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Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Congratulations to all our Leaving Certs of 2016 who acquitted themselves very well in the Leaving Cert this year and were a credit to themselves and their parents. Amongst our outstanding students was Orla Walsh, Killusty, who achieved a remarkable 520 points and will study Agricultural Science in UCD. All of our students performed well in the Leaving Cert, with the majority receiving the courses of their choice in various colleges and universities.
Welcome to our new students
A big welcome to the First Years from Holy Trinity, Fethard, Killusty, Cloneen, Lisronagh and Rosegreen. We hope that they will enjoy their time in our school and achieve their potential with us. Welcome also to TY pupils: Rebecca Daly, Shannon Thompson, Megan Hahessy, Airan Milian Martinelli (Tenerife), Juan Manuel (Tenerife), Carolina Ramos Alonso (Tenerife), 5th Year pupils: Niklas Loeser (Germany), Sinead Sheridan (Clonmel), Ross Mullins and Ciaran O’Leary (Lisronagh).
Well done to all our students on their sporting achievements at both club and County level during the Summer: 1st Year Pupil, Michael O’Meara County -12 Football Final, Carrie Davey 3rd Year and Alison Connolly 2nd Year, All-Ireland -14 Ladies Football Champions, Lucy Spillane and Emma Cronin, All-Ireland -16 Ladies Football Champions. Kate Davey, 6th year played with the Tipperary Intermediate Ladies Football Team, who were Munster champions but lost out, unfortunately, by a small margin to Clare in the All –Ireland Final last Saturday.
Best of luck also to the following boys, who will be involved in the -14 County Semi-Final on September 17th: Nevan Healy, Darragh Hurley, Michael O’Meara, Keenan Aherne, Robert Hackett, Cathal Ryan and Kieran O’Donnell. Finally congratulations to the players and management of the Tipperary Hurling Team on their great victory over Kilkenny in the All-Hurling Final. There was great excitement in the school before the match and in recognition of this historical occasion, there was a Jersey Day in the school on Friday, September 2.
Parents’ Association AGM
The AGM of our very active Patrician Presentation Parents’ Association will be held in the school on Monday, September 12, at 7pm. The school is very grateful to the Parents’ Association for their help with every aspect of school life and we appreciate their continued support for all school activities. We encourage all Parents’ to attend this meeting in the interests of their children.
Mini Rugby resumes
Mini rugby resumes at Fethard Rugby Club on this coming Friday, September 9, at 6.45pm in the Community Field on the Killenaule Road. Registration will take place on the night. Individual cost charged is €2 to go towards the lights. All are welcome.
St. Vincent De Paul
Fethard guild of St. Vincent De Paul has a small fund available for students in need of help meeting costs of third level education. If you would like to apply please contact any of the following phone numbers to receive an application form: 086 8443622 or 086 8583118.
Tom celebrates his 91st birthday
Congratulations to Tom Keane, Barrack Street, who celebrated his 91st birthday on September 5, with his family and friends. His son John also wished Tom a long life and that he may enjoy many more years of grace on this great earth.
Fethard Bridge Club lessons for beginners
Fethard Bridge Club will start a six to eight week programme on teaching bridge to anyone wishing to play the game. The classes will commence on Monday, September 12, at 7.30pm in the Tirry Community Hall in Barrack Street. The cost per class is €3 per night to cover running expenses.
The regular club Bridge will recommence on Wednesday, September 14, at the same venue, starting at 7.15pm sharp.
Junior Infants start at Holy Trinity National School
Starting school at Holy Trinity National School Fethard were L to R: Abbey Farag and Saoirse Maunsell.
Starting school at Holy Trinity National School Fethard were L to R: Maeve O'Sullivan and Anna O'Sullivan.
Aoife Spillane starting school at Holy Trinity National School.
Starting school at Holy Trinity National School Fethard were L to R: Bonnie Purcell and Rosie Roche.
Starting school at Holy Trinity National School Fethard were L to R: Adam McGarry, Zach Ward and Kate Murphy.
Starting school at Holy Trinity National School Fethard were L to R: Danny Fox and Jack Moloney
Adriana Kistochkina starting school at Holy Trinity National School.
Fethard Scout registration
Annual Scout Registration will take place on Wednesday, September 14, at 7pm in the Scout Den in the grounds of the old Boys’ Primary school on the Rocklow Road.
Bus Tour to 1916 Dublin
The Fethard Historical Society has organised a ‘Bus Tour to 1916 Dublin’ on Saturday, September 24, visiting Kilmainham Gaol, Arbour Hill and Glasnevin Cemetery. The bus will leave Fethard at 8pm sharp and return that evening at approximately 10pm.
We will have a comfort stop on the way up with time for tea/coffee etc. There will also be a short interval for a light lunch break. We will stop near Dublin on the way home for an evening meal and we aim to be back in Fethard by 10pm.
The trip costs €30 for adults, €20 for children. Cost includes bus fare and the guided tours of Kilmainham Gaol and Glasnevin Cemetery. Please note that payment for all coffee/meal stops will be at individuals own discretion and choice.
To book please contact Mary Hanrahan on Tel: 087 9009722 or by email at: email@example.com by Friday, September 9.
Line Dancing commences at Slievenamon Golf Club
Line Dancing classes have started at Slievenamon Golf Club on Monday, October 3, at 2pm. If you are interested in taking part in these classes please contact (052) 6132213 as soon as possible as there is a limited number of places still available.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing on Sunday Night, September 11, 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.
Fethard Choral Group start rehearsals
The Fethard Choral Society will soon be starting rehearsals soon. If anyone would like to join the group we would love to have you sing with us. We are eager to recruit more men as always! For further information if you are interested, please contact Ann Barry Tel: 087 6194215.
Fethard ICA meetings resume
Fethard ICA monthly meetings will resume on Tuesday, September 13, in the ICA Hall, starting at 8p. Our guest speaker this month is Freda Hayes, from Glanbia Garden Centre who will give a talk on Winter Flower Potting. Catering this month by the ‘Yellow Group’. New members are always welcome to come along.
Fethard Athletic Club looking for a new generation of runners
After a lapse of a few seasons in juvenile athletics Fethard Athletic Club will hopefully come on stream this season once again with a new generation of runners and jumpers from the parish and surrounding areas. To that end we will come together for a meet on Monday night next in the Community Field on the Killenaule Road at 7pm sharp in co-operation with Fethard Rugby Club. All are welcome to come along and see what it’s like to run on grass – a new experience for the many fun runners in the vicinity of the town and indeed a lot easier on the legs than the road surface. We will cater from age 7 upwards to novice, senior, masters and indeed all fun runners and walkers, under lights and supervision with a fit for life programme.
All are welcome and all you need are a tracksuit and trainers and to turn up on time on Monday. Before training we will have a short chat to explain what we are about and answer your questions, and after that, the rest is what you make it.
The new cross-country season will start in a few weeks and it might also be a new venture that newcomers may want to try. It is usually always rewarding when completed and you are guaranteed to make lots of great healthy friends. So see ye all on Monday night next at 7.30pm sharp.
Well done to our chairman Bernard Feery on his third place in his category finish at the Tipperary Senior Road Race championship held in Ballynonty. Please note in your diary that the now famous ‘Santa Run’ will take place as per usual on the Sunday before Christmas in Fethard, starting at 12 noon with all funds going to the Children's Ward in South Tipperary General Hospital. On a final note, sincere congratulations to the Tipperary minor and senior hurling teams, and background staff, for their great wins on Sunday last.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on August 31 were: 9, 12, 14 and 15. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Noel Maher, Barrack Street, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Mary O'Dwyer, Knockelly Road, Fethard; Rena Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard; and John Connolly, c/o Kathleen Connolly.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, September 7. 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, September 2, were 5, 24, 30 and 34. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner received €150: Leanne Sheehan, Killusty. This week we drew seven ‘All-Ireland Bonus Lucky Dip’ winners who received €50 each: Anne Marie Butler, Main Street, Fethard; Rachel O’Ploughman, Grove; Anna O'Sullivan c/o GAA; Aimee Smith, St. Patrick’s Place; Jimmy Connolly, Main Street; Kate Corbett, c/o Camogie; and Breda Burke, Main Street, Fethard.
The next draw takes place on Friday, September 9, when the jackpot is €20,000 and the sellers prize is €900. 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.
Heritage Week attracts great crowds
Four ‘rising star’ harpists performing in Fethard’s Holy Trinity Church of Ireland on August 27.
Every year the Fethard Historical Society organises events to mark Heritage Week and this year was no exception. There was a great response, as usual, from our local supporters and most encouragingly there were also lots of visitors from further afield.
Terry Cunningham, Chairperson, facilitated two free guided tours of Fethard on Friday, August 26, and Saturday, August 27, respectively. There was a great response, with over fifty people in attendance, a number of locals and, most encouragingly, there were also lots of visitors from further afield. The medieval walled town was looking its best in the sunshine and the lovely weather definitely added to the pleasure of going walkabout. As usual, the tours included Holy Trinity (CoI) Church, the Town Walls, the Síle na gig and the Augustinian Abbey. There was also the chance to get a look at the Town Hall where work is progressing so well.
On Saturday, August 27, the society hosted the ‘Rising Stars’ Harp Concert in the old Holy Trinity Church. Candle light and flowers, courtesy of local ladies Maree Moclair and Heather Bailey, enhanced the setting of this historic church which once again proved the perfect venue. Four amazing young harpists from the Royal Academy of Music, Emer Ní Scolaí. Lucy Ní Fhaoláin, Rachel Duffey and Gloria Birardi, took the floor and literally wowed the audience with their rendition of classical and traditional Irish music.
In her introduction, Deborah Kelleher, Director R.I.A.M., pointed out that these young women were all achieving the highest awards in their individual levels of musicianship.
What a wonderful way to celebrate the centenary of 1916 .The harp is such a powerful symbol of Ireland while harp music features across the centuries of our history, all the way back to ancient Gaelic bardic tradition. Emer, Lucy and Rachel all included the music of O’Carolan, one of our most famous harpists, in their repertoire.
Over one hundred and twenty people attended the concert. There were lots of familiar local faces as well as first-timers who hailed from all parts of South Tipp.
The four young harpists ended the evening by coming together to play a stunning traditional arrangement of Slievenamon. The audience responded with a standing ovation, a tribute to the wonderful performances we had been privileged to enjoy.
The Fethard Historical Society would like to acknowledge the generous sponsorship of RibWorld, Fethard as well as the support received from the Heritage Council of Ireland and Róisin O’Grady, Heritage Officer, Tipperary County Council.
Comedy night at Clonacody House
Comedy at Clonacody House, Fethard, on Friday, September 9th and Saturday, September 10th at 8pm. Tickets €25 (light refreshment and wine served at interval). Booking contact Helen at 087 1689167. Two one-act comedies staged at Clonmel Junction Festival by Fethard playwright Paul Maher come to Clonacody for a dinner theatre production:
ANGEL DUST & DALLAS
It’s John B Keane meets Fr Ted in this outlandish comedy of the priests housekeeper & sacristan up to their necks in mischief; pity then the innocent boy of a curate on his first day in his first parish. With Alan Bourke, Majella Carrigan, Paul Kelly & Lina Ryan.
THE MAN FROM CLERIHAN
calls on a young widow to collect a debt but she is not for paying. Her sister however sees both of them have their reasons and maybe her trashy romantic novels and a few muffins can save the day. This is an exquisite romantic comedy to make your heart sing; with Catherine McVicker, Bernadette Culhane & James Whelan.
The death has occurred on Sunday, September 4, of Bridget Hayes (neé Fleming), Main Street, Fethard.Bridget, pre-deceased by her husband Jimmy, her son Seamus and her grandson Christopher, deeply regretted by her daughters Frances, Mary and Gabrielle, her sons Michael and Kevin, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, sister-in-law, sons-in-law , daughters-in-law, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, on Tuesday, September 6, from 5pm with removal to the Holy Trinity Parish Church at 7pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Meeting to revive handball in Fethard
A meeting to revive the very successful handball days of the late 1970s and 1980s in Fethard will be held in the handball alley at Fethard Sports Centre on Tuesday, September 6, at 7pm and all interested are invited to attend.
Reviving Fethard Handball – this photograph taken in 1979 was taken at a most enjoyable Fethard Handball Club Social and trophy presentation in the Fethard Arms. Back L to R: Jim Ryan (committee), 'Hawley' Ryan (Ballypatrick), Patricia O'Shea, Tony & Noel Ryan – two Ryan brothers from Ballypatrick who did all their 40x20 training in the Fethard Court and were members of the Irish team that travelled the USA, Jimmy McCarthy (committee). Third Row (standing) L to R: Mrs Mary Morrissey (secretary / treasurer of the Sports Centre), Sean Hanrahan, Pat Sheehan (behind), Chris Looby (committee), Jack Wall, John Pollard (committee), Dan Cummins (committee), Eddie Sheehan, Miceál McCormack, Alfie Brett (secretary), Pat Ryan, Tony Newport (committee). Second Row (kneeling) L to R: Dick Fitzgerald (committee), Dennis O’Meara, Jim O’Meara, Michael ‘Buddy’ Fitzgerald. Front Row L to R: Richard Nevin, Willie O’Donnell, Danny Mullins, Pat Woodlock (chairman), John Woodlock and Stephen Fitzgerald. All Ireland honours were won in 1979 by Willie O’Donnell, M.H.S., John Woodlock, under 14 singles, Jack Wall beaten finalist in the ‘over 50’ singles; Richie Nevin won minor county honours. The members tournaments were won by Jim O’Meara, div 1 singles and runner-up was Richie Nevin. Div. 2 singles was won by Dan Cummins and runner-up was Joe Keane (Green).
Handball is now enjoyed by both males and females of all ages and is proving to be a great way of keeping physically fit during the autumn and winter months. For those younger sports people who may never have seen handball being played, an exhibition game will be played in the Fethard Alley following the meeting. There will also be a selection of accessories on display including goggles, gloves and the range of handballs, soft and hard, that are suitable to for young and old depending on the grade played. Players of all ages are now obliged to wear safety goggles and gloves.
Fethard is also very lucky to have many past national handball champions who are willing to help train those interested in playing the game again. Who knows the first lady to bring a county handball medal back to the Fethard club – did someone say the betting has already started? Don’t forget – next Tuesday, 7pm in the Ball Alley.
Piano Exams Fethard 2016
Piano student Darragh Egan after receiving his piano certificate and medal for his results obtained at this year's piano exams
The annual Piano Exams for students attending local Piano teacher Stuart Clooney were held on two separate dates this year pre-Easter holidays and pre-summer holidays. With a large number of students examined on both dates the Exams included students of all levels of musicianship from beginner preliminary grades up to and including a number of students taking their final Grade 8 piano exam. After a lot of hard work and practice throughout the academic year the students did themselves and their teacher proud with a 100% pass rate continued since Stuart began his piano teaching in 1998.
David O'Donnell who received a medal for his outstanding results at this year's piano exams held in Fethard by piano teacher Stuart Clooney.
Congratulations to all who took the exams, the results were again exceptional this year with honours and first class honours achieved by all students. Medals were awarded to the following students for exceptionally high results – Abby Boland, Jack Boland, Yousef Sallam, Sarah Kelly, David O'Donnell, Anthony Kane, Naoise Forristal, Darragh Egan and Vakaris Graibus (who this year took two exams and was awarded a medal on each occasion). Sarah Kelly and Yousef Sallam were also nominated to take part in the annual Leinster School of Music and Drama Excellence Awards Competition held at Griffith College Dublin. Well done to both students in this years competition. The 2016/2017 academic year will begin Thursday September 1. For enquiries please contact Stuart and Maura Clooney, Fethard Tel: (052) 6132567.
Happy Birthday Ella!
Ella Kenny (neé Purcell) photographed with family, friends and neighbours at the recent celebration of her 80th birthday party at Drumdeel, Fethard.
Fethard Community Playgroup
Fethard Community Playgroup, Rocklow Road, will reopen on Monday, September 5. Morning sessions take place from 9am to 12 noon and afternoon sessions from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. For further information contact Tel: (052) 6132316.
Bunny Hop Music & Movement starting in September
Bunny Hop Music & Movement starting up again on Monday, September 12, from 10am to 11am at Fethard Convent Community Hall. For further information contact Nicola at: 087 6742401 or visit www.bunnyhop.ie
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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
Sixth Class at Nano Nagle School Fethard (18/10/96)
37 Sixth Class girls at Nano Nagle School Fethard 20 years ago. Back L to R: Sr. Mary (teacher); Tara Ryan, St. Patrick’s Place; Helana McCormack, Kerry Street; Margaret McGarry, Woodvale Walk; Ursula Lawrence, Woodvale Walk; Tara Mullins, St. Patrick’s Place. Second Row: Michelle Coffey, Spittlefield; Ann-Marie Connolly, Main Street; Eimear Fogarty, The Green; Sabrina Dwyer, Woodvale Walk; Gillian Shine, Congress Terrace; Christina Phelan, Cappanagrane, Mullinahone. Front Row: Zoe Cooney, The Square; Kersty McCarthy, Kerry Street; Ailish O’Connell, Coolmoyne; Vanessa O’Donnell, Monroe; Evelyn O’Connor, St. Patrick’s Place. Missing from photograph are Jodie Gilpin, The Valley; and Lynn-Marie Flynn, Woodvale Walk.
This photo was taken around 1913 at a hunt meeting in Fethard (we believe) but the exact location is hard to pinpoint . . . maybe somebody out there would have an idea where it could have been taken?
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