Sports Achievement Award nominations for December 2015
The following six nominations were received for the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for December. The December winner will be announced at a special function in Butler’s Bar on Friday night, January 8, and the overall winner for 2015 will be announced later this month.
The December nominations are:
Bernard Feery – Bernard was part of a three man Tipperary team that won gold in the Munster Masters Cross-Country which took place in early December.
Mouse Morris – although not having any winners, two of his horses ‘First Lieutenant’ and ‘Rule The World’ finished second and third respectively in high class races over the Christmas period in Leopardstown.
Kevin Coffey – greyhound owner Kevin had some success at Clonmel Track recently when his dog ‘Bubs Star’ won a valuable race.
Emaleigh Cuddihy – this young lady from Tullamaine recently recorded two first places at the Redking Taekwando inter club tournament in Cashel.
Meah Cuddihy – younger sister to Emaleigh also recorded two second place finishes in the same event. Her medals came from Yellow Tip Sparring and Yellow Tip Patterns.
Fethard Athletics Club – nominated because of their continued successful organising of the Santa Run which this year raised over €1000 for the childrens ward of South Tipperary General Hospital.
‘Fethard to Fethard’ Challenge for the New Year
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the challenging ‘Fethard to Fethard’ cycle that was completed in aid of Fethard Heartsafe Programme by local cyclists with great fun and enjoyment had by all the participants and back-up team involved in the 100 Km cycle from Fethard-on-Sea (Wexford) to our own Fethard here in Tipperary.
The good news, at least for local charities, is the ‘Fethard to Fethard Cycle’ will take place again this year in early June. This year the proceeds will be in aid of Fethard Critical Illness Fund and the Fethard & District Day Care Centre – both very deserving causes. So get your bikes out and start training as soon as the floods recede. More details on this event will be published soon.
Operation Transformation 2016
Fethard Operation Transformation kick-starts from 7pm-8pm on Monday, January 11, 2016, in Fethard Convent Community Hall and continues every Monday night for 12 weeks. There will be a confidential weigh in for the group followed by a town walk. The cost is €2 per week to cover hall costs.
Now is the time to start changing your lifestyle so come along and join others with the same goal and if we get enough people we might get on the television programme! Follow us on the Fethard Operation Transformation Facebook page and we look forward to seeing you on Monday next.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday, January 10, 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.
Enjoying the New Year
Enjoying New Year's Eve in Lonergan's Bar were L to R: Noel Callan, Kumar Mehta, Tina Kenny and Laura Lyons.
Enjoying New Year's Eve in Lonergan's Bar were L to R: Jacqueline Ryan and Catherine Maher.
Enjoying New Year's Eve in Lonergan's Bar were L to R: Dolores O'Donnell and Hanna McGarry.
Enjoying the New Year in Lonergan's Bar were L to R: Edel (Bradshaw) Moloney, Jack Kenny and Mark Moloney.
Enjoying New Year's Eve in Lonergan's Bar were L to R: Noel Blake and Michael Purcell.
Enjoying New Year's Eve in Lonergan's Bar were L to R: Davy Morrissey, James Cooney, Larry Kehoe and Frank Britton.
Enjoying New Year's Eve in Lonergan's Bar were L to R: Joe Kenny and Larry Hopkins.
Enjoying New Year's Eve in Lonergan's Bar were Phill and Jess from Kerry Street.
Celebrating Christmas in Fethard are L to R: Rachael O'Meara and Katie Whyte
Fethard Bridge resumes
Bridge in Fethard resumes on this Wednesday, January 6. On January 20 we play for sponsored prizes. Please note that the Bridge game now starts at 7.15pm sharp! Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at (052) 6132038.
Fethard Prayer Group will meet on this Wednesday, in the Parish Church Adoration Chapel at 7.30pm and all are welcome.
Eucharistic Adoration will continue in the Parish Church on Fridays from after 10am Mass to 11.30am and from 6pm to 9pm. In the Abbey Church on Thursdays from 11am to 12 noon.
Bunny Hop resumes on January 11
Fethard ‘Bunny Hop’ will resume at the Convent Community Hall on January 11. Bunny Hop is an hour of music with movement for babies and young children. Little people love interacting with others of same or similar age, at Bunny Hop your children will have an hour of stimulating fun in which to do so.
Music at Crocanoir
Irish Folk music legend, Jimmy Crowley, will play live at Crocanoir on Saturday, January 9, starting at 8pm. Jimmy has become a firm favourite at Crocanoir and we are delighted to welcome him back for the first concert of 2016. For further details and booking contact John Bermingham, Croc an Oir, Ballycullen. Tel: (052) 9153117 or 086 8907329.
Health and Well-Being course for mid-January
A ‘Health and Well-Being’ six-week course is being organised 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.
Photographed at the Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard, are L to R: Fr Martin Crean OSA, David Butler (organist), The Rev Canon Barbara Y. Fryday, and Canon Tom Breen P.P.
Photographed at the Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard, are L to R: Nell Broderick, Agnes Evans and Marie Murphy
Photographed at the Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard, are John O'Donovan with his daughter Maura Clooney (right) and his granddaughter Kate Clooney.
Photographed at the Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard, are L to R: Catherine Kennedy, Joe Keane and Eamon Kennedy.
Photographed at the Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard, are L to R: Kate Kennedy, Tara Moquet and Fiona Barry.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto will resume on this Wednesday, January 6, 2016. The Jackpot is €8,650 and the Jackpot sellers prize is €865. Thank you for your support in 2015 and we look forward to your continued support for 2016. We wish all our supporters a very Happy New Year.
Fethard’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’
Tickets for Fethard’s Strictly Come Dancing are now on sale at Fethard Post Office, Roisin's Hair Salon and from Pamela Sweeney at Fethard Convent Community Hall. Practice sessions are going very well with all the dancing competitors having lots of laughs in between.
Choreographer Ruth is doing a great job and has very high hopes for a great night’s dancing display and competition when the time comes for hitting the floor on Saturday, February 13, in Hotel Minella, Clonmel.
There are also some great prizes in our raffle to be won on the night. Tickets will be sold at half time. A big thank you to everyone who contributed prizes. If there is any business who would like to take an advertisement in our brochure please contact us and we still have some pages available. This would be a great way to get your business advertised as we are printing and distributing 600 brochures. Thank you all again for your continued support, which is really appreciated.
With The White Heathers
Torrential rain forced the Ballyluskey White Heather Harriers to postpone their St. Stephen’s Day meet for twenty-four hours to Sunday, December 27, – a very wise decision.
On Sunday the first draw at Knockcurra held two brace. Settling on one fox, hounds hunted very well eventually getting him away on the far side. Crossing the road they marked him to ground near the Drangan-Ballyluskey road. Moving on towards Knockroe, hounds found again at Knockcurra. Taking the same route, hounds were hunting well on towards Moanverrin when this one got to ground near the Crohane road. Knockroe proved blank. Drawing through Priesttown, hounds found again on a hedge at Cappanagrane. Hunting back to large covert at Priesttown House, hounds brought back this this fox on top after some good hunting in covert. Hounds proved blank at Glenmucaduibhe and did not find bringing another most satisfactory day’s hunting to a close.
A fall for huntsman Gavin Shorten from their meet at Ballydine on December 14, could have had a far more serious result than a good wetting. Gavin’s mount, crossing a flooded stream in the bog adjacent to Longfield, stumbled into a very deep bog hole in the flooded stream. Thrown from his mount, Gavin was slowly being dragged underwater by the weight of his thoroughly soaked hunting jacket. Seeing his serious plight, two followers, David Nagle and Joe Breen, were quickly into the flooded stream and able to assist Gavin to safer ground. The two followers deserve the highest praise for their swift and brave actions.
Gavin wanted to carry on, but wiser council prevailed and a halt was called to the day’s proceedings. The spot where Gavin had his narrow escape is not so far upstream from the spot in Ardmayle where Paddy Tierney, whipper-in to Mr Burke MFH, was tragically drowned in c1908 while crossing the river Suir.
Childrens’ Christmas Meet at Grove
Tipperary Foxhounds Childrens’ Christmas Eve Meet at Grove attracted a mounted field of just over 100 juvenile followers of all ages. With Santa Claus and his team of suitably attired assisting elves, a most enjoyable day’s hunting was had on Grove Estate.
The Tipps also had a very good turn out for their St. Stephen’s Day meet at Ballingarry. Good hunting ensued despite atrocious weather conditions prevailing.
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.
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.