Coolmore Family Day 2016
The annual Coolmore Family Day and Evening Party was held on Saturday, June 11, and enjoyed by staff members and their families. You can view photographs taken on the day by clicking here or by going to www.fethard.com/coolmore
Mid-Summer Barbecue at Clonacody House to benefit Mental Health Awareness
Fethard Rugby Club in conjunction with Scoil Ruáin Killenaule and Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School are hosting a Mid Summer Barbecue at Clonacody House on Saturday, July 2, from 8pm. Proceeds to benefit Mental Health Awareness.
Food will provided from 8pm to 9pm so please come along in good time. This will be followed by live music by JigJam, from 9pm to midnight, JigJam are the hottest new act on the ‘Celtgrass’ music scene. They have developed a new, exciting, energy-fuelled live sound blending the best of bluegrass and Irish folk music. This will be followed by a disco – so a great night’s entertainment guaranteed.
Tickets at €20 are available from O'Sullivan's Chemist and McCarthy's Bar in Fethard; and Ardagh House in Killenaule. You can also phone 086 8388205 to purchase tickets.
75 years, time for a reunion?
Walking through our beautiful 'blooming' town the other day, I couldn’t help noticing a place name stone set in grass saying ‘St. Patrick’s Place, Built 1941’. This, of course, refers to the original houses built in St. Patrick’s Place estate, the first of its kind in Fethard.
Adding and subtracting years between 1941 and 2016 I came up with the figure of 75 years and an appropriate reason to consider a reunion of all those connected, past and present, with the many people and families who have lived and died in St. Patrick’s Place. This would also include the three or more additional housing developments added in later years.
At a recent meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council the topic was discussed and agreed to seek a number of interested people in getting involved in organising this proposed reunion, which would involve gathering information, photographs and stories for an event later this year. A similar event was held in 2012 for The Green and Barrack Street, which proved very successful for a large attendance of over 400, many of whom moved from The Green to St. Patrick’s Place when the houses were built in 1941.
If you are interested in getting involved in any way please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or give your name to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, or contact the Community Office, Barrack Street, Tel: (052) 6131000, and leave your mobile number so we can text you with further details if we have sufficient interest.
St Rita’s Camogie Club
St Rita’s camogie team, Fethard, who hosted Camross of Laois in the U14 Féile na nGael tournament last weekend. Back L to R: Sue Quigley, Willie Morrissey, Heather Spillane, Niamh Hayes, Emily Ryan, Megan Quigley, Aoife Morrissey, Rachel Butler, Àine Ryan, Ava Hickey, Eimear O'Connor, Margaret Hogan, Sandra Spillane. Front L to R: Leah Coen, Nell Spillane, Alison Connolly, Dearbhla Morrissey, Carrie Davey, Erin O'Brien, Jess Strappe, Eabha Hogan and Joan Hickey.
On June 17, St Rita’s, Fethard, hosted Camross of Laois U14 Féile camogie team. It has been 25 years since the last Féile was hosted in Fethard, with our girls raising the same banner which was used in 1991, hand painted at the time by Kathleen Kenny, The Green.
Our first match was against Naas who proved to be very strong and by far the strongest in our group, going on to win the cup. Our girls were a little shell shocked going in to the second match but put up a good fight against Brian Borus, but couldn't get a win on the night. After the games we headed to the Convent Community Hall in Fethard for refreshments and to meet up with the girls we were hosting. A table quiz was held and the girls mingled and got to know each other better.
On Saturday morning at 11.30am we played against our host team Camross in Fethard and our girls came out a different team showcasing some great camogie skills. The spectators were well impressed with the standard of camogie. This win put us through to a quarter-final against Boherlahan and on the day our girls proved very strong and had an easy victory.
Our next venue was Portlaw in Waterford for a semi-final against the home team. This was the match of the tournament, the girls were outstanding never easing up on the pace from start to finish and had a great victory over very strong opponents. Even though all were exhausted, spirits were high going back to the youth centre for barbeque and disco. The final was against our guests Camrosss, in Dundrum on Sunday at 11am. Camross got off to a good start hitting the net in the first minute of the game and went on to add 3 more points to a single point from St Rita’s, leaving the half time score, Camross 1-3 to St Rita’s 0-1.
After half time the girls regrouped and out came a different team with the sliotar hardly even passing the half back line. St Rita’s added 3 more points but failed to get the goal needed to put us ahead. The Camross goalie gave a outstanding display denying the girls on several occasions. Camross ran out the winners 1-3 to St Rita’s 0-4. Congratulations to Camross on their win it was a pleasure to host a lovely bunch of well mannered girls and mentors.
From the U14 mentors a big thank you to the U14 girls for their dedication, effort and respect shown throughout the weekend. Also a thank you to the host families, members of the camogie club, Juvenile club, senior club and all who helped out with the weekend to ensure it was a great success.
County Athletics Finals in Templemore
Fethard & Killusty Community Games area gold medallists in swimming and gymnastics photographed with committee members Noreen Sheehy (secretary) and Joe Keane (chairman) after receiving their medals. Middle L to R: Emily Clancy, Katie Allen, Hayden Fleming (swimming). Front L to R: Layla Barlaz and Erin Carroll.
Fethard and Killusty competitors taking part in the County Athletics Finals in Templemore on Sunday, June 26, are asked to please take note that assemble for the parade will commence at Templemore Track at 10.30am sharp and all athletes are asked to be there in good time to take part.
Boys and Girls U8 60m, Roisín Tyrell, Ines Byrne, Kelvin Ryan, Ronan O'Meara; Boys and Girls U8 80m, Meadbh Collum, Mai Hayes, Patrick Coffey, Tadgh Cuddihy; Boys and Girls U10 100m, Caoimhe Murphy, Lucy Kenny, Noah O'Flynn, Sean McEvoy; Boys and Girls U10 200m, Aoibhinn Collum, Freya Byrne, Charlie Walsh, Mark O'Meara; Boys and Girls U12 100m, Aine Connolly, Kelly Ryan, Jack Davey; Boys and Girls U12 600m, Emily Davey, Holly Hayes, Mark Neville, James Barry; Boys and Girls U14 100m, Alison Connolly, Ryan Walsh; Girls U16 100m, Carrie Davey; Boys Long Puck U12 Conor Neville; Girl Long Puck U14, Hannah Sheehy. Best of luck to all competitors.
€9,000 raised for Irish Motor Neurone
Presentation at The Village Inn, Moyglass, of a cheque for €9,000, proceeds of the recent fundraiser held at Moyglass Community Hall in aid of IMNDA (Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association). L to R: Michael McCormack (IMNDA) Martina Blake, Kevin O’Dwyer, Pat Morrissey, Patsy O’Connor (IMNDA), Tom Shanahan, Liam Sweeney, Pat Keaveney and Roisin Blake.
Last chance to be an Addams – auditions at Abymill this Saturday
Auditions will take place this Saturday in the Abymill Theatre, for the forthcoming Addams Family Musical – a fun upbeat comedy musical, which includes all your old favourite characters from the cartoons and movies. If you fancy yourself as an eccentric and witty ‘Gomez Addams’, an entertainer and comedian such as ‘Uncle Fester’ or a sleek and sensual ‘Morticia Addams’, please do come along between the times of 12.30pm and 5pm with a song of your own choosing and we will be more than happy to hear what you have to offer. Everyone aged 12 and over, are welcome to come along as there are lots of parts available for all.
JW Productions are backed by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and are also affiliated with A.I.M.S. This production will be directed by Stefan J. Doyle, produced by Holly-Jean Williamson and choreography by Katy Wallace. For further details please contact Holly at Tel: 087 2345760.
Darts competition at The Castle
Mark Prout (left) presenting Noel Sharp (centre) with cup after winning The Castle Inn Masters Darts Championship in Fethard last weekend. Also included is Ronan Maher (The Castle Inn). The Shield Competition was won by ‘Spud’ Culligan who beat Andrew Maher in the final. Trophies were sponsored by NS Woodcraft.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing on Sunday Night, June 26, to the music of ‘Checkers’. 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.
Senior Day at Day Care Centre changed
Please note that Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold their next Senior Day on Friday July 15, and not on Friday, June 24, as previously planned.
Thousands enjoy Fethard Festival ‘Family Fun Day’
Thousands enjoying this year’s Fethard Festival ‘Family Fun Day’.
This year’s Fethard Festival ‘Family Fun Day’, held on Sunday last, June 12, attracted thousands of locals and visitors to come and enjoy the wonderful family celebration in the town park by the Clashawley river and the wonderful medieval town walls.
‘Fethard-on-Sea’, one of the colourful entries in this year’s Fancy Dress Parade at Fethard Festival
Extended Hayes family and friends at the Fancy Dress with ‘Fethard-on-Sea’
This year also saw the revival of the traditional Fancy Dress Parade, which was so popular in the past with children and adults alike. It was very encouraging to see the huge effort by some local families – long associated with fancy dress parades in the past – come out and take part again with a new generation of children and friends. Matty Tynan and his team must also be congratulated on their great re-enactment display ‘Moyglass Salutes 1916’ in the parade and by the town wall. Unfortunately it also coincided with a short heavy downpour that failed to dampen the festive spirit that prevailed throughout the day. The parade was coordinated by Tina (Shortt) Whyte, who deserves great praise for organising the Fancy Dress Parade this year – her first time. We look forward to next year.
‘Smurfs Visit to Fethard’ one of the entries in the Fancy Dress Parade
Tiarán MacNamara, one of the ‘Smurfs visit to Fethard’ entry at Fethard Fancy Dress Parade
The ‘Duck Race’ was held on the Clashawley at 12 noon with profits raised going to Holy Trinity National School Fethard. The results were: 1st Prize €50 to John Fogarty (Curraghscarteen), 2nd Prize €30 to Jasmine Brennan, and 3rd Prize €20 to Mary Hanrahan.
Mouse Morris and ‘Rule The World’ entry in the Fancy Dress Parade.
Maid Marian, Robin Hood and Cleopatra at the Fethard Fancy Dress Parade
Khalessi The Dragon Queen at the Fethard Festival Fancy Dress Parade.
‘Mick and Claire finally Gain Control of the Big Boys’ . . . Fethard Fancy Dress Parade 2016.
Members of the ‘Moyglass Remembers 1916’ float at the Fethard Festival Parade where they preformed a re-enactment of the capture of the GPO in Dublin in 1916.
Fethard Historical Society had variety of displays in in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, showcasing the richness of Fethard’s past history and heritage. The model of Fethard c1650 on display in the upstairs gallery has proved very popular with visitors of all ages. A visitor’s book on the ground floor recorded the growing amount of foreign visitors to Fethard on such festive occasions that highlight our unique town.
The Magnier family at Coolmore must be sincerely thanked for their annual support of the ‘Family Fun Day’ and the array of free fun-fair entertainment supplied, which was very much appreciated by families and children from Fethard and the surrounding areas.
Large crowd enjoying the music of ‘Mojo'd’ at the Fethard Festival Family Fun Day 2016
Fethard Rugby Club hosted the barbecue food stall to their usual high-standard, where people could sit and enjoy the music supplied by the very popular Mojo’d blues band from Clonmel. The annual Dog Show was run by Catherine Kearney and Pat Culligan.
Overall, Sunday was a fantastic ‘family fun day’ that will be remembered for years to come, including that heavy downpour, and the radiant sunshine that followed. Great credit is due to all the organisers, stall holders, Garda, Tidy Towns, Red Cross, and local community organisations that worked in unison to provide a unique festival in a unique setting.
Danagher Cup retained by Fethard U8s
Fethard U8 footballers who retained the local ‘Danagher Cup’ beating Clonmel Commercials in the final. Back L to R: Troy Delaney, Killian Hallinan, Jack Tobin, Misha Makhinya, Cody Bradshaw, Cormac O'Donnell, Sam Wyse, Michael Dedyuk, Michael O'Rahilly, Kelvin Ryan, Tadhg Cuddihy, Thomas O'Rahilly. Front L to R: Lee Delaney, Sean Thompson, Alex Knightly, Oliver Woodlock, Sam Coen, Sam Knightly, Daniel Barry, Oisin McAndrew, Jack Hayes, Thomas Murphy, Dion Power and Richard Murphy.
Fethard retain Danagher cup after a magnificent display of football on Festival Sunday morning, June 12, beating Clonmel Commercials in an extremely tense and closely fought final. Fethard showed their strength in depth by entering two teams in this year’s Danagher Cup competition for young U8 footballers. Other clubs represented on the day were St. Patrick’s Cloneen, Mullinahone, Moyle Rovers and Clonmel Commercials.
After the group stages only four teams were left remaining in the competition, with Moyle Rovers and Mullinahone contesting the B final, and for the 3rd year running, Fethard and Clonmel Commercials contesting the big one. Both finals were closely fought battles but there can only be one winner, and on this occasion Moyle Rovers won the B final, with Fethard winning the A final.
A big thank you to all clubs for coming with great support and great praise must be giving to all players for representing themselves and their clubs so well.
The club would like to thank all the Fethard players and parents in particular for their continued support and commitment. The progress this group of players have shown so far this year has been very encouraging, and the future of Fethard football looks very promising. A big thanks also to parents, club members and mentors who helped out in any way or form to make this a most memorable day for these young future stars. Your efforts were really appreciated.
Design a Medieval Shoe
Holy Trinity National School prizewinners in the Fethard Festival’s 'Design a Medieval Shoe' art competition.
Pupils from Holy Trinity National School took part in the ‘Design a Medieval Shoe’ art competition as part of this year’s Fethard Festival. The competition was sponsored by Fethard Historical Society and the art was displayed in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland on Sunday, June 12. The judges spent several hours deliberating on the winners as they felt all entries were particularly good, with entries ranging from drawings, paintings and card constructions. The pupils’ brief was to design a shoe to be worn to a banquet in Fethard in medieval times.
The following prizewinners were chosen from the different classes.
- Junior Infants: 1st Anna Mae O’Meara, 2nd Gavin Tyrell, 3rd Sam Collins.
- Senior Infants: 1st Pa Coffey, 2nd Lauren Connolly, 3rd Jason Trehy.
- First Class: 1st Megan Lyons, 2nd Ella Deegan, 3rd Roisín Tyrell.
Second Class: 1st Zach Smith, 2nd Ava Doyle, 3rd Lily Murphy.
- Third Class: 1st Liam Kiely, 2nd Aoibheann Collum, 3rd Leo Makhinya.
- Fourth Class: 1st Jack Quinlan, 2nd Kaycie Aherne, 3rd David O’Donnell.
- Fifth Class: 1st Alex Freeman, 2nd Abby McGrath, 3rd Lily O’Mahony.
- Sixth Class: 1st Eimear O’Sullivan, 2nd Emma Lyons, 3rd Ciaran Maguire.
The death has occurred on Monday, June 20, of Andrew (Andy) Grant, Fr Tirry Park, Fethard, and formerly of Copper, Ballingarry. Deeply regretted by his sisters Josephine (Brennan) and Mary (Hayes), nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, on Tuesday, June 21st from 5.30pm, with removal to the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard at 7pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 11am followed by burial in Old Ballingarry Cemetery.
The death has occurred on Monday, June 20, 2016, of Phyllis Ryan (née Kenny), Buffana, Killenaule and formerly of Drumdeel, Fethard and Camas, Cashel, peacefully at St. Theresa’s Nursing Home, Thurles.
Phyllis, beloved wife of the late Matty. Deeply regretted by her loving daughter Bernie, sons Matt, Billy and Eddie, son-in-law Bill, daughters-in-laws, Cornelia, Annette and Majella, grandchildren, great-granddaughter, sisters Kathleen Craddock and Peggy Roche, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. May She Rest In Peace.
Reposing at her son Billy’s residence this Wednesday evening from 4pm to 8pm. Requiem Mass on Thursday in St. Joseph the Worker Church, Moyglass, at 1pm followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Tipperary Hospice.
‘Jammin for Jarrah’
A charity fundraiser called ‘Jammin for Jarrah’, was set up for Jarrah Folkman a five-year-old boy from Cootehill, Co. Cavan, who was born in 2011 with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, CVI Blindness and Refractory Epilepsy. A group of musicians will hit the road covering 32 counties in 7 days, playing a gig in every county and on this Wednesday night, June 22, they will visit Lonergan’s Bar on The Square, Fethard.
Jarrah's father Ben, through his love and passion for music launched ‘Jammin for Jarrah’ as the primary fundraiser for Jarrah’s cause. Ben and six friends will embark on an epic musical journey and they hope to delight each town with their raw talent building awareness and raising money for such a wonderful, deserving little boy. All are welcome to come along to Lonergan’s on Wednesday night and enjoy a good night for a great cause.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on June 15 were: 3, 4, 15 and 25. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Brian Sheehy, Garrinch, Fethard; Dóirín Saurus. Crampscastle, Fethard; and Johanna Bradshaw, Drumdeel, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners who received €50 each were: Emma O'Donohoe, Mellison, Glengoole; William Connolly, The Green, Fethard; and Nellie Ryan, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, June 22. 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 17, were 1, 8, 28 and 29. There was no jackpot winner and two match three winners who received €75 each: Joan O'Donohoe, Moyglass; and Gerard Walsh, Ard Alainn, Fethard.
The next draw taken place on Friday, June 24, when the jackpot is €20,000 and the sellers prize is €790. 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 death has occurred on Friday, June 17, 2016, of Nora Lawrence (retired Public Health Nurse), The Valley, Fethard, and formerly of Mullinahone. Peacefully at St Bridget's Hospice, Carrick-on-Suir, deeply regretted by her sisters Maura (Carey), Angela (O'Farrell), Patricia (Arrigan), brothers Eddie and Michael, nephews and nieces and a wide circle of friends.
Reposing at her home on Sunday, June 19, from 5pm with removal to the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 7.45pm, to arrive at 8pm. Requiem Mass on Monday at 11am followed by burial in the family grave at St Michael's Cemetery, Mullinahone. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to St Bridget's Hospice, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary.
Adult Education courses
Places are available on both the Business Administration L5 and Early Childhood Care and Education L5 which will commence in September 2016 at Scoil Ruain, Killenaule. Courses are suitable for school leavers and adults who wish to return to education. Contact the school at (052) 9156332 for further information.
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 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
Tony Hanrahan and Dermot Hackett preparing for the Donkey Derby at Fethard Festival in 1985. (photo by Richie Hayes)
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