New GAA 'All Weather Training Pitch' opens on Sunday next
On Sunday, June 4, Fethard GAA will open their new and much awaited all weather training pitch at 7pm. The pitch will be officially opened by one of the club's longest serving members, Jimmy O'Shea, and Canon Tom Breen P.P. will perform the blessing. All are welcome.
The opening will be followed by refreshment served in the Town Hall. The grounds will be open to all from 5pm onwards with a selection of games being played by various grades, both boys and girls. The new pitch will facilitate all GAA needs and will also be available to both local schools during school hours. When the all-weather pitch is available it can also be used by other organisations in our community.
Woman's Mini Marathon on June 5
Your support is requested for the local ladies taking part in this year's Woman's Mini Marathon which taks place on Bank Holiday Monday, June 5. Donations can be made in the local participating business houses in Fethard. The ladies taking part are: Patricia Breen, Cora Breen, Monica Pollard, Majella Daly, Elaine Daly, Rebecca Daly and Stephanie Johnson.
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber speaking at the official opening of Fethard Horse Country Experience on Tuesday, May 30.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, June 4, to the music of ‘Declan Aungier’. 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.
Senior Citizen's Summer Outing
Fethard Senior Citizens' Club members are reminded of our summer outing on Tuesday, June 6.
The bus leaves from Main Street at 11am.
Fethard Playground included in 50 best in Ireland
Fethard’s Sensory & Musical Garden a great attraction and addition to Fethard Playground situated on the Cashel Road, Fethard
Fethard Playground was chosen as one of the 50 best playgrounds in Ireland in a survey published by the Irish Times on Saturday, May 20. The article, compiled by Jennifer O’Connell, Damian Cullen, Sylvia Thompson, Leonie Corcoran, Lorna Siggins, Noel O’Reilly and Malachy Clerkin, went in search throughout the country to find the best free play areas to entertain the kids this summer. Fethard was included being good for children of all ages and abilities. The report went on to mention the following:
“This is a playground in a small village that a large town would be proud of. There are two separate areas. On one side is a large, bright, well-maintained playground, which boasts fun equipment above and beyond an average outdoor play area. Next door is a ‘Sensory Musical Garden’, a project funded by the South Tipperary Autism Support Group. The garden is aimed at children (and adults) with intellectual and physical disabilities, though all are welcome. Along with families looking for a nice day out, any group currently planning to build a playground in their area should take a trip to this south Tipperary village.”
A very good endorsement to the work of Fethard & Killusty Community Council and their enthusiastic Playground Committee who spearheaded the project and fundraising with the support of Tipperary County Council and Tipperary Leader Company. The only issue we have with the otherwise glowing report, is that, Fethard is one of the best examples of a small Medieval Town in Ireland and was never a ‘village’!
Holy Trinity NS - U13 Camogie Champions!
Fethard Holy Trinity National School’s U13 Camogie Team, following their win over Gortnahoe in the final played at Semple Stadium.
On Friday, May 26, Fethard Holy Trinity National School’s U13 Camogie Team headed to Semple Stadium to play Gortnahoe in the county final. From the start the girls played brilliantly with great skill, speed and determination, even in the hot evening sun. It was the first time our ladies’ team contested a schools’ county final and they have now made history for themselves and the school. A fantastic achievement and we are all so proud of them. Well done to all the girls involved and their teachers, Mrs Meagher, Mrs Fitzgerald and Mrs McGrath.
Children starting out on the right note!
Fethard Community Playgroup would like to thank Stuart Clooney for entertaining the playgroup with their first lesson in playing the piano. The children had a fabulous time and thoroughly enjoyed the music and experience and hopefully many will continue to play. For lesson enquiries please contact Stuart and Maura Clooney, Fethard, at Tel: (052) 6132567 or 087 9540234.
Golden Wedding celebrated in style
Congratulations to Mary and Louis Coen, Killusty, who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, May 20. The celebration began with Mass in The Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty, with celebrant Canon Tom Breen, P.P. giving the happy couple a special blessing before a packed church.
Mary and Louis were surprised and delighted with the huge support and unexpected individual help from the local community that made their Golden Wedding Day special in so many ways. In particular, Mary and Louis would like to thank their wonderful children for all their organising to help to make it happen and so memorable; to Canon Tom Breen for such a beautiful mass; to sacristan Ann Kenny for having the church looking so well; to Mary Noonan, Mary Cranitch and Marc Van Dommelen for providing the music; and to everyone who turned up, send cards, flowers, good wishes or helped in any way.
The happy celebrations continued back at the family residence until the early hours with music supplied by The Sheehans, refreshments served by the renowned singing ‘Barman’ and lots of banter and memories shared of a wonderful 50 years of marriage, sport and family life.
‘Walls of Fethard’ four-mile run
Fethard Athletic Club runners photographed during their warming-up run at Market Hill before taking part in the ‘Walls of Fethard’ four-mile run on Thursday last, May 25. L to R: Bernard Feery, Evelyn Fogarty, Tony Flynn, Jenny Hutton, Aine Doocey, Noreen Sheehy, Franny Tyrrell and Perry Daniel.
Thursday evening, May 25, was a great occasion in Fethard with the annual running of the Walls of Fethard road race. As the assembled gathering of runners sped in by Kerry Street, after starting out on the foothills of Market Hill under the eye of starter, Billy O’Dwyer, the scene was a picture to behold with the colour, athletic agility and speed as they passed by the rather large crowd gathered at the Cross and up along Main Street. The race then left town by the Killenaule Road, turned left at Ballybough, and finished at the North Gate on the Rocklow Road.
Lady participants taking a break after participating in the ‘Walls of Fethard’ four-mile run on Thursday night, May 25.
On the night many new friends were made with promises of returning next year. One great story emerged as the latter placed Master, Joe Lacey of Moyglass, recognised a steward Michael Healy, and stopped for a chat with his school mate from over forty years earlier. Joe was home after competing in the Malaysia marathon last week. Also taking part were a pair of ardent runners from Canada, Evelyn (Fogarty) and her husband Tony Flynn.
Taking part in the ‘Walls of Fethard’ four-mile run on Thursday last, May 25, are L to R: Michael Moore, Neilie Hall, Bernard Feery and Niall O Ceallaigh
Before the prizes were presented at the community hall, a minute’s silence was held in memory of forgotten friends that had passed away during the year. Our thanks to local Garda Shane O’Neill, Richie Cummins, Red Cross; all our faithful stewards and catering staff; and of course our loyal sponsors for their help and support.
David Hayes Fethard, who ran in the ‘Walls of Fethard’ race to support his forthcoming overseas volunteer trip to Nicaragua this summer to work on a number of community development projects. Thanks to all the local clubs, organisations and individuals who so generously sponsored him. David is pictured here at the finish of the 4 Mile Road Race and will be leaving in June for Nicaragua as part of the UCD Volunteers Overseas Project. We wish him well.
Results of Walls of Fethard run on May 25
Senior Men: 1st William Stephens (Coolquill), 2nd Liam Shanahan (Thurles Crokes), 3rd John McCormack (Dundrum). Over 40, 1st Pat Cormack (Ballynonty); Over 45, 1st Jim Hally (Dundrum); Over 50, 1st Cornelius McFadden (Clonmel); Over 55, 1st Bernard Feery (Fethard); Over 60, 1st Ned O'Brien (Clonmel); Over 65, 1st Eamon Crowley (Clonmel); and Over 70, 1st Myles McHugh (Clonmel). Junior Men: 1st Jake Ferry (Fethard).
Senior Ladies: 1st Claire Annan (Clonmel), 2nd Carmel Fitzgibbon (Thurles Crokes), 3rd Madeline Loughnane (Thurles Crokes); Over 35, 1st Mary Molloy (Carrick); Over 40, 1st Marian Flaherty (Clonmel); 0/45, 1st Siobhan McHugh (Clonmel); Over 50, 1st Anna Byrne (Clonmel); Over 55, 1st Olive Heffernan (Cahir); and Over 60, 1st Hilary Collins (Coolquill).
Moyglass Festival Weekend, June 10-11
The annual Moyglass Festival Weekend will take place on weekending, June 10 and 11, this year. On Saturday night, June10, the ever-popular JigJam will play in the Moyglass Sports and Leisure Centre from 10pm to 12pm, followed by disco from midnight to 2am. Full bar facilities and admission is €10. The final of the soccer tournament will also take place earlier on Saturday night.
On Sunday, June 10, there will be a Family Sports Day held in the community field from 1.30pm to 4pm. Later on that evening at 8pm you will be able to chance your luck at a Monster Bingo night in the Moyglass Community Hall.
Munster Ladies Football School’s win for Fethard
Patrician Presentation Secondary School senior ladies football team, winners of the Munster D final over St. Declan’s Community College, Kilmacthomas. The team members were: Sadhbh Horan, Laura Kiely, Molly O’Meara Michelle Cronin, Allison Connolly, Emma Cronin, Ciara Hayes, Lucy Spillane, Kate Davey, Carrie Davey, Megan Coen, Nell Spillane, Laura O’Donnell, Leah Coen and Maggie Fitzgerald. Subs: Sadhbh Morrissey, Emma Lyons, Caoimhe O‘Meara, Chyanne Creed, Ella-Mai Hackett, Lauren Needham and Samantha Buckley.
Patrician Presentation Fethard recorded a great win by 4-12 to 1-05, over St Declan’s Community College, Kilmacthomas Secondary School in the Munster D final of the Senior Ladies Football. On the way to the final Fethard recorded a great win against Askeaton Secondary School in the semifinal.
The final was played at Moyle Rovers GAA grounds where the Fethard girls played against a strong wind in the first half with great displays from Kate Davey, Carrie Davey Leah Coen and Megan Coen and led 1-9 to 1-2 at half time.
In the second half Fethard continued with strong attacking football with Lucy Spillane, Ciara Hayes and Emma Cronin leading to the fore. In the end Fethard recorded a great win with captain Molly O’Meara accepting the cup. This was great achievement for our school as we beat a lot of larger schools on the way to the final to record our first Munster Ladies Football Final win. Thanks to the selectors and trainer Micheál Spillane for helping out with the girls.
Happy 99th Birthday Nellie
Nellie Purcell, formerly of Burke Street, Fethard, who celebrated her 99th birthday on May 24, is pictured above with her two nieces, Joan Shine (back) from Congress Terrace, Fethard, and Paula Smith, Boston, USA. We wish Nellie many more years of happiness and health.
Great Trip to the Nire Valley
The most recent outing of the Fethard Historical Society was on Friday evening, May 19, to the lovely Nire Valley in County Waterford. Twenty-five people from the Fethard and Slievenamon area travelled by coach and entered the valley from the Kilsheelan side via the wonderful ‘Powers of the Pot’ road. Our guide was Nire Valley native, Maura Barrett (nee Wall), who joined the bus at the county boundary and regaled the group with tales of the Comeraghs and Nire Valley that especially emphasised the rich heritage in the folklore and language of the people.
The Irish language was the language of many of the people well into the last century and there is still a great respect for the old stories, especially ones concerning ‘the fairies’ and what they may and may not do to you.
The group travelled on up past Hanora’s Cottage, Nire Church, and on up to the elevated car park where Maura continued her tales of times past and of how coffins were carried across the mountain to Rathgormack graveyard for burial before their own church was built.
Then it was into the lovely ‘Old School Hall’ where the Maura’s sister, Noreen Sheehan, had the kettles boiled for tea and buns that never tasted so good. Maura then continued with her ‘All Walls and No Ditches’ on-screen presentation, which was very much a general chat amongst all present.
What was truly a charming evening was rounded off with the young Sheehan boys playing a few tunes on accordion and tin whistle. This was indeed one of the most memorable of our ‘local trips’ organised by the society and the, ‘half outside –half inside’, format can and will be used again in the future. The Historical Society can be contacted on 087 9009722 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bishop's little helpers
Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, photographed with identical twins Troy and Lee Delaney, Redcity, Fethard, at the recent Confirmation held in Powerstown Church. The Bishop decided to give the job of minding his crosier to Troy and his mitre to Lee, much to the amusement of all present.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on May 24, were: 16, 20, 24 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: Patricia Treacy, Strylea, Fethard (online ticket); and Breda Nolan, Ballinure.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Tara Ryan, Lismortagh, Killenaule; Chrissie O'Meara, Knockbrack, Fethard (online ticket); and Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, May 31. 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 26, were 8, 34, 35 and 36. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. One lucky dip winner received €50: Lorena Lawrence, Woodvale Walk; and four lucky dip winners received €25: Tossie Lawton, St Patrick's Place; Jerry Spillane, Killerk; Orla Lawrence, Woodvale Walk; and Rhona & Ann Maher, Goatenbridge.
The next draw takes place on Friday, June 2, 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.
Cemetery Mass in Killusty
A Cemetery Mass will be held in Killusty Graveyard on this coming Friday evening, June 2, at 7.30pm. All are invited to come along and take this opportunity to remember our loved ones interred in the grounds of The Church of the Sacred Heart in Killusty.
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).
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.
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 email@example.com
The following photographs will give an idea of what Fethard was like in the year 1979 . . . not many changes but I'm sure you'll find some!
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.