to the group. A local committee has been set up to steer the initiative forward into the future. We hope that younger pupils will become the mentors and the programmers of the future. Employment in this area is unlimited worldwide at the moment and it’s great to see the young people of Fethard keeping up and acquiring skills in this innovative and creative industry.
Coderdojo Group photographed at their weekly class that takes place in Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School every Wednesday evening.
Places are limited but if you are interested in joining please contact Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard, or email email@example.com. Well done to all involved in the initiative.
Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, Carols at 8pm followed by Mass at 8.30pm; Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, at 9.30am and 11.30am. The daily 8am morning Mass will resume on Monday, January 4.
Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, at 7pm;
Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, at 8.30am and 11am.
Killusty Church of the Sacred Heart
Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, at 8.15pm;
Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, at 10am.
The death has occurred on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, of Alice Byrne, late of Fr. Tirry Park and Brodeen, Fethard, and formerly of Carrigeen, Clonoulty. Peacefully in the loving care of all the staff at Willowbrook Lodge, Mocklershill. Alice (in her 99th year). Deeply regretted by her nephew, nieces, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends. May She Rest In Peace.
Reposing at McCarthy’s Funeral Home, Fethard this Wednesday evening from 5.30pm with Removal at 7pm to the Church of the Holy Trinity, Fethard. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am followed by Burial in the Old Cemetery, Clonoulty.
‘Clothes Rack’ Christmas Draw results
The results of the Christmas Draw run by Fethard ‘Clothes Rack’ charity shop are as follows: 1st Prize Christmas Hamper was won by Rita Walsh, Ard Alainn; 2nd Prize Bottle Whiskey, Dorothy Keane, Coolmoyne; 3rd Prize Bottle Wine, John Hennessy, Kilnockin View; and 4th Prize Bottle Wine, Annette Murphy, Main Street, Fethard. The committee would like to thank all who bought tickets and donated prizes.
The voluntary group who run the ‘Clothes Rack’ would also like to take this opportunity to thank all who support us by donating items or call to see us in our shop in Main Street during the year. All the money made in the Clothes Rack is donated to local charities and youth groups. A list is available in the shop, which is open four days a week, Tuesday to Friday (inclusive) from 10am to 12 noon and from 2pm to 4pm. The shop is closed over Christmas and will re-open on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. We wish all our supporters a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.
Christmas Community Lotto Results
The numbers drawn on December 16 were 6, 7, 17 and 22. There was no Jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner, so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Majella Daly, Cedar Grove, Fethard; Maggie Hannigan, Cashel Road, Killenaule; and Jim Kenny, c/o Seamus Moloney.
The following three 'Lucky Dip' winners also received €50 each: Dermot Darcy, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Patsy Cooney, Ballynonty, Thurles; and Marco Sabatini, The Lantern, Fethard.
Christmas Turkey winners were: Amy Sweeney, The Valley, Fethard; Monica O'Shea, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; and Michael Leahy, Cedar Grove, Fethard.
Christmas Ham winners were: Margaret Lawlor, The Valley, Fethard; Anna Bradshaw Cooke, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; and Annette Quigley, Killenaule.
The lotto will resume on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, with a Jackpot of €8,650 and a Jackpot seller’s prize is €865. The committee would like to wish all a Very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year and take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during the year and we look forward to your continued support in 2016.
Fethard Bridge Club Christmas Prizes
At Fethard Bridge Club’s Christmas lunch held on Sunday, December 13, the following Christmas prizes were presented: 1st Gross, Walsh and Monica Anglim; 1st Nett, Ann O’Dea and Kevin O’Dwyer; 2nd Gross, Brendan Kenny and Carmel Condon; 2nd Nett, Myles and Alice Quinn; 3rd Gross, Margaret Slattery and Mike Burke; 3rd Nett, Bill O’Sullivan and Tony Hanrahan; 4th Gross, Rita Holohan and Ellen Rochford; 4th Nett, Frances Burke and Breda Walsh; 5th Gross, Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara; 5th Nett, Madeleine O’Donnell and Mary Tierney; 6th Gross, Eileen Ryan and Jim Lahert; 6th Nett, Margaret Mary McCormack and Breda O’Grady; 7th Gross, Nell Broderick and David O’Meara. Bridge is finished now until the 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 Saturday, December 19, were 6, 11, 21 and 29. There was no jackpot winner and two match three winners who received €50 each: John Fitzgerald, Monroe; and Harry Bradshaw, St. Patrick's Place.
Our next draw will take place in Butler’s Sports Bar on Saturday, January 9, 2016, and we would like to wish all our supporters and friends, far and near, a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. ‘Fiod Ard Abu’.
GOAL Mile on Christmas morning
Now in its 34th year, the annual ‘GOAL Mile’ event will tens of thousands run, jog or walk a mile for GOAL, helping the aid agency raise money and awareness for those who need it most around the world.
GOAL chief executive officer, Barry Andrews, is hoping this year’s event will particularly help highlight the plight of people displaced from Syria, South Sudan and other conflict regions of the world. More than 60 million people around the world have been forced to seek refuge in 2015, fleeing war and natural disaster.
If you would like to participate in the Fethard GOAL Mile on Christmas Day please come along to the Town Hall at 12 noon where the participants will assemble. For further information contact Colm McGrath, Tel: 086 3502360.
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.
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).
Tipperariana Book Fair 2016
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.
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