Scouts meet Santa
Fethard Cubs and Beavers photographed with Santa on their great day at Mitchelstown Caves on Saturday, December 10.
Fethard Cubs and Beavers had a great day at Mitchelstown Caves on Saturday, December 10, where, after emerging from the underground exploration of the caves, they met Santa who had a present for everyone. They then played some games organised by Denis followed by a visit from the County Commissioner who presented a surprised Denis with his five-year service award. It was on then to Supermac’s in Clonmel and then back to the Den to watch a film and afterwards home. A huge thanks to Rhya, Colette, John, Denis, Sean and, of course, Santa, for a great day out.
Christmas Market on Friday
Fethard Christmas Country Market will take place on Friday, December 16, from 8am to 11am. Come early — lots of Christmas fare — holly, wreaths, cakes, puddings, mince pies, eggs, jams and marmalade etc.
Country Markets will take a break for the festive season and reopen on Friday, January 13. We wish all our customers a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.
Penitential Services for Christmas
The penitential service in preparation for Christmas will take place in the Parish Church on Monday, December 19, at 7.30pm. The penitential service in the Augustinian Abbey will take place during the 7.30pm Mass on Saturday, December 17.
The death occurred, on November 4, 2016, of Willie Slattery, Mitchelstown and formerly of Drumdeel, Fethard. Beloved husband of the late Kathleen (nee Cummins), father of Liam, Anne, Mary and grandfather to Billy, Marie, Jack and Sean. Deeply regretted by his twin brother John (Rathronan, Clonmel), sister-in-law Breda, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Fethard ‘buzzing’ to meet Santa
Some of the large group of children who came out to welcome Santa to Fethard on December 9.
On Friday last, December 9, Fethard was buzzing with children looking forward to meeting Santa arrive in his sleigh. The rain cleared to make way for Santa’s visit to the children of Holy Trinity National School where he was greeted by carol singing by the school pupils and children attending the Fethard Community Playgroup. Santa was then joined by the schoolchildren as they made their way to The Square, where they preformed more carols as Santa switched on the lights on the Christmas tree.
Pamela and Arthur Daly out to meet Santa on The Square, Fethard
A large group of excited children and parents also gathered in the Convent Community Hall where Santa called next. The Community Hall committee had a specially designed ‘Santa Grotto’ ready for Santa when he arrived and met the children individually in the comfort of the festive hall, which was decked out with seasonal fun and music to entertain everyone allowing Santa plenty time to spend with his biggest fans. The day was special and much appreciated by parents and children alike. Well done to all involved.
Calum Prout meeting Santa on The Square, Fethard
Santa arriving by sleigh in Fethard on Friday, December 9, assisted by his two helpers, Annette O'Donovan and P.J. Henehan.
Eucharistic Adoration is a great opportunity to give some time and space to listen and experience the peace of being with oneself and God. One of the greatest prayers is to just stop thinking and worrying and try and let your mind open to receive guidance, which is always there. In this time of Advent what better way is there to give one hour, or whatever time you can afford, to prepare for Christmas and the New Year by attending one of the Eucharistic Adoration sessions in the Abbey or the Parish Church.
Eucharistic Adoration takes place in the Parish Church on Fridays from 10.30am to 11.30am and from 6pm to 9pm.
Eucharistic Adoration takes place in the Augustinian Abbey on Thursdays from 11am to 12 noon.
Emigrants’ Newsletter packed and posted
Helping to pack and post this year's Fethard & Killusty Emigrants' Newsletter were Back L to R: Johnny Burke, Miceál McCormack, Danny Gleeson, Rory Walsh, Brud Roche, Brendan Kenny. Front L to R: Maree Moclair, Carol Kenny, Margaret Walsh and Monica Hickey. Newsletters are posted to parish emigrants throughout the world every Christmas free of charge, a service first started in 1959 by the Legion of Mary in Fethard.
The 2016 Emigrant’s Newsletter is now packed, posted and making its way to all destinations throughout the world where Fethard emigrants reside. Thanks to the many generous donations received from supporters at home and abroad we are still in a position to post the newsletter free of charge to emigrants living away from Fethard and Killusty parish. The letters received in return are very encouraging and highlight the importance of how much the newsletter means to those living away from home.
Thanks to all who provided photographs, articles and helped in any with the production of this year’s issue; Carmel Rice, Brookhill, who looks after correspondence and donations; Gemma Burke for proofreading; and Brendan Kenny and his voluntary team who look after distribution and postage every year.
The Newsletter is now on sale in the following local shops: Centra Supermarket, The Green; McManus’s Grocery, Burke Street; Daybreak, Kerry Street; and the Post Office, Main Street. This year’s issue is priced at €12 and has over 248 pages of articles and photographs including lots of very interesting feature articles. We thank you for your continued support and wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas.
Kitty cuts the Cake
Kitty O' Sullivan cutting the cake at Fethard Senior Citizens' Christmas party on December 4
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on this coming Sunday night, December 18, to the music of ‘Dave Rea’. All welcome to come along and enjoy a great festive night’s entertainment and social dancing from 9pm to midnight. Admission is €8 which includes tea and cakes.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
St. Vincent de Paul Society wishes to thank all who contributed to their Christmas Church Gate Collection last weekend. The total amount received was a tremendous amount of €3,647. We are so very grateful and appreciative of your generosity, which will go towards easing the extra pressure that some families may experience at this time of year.
If there is anybody who missed the collection and would still like to contribute, they may still do so by contacting any member of the committee. May you all have a very happy, holy and peaceful Christmas.
Ladies U12 medal presentation
Fethard Ladies U12 team photographed receiving their medals at a Medal Presentation night held in their honour on December 4.
On December 4, Fethard Ladies Football club held their medal presentation for the U12 team who won the club’s first U12 A championship to add to the U12 Community Games county and Munster titles, and All-Ireland bronze medals won by this talented bunch of girls.
The medals were presented by the club’s county players who had also had won Munster and All-Ireland titles during the year. A framed team photo was presented to coaches Micheál Spillane, Sean Óg Ryan, Bill Fogarty, Seanie O’Loughlin and Noreen Sheehy in appreciation for their work throughout the year.
Fethard Ladies U10 team photographed receiving their certificates at the Medal Presentation night held on December 4.
Presentations were also made on the night to most improved player Ciara O’Meara on the ‘Blue’ team and Katie Wyse on the ‘White’ team. Certificates were presented to the U10s, U8s and U6S for their training and commitment throughout the year. Our thanks to the U10 coaches, Sandra Spillane, Jimmy Smith and Ed Collum; also the U8 coaches Damian Byrne and Valerie Connolly; and U6 coach, Alan Roche. Thanks also to everyone who baked and helped out on the night.
Fethard Ladies Football Club committee would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support throughout the year, and wish all its members and their families a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Fethard Ladies U8 team members photographed receiving their certificates at the Medal Presentation night held on December 4. L to R: Jasmine Brennan, Lauren Connolly, Claire O’Donnell, Roisín Tyrrell and Ines Byrne.
Fethard Ladies U6 team members photographed receiving their certificates at the Medal Presentation night held on December 4.
Community Lotto extra ‘Christmas Prizes’ this week
The numbers drawn on December 7 were: 9, 14, 20 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Eileen Tobin, c/o Seamus Moloney; Tommy Sayers, c/o Mary Sayers, Crampscastle; and John Keating, c/o Friendship Club.
The following three weekly ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Tanya Lawrence, c/o Patsy Lawrence; Jimmy Connolly, Main Street, Fethard; and Paula Carey, c/o Eileen Connolly.
Winners of a Christmas Turkey in our special seasonal free draw were: Josephine Shelly, Moyglass; Brian Sheehy, Garrinch, Fethard; and Eileen Ryan, Friarsgrange, Fethard.
Winners of a Christmas Ham in our special seasonal free draw were: John Maher, Kilnockin, Fethard; Eileen Coady, The Valley, Fethard; and Carol Kenny, The Green, Fethard
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, December 14. We will also have a free draw for Christmas Turkeys and Hams. 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, December 10, were 5, 14, 27 and 35. There was no jackpot winner and two match three winners who received €75 each: Ray Looby, Surrey, England; and Aoife Morrissey, c/o Ladies Football Club.
The next draw takes place on Friday, December 17, when the jackpot is €20,000 and the sellers prize is €1,000. 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.
Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Carol Service
The annual Carol Service will take place in the Holy Trinity Church of Ireland on Sunday, December 18, at 7.30pm. Everyone is warmly invited to listen to the Christmas story and enjoy many well-known carols. The Fethard Choral Group with director, Anne Barry, will also perform three pieces during the service. There will be refreshments served afterwards. Canon Barbara Fryday and the congregation of Holy Trinity Church of Ireland would like to wish everyone a Holy and peaceful Christmas.
Santa Run on Sunday December 18
Athletic training will continue on Monday nights at the Rugby Grounds up until Christmas and then we will take a short break before resuming in the New Year. The numbers will hopefully improve when the weather softens. Our annual Santa Run is fast approaching and preparations are well in hand for the event, which will take place Sunday, December 18, starting outside the Convent Community Hall at 12 noon and commence up through the Main Street; out the Killenaule Road and finish in the vicinity of where it first stated. Refreshments served afterwards in the Convent Community Hall.
Santa might even appear with some other high profile guests on the occasion of the Run. All proceeds from this charity event will go towards the Childrens Ward in South Tipperary General Hospital and we hope to have a huge turn out for the occasion. Supporting the children from our area is a very worthy cause so if you feel like bringing a spot prize on the day – it will add more to the fun.
Remember the day and please make a special effort to take part - run, walk, pram push or stroll, it doesn’t matter. Prize for the best dressed Santa. See ye all.
Draft Settlement Plan for Fethard
Tipperary County Council has prepared Proposed Variation No. 4 to the South Tipperary County Development Plan 2009 (as varied), which will put in place a new Settlement Plan for Fethard (to replace the existing Fethard Local Area Plan 2011 – 2017). Submissions in relation to same can be submitted up to 4.30pm on Friday, 23rd December, 2016.
This draft plan has included many changes that may affect future developments within the town and it is very important inhabitants are well-informed and have an opprtunity to comment or make alternative suggestions before the plan is implemented. This is your chance – before Friday, December 23, 2016.
To download /view the Proposed Settlement Plan - CLICK HERE
A copy of the proposed Variation may also be inspected during normal opening hours from Friday, November 25 to Friday, December 23, 2016 inclusive, at the following locations: Planning Section, Civic Offices, Nenagh; or Planning Section, Civic Offices, Clonmel.
To download /view the Proposed Variation No. 4 - CLICK HERE
To download /view the SEA Screening Report - CLICK HERE
To download /view the AA Screening Report - CLICK HERE
AA Screening Report
Written submissions or observations with respect to the Proposed Variation may be made to the Council within the foregoing said period and will be taken into consideration before the making of the Variation.
Submissions may be made here via the SUBMISSION FORM, or by email to email@example.com, or in writing to Brian Clancy, Administrative Officer, Planning Section, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, by 4.30p.m. on Friday, December 23, 2016. Written submissions should be clearly marked ‘Submission to Proposed Variation No. 4 of the South Tipperary County Development Plan’.
Group or individual meetings with a Planning Official will be facilitated, by appointment, on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at the Civic Offices, Clonmel. Should you wish to make an appointment, please contact Maureen Spain, Planning Section, at 0761 06 5000.
Please note that submissions/observations received may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 – 2014 and the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 – 2011 and may be placed on the Council’s website.
'Big Maggie' coming to the Abymill
The Fionn Mac Cumhaill players are on tour yet again – this time it's John B Keane's 'Big Maggie'.
Performance in the Abymill Theatre Fethard, on Saturda night, December 17, at 8pm. Booking now at: Tel: 086 0834208 – Don't miss it!
'Big Maggie' is probably one of the strongest womans' play ever written and tells of the struggles of an Irish woman forced into an arranged marriage. The play opens at her husbands funeral and the following scenes which are a battle of wits between her and her children, make this play a very powerful piece of drama, which will have you laughing crying but most of all entertained.
There is a big cast of 11 actors here and rehearsals continue at the Thatch Pub in Cloneen and also at Fethard Convent Community Hall. Thanks to everyone helping with sets props and rehearsal venues.
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
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.
Items for inclusion on this website and on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to email@example.com or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
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