Kate plays leading role
Congratulations to Kate Aylward, Fethard, who plays one of the leading roles in St. Mary's Choral Society production of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' in the White Memorial Theatre, Clonmel, running from
Tuesday, January 5, to Saturday, January 9, at 7.30pm. With matinees also on Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm. Tickets are €15 available at Marian's, O'Connell Street, Clonmel (052) 6123813.
Happy New Year We take this opportunity to wish all our readers, contributors and club correspondents a very Happy New Year. We look forward to 2016 with anticipation for an improved economic climate that may help Fethard prosper and possible reach its full potential a little sooner than later. We can also look forward to the stage two development of Fethard Tholsel (Town Hall) which will encourage and cater for the increasing number of visitors to are medieval town.
Festive Fun in Fethard
Taking part in the festive fun in Fethard at Christmas were L to R: Katie Whyte, Molly Proudfoot, Niamh O'Meara and Annie Prout.
Taking part in the festive fun in Fethard at Christmas were L to R: Stephen Phelan, Timmy O'Donovan and John Paul Fitzgerald
Taking part in the festive fun in Fethard at Christmas were Back L to R: Amy Grant, Leanne Sheehan, Becky Fogarty. Front L to R: Hazel Blackmore, Jean Anglim, Jane Kenny, Martin Cooney, Laura Moloney and Hannah Daly.
Taking part in the festive fun in Fethard at Christmas were L to R: Joedy Sheehan and Niall Doocey.
L to R: Hannah Daly, Jean Anglim, Hazel Blackmore, Laura Moloney and Jane Kenny.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this Sunday, January 3, to the music of 'Peter Burke'. 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.
Poker final at Butler’s Bar
Taking part in the grand-final of Texas Hold-Em poker at Butler's Bar are Back L to R: Johnny Ryan, Ian Croke, Stephen Harrington, Richard Hayes, Philip Butler, Stephen O'Meara. Front L to R: Kenneth O'Donnell, Niall Hayes, Darragh Corbett (winner), Brendan Keating and Jarleth Connolly.
Texas Hold-Em poker has been played at Butlers Sports Bar on Monday nights for nearly a decade. About four years ago somebody suggested that we play our game on a league basis and this has since proved very popular and successful. Points at our weekly game are awarded to the top five placed players on a given night with a minimum requirement needed to participate in the ‘grand final’ which is usually held in December. A considerable purse accumulates over a year and this is shared among the top four or five players on grand final night.
This year’s league champion is Darragh Corbett who was presented with his trophy at the game on Monday night, December 21. Previous winners include Eoin Whyte, John O’Meara and Brendan Keating. If anyone would like to play, new players are always welcome to come along to Butlers Bar on Monday nights.
Group photographed outside Fethard Town Hall who braved the bad weather and took part in the annual GOAL Mile sponsored run for charity on Christmas Day.
With the bad weather that prevailed on Christmas Day it was a surprise that anyone turned up for this year’s ‘GOAL Mile’. But they did, thankfully, and in good enough numbers too so that we may have reached almost the same money raised as last year. That is a little over the one thousand Euro mark. Thanks to all involved, the runners, the walkers, those who just dropped by to donate and those who found themselves stopped by the Miceál McCormack roadblock at the pedestrian crossing.
Despite the constant rainfall everyone was in great spirits and happy to be there to spread the Christmas cheer to each other and to contribute what ever amount, large or small, moneywise and by so doing contribute to the efforts of the Third World Irish NGO Goal. If you have not tried it then make it your first New Year’s resolution to do so next year on Christmas Day.
Christmas Spree Christmas Draw
Making the draw for Fethard Business & Tourism Group's Christmas Spree Draw are committee members and local business representatives who sponsored the prizes. L to R: Maurice Moloney, Jimmy O'Sullivan, guest Charlie Manton who drew the winning ticket, Mike Dalton, P.J. Henehan, Ger Manton and Bill O'Sullivan. The first prize of a Christmas Hamper was won by Mrs Eileen Maher, Dún Aoibhinn, Fethard.
Fethard GAA Club News
While 2015 draws to a close and it might seem that we have no individual club news to post. If so this would be a misconception as each club are at this time busy holding AGMs, grading meetings and all other foundation works to set 2016 up for a running start.
As a club we should be very proud of our players, mentors and their achievements this year. If you had the opportunity to read the annual Fethard & Killusty Newsletter you would be entertained and enlightened by the four great articles from the four corner clubs of Fethard GAA.
The Sports Lotto is a huge success and well done to those who week in week out work tirelessly to keep it going. Finally we would like to take this opportunity to wish a happy and safe festive season to all our members, families, friends and supporters both at home and abroad
‘Tea Party’ funds aid Fethard & District Day Care Centre
Mary Murphy, representing the committee of Moyglass Hall, a cheque for €2,300, proceeds from a ‘Tea Party’, to Liam Hayes, chairman Fethard & District Day Care Centre L to R: Ger McCarthy, Bobbi Holohan, Liam Hayes, Mary Murphy, Margaret Lyons, Desmond Martin and Kathleen Flemming.
Fethard & District Day Care Centre are extremely grateful to Mary Murphy and the committee of Moyglass Hall who recently held a ‘Tea Party’ in aid of the Day Care Centre, and raised a total of over €2,300. This boost of finance will help in no small way to ensure the centre’s financial commitments will break even at year’s end.
The Moyglass Hall committee are planning to hold another ‘Tea Party’ for us again next year, which will be very welcome and very much appreciated by all availing of the services provided at the Fethard & District Day Care Centre. Without this kind of on-going support the Day Centre would not survive.
We wish all our members, volunteers, sponsors and staff, the very best of health, happiness and every blessing for 2016.
Christmas Cookery Course completed
Photographed at the completion of the six-week Christmas Cookery Course at Fethard Convent Community Hall. The course was organised by Ms Margaret O'Neill, Home-School-Community Liaison Co-ordinator. Back L to R: Eileen Bowden (instructor), Patricia Hennessy, Sandra Spillane, Liz Walsh, Grace Pollard, Catherine Ryan, Angela Kelly, Marie Ryan, Laura Allen, Sheila Butler. Front L to R: Kate Horan, Patricia Treacy, Angela Joyce, Martina Bryant and Johnny Hannigan.
Pictured above are some of the participants who completed a six-week cookery course in the Convent Community Centre during November and December 2015. The course tutor was Ms Eileen Bowden and was partly funded by the Community Education Department of Tipperary Education and Training Board. The course was organised by Ms Margaret O'Neill, Home-School-Community Liaison Co-ordinator, Patrician Presentation Secondary School Fethard and Scoil Ruain, Killenaule. Twenty people participated in total, made up mostly of parents and grandparents of pupils attending both schools and were joined by others from the local community. The course centred around healthy cooking on a limited budget and many of the dishes were chosen in preparation for the Christmas season. The course was very well received by all the participants.
A follow on course entitled ‘Health and Well-Being’ is planned for the coming six weeks in the Convent Community Centre and will cover such topics as general nutrition, specialist diets and mindfulness to mention a few. The course will cost €30 or €5 per class and run each Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon, commencing in mid January. The course is open to all but please book early to avoid disappointment. Contact Margaret on 087 6536374.
Happy 90th Birthday Jim
Jim Costigan, Moyglass, photographed on the occasion of his 90th birthday with his daughters Marion, Catherine, Breda and son John on Saturday, December 19.
Greetings from Bro Paul in Kabongo
Fethard friends of Kabongo, it is that time of year again when we wish all of you a very happy Christmas Season and a great 2016. We thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed on us thru 2015 and I would like to thank each and every one of you for partnering with us here in the education of poor children in Kabongo, near Eldoret in western Kenya. I was privileged to meet many of you during my vacation this year and, please God, we will meet again.
This coming year is shaping up to being a busy year for me as we are about to start the construction of a secondary school in Kabongo. We hope to open up for about 45 students in the first week of January of 2017. This secondary school will, more or less, complete the cycle at Kabongo. We set out on this project back in 2003 and now have a full Primary School including a nursery section, twenty-one staff houses, two dormitories, mains electricity, a computer lab, a very spacious school hall, a football field, a basketball court, a teachers resource centre and library, a small irrigation plot for vegetables, a well-equipped health centre and maternity ward, a VCT Centre (Voluntary Counselling and Testing) to deal with possible HIV/AIDS people, and by the end of 2016 a secondary school. We thank God for all the people who made this possible.
I wish all my Fethard friends and supporters the very best for 2016 and beyond. Bro. Paul D. Brennan, P.O. Box 5064, Eldoret, Kenya 30100. Email: email@example.com
Bunny Hop resumes on January 11
Parents and children photographed at the Fethard Bunny Hop's Christmas party at the Convent Community Hall. Bunny Hop iwill resume on January 11.
Transition Year students on Tipp FM
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School Transition Year host their 'TY Radio show' on December 27, 2015. on Tipp FM!
2016 Book Fair and 1916 The twenty-first annual Tipperariana Book Fair will take place in Fethard Ballroom on St. Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14, 2016. It can be expected that material – pamphlets, books, posters – relating to the 1916 Rebellion will be brought to Fethard by the thirty or more book dealers who take part in the fair every year. This will also be a good opportunity for people to have ‘memorabilia’ from that period valued by the dealers on the day.
The Fethard Historical Society, who organise the fair, plan to have a display of books and material relating to 1916 and the War of Independence on show on the day. There will be some secure glass display cases and the society would love to hear from people who have material that they could lend for use during the fair. Material of local interest would be a great attraction on the day and hopefully some items relating to Fethard and the surrounding parishes will surface before St. Valentine’s Day.
Book donations gladly accepted
The book fair is the Historical Society’s main fund raising event of the year and donations of books and book collections – which are then sold on the society’s own bookstall at the fair-are very much appreciated. Anyone wishing to donate books or who wishes to discuss the display of War of Independence material can email firstname.lastname@example.org or can phone (052) 6131537 or 086 3905373.
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.