Under 16 Ladies make club history
Fethard Ladies U16 A county winning team 2015 photographed at the club's first ever dinner dance with trainers Michael Hayes and Bernadette O'Meara and special guest Tipperary senior gurling star, Seamus Callanan, who presented the medals.
Fethard Ladies Football Club recently organised their first dinner ever dance which was held in the Clonmel Park Hotel where medals were presented by All Star Tipperary hurler, Seamus Callanan, who was joined by special guest of honour, Biddy Ryan, chairperson of Tipperary Ladies Football.
The Fethard U16 team made history in 2015 by winning the club’s first ever A Championship. This team has been very successful at all age levels winning the U12 C in 2011, U14 B in 2013 and U16 A in 2015 – a testament to the commitment and dedication of the girls and their trainers, Michael Hayes and Bernadette O’Meara.
The current U14 team won the U14 B championship for the third year in a row and also won the U14 Community Games county final. The community games team were narrowly defeated in the Munster Final by eventual All Ireland winners Killorglin from Co Kerry.
Photographed at the Fethard Ladies Football Club's first ever Dinner Dance are L to R: Tipperary senior hurling star, Seamus Callanan; Lucy Spillane, U14 All Ireland winner; Kate Davey, U18 All Ireland Winner; and special guest Biddy Ryan, chairperson Tipperary Ladies Football.
On the night presentations were made to U16 trainers Michael Hayes and Bernadette O’Meara, most improved U16 player Lauren Dowling and most improved U14 player Caoimhe O’Meara. All Ireland medal winners Lucy Spillane (U14) and Kate Davey (U18) also received presentations from the club. As a token of appreciation a presentation was made to John and Roseanne Carroll, proprietors of Lonergans Pub, for their hospitality and use of their premises to celebrate club victories.
Many thanks also to those local businesses that donated spot prizes for the dance and supported the club throughout the year. By all accounts a great night was had by all and already our thoughts are turning to 2016.
Presentation of Butler's Bar Annual Fethard Sports Achievement Awards 2015
January has come around again which means its time for Butlers Fethard Sports Achievements Awards end of year presentation night to take place on Friday, January 15, 2016. The competition has just completed three successful years with 2015 having many memorable highlights. As usual participation is open to anybody who live, work, or are from the Fethard parish and anybody can nominate sportspeople from any sport either directly to any of the steering group or through any of our Facebook pages.
The steering group consists of a diverse group of men and women, all sports people and all have a keen interest in the promotion of sport in the area. They are Mary Godfrey, Sandra Maher, Bobbi Houlihan, Diane Halpin, Austin Godfrey, Brian Higgins, M.J. Croke, Keith Dalton, Richie Cummins, Paul Kavanagh, Liam Hayes, Paraic Mc Cormack, Des O Meara, Tom Halpin and Philip Butler.
The format for the competition is that a monthly winner is selected from amongst all the monthly nominees and these winners all progress to the grand final which takes place this weekend. This year just to complicate things slightly we have 13 finalists as we had joint winners in April.
As a steering group we are constantly seeking improvements to our competition so this year for the first time we are adding two new catagories namely "Best Young Sports Person of the year" and "Best Team of the year" with considerable competition for both prizes.
The Finalists in each category are as follows.
Young Sportsperson of the Year
- Charlie Manton - Gaelic Football
- Kyle Mc Namara - Stock Car Racing
- Katie Davey - Ladies Football
- Megan Coen - Equestrian
- Lucy Spillane - Ladies Football
- Luke Coen - Equestrian
- Robert Hackett - Angling
- Abigeal Maher - Swimming
- Aine Ryan - Taekwando
- Ross Mc Cormack - Gaelic Football/ Rugby
- Tommy Anglim - Rugby
- Ben Murray - Rugby
Team of the Year
- Fethard Ladies Rugby
- Fethard U18 Mens Rugby
- Fethard U10 Boys Gaelic Football
- Fethard U8 Boys Gaelic Football
- Fethard U14 Ladies Football
- Fethard U16 Ladies Football
- Fethard uU16 Mens Rugby
- Patrician Presentation Ladies Cadet Volleyball
Overall Sports Achievement Award
- Liz Lalor - Horse Racing
- Patrician Presentation Cadet Volleyball team
- Tommy Anglim & Ben Murray - Rugby
- Mary Gorey - Rugby
- Nina Carberry - Horse Racing
- Fethard Ladies U16 Football team
- Gareth Lawrence - Power Lifting
- Lucy Spillane - Ladies Football
- Eoin O Connell - Hurling
- Charlie Manton - Gaelic Football
- Shane Kenny & Colin Allen - Golf
- Fethard Ladies Rugby Club
- Bernard Feery - Athletics
The night promises to be one of the highlights in Fethards social calendar with proceedings getting under way at about 9.00pm with a cheese and wine reception. As usual a surprise guest or two are expected on the night.
The death has occurred on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, of Ann Joy (née Mullins), Red City, Fethard, Co Tipperary and formerly of St Patrick's Place, Fethard. Ann, deeply regretted by her husband Larry, daughter Stacey, son Darren, her sister Muriel, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace. Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, on Friday, January 15th, from 5pm to 7pm.
Funeral Service in the Kingdom Hall, Suir Island Lane, Old Bridge, Clonmel, on Saturday at 2pm, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery, Fethard, at 3.30pm. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the Irish Kidney Association.
Sports Achievement Award December winner
Anne Marie Butler presenting the Butler's Bar Sports Achievement Award for December to winner Bernard Feery.
Congratulations to Bernard Feery who was winner of the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for December. Bernard was part of a three man Tipperary team that won gold in the Munster Masters Cross-Country which took place in early December. As one of the monthly winners, Bernard will now go forward to the 2015 Annual Award final which will be decided on Friday, January 15, at Butler’s Bar. All are welcome.
Side Saddle Day with the gallant Tipps
Tom Freyne MFH photographed with his wife Jacqui, riding side-saddle.
The Tipperary Foxhounds are holding a Side Saddle Day followed by their legendary Hunt Ball on Saturday, February 27. The meet is taking place in Cloneen, and there will be a stirrup cup in the grounds of Friarsgrange, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Tomas Ronan. The Tipps look forward to welcoming side-saddle guests and their partners, and will ensure they have great fun over their lovely country, also it is a great viewing meet for those supporters on foot.
There is a deal in place for those hunting side-saddle and wishing to attend the Ball that evening: €50 for ladies to hunt or €100 for ladies to hunt and attend the Hunt Ball (partners welcome at the same rates). Please contact Jacqui Freyne: Mobile 087 2629950 or email email@example.com with your queries. We ask all guests to please book in. For more details the event is posted on the Tipperary Foxhounds’ Facebook page.
For those wishing to book tickets for the Ball at €60 each, please contact Trish Mulhall, Tel: 087 2750773, who has tickets and is already taking bookings. The venue is the Minella Hotel, Clonmel, and Trish has a great menu picked for dinner, followed by dancing to the one and only Brass & Co. There shall also be an auction, with fabulous lots on offer, not to be missed! Get your tickets booked early and get this show on the road, it promises to be a fabulous night.
Fethard Athletic Club
Well done to Bernard Feery on his well-deserved Butlers Sports Achievement Award win last Friday night. Hopefully he takes the overall Award for 2015 which will be announced on this coming Friday night in Butlers Bar. Fethard Athletic Club also received a certificate acknowledging their nomination for the December Award with regard to their annual ‘Santa Run’ in December, which raised €1,000 for the children's ward in South Tipperary General Hospital. Our compliments to Philip and Anne Butler, proprietors Butlers Sports Bar on Main Street, for their continued support and promotion of sporting activities in the town of Fethard. Well done to all concerned.
Now, back to athletics, Fethard Athletic Club had five hardy warriors taking part in the Waterford City Viking Half Marathon last Saturday morning at 10am. The report received was full of praise for a well-organized event, good course and a lovely enjoyable day. Fethard results were: Bernard Feery Over-50, 97th in a time of 1:26:25; Edmond Kinnane Over-45, 323rd in a time of 1:38:27; Denise O’Brien, Over-40, 525th in a time of 1:44:57; Franny Tyrell Over-40, 584th in a time of 1:47:11; and Aine Doocey Over-40, 691st in a time of 1:50:45.
A total of 1,342 athletes finished the event.
Dancing to ‘Brass & Co’ after ‘Strictly Come Dancing’
Tickets for Fethard’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in aid of the Convent Community Hall are now on sale at €25, from Fethard Post Office, Gaules Bar, Roisin's Hair Salon, Hilda Laslett, June Gough and Pamela Sweeney. A great night’s dancing display and competition is guaranteed from the fifteen participating couples, coached by Ruth Quinn, which takes place at 8pm on Saturday, February 13, in Hotel Minella, Clonmel. This should be a great fun night out with after show dancing to the fantastic big band sound of ‘Brass and Co’ from Waterford. There will also be some great prizes to be won in our raffle on the night.
Fitness Classes resume at Ballroom
The following fitness classes have resumed in Fethard Ballroom: Circuits on Tuesdays from 7.15pm to 8.15pm; Low Impact Aerobics on Thursdays from 10.45am to 11.45am (ideal for those new to exercise). Both classes are suitable for all fitness levels and cost €7 per class. For more information contact Bobbi on 087 2130414.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on January 6 were: 7, 16, 21 and 26. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Jim Keane, Knockelly, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners who also received €50 each were: Margaret Bradshaw, Congress Terrace, Fethard; Pat Shelly, Moyglass, Fethard; and Edwina Newport, Old Chapel Lane, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, January 13. The Jackpot is €8,800 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €880. All proceeds go towards community projects in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
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, January 8, were 5, 8, 16 and 33. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner who received €100: Ross White, 7 Kilknockin View, Fethard.
Next week’s draw will take place in Fethard GAA Park dressing rooms on Friday, January 15, at 7pm. The jackpot is €17,400 and the sellers prize is €560.
The GAA Club send their congratulations to Dympna O'Donovan, Spittlefield, who won €500 in this month’s Tipperary GAA County Board Draw.
The death has occurred on Sunday, January 10, 2016, of Joe O'Dwyer, Ballyclerihan House, Clerihan, Clonmel, after a short illness. Joe, predeceased by his brother Michael, deeply regretted by his loving family Alice, Maureen, Tony, Renee, Anne, John, Paul and Nuncie, sisters-in-law Phyllis and Barbara, brother-in-law Jimmy, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at his residence on Tuesday, January 12, from 4pm to 8pm. Funeral to arrive at St Michael's Church, Clerihan on Wednesday, January 13, at 11.20am for Funeral Mass at 11.30am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the South Tipperary Hospice Movement and the Palliative Care Team at South Tipperary General Hospital.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday, January 17, to the music of ‘Tommy Carroll’. 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.
Community Games AGM
Fethard and Killusty Community Games will hold their AGM on Monday next, January 18, in the Tirry Community Centre at 8pm. There are lots of changes taking place in the organisation at the moment and it is very important that we have a good attendance at this meeting to ensure the future of Community Games in this area. Please make a note of this date in your diary and give your child the opportunity to take part in the sport of their choice.
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.
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.
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.
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
Killusty Anglers meeting in the 1960s. Back Row L to R: Tom O’Shea, Jim Ryan, Mick Bogue. Middle Row L to R: Jack O’Flynn, Neddie Cummins, Jack ‘Sprig’ Nagle, Capt. Curtin, Dick Fitzgibbon. Front Row L to R: Johnny Keating, Ned O’Shea, Major Hughes and Helen O’Connell.
Nano Nagle Primary Sahool sixth class at Nano Nagle Primary School (October 25, 2001). Back L to R: Aoife O’Meara, Lisa Ryan, Stephanie Lawrence, Danielle Ferncombe, Sinead Coffey. Front L to R: Patricia Cooney, Jenny Quigley, Sinead Delahunty, Sarah Moloney and Patricia Rochford.
Fethard Youth Club members with their Drugs Awareness certificates received on Wednesday, June 27, 2001. Back L to R: John Hannigan, Charlotte Escalon, Brian Conway, Niall Maher, Ashley McCormack-John, Anthony Hanrahan, Kyle O’Donnell. Front L to R: Rita McCormack-John (leader), Adrian Allen, Sinead O’Mahony (Drug Project Worker), Tracy Coady and Claire Hannigan (leader). The following also received certificates: Tara Ryan Louise Nagle, Ciarán Duggan Eoin Maher and Eoin Delahunty.
Confirmation Day April 29, 1982. First cousins L to R: Daren Bradshaw, Karl Cooke, Audrey Moloney, Anna Bradshaw, Kevin Bradshaw and Rory Bradshaw.
Members of the Croom Carroll family photographed in the Abymill Theatre on May 12, 2001.
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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