Fethard Ladies Football Club
Fethard Ladies U14 Football team, County Ladies Football 'A' Champions. Back L to R: Annette Connolly, P.J Hayes, Willie Morrissey, Kaylin O’Donnell, Ailish Trayer, Ellie Devaney, Amy Fennelly, Anna Lynch, Aoife Morrissey, Ava Hickey, Ava Ward, Hayley Ryan, Laura Harrington, Hannah Dolan, Micheál Spillane and Adrian Bradshaw. Front L to R: Kevin Connolly, Kelly Ryan, Megan Quigley, Aine Ryan, Sarah Delaney, Molly O’Meara, Niamh Hayes, Alison Connolly, Carrie Davey, Leah Coen, Nell Spillane, Ashley Bradshaw and Heather Spillane.
Fethard U14 girls travelled to Ballyporeen to play the U14 A county final against Aherlow, who were seeking their third title in a row. This was a very close game with very little between the teams at any stage. With time nearly up the Fethard girls were trailing by 4 points, however, yet again these girls refused to give up and scored 1-01 in the dying minutes to send the game to extra time.
In extra time the girls dug deep and played some great football to run out winners by 6 points on a scoreline of Fethard 5-17 to Aherlow 6-08. Captain Leah Coen led the way scoring an unbelievable 2-13 with an outstanding display of football, ably supported by all her teammates. This ended what was a great year for this bunch of girls in their first year playing in U14 A grade and winning U14 A League, U14 A Championship, County Feile and All Ireland Feile titles. A lot of credit is due to the trainers who put in a lot of their time, thanks to Willie Morrissey, Micheál Spillane, Adrian Bradshaw, P.J Hayes and Annette Connolly.
Fethard U14 Ladies team captain, Leah Coen, receiving the cup from Biddy Ryan, chairperson Tipperary Ladies Football, following their 5-17 to 6-08, win over Aherlow in the county final played in Ballyporeen.
Minors in County Final
Best of Luck to the minor girls who play Aherlow in the Minor A County Final this Wednesday evening, November 9, in New Inn at 7.30pm.
Fethard Ladies Football Club will hold their Dinner Dance and medal presentation on Friday, November 18, at 7.30pm in Clonmel Park Hotel. Music will be provided by ‘Never Heard of Them’ band, followed by a disco into the early hours. Special guest on the night is All Star Tipperary Hurler, John McGrath, who will present the girls with their medals. Tickets, available from committee members, will cost €35 for what is sure to be a great night.
Pilates classes starting
Pilates classes will commence in the Fethard Convent Community Hall for four weeks starting on Monday, November 21, from 6pm to 7pm. The course will cost €40 and places are limited so please contact Tel: 086 2870373 if you are interested in joining.
Fethard Rural Graveyard Maintenance
Pictured here are Seamus Barry (right) of the Fethard Rural Graveyards Maintenance Committee, Daniel Lonergan, Tús employee, and John Barry (left). They are about to commence the repair of a boundary wall due to storm damage at Tullamaine Graveyard, Fethard.
The Fethard Rural Graveyard Maintenance committee have been, for many years, looking after four local graveyards in and around Fethard town at Redcity, Rathcoole, Tullamaine, and Kilmaclugh (Grove Estate). The committee work closely with Fethard Tidy Towns group and are grateful for the support from Tús – a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people.
This year has been particularly busy for the group as the wet spring and early summer led to an excessive level of growth in vegetation and weeds. This demanded a very regular and constant level of extensive weed control.
The committee provide equipment and volunteers as needed, and indeed, are very grateful to all those who assisted them during the year. The majority of financial support received was from Tipperary County Council’s Maintenance Grants. These grants allowed them to purchase some badly needed machinery and equipment, as well as paying for such necessities as petrol, strimmer cord, small tools, and sundries, and again they would like to thank the Tipperary County Council for their assistance.
The other main supplier of materials and labour is Tús. Tús have also supplied paint, building materials etc. and there is little doubt that their sponsored workers have been responsible for the excellent condition and access to all the four graveyards in the group’s care. While the work is constant and unending, and with each new season bringing fresh growth, it is hoped that this winter will see less storm damage and graveyard maintenance will be back to just weeding and painting.
Halloween 'Trick or Treat'
Out and about with 'Trick or Treat' on Halloween night in Fethard were L to R: Jack Tobin, Ailbe Tobin and Killian Hallinan.
Lecture on D.P. Walsh and his ‘War of Independence’
Every parish in Ireland produced a patriot who played some part in our ‘independence struggle’ and without question Fethard’s D.P. Walsh was one of those who risked life and limb in the years of struggle between 1916 and 1922. Imprisoned (briefly with many others) after the 1916 Rebellion he was later ‘stuck in the thick of the struggle’, especially in his efforts to procure arms in Scotland and England for Michael Collins and the IRA HQ in Dublin.
On Tuesday night next, November 15, in the Abymill Theatre at 8pm, the Fethard Historical Society are hosting an event to remember and honour the life and deeds of D.P. Walsh. Relatives from far and wide will also be attending the Abymill, having first paid a family visit to the Powerstown grave of their patriot ancestor - who died when only aged 50 in 1942. D.P. Walsh was one of a family of twelve including two sets of twins, had five children of his own and thus, there are many people scattered across this country and beyond who have connections back to D.P. Walsh’s family.
The speaker on the night is historian Seán Hogan, whose book on The Blacks and Tans in North Tipperary won the Tipperariana Book of the Year award in 2013. Seán Hogan is to be thanked for researching the life and times of this important person who has somehow been forgotten but, not by the GAA, as the County Tipperary Junior A Hurling trophy is called the D.P. Walsh Cup.
The lecture takes place in the Abymill Theatre, 8pm, Tuesday, November 15, and entrance fee is €5. Refreshments will be served to ‘round off’ the proceedings. Further information can be got by emailing email@example.com of by texting or phoning 086 3905373 or 087 9009722
Bridge Club Results
The results of our game on October 26 were: 1st Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 2nd Gross, Betty Walsh and Monica Anglim; 3rd Gross, Anne Connolly and Eileen Frewen; 1st Nett, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; 2nd Nett, Noreen Evans and Mary Nolan; 3rd Nett, Noel O’Dwyer and Sean O'Dea. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
October Sports Achievement Award
The winner of the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for the month of October was Michael Barry. Michael was a bronze medal winner in the wheelchair section of the World Blackball Pool Competition which was held this year in the Glen Eagle Hotel, Killarney. The award was presented by Declan Ryan (right) who represented this month’s sponsor, Dalcassian Wines & Spirits.
The winner of the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for the month of October was Michael Barry. Michael was a bronze medal winner in the wheelchair section of the World Blackball Pool Competition which was held this year in the Glen Eagle Hotel, Killarney. The winner was announced at a special function in Butler’s Bar on Friday, November 4.
The award was presented by Declan Ryan who represented this month’s sponsor, Dalcassian Wines & Spirits. David also brought along a bottle of their new product to sample, ‘Gunpowder Gin’ – a refreshing herbaceous gin distilled using oriental botanicals and gunpowder tea. The winner of the ‘Mentor of the Month’ was Sharon O’Meara, St. Rita’s Camogie Club.
Photographed at the sports awards presentation in Fethard were L to R: Michael John O'Dwyer, Ronan Kavanagh, Áine (O'Dwyer) Kavanagh and Johnny O'Dwyer, Strylea, Fethard.
Tipperary hurling supporters sporting a reminder of our county's great win over neighbours Kilkenny in this year's All-Ireland Hurling Final. L to R: Chris Burke, visiting from Kununurra, Western Australia, Billy Butler and Jonathan Gilpin.
JigJam to launch CD in the Abymill
JigJam, the hottest new act on the Celtgrass music scene, will launch their new CD ‘Hello World’ on Saturday night, November 19, in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard. The band, featuring local musician Gavin Strappe, have developed a new, exciting, energy-fuelled live sound blending the best of bluegrass and Irish folk music. The band comprises Jamie McKeogh (guitar, tenor banjo and lead vocals), Daithi Melia (five-string banjo and vocals), Cathal Guinan (double bass, fiddle and vocals) and Gavin Strappe (mandolin, tenor banjo and vocals).
JigJam's first album was ‘Oh Boy!’ is a tour de force of Irish and Americana music, and a brilliant representation of their live show. It has been described as 'Absolutely Terrific!' by Pat Kenny of Newstalk.
Emigrants Newsletter reminder
Last call for articles, photographs and club reports for inclusion in this year’s Annual Fethard & Killusty Emigrants’ Newsletter. We cannot guarantee that articles received after Monday, November 14, will be included. Please submit same to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing on Sunday Night, November 13, to the music of ‘Catriona’. 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.
Enjoying the Harvest Dance
Photographed at the 'Harvest Dance' in Fethard Ballroom held in aid of Cancer Care Support Center in Clonmel are L to R: Amy O'Brien, Leanne Sheehan and Chloe Gough.
Cathy Doyle and P.J. Henehan photographed at the 'Harvest Dance' in Fethard Ballroom held in aid of Cancer Care Support Center in Clonmel
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on November 2 were: 3, 13, 15 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Eileen Tobin, c/o Seamus Moloney; Brendan Kenny, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; and Eileen Ryan, c/o Friendship Club.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Mary Keane, Knockelly, Fethard; Wayne Hassett, c/o Breda Slattery; and Rita Kane, Kerry St., Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, November 9. 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, November 4, were 6, 15, 19 and 21. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner who received €100: Gabriel Courtney, 3 Ballyogan Green, Carrickmines, Dublin. Two Lucky Dip winners won €25 each: Ian Kenrick, Abbeyview, Fethard; and Robert Wallace, Saucestown.
The next draw takes place on Friday, November 11, when the jackpot is €20,000 and the sellers prize is €990. 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.
Fethard complete South/County double
Congratulations to Fethard Intermediate football team who followed their county final success by completing ‘the double’ on Saturday last, November 5, with their fine 0-16 to 0-9 win over Fr. Sheehy’s in the South Tipperary Intermediate Football Championship final played in Cahir.
This team has had its ups and downs and indeed, suffered a heavy defeat on Sunday last against Kenmare Shamrocks in the Munster Intermediate Championship quarterfinal. Spectators watching the match agreed that this impressive Kerry team would have probably beat any senior football team from Tipperary on the day. They were super-fit and capable of scoring from any angle – one could only look and learn and wish them well in their Munster semifinal game against Kilfenora (Clare) at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday, November 13.
Back at home, Fethard footballers will return to senior status next year and this is great news for the club, its supporters, and Fethard Community as a whole. Well done to all.
Rosaries for November
Rosaries for the Holy Souls will be recited in the following cemeteries during the month of November.
- 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.
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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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.
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
Catherine Noonan posted this photograph of her Mum, Mary Ashby (nee McGrath), and her Auntie Beasie. Taken in Burke Street.
Catherine Noonan also posted these photographs – one taken (below) at a Fethard London Reunion held at the Irish Centre in Camden Town in the 1960s and the other (above) taken forty years ago in Fethard of her Mum and Dad, Catherine, her brother Stephen and cousin Philip McGrath.
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