Fethard Charity Cycle raises €8,235
Members of the Fethard Charity Cycle group presenting the proceeds of their recent 50km charity cycle to Fethard & District Day Care Centre and Fethard Critical Illness Fund. The total raised was €8,235. L to R: Geraldine McCarthy, Paul Shanahan, Fionnuala O'Sullivan, Aine Murphy, Jimmy O'Shea, Walty Moloney, Michael O'Gorman, and Miceal McCormack.
The ‘Fethard to Fethard Charity Cycle’ on June 11 was a huge success with over 70 cyclists enjoying a great 50km spin. Both the Fethard & District Day Care Centre and the Fethard Critical Illness Fund were the recipients of all funds raised which totalled €8,235.
Cyclists leaving Fethard for their 50k Charity Run
A big ‘thank-you’ is passed on to everyone who sponsored our cyclists and to all the participating cyclists for their hard work and help. We would also like to thank Allen’s Meats Fethard, Sign Design Clonmel, Seamus Healy Clonmel and John Burke Killenaule for their help on the day.
The group of cyclists continue to meet for their leisurely spins on Tuesday at 7pm and on Sundays at 10am at the Ballroom Car Park for anyone wishing to join along.
Cemetery Mass at Calvary
The annual Cemetery Mass will take place at Calvary Cemetery on Wednesday next, July 6, at 7.30pm.
We encourage as many people as possible to attend this Mass to remember the Holy Souls and our loved ones that have passed to their eternal reward. Think of all the people who, over many generations, did what we are doing now . . . have a look at their headstones by clicking here and remember them well!
Fethard Playwright at Junction Festival
Paul Maher from Coolmoyne Cross will stage two one-act comedies at this year’s Clonmel Junction Festival with his own company, ‘Dreamtime Theatre’.
In the romantic comedy, ‘The Man from Clerihan’, we meet a strong farmer who calls on a young widow seeking money owing. But as the drama unfolds with the music of Joe Dolan and some seriously dangerous muffins. Is it possible that a romantic trashy novel could yet save the day?
The second play, ‘Angel Dust and Dallas’, is a case of John B Keane meets Fr Ted in an outlandish comedy where the sacristan and the priest’s housekeeper are gone to the bad from watching that auld Dallas on the telly and taking angel dust for the HRT so that when a new young priest arrives in the parish he has, to say the least, a lot to contend with.
The two plays will run in the White Memorial Theatre on Saturday, July 9, at 4pm and 9pm. Tickets are €10 for matinee and €15 evening show and can be booked from the Box Office, Tel: (052) 6129339. Further info on Facebook at Dreamtime Theatre.
U12 Girls reach Munster Semifinal
Fethard Community Games U12 Ladies Football Team. Back L to R: Casey Ahearne, Lily O’Mahony, Rose O’Donnell, Jessica Moloney, Ciara O’Meara, Grainne Murray, Heather Spillane, Katie Wyse. Front L to R: Lucy Kenny, Emily Davey, Aine Connolly, Nicole Delaney, Isobel Maher, Aoife Harrington and Emily Spillane.
Fethard and Killusty U12 girls football team had a great win over Drumcollogher/Broadford (Limerick) in UL last Tuesday, June 21, a very exciting game, as in the last few minutes they were trailing by 4 points and came away winning by 3 goals, leaving the final score, 9-3 to 6-3. They now have qualified to play in the Munster semi-final in UL on Saturday, July 2.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing on Sunday Night, July 3, to the music of ‘Sam O’Doherty’. 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
Please note that Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold their next Senior Day on Friday July 15.
Pre Baptism Meeting
A pre-Baptism meeting will be held in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, on Monday, July 4, at 7.30pm, for parents who wish to have their child baptised during the following weeks. Please contact Fr Tom Breen P.P. prior to attending as meetings are subject to demand.
Completed Derry Marathon
Paul and Catherine Ryan Killusty who completed the Walled City Marathon in Derry on Sunday 5th June
French Ambassador to Ireland to lead Ballingarry Walk on July 30
The French Ambassador to Ireland, Jean-Pierre Thebault, will lead this year's tenth annual Famine 1848 Walk on Saturday, July 30, at 3pm. The starting point is the Young Ireland and National Flag monument in the village of The Commons. The Walk covers 1½ miles and concludes at the Famine Warhouse, the State national heritage site. This year the Walk will mark the significant links between Ireland and France in 1848 and 1916, including the Battle of the Somme. There will be an exchange of tricolours. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome. On the afternoon of Sunday, 31 July there will be free guided tours of the Famine Warhouse every half hour.
South Tipperary Disability Groups Forum
If you fancy having a bit of fun and an outdoor sandwich or snack instead of the usual lunch-hour sitting indoors – this year’s ‘Picnic in the Park’ might be the answer! South Tipperary Disability Groups’s ‘Lunch ’n’ Roll’ event at the Beautiful Sensory Garden in Cahir on Thursday, July 7, from 12.30pm to 2pm, will be a very special occasion. The aim is to celebrate summer in the outdoors (weather permitting) as we have done for the last number of years, but this year we also aim to focus on a 1916 commemoration theme. Stephan Grace and Friends will entertain us with traditional music and songs to celebrate 1916. Please put the date in your diary and remember to bring along your lunch snacks and sandwiches.
Historical Walk in Grove
Some of the large group that turned out for the ‘mid-summer’s walk’ in Grove Estate, Fethard.
The Fethard Historical Society held a ‘mid-summer’s walk’ in Grove Estate on Tuesday evening last, June 21 – the longest day of the year. The walk proved hugely popular and does indicate the great interest by local people in knowing about the ‘hidden gems’ in the Fethard area. The places of special interest on this historical walk were ‘Springmount Bridge’ and ‘Coolmundry Graveyard’ which are both hidden away on the Clashawley River in the middle of Grove Estate.
Photographed at the Grove Estate Mid-summer’s Walk are L to R: Liz O’Brien Jimmy Horan and Kate Horan
The famous architect William Tinsley designed Springmount Bridge in the mid 1800s. William was born in Clonmel on February 7, 1804. His father was Thomas Tinsley who had a building business in the town, as did his grandfather Sylvester. In 1836 William designed and built Adelaide Cottage in Irishtown to accommodate his wife and family and while working on this house, accepted a commission from William Barton of Grove House to design and re-built the wings of the house, which for him was a new departure. During his time at Grove he also designed and built the two delightful bridges.
Photographed at the Grove Estate Mid-summer’s Walk are L to R: Seamus Barry, Paddy Power (Drangan) Polly Power and Michael Power (Kilmacow).
Tuesday’s group were very lucky to have the expertise of local resident, Dr Barry O’Reilly, who was the editor of the two wonderful publications on the architectural heritage of both South and North Tipperary for the Department of the Environment, some years ago.
Right beside the bridge are the ruins of Coolmundry Church and graveyard, also known as Kilmaclugh. Very little is known of this church, whether it is of Gaelic or Norman origin, but one of the participants informed that it was used during the Great Plague (Black Death) of 1348 –’49 when a third of the people in the Norman towns like Fethard died. The plague was carried by fleas on the rats that hovered around the grain stores of the town dwellings of Norman tillage farmers. The Gaelic cattle farmers – The McCarthys, McGraths, O’Briens etc - who lived scattered in the countryside in their Ring Forts were quite unaffected by the plague at that time.
Photographed at the Grove Estate Mid-summer’s Walk are L to R: Julian Ponsonby, Patricia Ponsonby, Barry O’Reilly, Louis Grubb and Rosemary Ponsonby
The Historical Society thanked the Ponsonby family for so enthusiastically facilitating the walk. The evening finished with a picnic on the lovely wide bridge that now rarely sees a carriage or car of any sort.
Photographed at the Mid-summer Walk at Grove Estate are L to R: Catherine O’Flynn, Mary Hanrahan, Louis Grubb, Barry O’Reilly, Rosemary Ponsonby and Pat Looby.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on June 22 were: 1, 15, 18 and 19. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Stuart Looby, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners who received €50 each were: Mary Keane, Knockelly, Fethard; Brendan Kenny, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; and Rebecca Bradshaw, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, June 29. 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 24, were 23, 26, 29 and 36. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. The €50 lucky dip was won by Niamh Browne, Garrinch, and the following drawn tickets received €25 each: Brendan Doyle, Strylea; Annie O'Brien, Burke Street; Robert Phelan, Strylea; and P.J Aherne, Prospect.
The next draw taken place on Friday, July 1, when the jackpot is €20,000 and the sellers prize is €800.
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.
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?
A lot of encouraging verbal interest has been expressed in the proposed St. Patrick’s Place Reunion to be held later in the year. The following message was received from Mary Morrissey (London),
“Absolutely excited at the prospect of St. Patrick’s Place gathering. I often visit each house in my minds eye of the families that were living there as we grew up. Please keep me up to date and I hope very much that it goes ahead.”
The next stage involved is setting up a steering committee to plan the event and which would involve gathering available information, photographs and stories for display and inclusion in a printed booklet commemorating the reunion. 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 who 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: email@example.com 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.
At the County Athletics Finals
Group from Fethard & Killusty pictured at the County Athletics finals in Templemore: Eugene Walsh, Ryan Walsh, Charlie Walsh, Ronan O’Meara, Mark O’Meara, Patrick Coffey, Hannah Sheehy, Noah O’Flynn, Noreen Sheehy, Sean McEvoy and Brendan O’Meara.
Roisin Tyrell all ready for action in U8 60m event at the Community Games County Athletics Finals
Ryan Walsh won a bronze medal in U14 100m at Community Games County Athletics finals.
Ronan O’Meara won a bronze medal in U8 60m event at Community Games County Finals.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Taken in the mid-1960s on the ‘Green Patch’ are L to R: Michael ‘Whacky’ Healy, Alma Slattery and Margaret McCarthy.
Don McCarthy sitting outside his house when living on the Green with Paula Carey and Frances Morrissey in the late 1960s. Anyone recognise the boy? If you can help please send information to: email@example.com
Bernard Fogarty an Eamon ‘Crusher’ Keane photographed cycling the Ring of Kerry in the 1980s.
Pat and Mercy O'Shea back in 1999 - the days of table quizzes, music and lots more at O'Shea's Bar, Main Street.
Catherine Noonan posted these photographs taken at Fethard Railway Station in the 1950s.
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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