Garda Community Award for Austin O'Flynn
Photographed at the Garda Community Award presentation to Austin O'Flynn, Fethard, at Halla Na Féile, Cashel, are L to R: Superintendent William Leahy, Austin O'Flynn, and Garda Shane O'Neill, Fethard.
Congratulations to Austin O’Flynn who was one of the recipients chosen to receive a Tipperary Garda Community Award presented in Halla na Féile, Cashel on Thursday, April 28. Austin was honoured for his long and dedicated contribution to Fethard & Killusty Community over his lifetime – an award well deserved and acknowledged on the night.
Photographed at the Garda Community Award presentation to Austin O'Flynn, Fethard, at Halla Na Féile, Cashel, are Back L to R: Inspector James White (Clonmel), Jimmy O'Sullivan, Fionnuala O'Sullivan, Michael McCarthy, Geraldine McCarthy, Joe Kenny, Brian Sheehy, Garda Shane O'Neill (Fethard). Front L to R: Cllr John Fahey, Superintendent William Leahy (Clonmel), Cinta O'Flynn, Austin O'Flynn, Mary (O'Flynn) Walsh and Philip Walsh.
Among his many achievements, Austy was a founder member of Fethard Development Association in 1968 and went on to form the Fethard & Killusty Community Council in 1976. He was the driving force behind the Fethard Players since the 1970s and the refurbishment of the old derelict Coffey’s Mill into the fabulous Abymill Theatre, which opened its doors in 1988.
Well done Austin and thanks for your influential role in local affairs throughout the past years and we look forward to many more years of active community service yet to come.
The death has occurred on Saturday, May 6, 2017, of Bridget 'Bridie' Aherne, Youghal and formerly The Green, Fethard, peacefully, in the exceptional care of the management and staff at Youghal and District Nursing Home. Bridie, beloved sister of the late Kathleen and Ann (Fogarty) and loving aunt of Stella (Flavin), Deirdre (Harrington), Claudette, James and Dominic. Deeply regretted by her nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in Peace
Reposing at Egan's Funeral Home, Greencloyne, Youghal from 6pm on Monday. Removal at 7.30pm to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, The Strand. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to the North Abbey Cemetery.
Annual May Procession this Sunday, May 7
This year’s May Procession on honour of Our Lady will take place on next Sunday evening, May 7 (weather permitting). The procession will gather outside the Parish Church at 7pm and make its way to the Augustinian Abbey. We look forward to a good turn out for this year’s procession.
'Coffee, cookies and words, words, words' at Fethard's Poetry Pop-Up Café
Photographed at the poetry readings held in the new Stable Café, situated downstairs at Fethard Horse Country Experience to celebrate 'World Poetry Day' on Thursday, April 27, are L to R: Goldie Newport, Mary Hanrahan, Tom Power, Georgina Conroy and John Fogarty.
Over thirty people came together in the Stable Café, situated downstairs in the newly opened Fethard Horse Country Experience, to celebrate World Poetry Day last Thursday, April 27. The brief was to come along and read a poem, one you had written yourself or a favourite by a chosen poet.
We served up a plethora of poems, from much-loved, perennial favourites like Robert Frost’s ‘Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening’, recited beautifully by Marian Gilpin, to the newly-minted words of local poets Tom Power (Ballingarry) and Pat Feehily (Clonmel). Mary Hanrahan read her own ‘Thoughts Dance’, about the trials of writing and that magic moment when it all comes together on the page.
Photographed at the poetry readings held in the new Stable Café, situated downstairs at Fethard Horse Country Experience to celebrate 'World Poetry Day' on Thursday, April 27, are L to R: Maura Blackmore and her daughter Yvonne Blackmore.
Georgina Conroy raised a chuckle with Roald Dahl’s take on ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, while Dóirín Saurus beguiled us with her chosen ‘Spider’. Yvonne Casey shared ‘Monster in the House’, a poem with a twist that spoke to the child in all of us, while Anne O’Donnell took us down memory lane with Longfellow’s nostalgic ‘My Lost Youth’.
In tribute to our surroundings, Goldie Newport and Carol Kenny recited poems about the Town Hall long ago and Fethard author, John Fogarty, shared a wonderfully poetic prose piece depicting his memories of the dances there in his youth.
Photographed at the poetry readings held in the new Stable Café, situated downstairs at Fethard Horse Country Experience to celebrate 'World Poetry Day' on Thursday, April 27, are L to R: Maureen Maher, Patricia Treacy, Cecile Purcell and Kate Corcoran.
Kate Corcoran introduced us to ‘Longing’ by Ethiopian poet Mengistu Lemma, written while he lived in London, an intensely moving depiction of what it is to live in one place while part of you yearns to be elsewhere. It is an emotion with which all exiles can identify.
Congratulations to two ladies who made their debut at reading in public: Marie O’Hara who read her own poem ‘747’ (a mesmerising account of cardiac arrest) and Christine Nevin who had selected the very apposite ‘Trainers’.
Photographed at the poetry readings held in the new Stable Café, situated downstairs at Fethard Horse Country Experience to celebrate 'World Poetry Day' on Thursday, April 27, are L to R: Marian Gilpin, Saoirse Hanrahan, Lisa Hanrahan and Ann O'Donnell.
We would like to thank everyone who came along at such short notice, especially those who came to listen and were such an appreciative audience. We’re especially delighted that some young people were present too. We’re planning to do it again in the near future and we’re already promised haikus, poems en francais and as Ghaeilge, as well as some new readers.
Photographed at the poetry readings held in the new Stable Café, situated downstairs at Fethard Horse Country Experience to celebrate 'World Poetry Day' on Thursday, April 27, are L to R: Chris Nevin and Marie Hanrahan
Coffee, cookies and words, words, words – what more could one ask for? As one lady later remarked it was, “a most pleasant sojourn, in lovely surroundings”.
Just a reminder that Fethard Horse Country Experience is now open from 10am to 4pm, from Wednesday to Sunday, with a special introductory admission fee of €5.
Marathon Man Joe Lacey (61) does it again for Parkinsons Research
Joe Lacy, originally from Moyglass and now living in Malaysia, ran his first ever marathon at the age of sixty, last year and raised more than £17,000 for Parkinson's research. This year on Sunday, April 23, Joe ran his second marathon in exactly the same time, and with the help of his supporters, raised £16,685 for Parkinson UK to help fund research and provide supportive care.
What makes this achievement more meritorious is that Joe was diagnosed almost three years ago with Parkinson's after seeking advice from his family doctor when he noticed a tremor in his left hand.
Since then Joe wants to raise as much money as possible to help existing patients manage the disease and help research find a cure.
Joe Lacy, originally from Moyglass and now living in Malaysia, photographed on Sunday, April 23, with his family after running his second marathon and, with the help of his supporters, raised £16,685 for Parkinson UK
After recently visiting the World Parkinson Congress in Portland, it was really enlightening for Joe to see all the projects funded and supported by Parkinson UK, and encouraging to see how many brilliant dedicated doctors and scientists are working on finding a cure. He feels they are on the verge of a major breakthrough but research needs money and that has spurred his amazing fundraising drive. Joe is also dedicated in raising money for Parkinson's Ireland and Malaysian Parkinson's who both do amazing work to support patients.
Out enjoying the May weather
Niall Higgins taking his sons Jimmy and Con out for an enjoyable cycle on the bank holiday weekend in Fethard.
Sports Achievement Award nominations for April
The following nominations were received for the Butler’s Bar Sports Achievement Award for April which will be announce at a special function in Butler’s Bar on this coming Friday night, May 5. All are welcome.
- Rickie O Neill – former League of Ireland soccer player, Rickie gets a nomination because he coached Wilderness Rovers to Division 2 TSDL Shield success.
- Paul Fitzgerald – Paul is a selector on the Tipperary senior football team who were recently crowned Division 3 league champions.
- Charlie Manton – Charlie is a panel member on the successful Tipperary senior football team Division 3 league winners.
- Jack Dolan – Jack is goalkeeper on this year’s Tipperary minor football team. Not a successful year for this crop of young players but Jack can hold his head high following some fine performances.
- Cian Maher – recently honoured by the South Tipperary GAA board as the Intermediate football player of the year.
- Colm Hackett – adult winner at the Fethard and Killusty angling club’s championships held in early April.
- Robert Hackett – winner of the juvenile fisherman’s award at the Fethard and Killusty angling club championships as well as finishing runner up in the Munster U18 championships. Robert has also been picked to represent Ireland at the upcoming European Lake competition to be held in Wales.
- Fethard and Killusty angling club – Successful hosts of the Munster U18 championship held in April – a first for the club.
- Holy Trinity National School – winners of the inaugural U13 hurling blitz which was organised by An Garda Siochana and held in Monroe.
- Patrician Presentation Secondary School – winners of the Munster Senior Roinn D ladies football title beating Kilmacthomas in the final.
Cousins enjoy a great weekend of sport
Amy Morrissey and her dad Adrian Morrissey
The Morrissey, Colville and Connolly cousins enjoyed a great weekend of sport which commenced at the finals of the Belline Equestrian League held in Piltown, Kilkenny. This league was run over a nine-week period and resulted in a win for Amy Morrissey in a jump off against the clock in the final of the ‘60 Event’. Amy also finished 4th in the overall league. Her cousin Patrick Colville finished 4th in the final against the clock and joint 5th, with his brother William, in the overall league. Amy was also 2nd in the jump off in the ‘70 event’ and 3rd overall in that league.
The Colville brothers then competed in the U12 pony races at the Tipperary Hunt Point-2-Point on Saturday afternoon. Patrick Colville finished 3rd to local girl, Jessica Stokes, who had a super ride to win the race. Runner up was Robyn Lee. William Colville also finished 3rd to Rosie Mai O’Grady, Killenaule, who gave a peach of a ride, with Rosie Farrell finishing in second place. These races had 19 and 12 entries respectively and proved to be very successful.
Lauren Connolly was a member of the U8 Camogie team who won the blitz in The Ragg on Saturday morning. Fethard won all of their three matches with Lauren scoring four goals. Lauren also picked up a medal at the Junior Cycling League in Powerstown Park on Thursday night and another in the Canoeing Championships on the new Slalom course in Clonmel.
Great start for our U10 Footballers in the Community Cames Championships
Fethard-Killusty U10 Football team that defeated Cashel Rosegreen by a wide margin in the first round of the Community Cames championships on April 26. Back L to R: Rory O’Mahony, Gavin Neville, Daniel Barry, Sam Wyse, Richard Murphy, Noah O’Flynn, Michael O’Rahilly. Front L to R: Kelvin Ryan, T.J. Keane, Sam Coen, Criostoir Sheehy, Troy Delaney, Alec Knightly, Zach Smith and Lee Delaney. Missing from Photo was Sean Thompson.
Tea/Coffee Morning on Friday, May 12, for Alzheimers
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, May 7, to the music of ‘Cupla’. 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 ICA May meeting
Fethard ICA’s Annual outing to Glanbia Fethard takes place on Tuesday, May 9, at 6pm, and as a result our monthly meeting will be held on the following Tuesday, May 16, at 8pm in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road. Catering for this meeting will be our ‘Blue Group’.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday, May 9, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street. Anyone interested in getting involved are more than welcome to come along.
Bus Outing to the Nire Valley
On Friday evening, May 19, Fethard Historical Society has organised a bus outing to the lovely Nire Valley situated in the heart of the Comeragh mountains in neighbouring County Waterford. The outing will consist of some sightseeing and an indoor illustrated talk which will be followed by refreshments. The guide and host for the evening will be Nire native, Maura Barrett, who is both a local historian and writer.
The thirty-seated bus will depart from The Square in Fethard at 7pm on Friday evening and will return to base before midnight. The all-in cost, subsidised by the society, is €10 per person. This should prove to be a very enjoyable evening indeed and booking for this popular outing can be made by phoning 087 9009722.
Best of luck to our swimmers at the National Finals
Ronan and Mark O’Meara from Redcity who will represent Tipperary in U10 and U12 Swimming events at the National Finals of the ALDI Community Games on first weekend in May. Best of Luck Boys. Mark will make a return visit in August to compete in U12 Handwriting.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on April 26, were: 12, 15, 18 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winners so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Irene Sharpe, The Castle, Fethard; Margaret Bradshaw, Congress Terrace, Fethard; and Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: June Gough, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; Michael Russell, Cloneen; and Conor Shelly, Moyglass, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, May 3. 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.
‘Three-ball Champagne Scramble’ 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: email@example.com
GAA Sports Development Lotto
The numbers drawn on Friday, April 28, were 4, 5, 22 and 26. There was no jackpot winner and one match three winner who received €100: Aoife Dunphy, Clonmel. Two Lucky Dip winners also received €25 each: Paddy Broderick, Killenaule Road, Fethard; and Stephen Fitzgerald, St Patrick's Place, Fethard.
The next draw takes place on Friday, May 5, 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.
‘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.
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’.
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)
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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