First ever hosting of Munster Juvenile Flyfishing Championship caught the support of the community
Committee members of Fethard & Killusty Angling Club at the presentation of prizes for the Munster Juvenile Fishing Tournament held in Fethard. L to R: Conor Cagney, Sean Maher (secretary), Tom Fogarty (chairman), Colm Hackett (treasurer) and Albert Adcock.
Fethard and Killusty Anglers hosted the Munster Juvenile River Flyfishing Championship on Saturday, April 15, for the first time in the club’s history. This Munster Championships was organised by a few dedicated club members over the last month. I would like to give a special thanks to our club Treasurer Colm Hackett, Secretary Seán Maher, Chairman Tom Fogarty, James Maher, John Lalor, Kevin Lafford, Albert Adcock and John Willis who all helped to either organise or orchestrate this event on the day, as many hands are needed for it to run smoothly. Great thanks must go to the landowners on the river Anner and Clashawley, as this event could not have been held without their generous permission and assistance.
Conor Cagney (Cashel/Golden/Tipperary Angling Association) fishing on the River Anner at Thorney Bridge with mentor Albert Adcock.
Our club would like to thank our hosts Mick and Marie in the Well Bar for the wonderful food and hospitality for the prize giving ceremony, it was second to none. The club would like to give a big thanks to Joe Kenny for kindly photographing the anglers during the competition and the prize giving ceremony Saturday evening. The club would also like to thank our generous sponsors; Derek Cagney, Andrew Ryan, Seamus Butler, John Lalor, Butlers Sports Bar, Bulmers, and John Willis.
Robert Hackett (Fethard Killusty Angling Club), fishing on the River Anner at Thorney Bridge, with mentor Sean Maher.
This Munster Championships is run on the same basis and scoring system as the FIPS Mouche European and World championships. It was a catch and release competition held over two sessions comprising of two and a half hours each. Each angler draws a group number (A or B) and their beat number for morning and afternoon sessions. Each angler fishes one session on the Clashawley and one on the Anner. Each angler has a controller and every fish 18cm or greater is measured, recorded and released by the controller. The controllers were the most important people to this event as it could not have been ran without their dedication, help and inspiration that they provided to the anglers when fishing was difficult.
Competitors in the Munster Juvenile Fishing Tournament held in Fethard on the Anner and Clashawley rivers, who all received a complimentary signed book 'Hunting on the Northern Trails' from author, John Lalor, Cahir. Back L to R: Shane Ryan (4th), Aaron McCann (9th), Conor Cagney (10th), Sean O'Dwyer (5th), John Willis, Munster Youth Officer TAFI (Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland), Chris Fehilly (3rd), Jack Maher (1st), Alan Barrow (6th). Front L to R: Chris Kelleher (8th), Robert Hackett (2nd), John Lalor (author), Luke O'Donoghue (11th) and Adrian McKern (12th).
The results individually were; 1st Jack Maher (Cashel, Golden and Tipperary Anglers), 2nd Robert Hackett (Fethard and Killusty Anglers), 3rd Chris Fehily (Macroom), 4th Shane Ryan (Thurles Suir and Drish), 5th Seán O’ Dwyer (Thurles Suir and Drish), 6th Alan Barrow (Mallow Trout Anglers), 7th Thomas Burke (Cahir and District Trout Anglers), 8th Christopher Kelleher (Kanturk), 9th Aaron McCann (Mallow Trout Anglers), 10th Conor Cagney (Cashel, Golden and Tipperary Anglers), 11th Luke O’ Donoghue (Macroom), and 12th Adrian McCarron (Kanturk).
The team results were; 1st Thurles Suir and Drish Anglers (Shane Ryan and Seán O’ Dwyer), 2nd Cashel, Golden and Tipperary Anglers (Jack Maher and Conor Cagney). The longest fish prize also went to Shane Ryan (Thurles Suir and Drish Anglers). Every angler received a prize on the day due to our generous sponsors and it was well earned in difficult fishing for the most part. The level of skill and multitude of methods used by these enthusiastic young anglers could teach us seniors a thing or two.
Winner of the Munster Juvenile River Championship, Jack Maher, Cashel/Golden/Tipperary Angling Association, receiving the Perpetual B. Stakelum Cup from John Willis (right) Munster Youth Officer TAFI (Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland), and Andrew Ryan (left), Clonanav Fly Fishing, Ballymacarbry, Clonmel, who sponsored the prizes.
A special mention must go to our local anglers; the individual winner Jack Maher representing Cashel, Golden and Tipperary won this Munster championships on Saturday for the 3rd time at juvenile level. This is a fantastic achievement on his last year competing at this level. He was followed closely in second place by fifteen year old Robert Hackett from Fethard and Killusty Anglers, who has consistently finished in the top three, for three consecutive years now in this event. Shane Ryan and Seán O’ Dwyer from Thurles Suir and Drish Anglers, for winning the team event and their brilliant individual results. Conor Cagney from Cashel, Golden and Tipperary Anglers, and Thomas Burke from Cahir and District Trout Anglers on their results, and on their qualification for the All Ireland River Championships.
Well done again and congratulations to all our anglers from Munster; Jack, Robert, Chris, Shane, Seán, Alan, Thomas, Christopher, Aaron, Conor, Luke and Adrian who persevered in difficult fishing conditions and never gave up. It was a privilege to see their dedication and level of skill which was noticed by some very experienced senior anglers on the day.
Runner-up in the Munster Juvenile River Championship, Robert Hackett, Fethard & Killusty, receiving his trophy from John Willis (right) and Andrew Ryan (left), Clonanav Fly Fishing, Ballymacarbry, Clonmel, who sponsored the prizes.
This juvenile Munster River Flyfishing Championships was a great success this year and Fethard and Killusty Anglers hope that they have set the bar very high for future hosts of this event. Flyfishing is a wonderful sport and Saturday has proved that the skill levels and enjoyment levels are very high for these juvenile anglers. Anyone wishing to join Fethard and Killusty Anglers can contact Colm Hackett on 086 8397868, Seán Maher on 085 7050580 or Tom Fogarty on 087 7477218 for membership, and remember that it is a flyfishing club encouraging catch and release if possible to preserve our stocks for future generations. Tight lines to all anglers and enjoy every minute by our rivers as it’s a special place to be.
Poetry Reading at the new Stable Café on Thursday
To celebrate 'World Poetry Day', on Thursday, April 27, a Poetry Reading event will take place at 4pm in the new Stable Café, situated downstairs at Fethard Horse Country Experience on Main Street.
The event will be hosted by Mary Hanrahan and you are invited to bring along one of your favourite poems or one of your own poems to read, or just come along to listen and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee available at 'The Stable Café. All are welcome.
Senior Day at Day Care Centre on Friday next
The Fethard and District Daycare Centre will hold a Senior Day on this coming Friday, April 28, from 10.30am. The chiropodist will be in attendance and all seniors are welcome.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, April 30, to the music of ‘Brian McDermott’. All are 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 & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on April 19, were: 1, 14, 21 and 3. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winners so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: John Kenny, The Green, Fethard; Chelsey Kenny, Killusty; and Marie Butler, Garrinch, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Dermot Darcy, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard; Kelly Fogarty, Congress Terrace, Fethard; and Jane Hayes, Cashel Road, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, April 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, April 21, were 13, 23, 25 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. One lucky dip winner of €50 went to Rena Sheehan, Killusty, and the four €25 lucky dip winners were: Angela Moroney, Mobarnane; Mick Smyth, The Well Bar, Burke Street; Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk; and Teresa Hurley, Strylea, Fethard.
The next draw takes place on Friday, April 28, when the jackpot is €20,000 and the sellers prize is €1,000. The committee of Fethard GAA/Sports Centre Development Lotto would like to thank all our supporters near and far who participate in our weekly lotto draw. The funds raised are used to promote sport in the local community.
Fundraiser for GOAL in Convent Hall on Sunday
Any donations of good quality, clean items and cakes, buns etc would be very much appreciated for the Goal fundraiser in Fethard Convent Community Hall on Sunday, April 30, from 11am to 2pm. All monies raised will be used by Goal for their current work in several East African countries where famine is imminent and up to 17 million people face starvation. Drop off times for donations are on attached poster. Many thanks.
Fethard Duo to compete in Punchestown Charity Race
The Punchestown Kidney Research Charity Race 2017 now has two local entrants. In recent days, Áine Phelan, Derryluskin, got the call-up to compete in this year’s event. This means that she and Mary Jane Kearney will fly the flag the Fethard in this renowned charity race. A fundraising drive has been setup on Justgiving.com Aine is delighted to be able to support this very worthy cause and any support received would be greatly appreciated. Aine will ride Jack Blue.
This will be the 28th running of the race which promotes Organ Donor Awareness and specifically Kidney Research. Twenty-five riders – including Sheik Fahad Al Thani, the head of Qatar Racing – are taking part, at 6.45pm on Saturday, April 29, next, which brings this year’s Punchestown Festival to a close. Very best wishes to Aine and Mary Jane.
‘Cash for Clobber’ clothing collection
St. Rita’s Camogie Club and Fethard Ladies Football Club will hold their Annual ‘Cash for Clobber’ clothing collection fundraiser on the following dates: Friday May 5, between 7pm and 8pm, and Saturday, May 6, between 10am and 11.30am, both from outside the GAA Field in Fethard.
If you are presently ‘spring cleaning’ in your home please keep us in mind for any clothing that you no longer need. We are very interested in taking adult and children’s clothes, paired shoes and boots, handbags, belts, sheets, curtains, towels, soft toys, old mobile phones and laptops. But please note we cannot take duvets, pillows, dirty or wet clothing, mats or carpets. Thank you for your support.
Please contact us if you would like to drop your bags prior to any of the above collection dates. Contact numbers are Mary O’Mahony (St Rita’s Camogie Club) Tel: 087 6980351; and Willie Morrissey (Fethard Ladies Football Club) Tel: 086 3032260.
Table Quiz for Fethard Scouts
Fethard Scouts will hold a table quiz on Friday, May 19, in Butlers Sports Bar, from 8.30pm, and all are welcome. This promises to be a great fun night and any money raised will benefit the Beavers, Cubs and Scout sections and will go towards equipment and camp costs. If anybody would like to donate prizes for our raffle please drop them to our Den held on Mondays or Thursdays or hand them to Philip Butler Bar on Main Street.
Scouts 5k Fun Walk/Run
On Bank Holiday Monday, May 1, Fethard Scouts will host a 5k fun walk/run starting at 7pm are and heading around the Ballybough route, leaving the Den on the Rocklow Road, down to the Main Street and leaving the town by the Killenaule road and turning left at Ballybough and then left again back towards the school and den.
This event is part of our active adventure badge work, donations of €5 per adult and €2 per child (€10 per family of 4) would be appreciated. All are welcome, not just scouts, and all monies raised will go towards scouting activities. Please come out and support this valuable community group.
Senior Citizens' Club May meeting
Fethard Senior Citizens' Club will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, May 2, at 7.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard.
The results of our Easter raffle are as follows: Hamper winner was Nora O'Meara; vase winner, Dalton's Pharmacy; pictures winner, Agnes Evans; rug, Mike Dalton; wine, Jo Jo Blake; biscuits; Biddy Kearney; and chocolates, Dalton's Pharmacy. Many thanks to all who purchased tickets in support of our club."
Local girl to ride in Punchestown Charity Race
Best of Luck to Mary Jane Kearney who will take part in the 2017 Punchestown Kidney Research Fund Charity Race. This will take place on Saturday, April 29, and is traditionally the last race on the last day of the Punchestown Festival, a meeting regarded as the Irish Cheltenham. This is the twenty-eight year of the Charity Race and to date €1,385,210 has been raised by the fund. Incidentally, the week of April 1–8 was Organ Donor Awareness week, organised by the Irish Kidney Association, so it is fitting that this fundraiser takes place at this time.
Mary Jane is preparing well for the race, is concentrating on her fitness and doing all she can to be fit and ready. She says that is has always been her dream to ride in a race and to be able to raise funds for such a worthwhile cause while doing so is an added bonus.
A fundraising campaign is currently underway. A dedicated Charity Race Account has been opened at AIB, Fethard, and also on Justgiving.com
Should you wish to contribute or if you require any further information please contact Mary Jane (email: email@example.com). Your support would be greatly appreciated.
The death has occurred on Thursday, April 20, 2017, of Tom Mackey, Garrane, Killenaule, and formerly, Red City, Fethard. Tom, predeceased by his wife Breda and son Tommy,very deeply regretted by his family Paul, Lisa and Stephen, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace.
Reposing at O'Connell's Funeral Home, Killenaule on Saturday evening, April 22, from 4.30pm to 6.15pm, arriving at St. Mary's Church, Killenaule at 6.45pm. Funeral Mass on Sunday at 11 o'c, followed by burial in Crosscannon Cemetery.
Visitors from South Australia
Mary Carroll-Guerin (nee Shine) photographed with her husband Trevor Brooks, on a visit from South Australia to meet her Fethard friends. Mary, formerly from Crampscastle, Fethard, was extremely impressed in how tidy Fethard is today and also with the new developments that have taken place since she was last home in May 2012.
Lisronagh Point to Point hosts Ladies Series Race and Pony Racing
The Tipperary Foxhounds Point to Point is taking place on Bank Holiday Saturday, 29th April in Lisronagh, Clonmel. The Tipps are hosting a race in The Ladies Series, very kindly sponsored by ITM (Irish Thoroughbred Marketing). The winner will receive a beautiful piece of jewellery designed and sponsored by Kumari-Doyle Jewellers, Thurles. This is a five-series race, so the fair sex’s challenge will be heating up in this third race of the series.
The inaugural running of Pony Races will take place immediately after racing. The two races are divided by age and will be great fun for the jockeys and crowd. 'The Dash', approx. 3 furlongs, straight course, Primary school children minimum age 9years, ponies 148 cm and under. Entry fee €20.‘The Sporting Seven’, approx. 7 furlongs with a pacemaker for first 4 furlongs, Secondary school children maximum age 16years, ponies 158 cm and under. Entry fee €30. Entries close 21st April. For more details please contact Sue Perry on 086 8253718.
Bring your pooches to The Novelty Dog Show, there will be a wide variety of classes for all types and sizes of man’s best friend. €100 Terrier Derby, thrilling Terrier Racing is on the cards too, maybe your terrier would be brilliant at this? Give it a go! Also prizes for the most appropriately dressed Lady and Gentleman and a Fun Fair.
Come along and have a great family day out. First race is at 3.00pm
€10 entry fee and children under 18 years of age are free.
Locals get first view of Horse Country Experience
Fethard Horse Country Experience opened its doors to the public over the Easter weekend in the 17th Century Town Hall, Main Street, Fethard. It will be now open from Wednesday to Sunday between 10am to 4pm. For enquiries and group bookings please contact Tel: 086 2747044.
Fethard Horse Country Experience, housed in the 17th Century Town Hall, opened its doors to the public over the Easter weekend for locals and visitors to sample the vast amount of interactive information on display.
Fethard Horse Country Experience charts the story of the horse and its various roles in Irish culture over the past 2000 years and is part of Ireland's Ancient East tourism promotion. The elaborate project involved four years of restoration, six years of planning and two thousand years of history, where you can discover the rich and colourful history of the area and how the story of Fethard and the horse have become intertwined through the centuries.
Fethard Horse Country Experience will be officially opened later this year but is currently open from 10am to 4pm from Wednesday to Sunday at the special introductory price of €5. There are special concession prices available to groups with custom opening times if required. For enquiries and group bookings please contact Tel: 086 2747044. Fethard Horse Country Experience is unique and well worth a visit. You will be impressed so remember to allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy the ‘Experience’.
Success at 'Hurling Blitz'
Fethard Holy Trinity NS U13 boys hurling team that won the inaugural Garda District Blitz in Monroe Sports Complex. After the qualifying rounds, Fethard came up against Gaelscoil Carraig an Siuire in the final. Holy Trinity were well deserving winners at the final whistle. Great hurling all round but a special mention goes to Jack Quinlan on being awarded ‘Player of Tournament’.
Back L to R: Michael James Phelan, Conor Neville, Shane Lawrence, Darragh Spillane, Jack Quinlan, Sean Moroney. Front L to R: Michael Flanagan, Tom Murray, Mark Neville, Cain Hall and Joseph O'Flynn.
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
Pictured at the benefit soccer match between Limerick F.C. and Clonmel played at the Dr. Pat O’Callaghan Sports Complex in Clonmel are L to R: young Paul Johnson and Limerick captain Dave Connell, showing off the Munster Senior Cup to Stephen Napier (Cork United) captain of the Clonmel selection, Alderman Tom Ambrose, Mayor of Clonmel, Ben Johnson, Charles and young Colin Johnson. Proceeds of the match were for the Johnson family, Bianconi Drive, who had their house accidentally destroyed by fire (July 1995).
Emigrants 'Welcome Home' banner across the front of Jimmy Ryan's house at Watergate for the 1995 Fethard/London Reunion Festival.
Group pictured at the presentation of the completed Archaeological Survey of Fethard to the County Council and Friends of Fethard on June 28, 1995, are L to R: Dr. Tadhg O'Keeffe (author); Dóirín Saurus, Fethard Historical Society; Jack O'Keeffe, Friends of Fethard; 'Mouse' Morris, Friends of Fethard; Austin Dunphy, Heritage Council; Maurice Creagh, Architectural Historian; and Liam Hayes, Chairman Fethard & Killusty Council.
Easter Sunday night saw the Fethard Mayoral Election come to a close when David O’Donnell, Coleman, was elected as the new Mayor of Fethard. The two other candidates, Paddy Hickey and Mick Ahearne, were gracious in defeat saying “the better man won”. David is pictured above with his campaign crew and new country singing star, Trudi Lawlor, who played for the ecstatic large crowd at the dance which followed the election on Sunday night. Proceeds of the Mayoral Election will go towards the Ballroom renovation fund. Back L to R: Patricia Byrne, Derry O'Dwyer, Ann O'Dwyer, Chris O'Dwyer, Sheila O'Donnell, Pat Byrne. Front L to R: David O'Donnell, Trudi Lawlor and Conor Maher.
Avonmore Creamery Suppliers Meeting in Fethard on April 6, 1995.
L to R: Mick Aherne, Jim Barry, Tony Lawrence and John O’Flynn.
Abymill Snooker January 1990, photographed at the final of The Hayes Cup, handicap competition, L to R : Johnny Murphy (winner), Jimmy Hayes (sponsor), Vincent Woodlock (runner-up) and Richard Hayes (in front)
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