Celebrate Culture Night in Fethard on Friday night!
Celebrate Culture Night in Fethard on Friday September 22nd. ‘Fethard Horse Country Experience’ will open late from 7pm – 10pm with Free Entry to coincide with the screening of ‘Stella Days’ at 8.30pm in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland nestled behind the The Tholsel, Main Street.
‘Stella Days’ directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan, starring Martin Sheen, Stephen Rea and Amy Huberman was filmed in Fethard in 2011. Both the Tholsel and Holy Trinity Church were featured heavily in the film and this event will marry culture, the arts and heritage under two roofs in the heart of the medieval town. Tickets for the film are Free but must be ordered in advance at the Reception desk in FHC Experience or online www.fhcexperience.ie (052) 6130439
Photographed during the filming of 'Stella Days' on Main Street, Fethard are L to R: Marcella Plunkett (Molly), Trystan Gravelle (Tom Lynch) and Amy Huberman (Eileen O'Meara) in a scene from the film.
Bunny Hop reopens this Monday at Fethard Ballroom
Bunny Hop, music and movement for 0-4 year olds will recommence on next Monday morning, September 18, at Fethard Ballroom from 10am to 11am.
For enquiries and to join us contact Nicola at 087 6742401. Bunny Hop is an hour of music with movement for babies and young children. Little people love interacting with others of same or similar age, at Bunny Hop we have an hour of stimulating fun in which to do so. All welcome.
Coolmoyne School Reunion surpasses all expectations
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are L to R: Johnie Coady and Marie Coady who travelled from England.
The Golden Jubilee celebrations of Coolmoyne National School held over last weekend, September 9 and 10, in Fethard and Coolmoyne, surpassed all expectations. According to local folklore, we’re told that Coolmoyne got its name after a local lady with a very large family used to feed them a lot on ‘Pandy’. When this ‘Pandy’ was too hot the children cried out in turn, “Coolmine Mammy, Coolmine!” Believe it or not!
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are L to R: Jerome Guiry, Michael Guiry, Geraldine Guiry, Sean O'Donovan and Kathleen Guiry.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are L to R: Jimmy Barry, Eleanor O'Neill, Grace Barry, Finbar O'Neill, Una Shanahan and Michael Barry.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are Back L to R: Angus Ryan, Eileen White, Alice Leahy, Charlie Best. Front L to R: Joan Ryan, Yvonne Leahy, Joe Leahy and Pat White.
The Coolmoyne ‘new school’, as it was known, opened in 1909 and closed in 1967. It was built voluntarily by local people. The handball alley was then built on the site of the original ‘old school’ that closed in 1908, with handball renovations commencing in 1926. The last social function in the old school was held in 1932 when the Coolmoyne Camogie County Champions held a victory dance in the new school and supper was enjoyed by all in the ‘old school’.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are L to R: Breda Ryan, Paddy Bergin and Joe Delaney.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are Back L to R: Frank O'Connell, Kieran O'Connell, Eoin O'Connell, Vincent Wall, Mary Wall, John O'Connell, Catherine O'Connell. Front L to R: Marion O'Connell, Bronagh Wilson, Gillian O'Connell, Rebecca O'Gorman and Ailish Griffin.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are L to R: Tom O'Keeffe, Peggy Colville, Michael Casey and Tom McGivern.
This Coolmoyne National School Reunion, after months of detailed planning from February 2017, commenced festivities on Saturday night, September 9, with attending an optional mass celebrated by Canon Tom Breen P.P. in Holy Trinity Parish Church. This was followed by over one-hundred and sixty-five people from all corners of the country and abroad, gathering in Fethard Ballroom where they enjoyed a lovely meal followed by an address by organising committee chairman, Sean O’Donovan, who welcomed guests of honour Mrs Alice Quinn (formerly Miss Stapleton) a former teacher at Coolmoyne, and also three members of the O’Dwyer family from Boherlahan whose father Mr Philip O’Dwyer also taught in Coolmoyne School before Mrs Julia Ryan and Miss Alice Stapleton. Former pupils Alice Leahy a lady well-known for her amazing work with the homeless in Dublin and founder of the ‘Alice Leahy Trust’, and Margaret Prendergast (née Walsh) recalled highlights of their school days.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are L to R: Mary Croke and Matthew Croke.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are L to R: Jimmy Egan, Mary Egan and Betty Egan.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are L to R: Sr. Cáit O'Dwyer, Liam O'Dwyer and Anne O'Dwyer.
Sean thanked everybody for attending and all those who helped in any way to make the evening a reality. He also received numerous good wishes including one from Sr. Margaret Martley in Cork – one of the oldest living past pupils along with Maureen Wallace, Rosegreen, and Michael Barry, Tullamaine and Kilkenny who were both present. Frances Frewen also sent a message from Brisbane. Canon Tom Breen concluded the formalities with a short speech, a blessing and instructions to ‘enjoy the dancing’.
Catherine O'Connell (Organising Committee) making a presentation of a bouquet of flowers to Mrs Alice (Stapleton) Quinn (right), who was a past teacher at Coolmoyne National School.
Catherine O'Connell (Organising Committee) making a presentation of a bouquet of flowers to Maureen Flanagan (oldest living female past-pupil present) who was also celebrating her 87th birthday on the night.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are L to R: Michael Barry (oldest living male past-pupil present), Seamus Barry, Eamon Walsh and Margaret Prendergast (née Walsh).
It was also a special evening for Maureen Wallace who celebrated her 87th birthday on the night and was presented with a bouquet of flowers. Members of the Flanagan family and Johnie Coady who all originally lived close to Coolmoyne School travelled from England. Tom O’Keeffe, formally Rathbritt made the long journey from Killybegs in Donegal. Mobarnane area was well represented with Ailbe O’Meara, travelling from Roscommon, Eileen Moroney from Clonakilty, Paddy O’Donnell from Waterford, Breda O’Meara from Mitchelstown, Paddy and Catherine Bergin and Noreen O’Meara from Dublin. David O’Meara and his wife, Bernie were accompanied by Bernie’s sister home from Texas with her Texan born husband anxious to sample an Irish Hooley. Frewen family members Maura, Bob and Eileen were joined by Hannah from Dublin along with Will and Noreen Frewen from Waterford. Another household name Patricia Cummins (O’Donovan), mother of the Cummins family who winners of ‘Ireland’s Fittest family’ earlier this year, attended with her dad Brendan.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are L to R: Alice Leahy, Marie Crean and Charlie Best.
Members of the Flanagan family photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are Back L to R: Declan Flanagan, Ann Flanagan, Joan Flanagan, Bernard Flanagan. Front L to R: Olive Flanagan, Michael Flanagan and Maureen Flanagan (oldest living female past-pupil present).
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are Back L to R: Maura Frewen, Bob Frewen, Patrick Noonan, Willie Frewen, Noreen Frewen, Hanna Frewen. Front L to R: Eileen Frewen and Olive Noonan.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are L to R: Dick Prendergast, Willie O'Donnell and Paddy O'Donnell.
Eamon O’Dwyer recorded his weekly ‘Down Your Way’ Tipp FM radio programme and interviewed various people including Joan Leahy Ryan, Cashel, who did tremendous work producing a commerative booklet which received great praise. Joan opened the proceedings with a recitation of Poem No 1, which was so highly acclaimed following the concert in July and her second, Poem No 2, is included in this little gem of a book marking the occasion. The radio programme will be aired on Tipp FM at 10am on next Saturday morning, September 16.
Joe Kenny was on hand with his camera to record the occasion photographically. The local support was tremendous the remainder of the evening was danced away to the wonderful sound of Eddie Golden and his band. We couldn’t ask for anything more.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are Back L to R: Sean O'Dea, Margaret O'Dea, James O'Dea, Helen O'Dea. Front L to R: Margaret Ryan, Breda Ryan and Breda Carroll.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are Back L to R: Eileen Moroney, Josephine Moroney, Edward O'Rourke, Geraldine Moroney. Front L to R: Michael Croke, Tom O'Keeffe, Tom Noonan and Bertie Moroney.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are Back L to R: Mary Croke, Mary Casey, David O'Meara, Ollie Morrissey. Front L to R: Ailbe O'Meara and Molly Morrissey.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are L to R: M.J. Ryan, Bernie Prendergast, Jimmy Egan, Mairead Fitzpatrick, Tom Noonan and Ger Casey.
Photographed at the Coolmoyne National School Reunion are Back L to R: Dick Nagle, Peter Nagle, John Slattery, Ellen (Nagle) Keating, Denis Maher, T.J. O'Keeffe, Rena Coffey. Front L to R: Kathleen Nagle and Maura (Nagle) Ryan.
The bandwagon rolled on to the Coolmoyne Ball Alley on Sunday where over 70 people again turned up to relax, chat and enjoy refreshments along with having the craic with the desks, bell, cane etc, all supplied by ‘The Seamus Barry Museum’. Many old friendships were renewed and a memorable time had by all.
The committee wish to thank most sincerely: Fethard Ballroom Committee, Brennan Catering, Joe Kenny, Fethard Post Office, McCarthy’s Hotel, Coolmoyne Racquetball Club, Sureprint and Lion Print, and in particular everybody who purchased tickets and supported this venture in any way.
The death has occurred on Friday, September 15, 2017, of Joan Neville (née Hayde), Mobarnane, Fethard, peacefully in the wonderful care of the Staff at St. Anne’s Ward, St. Patrick’s Hospital. Joan, beloved wife of the late Jim and mother of the late Breda Sheehan and Ann Ryan. Deeply regretted by her son Seamus, daughters Margaret Kennedy, Theresa Smith and Majella Ryan, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers Sean and Philip, sisters May, Kitty and Pat, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends. May She Rest In Peace.
Reposing at Devitt’s Funeral Parlour on Saturday, September 16, from 6pm with Removal at 8pm to St. Joseph the Worker Church, Moyglass. Funeral Mass on Sunday at 10am followed by Burial in the adjoining Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to St. Anne’s Ward, St. Patrick’s Hospital.
Neighbours Sarah (Ryan) Purcell and Roseann (Flanagan) Carroll (right) jointly celebrating their 46th Birthdays last weekend in Lonergan's Bar Fethard
County Junior Ladies A Football Champions
County Champions - Fethard Junior Ladies Football team after winning the Junior A County Final replay on Saturday, September 9, beating Thurles Sarsfields by a score of 1-10 to 1-5.
Congratulations to the Junior girls on winning the Junior A County Final replay on Saturday, September 9, beating Thurles Sarsfields by a score of 1-10 to 1-5. A remarkable achievement considering this is the girls first year playing in the A division, having been promoted after their win of the B division last year.
Captain Kate Davey being presented with the County A Junior Ladies Football Cup by Biddy O'Dwyer, Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football.
Much credit goes to their hard-working mentors Chris Coen and Sharon O'Meara. The club would like to thank Owen O'Driscoll at McCarthys Restaurant for providing the girls with a celebratory meal after the match and to Mick and Marie Smyth at The Well Pub for sponsoring new socks for the match.
Our commiserations to the Fethard U12 girls who lost by just 1 point to Sliabh-na-mBan in the County A Final played in Ardfinnan. Final score: Sliabh na mBan 2-3 Fethard 2-2.
Sports Achievement Award winners for August
Ryan Walsh (left) receiving his Butler's Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for September from John Kelly representing this month’s sponsor Bulmers/Gleesons.
The winner of the Butlers Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for August was announced last Friday night by proprietor Philip Butler at a special presentation function in Butler’s Bar. The popular winner was young promising sportsman Ryan Walsh, son of Eugene Walsh and his late wife Tracy Walsh who died on February 8, 2016.
Dual Gaelic player Ryan achieved double success in August with Tipperary U15 hurling and football teams. In football, he played with the Tipperary team that won the Humphrey Kelleher plate, and also played in the Hurling Plate final, winning by a six-point victory over Waterford.
Ryan is showing great promise in both codes and we wish him every success in his future career and sporting life. The award was presented by John Kelly representing this month’s sponsor Bulmers/Gleesons.
Daniel Coffey wins ‘Mentor of the Month'
Daniel Coffey (left), receiving his ‘Mentor of the Month’ Award for Galteemore Kickboxing Club from John Kelly representing this month’s sponsor Bulmers/Gleesons.
The new 'Mentor of the Month' award was won by Daniel Coffey, Galteemore Kickboxing Club. Local man Daniel, a professional instructor since 2007, started his kickboxing classes in Fethard on April 6, 2016, and has since achieved tremendous success in the sport and encouraged a lot of newcomers to take it up, who may otherwise have nothing to do only walk the streets. His contribution to the wellbeing of his participants and to Fethard community is well deserved and appreciated.
The growth in Daniel’s club is now requiring a permanent local abode to store equipment and further develop his participants skill and sporting talent and we wish him every success and community support that he so deserves.
Kickboxing classes currently takes place every Tuesday night in the Convent Community Hall for the following groups: Ladies from 6pm to 7pm; Children aged 5-12 from 7pm to 8pm; and Adults aged 13 and over from 8pm to 9pm. For further details contact Daniel at Tel: 087 9113997.
Nominations for the September Sports Achievement Award are now being taken at Butler’s Bar.
Coolmoyne playwright for Cashel Arts Festival
Local playwright Paul Maher, Coolmoyne, will play the part of ‘The Workhouse Master’ in a dramatisation of the writings of Fr. John Barry in a Dreamtime Theatre production of, ‘Fr Barry & The Workhouse Master’, which will be staged in the Cashel Courthouse on Saturday, September 23, at 11.30am and again at 4pm. The performance lasts one hour and admission is €8.
Fr. John Barry, played by Liam Ó Maoldhomhnaigh, is a priest who, after being wronged by his bishop, spent years going in and out of the workhouses of Tipperary, before dying in Cashel workhouse in 1920. He was harshly critical of the workhouse system. The play is performed as part of Cashel Arts Festival.
Fr Barry & The Workhouse Master
“I did not choose to become a pauper but I was compelled to become one because of the persecutions of others; and since these persecutions are unjust and have continued for years, can any man say that I am wrong in entering a feeble protest against them.”
This play is based on the book published about Fr Barry by the late Martin Bob O’Dwyer in 2012, which is based on Fr Barry’s own writings about the workhouse system and also details his conflict with Archbishop Croke. The play imagines Fr Barry’s meeting with the Workhouse Master on his initial admission to Cashel Workhouse in September 1906.
We may well understand the Master being very wary of a man who had previously made such damaging attacks on the reputation of workhouse masters and guardians in the newspapers and in pamphlets. What the Kilfenora Teaboy will make of it all . . . well, he’s not the kind of man to be talking about things the like of that. He’s happier making tea and he makes lots of it when he can.
- Liam O Maoldhomhnaigh (Fr Barry) For Shakespeare in the Glen (of Aherlow) Liam has done Shylock in The Merchant of Venice; the Schoolmaster Hugh in Translations (Brian Friel) and for Cork Shakespeare Company, Jacques in As you Like It. He did the part of Jud Fry in Outdoor Oklahoma in Boherlathan.
- Sean Murphy (The Kilfenora Teaboy) has been on stage with the Pantomine Society and with Cashel Choral & Dramatic Society. He has also produced and directed with the Pantomine Society.
- Paul Maher (The Workhouse Master) has written plays, radio history, and a musical since 2010. In 2017 he was shortlisted for the Kenneth Branagh Award & the Listowel Playwriting Award.
Special Preview Performance in Ardmayle Church
A special preview performance will take place in Ardmayle Church on Saturday, September 16, at 9pm. Admission by Donation and all proceeds to Ardmayle Heritage Society.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, September 17, to the music of ‘Theresa & 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.
Killusty National School Fundraiser
Clothing Recycling Drive fundraiser in aid of Killusty National School takes place on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Items can be dropped off between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesday, Sept 20, to Killusty School.
Items needed to donate include your clean unwanted re-usable clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys. Also accepted are: Laptops (must be intact with power lead); Mobile Phones (under 4 years old); but please keep these items seperate.
No household Bric-a-Brac please!
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on September 6, were: 6, 23, 28 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Dermot Darcy, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Lar Looby Jnr., Woodvale Walk, Fethard; and Mary Danaher, Cedar Grove, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Brendan Kenny, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Pamela Daly, An Seanlíne, Fethard; and Kay Cody, Ahenny.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, September 13. 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, September 8, were: 1, 10, 15 and 18. There was no jackpot winner and four ‘match three’ winners who received €40 each Paul Fitzgerald, Kiltinan; Mikey Aherne, Prospect; Catherine Harrington, Abbey Road; and Rena Sheehan, Killusty.
The next draw takes place on Friday, September 15, 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.
Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Canon Barbara Fryday and the congregation invite everyone to the annual Harvest Festival service, which will take place in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Fethard on Sunday, September 17, at 7.30pm.
This is a celebration of God’s created world and is a time to give thanks for the bounteous harvest that we all enjoy. The celebrant will be Mr Michael O'Meara from Tipperary Town. Fethard Choral Society will also sing two pieces. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Submissions for Annual Emigrant's Newsletter
Articles and photographs suitable for publication in this year's Annual Emigrant's Newsletter are now invited. Please contact Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, Tel: (052) 6131663 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If emailing photographs please send them at full resolution and included caption with names or any other relevant information. Current photographs such as weddings or other family events are also welcome.
Old photographs are always very popular with our many readers at home and abroad. These photographs evoke wonderful memories of the colourful people who lived among us in the past and in many ways influenced the development of our community. As time moves on we can sometimes forget those who shared our town, streets and houses. Today’s generation may be completely diverse but will also play their part and influence the development of Fethard in this period of history as other generations also did in the past. The Annual Newsletter plays a part in acknowledging the past and recording the present for the future. If you would like to play a part, please consider writing an article? It doesn’t matter if it’s short or long, it would be 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
Taking part in the five mile road race in Ballynonty on Sunday, July 25, 1999, were Fethard athletes L to R: Bernard Feery, Tom Halpin, Paddy Halpin and Nellie Hall.
This was an ad for the Ninth Annual Dance organised by the Ballylusky Harrier Club, held in the Slievenamon Hall, Drangan, on Sunday, February, 7, 1960.
Second year students preparing for the Tipperariana Book Fair on Valentine’s Day 1999. L to R: Gillian Shine, Zoë Cooney, Helena McCormack, Kersty McCarthy and Jodie Gilpin.
Remember the ads for DAZ Washing Powder in the 1960s . . . this one had a special offer of a free 'Nylon Pot Scourer'!
Pictured above are the four Carroll sisters originally from St. Patrick's Place, photographed in 1999 at a family celebration in Killusty. The Carroll girls have been long associated with St. Rita's Camogie Club in Fethard. L to R: Biddy (Keane) living in Mass. USA, Tossie (Lawton) Fethard, Mary (Fitzgerald) Fethard and Peggy (McGrath) Cashel.
Fethard Football Team 1924-25. Back: Sean O'Shea, John Weston, Ned Connolly, Gerry Phelan, Tommy Hogan, Jack Delaney, Mick Gunne, Connie Fitzgerald. Middle: Tom Tubridy, Tommy Healy, Billy O'Flynn, Ned Cummins (Captain), Jim Gorman, Gus (Duffy) McCarthy, Ned O'Shea. Front: Jack Brett and Dan Mullins.
Fethard & Killusty athletes who qualified for the 1999 National Community Games finals in Mosney. Back L to R: Richard Gorey, Donna Walsh, Yvette Walshe, Caroline Croke, Vanessa O’Donnell, Patrice Tobin. Front L to R: Stephanie Lawrence, Alison Holohan, Noelle Leahy, Lily Maher and Evelyn O’Connor. Missing from photo are: Cathal Maher, Joey Feery,
Marian Harrington and Bernard Feery.
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.
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