Fethard Horse Country Experience on RTE Nationwide
For those who are living abroad and unable to view the RTE Nationwide programme on Fethard and the opening of Fethard Horse Country Experience on the RTE Player, we have put this additional video of the televised event for our many emigrants and readers living outside Ireland.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, July 2, to the music of ‘Philip English’. 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.
Midsummer Musical Evening at the Abymill
Coolmoyne School Reunion committee will hold a 'Midsummer Musical Evening’ on this coming Saturday, July 1, in the Abymill Theatre, starting at 8.15pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. This musical evening promises a great night's entertainment to mark the launch of the Coolmoyne School Reunion which is due to take place on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday 10.
The amazing programme features a wealth of local talent including the following individuals: Jane Hayes, Emmet Donlon, Sinead O’Donovan, Hannah Sheehy, Ciara Tillyer, Kyle Allen, Ciaran McGuire, Mollie O’Meara, Annie Prout, Pierce Maher, Darragh Johnson. Group performers include Fethard Choral Society, Fethard Primary School Group and performers from ‘Creative Minds’ in Clonmel.
Former pupil Joan Leahy Ryan, now residing in Cashel, composed a poem especially for the occasion recalling many happy memories of Coolmoyne. We are also delighted to avail of the valuable assistance of Jimmy O’Sullivan who will act as compere on the evening. Tickets at €15 each are now on sale at Fethard Post Office. Your support would be greatly appreciated. For further details contact Sean O'Donovan Tel: 086 2594337.
Coolmore Family Day 2017
The annual Coolmore Family Day took place on Saturday, June 17, 2017, and this is a link to view the photographs in a web gallery that can also be shared on Facebook. CLICK TO VIEW PHOTOS
Community Games reach the final stage of their 2017 season
Fethard and Killusty Community Games have now reached the final stage of their 2017 season resulting in Marissa Meagher, Micheál O’Rahelly and Mark O’Meara all qualifying for the Aldi Community Games National Finals in August.
Children from the area competed in Art, Athletics, Gymnastics, Handwriting, Swimming, U11 Hurling, U12 and U14 Girls Football, Camogie and, last but certainly not least, our U10 boys football team represented Tipperary in the quarter final of the Munster final against Kerry during the week. This game was described as the match of the year between two outstanding teams, but, a goal by Kerry in the dying seconds snatched victory from the Fethard boys.
The committee wish to compliment all participants, thank everybody for their support especially Emily’s Deli who sponsored shorts and socks for the U10 football team. The Community Games annual church gate collection will take place in the parish on Saturday and Sunday July 29 and 30.
Bringing Catherine back home
The late Catherine O’Meara who died in England on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Photographed above wearing her friend Bernard France's Hull City baseball cap.
Catherine O'Meara was born in December 1923, the eldest child of Michael and Anne O’Meara, Moorestown, Fethard. She came to England at the age of 24 for an appointment as a probationer nurse at the Royal National Hospital for Diseases of the Chest in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. She remained there until 1951 when she moved to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Bournemouth where she achieved SRN status. Later she worked as a midwife at the St. Helier Hospital in Carshalton achieving State Certified Midwife status. And then to Hull to become a night sister at the newly built Hull Royal Infirmary, living firstly in the city centre and then a council bungalow on an estate to the east of the city.
After retiring from the NHS, Catherine studied the dynamics of plants and trees at an agricultural college. She could tell you the biological names of most species and what's more she knew her weeds. In 1997 she became a Eucharistic Minister at the nearby St Stephen’s church. She was quite involved in the development of the church garden without most people realising.
The late Catherine O’Meara (front) is photographed above with the Lord Mayor of Hull (Eileen France’s sister Mary, the Lady Mayoress (Eileen) and Fr Peter Egan, taken in the corridor at Alexander Court Care Centre, outside her room.
In her latter years her health started to fail and eventually she accepted residential accommodation. Early in 2013 she moved to the newly built Alexander Court Care Centre as the first resident of room 10. There she enjoyed almost four years of good health with the odd mishap or two. On Sunday, September 11, she was transferred to Hospital for what would be her final time. She died less than three weeks later, on Thursday, September 29, surrounded by a great deal of care and love.
Eileen French photographed in Fethard with members of the Ryan family who were neighbours of the late Catherine O’Meara. L to R: Eileen French, Peggy Colville, Teresa and Tommy Ryan
So how did we (Eileen and Bernard France), ever get to know Catherine you might ask? We don't know what made her come to live in Hull and we’re not sure if Catherine did, but, she must have been very happy here because she spent over half her life living in the city.
I first knew her as someone who looked after the gardens at St Stephen’s, she sort of crept in and crept back out again. She never liked anyone helping her, even into her mid-eighties I got to know her better when she came to take fruit from my garden and talked about her early life, walking to school and the four miles to Mass through the fields. She also spoke of walking to the local Coolmoyne creamery to get sour milk for baking soda bread and helping her friends with their homework. She loved poetry, both English and Irish poets, and still remembered lines from her schooldays. She told us of Fethard and the town walls, of Oliver Cromwell stabling his horses in the Augustinian Abbey and Slievenamon, the mountain of the women, as well as trying to teach us some words Gaelic.
Eileen and Bernard France photographed at Thurles Station on their way back home to England after bringing their good friend, the late Catherine O’Meara’s ashes, back to her home town to be buried with her family.
Bringing Catherine back home was a task we were proud to have been asked to do. So in mid-April this year, we arranged to meet up with the friends she talked about over the many years we knew her. Her good friend was Nellie Ryan, the mother of Tommy Ryan of Ballintogher, his wife Theresa and his sister Peggy Colville. We were also fortunate to meet up with Maura Ryan, Marion Nagle, Kathleen Nagle, Stephen and John Nagle, Ellen Keating along with John Slattery and his sister Joan. We were made most welcome by everyone in Coolmoyne and Fethard and made to feel very much part of Catherine's family in Ireland.
Undertaker Vincent Murphy was very helpful and made all the necessary arrangements for us. Parish Priest Fr Tom Breen said Mass before officiating at a service in Calvary Cemetery where Catherine's ashes were interred alongside her parents and her brother Bill. Our task was done and we had brought our good friend Catherine home.
– Bernard France, Kingston Upon Hull, UK.
Festival Dog Show Results
Organisers of the Fethard Festival Dog Show L to R: Lorraine Thompson, Catherine Kearney and Pat Culligan.
The results of the very successful Dog Show at Fethard Festival were as follows. Best Small Dog, 1st Ria Kenny ‘Louie’, 2nd Susan Tobin ‘Mia, 3rd Anna Muchan ‘Jim’; Best Large Dog, 1st Jenny O’Meara ‘Clara’, 2nd April Sheehan Kelly ‘Blingo’, 3rd Geri Tobin ‘Fluffy’; Dog with the Waggiest Tail, 1st, April Sheehan Kelly ‘Blingo’, 2nd Amy Tynan ‘Bailey’, 3rd Martin Morris ‘Buddy’; Dog You would most like to Bring Home, 1st Dolores O’Sullivan ‘Ruby’, 2nd Maryanne Fitzgerald ‘Lily’, 3rd Darragh ‘Sue’; Dog with Young U10 Handler, 1st Jessica Hannigan ‘Benji’, 2nd Kate Murphy ‘Honey’, 3rd Freya Byrne ‘Lassie; Fancy Dress, 1st Michael Tobin ‘Ruby’, 2nd Abby Noonan ‘Foxy, 3rd Emma Murphy ‘Honey’.
Holly and Ria Kenny, Kilsheelan, who won 1st prize in the Dog Show with their dog ‘Louie’
The organisers would like to thank everyone for their enthusiastic participation in the dog show and a special thanks to the sponsors of prizes. A fantastic turn out again at this year’s Festival.
Members of the O’Dwyer family relaxing at the Fethard Festival Dog Show.
Archbishop to lead Famine 1848 Walk on July 29
The Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Dr Kieran O'Reilly, will lead the annual Famine 1848 Walk in Ballingarry on Saturday, July 29, at 3pm.The Archbishop will speak on the theme of famine from his own experience of working as a missionary in Africa. The starting point for the Walk is the Young Ireland and National Flag monument in the village of The Commons. The Walk covers 1½ miles and concludes at Famine Warhouse 1848, the state national heritage site. Light refreshments will be served. On Sunday, 30 July, in the tea room in the afternoon, there will be music and readings of prose and poetry on the Famine and Young Ireland. All are welcome.
The death has occurred on June 27, 2017, of Patrick (Pat) Delaney, Red City, Fethard. Patrick (Pat), deeply regretted by his loving wife Marie, his sons and daughters Sharon, Martina, Evan and Patrick, daughters-in-law Denise and Trish, sons-in-law Robert and James, brothers Bill and John, brother-in-law Michael, sister-in-law Brenda, grandchildren, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at his home on Thursday, June 29, from 4pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass in the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, on Friday, June 30, at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on June 21, were: 13, 14, 17 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and three ‘Match Three’ winner who received €50 each: Michael Purcell, Burke Street, Fethard; Chrissie O'Meara, Grove Road, Fethard; and Paraig O'Donnell, Kilconnell, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Dermot Darcy, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Orla Kelly, c/o Philly Kenny, and Nellie Ryan, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, June 28. 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.
GAA Sports Development Lotto
The numbers drawn on Friday, June 23, were 6, 11, 14 and 17. There was no jackpot winner and three match three winner who received €50 each, Martin Bolger, Drumdeel; Carina Condon, Fethard; and Ester Breen, Barrack Street, Fethard.
The next draw takes place on Friday, June 30, 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.
Sun shines gloriously on bigger and better Festival
The ducks floated, dogs barked and the weather was at its best for the thousands attending this year’s Fethard Festival on Sunday last, June 18. From early morning the town park was buzzing with activity as various colourful structures started to inflate and herald the forthcoming family fun available to all between the town’s medieval town wall and Clashawley river. This year the Fethard Business & Tourism Group and Fethard & Killusty Community Council joined forces to make this year's Fethard Festival bigger and better by promoting the ever-popular Traditional Fancy Dress parade and lots of other family favourites by the town park in the Valley.
This is the fifth Fethard Festival where, due to the generosity of the Magnier family at Coolmore, the family fun day offers free entertainment throughout the day with additional vouchers for free burgers and ice cream to all the local primary schools in the vicinity of Fethard & Killusty parish. This is a tremendous boast to the crowds attending the festival and a great relief to the deep pockets of parents and carers who usually bring children along to similar events. The organising committee and Fethard parish express their sincere thanks to the Magnier family for their continued support to local community events and projects.
Émer O'Donnell having her face paiinted by Jane Hayes at the Fethard Festival/
'Brazilian Carnival Comes to Fethard' part of the entry that took part in the Fethard Festival Fancy Dress Parade L to R: Emily Clancy, Keyla Caroll and Erin Carroll.
The Family Fun Day kicked off in the GAA Field with the annual juvenile football tournament for the Danaher Cup involving various young players from surrounding parishes who play their heart out for the honour of winning the cup from reigning champions Fethard U8 team. The winners of the Danaher Cup this year were the Mullinahone team who beat Kilsheelan by 4-04 to 1-01 in the final and the Plate final was won by Clonmel Commercials who beat Fethard on a scoreline of 3-02 to 1-00. The other two teams taking part were Clerihan and St. Patrick's Cloneen/Drangan.
‘Flower Power’ one of the runners-up in the Group Section at Fethard Fancy Dress Parade.
‘Fethard goes Emoji’ one of the entries in the Fancy Dress Parade
‘The Cowboy’ and some of the many Indians that were part of the 'The Cowboy and Indians' entry in the Fethard Fancy Dress Parade that won First Prize in the Group section.
‘Heidi from The Alps’ one of the runners-up in the Group Section at Fethard Fancy Dress Parade.
Eve Ryan enjoying the experience of meeting new animals at Mike’s Pet World at Fethard Festival.
Photographed at Fethard Festival are L to R: Aisling Slevin-Woodlock, Ellie Anne Woodlock and Ollie Woodlock
Fancy Dress Parade
At 2pm, commencing from the ballroom cross, Banna Cluain Meala made a huge impact when they started to play and lead the Fancy Dress Parade up Main Street to the applause of spectators on both sides of the street. We had a dramatic increase in entries in this year’s parade and it was great to see so many family organised entries from parents who already taken part in traditional parades when they were young. It was also very welcome to see so many new entries taking to the streets and adding to the colourful display of family fun and sunshine.
Fancy Dress Parade organisers and Judges L to R: Lucy Whyte, Tina Whyte, Cecily Purcell and Georgina Conroy
The judges, Cecily Purcell and Georgina Conroy, had a hard task that took considerable time to decide on the eventual winners as follows. Best Float: 1st ‘The Village Blacksmith’, 2nd ‘Mrs Brown visits Fethard’s Chamber of Horrors’. Best Group: 1st ‘The Cowboy and Indians’, Runners-Up Prizes to, ‘Flower Power’, ‘Fethard goes Emoji’, ‘Minions’ and ‘Heidi from The Alps’.
‘Edward Scissor Hands’, Patrick Coffey’s entry in the Fethard Fancy Dress Parade that won First Prize in the individual section.
Maurice Moloney presenting a prize to 'Mrs Brown' part of Lonergan's Bar entry 'Mrs Brown visits Fethard's Chamber of Horrors'.
Kevin Lawlor, on of the Indians that was part of the ‘The Cowboy and Indians' entry in the Fethard Fancy Dress Parade that won First Prize in the Group section.
L to R: Ciara Fitzgerald and Rosie Roche who took part in Fethard Fancy Dress Parade.
Emma and Kate Murphy taking part in the Fancy Dress Parade
The Individual Winner was ‘Edward Scissor Hands’ (Patrick Coffey). Individual Runners-Up Prizes were presented to: ‘Ronaldo’ (Adam O’Donnell), ‘All-Star Waterford Hurler’ (Rowan Fewer), Transformer (Stevie Sheehan), ‘Pirate’ (Jamie Sheehan), Iron Man’ (Cian Feery), ‘Summer Farmer’ (Mikey Brennan), ‘Ghost’ (J.J. Brennan), Indians (Jona and Juliana Power), ‘Executioner’ (Bobby), Slave (J.J.), ‘Fethard’s First Astronaut’ (Miceál Séan McCormack), ‘Cleopatra’ (Anastasia Daly) and ‘Supergirl (Rose Reddy).
Following a fantastic display from Banna Cluain Meala’s musicians and majorettes by the town wall, the equally talented Clonmel based blus band, Mojo'd, entertained the large attendance from 3pm to 5.30pm. Fethard Rugby Club manned their barbecue and food stall supplying tables and chairs for those who relaxed by the various stalls or by the riverside on the grass.
Over 500 ducks took to the water for Bill O’Sullivan’s annual Duck Race in aid of the local Secondary School and the winners were: 1st Prize €50 David Curran, Moyglass; 2nd €30, Mike Dalton, Pharmacy; and 3rd €20 Burke Bridge Bar, Fethard.
Kieran Bergin and John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer manning their stall ‘Bubbles Hurleys’ where they stocked and promoted everything good about hurling in the county.
Other popular attractions on the day included the Dog Show organised by Pat Culligan and Catherine Kearney; ‘Mikes Pet World’ introducing children to a variety of exotic pats; the traditional ‘Wheel of Fortune’ stall run by a dedicated team of supporters in aid of the local Critical Illness to help defray some of the costs associated with serious illness. We also welcomed Tipperary hurling stars John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer and Kieran Bergin who manned their stall ‘Bubbles Hurleys’ where they stocked and promoted everything good about hurling in the county.
The general consensus from locals and visitors alike was that this year’s Fethard Festival was one of the ‘Best Ever’ to date and with promises of even better days to come!
Coolmoyne Reunion Launch on July 1st
Coolmoyne School Reunion will hold a 'Midsummer Musical Evening' in the Abymill Theatre on Saturday night, July 1, in the Abymill Theatre, starting at 8.15pm. This musical evening promises a great night's entertainment to mark the launch of their Coolmoyne School Reunion which will be held later in the year. For further details contact Sean O'Donovan Tel: 086 2594337
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.
Fethard & District Day Care Centre AGM
The Fethard & District Daycare Centre will hold their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, July 6, at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All are welcome. We would also like to thank all who gave so generously to our annual Church Gate Collection.
The centre will hold their monthly Senior Day on Friday, June 30, from 10.30am. The Chiropodist will also be in attendance. All seniors are 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
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 . . .
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