Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School pupils photographed at their school ceremony to mark Proclamation Day 2016 with Colm McGrath (Fethard Hiostorical Society), Mr Michael O’Sullivan (Principal) and Ms Mary Ann Fogarty (Vice-Principal).
Patrician Presentation Secondary School held a ceremony to mark Proclamation Day 2016. Mr O'Sullivan welcomed everyone to the ceremony and especially local historian and past pupil Mr Colm McGrath. He spoke about the significance of the day and Ms Fogarty outlined the history of the flag to the assembled students.
The school was presented with its copy of the Tricolour last year at a ceremony in Waterford, which was organised by the Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation and Mark Hayde representing Transition Year, accepted the flag on behalf of the pupils. Finally, Mr Colm McGrath, in period costume, read the Proclamation eloquently to the assembled audience. Thank you to Colm for giving of his time to enhance our 1916 ceremony.
Clocks go forward this weekend
Don’t forget to set your clocks forward by one hour at 1am on this coming Sunday, March 27, officially the start of Summer Time, also called Spring Forward and Daylight Savings Time. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later than the day before giving us more light in the evening. We may be losing an hour in bed but with extra daylight in the evenings and a long summer ahead, there’s plenty to look forward to.
Easter Ceremonies in Fethard & Killusty Parish
Fethard Holy Trinity Parish Church
Holy Thursday, March 24, Mass of The Lord's Supper at 7pm.
Good Friday, March 25, Stations of The Cross at 3pm; Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 7pm
Holy Saturday, March 26, Easter Vigil Mass at 7pm.
Easter Sunday, March 27, Mass at 8.30am and 11am.
Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty
Good Friday, March 25, Stations of The Cross at 3pm.
Holy Saturday, March 26, Easter Vigil Mass at 8.30pm.
Holy Thursday, March 24, Mass of The Lord's Supper at 7.30pm.
Good Friday, March 25, Solemn Liturgy to celebrate Good Friday at 3pm. Stations of The Cross at 7.30pm.
Holy Saturday, March 26, Easter Vigil Mass at 8pm.
Easter Sunday, March 27, Mass at 9.30am and 11.30am.
Moyglass Remembers 1916 A committee was formed in Moyglass to create ideas to commemorate our patriots who died in 1916. Four proposals were adopted, namely, a memorial to be erected in the village, a float to be built for St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cashel, a play to be staged later and a re-enactment to be carried out on vintage day at the end of July.
Photographed at the unveiling of a memorial to commemorate our patriots who died in 1916, in Moyglass are L to R: Padraic Moroney, Jim Costigan, Bridget Moroney, Marian Ryan and Michael Moroney
A plaque was commissioned from Louise Carroll Designs and following a design process before the order was placed. The site was agreed and March 15 was chosen as unveiling day. This date was very apt as it coincided with National Proclamation Day in National Schools throughout Ireland. We invited Moyglass National School to join with us in the unveiling of the memorial. We wish to thank the school for embracing the occasion and having the children on board will form a link to the next commemoration in fifty years from now.
When the plaque arrived, we were very impressed with its quality and decided that it deserved to be enhanced with a cut stone surround. We are grateful to all who gave donations of money, materials and their time.
The ceremony commenced at 1pm and Matty Tynan gave a warm welcome to the large crowd that had gathered at the crossroads. The Schoolchildren were lead into the village by Clara Hinchey, Joss Whelan and Andy Cooney on pipes, with Robyn and Craig O’Shea on drums. Matty gave a description of the plaque, which consisted of three main components, the proclamation, the National Flag and portraits of the sixteen leaders who were executed in 1916.
The defence forces were represented by Richard Slattery and T.J. Ryan and following the drum roll, Richard Slattery raised the tricolour and the musicians then played the National Anthem. Denis Ryan then raised the Fenian Flag. Both of these flags were raised at the GPO on April 24,1916.
The tricolour was first publically flown in 1848 by Thomas F. Meagher, who has Tipperary connections. At this time Ireland had lost a million people to the famine and a further million had emigrated, there was a deep division between the Catholic and Protestant communities and the tricolour was designed with the green representing the Catholics and the orange representing the Protestants and the white in the centre to bring peace between the communities.
The memorial was then unveiled by two school children, Evie Smyth and Luke Ryan. Father Jimmy O’Donnell blessed the memorial and the flagpoles. The musicians again joined in with some lovely Irish airs. Sean Ryan then proceeded to read the proclamation and the passion in his voice was a true reflection of how Padraig Pearse would have read it in 1916. School principal, Mr Michael Hayes, then addressed the crowd to explain how Moyglass School had produced their 2016 proclamation. The older schoolchildren then read their unique proclamation, which highlighted their wishes for a lasting peace, equality, care for the sick and homeless, the blight of drugs on our present day society to be addressed, and they appealed for urgent actions to tackle these issues.
Mr Michael Moroney was our guest speaker. Michael is a native of Drangan and a member of the 3rd Brigade Old IRA committee. His knowledge of this period of Irish history and the subsequent struggles to gain freedom for our country was very evident from his expertly delivered oration.
The ceremony was closed and the attendance treated to refreshments in The Village Inn. Larry Kenny kindly captured the event on camera.
Memorable Side Saddle Day and Hunt Ball with The Noble Tipps
Group of riders photographed at the ‘Side-Saddle Day’ in Fethard
The Tipperary Foxhounds held a momentous side-saddle day followed by their legendary Hunt Ball on Saturday, February 27.
Saturday, February 27, was the final day of what has overall been a super season for the Tipperary Foxhounds. The day thankfully dawned dry and bright, as many local landowners, residents and hunting enthusiasts had been invited to join the hunt at their lawn meet for their last day of the season. The hunt had also extended a special invitation to side-saddle ladies, and there was great support for this with ladies traveling from all over to attend. We are very grateful to all for their support. Special mention must go to the ten ‘Tipperary Ladies’, many of them novices at, or new to side-saddle, who rode side-saddle for the day. Friarsgrange buzzed with activity, creating delicious treats for the impending lawn meet kindly hosted by Thomas and Jeanie Ronan. Thomas and his four daughters, Karine, Romy, Slaney and Maresa all rode to hounds on the day.
There was a wonderful touch of elegance added to the day when the 26 Side Saddle ladies unboxed their horses, and led by field-master Tom Freyne, hacked up to Friarsgrange, along with our masters and our huntsman Gavin Shorten, his staff and hounds, and the rest of the field, with riders of all ages. The day was very well supported by mounted followers.
Friarsgrange afforded the most beautiful setting for the lawn meet, nestled in some of the best of our hunting country with the backdrop of the snow-capped Slievenamon mountain (which aptly translates as ‘Mountain of the Women’). The field and many foot followers, including landowners and supporters, enjoyed the delicious eats and port, whilst soaking up the atmosphere.
Hounds moved off at 11.45am, and from the avenue, all the foot followers could easily view the field jumping some early fly-fences. It was remarked on more than one occasion during the day, ‘how brave those side saddle ladies are!’
Hounds found in the first draw and a quick hunt followed. The day progressed well, with hounds hunting very well as they drew through the country, testing the field with a wide variety of fences, from drains to banks, to fly fences, including two big typical Tipperary double banks, that tested all the mounted followers, and gave the side-saddle ladies plenty to talk about! Many of the side-saddle ladies stayed out to the very end, when Huntsman, Gavin Shorten blew for home at 4.15pm. A great, very busy day was had by one and all.
Following hunting there was a large attendance at our Hunt Ball, in fact a record number for the past decade! Dinner was delicious, and was followed by an auction of some interesting and practical Lots. The fabulous Waterford band, Brass & Co ensured the dance floor was packed for the night, followed by a disco into the wee small hours!
The Tipperary Foxhounds are eternally grateful to their landowners who allow us to cross their land, we are so very fortunate to have such fabulous country.
Saturday, February 27, 2016, was a historic, memorable and truly wonderful day, which shall stay in our memories for a very long time. Thank you to all of those who made it possible and those who supported us on the day. A very special thank you to everyone who helped in any way, to make the day (and night) such a memorable one, particularly Jacqui Freyne who organised the Side Saddle Day and Trish Mulhall who organised the Hunt Ball.
Taking part in the London Marathon
Fethard Rugby Club members taking part in the North London Marathon Back L to R: Paul Kavanagh, David Kavanagh, Michael Butler. Front L to R: Gemma Lyons, Louise Butler, Emily Kavanagh and Maria Woodcock.
Fethard Juvenile GAA ‘Minis’
Fethard GAA Minis are back training this Saturday, March 26, from 9.45am to 11am in the GAA field. All are welcome and although most membership fees are paid we encourage any outstanding fees or new members to pay on Saturday if suitable.
Brickx Club’ returns to Fethard
The Brickx Club will return to Fethard Convent Community Hall on Friday, March 25 from 10am to 12 noon. The club gives children a platform of basic brick building skills and help them explore their inventiveness and use this inspiration to help accelerate learning and social skills in all areas. The cost is €12 per child with sibling discounts available. To book a place please call or text 087 2417568.
Voting for Fethard’ Junk Kouture entry ‘Connect’ will open from Monday March 28 to Friday April 8 and we ask for your support for this very creative team of Jack Spillane, Shauna O’Neill, Emma Cronin (model) and Mark Hayde representing Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School. Votes can be cast every day during the above period through the Junk Kouture’s Facbook page.
Below is a short video of Emma Cronin modelling ‘Connect’ at the regional final in Limerick
We wish the pupils and their entry, ‘Connect’, the best of luck in Dublin in the national final on April 14. Voting for this part of the competition will begin soon through the Junk Kouture Facebook page.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on March 16 were: 3, 10, 13 and 15. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following three drawn tickets received €50 each: Anna Bradshaw Cooke, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Ann Foley, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard; and Amy Sweeney, The Valley, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners who also received €50 each were: Tom Tobin, Knockinglass, Fethard; Mary Kathleen Goings (online ticket); and Sr. Maria Fletcher, Presentation Convent, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, March 23. 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 18, were 17, 20, 23 and 25. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. The following two lucky dip winners won €25 each: Tom Purcell, Gortnahoe, and Greta O'Dwyer, Red City. The €50 lucky dip winner was Paul Fitzgerald, Kiltinan. The next lotto draw will be held on Friday, March 25. The jackpot is €19,400 and the sellers prize is €660.
Rugby Club ‘Race Night’ Fethard & District Rugby Club will hold a ‘Race Night’ in McCarthys Bar on Saturday, March 26, starting at 9pm. This ‘Night at the Races’ will be great fun and you can get involved by sponsoring a horse for €10 or a race for €50. All proceeds will go towards the club.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing on Easter Sunday Night, March 27, 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.
The death has occurred on Saturday, March 19, 2016, of Bernadette (Bernie) Stocksborough (nee Flanagan), Knockforlaugh, Ballinure, Thurles, Co Tipperary and formerly of Derryluskin, Fethard.
Bernadette (Bernie), peacefully at home , surrounded by her loving family, after a long illness. Deeply regretted and sadly missed by her husband Peter, her children David and Laura, her father and mother Michael and Margaret, her brothers and sisters, Tony, Roseann, Caroline and David, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews , relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at home on Monday March 21st from 4 pm to 8 pm. Funeral Mass on Tuesday in the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 12 noon, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
New Tipperary Rangers gathering
Children from Ballinure school who read the Proclamation at the New Tipperary Rangers gathering last weekend. L to R: Laurence Walsh, Rebecca Cashin, Darragh O'Gorman, Loren Corcoran and Chloe Hanly
Heading out to Noan east for the New Tipperary gathering at the Monument on Saturday last, I was expecting a nice gathering, but to my surprise we had over forty faithful from that neck of the woods to give homage to the folks in the area from another time. The wonderful children from Ballinure school read the Proclamation immediately after Ned McCormack raised the Tricolour to rapturous applause. Our National Anthem was then performed followed and a rendering of ‘Slievenamon’ to conclude the first part of the programme.
Photographed at the New Tipperary Rangers gathering last weekend in Ballinure are L to R: Eoin Fanning, Nancy Fanning, Geraldine Fanning, Joan Faulkner, Aileen Blake, Kitty Ryan, Helen Carew, Roger Shanahan, Rita McCormack and Kathleen McCormack.
The gathering then proceeded with the annual ceremony to the memory of the New Tipperary Rangers hurling and football teams of yesteryears. Our M.C. Steve McCormack then spoke to those present, reminding the younger generation of the safe and lovely area that they were privileged to call home. He welcomed Roger Shanahan to the ceremony, one of the few survivors of the great winning team of the fifties. Marie Crean recited a decade of the Rosary for all our intentions and for those who had died in the past twelve months.
Sean Watts from Killenaule thanked the people who organised the gathering and Michael Bulfin thanked everyone for coming along and invited all present back to Ballinure hall for tea and refreshments. Rural Ireland is safe and well. – (Miceál McCormack)
Photographed at the New Tipperary Rangers gathering last weekend in Ballinure are L to R: Steve McCormack, Miceál McCormack, Roger Shanahan and Ned McCormack.
Photographed at the New Tipperary Rangers gathering last weekend in Ballinure are L to R: Niamh Faulkner, her mother Theresa, and aunt Helen Carew.
Photographed at the New Tipperary Rangers gathering last weekend in Ballinure are L to R: Roger Shanahan, Sean Watts, Jimmy Whelan and Michael White.
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.
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
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.
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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