Public Consultation on new Fethard amenity
A Public Consultation will take place next Friday, July 28, from 3pm to 6pm at the Tholsel Centre in Fethard, where you can meet the designers and give your opinions. Please come along and all members of the community are invited to attend. The consultation is in relation to putting in a new public amenity area on the Tipperary County Council owned site situated between Burke Street and Barrack Street.
With local people, the Council wishes to draw up a Plan for the existing disused site located between Burke Street and Barrack Street, Fethard (Click for Map). Before drafting begins, the Council wants you to assist with the plans for the Site.
Key items for discussion are as follows:
- How the site can contribute to the historical charm of Fethard town?
- How the site can act an amenity for tourists and locals?
- How the site will be maintained and managed in the long term?
- How the development of the site can be funded?
- Concerns regarding the proposal and how they may be dealt with.
It is hoped that this site will deliver a new public amenity for everybody in the community in the form of a new park along the external face of Fethard Town Walls and that the plans will be supported by the local community.
Please send us your thoughts Online (Click Here), via email or letter, to the addresses provided below or via the on-line submission form by August 4, 2017.
Emails should be forwarded to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Written Submissions should be forwarded to:
Carrick on Suir Municipal District Office
All submissions should be clearly marked with the heading ‘New Park in Fethard’.
Fethard Pedallers invite beginners to take part
At a recent Fethard Pedallers committee meeting one of the items covered was the running of a beginners / improvers group to help people new to cycling or those returning after a break from the sport. The club have organised a beginners group, which will commence from Fethard Ballroom Carpark on this Thursday, July 27, at 7.30pm and will run for 6-8 weeks, starting at your own pace and working up to 40k plus over the period.
Fethard Pedallers at the Killenaule 70km
The distance will increase week by week and at a suitable pace will make sure nobody is left behind. There will be five or more of the main group also on these outings to offer advice to anyone interested. All you need is a bike in good safe working order, a helmet and an interest in cycling and having a bit of fun.
At the end of the training period we hope that participants will continue to keep up the sport and join the club to progress further. Club membership is only €10 this year plus cycling Ireland insurance of €40. Please let us know if you are interested or need information by contacting us at Tel: 087 7615408 or by e-mail at email@example.com and leave a message. Looking forward to your feedback.
Paige Gavin making a name for herself on world stage
Paige Gavin, daughter of Kathleen Gavin (née Nevin) and granddaughter to Christine and Michael Nevin, formerly from Rocklow Road, Fethard, will dance at the world championship of Lyrical Dance, which will be held in Strafford-on-Avon in England from July 28 to 30. Paige is just 11-years-old and moved back to Cashel from Dubai two years ago. She is currently a pupil at the Little Flower Primary School, Ballytarsna, Cashel, and recently started a hip hop class at The Academy of Dance in Cashel.
Last September she started Ballet and Lyrical Ballet and her first competition was last November. Since then she has excelled at dance and is now placed 6th in world rankings at level-2, solo under-12. Paige is a very talented dancer and we will hear a lot more about this young girl.
Magical Music weekend at Clonacody House
May Moloney having her face painted by Maeve Moclair at the Magical Music Picnic weekend at Clonacody House
As the sun set on Slievenamon on Sunday evening, the music of Gilbert and Sullivan washed over an enthralled audience at Clonacody House brining to a close the inaugural Clonacody ’17 music festival.
It began on Saturday night with the Clonmel Concert Band and soloists Derek Ryan, Ryan Morgan and Andrea Ruth Houlihan. The band, under the direction of Mr Danny Carroll, were in sparkling form with music from Glenn Miller, Shostakovich to Whitney Houston to name but a few, a stirring rendition of Blaze Away and New York New York by both soloists was a particular highlight. The gentle mist that descended for the second half did nothing to dampen the spirits of neither Lyric FM’s Niall Carroll, our compere for the evening, nor a very appreciative audience who stayed to the very end and left with a song in their heart.
Photographed at the Musical Picnic weekend at Clonacody House are L to R: Cormac Harte, Sarah Harte holding baby Amelie, and Jane Woodlock.
The local ambassador for The Motor Neurone Disease Association of Ireland gave an impassioned speech on the need for constant fundraising for the association and how the funds help in such practical ways. Sunday afternoon was a veritable potpourri of activities for young and old alike. With music from the effervescent Pat Marnane and his superb band that were later joined by Limerick tenor Derek Moloney.
Helping collect for IMNDA at the Musical Picnic weekend at Clonacody House are L to R: Deirdre Ryan and Jason Forrestal.
There was a tug-o-war with Slievenamon coming out as champions. There were bouncy castles, a very busy face-painting table. Santa popped in for a bit despite he being on holidays. Displays by Templetuohy Farm Machinery and the local vintage club kept the daddies happy.
Photographed at the Musical Picnic weekend at Clonacody House are Back L to R: Oisín Casey, Harry Ryan, Rían Casey. Front L to R: Caoilinn Casey, Aoibheann Casey, Ben Ryan and Emily-Mai Ryan.
The lawns of Clonacody House were full of families enjoying their picnics and soaking up the wonderful atmosphere. The finale of the weekend was The Clonacody Proms and the world of Gilbert and Sullivan featuring the Gaudeamus Orchestra and Choir again under the very hard working Danny Carroll. Soloists, Ryan Morgan, Deirdre Ryan, Aidan O’Connell, John and Nenagh Scott, Sarah Ellen Murphy were all in fine voice. With highlights from The Pirates Of Penzance, The Mikado, Yeoman of The Guard and many, many more, fans of the G&S were treated to stirring renditions of The Foeman Bares His Steel, Tit Willow, and The Very Model of a Modern Major-General himself. The weather was perfect and people sat out all evening on the lawn and partook of a tipple or two on offer and a hearty delicious pulled pork burger, tapas and ice-cream.
Photographed at the Musical Picnic weekend at Clonacody House are L to R: Killian O'Brien, Louisa McConnon, James McConnon and Alice O'Brien.
Members of the Suir Valley Vintage Club photographed at Clonacody House Picnic are L to R: Daniel Fogarty, Johnny Mac, Pat English, Patsy Cooney, Willie Tobin and Joe Hackett.
Photographed at the Musical Picnic weekend at Clonacody House are L to R: Nicola Guiry, Laura Burke holding Lucy Sayers and Biddy Purcell with baby Tom Moore.
Photographed at the Musical Picnic weekend at Clonacody House are Back L to R: Darragh Kelly, Sean Kelly, James Purcell, Diarmuid Purcell. Front L to R: Aoibhinn Kelly and Gráinne Purcell.
Jimmy Trehy photographed with his daughter Ciara and grandson Lucas at the Magical Music Picnic weekend at Clonacody House
Kira Carey enjoying her painting skills at the Magical Music Picnic weekend at Clonacody House
Mary Kate Fogarty photographed at the Magical Music Picnic weekend at Clonacody House
L to R: Aoife McNamara and Vera Lambert photographed at the Magical Music Picnic weekend at Clonacody House
The idea formed last March to hold the festival. The very hard work of all the people at Clonacody House and local volunteers paid off greatly. A special mention to Helen Carrigan owner of Clonacody House, her partner Michael Brennan who worked tirelessly to ensure the weekend was a success. Huge praise also has to go to Pat Marnane and Derek Ryan in partnership with Danny Carroll who organised the music for the weekend.
The whole weekend was in aid of the IMNDA and Marymount Hospice in the memory of John Bourke (Cluain) whose anniversary falls this weekend. John, an uncle and godfather to Derek Ryan sadly passed away in Marymount from Motor Neurone Disease but was in no doubt smiling down on all the weekend’s proceedings.
A huge thank you to all who supported the weekend and Clonacody is certainly going to be an annual pilgrimage for all music lovers in the future. Hat’s off to all the friends, neighbours and family members of Derek, Helen and Michael and Junior Tynan who rowed in behind them and created something very special.
Liam Connolly Tournament – a prestigious event
Holycross-Ballycahill team who beat Fethard in the Liam Connolly Cup final, photographed with Sean Connolly, a brother of the late Liam Connolly from Fethard.
On Saturday, July 15, Fethard GAA Club hosted the Liam Connolly Cup Tournament (U10 Hurling) for its third successive year. A tournament that is fast becoming a very prestigious event built on the club’s love and respect for a man that is, “Gone but not forgotten!” The level of support and goodwill presented by all was testimony to the characteristics Liam Connolly displayed both in sport and in life – pride, competitiveness and compassion for fellow sports enthusiasts.
Holycross-Ballycahill and Fethard contested the Cup final, with Holycross-Ballycahill, after a dominant first half, finishing out deserving winners at full time. The second half saw Fethard’s best as they dug deep and put up a great and very competitive display.
The Shield Final was contested by John Lockes (Callan) and Borris-Ileigh (Borrisoleigh) and looked as much like an All-Ireland final as a Shield Final, with Borris-Ileigh winning out in the end.
Fethard U10 team who were runners-up in the Liam Connolly Cup final when they were beaten by Holycross-Ballycahill in a hard fought game
Well done to our other teams on the day, Kilsheelan-Kilcash and Graigue-Ballycallen (Kilkenny) who played some great hurling and be in no doubt that their day will also come.
Borris-Ileigh (Borrisoleigh) team who were winners of the Shield Final beating John Lockes (Callan)
The club would like to thank Sean Connolly (Clonmel Oil) who sponsor the annual tournament and, more importantly, is also a brother of the late Liam Connolly. The club also thank our guest teams, their families and mentors for the great games we all enjoyed, and our own backroom team for the organisation on the day and the refreshments they supplied to all present. A special word of thanks to our life-long member, Jimmy O’Shea, for the beautiful and meaning tribute he made to the man he grew-up with, played with and held in such high regard.
‘Back the Track’ and support the Tipperary Greenway
Supporters of the proposed Clonmel-Fethard-Thurles Greenway were not disheartened with the lack of support from local councillors and have stepped up their campaign to promote this European and Department for Transport, Tourism and Sport strategy for the future development of Greenways in rural Ireland.
The benefits to a town like Fethard would be immense, for many reasons, including safer walking and cycling in an area where it is unfortunately unsafe to do so any more on our public roads. With Fethard’s business focus now on tourism for survival it makes tremendous sense to bridge the connection with Clonmel with a very scenic walking and cycling path that will attract a whole new variety of visitors to our medieval town. As happened to other greenway developments in Ireland, it also procures huge business opportunities to cater for these visitors all along the route, countryside and towns. Fethard is now also part of the Ancient East Tourist Trail and the proposed greenway is another very good reason to attract visitors to our town.
Sign a petition at Centra
Supporters of this project are asked to sign a petition, currently available at Centra Supermarket, Fethard, and in Tesco’s Clonmel, and to also ask support of your local councillors. Acknowledging the fact that one of the main stumbling blocks may be the land already in use by private owners, but has been overcome in other areas, as the greenway doesn’t have to use the old railway line religiously and many good alternatives are available.
Happy Birthday Frankie
Happy 60th Birthday to Frankie Mullins (centre) who recently celebrated his special day with friends at a surprize party at Butler’s Bar. Frankie is photographed above with good friends, John and Marianne Shortall.
Cemetery Mass at Templemartin, Jesuits Walk
A Cemetery Masses will take place at the ruins of Templemartin Church at Jesuits Walk, on this Wednesday, July 19, at 7.30pm.
Over 20 years ago, on October 6, 1996, Fethard Historical Society organised a service at Templemartin Church in memory of all the unbaptised infants who were buried there in the past. This very sensitive service evoked a very positive response from local community with over 170 people attending the Mass celebrated by the late Canon James Power P.P., Fr. Sean Ryan and Fr. Ben O’Brien OSA.
Fittingly, at the end of Mass Fr. O’Brien OSA read a poem written by Fr. Doyle OSA entitled ‘St. Martin’s Bell’, and a plaque was unveiled bearing the words, “Let the children come to me”, which was felt to be particularly appropriate at that time.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, July 23, to the music of ‘Theresa and The Stars’. 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.
Month’s Mind Mass for Philly Kenny
The Month’s Mind Mass for Philomena ‘Philly’ Kenny, Hillview, The Green, Fethard, will take place on Sunday, July 23, at 11am in Holy Trinity Parish Church Fethard.
Fethard Horse Trials at Grove
Richard Quirke photographed with his daughter Liz at the Grove Horse Trials in Fethard last weekend.
Senior Day at Fethard Day Care Centre
Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold their next Senior Day on Friday, July 28, in the Tirry Community Centre from10.30am. The Chiropodist will be in attendance and all seniors are welcome.
Hospice Collection thanks
The Fethard Support Group for South Tipperary Hospice would like to thank sincerely all who supported their annual church gate collection in Fethard and Killusty last weekend. A total of €1,248 was collected for which we are most grateful and your continued support for this deserving cause is most appreciated.
GAA Sports Development Lotto
The numbers drawn on Friday, July 14, were 3, 11, 16 and 24. There was no jackpot winner and eight match three winners who received €20 each: Teresa Roche, Woodvale Walk; Con Hurley, c/o The Well; Stephen O'Donnell, Coolmoyne; Carol Corbett, Glengoole; Stephen Fitzgerald, St. Patrick's Place; Walter Kearney, The Nire; Bridget & Vincent, Cashel; and Karl Maher, Barrack Street, Fethard.
The next draw takes place on Friday, July 21, 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.
Security advice for Fethard households
As the holiday season approaches and Fethard children finish their exams and school for the summer, families travelling to warmer climates for their holidays will leave their homes vacant for the duration of these holidays. During this time homes are very vulnerable to being burgled causing distress and upset for the homeowners upon their return.
With this in mind the local Garda are offering a number of tips that can help deter your home being burgled.
- Have a neighbour watch your house. Neighbourhood watch is one of the best things ever started for burglary prevention. Make sure your house looks like someone is living in it while you are away – this may involve a trusted neighbour opening and closing your curtains, turning your lights on and off or parking their car in your driveway.
- Try to avoid discussing your holiday plans where strangers may hear details of your absence from home.
- Have a neighbour collect your mail when you're away. Mail in the mailbox signals burglars that no one is home.
- Try avoid posting Facebook updates from airports or while on holidays. This is an indication that your home is vacant.
- Leave any important documents and valuable items with other family members or a bank. Alternatively if you have a safe installed in your home you should store them in this safe.
- If you normally leave valuable bicycles or similar items in your shed, you may consider putting them into your home.
- Ensure all windows and doors are securely locked and if your home is alarmed ensure it is set before leaving.
- Contact your local Garda Station with the details that your home will be vacant. This allows Gardaí to keep an eye on your home where possible.
For further information and other crime prevention advice please contact Garda Shane O’Neill at Fethard Garda Station on 086 8580355 or (052) 6131202 or contact Sergeant Kieran O’Regan at Clonmel Garda Station on (052) 6177640.
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
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
Tony Newport photographed on the occasion of his marriage to Mary Kenny, The Green, in 1958. L to R: Bert Newport, Ciss Newport, Tony Newport, Mary Kenny and Maggie Kenny.
Jack O’Shea’s Bar and electrical shop, on Main Street, photographed in the late 1960s. Jack was the local agent for Bush TVs - one of the first TV sets in Ireland which were beginning to get popular at that time.
Fethard Railway Station House in 1970
Junior Boys Group at Fethard GAA Summer Camp 2005
Senior Boys Group at Fethard GAA Summer Camp 2005
Intermediate Girls Group at Fethard GAA Summer Camp 2005
Senior Girls Group at Fethard GAA Summer Camp 2005
Fethard under-16 girls’ volleyball team who represented Tipperary at the Community Games Munster Finals in Cork on July 9, 2005. Back L to R: Sarah Hayes, Debbie Lawrence, Sinead Coffey, Maryanne Keane, Lisa Anglim, Niamh Fanning. Front L to R: Ida Carroll, Leslie Looby, Carrie Sweeney, Sarah Conway, Chloé Gough and Gráinne Horan.
Children from Fethard Community Playgroup, December 2005. Back L to R: Sean Walsh, Caoimhe O'Meara, Ben Coen, Matilda Magnier, Cathal O'Mahoney. Middle Row L to R: Keylin O'Donnell, Chloe Nolan, Alison Connolly, Lucy Cummins, Lucy Spillane. Front L to R: Hanna Dolan, Maggie Fitzgerald and Leah Coen.
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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