Died Recently in England
The death has occurred in England on Wednesday, May 11, of Margaret Tobin (neé Burke), formerly from Cahir Road, Fethard.
Margaret was a daughter of the late Din and Josie Burke, Cahir Road, Fethard, and a sister to Mike, Tom, Denis, John, Elsie and the late Alice Joyce who died on May 19, 1994.
Requiem Mass for Margaret will take place on Wednesday, June 1, at 12.15pm in The Parish of St Vincent de Paul, Altrincham, Cheshire, England.
The guild’s annual evening in Glanbia, Fethard, will take place on Tuesday, May 17. Our next ‘Craft night’ will be held on Monday, May 16, in the ICA Hall at 8pm.
Fethard Sports Achievement Award – April winner
David Flanagan (centre), receiving the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for April from M.J. Croke, representing this month’s sponsors, Cashel Motor Works. Also included is David’s wife, Margaret (Barrett) Flanagan..
The winner of the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for April was local greyhound trainer, David Flanagan, who had a very successful month in April with eight winners on the track as well as receiving awards for best private trainer at both Thurles and Kilkenny greyhound tracks. The award was presented by M.J. Croke, representing this month’s sponsors, Cashel Motor Works, on Friday night, May 6, at a special function held in Butler’s Bar.
Historical Outing to Kilcash
The first summer outing of the Fethard Historical Society is to ‘old Kilcash’ on Friday evening, May 20. Like all the society’s events, you do not need to be a member to take part in this guided visit to a beautiful and famous place on the slopes of Slievenamon.
People will meet in ‘old Kilcash’, at the ruined castle at 7.45pm with ‘car-pooling’ at 7.15pm from Fethard Town Hall. The cost is €5 and includes refreshments at the end of the visit. In order to have a rough idea of numbers, it would be appreciated if people going on the visit would text/call 086 3905373 or email: email@example.com before Friday, May 20.
First ever county Feile title for U14 girls
Fethard Ladies U14 team, winners of the club’s first ever county Feile title. Back L to R: Ashley Bradshaw, Alison Connolly (captain), Amy Fennelly, Ava Hickey, Aoife Morrissey, Ailish Trayer, Aine Ryan, Laura Harrington, Ellie Devanney. Front L to R: Heather Spillane, Carrie Davey, Hannah Dolan, Nell Spillane, Leah Coen, Niamh Hayes, Sarah Delaney, Megan Quigley and Kelly Ryan. Missing from photo are Ava Ward, Kaylin O’Donnell and Lucy Murphy.
Our U14 Feile panel made history by winning the Fethard club’s first ever county Feile title. Preliminary games were played against Cahir and Boherlahan and with two victories this qualified us for the county semifinal against Galtee Rovers.
On April 30, the Fethard girls took the road to Bansha and after an excellent game of football between evenly matched teams, the Fethard girls were holding on to a three point lead with minutes to go. Our backs held firm as Galtee searched hard for a equalising goal, even denying them when a penalty was awarded in the last minute of the game. This qualified us for the final.
With sprits high we headed to Monroe, which earlier that day seemed a bit of a pain, but at this moment was no inconvenience whatsoever. Aherlow were our opponents –a strong side by all means – we had come across them before and another tough game was guaranteed.
The game ebbed and flowed. Aherlow held the lead for most of the game but the Fethard girls showed great heart to stay involved. Two quick goals saw us with a three point lead with minutes left to play. Aherlow pressed strongly with all their force but Fethard dug deep. With some excellent defending, including a goal line clearance and woodwork coming to our aid, the Gods were surely on our side. The relief on the field and from the side-line, was obvious when the final whistle sounded.
All girls on the panel can be proud of their efforts with victory earning the right to represent Tipperary in the All-Ireland Feile finals being held in Ballymacelligott, Co. Kerry, on June 24, 25 and 26.
Community Games well underway
Community Games season is now well underway in Fethard and well done to the U11 Hurling Team who have reached the second round up to now. Hard luck to our U14 Girls’ Football team who were defeated by Powerstown Lisronagh in the past week. It is planned to hold the Athletics on Tuesday, May 24, subject to availability. Details to be confirmed later.
Gymnastics will take place in Monroe Sports Centre on Sunday, May 22. We are awaiting a list of those to be entered from their club. Girls Swimming will take place on Saturday, May 28, and Boys Swimming on May 29, in Clonmel Pool. Anybody interested in any of the following swimming events are asked to please contact the area secretary, Noreen Sheehy at 087-3184298 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday, May 16, which is the closing date for entries at area level.
The following are the events for girls and boys: U8 Freestyle; U10 Freestyle and Backstroke; U12 Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke; U14 Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly; U16 Freestyle, Breaststroke and Butterfly.
Competitors must be under the age specified on July 31, 2016, and must reside in the area. Areas may only enter two competitors in each event so if there are more than two, a swim off must be organised within the area. Late entries will not be accepted. Entry fee is €2.
Fethard Macra ‘Darkness into Light'
Fethard Macra members at the start of the ’Darkness into Light’ run in Cashel L to R: Suzanne Gorey, Mary Gorey, Sarah-Mai Ahearne and Liam Cleary.
On Saturday morning last, at 4.30am, Fethard Macra members took to the streets of Cashel to walk for the self-harm and suicide awareness ‘Darkness into Light’ campaign, We were joined by a huge crowd of over 3,200 people on the walk/run and thankfully the rain stayed away and we arrived back shortly before 5.30am in the early morning light when refreshments were served for all walkers and runners taking part.
Fethard Macra would like to thank all the Cashel ‘Darkness into Light’ community, stewards, and to Pieta House’ for making it all possible by the tremendous hard work and effort put in. A big well done also for all who got up early to take part.
As mentioned last week, our upcoming tag tournament is happening on Saturday, May 21, in Fethard Rugby Club, at teams from South Tipp clubs will be talking part with refreshments served afterwards. All are welcome and a start time will be mentioned next week.
Dairy stock judging will take place next Sunday, May 15, on a farm near Cashel in the afternoon, followed by a farm walk.
Check out our Facebook page ‘Fethard Macra’ for all updates on the above notes. Contact our chair, Suzanne Gorey, on 086-1076457, or our secretary, Pat Murphy, on 086-2131802, if you would like to join the club or further information.
Fethard Athletic Club
Fethard AC supported the Brendan Kinane 5k Road Race in Dundrum on Wednesday night last where 650 runners, walkers and families, took to the roads around this picturesque little village to honour the late Brendan Kinane who died last December.
Our first man home was Bernard Feery in 18 minutes and who also finished second in the Over 50 section. Michael Dalton had a great run and arrived in at 171st position in a time of 22.38; Benny Walsh got home in 184 at 23.36; Michael Hinchy came in at 234 in 25.15; Miceál McCormack came home in his discipline at 36.36; then Aaron, Caitlin, Abigail, Alice and Jake Feery arrived in mass to cross the finish line in under 43 minutes after a brisk walk. It was good to see our new competition secretary, Ewa Jaszlzaky, leading by example and stepping it out also on the occasion. Well done to all concerned.
On early Saturday morning at the ‘Darkness into Light’ run held in Cashel, Noreen Sheedy was one of our representatives. Next week we may have a full account of others involved.
Training continues as usual and please make contact with any of the committee for details if required. Our ‘Walls of Fethard’ is fast approaching and we are delighted to announce that the course will be same as last year – a good fairly fast one over 4K. Great interest is being shown so far with most expressing their intention to take part. We have a number of main sponsors already committed and awaiting more to finalise. Registration fees are now long overdue so please register as soon as possible.
Fethard Bridge Club results
The results of our game on Wednesday, April 27, were: 1st Gross, Bernie O’Meara and Anna Cooke; 2nd Gross, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke; 3rd Gross, Eileen Frewen and Mike Burke; 1st Nett, Teresa O’Brien and Joan Hayes; 2nd Nett, Kevin O’Dwyer and Ann O’Dea; 3rd Nett, Eileen Ryan and Jim Lahert.
This Wednesday, May 11, we play for the President’s Prize which will start at 7pm sharp. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Fethard pharmacist nominated for 'Peoples' Pharmacist of the Year' award 2016
Jimmy O’Sullivan, Main Street, Fethard, one of six nominated for the national People's Pharmacist of the Year award 2016
James O’Sullivan, Main Street, Fethard is one of six Irish pharmacists nominated for the national People's Pharmacist of the Year award for 2016. Jimmy, the popular pharmacist at O’Sullivan’s Chemist, was nominated for going over and above his professional duties to help his customers where possible. He has been known to open his doors after closing hours to accommodate those in need. His staff have also been described as being extremely helpful and the pharmacy is loved.
Jimmy, who is also a lover of theatre and produced Fethard Players last comedy production ‘Never Too Late’ in March, was very surprised with the nomination released by Irish Pharmacy News, saying, “I can't believe that I have been nominated for peoples’ pharmacist of the year award. It is such an honour but also a reflection on the great team that work beside me.”
You can support Jimmy by emailing the word 'Vote' followed by his name 'James O'Sullivan' to email@example.com or if you areon FaceBook by clicking this link: https://goo.gl/KvRshg and, when you see No 3 nomination, 'James O'Sullivan' press 'Like' underneath his entry.
The six finalists are: James O'Sullivan (O'Sullivans Pharmacy, Fethard); Eilish Cloran (Lloyds Pharmacy, Shannon); Olivia O'Regan (Foodys Pharmacy, Ballina); Geraldine McInerney (Lloyds Pharmacy, Roxboro); Hilary Dolan (The Mill Pharmacy, Coolaney) and Jennifer Platt (Caherconlish Pharmacy, Limerick).
The award is organised by Clionas Foundation and the winner will be announced at the Irish Pharmacy Awards in Dublin on May 21.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing on Sunday Night, May 15, to the music of ‘Philip English’. 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.
Joe runs first Marathon to celebrate his 60th birthday
Joe Lacey, Moyglass, with his finishers medal at the London Marathon 2016
Joe Lacy from Moyglass celebrated his 60th birthday recently by running his first ever Marathon. Joe who currently lives in Malaysia did all his training in the heat and struggled with the cold temperatures. His achievement was enhanced by the fact that he raised more than £17,000 for Parkinson's research to help find a cure. His support page is still open until June: CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT
In 2014 Joe first noticed a tremor in his left hand. Although initially he put this down to stress, it continued to persist and after seeking advice he consulted a neurologist where his Parkinson’s diagnosis was confirmed. Globally there are 10 million people living with Parkinson’s and we don’t have a cure or even know the cause. Read more about Joe’s amazing effort . . .
Joe Lacy photographed with his family after finishing the London Marathon 2016
Art Exhibition opens in Cashel
Majella Ryan (Neville), Mobarnane, former student of Fethard schools is officially opening her art exhibition in Cashel Library, Saturday, May 7, at 3pm, and will run for the month of May. Majella is teaming up with John Hayes from County Kildare for the joint exhibition and will have 28 paintings on display. All are welcome to come along and browse with a cup of tea or glass of wine.
Majella Ryan is a self-taught artist, she works from her home in Ballinure. She juggles her painting with a busy home life. After leaving school she studied for a year at the Crawford school of Art in Cork. She decided not to make a career from painting but has continued to paint all her life. She paints mainly with acrylics but has also worked with watercolours and oils. Colour and flow are very evident in her paintings and she derives her inspirations from Irish folklore and mythology.
Paintings 'Jimi' by John Hayes and 'Tiger' by Majella Ryan which are two of the paintings on view at the May exhibition in Cashel Library, officially opening on Saturday, May 7, at 3pm.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on May 4 were: 3, 10, 15 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Richard Allen, Cashel Rd., Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners who received €50 each were: Jim Cooney, c/o Tom Purcell; Jennifer and Rachel Cooke, c/o Anna Cooke; and Rena Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, May 11. 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
The numbers drawn on Friday, May 6, were 2, 4, 15 and 27. There was no jackpot winner and two match three winners who received €75 each: Ann Marie Kenny, Castlehiggins; and Aimee Smyth, St Patricks Place.
The next lotto draw will be held on Friday, May 13. The jackpot is €20,000 and the sellers prize is €730.
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.
Rugby Club AGM
Fethard and District Rugby Club will hold their AGM on Tuesday, May 24, at 8pm in the clubhouse. All are welcome to attend.
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
This photograph is taken from a collection supplied by Richie Hayes, Burke Street, found in his bottom drawer. This one includes L to R: Maree (Hayes) Moclair, Kevin Hayes (Main Street) amd Annette (McCArthy) Murphy, Main Street. Maree thinks it was taken at Jimmy O'Sullivan's 21st birthday . . . a long long time ago!
This photo, also from Richie Hayes, was taken in the 1980s of Lizzie Burke and Catriona Hackett in their carefree days with nothing to worry about only homework!
This hurling team, maybe from the 1950s or 1960s has us guessing as to where the team is from and the players' names . . . can you help? If so please send any information to email@example.com
Catherine Noonan (Cahir) posted this photo of her mum, Mary Ashby (nee McGrath), who lived in Burke Street. "She loved her home town of Fethard. I miss her dearly and all the stories she told of growing up in such a wonderful town."
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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