Booking now open for Fethard Players ‘Brush With a Body’
Photographed at rehearsal of Fethard Player's comedy production 'Brush With a Body' which will commence its five-night run in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday, April 4, are L to R: Liam O'Connor (Mr Flaherty), Jimmy O'Sullivan (Henry Walling), Marian Gilpin (Sybil Walling) and Mia Treacy (Cynthia Walling).
Booking is now open for Fethard Players forthcoming comedy production of Maurice McLoughlin’s ‘Brush With a Body’. This year’s comedy is produced by Ann Connolly and Ann Walsh, and will commence its five-night run on Tuesday, April 4, and finish on Saturday, April 8, in the Abymill Theatre, with all performances starting at 8.15pm.
Booking now, at Fethard Post Office, or by telephone (052) 6131217 during office hours, or Tel: 087 9336791, out of office hours. Admission to the play is €15, with a ‘special offer’ ticket price of €10 available for Tuesday and Wednesday night performances only.
The death has occurred on Friday, March 24, of Kyle Walsh-Cummins, Monroe, Cashel Road, Fethard, and Breanormore, Nine Mile House. Kyle, deeply regretted by his loving mother Kay, step-father Richie, sister Anna, daughter Kayla, grandparents Willie and Noreen, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, on Sunday, March 26, from 4pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass in Grangemockler on Monday at 12 noon followed by burial in the adjoining Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to South Tipperary General Hospital ICU.
Starting times changed for Community Games finals
Due to the large entry of 209 athletes in the
Community Games County Finals of Gymnastics on next Sunday, the organisers have no choice but to change around the times as follows:
- Warm Up is now at 10am
- U9 Girls & Boys Floor Competitions starting at 10.30am
- All Other Competitions starting at 11am
Fethard Players rehearse ‘Brush With a Body’
Members of cast of Fethard Player's forthcoming comedy production of 'Brush With a Body' which will commence its five-night run in the Abymill Theatre on Tuesday, April 4. Back L to R: Niamh Hayes, John Fogarty, Mary O'Connell, Mia Treacy, Tom Gilpin, Darragh Corbett. Front L to R: Lisa Hanrahan, Liam O'Connor, Jimmy O'Sullivan, Marian Gilpin and Jane Hayes.
Fethard Players are currently rehearsing for their forthcoming comedy production of Maurice McLoughlin’s ‘Brush With a Body’. This very funny play has a large cast and was first performed by the Fethard Players in 1976 and last performed in November 1991 to packed houses in the new Abymill Theatre, which officially opened on May 26, 1988.
This year’s production, produced by Ann Connolly and Ann Walsh, will commence its five-night run on Tuesday, April 4, and finish on Saturday, April 8, in the Abymill Theatre, with all performances starting at 8.15pm. Booking will open on Monday, March 27, at Fethard Post Office, or by telephone (052) 6131217 during office hours, or Tel: 087 9336791, out of office hours.
Admission to the play is €15, with a ‘special offer’ ticket price of €10 available for Tuesday and Wednesday night performances only.
Clocks go forward this weekend
Don’t forget to set your clocks forward by one hour at 1am on this coming Sunday, March 26, officially the start of Summer Time. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later than the day before giving us more light in the evening. We may be losing an hour in bed but with extra daylight in the evenings and a long summer ahead, there’s plenty to look forward to.
Fethard Ballroom - Important public meeting this Saturday
On this coming Saturday night, March 25, Fethard Ballroom are holding a very important public meeting at 8.15pm in the ballroom, to discuss the running and future continuance of this fantastic community facility. The committee running the hall wish to take a step back and make room for new voluntary help, which they hope will come along on Saturday night next at 8.15pm. Anyone interested in helping an getting involved are invited and more than welcome to come along.
St. Patrick's Day in Fethard
Fr. Tom Breen P.P. photographed with altar servers after St. Patrick's Day Mass in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard. L to R: Kaycie Aherne, Aine Connolly, Emily Spillane, Aoibheann Collum and Holly Hayes.
Members of Fethard Scouts photographed after attending St. Patrick's Day Mass in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard.
Photographed after St. Patrick's Day Mass in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, are L to R: Billy Hayes, Meadbh Collum and Anna Hayes.
Photographed after St. Patrick's Day Mass in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, are L to R: Bonnie Purcell and Aoife Spillane
‘Hamlets of Tipperary’ Lecture
Fethard Historical Society will host, ‘Hamlets of Tipperary’, a lecture by Dr. Barry O’Reilly, in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard, at 8.30pm on Tuesday, March 28. Admission is €3 and all are welcome.
Dr. Barry O’Reilly has worked in the field of vernacular architecture over the past thirty years and his recent doctoral research at Oxford Brookes University focused on vernacular (traditional) settlements in Ireland. Our traditional hamlets (small settlements) form a very interesting part of the Irish landscape yet they tend to receive very little attention. This lecture highlights the importance of these places, focusing in particular on examples to be found in Tipperary, considers their various forms and features, and explores how they have changed through the centuries.
Barry lives locally and is well known to the Fethard Historical Society. We are delighted to welcome him back to the Abymill to share his expertise with us. His lectures are always interesting, often thought provoking, so we anticipate a most enjoyable evening. There will also be time for questions after the lecture, followed by tea and coffee.
Golf Classic at Slievenamon Golf Club
Photographed at the launch of the Patrician Presentation Golf Classic at Slievenamon Golf Club are staff members L to R: Michael O’Gorman, Justin McGree, Denis Burke (retired), Pamela O’Donnell (Parents’ Association), MIchael O’Sullivan (Principal), Noel Maher and Ian O’Connor. The ‘Three-ball Champagne Scramble’ will take place on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, at Slievenamon Golf Club.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School will hold a ‘Three-ball Champagne Scramble’ at Slievenamon Golf Club on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13. The event is to help fundraise further sports equipment and improve drama provisions at the school. This is an important fund-raising event for the school and your support would be very much appreciated. It will also provide an opportunity to meet up with old friends and acquaintances and enjoy a game of golf in beautiful surroundings.
We have great prizes on offer for Best Team (male), Best Team (female), Best Team (mixed), Best Team (non GUI), Nearest the Pin (par 3), and Longest drive. The cost per team of three is €75 and this includes refreshments at the clubhouse. Should you be unable to field a team, you can also support the event by having your name on a tee box for €50 or by sponsorship of prizes where names would be displayed prominently on the first tee box. For registration (timesheet) and any queries that you may have, please contact the school on (052) 6131572 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoying the weekend in Fethard
Enjoying St. Patrick's Night in Fethard are L to R: Tina Kenny, Laura Lyons, Wendy Allen, Lisa Doyle and Tara Moriarty.
Annual GAA Social on Easter Saturday
Fethard GAA Club will hold their Annual Social in Cahir House Hotel on Easter Saturday, April 15, starting at 8mm. Music by Super Soul Machine followed by D.J. Kumar. Tickets are now available from members at €35 each.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, March 26, to the music of ‘Theresa and The Stars’’. 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.
School promotes ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge'
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School pupils photographed at their surfing event in Tramore organised by Irish teacher, Ms Meggan Raggett, who organised many activities in the school, trí Gaeilge, during ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’
Irish teacher, Ms Meggan Raggett, organised many activities trí Gaeilge in Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School throughout ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’. One of the highlights of the week was a surfing event for Junior Cert pupils in Tramore, trí Ghaeilge. The lessons were given bilingually for maximum understanding, learning and safety. The following is an aiste written by Eric Costin following the event:
Surfáil trí Ghaeilge
An tseachtain seo caite chuaigh mé ag surfáil le mo chairde. Bhí an-chraic againn. Bhí an turas go dtí Trá Mhór an-fhada ach bhí an bus compordach. Nuair a shroicheamar Trá Mhór bhí fear ag caint linn as Gaeilge. Bhí sé ag múineadh dúinn faoi shábháilteacht ar an tonnchlár. Bhí an tonnchlár ollmhór. Chaitheamar culaith tumtha. Nuair a thángamar go dtí an t-uisce bhí mé préachta. Thit mé den tonnchlár, bhí sé an-ghreannmhar. Tar éis tamaill, bhí mé ag surfáil. Bhí áthas orm mar b’shin an chéad uair a chuaigh mé ag surfáil. Bhí na tonnta mór. Nuair a tháinig críoch leis an surfáil bhí brón orm. Shiúil mé go dtí an scoil surfála le Darragh agus dhá tonnchlár. Chuaigh mé go dtí an seomra gléasadh agus thosaigh mé ag athrú. Ansin d’ith mé mo lón. Tar éis an lóin, thaispeáin fear deas an cheantar dúinn. Thaitin an lá go mór liom. Ba mhaith liom dul arís.
Pupils will travel with Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
The Patrician Presentation Parents’ Association and school management would like to thank all those who contributed so generously to their recent Table Quiz, either through sponsorship, ticket purchase or attendance at the quiz. Thanks in particular to quizmaster Mr John Fitzgerald and his son Eoin for their contribution to the success of the evening.
Fifth Year pupils, Emma Cronin (Coleman) and Carly Tobin (Fethard), will travel as youth volunteers with the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in June this year. The school has a long association with the local Lourdes Invalid Committee through Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard. Our retired teacher, Dick Prendergast, had liaised with the committee for many years in the past and his work is now carried on by Ms Caitriona McKeogh.
Fashion Show in aid of 'Place4U'
Mark your diaries fashionistas! Brown Thomas is coming to Clonmel on April 5th to showcase their Spring/Summer ’17 collection.
This exclusive fundraising event is taking place at the Hotel Minella at 7:45pm and will be hosted by TV personality Miriam O’Callaghan with other special guests in attendance.
Models on the night are from from the well known Andrea Roche’s model agency including top model Rosanna Davidson and our own Clonmel born Aoife Walsh.
With a red carpet arrival and champagne reception from 7:00pm, entertainment will be provided by the acclaimed 'Two And A Half Tenors'. You could be in with a chance to win some amazing prizes!
Here's a sneak peak at some of the exciting prizes that can be won on the night.
- 3 Handbags to the value of €2,720.
- One Nights Accommodation at Mount Juliet with Breakfast and Dinner for 2 People
- One Nights Accommodation at Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa with Breakfast and Dinner for 2 People
- €250 Voucher for PaddyPower.com
- Afternoon Tea for two with Prosecco at Waterford Castle
- €30 Gift Voucher for Befanis Restaurant, Tapas and Townhouse
- €50 Gift Voucher for Marks and Spencer
- Conference, Leisure & Spa Hotel
- Moroccan Oil Hamper worth €140 kindly donated by Vicki Treacy from West End Styles Hair Designers
- And many many more!
All proceeds from the event will go to Place4U, a much-needed Clonmel facility providing meeting rooms and support services for the community and voluntary groups in South Tipperary. For updates on Facebook Click Here
Fethard & District Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre wish to thank Philip and Anne Butler for their generosity in donating the proceeds of their recent Pre-Cheltenham Evening to the centre. We also take this opportunity to thank them for hosting our many Table Quizzes during the year – part of our necessary on-going fundraising campaign. Philip is a great quizmaster and we appreciate the time and effort he puts into preparation of the questions.
The Day Care centre will hold their next Senior Day on Friday, March 31, from 10.30am. The Chiropodist will be in attendance. All seniors are welcome.
Fethard & Killusty Community Games
We would like to wish the very best of luck to all of the following competitors in the county final of Community Games Gymnastics which takes place in Moyle Park Sports Complex on Sunday next, March 26.
At U9 level we have: Sarah Moore, Isobel Herbert, Ines Byrne, Lauren Connolly, Saoirse Nic Cormaic, Claire Fitzgerald, Roisín Tyrell, Meadhbh Collum. Age U11: Fiona Barry, Kiera Daniels, Marissa Meagher, Aoibheann Collum, Emily Spillane. Age U13: Katie Allen, Taryn Purcell and Lucy Lawrence.
The interest in gymnastics has grown rapidly in our area as, up to a few years ago, there were only one or two competitors taking part. This increased to eight last year and it’s great to see the entries double to sixteen this year. Event warm-up starts at 11am with the first event, U9, due to commence at 11.30am. Entry fees of €2 to be paid to Peggy Colville on the day.
The draws have also taken place for all GAA matches and full details may be viewed on the sports page of the Nationalist or on the Tipperary Community Games Facebook page.
Details of first rounds are as follows: U14 Camogie, Drangan v Fethard, game to be played before May 10; U10 Mixed Football, Cashel v Fethard, game to be played before May 4; U12 Girls Football, Powerstown v Fethard, game to be played before May 10; U14 Girls Football, Fethard v Powerstown (home venue), game to be played before May 10; U11 Hurling, Fethard were awarded a bye to next round when they will play the winners of Killenaule v Powerstown, who play before April 27. Fethard will play their second round before May 4.
Managers are asked to please submit names of their teams to Noreen Sheehy before April 13, to enable registration online.
Died in the USA
The death has occurred in the United States on Monday, March 20, of Elsie Malone (neé Burke), formerly from Cahir Road, Fethard.
Elsie was a daughter of the late Din and Josie Burke, Cahir Road, Fethard, and a sister to Mike, Tom, Denis, John and the late Alice Joyce who died on May 19, 1994 and Margaret Tobin who died on May 11, 2016.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on March 15, were: 4, 8, 27 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Eileen Tobin, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; Irene Sharpe, The Castle, Fethard; and Paul Barrett, Market Hill, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Kate O'Shea, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; Denis O'Meara, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; and Bridget Cooney, c/o Tom Purcell.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, March 22. 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 17, were 13, 17, 24 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and two match three winners who received €75 each: Michael Sheehan, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard; and Barbara O'Halloran, Ballyneale.
The next draw takes place on Friday, March 24, when the jackpot is €20,000 and the sellers prize is €1,000.
St. Vincent de Paul
Anybody needing help with First Holy Communion expenses, are invited to please text your name, address and name of child receiving First Communion in Fethard parish, to any of the following numbers: 085 8086099, 086 8443622 or 086 8588118.
We would also like to thank all the local businesses that have taken our collection boxes and put them on their counters. We are very grateful to the public who put some of their change into these boxes. These donations are very helpful to our work and are greatly appreciated.
Clinic at Butler’s Bar
Cllr. Jackie Cahill will hold a clinic in Fethard, from 5pm to 6pm, on Monday, April 3, upstairs at Butler’s Bar, Main Street, to meet local constituents. All are welcome to drop in.
Daffodil Day on March 24
Our Daffodil Day Coffee Morning will take place again this year in the Town Hall, Fethard on Friday, March 24, from 9am to 12pm. Daffodils and Daffodil Day Merchandise will be available for sale in the Town Hall and throughout the town that morning. This is a great event, for a very worthwhile cause, with much of the money raised going towards cancer research. Last years event was a great success and your support would be very much appreciated again this year.
The next Pre-Baptism meeting will take place in the Tirry Community Centre on Wednesday, April 19, at 7.30pm, for parents who wish to have their child baptised during the following weeks. Meetings are held subject to demand. Please contact Fr. Tom Breen P.P. prior to attending. Tel: (052) 6131178.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
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