Festival ‘Family Fun Day’ this Sunday, June 12
Please note the meeting place for the Fancy Dress Parade has now now been changed to the School Sportsfield on the Rocklow Road, assemble at 1.30pm. Cash prizes!
Fethard Business & Tourism Group will hold this year’s Fethard Festival ‘Family Fun Day’ on this Sunday, June 12, by the Medieval Town Wall at The Valley.
MOJO'd Stompin' Blues Band, led by Roger Mehta, formerly from Fethard, will perform again at this year's Fethard Community Fun Day on Sunday afternoon, June 12, at Fethard Town Wall by the Clashawley River.
Those taking part in the traditional Fancy Dress Parade, so popular with children and adults alike, are asked to assemble at the School Sports Field, Rocklow Road, at 1.30pm. The parade will commence at 2pm and is open to all ages, so now is the time to get your favourite fancy dress costumes ready along with your ideas for floats. For further details contact Tina Shortt at Tel: 087 7645216.
A view from last year’s Fethard Festival ‘Family Fun Day’ which takes place again this year on this coming Sunday, June 12, from 2pm to 5pm, by the medieval town wall.
All the usual FREE Fun Fair entertainment will take place by the Town Wall at The Valley, with music supplied by the very popular blues band Mojo'd, other attractions include 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.
Junk Kouture exhibition in Tholsel
One of the creations on display at the students Junk Kouture exhibition in the Fethard Tholsel on Sunday, June 12.
On Sunday, June 12, a selection of Junk Kouture entries from the Patrician Presentation Secondary School will go on show in Fethard Tholsel / Town Hall. This is the fifth year that the school has entered this national competition, and were successful in getting through to the grand final on three occasions. The competition is all about recycling everyday junk and turning it into wearable fashion. Over a thousand outfits are made every year throughout Ireland’s secondary schools, with students creating fashion from paper, plastic, soft metals, cork, and tyre tubing, in fact anything that is on its way to the recycling bin.
Over the last five years students from the transition year in Fethard have made and modelled some great art/fashion creations. They have modelled their creations both at the semifinal in Limerick Concert Hall and at the grand final in City West and at the 3 Arena venue in Dublin, which is more suitable to cater for the growing number of spectators, due to its nationwide popularity as a competition.
Some of the local participating students will be present to discuss and demonstrate how their pieces were constructed and what materials they used in the making of these clothes. So do take this opportunity to come along on this coming Sunday and view a selection of these outfits from 1pm to 5pm. All are welcome.
Heritage Displays in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland
A selection of drawings from some junior infants Fethard
On Fethard Community Fun Day, Sunday June 12, a large variety of displays showing the richness of Fethard’s past history and heritage will be showcased in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland. The model of Fethard c1650 will be on display in the upstairs gallery and this has proved very popular with visitors of all ages.
There will be colourful reproductions of some of Fethard’s heraldic coats of arms. These plaques and shields, some dating back six hundred years, can be seen in the old churches in the town and also on the Tholsel building, but to see them in colour – as they originally were - is to really understand their significance.
Local artist Patricia Looby, funded by the Fethard Historical Society, has recently facilitated an art project for the pupils of Holy Trinity N.S. The theme for this year’s project was ‘Medieval Shoes’. Pupils did drawings, paintings and constructions of shoes from various materials and these will be on display on Sunday, June 12, as part of the Family Fun Day, with competition results announced also on that day.
The Holy Trinity grave slab panels which were produced by recent transition year classes, again under the aegis their art teacher, Patricia Looby, will also be on display. The pupils produced a booklet depicting the location of the grave slabs throughout the church and recording the translations of the original inscriptions.
Information on Fethard’s rare wooden statues and also on the Barton ‘wine’ family of Grove and on arctic explorer, Henry Kellett of Clonacody House, will also be available.
This initiative promoted by the Fethard Historical Society is a great opportunity for locals and visitors to get a better understanding as to why Fethard is known nationally as, ‘The best example of a Medieval Small Town In Ireland’. Old Holy Trinity Church is a wonderful setting for such an event and the Church of Ireland parish are to be thanked for welcoming these displays into their beautiful church.
Month's Mind Mass
A month's mind mass for the late Margaret Tobin (neé Burke), formerly from Cahir Road, Fethard, will be held at the 7pm Mass in Fethard Parish Church on this Saturday, June 11.
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.
Butler's Sports Achievement Award for May
Abaigeal Maher (centre) receiving the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for May from this month's sponsor, Des O'Meara (right), Sports Injury Clinic, Tullamaine. Also included is Philip Butler, proprietor of Butlers Sports Bar, Fethard, whose premises promote the annual and monthly achievement awards.
The winner of Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for the month of May was local swimmer, Abaigeal Maher, Rathkenny, Fethard. Abaigeal, daughter of Siobhán and Micheál Maher, recently won two gold, one silver and one bronze medals at the recent Munster/Connaught Age Group Swimming Championship held at University of Limerick.
Award nominees, Kate Gayson Molloy and Dorothy Wall (right), photographed at the presentation of the the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for May. Both girls are members of Fethard Ladies Rugby U18 team and were nominated after being recently selected to play for the Munster ladies rugby team.
The award was presented by this month’s sponsor, Des O'Meara, Sports Injury Clinic, Tullamaine, at a special function held in Butler’s Bar, on Friday night next, June 3. Nominations are now being taken for the June achievement award.
Abaigeal Maher, winner of the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for May, is photographed above with her parents and sister from Rathkenny, Fethard. L to R: Abaigeal, Micheál, Siobhán and Isabelle Maher.
Fethard ICA will hold their June meeting on Tuesday, June 14, at 8pm in the ICA Hall. Our speaker this month is Sheila Nagle, who will demonstrate making fascinators. Catering on the night by the ‘Green Group’.
Our annual outing will take place on Thursday, June 30, when we travel to Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum, we then move on to Bunratty Folk Park, followed by a visit to Blarney Outlet Centre. This outing is also open to non-members, so anyone interested in going please contact Catherine O’Connell; Tel: (052) 6131358.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing on Sunday Night, June 12, to the music of ‘Dermot Lyons’. 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.
Security advice for Fethard households
As the holiday season approaches and Fethard children finish their exams and school for the summer, families travelling to warmer climates for their holidays will leave their homes vacant for the duration of these holidays. During this time homes are very vulnerable to being burgled causing distress and upset for the homeowners upon their return. With this in mind the local Garda are offering a number of tips that can help deter your home being burgled.
- Make sure your house looks like someone is living in it while you are away – this may involve a trusted neighbour opening and closing your curtains, turning your lights on and off or parking their car in your driveway.
- Try to avoid discussing your holiday plans where strangers may hear details of your absence from home.
- Try avoid posting Facebook updates from airports or while on holidays. This is an indication that your home is vacant.
- Leave any important documents and valuable items with other family members or a bank. Alternatively if you have a safe installed in your home you should store them in this safe.
- If you normally leave valuable bicycles or similar items in your shed, you may consider putting them into your home.
- Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries to your home. Untouched deliveries are an indication that you are away.
- Ensure all windows and doors are securely locked and if your home is alarmed ensure it is set before leaving.
- Contact your local Garda Station with the details that your home will be vacant. This allows Gardaí to keep an eye on your home where possible.
For further information and other crime prevention advice please contact Garda Denis O’Brien at Fethard Garda Station on (052) 6131202 or Sergeant Kieran O’Regan at Clonmel Garda Station on (052) 6177640.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on June 1 were: 1, 6, 8 and 29. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner. The following drawn tickets received €50 each: Mary Whyte, Barrack St., Fethard; Emily Clancy, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; and Ann Hahessy, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners who received €50 each were: Breda Wilson, Rathkenny, Drangan; Jim Cooney, c/o Tom Purcell; and Darren Connolly, The Green, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, June 8. 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, June 3, were 6, 11, 31 and 36. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. The winner of the €50 lucky dip was: Margaret Lyons, Grangemockler, and the four €25 lucky dip winners were: Ronan Fitzgerald, Tullamaine; Mary Godfrey, Derryluskin; Keely Tobin, Woodvale Walk; and Liam Gallagher, c/o Camogie Club.
The next draw taken place on Friday, June 10, when the jackpot is €20,000 and the sellers prize is €770. 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.
Cemetery Mass in Killusty this Friday at 7.30pm
A Cemetery Mass will be held in the grounds of The Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty, on this Friday evening, June 3, at 7.30pm. All are welcome to come along.
‘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.
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
Tony Hanrahan and Dermot Hackett preparing for the Donkey Derby at Fethard Festival in 1985. (photo by Richie Hayes)
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