The death has occurred on Sunday, April 3, 2016, of Tom Shine, Barrack Street, Cahir, and formerly Fethard. Tom died peacefully in his 87th year at South Tipperary General Hospital. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Phil, sons Eamon, Joe and T.J., daughter Catherine, brothers Pat and Denis, sisters Peg and Mary, grandchildren Tara, Rebecca, Dearbhaile, Nathan, Evan, Jennifer and Michael, great grandchildren Eoin, Taylor-Rose and Lucy-Mae, son in law Michael, daughters in law Marie and Joan, nephews, nieces, extended family, relatives and friends. May He Rest in Peace.
Reposing at Costigan’s Funeral Home, Cahir, on Monday, April 4, from 6pm to 8pm. Funeral arriving at St. Mary's Church Cahir on Tuesday morning for 11am Mass. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Sports Achievement Award nominations for March
The following eight nominations were received for the Butlers’ Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for March:
- Anne Marie Moroney – tennis player who was part of a four woman Hillview team that won a Munster Spring league, the final which was played at the Sundays Well club in Cork.
- Eoin O’Connell – Eoin played a significant part in helping his employer ‘Suir Engineering’ to victory in the All Ireland Inter Firms Hurling title. They beat ‘Safety Direct’ from Galway in the final.
- Billy Treacy – ‘Fethard Player’ owned and trained by Billy gave everybody in Fethard a huge thrill by finishing a gallant 2nd in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival.
- Killusty FC – great efforts are being made by everybody involved in Killusty Soccer Club and this hard work is being rewarded with a final appearance against Mullinahone in the Peter O’Reilly cup following a victory over Killenaule.
- Mouse Morris – his stable is in fine form currently but the obvious high point is of course the winning of the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday with ‘Rogue Angel’.
- Harry Kelly – another yard doing very well lately, recording a double at Limerick ‘Twiss’s Hill’ and ‘Edvardo’; a second place in Cork ‘Duncloyne Lad’; and a point to point winner in Wexford ‘That’ll do so’.
- Fethard Ladies U15 Rugby team – winners of the all Munster St Marys invitational cup for the second year in a row.
- Davy Fitzgerald – Davy, originally from Knockelly, manages the Tipperary Ladies Darts team that recently won the Munster Championship for the first time.
The March winner will be announced at a special function in Butler’s Bar on this coming Friday night, April 15, at 10pm.
Died in England
The death has occurred in England on Sunday, March 20, 2016, of Ned Holohan, formerly from Killusty, Fethard. The late Ned is survived by his wife Frances and his brother Mick Holohan. May he Rest in Peace.
Remains will arrive at Cork Airport on Friday, April 8, and repose from 5pm to 7pm at McCarthy's Funeral Parlour, Main Street, Fethard, before removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty.
Requiem Mass at 11am on Saturday, April 9, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Fethard Market Rights
Popular street trader Willie O'Connell, Lisronagh, selling some of his fresh produce to Joan Allen from his market stall on The Square in Fethard on Thursday, March 24, 2016.
At the end of April 2006, all Irish Market Rights that were unused in the previous ten years were to be extinguished by Local Authorities and Government, and Fethard was one of the affected towns on the list. On the morning of Thursday, April 27, 2006, (Thursday being the traditional market day for Fethard), local traders set up their stalls on The Square to ensure Fethard held its right to hold markets for another ten years.
Ten years later, on Thursday, March 24, 2016, local traders again exercised their market rights by setting up their stalls on The Square and selling to the public, which will ensure that the right is kept alive for the next ten years.
Preserving Fethard’s ‘Market Rights’ on Thursday, March 24, 2016, were L to R: Christy Williams, David Curran, Bobbi Holohan, David O’Donnell and Jimmy O’Donnell.
A town with no Market Rights has no right to hold a market. Markets in Ireland have not prospered with the Casual Trading Act introduced in 1995, instead most traders have been denied trading opportunities.
In Fethard’s early days the market may have been held in and adjoining a Tholsel house in the centre of the Square. The market was subsequently transferred to the Town Hall where the weekly country market is held every Friday morning. Some senior citizens still refer to the Town Hall as the ‘Market House’, the name by which it was commonly known up to fifty years ago.
Following the success of the market some stallholders have continued to sell their goods on Thursday mornings and are very well supported by the local community.
Remembrance Pageant in Fethard
Marianne Shortall reciting the ‘Lament For Thomas McDonagh’ written by Francis Ledwidge, at the 1916 Remembrance Pageant at Butlers Sports Bar.
A very enjoyable 1916 remembrance pageant took place at Butlers Sports Bar on Thursday evening last, March 24. The objective of the event was to honour the Proclamation and its seven signatories. Local author John Fogarty set proceedings in motion with his rousing reading of the 1916 Proclamation followed by brief accounts of the lives and deaths of the seven leaders. These were expertly narrated by Darragh Corbett, Jane Hayes, Niall Hayes, and Richard Hayes.|
Some very fine poetry, appropriate to the rising, was recited by a number of people. Sarah Conway recited beautifully one of Pádraic H. Pearse’s best known poems, ‘The Wayfarer’, followed by an equally impressive recital by Marianne Shortall of the ‘Lament For Thomas McDonagh’ written by Francis Ledwidge. The classic William Butler Yeats poem ‘Easter 1916’ held everyone spellbound while being recited by Marian Gilpin, and finally the well known recitation, ‘What Died the Sons of Róisín’, made famous by the late Luke Kelly was recited passionately by Tom Gilpin.
Con Hogan, chairman of the Clonmel 1916 Commemoration Committee gave a talk on local activities involving the Volunteers and the IRB at the 1916 Remembrance Pageant at Butlers Sports Bar
Special guest Con Hogan, chairman of the Clonmel 1916 Commemoration Committee gave a talk on local activities involving the Volunteers and the IRB at the time of the rising, giving special emphasis to South Tipperary brigades. This talk by Con proved to very entertaining and informative.
The evening concluded with the singing and the playing of some appropriate songs and airs of that time.
Junk Kouture we need your Votes
Voting for Fethard’ Junk Kouture entry ‘Connect’ has now opened 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 Facebook page.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO VOTING PAGE and vote for Fethard's entry 'CONNECT' every day.
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.
Music at Crocanoir next weekend
Ireland’s great folk and trad duo, Niamh Parsons and Graham Dunne bring their magic to Crocanoir, Ballycullen, Mullinahone on Saturday, April 9 at 8pm. Crocanoir is one of Ireland’s great and most intimate music venues and can be found nestling at the end of a long boreen under the shadow of Slievenamon on the Fethard to Mullinahone road (about a mile before you come to Mullinahone). Niamh Parsons and Graham Dunne are a tour de force of music and song and have many recordings – well worth looking up! For tickets or more information contact John at Tel: 086 8907329. www.crocanoir.com
Training starts for 5ok local charity cycle
Anyone interested in taking part in a fundraising 50k cycle (route to be decided) on Saturday, June 11, 2016, are invited to come along and start training on Sunday, April 3rd, meeting at Fethard Ballroom Carpark, at 10am. Training will also take place on the following Tuesday with a short 5K trip suitable for beginners.
For safety reasons it is essential that helmets, high-viz jackets are worn along with having your brakes and bicycle in good order. For further details on any aspect of training or the event please contact Bill Kennedy on 086 8437400 or Paul Shanahan on 087 7615408.
All proceeds will be divided between the Fethard & District Day Care Centre and the Fethard Critical Illness Fund. Sponsorship cards will be available shortly.
Mary's 'selfie' with Archbishop
Most Rev Dr. Kieran O'Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, posing for a ‘selfie’ with Mary Ryan at the recent Confirmation ceremony in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard.
Fethard Historical Society AGM
The AGM of the Fethard Historical Society will take place in the ICA Hall, on Wednesday, April 6, at 8.30pm. Anyone interested in the history and heritage of the Fethard and Slievenamon area are very welcome to come along to find out more about the society and about its activities for the coming year.
Local outings are planned for the spring and summer period with the society’s main outing taking place on Saturday, September 24, to ‘1916 Dublin’. Further information from 086 3905373.
Fethard Senior Citizens’ Club
We wish a Happy Easter 2016 to all our members at Fethard Citizens’ Club. Our post-Easter outing is planned for Tuesday, April 5, and the bus will leave from the Town Hall at 1pm.
A reminder to return your Easter tickets by Saturday, April 2, in preparation for our Easter raffle which take lace on April 5. Please bring along your home-made Easter bonnets to be judged that same evening.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing on Sunday Night, April 3, to the music of ‘Peter Burke’. 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.
'Mouse' wins Irish Grand National
Fethard trainer, Michael ’Mouse' Morris photographed with his son Jamie, and his Irish Grand National winner ‘Rogue Angel’ at his racing stables at Everardsgrange, Fethard.
Congratulations to local trainer, 'Mouse' Morris on his fantastic win in the Irish Grand National. The following is an excerpt from The Irish Times report by Brian O'Connor. The full report can be read by clicking the link at the end.
‘Mouse’ Morris’ stellar career includes the peak of War Of Attrition’s Cheltenham Gold Cup a decade ago but the Co. Tipperary based trainer described Rogue Angel’s epic 16-1 Boylesports Irish Grand National success at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday as 'special'.
The emphasis on that single word said everything that needed to be said. Morris dedicated the victory to the memory of his son Christopher, widely known as ‘Tiffer,’ who died, in an accident in Argentina last summer, before briefly being overcome with emotion.
“This was for Tiffer. He’s looking down on us and helped us there,” he said after Rogue Angel and jockey Ger Fox rallied to beat the Ruby Walsh ridden Bless The Wings by a short head with Ballyadam Approach in third and Morris’ other runner, Folsom Blue, in fourth.
Click here to read full report by Brian O'Connor, 'Rogue Angel takes the Grand National for Mouse Morris' from The Irish Times website.
Selling Easter Lilies in The Thatch Pub last weekend were L to R: Mícheál De Faoite, Marcus Fogarty and Tadhg Ó hÍnse with an enthusiastic customer behind wanting to get in the picture.
Ballyluskey Draw Results
The results of the Ballyluskey White Heathers 64th Annual Draw held on March 18 are as follows: 1st Prize €400 was won by Michael Boland, Hillview, Drangan; 2nd Prize €200, Michael Murphy Jnr, Ballingarry; and 3rd Prize €100, Rachel Foran.
Spot prizes winners were: Dylan and James Kirwan, Kilsheelan; Liam Boland, Drangan; Liam Leahy, Ballinure; and Kate Kelly, Drangan.
We would like to thank all who supported our draw and thank all who supported us throughout the season. Without your continued support we could not continue.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place in the Tirry Centre on this coming Thursday night,
March 31, at 8.30pm. If you are interested in getting involved or have issues to discuss please come along.
Fethard Bridge Club results
The results of our game on Wednesday, March 9, were: 1st Gross, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; 2nd Gross, Nell Broderick and Anna Cooke; 3rd Gross, Betty Walsh and Monica Anglim; 1st Nett, Kathleen Kenny and Ann O’Dea; 2nd Nett, Rita Holohan and Ellen Rochford; 3rd Nett, Nora Ryan and Gabrielle Schofield.
On Wednesday, March 16, we played for Easter prizes and the results were: 1st Gross, Frances Burke and Carol Kenny; 2nd Gross, Berney Myles and Alice Quinn; 3rd Gross, Eileen Ryan and Jim Lahert; 1st Nett, Mike Burke and Margaret Slattery; 2nd Nett, Kevin O’Dwyer and Ann O’Dea; 3rd Nett, David O’Meara and Nell Broderick.
On Wednesday March 23, we played the final round of the Player of the Year competition and the results will be announced at our President’s Prize dinner.
Next Wednesday, April 6, we start our Club Championship which runs for three nights. Please note that bridge now starts at 7.15pm sharp! Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Community Games county finals
The county final of the Community Games Cross Country will be held in Thurles Crokes Athletic Club on Friday, April 8, starting at 7.30pm. You may register online if possible before the event, if not, register online before midnight on Friday, April 8, 2016.
The county final of the Art and Handwriting will take place on Saturday, April 16, in Thurles Presentation School, with the 10.00 Handwriting starting at 10am and Art at 12 noon. Participants can take part in both the handwriting and art on the day.
The county final of Gymnastics takes place at Monroe Sports Complex on May 22.
The county finals of the Hurling/Camogie/Football GAA takes place in Semple Stadium, Thurles, on May 28. Please note this new date.
The Athletics county finals of the takes part on June 26, 2016, at the Templemore Track.
Fethard 'Strictly Come Dancing' re-run on Sunday
Due to very high demand, a second performance of Fethard's 'Strictly Come Dancing' show will be held Fethard Ballroom on Sunday afternoon on April 3, starting at 2.30pm. This re-run is give all those who were unable to get tickets for the original night at Hotel Minella a second chance to see the spectacular dancing from all the participants who took part to raise funds for the Convent Community Hall.
It will run to the same order as in Hotel Minella but this time without judges. It was a brilliant success in Clonmel so we hope those of you that couldn't make it then will really enjoy the show. Thank you all again for your continued support and the proceeds from this show will go to the Fethard Critically Ill Fund. Tickets at the door will cost Adults €10, Children €5 which includes a free raffle.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on March 23 were: 13, 16, 22 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following three drawn tickets received €50 each: Mikey Purcell, The Valley, Fethard; Eileen White, c/o Seamus Maloney; and Karl Cooke, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners who also received €50 each were: Ann Williamson, c/o The Vets; Niall Connolly, c/o Eileen Connolly; and Ann Butler, Main Street, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, March 30. 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 25, were 2, 18, 29 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and two match three winners who received €50 each: Monica Aherne, Prospect, Fethard; and Ella Wall, An Sean Line, Fethard.
The next lotto draw will be held on Friday, April 1. The jackpot is €19,600 and the sellers prize is €670.
The club would like to wish local businessman and club stalwart Michael O'Riordan a speedy recovery.
Moyglass 1916 Float
Moyglass Remembers 1916 float completed by Benny Tynan, Mark Tynan, Seamus Barry, Lar Fanning and Charles McCarthy.
The idea for the Moyglass Remembers 1916 float was first proposed by committee member Gerry Long and it was to capture the proclamation and the raising of the National Flags on the GPO. Following much discussion it was agreed that we should enhance this idea and produce a scaled model of the GPO.
We all knew that this was a huge undertaking that would need a large financial and voluntary labour input from committee members and others. The feeling was that we needed to properly honour the men, women and children who had made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedom. Sean Tynan produced a scaled drawing with minute detail of all the features, including the pillars to the front and the statues on top. The volunteers worked for two weeks, day and night to produce what is truly a fitting tribute to our patriots.
Matty Tynan keeping watch at the top of the replica GPO float designed by Moyglass Remembers 1916 committee (photo by Derek Byrne and Siobhán Walsh at the Cashel St. Patrick's Day Parade)
The attention to detail is truly remarkable and was greatly appreciated by the people of Moyglass when it was on show at the local community centre on its journey to Cashel. It took sixteen volunteers to load the structure on the trailer and keep in position while it was being secured. The core team of Benny Tynan, Mark Tynan, Seamus Barry, Lar Fanning and Charles McCarthy were on hand to finally complete the project on St. Patricks Day morning.
It was almost surreal to see the moving GPO and it really brought the rising to life in rural Ireland for the first time. The float was surrounded by 30 locals from Moyglass, men, women and children and created the scene that would have been in Dublin in 1916.
We had sound effects and lighting to portray the bombardment that the GPO suffered during The Rising. The reaction of the spectators at the parade in Cashel was truly remarkable and they showed their appreciation by clapping us all through the historic town. Everyone involved in this tribute to our patriots got huge satisfaction from the spectators’ response and it was patently obvious that they understood the theme.
The proclamation was read in front of the viewing stand to make sure that all present understood the historic importance of the declaration of independence by the 1916 leaders and to appreciate that it was a defining moment in Irish history that shaped the future of our country.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Items for inclusion on this website and on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to email@example.com or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
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