Congratulations as 'Mouse' rules the world!
Congratulations to local trainer Michael 'Mouse' Morris on his fantastic win with 'Rule The World' in the Aintree Grand National
on Saturday, April 9. Both are back safely on Irish soil and will parade in Fethard this evening, Sunday April 7, expecting time of arrival is 7pm. The parade will leave from the Ballroom car park and make its way up Main Street and stop outside the Town Hall for photographs etc. So don't be shy come along and support this great legend on Main Street, Fethard, at 7pm.
Anyone for tennis?
Are you interested in playing tennis in Fethard? If so please come along to an open meeting in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, at 8pm on Wednesday, April 13, and meet some likeminded people who are interested in getting the Fethard Tennis Club back bouncing again in the near future.
Love stories begin (and continue) in Fethard
Mike Colgan proposing to Kate Goings at the Cliffs of Moher on their first visit to Ireland and Fethard in 2009. The happy couple are making a retuirn visit to Fethard this coming weekend.
Kate Goings and Mike Colgan from the United States of America paid their first visit to Ireland and Fethard in June 2009 and while staying in the Cozie B&B in Fethard made many new friends. Maybe it was the effect of passing Fethard’s ‘Ballroom of Romance’ on the way home to their Cozie B&B every evening that inspired Mike to propose to Kate on bended knee at the Cliffs of Moher on their way back home to the USA. Whatever the reason the happy couple have made a close attachment with the area and are returning for another visit to Fethard with friends on this coming weekend.
Theresa O'Donnell, proprietor of the Cozie B&B, has also confirmed that both Kate and Mike really enjoyed the local music scene during their time in Fethard and firmly promised they would be back for more. So it was a huge surprise to hear last week they were on their way back to Fethard and to also see the photographs taken of Mike’s proposal to Kate at the Cliffs of Moher on their first visit to Ireland in 2009.
Photographed at the Pheasant Plucker's session in McCarthy's bar in June 2009 are L to R: Amanda Hardiman, Frankie Napier, Kate Goings and Mike Colgan. Kate and Mike were visiting Fethard from the United States of America.
Fethard ICA April meeting
Fethard ICA will hold their April meeting on Tuesday, April 12, in the ICA hall at 8pm. Our speaker this month is Jacqueline Ryan from Coolmoyne who will speak on her forthcoming twelve months trip to Africa. Catering on the night by the red group.
Our next craft night will be held on Monday, April 18, at 8pm in the ICA Hall.
Killusty to face Mullinahone in Sunday's Cup Final
Next Sunday Killusty will play Mullinahone in the final of the Peter O’Reilly Cup at Newhill Park. It's very nice for the club to reach a cup final at the end of the season and while Mullinahone will be strong favourites, our lads wont be found wanting and will give it their best shot. If you can make it to Newhill (about a mile after Littleton on the Dublin Road) your support will be a great help, as it has been for many times in the past.
The club would like to pass on their sincere sympathy to members of the Holohan family in Killusty on the recent death of Ned Holohan, that occurred in England.
Graduation from DCU
Lucy Sheehan, Killusty, photographed with her parents, Ann and Dan Sheehan,at her recent graduation from DCU with a Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing.
Get on your bike - training has started for local 50k charity cycle
Eleven participants, two ladies and nine men, turned up for the first training session on Sunday last for the forthcoming fundraising 50k cycle (route to be decided) that will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
On Sunday last the ‘Chain Gang’ covered a 10 mile training cycle taking in, Redcity, Barrettsgrange, Coleman, Killerk, Jossestown and Sladagh Cross. If you are interested in taking part please come along to the next training session on Sunday, April 10, meeting at Fethard Ballroom Carpark, at 10am. Training will also take place on Tuesdays 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 from the sponsored cycle will be divided between the Fethard & District Day Care Centre and the Fethard Critical Illness Fund. Sponsorship cards will be available shortly.
Fethard Historical Society AGM
The Fethard Historical Society AGM – taking place in the ICA Hall, Wednesday, April 6, at 8.30pm – will focus particularly on discussing a programme of events, topics and projects that could, or should, be followed-up over the next five or six years. Apart from the important ‘Centenary Events’ (that are and will definitely be covered) there are many local topics from all the centuries that need research and investigation. The Historical Society would willingly support any budding local person who wants to get ‘stuck into’ a subject that interests them. Further information from 086 3905373 or 087 9009722 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing on Sunday Night, April 10, 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.
Well Done Niamh and John Paul
Congratulations to Niamh Browne and her brother-in-law John Paul Cooney who completed the Paris Marathon and in the process raised €2,000 for Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, and the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Still time to donate at: www.idonate.ie/niamhandjp
St. Vincent de Paul help for First Communion
Families from the parish that may need assistance with this year’s First Communion expenses are asked to text their details to Fethard St. Vincent de Paul committee member, Denis Burke at 085 8086099. All requests will be acknowledged.
Cappanagarrane Horse Rescue
A huge thank you to the committee of Fethard Convent Community Hall and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ organisers and participants for their kind donation to Cappanagarrane Horse Rescue. We are truly humbled by your generosity and believe me, it will go a long way to feeding the hungry equines over the coming year.
'Cowboy' night in Moyglass to raise funds for Motor Neuron Disease
Calling all cowboys and cowgirls to Moyglass Sports & Leisure Hall for their ‘Cowboy Night’ on Saturday, April 16 – a fundraising dance in aid of the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association.
Music will be provided by Sean Ryan followed by the ‘one and only’ Indians Showband and ‘DJ Kumar’ with full bar extension. Tickets are €20 and are available from the following locations: Avonmore Creamery in Killenaule and Fethard; Róisín’s Hair Salon in Fethard; and the Bit & Bridle Pub in Killenaule.
By your support in coming to Moyglass and experiencing a ‘Cowboy Night’, you will help the twenty-two people in Tipperary who are current suffering from Motor Neuron Disease.
Tom Shine will be fondly remembered
It was with deep regret that many of the older generation of Fethard people received the news of the death of Tom Shine from Cahir on Sunday last, April 3, 2016. Tom was born in Crampscastle, Fethard, in 1929, the first of six children from their parents Ned (Crampscastle) and Elizabeth (Clonmel) – Pat, Alice, Peg, Mary and Dinny were to follow in said order. Tom’s father worked most of his life at Tommy Rice’s dairy farm at Brookhill, now Mouse Morris’ racing stables.
The late Tom Shine (right) photographed with his brother Pat in Fethard in 1998. Pat, home from England was the main organiser of the Fethard/London Emigrants’ Reunion during the 1960s and 1970s.
Tom had his first early introduction to entertainment from one of his favourite ladies at that time, Mary Gough from The Valley, who produced the annual variety show in Fethard Town Hall on St. Patrick’s night. Rehearsals would begin mid-January for at least two evenings a week before the big night and a packed hall, with parents mostly, who were all very proud of their young stars.
After a year doing odd jobs for farmers, Tom was called to the Post Office and given the job of ‘Telegraph Boy’ in the early forties when most married men were working in England because of the war.
Tom will probably be best remembered in Fethard for his many years working in the Capitol Cinema (now Fethard Ballroom). In 1944 the building of a cinema was first rumoured in Fethard and his first job in 1947 cleaning the rust off the irons between the plush seats was to be the start a long happy eighteen year career for Tom, first as a projectionist and later, in April 1950, he realised his ambition and became manager under the watchful eye of Hal Goldsborough who helped prepare him for the task.
In 1963 television came and that took a certain number of people away from the cinema, but the biggest killer of all was bingo – cinemas all over Ireland and England closed down and became bingo halls. Fethard was soon to follow.
In 1963, Tom was transferred to Cahir, where his wife was from, and a town he loved very much for the remainder of his life shared with his family and many friends.
The Shine family from Crampscastle were always held in very high esteem for their community work and involvement in Fethard affairs and their contribution will never be forgotten.
The late Tom 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. Interment took place in the grounds of St. Mary's Church, Cahir, on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. May He Rest in Peace.
Died in England — Ned Holohan, a lways a very proud Killusty man
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 & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on March 30 were: 12, 23, 25 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: John Ryan, c/o Nellie Ryan.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners who received €50 each were: Fr. Lazarus, The Abbey, Fethard; Nellie Donovan, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard; and Liam O'Sullivan, Cois Falla, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, April 6. 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, April 1, were 3, 7, 12 and 34. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. The €50 lucky dip winner was: Paudie Spillane. Tullamaine. The two lucky drawn ticket winners who received €25 each were: Orla Broderick, Kilknockin; and Des O'Meara, Tullamaine.
The next lotto draw will be held on Friday, April 8. The jackpot is €19,800 and the sellers prize is €680.
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
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.
'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.
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 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
Rita Kearney posted this Fethard Presentation Convent School photograph from the 1950s. L to R:
Jacqueline Moloney, Mary Casey, Annette Murphy and Gabrielle Schofield.
Larry Kenny posted this photograph of the late Sean Hanrahan and his good friend Mick Hogan, Burke Street. This photograph generated the following replies:
Tommy Lonergan posted this photo from the past on the Fethard Facebook site asking for any information and received the following replies:
Mike Howard posted these photographs of his grandparents at school 1912 in Fethard. Michael Dwyer his gandfather and grandmother Kitty O'Dwyer. God love them both.
Anthony O'Dwyer posted this photo of his late grandfather Bill Quinlan from the late 1960s and thinks it was taken in Prospect in Fethard were he worked.
John Kenrick posted this photo of the Memorial tablet to William Armstrong Burges, M.D. erected in The Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard, which prompted the following replies:
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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