The death has occurred on Saturday, March 11, 2017, of Theresa (Teddy) Pollard (née O’Neill), St Patrick’s Place, Fethard. Teddy, sadly missed by Gerard, Paula, Majella, John and Adrian, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchild, family and friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, on Sunday, March 12, from 5pm with removal to Holy Trinity Parish Church at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Monday at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. Donations if desired to the Irish Heart Foundation.
Our sympathy to Dr. Carmel Condon, Ballybough, Fethard, on the death of her mother, Kathleen ‘Kitty’ Condon (née O'Dea), Cloughready, Emly, who died on Thursday, March 9, in the loving care of the staff of St. Anthony's Nursing Home, Pallasgreen.
Reposing at Whelan's Funeral Home, Bansha Road, Tipperary, on Saturday evening, March 11, from 4.30pm with removal at 7pm to St. Brigid's Church, Templebraden, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick. Requiem Mass on Sunday, March 12, at 2pm and funeral afterwards to St. Michael's Cemetery, Tipperary. May She Rest in Peace.
Sports Achievement Award winners for January and February
M.J. Croke (right), representing sponsor Cashel Motor Works, presenting the Butlers Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for January 2017 to Michael Flanagan, who accepted the award on behalf of his father, greyhound trainer David Flanagan. Also included is David's wife Margaret Flanagan.
The winners of the Butlers Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Awards for January and February were announced on Friday night last at a special presentation function held in Butler’s Bar. A large attendance there were also treated to an unexpected surprise when the both the Liam McCarthy Cup and The Irish Press Cup, won by Tipperary senior and minor all-Ireland hurling teams in 2016, were brought to the premises, thanks to Tim Floyd, Tipperary County Board Secretary.
The January award was then presented to the winner, David Flanagan, by M.J. Croke, representing sponsor Cashel Motor Works. David has had a purple patch recently having trained 5 track and 2 coursing winners from his Sunset Kennels, situated at Derryluskin, Fethard. He was also named as private trainer of the year at both Thurles and Kilkenny greyhound tracks.
M.J. Croke (centre), representing sponsor Cashel Motor Works, presenting the Butlers Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for February 2017 to joint winners Patrick Scully and Jack O’Rourke (right). Patrick and Jack, members of Fethard U18 Rugby Team, were resently chosen to play for Munster.
The February award was then presented to two local rugby players, Jack O’Rourke and Patrick Scully, both members of the Fethard U18 rugby team who have been picked to play for Munster at the upcoming interprovincial. This is a tremendous achievement for these two young stars who have attained this high level of skill from playing with their local club here in Fethard.
"And what we have we will hold!" say two of Fethard's biggest sports fans, Sean Kelly (left) and Derry Curran, holding the Liam McCarthy Cup and Irish Press Cup at the Fethard Sports Achievement Award presentations last weekend.
Fethard hurling fans pictured with the Liam McCarthy Cup and Irish Press Cup that made a surprise appearance at the Fethard Sports Achievement Award presentations last weekend. L to R: Bernard Feery, Michael Sheehan, Jimmy Smith and Francis Lonergan.
Nominations for the March Sports Achievement award are now being accepted at Butler’s Bar or by emailing: email@example.com
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing on Sunday Night, March 12, 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.
Fethard Ballroom meeting reminder
Fethard Ballroom are holding a public meeting in on Saturday, March 25, at 8.15pm in the ballroom, to discuss the running of the ballroom and the election of some new members willing to get involved to help with the continuance of this fantastic community facility. Again, the time has come when those involved in the running of the hall want to take a step back and make room for new voluntary help. Anyone interested are reminded to put the date in their diary.
Fethard Athletic Club
Sunday, March 5, was a red-letter day for athletics in the Friary town with local athletes participating at two different venues in championship events. Not since the 1980s can we recall this happening in the club. We do remember one Sunday in the past when one bus headed south to Tallow in Co. Waterford and another travelling to Dublin to different events.
Fethard AC Juvenile athletes who performed well at the Tipperary indoor Championships held at Nenagh Indoor Arena on Sunday, March 5. L to R: Jake Feery, Tara Moquet, Rosie O’Brien, Lucy O’Brien, Emily Mai Ryan and Harry Barton.
On Sunday last we had six juveniles taking part in the Tipperary indoor Championships at the Nenagh indoor arena. There we had top class performances from the children, resulting in two bronze medals coming to town, compliments of Lucy O'Brien in the U11, 300 meters, and her sister Rosie O’Brien the U9, 60 meters. Harry Barton ran a great heat having a top three finish but his time was not good enough to qualify for the final. Jake Feery had a reasonable run but did not perform as he is able to and will have another day real soon. One to watch!
Emily Mai Ryan was in flying form and showed her eagerness to perform well, but, being a bit young didn’t help her cause in this race. Another one to watch! The same could be said for Tara Moquet who ran exceptionally well but her lack of experience and a slow heat caused her to miss the timing cut.
Congratulations to all and thanks for making another piece of club history .The parents who travelled to the Championship must also be complimented by the club for their help.
Fethard Athletic Club’s ‘Master athletes’ that created their own piece of history at the All-Ireland indoor championships held on Sunday last in Athlone L to R: Miceál McCormack and Bernard Feery.
At the other end of the ‘age spectrum’ the club had two ‘Master Athletes’ in action in Athlone at the All Ireland indoor championships. Talking about a cauldron of fire would be an understatement to describe this event - unreal and unbelievable might surely describe it. The day got off to a start with the 3,000 meter walk with Miceál McCormack, Kerry Street, strutting his stuff and surviving two yellow cards, went on to take the silver. Bernard Feery, Killusty, was next up in the 800 meter race, but with timing and a mixed group, he didn’t really know who was in his category and was short by two seconds for a medal in that event. Later on that day Bernard took bronze in a very fast 300 meter race and to close took bronze in the 1500 meters in a time of 5.09, taking a few well known heads in the process. Miceál then finished the memorable day for the club with a silver in the shot and a silver in the 28lb weight to follow.
Top marks to the facility and to the personnel who carried out the duties of running the show for the day A really wonderful occasion and great for our sport. Now it’s back to the drawing board to plan for Copenhagen for the European Masters later in the year. Thanks to our club sponsor, Coolmore Stud, for their on-going support in promoting local athletics and national champions.
Fethard & Killusty Community Games
Best of luck to the following competitors who will contest the Community Games county swimming finals on Sunday next, March 12, in Thurles Pool: U8 freestyle, Ronan O’Meara; U10 freestyle, Ines Byrne: U12 freestyle, Freya Byrne, Aoibheann Collum and Mark O’Meara; U14 butterfly, Isobel Maher. The warm up for girls takes place at 9.45am with competition commencing at 10am. The boys’ warm up starts at 1.45pm with competition commencing at 2pm.
Anyone interested in Gymnastics please contact Noreen Sheehy at Tel: 087 3184298. Entries close on March 20. The county final takes place in Moyle Park Sports Complex on Sunday, March 26, for boys and girls in the following age groups under 9, 11, 13 and 15. Entry fee €2.
Closing date for Art and Handwriting entries to be delivered to Noreen Sheehy, Garrinch, Fethard, is Wednesday, March 15. Noreen can also be contacted at Tel: 087 3184298.
A special 'BIG' birthday for Angela
Angela Walsh celebrating her ‘big’ birthday with friends at a surprise party held for her at Lonergan’s Bar last weekend.
Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our Bridge game played on February 22, were; 1st Gross, Berney Myles and Alice Quinn; 2nd Gross, Anna Cooke and Bernie O'Meara; 3rd Gross, Rita Holohan and Ellen Rochford; 1st Nett, Betty Walsh and Monica Anglim; 2nd Nett, Mary Tierney and Betty Egan; 3rd Nett, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke.
Next Wednesday, March 15, we play for sponsored prizes. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Fethard ICA annual general meeting
Fethard ICA will hold their AGM on Tuesday, March 14, at 8pm in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road, Fethard. The ICA Information Officer, June O'Dwyer, will also be in attendance and all are welcome to come along. Catering on the night will be in charge of the ‘Yellow Group’.
Scripture Classes During Lent
Diocesan Scripture Classes During Lent will begin at Fr. Tirry Community Hall, Barrack Street, Fethard, on Thursday next March 9, at 7.30pm. A very warm invitation is extended to all from surrounding parishes to attend this opportunity for participation and learning at these scripture classes during Lent.
Fethard Seconds win in Kilfeacle
Fethard Rugby Club’s seconds travelled to Kilfeacle on Saturday last to play in the first round of the Webb Cup where conditions were very wet and windy but both sides played a great open game of running rugby. Fethard were first to score when the ball was spread wide and Kevin Hayes offloaded to Griffin Ivors who scored in the corner but, by half time, Kilfeacle had scored twice leaving the half-time score 12-5 to the home team.
In the second half, Declan Doyle, with some great clearance kicks, kept the opposition in their own 22 and it was team captain and veteran, Paul Scully, who crashed over for Fethard’s next score. Kilfeacle then landed two great penalties into the wind and led 18-12. But some great breaks by Alan O’Connor and Connie Coen resulted in another try for Fethard leaving just a point between the teams. Then Fethard were awarded a penalty in their own half and up stepped Declan Doyle to convert, leaving the final result 20-18 to Fethard. A great win with Oliver McGrath, Andy Walsh and Scully having fine games in the forwards while Cathal Meagher was very solid on the wing.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on March 1, were: 23, 26, 27 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Eddie Croke, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Pat O'Meara, c/o Kathleen Connolly; and Monica Aherne, Prospect, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Thomas Shine, Monroe, Fethard; A. S. Pomphrey (online ticket); and Emma O'Donohoe, Mellison, Glengoole.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, March 8. 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, March 3, were 6, 7, 15 and 33. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner who received €100: Larry Kehoe, c/o Gaules Bar, Burke Street. Two €25 Luck Dip winners won €25 each: Bob Maher, Barrack Street, Fethard; and Jessica Murphy, Clonmel.
The next draw takes place on Friday, March 10, 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.
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
Fethard Festival in the GAA Field with all the 'Glamorous Grannies' lining up to be interviewed (June 1984)
Fancy Dress 'At The Derby' Fethard Festival June 1984
Fancy Dress 'Milk's The One!' Fethard Festival June 1984
Fancy Dress 'The Tallaght By-Pass' Fethard Festival June 1984
Fancy Dress ‘The Smurfs visit Fethard Parade' Fethard Festival June 1984
Marion (McCarthy) O'Connor at the Fethard Festival baby show (June 1984)
Eddie and Mary Sheehan at the Fethard Festival baby show (June 1984)
Fancy Dress 'Boy George Comes to Town' by Wendy Allen at Fethard Festival June 1984
Fancy Dress 'Indian Chief' Fethard Festival June 1984
Fancy Dress – a bit of Irish Culture from Kerry Street at the Fethard Festival June 1984
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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