Open Night for parents on Wednesday, June 1
Fethard Community Playgroup will hold an 'Open Night' on Wednesday, June 1, for parents of young children interested in enrolling their child for September 2016. The open evening will take place from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in the playschool at Rocklow Road, situated in the old Boys National School. You are also welcome to bring your children along.
If you wish to enrol on the night, please bring your child's vaccination dates and PPS number. For further information Tel (052) 6132316.
Fethard Festival traditional ‘Fancy Dress Parade’ revived for Sunday, June 12
This photograph with many familiar faces was an entry in Fethard Carnival Fancy Dree Parade 1962 entitled: 'In Line for the Common Market' .
Fethard Business & Tourism Group are busy putting the finishing touches to this year’s Fethard Festival Family Fun Day which will take place on Sunday, June 12, by the Medieval Town Wall at The Valley.
This year the traditional Fethard Fancy Dress Parade, so popular with children and adults alike, is being revived so now is the time to get your favourite fancy dress costumes ready along with your ideas for floats for the parade. For further details contact Tina Shortt at Tel: 087 7645216.
All the usual FREE Fun Fair entertainment will also be there, including Bouncy Castles, Bungee Run, Trampolines, Climbing Wall, Craft stalls, plus lots, lots more by the Town Wall, including a barbecue by Fethard Rugby Club, Country Market Stalls, Dog Show and live music.
Children’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ next Monday
Marina’s School of Dance will host their annual Fethard Strictly Come Dancing on Monday, May 30, in Fethard Ballroom. Come along and see local children aged 6 to 18 strut their stuff on the dance floor. Admission is €5 and all proceeds will go towards Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School.
‘Walls of Fethard’ run this Thursday evening
The ‘Walls of Fethard’ 6K Run will take place this Thursday evening, May 26, starting at 8pm. Entries will be taken from 6.45pm in the Convent Community Hall. This year’s route will be the same as last year – one lap starting at Market Hill on the Clonmel road and finishing at the North Gate at Sparagoleith on the Rocklow Road.
The list of prizes on offer this year is very attractive with extra prizes also to keep our loyal followers happy. No effort has been spared to promote this year’s event and we look forward to a huge turnout of serous runners, fun runners and walkers.
This year we have also added a half kilometre event for boys and girls under 12 years, which will start at 7.15pm above the school on Rocklow Road and finishing at North Gate. Looking forward to seeing a great turnout on Thursday of spectators and participants for this annual local event promoting our beautiful town of Fethard.
Well done Abaigeal!
Abaigeal Maher Winner gold medal in 100 breaststroke, gold medal in 200m breaststroke, silver in 100 m backstroke and bronze in 200m Individual Medley at the recent Munster/Connacht Age Group Championship in the University of Limerick.
Best of luck to our county finalists
Best of luck to the following teams who will contest the Community Games County Final in Semple Stadium, Thurles at 11am on this Saturday, May 28.
- Girls u12 football play Templemore at 11am
- U10 Football also play Templemore at 1pm
- Isobel Maher and Aoibhinn Cullen are in action in Clonmel Pool at 2pm.
- Ronan O Meara, Mark O’Meara and Hayden Fleming will compete in the boys swimming on Sunday, May 29.
- U14 Tag Rugby Team play St Mary’s in the semi final on this Thursday, May 26, in Clonmel Rugby Club.
Fethard Critical Illness Fund
Fethard Critical Illness Fund was set up to help those in financial difficulty caused by serious / critical illness. The fund helps to alleviate some of the many expenses. Any one needing assistance from the fund please contact the secretary at 6131852 or text 085 8086099 for an application form. We would also like to thank our many generous sponsors and supporters especially the dancers and committee of Fethard Strictly Come Dancing.
Sponsored 50k Cycle
Our next fund raising is a 50k sponsored cycle in conjunction with the Day Care Centre which will take place on Saturday, June 11, starting at 2pm outside Fethard Town Hall. Registration at 1pm. Training is now ‘hotting up’ from the ballroom car park on Sunday mornings at 10am and Tuesday evenings at 7pm. We ask anybody who can, to please sponsor a cyclist in this event. If you’re interested in taking part contact Paul Shanahan at 087 7615408.
Annual Corpus Christi Procession this Sunday
This year’s Corpus Christi Procession will take place on this Sunday evening, May 29. The procession (weather permitting) will start at the Parish Church at 7pm and make its way to the Augustinian Abbey. We look forward to a good turn out for this year’s procession.
Fundraising night for Day Care Centre
The Castle Inn will hold a fundraising night for Fethard & District Day Care Centre on next Saturday night, May 28, with cheese and wine reception and music by the Pheasant Pluckers. Your support would be really appreciated on the night for this worthy local cause.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing on Sunday Night, May 29, to the music of ‘Cupla’. 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.
Table Quiz in Moyglass
Moyglass National School will hold a Table Quiz on Friday, May 27, in The Village Inn, Moyglass, at 9pm. Table of 4 will cost €20 and all are invited to come along and take part. First Prize is €100 Voucher for the Lemongrass Restaurant, Clonmel
There will also be a raffle on the night for a Three Months Gym Membership in Dundrum; a Luxury Hamper and other prizes.
Majella’s art exhibition at Cashel Library
Majella Ryan (Neville), Mobarnane, Fethard, photographed at the official opening of her art exhibition in Cashel Library, which will remain on view for the remainder of May.
Majella Ryan (Neville), Mobarnane, Fethard, officially opened her art exhibition in Cashel Library, and will remain on view for the remainder of May. Majella teamed up with John Hayes from County Kildare for the joint exhibition and will have 28 paintings on display. All are welcome to come along to view her wonderful work.
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.
Fethard Macra qualify for national Tag Rugby final
Fethard Macra tag-rugby team that qualified for the national finals in Co. Meath. Back L to R: Mary Gorey, Hugh Browne, Steven Tierney, Owen Healy, Jason Collins, Sarah Neville. Front L to R: Liam Cleary, Emmet O’Mahony and Michael Moclair.
On Saturday last May 21, Fethard Macra hosted the county round of the Tag Rugby Tournament and due to poor weather conditions and work commitment only Clonoulty Macra Club could travel to play us on the night.
In the last minute of ordinary time, Clonoulty got a ‘girl try’ and the match had to go to extra time, which we eventually won with our own last minute try. Well done to Clonoulty who fought us all the way till the end and best of luck to the Fethard team who now go through to the national final in Co. Meath on Sunday, June 5. Thanks also to Pat O’Donnell and Fethard Rugby Club for the use of the pitch and dressing rooms on the evening.
Our end of the month ‘Cinema Night’ continues this Wednesday, June 25, at Clonmel Cinema. The list of film choices will be posted on our Fethard Macra Facebook where you can vote for your choice of film. All are welcome.
The county round of Dairy Stock Judging took place recently on Michael Ryan’s farm outside Cashel. Well done to our club member Steven Tierney (senior) and Michael Bradshaw (under-23), Dundrum, on qualifying to go forward to compete at the national final. Best of luck to both.
If you would like to join or be part of the Fethard Macra Club, check out our Facebook page (Fethard Macra) or contact our chairperson Suzanne Gorey on 086 1076457 or our secretary Pat Murphy on 086 2131802.
Community Games gymnasts compete well
Fethard & Killusty gymnasts who competed in the Community Games county finals in Monroe on Sunday Back L to R: Kiera Daniel, Katie Allen, Aoibheann Collum. Front L to R: Meadbh Collum, Ines Byrne, Leyla Barlaz, Erin Carroll and Emily Clancy.
Well done to the largest number of gymnasts ever from Fethard & Killusty area who competed in the Community Games county finals in Monroe on Sunday last. Each child can be very proud of the excellent manner in which they performed their routine, some of whom were competing for the first time in an event where the standard was very high.
Best of luck to the Tag Rugby team who are due to play in the County Final in Clonmel Rugby Club on this Thursday evening, May 26, to the U12 girls football team due to play Templemore in Semple Stadium on Saturday, May 28, and to Isobel Maher, Aoibheann Collum, Hayden Fleming, Ronan and Mark O’Meara who will compete at the swimming event in Clonmel Pool on Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29.
‘Addams Family’ launch at Abymill
Pictured are some JW Production girls at Clonacody House where their recent show sold out to standing ovations L to R: Jane Hayes, Anastasia Blake, Maggie Power and Molly O’Meara.
JW Productions will hold an event launch and information evening for their upcoming production of The Addams Family Musical on June 18, in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard at 7.30pm. This will be an evening of getting to know more about the show and also to get to know the team. We are delighted to have the backing of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for our upcoming show.
We would love to see members past and present there and if you are thinking of joining JW Productions this is a wonderful way of getting to meet other members and find out more about our company.
We are looking for actors, singers, dancers, make-up artists, musicians, backstage and props crew so there is a position for all wanting to take part, be it in the limelight or behind the scenes.
Audition pieces will be given out on the night. Auditions will take place on June 25, in the Abymill from 12.30pm starting with a fun workshop for all. Light refreshments will also be provided. If you cannot make the information night don't worry just give us a call on 087 2345760
Bridge Club AGM
At the AGM of the Fethard Bridge Club held on Wednesday, May 18 the following officers and committee were elected: Tony Hanrahan (President), Kevin O’Dwyer (Vice-President), Betty Walsh (Treasurer), Bill O’Sullivan (Asst. Treasurer), Carmel Condon (Secretary), Brendan Kenny (PRO), and Berney Myles (Partner Facilitator). Committee members: Monica Anglim, Carol Kenny and Anna Cooke. Tournament Directors: Alice Quinn, Betty Walsh, Frances Burke and Gemma Burke.
The results of the game following the AGM were: 1st Gross, Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara; Joint 2nd Gross, Kay St. John and Rita Kane; Betty Walsh and Marie Delaney; 1st Nett, Tony Hanrahan and Bill O’Sullivan; 2nd Net, Joan Hayes and Teresa O’Brien; 3rd Nett, Anne Connolly and Eileen Frewen.
Lourdes Invalid Fund sponsored walk
A sponsored walk in aid of the local Lourdes Invalid Fund will take place in Fethard on Sunday, May 29, starting at 2pm from outside the Town Hall and commencing via Killenaule Road – Ballybough and returning by Rocklow Road to finish at the Town Hall. Sponsorship cards are available for those wishing to take part. Your support is appreciated.
The ‘Willow Deer’ by the Clashawley River Fethard
Fethard Transition Year students photographed with their ‘Willow Deer’ situated by the Convent Community Hall on the bank of the Clashawley river.
The ‘Willow Deer’, which has recently been placed on the bank of the Clashawley River, near the Convent Community Hall, was made by the Transition Year students from Patrician Presentation Secondary School Fethard. A deer was chosen by the students as it is a local symbol of identity for Fethard.
The deer was made in the art class with workshops from specialist willow sculptor Lynn Kirkham, and funded by Tipperary Regional Youth Services as part of their Youth Connex Festival. It was made over a period of one month last November 2015, and was placed in the front yard of the school.
Recently Fethard Tidy Towns were approached as to a suitable public space for the ‘Willow Deer’ for the summer months and it was decided to place it near the river bed, not far from the Fethard Osiery (willow bed) and amidst a natural setting of wild flowers and grasses.
The osiery/willow bed at Monroe, on the Cashel Road, is in the ownership of the Cummins family, and it was here that the willow was harvested for the deer sculpture.
Willow has been cultivated for many centuries and in the past, families would maintain osiery or willow beds which could then be used for making everyday items, before the invention of plastic, items such as carrier baskets, fishing baskets, log baskets, potato baskets and cribs. Today these skills and traditions, although part of their heritage, are lost to many of the younger inhabitants of the area. Making a featured piece of sculpture brought a whole new way of working with willow to these students.
When students were working on the deer they met with another willow expert Mick Collier who said that such osiery/willow beds were known as ‘Stick Yards’ to an older generation.
Such willow sculptures can have a short life span, a couple of years. Lynn thought a period of 3 to 5 years for this present piece.
The students are looking forward to seeing the ‘Willow Deer’ surrounded by a natural meadow of wild flowers and grasses later this summer, and thanks to Joe Keane and his Fethard Tidy Towns team, for taking such care in its removal and careful placement by the river bed.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on May 18 were: 4, 12, 23 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and three ‘Match Three’ winners who received €50 each: Nicky O'Shea, Tullow; Nellie Ryan, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; and Tony Maher, c/o Anna Daly.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners who received €50 each were: Tracy Cullivan, Killenaule; Larry Kehoe, c/o Kathleen Connolly; and Eileen Purcell, Burke Street, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, May 25. 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 20, were 15, 16, 18 and 33. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner who received €100: Ferret, c/o Burkes Bar.
The €25 lucky dip winners was Ger Lonergan, Rosegreen. The four drawn tickets who received €25 each were: Austy Godfrey, Derryluskin; and Tom Anglim, Fethard.
The next lotto draw will be held on Friday, May 27. The jackpot is €20,000 and the sellers prize is €750. 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.
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
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