Fethard & Killusty Community Games Area Athletics
Results of Fethard & Killusty Community Games Area Athletics as follows. The first two in each race have been entered for the County finals due to take place in Templemore A.C on Sunday next, June 11th with the exception of Mai Hayes u8 60m and those in the tots non qualifying races. Programme of events may be viewed on www.tipperarycommunitygames.com facebook page. Good luck to all.
U8 60m 1 Mai Hayes 2 Sophie McEvoy 3 Laura Coonan/Kelly Quinlan
U8 80m 1 Laura Coonan 2 Kelly Quinlan
U10 100 1 Rebecca Kiely 2 Tara Moquet 3 Anna Hayes
U10 200 1 Lily Murphy 2 Clare Fitzgerald 3 Anna Hayes
U12 100 1 Ailise Fitzgerald 2 Fiona Barry
U12 600 1 Aoibheann Collum
U14 100 1 Mary-Ann Fitzgerald 2 Amy Morrissey
U14 800 1 Isobel Maher 2 Hannah Sheehy
Long Puck U14 1 Nicole Delaney
U8 60m 1 Ronan O'Meara 2 Patrick Coffey 3 Sean Woods
U8 80m 1 Daniel Gleeson 2 Joe Purcell 3 Joseph Gaule
U10 100 1 Noah O'Flynn 2 Zach Smith 3 Gavin Neville
U10 200 1 Lee Delaney 2 Gavin Neville 3 Daniel Barry
U12 100 1 Sean McEvoy 2 Mark O'Meara
U12 600 1 Tadgh Burns 2 Liam Kiely
U14 100 1 Charlie Hackett
Long Puck U12 1 Charlie Walsh 2 Ben Allen
Tots – Non qualifying Races.
1 Evie Murphy 2 Nessa Gleeson / Niamh O'Rahilly 3 Caitlin Feery
1 Gus Purcell 2 Aaron Feery
There will be a parade of all areas competing in the Community Games Athletics at 10.30am on Sunday next, so we would appreciate it if you would wear your club colours if you have them or wear something in blue and white. Templemore Athletic Club entrance is on the left hand side of the square (approaching from Thurles) beside the Garda Station just before the Templemore Arms hotel. Please be on time to collect numbers, march in the parade and make sure of one’s event.
Fethard GAA Club open new much-needed Astro Turf all-weather pitch
John Hurley, chairman Fethard GAA Club speaking at the official opening of their new all-weather Astro Turf pitch.
Fethard GAA may be steeped in history but on Sunday, June 4, it also showed it is firmly focused on the future, with the official opening the new club’s much-needed all-weather Astro Turf pitch, performed by life-long member Jimmy O’Shea. After a great evening of entertaining games played by our young Juveniles, club chairman John Hurley opened the proceedings with some well-chosen words and a huge debt of gratitude to all who made this marvellous project possible – from his committee, our Lotto team and the people who so generously support it. The event was well supported by hundreds of locals, including players, past and present, representative of South and County GAA Boards and the local press.
Jimmy O'Shea cutting the tape at the official opening of Fethard GAA All-Weather Astro Turf Pitch
John went on to speak of the contractors, Premier Pitches, and thanked them for their professionalism and for completing a supremely well-finished pitch and enclosure that will be enjoyed by not only our own members but by every child attending our local schools who will have full access to the facilities. John also thanked our sponsors Coolmore for their on-going support, both with this project and for always being supportive to the club over the past 25 years. Going forward, John spoke of the club’s commitment to continued development of their facilities for the use and benefit of all in Fethard.
Photographed at the official opening of Fethard GAA all-weather Astro Turf pitch are L to R: Michael Bourke (GAA County Board Chairman), Sean Nugent (GAA Central Council), John Hurley (Chairman Fethard GAA Club), John Magnier (Coolmore Stud), Jimmy O'Shea, Canon Tom Breen P.P. and M.V Magnier (Coolmore Stud).
Canon Tom Breen, a keen sports enthusiast, complimented the pitch and the great community spirit that is a tribute to the people of Fethard. Canon Breen blessed the pitch and all that may play on it. To perform the official opening and cutting of the ribbon, chairman John Hurley explained, “We wanted someone from the locality to cut the ribbon and who better than a man who has given so much to Fethard GAA and is still involved to this present day, than Jimmy O’Shea.”
Jimmy, not going to be outdone, had a few well-chosen words himself, and then followed on with his official duties and declared the pitch now open. Straightaway our youngest members played a short game as the very first people to play on this new and valued surface.
Keeping a watchful eye over proceedings at the official opening of Fethard GAA all-weather Astro Turf pitch. L to R: Michael Quinlan, Martin Coen, Louis Coen, Brian Coen, Mick Smith and Martin Burke.
The club would like to thank, everyone who turned up on the day and all those that have helped make this great facility possible.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, June 11, to the music of ‘Sam O’Doherty’. 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 Fancy Dress Parade & Family Fun Day
Parents and children are asked to prepare their ideas for this year’s Fancy Dress Parade which will take place on Sunday, June 18, at 2.30pm. This year there will be lots of prizes and the parade will assemble at the school field on the Rocklow Road. For further information contact Tina Whyte on 087 7645216.
A full programme of entertainment will also take place at the annual Family Fun Day by the Town Wall, which will include live music, stalls, free Fun-Fair entertainment along with many other attractions including Bouncy Castles, Bungee Run, Trampolines, Climbing Wall, Craft stalls, dog show, plus lots, lots more.
Sports Achievement Award nominees for May
The thirteen nominees for the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for May are as follows:
Fethard U16 Ladies Football Team – County A champions beating Aherlow in the final.
Cian Hurley – Winner of two gold medals at a Special Olympic gala held in Limerick.
Eoin Tynan – Division B Singles and Doubles winner at the 12th Italian Open Racquetball Championships held in Brembate, Italy.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School – Ladies Football Munster D schools winners.
Holy Trinity National School – U13 Tipperary schools camogie champions.
Fethard U10 Boys Football – South and County Community Games champions.
Claire Annan – Senior Ladies winner at last weeks Walls of Fethard 4-mile road race.
St. Rita’s U16 Camogie – County C winners 2017 beating Gortnahoe in the final.
Bernard Feery – Over 55 winner at last weeks Walls of Fethard road race.
Ryan Walsh – Captain of Thurles CBS who won the Munster U15 schools title.
Keith Dalton – Keith rode three hurdle winners during May in his new adopted home, Kentucky.
Ciaran Moloney & Kieran O Donnell – Winners of U15 Tipperary championship with Clerihan FC of 2017.
Joe Murphy – Success for Joe at Ballinrobe when his charge, Swamp Fox, won the valuable McHale Handicap Hurdle.
The winner will be announced at a presentation function in Butler’s Bar on this coming Friday night, June 9, and all are welcome.
Bodhrán Club at Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Bodhrán teacher, Ms Marian Quinn Smullen (right) and deputy prinipal, Ms Mary Ann Fogarty, photographed with pupils who took part in the initiative on Monday evenings after school. Pupils included above are: Cathal O’Donnell, Cathal Ryan, Samantha Buckley, Rachel O’Loughnan, Emma Lyons, Sadhbh Morrissey, Sam Quigley, Aisling Hennessy, Simon Brawders, Michael O’Meara and Michelle Cronin.
On Monday, May 22, Patrician Presentation Secondary School’s Bodhrán Club put on an excellent performance for staff, parents and members of the Board of Management. The initiative was part of the JCSP programme in the school and was organised by Ms Fogarty. The pupils really enjoyed the classes with local bodhrán teacher, Ms Marian Quinn Smullen, and the school thanks her most sincerely for all her work with the group. Well done to all.
All-Ireland Maths Success
Congratulations to Mr Billy Walsh and his 1st Year Maths Class at Patrician Presentation Secondary School who achieved All-Ireland success in the Maths Eyes Competition. Three of our class groups in total were selected out of almost eight hundred entries for prizes with the First Years winning the overall prize in the U14 Category. The Maths Eyes competition changes the view of Mathematics from being something everyone does in school. It promotes the usefulness of Maths and encourages the use of the real world as a starting point for the relevant exploration in the Maths World.
Fethard Bridge Club AGM
At the recent AGM of Fethard Bridge Club the following officers and committee were elected: Mary Tierney (President), Noel O’Dwyer (Vice-President), Carmel Condon (Secretary), Betty Walsh (Treasurer), Bill O’Sullivan (Asst. Treasurer), and Brendan Kenny (PRO). Tournament Directors are Betty Walsh, Gemma Burke, Frances Burke and Alice Quinn. Committee members: Anna Cooke, Carol Kenny and Monica Anglim.
The results of the game following the AGM were: 1st Gross North/South, Gemma Burke and Carol Kenny; 1st Gross East/West, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 1st Nett North/South, Monica Anglim and Betty Walsh; 1st Nett East/West, Vincent Cummins and Tony Hanrahan.
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber speaking at the official opening of Fethard Horse Country Experience on Tuesday, May 30.
Opening of ‘Horse Country’ an experience to be remembered
Fethard Business and Tourism Group committee members Back L to R: Tim Robinson, Anthony Fitzgerald, Tadhg Gleeson, Peter Grant, Maurice Moloney. Front L to R: Leo Darcy, Terry Cunningham, Shannon Forrest (staff), Mary Hanrahan, Kate Corcoran, Edwina Newport, Georgina Conroy (staff), Cllr John Fahey, Bill O'Sullivan,Tim Corballis, Peter Steel and John O'Shea (staff).
Photographed at the Official Opening of Fethard Horse Country Experience were L to R: Anthony Fitzgerald (County Development Board), Jimmy O'Sullivan (Fethard Business & Tourism Group), Allison Harvey (Heritage Council Planning Officer) and Mary Hanrahan (Fethard Historical Society).
Photographed at the Official Opening of Fethard Horse Country Experience were L to R: Hilary Creedon (Programme Officer - Ireland's Ancient East at Fáilte Ireland), Jimmy O'Sullivan, Jenny de Saulles (Head of Ireland's Ancient East), Maurice Moloney and Mary Houlihan (Programme Officer - Ireland's Ancient East at Fáilte Ireland).
Photographed at the Official Opening of Fethard Horse Country Experience were L to R: Renate Helnwein, Georgina Conroy and Trish Conroy.
L to R: Maurice Moroney, Shannon Forrest, Cllr Siobhán Ambrose (County Cathaoirleach), Marie McMahon, Cllr John Fahey and Jimmy O'Sullivan.
On Tuesday evening, May 30, everything was set in place for the long-awaited official opening of Fethard Horse Country Experience situated in The Tholsel, better known locally as the Town Hall. Almost perfect conditions, weather and otherwise, raised the spirits for all present who witnessed this unique occasion, which was also covered by RTE’s Nationwide television programme to be broadcast at a later date.
Mr Jimmy O’Sullivan, chairman Fethard Business & Tourism Group, began proceedings by welcoming all the invited guests and representatives from the various supporting agencies involved in the project since it first began on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. A meeting organised by the group to present ideas regarding the renovation of Fethard Town Hall, focused on a presentation by Conservation Architect, Michael O'Boyle, who was commissioned by the group, with support from South Tipperary County Council, to prepare a feasibility study regarding the development of the Town Hall as a focal point for the visitor to Fethard.
Photographed at the Official Opening of Fethard Horse Country Experience were L to R: Michael Healy, Monica Healy, Mary Healy and Martin Healy.
Yvonne and Jerome Casey, Drumdeel, Fethard, pictured with their family at the Official Opening of Fethard Horse Country Experience.
L to R: Willie Hayes and Terry Cunningham at the Official Opening of Fethard Horse Country Experience.
Michael Mallon relaxing at the official opening of the Fethard Horse Country Experience
In the following years, the dream progressed and was enhanced with the support of Tipperary County Council, South Tipperary Development Company, Fáilte Ireland and our very own Coolmore Stud who facilitated a study to find the best self-sustaining tourist attraction suitable to our unique area. Following lots of consultation it was then decided, with the support of the Magnier Family at Coolmore, to engage the services of Event Communications, one of the best in Europe, to prepare and install the ‘Fethard Horse Country Experience’ as the main tourist attraction situated in the beautifully restored Town Hall.
L to R: Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Maurice Moroney and Georgina Conroy at the Official Opening of Fethard Horse Country Experience
Photographed at the official opening of Fethard Horse Country Experience are L to R: Canon Tom Breen P.P., Aidan O’Brien and Fr. Lazarus Barkindo OSA
L to R: Maurice Moloney, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, and J.P. Magnier (Coolmore Stud).
Allison Harvey (Heritage Council Planning Officer) who was very instrumental in Fethard joining the Irish Walled Towns Network over 10 years ago, delighted to meet and have her photographed with local horse trainer Mouse Morris at the official opening of Fethard Horse Country Experience.
L to R: Joe MacGrath (CEO Tipperary County Council) and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber meeting local drama enthusiast Jacqueline Kiely.
L to R: Marie Hanrahan and Eileen Coady
Fethard has gained a huge gem in this exhibition and another great reason to entice people to visit our wonderful town. Our guest speakers, Cllr Siobhán Ambrose, County Cathaoirleach; Isabel Cambie, South Tipperary Development Company; Jenny de Saulles, Head of Ireland's Ancient East; Minister Paul Kehoe; and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, also expressed their huge appraisal of the project at the official opening. Progress comes in small steps and moves in one direction.
Jimmy O'Sullivan, Chairman Fethard Business and Tourism Group speaking
Section of the crowd at the official opening
Minister Paul Kehoe speaking
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber speaking
Section of the crowd listening to the guest speakers.
Section of the crowd listening to the guest speakers.
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Minister Paul Kehoe cutting the tape at the official opening of Fethard Horse Country Experience.
Minister Paul Kehoe speaking at the Official Opening
What was more to the point may have been Minister Paul Kehoe’s appreciation of the huge contribution the Magnier Family and Coolmore have made to this local community in the past and present; and also Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beautiful short speech praising the town’s amazing buildings, its friendly people and welcoming community spirit . . . and, of course, its great horse country!
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on May 31, were: 7, 9, 10 and 15. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: John Kenny, The Green, Fethard; and Kitty Sullivan, Canon Hayes Court, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: John Spillane, c/o Kathleen Connolly; Jacinta Hanley, Kerry Street, Fethard; and Dóirín Saurus, Crampscastle, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, June 7. 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 Online.
GAA Sports Development Lotto
The numbers drawn on Friday, June 2, were 9, 11, 29 and 33. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. One lucky dip winner received €50: Sarah Fogarty, Carrick-on-Suir; and four lucky dip winners received €25: John Byrne, c/o Merrys, Clonmel; Stephen O'Donnell, Coolmoyne; Chelsea Kenny, Castlehiggins; and Jamie McCormack, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
The next draw takes place on Friday, June 9, 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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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