Sports Achievement Awards for the January & February
Winners of the Butlers Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Awards for January and February receiving their awards. L to R: Kate Davey (January Award) representing the Patrician Presentation Ladies U16½ Gaelic Football Team; Anne Butler (award sponsor); Joe Fogarty (special sporting guest); and Deirdre Goggin (February Award).
The winners of the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Awards for January and February were announced on Friday, March 4, at a special function held in Butlers Sports Bar. Special Sporting Guest at the presentation was Joe Fogarty, who is a son of John and Veronica Fogarty, Garrinch, Fethard. Joe left Fethard three years ago to work in Busan, South Korea, where he also joined the local Laochra Busan GAA Club as secretary and helped promote and increase the number of club members, who are now fielding two men's teams and two women's teams. The presentations for this months presentations were sponsored by Anne Butler.
Members of the Patrician Presentation Ladies U16½ Gaelic Football Team photographed after receiving their January Sports Achievement Award. Back L to R: Ian O'Connor (staff), Kate Davey (captain), Lucy Spillane, Laura O'Donnell, Laura Kiely, Alison Connolly, Micheál Spillane (coach). Front L to R: Nell Spillane, Carrie Davey and Leah Coen.
The January award was presented to Patrician Presentation Ladies U16½ Gaelic Football Team who were winners of the Munster schools title beating Rockwell and Scoil Pol from Limerick in the semi-final and final respectively.
Photographed at the Butlers Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Awards presentation are L to R: Deirdre Goggin, Emma Walsh and Kelly Ann Nevin.
The February award was presented to Deirdre Goggin in acknowledgement for her success at the unusual sport of Road Trotting, unique to West Cork. Deirdre is currently leading this year’s championship having won nine races since Christmas.
Both monthly winners will now go through to the overall 2016 award final, which will be held in January 2017.
Fethard’s ‘Famous Five’ rugby players who travelled to the Blitz in Carrick-on-Suir on Sunday last
Although only five under-8s travelled to the Blitz on Sunday at Carrick-on-Suir, with Cashel, those that did played their best rugby of the season. Nathan Gleeson, Sean Thompson and Alice Sheehan Walsh led the way on the try-scoring front supported by Cormac O'Donnell and Alec Knightly. All put in some fine tackles, carried the ball with gusto and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard’s ‘Ballroom of Romance’ on, Sunday, March 13, to the music of ‘Brendan McGee’ and on St. Patrick’s Night, Thursday, March 17, to ‘Checkers’. 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.
The death has occurred on Friday, March 11, of Jimmy Croke, Coleman, Fethard, (peacefully) at South Tipperary General Hospital. Jimmy, beloved husband of the late Shelagh Croke, deeply regretted by his sons John and Liam, his daughters-in-law Carmel and Catherine, grandchildren Niamh, Eimer, Nathan and Órlaith, brothers , sisters, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, on Saturday March 12th from 5 pm with removal to the Holy Trinity Parish Church at 6.45pm. Funeral Mass on Sunday at 11am, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
New Tipperary Rangers
The Social Committee of the New Tipperary Rangers invite all to the Annual gathering at the Monument at Noan east Ballinure on Saturday, March 12, at 2 pm, to remember the neighbours past and present in this lovely region of South Tipperary.
It would be lovely to see those that are resident in the locality and friends and neighbours that are away from the parish to make a small effort to come, and you’d never know who you might meet there. Light refreshments will be served in the hall in Ballinure afterwards. Tiobraid Árainn Abú!
Tipperary Branch IWA interviewed by TippFM Today
Back L to R:
John Ryan, Joe Kenny, Jenny Burke, Kathleen Burke. Front L to R: Marie Louise Clear, Catherine Houlihan and Jack Kenny.
Members of the
Tipperary Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association featured on Tipp FM Today radio programme this moring, Wednesday, March 9, hosted by veteran broadcaster Fran Curry in his own inimitable style.
You can listen below to the some of the representative members from South Tipperary speak of their own experiences during their interview recorded this morning . . .
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
The annual Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly Pilgrimage to Lourdes, will take place from June 16 to June 21, 2016, at the fully inclusive price of €699. The Pilgrimage director is Rev, Jimmy Donnelly, Parochial House, Herbertstown, Co. Limerick.
Application forms for assisted/sick section are available from Rev. Joe Tynan, Ballydavid, Littleton, Thurles, Tel: 0504 44317. Booking forms for the pilgrim section are available from Joe Walsh Tours, Tel: 01 2410811.
Table Quiz for Lourdes Fund
Please support the annual Lourdes Quiz which will take place in the Convent Community Hall on Monday next March 14. Table of four adults: €28 and €5 per student. A lot of the prizes on the night will be sponsored by local businesses and we thank them for their kind sponsorship of the event. The school sends two 5th pupils yearly as volunteers on the Cashel and Emily Pilgrimage to Lourdes and works closely with the local Lourdes Committee. It is a great opportunity for the pupils to travel to Lourdes and to experience the pilgrimage. All of these pupils are moved by their experience and are motivated in later life to work as volunteers.
The Patrician Presentation Parents’ Association organises this quiz and the school thanks them for all their work with the event. Ms McKeogh is the school Lourdes liaison person and is currently processing the student applications for the two places on the pilgrimage.
Plea for support in on-line vote
(by Dylan White, The Nationalist, March 3, 2016)
Carol Fleming and Dermot Molloy with baby Danny soon after his birth - the couple now have the chance to end a difficult period for the family with their dream wedding.
Caring couple need your help to win their dream wedding
A couple whose son had open heart surgery at four days old are asking the people of Tipperary to support them in their bid to win a €10,000 wedding budget. Carol Fleming and Dermot Molloy, originally from Drangan but now living in Fethard, were childhood friends before their love blossomed nine years ago. However, the past 18 months have been unimaginably difficult for the pair as a result of their son Danny Molloy’s rare heart defect, truncus arteriosus, which causes severe circulatory problems.
But now the chance to win their dream wedding in an on-line poll would prove a huge boost to the popular couple. Danny became ill within 12 hours of been born in South Tipperary General Hospital in August 2014 and was transferred to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin where he was diagnosed with the congenital heart disease.
He was on life support, and at one point throughout the traumatic ordeal his parents were given an option to turn off the machine.
“Danny has a complex heart condition with an interrupted arch and holes in his heart. He had open heart surgery at four days old and was on a ventilator for seven weeks. He had a cardiac catheterization and stents put into his heart,” Carol told The Nationalist.
Danny remarkably defied expectations and eventually got to go home with his parents. “He’s an incredible boy who's been through so much, continuing to battle on and coming out the other side,” Carol continues.
Despite doctors being unable to give any guarantees regarding Danny’s future, his parents believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. “Danny’s immune deficiency makes him vulnerable to infection and has sanctioned him to hospital visits every three weeks. He has low muscle tone and spends a couple of hours a day in a standing frame. His development has been greatly hindered, and he regularly goes for physio, speech and language therapy and nurse appointments.
He recently had minor surgery, so it’s constant going with him but he’s worth it and we are optimistic about his future,” she says.
Carol’s sister Katie decided to enter the loving parents in a competition to win a dream wedding. Dermot had already proposed to Carol last year, writing ‘Will you marry my daddy?’ on Danny’s nappy, before asking her to change it. “Caring for Danny has brought us closer together, and we are eager to get married and give our family and friends something to look forward too,” Carol adds.
To make their dream wedding become a reality, vote online at www.winourwedding.ie or text 'wow 005’ to 57082 before 12am on March 16.
Fethard Choral Society perform in Limerick
Fethard Choral Society took part in the Limerick Choral Festival held in the Augustinian Church, Limerick on Saturday, February 27, led by Ann Barry, the choir’s musical director. The choir came second in the Church Choirs (Unison) competition singing ‘Be Thou My Vision’, which was the set piece, and ‘Going Home’. The choir also took part in the Church Choirs (parts) competition singing ‘Abide With Me’ and Fauré’s ‘Sanctus’.
Ciarán Maguire, boy soprano, who sang the first verse of ‘Abide With Me’ as a solo, received a special mention from the adjudicators. Indeed, Ciarán received a round of applause after a practice run of the hymn before the competition began. A special thanks to Josie Fitzgerald who couldn’t sing on the night, but who travelled with the choir to Limerick and who recorded the pieces they sang in the competition.
Listen to some excerpts from the Fethard Choral Society below . . .
Gardaí search for missing man Daniel Gerrard
Gardaí have asked for the public's help to find Daniel Gerrard, who is missing from Bridgewater, Co Tipperary. Daniel, 23, was last seen yesterday in the Bridgewater House area of Clonmel at approximately 5.50am.
He is described as being 6ft tall, lean build, short brown hair and brown eyes. When last seen he was wearing a blue hooded top, grey tracksuit bottoms and grey runners.
Anyone who has seen Daniel or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Clonmel Garda Station on 052-6177640, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
Confirmation this Friday
Best wishes to all the children from the parish who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in Holy Trinity Parish Church on this coming Friday, March 11, at 11am. We welcome Most Rev Dr. Kieran O'Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, who will preside over the ceremony.
St Patrick’s Day, Family Fun 4k Walk/ Run
Moyglass Sports & Social Club will host a Family Fun 4k Walk/ Run on St Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17, starting at 11am from the Moyglass Community Centre. Entry fee is free but donations are welcome for the maintenance of the walkway. Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the Community Centre. All ages and abilities are welcome to come along.
Moyglass plaque to commemorate patriots
A specially commissioned plaque to commemorate the patriots who were executed in 1916 will be unveiled in Moyglass Village on Tuesday March 15, at 1pm. All are welcome to attend
Fethard & Killusty Anglers AGM
Fethard & Killusty Anglers AGM for 2016 was held on March 4, in the Tirry Community Center in Fethard. Thanks to all that attended and let's hope the floods subside so we can all get back out on the river on March 17. The officers and committee were duly elected accompanied by some lively discussion and banter in the process.
Members are asked to meet at Thorny Bridge at 10am on March 20, to help out with our yearly bank cleaning and maintenance work on the river.
The annual competition will be held on Sunday, April 17, at 10am, meeting at Thorny Bridge and the use of body waders is allowed to help keep us all dry and warm for the day. All old and new members welcome to come along.
The club asks that no members fish our club waters in the two days before the competition so trout will, hopefully, be eager to take our fur and feather imitations on that day. Any angler wishing to join the club can contact the secretary Seán Maher on 085 7050580 for membership and any advise or help on our club waters. New members are always welcome. Tight lines to all for 2016 and remember that, ‘The Gods do not deduct from man's allotted span, the hours spent in fishing!’
‘Lovers’ for Clonacody House
Creative Minds Productions, Clonmel bring Brian Friel's highly acclaimed play ‘Lovers’ to Clonacody House, Fethard on March 18, and 19. The play is directed and produced by Jennifer Williams and Trevor Somers. Admission is €25 and includes a light supper. Bookings on 087 1689167.
Broken into two parts the first section ‘Winners’ follows the story of two teenaged lovers, Mag (Sinead O’Donovan) and Joe (Daniel Traas) who are expecting a baby. However, the pregnancy occurs out of wedlock, which, at the time of ‘Lovers’ being written, was a major issue. They are both asked to leave their schools out of disgrace for what they have done. The narrators (Rosie Mai Fitzgerald and Tara Gearon) provide the audience with insight into the cultural and social context of 1960s, Ballymore.
The second part ‘Losers’ is a play about middle aged lovers, Hanna (Helen Fitzgerald) abd Andy (Trevor Somers) who are trying to make a relationship while having Hanna's mother, Mrs Wilson (Olive Thompson), and Cissy (Jennifer Williams), the next door neighbour, watching them constantly. Mrs Wilson and Cissy are very Catholic and do not think it is appropriate for Hanna's and Andy's relationship to continue. Mrs Wilson tries to break up their relationship by constantly ringing her bell, and wanting prayers. Can love overcome all or will there always be winners and losers?
Novena continues until Sunday, March 13
The annual Fethard Parish Novena, which started on Saturday night, March 5, will continue up to Sunday, March 13. Ceremonies will be held nightly at Holy Trinity Parish Church from Monday to Friday at 7.30pm, with the exception of Saturday, which takes place at 7pm, and Sunday, which takes place at 11am. All are invited to come along and give some time to reflect on life and our relationship with God.
Petitions can be left in at the Parish Church.
Junk Kouture regional final
Best of luck to Patrician Presentation Secondary School students, Emma Cronin, Shauna O’Neill, Jack Spillane and Mark Hayde whose entry ‘Connect’ will represent the school in the regional final of the Junk Kouture competition in Limerick on Friday night, March 11. Emma will model the outfit and the group has worked hard on its design. The school has had great success in the competition and supporters will travel with them to Limerick on Friday.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on March 2 were: 5, 7, 24 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Mary Kathleen Goings (online ticket). The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners who received €50 each were: Gabriel Needham, Friarsgrange, Fethard; Janette Long, Coalbrook, Thurles; and Sally Hayes, Cashel Road, Fethard..
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, March 9. The Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €1,000. 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, March 4, were 18, 22, 30 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. The following two lucky dip winners won €25 each: Ava Hickey, c/o Ladies Football Club; and Valerie O'Meara, Woodvale Walk. The €50 lucky dip winner was Davy Phelan c/o Merrys, Clonmel. The next lotto draw will be held on Friday, March 11. The jackpot is €19,000 and the sellers prize is €640.
Life-long hunting supporter Tony Newport, photographed with his daughters, Edwina (left) and Margaret, and granddaughter, Mary Jane Kearney riding side-saddle.
The greatly improved weather conditions since Christmas certainly contributed to much better hunting for the Tipperary Foxhounds and Ballylusky White Heather Harriers for the second half of the season. The Tipps finished their season when they opened the Suir Vale Harriers Hunting Festival at Upperchurch on March 1st. They had a memorable day on Saturday, February 27, when they held a Ladies Side-Saddle meet at Cloneen.
Following a lavish Stirrup Cup at Mr and Mrs Thomas Ronan’s, an all-time high record field of 150 riders left Friarsgrange for the first draw. The field included thirty ladies riding side-saddle. How elegant they looked showing a glimpse of an era of grace and style that is now long gone. How amazing to see these girls take on fly fences and banks during a good afternoon’s sport.
Incidentally, the first lady ever to ride astride at a public horse show was Mrs Joan La Terriere, Kiltinan Castle, at the great Olympia London International Horse Show (c) mid-1920s. This we are told caused as big a sensation as if Lady Godiva was to currently repeat her ride through Coventry City.
Congratulations to the side-saddle girls at Cloneen, no empty saddles were reported even though most were riding side-saddle for the first time.
Mary Jane Kearney, Fethard, riding side-saddle at the Tipperary Foxhounds ‘Side Saddle Day’ on Saturday, February 27, at Friarsgrange, Fethard.
Daffodil Day, on Friday, March 11
As part of National Daffodil Day, a coffee morning will take place in the Town Hall, Fethard, on Friday, March 11, from 9am to 12 noon. Please come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and sample our delicious home baking to support a very worthy cause. Daffodil Day merchandise will also be on sale in the usual locations throughout the town. Your support is very much appreciated.
Fethard Players stage comedy ‘Never Too Late
Members of Fethard Players taking a break from rehearsal of their current production, a comedy ‘Never Too Late’ which will be staged in the Abymill Theatre from Monday, March 14, to Saturday, March 19. L to R: Tommy O’Brien, Niamh Hayes, Ann Walsh, Keith MacAdhamh, Marian Gilpin and Liam O’Connor. Also in the cast are Richard Hayes, Colm McGrath and Tom Gilpin.
Fethard Players are putting their final touches to this year’s comedy production, ‘Never Too Late, written by Arthur Summer Long and produced by Jimmy O’Sullivan. The play will run in the Abymill Theatre from Monday, March 14, to Saturday, March 19, started at 8.15pm each night. Booking at Fethard Post Office Tel: (052) 6131217 office hours.
The cast is as follows: Liam O’Connor (Harry Lambert), Ann Walsh (Edith Lambert), Tom O’Brien (James Kimbrough), Marian Gilpin (Grace Kimbrough), Keith MacAdhamh (Charlie Clinton), Niamh Hayes (Kate Clinton), Richard Hayes (Mr Foley), Colm McGrath (Mayor Crane), and Tom Gilpin (Policeman).
The very funny comedy features Harry Lambert is a New England lumber company executive in a humdrum life with his wife Edith. He feels his life has grown stale since his defeat in an election for town mayor. His adult daughter Kate is of little or no help to anybody; she and her husband Charlie live with him and Edith, and Charlie lives a freeloader's life, working at the lumber company.
Fethard Foróige Youth Club open on Monday nights
Fethard Foróige Youth Club is back up and running at Fethard Convent Community Hall on Monday nights from 7pm to 8pm. The club is open to all students from 1st Year to 6th Year. Please come along and join in the fun and organise your club to suit your needs, with the help and support of trained leaders. CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION
The death has occurred on Saturday, March 5, 2016, of Mary Fleming (née Kelly), Coolmore, Fethard. Mary, deeply regretted by her son and daughters, Bridget, William, Mary, Margaret, Ann, Kathleen, Frances and Sarah, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends.May She Rest in Peace.
Reposing at home on Monday, March 7, from 4pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass on Tuesday, March 8, in the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Kickboxing classes due to start in Fethard
The first class of Galtee Mor Kickboxing, will take place on Tuesday, April 5, in the Convent Community Hall Fethard. Children’s classes from 5 to 12 years will take place from 7pm to 8pm. Cost per child is €5 with a discount available for additional members of the same family. Adult classes from 12 years and up, will take place from 8pm to 9pm and cost €7 per class.
For further information and enrolment details contact Daniel Coffey on Tel: 087 9113997. All are welcome and we look forward to meet everyone on the night.
The ‘Country Boy’ on tour
The Fionn MacCumhaill players are staging their upcoming production The Country Boy by John Murphy in The Source Theatre, Thurles, on Saturday, March 5, at 8pm. For bookings Tel: (0504) 90204. The play will also be staged in Mullinahone Community Hall on Friday, March 11, at 8pm, booking 086 0834208.
Clonacody House, Fethard, will host two intimate performances with food served, on Tuesday, March 15, and Wednesday, March 16. Early booking advised, as seats are limited. Tel: 086 0834208. A great play and a good night out . . . don't miss it!
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
First Communion group outside Fethard Parish Church in the mid 1950s. Back L to R: Donal Mullins, Johnny Burke, Richard Burke, Joe Ryan, Michael Cummins, Gerry Harrington, Eddie Callaghan, Michael Whelan. Middle L to R: Michael Kenny, Lory Byrne, Paddy Ahearn, John Slattery, Louis Coen, Pat Barrett, Stephen Cummins, Jim Fogarty. Front L to R: John Littleton, Gerry Hickey, Paddy Grant, Austin Flynn, Don McCarthy, Benny Shine, Davy Tobin and Billy Sayers.
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