Fantastic line-up for Fethard Festival Fun Day on this coming Sunday, June 18
A section of the large crowd enjoying last year’s event. This year’s Fethard Festival will take place on this coming Sunday, June 18, from 2pm to 6pm by the Medieval Town Wall. With Fancy Dress starting at 2pm from Fethard Ballroom
Festival Sunday, June 18, is really looking like it’s going to be a fantastic day in Fethard. Fethard Business & Tourism Group and Fethard & Killusty Community Council have joined forces to make this year's Fethard Festival bigger and better with a very impressive line up.
Fethard GAA will kick start the day with the annual football tournament for the Danagher Cup taking place in the Fethard GAA Field. For information contact John Hurley 086 1415846.
Fancy Dress Parade starting at 2pm from Fethard Ballrooom
We welcome the award winning Banna Cluain Meala to Fethard this year and look forward to them leading the Fancy Dress Parade which will start from the Ballroom at 2pm and parade up Main Street and down to our very scenic medieval town wall. We encourage everyone to make a special effort to take part in the Fancy Dress Parade and create memories that will preserve a lifetime.
There will be lots of prizes for those taking part and judging by a non-Fethard national. We would love to see as many of you as possible take part in this year’s Fancy Dress Parade and hopefully in 30 years time people looking back at photographs will have fond memories as we have now when looking at the pictures taken 30 years ago on view here on the Fethard Website. For any information about the parade contact Tina Whyte 087 7645216.
Photographed 30 years ago enjoying the Fethard Fancy Dress Parade on Main Street are L to R: Eva Purcell, Betty Holohan and Marie O'Sullivan . . . you can see lots more photographs from the same year by CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE FANCY DRESS PARADE PHOTOGRAPHS taken in 1987
Another popular attraction is the annual Duck Race on the Clashawley which will start at 3pm. Contact Bill O’Sullivan 087 2522885 for ‘Duck Race’ information.
Dog Show at 3.30pm
The annual Dog Show will also take place in the afternoon at 3.30pm by the Town Park and will include a 'Fancy Dress' section. Other Classes for Dog Show are as follows: Best Large Dog; Best Small DogDog with the Waggiest Tail; Dog you would most like to Take Home; Best Young Handler – Under 10. Entry Fee €2.
Further information is available by contacting Pat Culligan 087 9451810 or Catherine Kearney 086 3441940.
Live music entertainment
Live music provided by MOJO'd blues band will entertain the expected large tour out by the Town Wall from 3pm to 5pm, where Fethard Rugby Club will host their usual fantastic BBQ. We have lots of family stalls coming with lovely items for sale. We acknowledge the annual generous support of the Magnier family at Coolmore who provide the array of free fun fair entertainment including Bouncy Castles, Bungee Run, Trampolines, Climbing Wall, Face Painting, and a new attraction this year Uncle Mikes Pet World.
‘Wheel of Fortune’ stall in aid of worthy fund
Fethard Critical Illness Fund will hold a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ stall and would welcome donations of any unused gifts or bric-a-brac cluttering your home, why not donate them to use as prizes on their stall? You can drop all donated goods to Henehan’s, Main Street, or Kenny’s Centra, Barrack Street, marked for the attention of Pamela Sweeney or P.J. Henehan. Alternatively, you can contact P.J. Henehan Tel: 085 6016411 who will arrange collection if required. The Fethard Critical Illness Fund was set up to offer support to individuals and their families during prolonged, serious illness, and provide financial assistance to help defray some of the costs associated with serious illness.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council AGM
The annual general meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday night, July 4, at 8.30pm and all are welcome to come along.
Community Games County Finals
Attached are some photos taken at the County Athletics finals where we saw a fine performance from all competitors. Congratulations to Noah O’Flynn who won a silver medal for the second successive year. Full results may be viewed along with photographs on the Tipperary Community Games Facebook page.
L to R: Ciara Cummins (a member of Ireland’s fittest family) pictured with Tadgh Burns and James Barry from Coolmoyne at the Aldi Community Games County Athletic finals. Ciara’s mum was originally Patricia O’Donovan, a native of Coolmoyne.
Group of competitors from Fethard & Killusty pictured at Community games county athletics finals.
Back L to R: Hannah Sheehy, Mark O’Meara, Tadgh Burns, Ronan O’Meara, Sean McEvoy, Lee Delaney, Gavin Neville, Charlie Hackett, Joe Purcell, Liam Kiely, Gus Purcell, Mary Anne Fitzgerald, Lily Murphy, Noreen Sheehy, Amy Morrissey. Front L to R: Isobel Maher, Nicole Delaney, Patrick Coffey, Daniel Gleeson, Sophie McEvoy, Rebecca Kiely, Fiona Barry, Claire Fitzgerald and Alise Fitzgerald.
Noah O’Flynn, Knockelly won a silver medal at community games county athletic finals for the second successive year pictured with Ciara Cummins.
Golden Jubilee Mass this Thursday
Canon Tom Breen P.P. will celebrate 50 years in the priesthood and 16 years as Parish Priest of Fethard & Killusty at a special thanksgiving Mass in Holy Trinity Parish Church at 7.30pm on this Thursday, June 15. All are invited to Fr Tom’s Golden Jubilee Mass and to the reception afterwards in Fethard Ballroom. We send our sincere congratulations to Fr. Tom on this special occasion and look forward to many more years of his influential ministry in our parish.
Peter and Bernadette retire after 35 year’s grocery
Peter and Bernadette McManus photographed in their grocery shop with their daughter Rhona (centre)
In the past few weeks Peter and Bernadette McManus finally retired from their lively grocery shop in Burke Street that they first opened in February 1982. The shop is one of the last ‘old-time’ grocery shops remaining in Fethard and was originally owned by sisters Mai and Nell Grady.
Happily the shop, recently purchased by Anthea and Mike Hames, will remain open and continue business as usual. We wish the new family a hearty welcome to Fethard and continued success in their new grocery business.
Peter and Bernadette have also expressed their sincere thanks to all their customers for their support over the past 35 years and a mass will be offered in gratitude.
May winner of Fethard Sports Achievement Award
Anne Butler (front right), representing this month's sponsor Butler's Bar, presenting the Fethard Sports Achievement Award for May to team captain Lucy Spillane, who accepted the award on behalf of the Fethard U16 Ladies Football Team who won the County A Championship beating Aherlow in the final. Also included in the photograph are team members Back L to R: Áine Ryan, Maggie Fitzgerald, Nell Spillane, Alison Connolly, Niamh Hayes, Carrie Davey and Leah Coen.
Fethard U16 Ladies Football Team were the May winners of the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award presented on Friday night, June 9. The team earned the award for their fantastic achievement in winning the U16 Ladies County A Championship beating reigning champions Aherlow in the final. Aherlow had already defeated the girls in the group stages, which made the win even sweeter. Anne Butler, representing this month’s sponsor Butler’s Bar, presented the award.
Anne Butler, Butler's Bar, presenting certificate to Mary Hurley, who accepted on behalf of her son Cian Hurley who was nominated for the Fethard Sports Achievement Award presentation for May. Cian won two gold medals at the recent Special Olympic Gala held in Limerick.
Fethard GAA Club were presented with the ‘Mentor of the Month’ award for their tremendous achievement in providing and opening the new All-Weather Astro Turf facility at their playing field.
Strictly a great performance from Fethard’s young dancers
Taking part in Marina's 'Strictly Come Dancing' at Fethard Ballroom were L to R: Suzy Murphy, Lucy McGrath, Róisín Purcell, Shauna Madigan, Saoirse Burns and Tara Ryan.
This year’s ‘Strictly Dancing’ at Fethard Ballroom was another huge success displaying the young talented dancers honed by local instructor, Marina Mullins. The annual event raises much-needed funds for local causes and this year, both Moyglass National School and Killusty National School were the chosen beneficiaries and divided the proceeds of €3,041. Both school principals, Sarah O’Sullivan (Killusty NS) and Michael Hayes (Moyglass NS) were present and each complimented the fantastic event that showcases the work by Marina in teaching the children how to enjoy dancing – a skill that will last a lifetime.
Taking part in Marina's 'Strictly Come Dancing' at Fethard Ballroom were L to R: Ella Deegan and Micheál O'Rahilly.
Marina Mullins presenting the winners of the Under-12 (Three-Dance) to Kaylin O'Donnell (left) and Meadhbh O'Loughlin.
The event was performed before a packed ballroom of parents and spectators with each dance introduced by master of ceremonies, Mary Hanrahan. Judges for the evening were Mrs Mary Delaney and Mr Pat Casey who had the difficult job of separating the dancers. The winners on the night were: Eoin O’Donnell and Mai Hayes (U6 Quickstep); Thomas O’Rahilly and Sophie McEvoy (U8 Quickstep); Saoirse Burns and Tara Ryan (U10 Quickstep); Hannah O’Sullivan and Anna Hayes (U10 Advanced Quickstep); Callum Doherty and Aoibheann Collum (U12 Two-Dance); Kaylin O’Donnell and Meadhbh O’Loughlin (Over 12 Three-Dance).
The annual ‘Dancer of the Night’, chosen by the spectators’ votes were: 1st Callum Doheny; 2nd Aoibheann Collum; 3rd Amy Morrissey; and 4th Rose Reddy.
Helping count the spectators votes for the 'Dancer of the Night' at Marina's 'Strictly Come Dancing' in Fethard Ballroom were L to R: Ena O'Meara and Niamh Gleeson.
Organisers Marina Mullins and Tom Delaney presenting the 'Dancer of the Night' trophy to Callum Doheny.
Marina expressed her thanks to all the sponsors who make the event possible by sponsoring trophies and prizes and in doing so boost the proceeds available to local causes. The dance category sponsors were: Ribworld Fethard, Ulster Bank Clonmel, Killusty Crafts, Clonmel Oil, Copymoore Urlingford, Clonmel Credit Union, Camida Clonmel, Killusty Soccer Club, Kiely’s Garage Cloneen, Dalton’s Pharmacy Fethard, J&M Hackett Killusty, Fethard Folk Park & Collectors Market, Andrew Slattery Killenaule, William Slattery Killenaule, Killusty Pony Show, Leetherm Killusty and AIB Fethard.
Day Care Center participates in ‘May Customs’ exhibition
Participants from Fethard Day Care Centre photographed at the official opening of Tipperary Bealtaine Festival 2017 at South Tipperary County Museum. Back L to R: Joan Looby, Geraldine Cahill, Marie McMahon (Curator), Melanie Scott (Arts Officer), Liz Kelly, Mary Ann Fogarty (Deputy Principal Patrician Presentation Secondary School), Pat Looby, Julie Walsh Drohan (Museum), Mary Hanrahan, Mary Quigley. Middle L to R: Dolores O’Donnell, Mary Morgan, Noreen Allen, Rita Kenny, Mary Healy, Catriona Hyland. Front L to R: Pauline Morrissey, Hanna McGarry, Eileen Needham, Thelma Griffith and Mary Fitzgerald.
Fethard & District Day Care Centre members participated in the recent ‘May Customs’ exhibition officially opened at South Tipperary County Museum and part of Tipperary Bealtaine Festival 2017. The exhibition remains open until Tuesday, June 20. Admission free.
The project, commissioned by Tipperary County Council, engaged local artist Pat Looby, who looked at the various May customs and practices in the locality, and also involved students from Patrician Presentation Secondary School to take part. The project was supported by independent curator Liz Kelly, and was opened by Melanie Scott, Tipperary Arts Officer.
Participants from Fethard and District Day Care Centre photographed while preparing their exhibition pieces for Tipperary Bealtaine Festival with pupils from Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School. L to R: Joan Heffernan, Dolores O’Donnell, Sinead Sheridan, Mary Fitzgerald, Noreen Allen, Tina Shine, Amy Donovan, Eileen Needham, Shona O’Neill, Mary Morgan, Mark Hayde and Geraldine McCarthy (Day Care Centre Supervisor).
Bealtaine is Ireland’s largest co-operative festival and the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age. It brings together artists and people from all over Ireland to support a rich and creative life for older people while also supporting the work and careers of mature artists.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Festival Sunday Night, June 18, to the music of ‘Dave Rea’. 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.
Hair Salon supports Day Care Centre
Stephanie Johnson would like to thank all who supported her recent draw held in her Hair Salon and supported her participation in the Women’s Mini Marathon. A total of €390 was raised for Fethard Day Care Centre. Catherine Ryan was the winner of the ‘Sketchers’.
The death has occurred on Monday, June 12, of Joe 'Duffy' Barrett, Market Hill, Fethard.
Funeral Mass will take place in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Main Street, Fethard, on Wednesday, June 14, at 11am with burial afterwards in Calvary Cemetery.
Joe will be fondly remembered as one of the few men you would see cycling up Market Hill with a bale of hay on the back of his bike to feed his animals on Market Hill. May he rest in peace.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on June 7, were: 10, 14, 24 and 25. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Joan O'Meara, The Green, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: P.J. Henehan, Main Street, Fethard; Tom Ryan, c/o Nellie Ryan; and Mary Danaher, Cedar Grove, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, June 14. 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 9, were 27, 28, 33 and 36. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. One lucky dip winner received €50: Alice Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; and four lucky dip winners received €25 each: Anna Cummins c/o Ladies Football Club; Mick Smyth, The Well Bar, Burke Street; Mary McCormack, Kerry Street, Fethard; and Bridget & Vincent, Cashel.
The next draw takes place on Friday, June 16, 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.
Killusty Cemetery Mass
Photographed at the Killusty Cemetery Mass on Friday evening, June 2, are L to R: Christy Aylward, Sean Aylward, Kevin Ryan, Canon Tom Breen P.P., Christy Williams, Johnny Sheehan and Gus Fitzgerald. (Photos supplied by Martin Ryan)
Killusty Church sacristan Ann Kenny photographed with Canon Tom Breen P.P. at the Killusty Cemetery Mass on Friday evening, June 2>
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
Now that Fethard Festival time is here again and we are hoping to revive the interest in the traditional Fancy Dress Parade and encourage as amany as possible to dress up and take part, Fethard & Killusty Community Council have sposored prizes and Banna Cluain Meala to lead this year's Fancy Fress Parade from the Ballroom at 2pm on Sunday, June 18, to the Festivities at the Town Wall.
These are some black and white photos from Fethard Festival 1987 – just 30 years ago and hopefully this will encourage some of you to encourage others to dress up this year's parade and create memories for future generations . . .
CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE FETHARD FANCY DRESS PARADE PHOTOGRAPHS taken in 1987
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