Fethard and Local Historical Attractions
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Rosaries for November
Rosaries for the Holy Souls will be recited in the following cemeteries during the month of November.
Tuesday November 1: Convent Cemetery after 11am Mass; Parish Church Cemetery at 3pm; and Old Holy Trinity Cemetery at 3.30pm.
Sunday, November 6: Augustinian Abbey Cemetery at 3pm; and Everardsgrange Cemetery at 3.30pm.
Sunday, November 13: Calvary Cemetery at 3pm; and Peppardstown Cemetery at 3.30pm.
Sunday, November 20: Tullamaine Cemetery at 2pm; Rathcoole Cemetery at 3pm; and Redcity Cemetery at 3.30pm.
Sunday, November 27: Killusty Cemetery after 10am Mass; Kiltinan Cemetery at 3pm; and Kilmaclugh Cemetery at 3.30pm.
All are invited to come along and remember our loved ones who have passed on to their eternal reward.
The death has occurred on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, of Chris Corballis, Timoole, Rathfeigh, Tara, Meath, and formerly Moyglass, Fethard. Sadly missed by his loving wife Nicole, baby son Ciaran, parents Tim and Clare, brother Anthony, sister Tash, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, grandmother, aunts and uncles, cousins, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at home from 3pm until 7pm on Thursday, October 27. Funeral Service on Friday at 2pm at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Navan. Burial afterwards in St. Mary's Church of Ireland graveyard Kentstown. House private on Friday please.
Senior Day at Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold a Senior Day on this Friday, October 28, from 10.30am. The chiropodist will also be in attendance. All seniors welcome.
Emigrants’ Newsletter new addresses invited
A sincere thank you to all who donated to the annual church gate collection for the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter last weekend, a total of €951 was collected for which we are most grateful.
We also remind those who have family members living abroad can also give their addresses to Carmel Rice or Joe Kenny and they will be added to our mailing list to receive this year’s newsletter. If you know of anybody who is already on our mailing list and has changed address or moved in the past year, we ask you to pass on that information as it will help reduce cost and unnecessary postal expense, which is rising every year.
On Wednesday, October 5 we played for the Free Sub Nett and the results were as follows: 1st Nett and winners of the free sub, Kay St. John and Rita Kane; 2nd Nett, Margaret Slattery and Mike Burke; 3rd Nett, Gabrielle Schofield and Nora Ryan; 1st Gross, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; 2nd Gross, Eileen Frewen and Sean O’Dea; 3rd Gross, Frances Burke and Gemma Burke.
The results of our game on October 12 were: 1st Gross, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; 2nd Gross, Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara; 3rd Gross, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke; 1st Nett, Berney Myles and Alice Quinn; 2nd Nett, Ann O’Dea and Teresa O’Brien; 3rd Nett, Margaret Slattery and Mike Burke.
Next Wednesday, November 2, we play for sponsored prizes and on November 9 we play the first round of the Player of the Year competition. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Wax Night in aid of the late James Curran
Get over it Darren! — Darren Connolly getting the full wax treatment from Sarah Standbridge at The Castle Inn
The Castle Inn, Fethard held a leg-wax benefit night on Saturday, October 15, to help with family funeral expenses for the late James Curran. A large contingent of James’s friends and family stepped up to the mark and put themselves forward to be ‘treated’ by the wax expert herself, Sarah Standbridge. After an entertaining night of screams and sighs from the toughest of men, the general consensus by half of those present was that ‘Hairy legs are here to stay!
Willie Connolly and Sarah Standbridge waxing the legs of volunteer Jack Connolly at the 'Wax-Night' fundraiser held in the Castle Inn, organised by friends of the late James Curran with proceeds going to help defray the cost of his funeral expenses.
The night was a huge success with a total of €3,290 raised. The Castle Inn and the Curran family would like to thank all those who attended the event, donated and sponsored the participants and especially all those very handsome men now walking around with nice smooth hairless legs. Well done to all!
Fethard Athletic Club
Athletic training for all ages is going very well at the present time both in Fethard and Killusty on Monday and Wednesday nights at 7pm. Attendances have been reasonably good and the participation in the drills has been excellent.
The club gave the cross-country events a miss this time round and hopefully we will be ready for the indoors. The schools events will also take place shortly and we can gauge our progress.
Well done to Ginny Hutton, Noreen Sheehy and Nicola Nealon on their comfortable runs in the Thurles and Clonmel events over the last couple of weeks. Please note that the club will hold their annual Church Gate Collection on this coming Saturday and Sunday at all masses in Fethard and Killusty. Over the years our supporters in the parish have been very generous and long may it continue. If you would like to stand with us please contact Bernard Feery, Noreen Sheehy, Tony Hanrahan or Miceál McCormack and they will send you in the right direction.
Michael wins Bronze at the World Pool Championships
Michael Barry (left) and his doubles partner Alex Propopiev congratulate each other on their win.
Michael Barry of Tullamaine, Fethard recently took part in The World Blackball Pool Championships which took place in The Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney in October 10-17. Michael, a life-long pool enthusiast, played in both the singles and doubles events in the wheelchair category of the games. He had some success in the singles beating opponents from Russia, Australia, England and Wales but his best results were to come in the doubles event when he was randomly paired with Russian, Alex Propopiev.
The pair made it to the semi-final but that's where their luck ran out when they were up against a duo that included a previous two-time world champion. All that was left to do for Michael and the Russian was to battle it out for 3rd place and claim the bronze, thus ensuring a very successful first-time involvement in the Blackball Pool World Championships for the Fethard native.
Fethard Rugby Club
Fethard Rugby Club U7s had great fun at the minis rugby held in Thurles RFC last weekend. Well done to Jack, Billy Hayes, Billy Purcell, Eoghan Neville, Eoin O'Donnell, Darragh, Sam, Emery, Aoibheann, Dan and Harry. A massive thank you to Olivia Sheehan for the helping hand, it was appreciated.
Congratulations to Fethard RFC U14 Boys who came away with a good win against Clanwilliam, 27-17, on Saturday evening with great teamwork from all the boys. Get Well wishes to Diarmuid and Robert.
Fethard RFC U12 Girls are so excited to get the opportunity to play at half time during the international game between Ireland and England on November 13, after playing in Thomond Park at half time on Saturday in a momentous day held in the memory of the late Anthony Foley.
Congratulations also to our Fethard U18 Boys on their win against Clonmel on Sunday, and to the Seconds on their win in Galbally on Saturday night. Hard luck to our U16s who were well-beaten by a very strong Galbally side on Sunday. Fair play to our boys who kept trying to the very end of the game. Training as usual on Friday nights at 6.45pm. New players always welcome
Our Minis travelled to Thurles, with Kilfeacle, for a fabulous morning of rugby for our 6 to 12 year-olds. Thurles as always gave us a very warm welcome with great hospitality and exciting rugby. Thanks to the parents who travelled with their players to helped make a great morning of rugby possible.
First County Intermediate Football Title for Fethard
Fethard Intermediate Football team celebrate after their one-point victory over Galbally Kilfeacle in the County Final played in Cashel. This is the first County Intermediate Football title ever won by the Fethard Club.
Congratulations to Fethard’s young and talented Intermediate Football Team who overcame all odds and local expectations in winning the County Intermediate Football Final against a fancied Golden Kilfeacle team in Leahy Park Cashel last Sunday afternoon. Believe it or not, this was the first County Intermediate Football title ever won by the Fethard GAA Club – the main reason being that Fethard mainly played at senior level with 21 County and 29 South senior football titles to their credit.
Fethard captain Cian Maher with cup
On Sunday last it was great to see so many Fethard supporters to come along and cheer their team on against tough opposition. Following a slow start, the Fethard players settled and played some very impressive passages of play, with some resulting in great scores and others deserved free kicks. Personally speaking I thought the referee did a very good job in keeping tabs on both sets of players resulting in a game of great football to watch.
A great day for the Sheehan family – Tommy Sheehan photographed with his three sons who helped Fethard GAA Club win their first ever Intermediate Football county title and promote their team back to senior level next year. L to R: Tommy, Christopher, Tommy (father) and Jody Sheehan.
Unfortunately many ‘black cards’ were issued for unnecessary ‘cynical behaviour’, which fortunately does not destroy a close contested game as much as a ‘red card’ often does. A player who receives a black card is sent off but a substitute is allowed to take his place. Games can be won and lost for many reasons and the consequences of ‘cynical behaviour’ are often the main cause in winning and losing a game.
L to R: David Hayes (Fethard) and James Hayes (Golden Kilfeacle)
The great news is that Fethard are back where they belong - promoted again to senior level for next year and with these players improving in every game, the future looks very bright for Fethard football. The game ebbed and flowed throughout with each side leading and loosing, much to the great excitement experienced by both sets of supporters. In the final minutes of play and a lot of obvious time wasting by the opposition, Fethard were awarded a free that allowed Brian Healy kick the winning point to the ecstatic cheers of Fethard players and supporters alike.
County Intermediate Football Champions 2016 — Fethard team who beat Golden Kilfeacle 1-11 to 2-07 in the County Intermediate Football Championship Final played in Cashel. Back L to R: Kenneth O'Donnell (20), Christopher Sheehan (5), Cian Maher (6) captain, David Hayes (8), Cathal Hurley (14), Willie Morgan (11), Paul Fitzgerald (1), Gavin Fitzgerald (3), Paul Moroney (9), Jack Devaney (2), Alan O'Connor, Ronan Fitzgerald (17), Jamie McCormack (23). Front L to R: Ciaran O'Meara (13), Peter Gough (19), Tommy Sheehan (18), Brian Healy (15), Alex O'Donovan (21), Jody Sheehan (7), Tommy Anglim (24), Charlie Manton (16), Jack Purcell (12), and Brian Delahunty (10).
Well done to all for a great team performance from management, players and supporters and we look forward to the year ahead for Fethard GAA Club.
Match Report by Noel Byrne In Cashel on Sunday last Fethard regain Senior Football status after only two years, Fethard 1-11, Golden /Kilfeacle 2-7.
L to R: Paul Moloney (Fethard) and Joshua Keane (Golden Kilfeacle)
In Cashel on Sunday last before a fine attendance of all football lovers who came in their droves to see an excellent performance from the Fethard Blues in winning the County Intermediate football Championship for the very first time with a very spirited and whole hearted display from all 21 players used on the day. What a joy it was to see Cian Maher Captain raise the Cup with a fine victory speech that spoke volumes about all that was present UP THE BLUES and the Friary Town.
Chairman County Football Board, Joe Hannigan, presenting the Cup to Fethard Captain Cian Maher.
The game ebbed and flowed from going 0-5 to 0-2 down in the first 15 minutes with Cathal Hurley and Brian Healy from a free scoring our points while Golden scores were from Sean O'Halloran 4 points one from a free and Josh Keane the other from a free with Shane O'Connell getting a 'balck card' for Golden to be replaced by Paul Fogarty and in the 16th minute Fethard's Joey Sheehan was also shown a 'black card' to be replaced by Peter Gough.
L to R: Christopher Sheehan (Fethard) and Sean O'Halloran (Golden Kilfeacle)
This did not distract from job at hand with Christopher Sheehan, Cian Maher and now Brian Delahunty very much to the fore in maintaining the pressure, even though Fethard were playing against the wind and when David Hayes finished to the net a great goal after 5 great passing movements we were all square. When Brian Healy scored from a free we were in front for the very first time, only to concede a goal from Joshua Keane after a break through our defence on the stroke of half time to leave the score Golden/Kilfeacle 1-5, Fethard 1-3.
Fethard's Brian Healy who caused a lot of problems for Golden / Kilfeacle's defenders
On resumption the Blues took off and within 2 minutes were all square with points from Cathal Hurley and a Brian Healy free. When Golden edged back in front with a point from a free by Sean O'Halloran it was game on! Within 4 minutes we were back level when Brian Healy pointed after an excellent run by Christopher Sheehan. Minutes later we were back in front when Brian Healy scored a free and were two up when substitute Kenneth O Donnell scored an excellent point at the end of the third quarter.
L to R: Gavin Fitzgerald (Fethard) and Shane Stapleton (Golden Kilfeacle)
Disaster struck again when a harmless ball went all the way for a Golden goal from a sideline free by Joshua Keane to go back one point ahead. Golden added another point from play by Keith Landy and things were starting to slip but the true grit and hearth came to the fore with bodies on the line Fethad continued to play football and the reward came in the 55th minute when Brian Healy scored from a free 40m out. Gavin Fitgerald came forward on a run in the 60th minute and landed a mighty kick from 60m all the way over the bar to level the game again.
L to R: Brian Delahunty (Fethard) and Sean O'Halloran (Golden Kilfeacle)
With a lot off stoppages in the second half, we had injury time of 5 minutes. In the that time Fethard were awarded a free and Brian Healy, from an acute angle, landed it straight over the bar for a point resulting in a great win on a scoreline, Fethard 1-11, Golden 2-7. All fifteen players and subs had a great day of football played at its best and it would be very hard to pick out any individual player for mention.
Battle of team captains L to R: James McCarthy (Golden Kilfeacle) and Cian Maher (Fethard)
Team: Paul Fitzgerald, Jack Devaney, Gavin Fitzgerald 0-1, Alex O'Donovan, Christopher Sheehan, Cian Maher Capt, Jody Sheehan, David Hayes 1-0, Paul Moloney, Brian Delahunty, Brian Healy 0-7 (5f), Willie Morgan, Tommy Sheehan, Cathal Hurley 0-2 , Tommy Anglim Subs Used Ronan Fitzgerald, Kenneth O'Donnell 0-1, Eoghan Hurley, Jack Purcell and Jamie McCormack. Management team: Tommy Sheehan, Michael Hayes, John Paul Looby and Paul Fitzgerald
Fethard GAA Fans and former players photographed at the Intermediate County Football Final L to R: Jim Butler, John Kenrick, Paddy Kenrick, John Keane, Michael O'Riordan and Sennan Keane (son of the late Joe Keane).
Clocks go back this weekend!
Don't forget to set your clocks back by one hour at 2am on Sunday, October 30, and gain an extra hour for that extended lie-in this bank holiday weekend. Community Games AGM
The AGM of Fethard & Killusty Community Games will take place in The Tirry Community Centre on this Wednesday night October, 25, at 8pm. Parents please note it is important to give just one hour of your time to attend this meeting to ensure the games will continue in the Area. All are welcome
Line Dancing for Beginners at Slievenamon Golf Club
There has been a great response to the Line Dancing Classes started at Slievenamon Golf Club over the last few weeks on Mondays. As a result we are going to start a second class on Tuesdays, starting in November, If you are interested in taking part please leave your name in the clubhouse or contact (052) 6132213.
Parents’ Association Thanks
The Parents Association of the Patrician Presentation Secondary School would like to sincerely thank all those who attended our recent table quiz. A big thank you to all the businesses, organisations and individuals who contributed prizes for the raffle. All monies raised go directly back to the school for the benefit of the students.
Died in England
The death has occurred in England of Anne Taylor (Maher), formerly of Garrinch, Fethard. Anne, aged 73, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday evening, October 21, 2016, after a long illness.
Pre-deceased by her parents Jimmy and Mai Maher, Garrinch, Market Hill, Fethard, deeply regretted by her sisters Joan, Mary, Teresa, Kathleen, and her brothers Mike, Bob and Jim. May she rest in peace.
A memorial mass will be arranged at a later date.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing on Sunday Night, October 30, to the music of ‘Tommy Carroll’. 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.
Liam McCarthy Cup visits Fethard Schools
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School pupils photographed with the All-Ireland senior and minor hurling cups won this year by Tipperary when team members visited the school on Thursday, October 13. The minor team was represented by captain Brian McGrath and Dylan Walsh; and the senior team represented by Cathal Barrett and John O'Keeffe.
Second Year student, Cathal Ryan, was announced as the Patrician Presentation ‘Sports Star of the Month’ for September. He is pictured above with Tipperary senior hurlers, Cathal Barrett and John O'Keeffe, and Tipperary minor hurlers Brian McGrath (captain) and Dylan Walsh. Cathal Barrett presented the award.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on October 19 were: 1, 13, 28 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Sarah Mullins, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Denis O'Meara, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; John Hunt, Lisronagh; and Aine Gleeson, c/o Kathleen Connolly.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, October 26. 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, October 21, were 2, 5, 9 and 18. There was no jackpot winner and eight match three winners who received €20 each: Pat O'Rourke, Killenaule; Eoin Whyte, Main Street; Monica Aherne, Prospect; Michael Ryan, Tullamaine; John Kenrick, Cahir; Maria Byrne c/o STGH; Christine Ryan, St. Patrick’s Place; and John Kenrick, Abbey Tavern.
The next draw takes place on Friday, October 28, when the jackpot is €20,000 and the sellers prize is €970. 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.
Retain the HolmPatrick Cup
Shane Kenny (left) and Colin Allen, photographed with the Holmpatrick Cup on Swilcan Bridge at The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland..
Congratulations to local Slievenamon Golf Club members Shane Kenny and Colin Allen who made history last week by winning the HolmPatrick Cup for the second time and in doing so are the All-Ireland Champions for 2016.
This is the first time in the 80 years history of the cup that a team has managed to retain the cup. This year 164 clubs competed in the HolmPatrick Cup and raised over €45,000 for NCBI (National Council for the Blind Ireland). The finalists who qualified in play in the final were teams from Hermitage G.C. (Dublin), Gowran Park G.C. (Leinster), Slievenamon G.C. (Munster) and Aughnacloy G.C. (Ulster/Connaught). The four teams enjoyed an all-expenses paid three-day trip to play the final over two rounds on the Old Course and New course in St. Andrews, Scotland.
JigJam for Cancer Care fundraiser in Fethard Ballroom
Only two weeks to go to the ‘Harvest Dance’ fundraiser in aid of Cancer Care Support Center in Clonmel. Popular bluegrass band JigJam are all set to return to Fethard Ballroom and DJ Kumar Mehta also has his playlist ready for the night’s entertainment. The chip van also has a spot by the river picked out, and we have some fantastic prizes for our raffle and our ticket sales are going really well.
The center in Clonmel offers fantastic support to people suffering with cancer and their families so lets make this a fantastic Fethard fundraiser for the center and a fantastic community gathering where we can all have a great night out while showing our support to the center.
JigJam, including local musician Gavin Strappe, who will play for the Harvest Dance on Saturday, October 29, and will launch their latest CD 'Hello World' on November 19, in the Abymill Theatre.
In conjunction with our Harvest Dance we are holding a 'Build a Scarecrow' competition. Your scarecrow needs to be adult size and handed in on Wednesday, October 26. We decided not to put in lots of rules and regulations as its just a fun element to our dance so its open to all ages but no different age categories adults can help children. The winner will be chosen by a non-committee member on Saturday and announced at the harvest dance on Saturday night. We hope to display the scarecrows on the square the following week. So start building your scarecrows now as there’s a fantastic luxury hamper for the winner.
Abymill hosts treasure trove of stories left by late Eamon Kelly
The Abymill Theatre will host the very successful stage show ‘The Tay-Man, the Tom-Cat and Others’ – a treasure trove of stories left by late Eamon Kelly and brought to life by former Fethard actor, Jack Healy. The show takes place in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard, on Friday, October 28, starting at 8.15pm. Booking has now opened and tickets at €10 each can be obtained by contacting Austin O’Flynn at Tel: 087 1604260.
Jack, now living in Cork, is a son of the late Gobnait and Sergeant Con Healy, formerly from Main Street and Monroe, Fethard. Jack’s father was a Kerry man and was a huge fan of Eamon Kelly and a very keen storyteller himself. As Jack affectionately recalls, “I grew up with the voice of Eamon Kelly in my ear.”
This promises to be a great night as we welcome Jack Healy back to Fethard and indeed to the Abymill Theatre where he also performed at the official opening held back in May 1988. Early booking is advisable.
Emigrants’ Newsletter Donations
We ask for your continued support for this annual production which is now in opets and families living away from home. This year, as before, we depend on your donations to provide this much appreciated service to our parish emigrants.ration for over 55 years and posted free of charge to our emigran
Donations can be handed in to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or alternatively put in an envelope with your name and address and handed in at our Church Gate Collection at the weekend October 22 and 23.
All donations of €10 and over will be acknowledged in this year's publication, unless you specify to remain anonymous.
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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
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School, All-Ireland Junior 'B' Volleyball Champions after beating Presentation Kilkenny by 25-11 and 25-15 in the final played at St. Leo's College, Carlow on Friday 28th April, 2006. Back L to R: Denis Burke (coach), Sarah O'Meara, Katie Coen, Kelly Fogarty, Siobhán O'Brien, Gráinne Horan, Laura Rice. Front L to R: Aisha Tobin, Aisling Dwyer, Debbie Lawrence, Kelley Coady, Lesley Looby and Niamh Fanning.
The above photograph was taken in March 1936 of Kate Cantwell's shop in Burke Street (beside the late Dick Hayes's house). Kate Cantwell's daughter was Peggy (Cantwell) McCarthy, Burke Street.
Anyone remember the old steam-roller . . . this one taken over 100 years ago on Fethard's Main Street?
Sixth Class 2006 at Nano Nagle National School. Back L to R: Ann Marie Harty (classroom assistant), Deirdre Dwyer, Chloe Byrne, Katie Baker, Lucinda Carroll, Mary Ellen O'Reilly, Molly O'Dwyer, Rita Kenny (teacher). Front L to R: Deirdre Dwyer, Aoibhlinn Delany, Amy Pollard, Chloe Gleeson, Lucy Butler and Nicole Looby.
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.