Local author wins ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year’
The ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year 2015’ was presented to Fethard author John Fogarty at a function in the Abymill Theatre Fethard, on Friday night last, January 29, for his highly acclaimed book ‘Scenes from an Indian Summer’. Photographed above at the presentation of the prize are winning author John Fogarty and Dóirín Saurus, Crampscastle Pottery, who designed the especially commissioned piece for the winning book.
The Tipperariana Book of the Year Award took place in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard last Friday night 29th January 2016. The organisers of the upcoming Tipperariana Book Fair, which takes place on February 14, selected ‘ Scenes from an Indian Summer’ by John Fogarty as this year’s winner. John hails from Fethard and his fictionalised memoir tells the story of summer 1963 from the perspective of a twelve-year old boy.
The Fethard Historical Society hosted the event which was attended by a large group of John’s family and friends as well as society members. The evening began with a cheese and wine reception enlivened by a soundtrack of music from the sixties. Terry Cunningham, Chairperson FHS, was MC for the night and he explained how the Tipperariana Book of the Year Award evolved and the history of the event over the last fourteen years.
Winning author, John Fogarty, photographed at the presentation of the ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year for 2015’ in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard, with his brothers and sister L to R: Bernard, Jim, John, Anna, Joseph and Gerry.
Mary Hanrahan, P.R.O. spoke about the selection process, pointing out that a surprisingly large number of books with a Tipperary provenance are published each year, yielding a wealth of writing for consideration. ‘Scenes from an Indian Summer’ was chosen as this year’s winner because it embodies all the qualities necessary: it is beautifully written, professionally produced and, above all, it is intrinsically of and about Tipperary. The fact that John is a Fethard man must be seen as an added bonus!
Winning author, John Fogarty, photographed with his wife Veronica and daughter Maryanne at the presentation of the ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year for 2015’ in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard.
‘Scenes from an Indian Summer’ is a narrative laced with humour, sadness and a searing honesty. The author does not shy away from the more disquieting aspects of life as it unfolds. While the book will strike a chord with readers of a certain vintage it also has a much wider scope. It deals with adolescence, loss, eviction and emigration, all themes that have a universal resonance and are particularly relevant to Ireland 2016. The author wisely refrains from either commenting on, or moralising about, what happens. He tells his story with great skill and leaves the reader to draw his/her own conclusions. ‘Scenes from an Indian Summer’ is both an entertaining read and a very important record of social history.
Photographed at the presentation of the ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year for 2015’ are Fethard students L to R: Darragh Hurley, Keith Morrissey and Robert Hackett with Liam Burke, long time member of Fethard Historical Society. The three students read passages from the winning book, John Fogarty's ‘Scenes from an Indian Summer’.
Pat Looby, FHS, had invited three local boys from Patrician Presentation Secondary School to read excerpts from the book. Keith Morrissey, Robert Hackett and Darragh Hurley brought the narrator’s youthful voice to life as they told of carnival days in Fethard, scrumping apples from McCarthy’s and fishing in the Clashawley.
Doirin Saurus, FHS, then presented John Fogarty with his award, a specially-commissioned platter made by Doirin herself, depicting symbols of Fethard and motifs from the book. Then it was the turn of the author. John read a chapter from the book about going to devotions and the gloom it engendered in him and his young friends. A potentially dismal subject was rendered hilarious in the telling of it; a skilful marriage of John’s way with words and his masterful delivery.
John had very kindly agreed to a question and answer session during which he gave an insight into how the book came about and how he had envisaged it taking shape. Lots of people present also shared their memories of that era.
Photographed at the presentation of the ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year for 2015’ in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard, are L to R: Terry Cunningham (chairperson Fethard Historical Society), Catherine O'Flynn (treasurer), winning author John Fogarty, Dóirín Saurus (Crampscastle Pottery), Mary Hanrahan (PRO) and Pat Looby (vice-chairman). The winning book was ‘Scenes from an Indian Summer’, published by Galway-based publishers, Wordsonthestreet.
The evening concluded with a book signing followed by tea, coffee and lots more chat. John will attend the Tipperariana Book Fair from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, February 14, and will have copies of his book for sale. So come along, meet the author, buy a book and get it signed.
The death has occurred on Friday, January 29, 2016, of John Gavin, Camden Town, London, and formerly of Headford, Co Galway, and Kerry Street, Fethard. John, pre-deceased by his wife Mary Gavin (nee McCarthy), deeply regretted by his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, Co Tipperary, on Sunday, February 7th, from 3pm with removal to the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard at 4pm. Funeral Mass on Monday, February 8, at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
St. Vincent de Paul
Families that may need help with this year’s First Communion or Confirmation expenses are asked to contact any committee member of the Fethard St. Vincent de Paul or Denis Burke at (052) 6131852.
Fethard ICA meeting
The next meeting of Fethard ICA Guild will take place on Tuesday, February 9, at 8pm in the ICA Hall on Rocklow Road. Special guest speaker this month is solicitor Suzanne Manton. Catering on the night by ‘green group’.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday, February 7, 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.
Community Games officers elected
The AMG of Fethard & Killusty Community Games took place in the Tirry Community Centre on Monday, January 18. There was a small turn out which produced a favourable result as all present were prepared to accept a position to ensure the continuation of the organisation in the area.
The changes in administration were discussed and all entries must now be submitted online and will not be accepted after the closing dates specified by the county. The incoming committee will cater for whatever events they can manage and get support for. All competitors who participated were congratulated especially those who won medals. Sympathy was extended to all families who suffered bereavements during 2015.
The following officers were elected: Joe Keane (chairman), Micheál Maher (vice-chairman), Noreen Sheehy (secretary), Peggy Colville and Joe Keane (joint treasurers), Valerie Connolly (child officer), Ruth O’Meara (company member), John O’Flynn (games director), Peggy Colville and Noreen Sheehy (public relations), Noreen Sheehy and Ruth O’Meara (delegates to county committee), and Aine Tyrell (development officer).
The entries for the winter games programme are closed but entries for the summer games along with dates, venues etc., for various finals of both team and individual events will be decided shortly. If anybody wishes to enter U10 Mixed Football, U11 Hurling, U12 Girls Football, U14 Girls Football, U14 Camogie, or any other team event please contact Noreen Sheehy, Garrinch, as soon as possible.
Ruby Walsh meets the Colvilles
William, David and Patrick Colville from Rosegreen were present to congratulate Ruby Walsh after his spectacular win on Faugheen in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown last Sunday.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on January 27 were: 3, 5, 6 and 14. There was no jackpot winner and three ‘Match Three’ winners who received €50 each: Gus Slattery, Kilnockin, Fethard; Arthur Daly, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard; and Ruth Higgins, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners who also received €50 each were: Lorraine St. John, Saucestown, Fethard; Frank Carroll, c/o Orla Carroll; Eddie O'Brien, Burke St. Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, February 3. The Jackpot is €9,250 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €925. 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 29, were 18, 20, 32 and 35. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. The €50 lucky dip winner was Danny Kane, Kerry Street. The following two drawn tickets won €25 each: Coco Barlaz, Ard Alainn; and Francine O'Farrell, c/o Benny Morrissey. Next week’s draw will take place on Friday, February 5, at 7pm. The jackpot is €18,000 and the sellers prize is €590.
Followers of the Tipperary Foxhounds at Lismolin on Thursday, January 28, could be excused if they thought hurricane Gertrude had arrived twelve hours later than expected. Blowing as only a strong wind on Crohane’s heights can hounds could only hold the line a short time. However, in the afternoon things were to change somewhat. Drawing back from Kyle Wood hounds found on the quarry at Lismolin. Away in a flash they ran back towards Ned Morris’ quarry. Left-handed through John Farrell’s, to Mr Jim Dunnes’s Timber Yard, Moanverrin. Turning right-handed here they crossed the Two Trees road to Crohane. Left-handed again they went almost to Ballylusky. Right through Crohane Lower, Eddie Byrne, car-following that day was just in time to see hounds flash across the road at Mr Jim Cody’s entrance. Hunting over towards Crohane Church – Killenaule Road where they checked. Mounted followers had by now fallen some way behind. Gavin here checked to call it a day as it was almost 5.30pm and getting quite dark.
This hunt was one of the best the Tipps have had all season. Anything but direct it had at least a four-mile point and must have been at least twice that as hounds ran. Incidentally, followers were lucky that hounds checked where they did, as they were heading for the large plantation that stretches from Crohane to Coolquill.
Followers who stayed on at the conclusion to this run were entertained to a great display by a murmuration of starlings which must have been thousands of birds strong. Turning and twisting, rising and falling in unison they continued until finally coming to their roosting places in a nearby plantation. Thoroughly a magnificent sight for those fortunate enough to witness it.
Dancers ready to ‘Strut Their Stuff
Fethard ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ team ready to strut their stuff on Saturday, February 13, in Hotel Minella, Clonmel, for Fethard’s first ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in aid of the Convent Community Hall. Tickets are now on sale at €25.
The well-rehearsed Fethard dancing team are now well prepared and ready to ‘strut their stuff’ on Saturday, February 13, in Hotel Minella, Clonmel, for Fethard’s first ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in aid of the Convent Community Hall. Tickets 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. Please come along and support your local community.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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