Marina’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in aid of local schools
The annual ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ display by the local young ballroom dancers instructed by Marina Mullins, will take place at Fethard Ballroom on Monday, May 29. Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 7.30pm. This delightful event is hugely popular with adults and children, and this year’s proceeds will go towards Moyglass and Killusty National Schools.
Fethard Choral Society finish third at the AIMS Choral Festival
Members of Fethard Choral Group photographed in the Abymill Theatre before heading off to the AIMS Choral Festival in New Ross on Sunday last, May 21. Back L to R: Michael McCarthy, Jimmy Trehy, Paul Hayes, Brian Guiry. Second Row L to R: Chrissie Cummins, Fionnuala O’Sullivan, Geraldine McCarthy, Gemma Burke, Majella Walsh, Josie Fitzgerald, Susanna Manton. Front Row L to R: Marian Gilpin, Mary Healy, Mary Connors, Marie Murphy, Jane Hayes, Fiona Barry, Noreen Sheehy, Abbie Tillyer, Joan Halpin. Seated, Musical Director, Ann Barry. Missing from photo is Shirley Clooney.
Fethard Choral Society pictured with their musical director, Ann Barry, before leaving for New Ross on Sunday, May 21, to take part in the AIMS Choral Festival. The festival, which is now in its 33rd year, is one of the largest choral festivals in Ireland and attracts over 70 choirs per year from throughout Ireland.
This two-day event (junior and senior) attracts an audience of over 10,000 people. This year Fethard Choral Society took part in two competitions - the Light Touch Competition in which they sang ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin and ‘Yesterday’, and the Disney competition in which they sang ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ from The Lion King.
The choral society came third in the Disney competition. The winning choir, Intonations from Waterford, had 84 points; the choir from Bray were second with 83 points, and Fethard third with 82 points. The society is open to new members, especially men. If anyone is interesting in joining, please contact any member of the choir.
First Communion for local boys and girls
Photographed at the First Communion in Fethard last weekend are friends L to R: Ella Deegan, Saoirse Nic Cormaic, Leyla Barlaz, Megan Lyons and Meadbh Collum.
Congratulations to the following boys and girls from Holy Trinity National School, Fethard, who received their First Holy Communion in Holy Trinity Parish Church, on Saturday, May 20. Canon Tom Breen P.P. celebrated the mass and afterwards complimented the children and their teachers for their great turnout, and organist Goldie Newport and the school choir for their beautiful appropriate music.
The children who received the sacrament of First Holy Communion were: Claire O'Donnell, Cody Bradshaw, Daniel Needham, Ella Deegan, Erin Carroll, Giovanna Aguiar, Hayley Lawrence, Jennifer Roberts, Joey Daly, Kasey Power, Kayleigh Rochford-Burke, Kelvin Ryan, Meadbh Collum, Megan Lyons, Micheal O'Rahilly, Oisín MacAndrew, Roisín Dargan-Purcell, Roisín Tyrrell, Saoirse Nic Cormaic, Sarah Cuddihy, Shannon Byrne and Thomas Murphy.
Photographed at the First Communion in Fethard last weekend are L to R: Daniel Needham and Joey Daly.
Photographed at the First Communion in Fethard last weekend are L to R: Jennifer Roberts, Kasey Power and Shannon Byrne.
Photographed at the First Communion in Fethard last weekend are L to R: Hayley Lawrence and Cody Bradshaw.
Day Care Centre Church Gate Collection
Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold their annual Church Gate Collection on this coming weekend, Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. Your support for this great community service would be very much appreciated.
Kelly Ryan to play for Tipperary Primary Football Game
Kelly Ryan, a 6th Class pupil at Holy Trinity National School, Fethard, has qualified to play for the Tipperary Primary Football Game against Cork, which will be held at half-time when Tipperary meet Cork in the Munster Senior Football Championship in Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork on June 10 at 5pm. This is a fantastic achievement for Kelly. She is a very talented and hard-working footballer and we all wish her the best of luck for the game. Enjoy the day Kelly!
Canon Tom Breen P.P. celebrates Golden Jubilee in June
Canon Tom Breen is this year celebrating 50 years in the priesthood and 16 years as Parish Priest of Fethard & Killusty. It is proposed to celebrate his Golden Jubilee on Thursday, June 15, with Mass at 7.30pm in the Parish Church, Fethard, followed by a reception in the Ballroom. All are welcome.
In order to express sincere gratitude and appreciation to Fr. Tom for his unceasing dedication and outstanding service to the community of Fethard & Killusty, a well-deserved presentation will be made to him on the night.
You are invited to contribute to this very special event by making a donation of your choice, which may be placed in an envelope and returned to a special box placed inside Fethard Post Office (not the post box outside), courtesy of Anne and Barry Connolly. Donations will be taken on week beginning Monday, May 29, to Saturday, June 3. Cheques, if desired, can be made payable to Fethard & Killusty Community Council.
The organisers thank for your time and attention to this matter and look forward to your presence at this wonderful celebration. Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact any one of the following: Gus Fitzgerald (087 2590817), Ann Kenny (087 7752816), Frances Harrington (087 7825083), Denis Burke (085 8086099), Margaret Slattery (086 2187744), Margaret Prendergast (086 8735326) or John Barrett (087 7970676).
Fethard Bridge Club ‘President’s Prize’
Fethard Bridge Club President’s Prize winners, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny
At our President’s Prize dinner held in Minella on Sunday, May 21, the following prizes were presented by our president, Tony Hanrahan: President’s Prize to winners, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; Committee Prize to Betty Walsh and Monica Anglim; Club Championship (Hayes Trophy) to Betty Walsh and Noreen Evans; Player of the Year (O’Flynn Trophy) to Gemma Burke; Individual Championship (Dick Gorey Perpetual Trophy) to Berney Myles; The Kevin O’Dwyer Memorial Trophy to Nell Broderick and David O’Meara.
Fethard Bridge Club President, Tony Hanrahan, presenting the Player of the Year (O’Flynn Trophy) to Gemma Burke.
Club President Tony Hanrahan presenting the winners of the Committee Prize to winners Betty Walsh and Monica Anglim.
Club president Tony Hanrahan presenting the Club Championship (Hayes Trophy) to the winners Noreen Evans (left) and Betty Walsh.
Noel O'Dwyer (centre) presenting the ‘Kevin O'Dwyer Memorial Cup’ to the inaugural winners, David O'Meara and Nell Broderick. Noel donated the perpetual cup in memory of his late brother Kevin who was vice-president of the club and sadly died during the year.
Tony Hanrahan (club president) presenting the Individual Championship (Dick Gorey Perpetual Trophy) to winner Berney Myles.
Our AGM will be held on this Wednesday, May 24, at 7pm. The meeting will be followed by a game to bring the bridge season to a close until September.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, May 28, to the music of ‘Peter Burke’. 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.
Critical Illness Fund AGM
The AGM of Fethard’s Critical Illness Fund will take place on Tuesday, June 6, at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, and all are welcome to come along. The fund was set up to help those in financial difficulty caused by serious / critical illness and to help alleviate some of the many resulting expenses.
Business and Community Expo feature Fethard Junk Kouture outfits
At the "Clonmel Enterprise Town” Business and Community Expo which took place at The Loreto Convent School, Clonmel, on Friday, May 19, were students from Patrician Presentation Secondary School with their Junk Kouture outfits, ‘The Lone Rhino’ and ‘Amours Reign’, and staff members Ian O’Connor, Nuala Hearne and Dayl Cronin, ‘Dancing with the Stars extraordinaire’, who performed on the evening with ‘On your Toes’ Dance Academy. On the left is Juan Ortega Otera with his team members Dillon Costin and Amy Roche, and on the right is Lucy White modelling the outfit she created with Noelle O’Meara and Amy Byrne.
The Presentation Convent School Clonmel also took their Junk Kouture Fashion Extravaganza to the stage on the evening which had over 130 exhibitors and a Business panel discussion MC’d by Mary Kennedy, RTE.
Bank Of Ireland are the main sponsors for the Junk Kouture Fashion from junk Competition, with the Grand final recently held in the 3 Arena Dublin.
Fethard Horse Country Experience opens Tuesday May 30
Fethard Horse Country Experience will be officially opened on Tuesday, May 30, at 6.30pm, with special guests, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, and Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber. All Welcome! The Fethard Horse Experience offers visitors the opportunity to discover the rich culture and heritage of the region. Fethard is the finest example of a small medieval walled town in Ireland, and produces some of the greatest horses in the world.
David Hayes raising funds for charity work in Nicaragua at ‘Walls of Fethard’ run
David Hayes Fethard is part of 133 student Overseas Volunteers (established in 2003) who will be travelling to Nicaragua this summer for four weeks to work on a number of community development projects – construction of schools, health centres, residential facilities, sports projects etc. to aid the development of these poorer countries.
David will be taking part in the Fethard Athletic Club ‘Walls of Fethard’ four-mile road run starting at 8pm on Thursday, May 25, if you would like to support this worthy cause. All sponsorship greatly appreciated.
Macra ready to ‘Take You Out’
Get ready as South Tipp does ‘Take Me Out’ Macra style at the Clonmel Park Hotel on Saturday, May 27. All are invited to come along and see will our local lads and ladies find love or ‘land’ on the night. Guaranteed to be a great night with live music afterwards.
Tickets at €10 are available from all members of the local Macra branch or at the door on the night. For further information or tickets contact 085 1244717. All welcome and doors open at 8.30pm.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto – PLAY NOW
The numbers drawn on May 17, were: 9, 10, 27 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: Lar Looby (Jnr), Woodvale Walk, Fethard; and Tony McGarry, Barrack Street, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard (online ticket); Elana Regan, c/o Friendship Club; and Brendan Kenny, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, May 24. 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. If you would like to support the work of the Community Council by playing our Community Lotto please Click Here to Play.
GAA Sports Development Lotto
The numbers drawn on Friday, May 19, were 6, 22, 24 and 29. There was no jackpot winner and two match three winners who received €75 each: Veronica Carey c/o Eoin Whyte; and Pat Holohan, Cloneen.
The next draw takes place on Friday, May 26, 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.
Area Athletics starting at the later time of 7pm
All local Community Games young athletes are asked to take note that the Area Athletics will now commence at the later time of 7pm in Fethard Community Sportsfield, Killenaule Road on Wednesday next, May 24. Registration will take place from 6.50pm. Programme of events may also be viewed on the Tipperary Community Games Facebook page.
Competitors must be under the age specified on July 31, 2017, and must live in the area. Competitors are also asked to please have their mind made up if they want to travel to Templemore to the county finals on Sunday, June 11, if lucky enough to qualify. In the past several competitors were entered but failed to turn up on the day and for that reason it is essential for the organisers to know who intends travelling.
Community Games GAA Events
Fethard & Killusty U10 Football team who were winners over Ballingarry in the South Final. Best of luck to these boys who will contest the County Final in Semple Stadium on Saturday, May 27. Back L to R: Sean Thompson, Criostoir Sheehy, Zach Smith, Rory O'Mahony, Gavin Neville, Noah O'Flynn, T.J. Keane. Front L to R: Miceál O'Rahilly, Alec Knightly, Troy Delaney, Sam Coen, Daniel Barry, Sam Wyse, Lee Delaney and Kelvin Ryan. Team Manager is Jimmy Smith.
Fethard entered five teams in the GAA events and each team treated their supporters to some memorable games, winning some and losing others, by the narrowest of margins. All teams will have benefited greatly from the experience and are looking forward to participating again next year.
Other winners of south finals who will join our young football team are: Killenaule Moyglass (U11 Hurling); Powerstown Lisronagh (U12 Girls Football); Drangan Cloneen (U14 Girls Football); and Cashel Rosegreen (U14 Camogie). Well done to all.
Fethard Festival ‘Family Fun Day’ date set for June 18
Plans are now underway for this year’s Fethard Festival ‘Family Fun Day’ which will take place on Sunday, June 18, and offer the same exceptional family experience and entertainment for little or no cost.
This annual event, coordinated by Fethard Business & Tourism Group, will offer free Fun-Fair entertainment by the scenic Medieval Town Wall at The Valley, along with many other attractions including Bouncy Castles, Bungee Run, Trampolines, Climbing Wall, Craft stalls, plus lots, lots more. Other attractions will include a barbecue run by Fethard Rugby Club, local Country Market stalls, Dog Show and live music.
Fancy Dress Parade sponsored by Fethard & Killusty Community Council
‘Fethard-on-Sea’, one of the colourful entries in last year’s Fancy Dress Parade at Fethard Festival 'Family Fun Day'.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council have agreed to organise and sponsor this year’s Fancy Dress Parade and invite anyone interested in helping with this task to give their names to Joan at the Community Office, Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, or by telephone at (052) 6131000. A meeting will then be called to run the Fancy Dress Parade on the day and all suggestions and ideas are more than welcome.
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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