New Music Initiative at Holy Trinity National School
Pupils from Fethard Holy Trinity National School enjoying a musical interlude with their new instruments part-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
In January 2017, Holy Trinity National School, Fethard began a new musical instrument initiative. This initiative involves children learning to play musical instruments – flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, saxophones and percussion instruments, with the purpose of forming a school band. This allows children to explore their talents in an enjoyable way and has very positive benefits for them socially, emotionally and academically.
We are very fortunate to have a proactive, enthusiastic and hard-working Parents’ Association here in school. They led the fundraising efforts for our programme and the proceeds of an ‘Autumn Evening in Concert’ in October, 2016, facilitated the school in the purchase of the instruments for 3rd class and in January, 2017, the children began their tuition with Mr Peter Taylor and Ms Sarah Hall.
It has been a wonderful success to date. In addition to weekly lessons, children have played with St. Peter and Paul’s school band, who visited our school in June and performed for their families.
Naturally, the expenditure involved in such a programme is quite significant and so the school, in conjunction with the Parents’ Association, applied to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for funding for the initiative. We were absolutely thrilled and excited to receive a letter from the Foundation in July, stating that they’d be delighted to award of grant of €30,000 to our music initiative. This funding will have a huge impact on the school and the pupils in particular. Music has the power to transform lives, particularly those of young children and with the funding from the Foundation we will be able to invest in music and musical instruments into the future.
Pupils from Fethard Holy Trinity National School enjoying their new instruments part-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. L to R: Sami Laaksonen, Cillian Hallinan, Sarah Smith, Zac Smith and Briain Morrisson.
Pupils enjoying their new instruments part-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. Back L to R: Elle Collins, Isobel Herbert. Front L to R: Darragh Coleman, Anna Hayes, Criostóir Sheehy, Emily Clancy and Bobby Purcell.
Pupils playing their new instruments part-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. L to R: Rebecca Kiely, Aoibheann Collum, Lily Murphy, Noah O'Flynn and Rory O'Mahoney.
Pupils playing their new instruments part-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. L to R: Richard Murphy, Bernard Cawley and Paddy Ryan.
We would like to thank the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for their support, we are very grateful to be given such a wonderful opportunity to transform children’s lives. We look forward to growing our school band in the coming years and enriching children’s lives in the process!
Choral Society invite new members to practice
Fethard Choral Society has commenced practice for the coming year. The Society recently sang at the Harvest Festival in Holy Trinity Church, Fethard and at a charity concert in Old St. Mary’s, Clonmel.
The Society is looking for new members and would love to see any of former members re-join. For further information contact musical director Ann Barry: 087 619 4215 or any member.
Running for Charity
Local runners Marianne Shortall and Irene Sharpe (right) photographed taking part in the 2017 Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon in Clonmel last weekend where over 700 participants took part.
Fethard Senior Citizens
All members of Fethard Senior Citizens' Club are reminded that our monthly meetings resume on Tuesday, October 3, at 7:30p.m. in the Tirry Centre. New members are most welcome to come along and join our club."
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, October 1, 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 Ladies represent Tipperary in the Munster Club Championship - your support needed!
After their historic victory in the Junior A County Final, the Fethard Ladies team will now represent Tipperary in the Munster Club Championship. This will be the biggest game in the club’s short history.
The girls face St. Joseph's Doora Barefield (Clare) on Sunday, October 1, in Lattin at 12.30pm. This is a remarkable achievement for the girls considering it was their 1st year playing in the A Division and we wish them and their coaches, Chris Coen and Sharon O'Meara, the very best of Luck.
The club would love to see a big Fethard crowd supporting on the day and to help facilitate this, a bus/buses will be organised to offer as many as possible the opportunity to attend. The bus will leave the GAA Field at 10.30am and return at approximately 4.30pm after a brief stop in Supermacs Tipperary Town.
Tickets for Adults will cost €12, which includes match entry. Kids will also €12 but this will include a Kids meal of their choice in Supermacs. U8s must be accompanied by an adult. Seats can be booked with any of the trainers and need to be paid for by Saturday, September 30.
Fethard Bridge Club back for new season
Fethard Bridge Club has started back for the 2017-2018 season under new president Mary Tierney. This Wednesday, September 27, we play for the Free Sub Gross and next Wednesday, October 4, for the Free Sub Nett. New members are welcome. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School
First Year Pupils starting their school year at Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School, photographed with Principal, Mr Pat Coffey and Deputy Principal, Ms M.A. Fogarty.
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School are delighted to welcome all 38 of our First Year students to school this September. We would like to thank the students themselves, their Primary School teachers, and their parents for having them well prepared for Secondary School and we very much look forward to working with them in the years ahead.
There will be an information evening for the parents and guardians of the current First Year students on Monday, October 2, in the school at 7pm. We look forward to meeting as many parents/guardians as possible on the evening.
Fethard CoderDojo returns on Thursday, October 5, in Patrician Presentation Secondary School at 7pm. The CoderDojo club will meet every Thursday starting at 7pm and finish at 8.30pm.
CoderDojo is a global volunteer-led community of free programming clubs for young people aged between 7 and 17. All that is needed is a laptop and we ask that a parent accompany children under 12. Parents can register their children for Fethard CoderDojo sessions through the coderdojo.com website or get in touch with us by email: email@example.com
Munster Hurling back after 17 years PPSS Fethard 2-10, St Ailbe’s Tipperary 3-15
Patrician Presentation Secondary School Fethard made a welcome return to Munster Championship hurling last Friday in what was a thrilling game of brilliant scores, great saves and near misses. It was the first time in seventeen years that our school competed at this level and the boys did themselves, their families and the school proud with a whole hearted and skilful performance.
Indeed, such was the performance that we could count ourselves very unlucky not to have come away with a win after missing all of 5 goal scoring chances. Credit must be given to the St. Ailbe’s goal keeper however, who at times, looked unbeatable.
Well done to all our hurlers as we now look forward with confidence to the County Championship. The following pupils were involved in the match: Simon Brawders, Michael O’Meara, David Cowlard, Tyler McCormack, Keenan Ahearn, Cathal Ryan, Darragh Hurley, Nevan Healy, Robert Hackett, Damien Cahill, Kieran O’Donnell, Keith Morrissey, Dillon Costin, Thomas McCarthy, Jack O’Donoghue, Patrick Kennedy, Paddy Whyte, Micheál Cuddihy, Charlie Hackett, Michael Flanagan, Aran Larkin, Liam Hickey, Eric Costin, Dean O’Brien and Tom Murray.
Ladies Intermediate All Ireland Football Final
Congratulations to our former school SNA, Ms Gillian O’Brien (daughter of Norma (Hanrahan) O'Brien) on her role in Tipperary’s great success in the Ladies Intermediate All Ireland Football Final in Croke Park on Sunday. Well done to all the team and their management. A number of our pupils are also involved in Ladies Football and have played on various county teams.
Happy Birthday Siobhán
Sisters Dorothy and Siobhán Curran, Fethard, photographed at a surprise 40th Birthday Party for Siobhán (right), held in Lonergan’s Bar last weekend and attended by family and friends.
I would get some more information on a man called Bill Quinlan who worked for Captain Williams at McCarthy's yard in Fethard. If anyone has any information could they please send it to Eleanor at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on September 20, were: 4, 7, 10 and 16. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Olivia Foran, Strylea, Fethard (online ticket).
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Daniela Sabatini, The Lantern, Fethard; Bernie Myles, c/o Maria Murphy; and Abigail Sheehan, Reflections, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, September 27. 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 22, were: 1, 14, 26 and 35. There was no jackpot winner or ‘match three’ winner. One ‘lucky dip’ winner received €50: Declan Morrissey, c/o Benny Morrissey and four ‘lucky dip’ winners received €25 each: Sally Butler, Kilknockin, Fethard; Charlie Walsh, Kilknockin; Sharon, Jimmy & Tossie, Fethard Camogie Club; and Norma Delaney, England.
The next draw takes place on Friday, September 29, 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.
Happy Birthday Sean
Sean Moloney, Redcity, Fethard, photographed with some old friends on the occasion of his 80th Birthday celebrated recently with family and friends. L to R: John Whyte, Jimmy Connolly, Sean Moloney, Tossie (Carroll) Lawton and Frank Coffey.
Cookery Demonstration Class starting in October
An eight-week Cookery Demonstration Class will begin on Wednesday, October 4, in Fethard Convent Community Hall from 10am to 12 noon. The classes will cover such things as cooking on a budget, special diets and healthy eating ideas to mention a few. Classes cost €5 per class and all are welcome. For more information or to book your place contact Margaret on 087 6536374.
Fethard Athletic Club AGM
Fethard Athletic Club will hold their AGM in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, on Wednesday, September 27, at 9pm. All are welcome including members and new members.
Fr. Lazarus OSA says, “Thank you and goodbye”
Fr. Lazarus Barkindo OSA photographed at the official opening of Fethard Horse Country Experience on May 30, 2017.
Fr. Lazarus Barkindo OSA – the very popular Augustinian missionary priest who have been working in the Abbey church Fethard for five years – said farewell to the Fethard community at 9.30am Mass on Sunday, September 10. This was a very emotional moment for ‘Fr Laz’ saying his final, ‘thank you and good bye’ to a local community he had very much grown to love. Following the recent Augustinian Chapter, Fr. Lazarus has now been appointed to St. Augustine’s Church, Shop Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth. In his final speech to the community he had this to say.
“Moments like this are very challenging to say anything or speak knowing fully well it may be the last time. When I came to Fethard about five years ago, I did not give a welcome address, but in this situation of departure, expressing my feelings to the community I so much love is necessary.
Even though I was brought in the darkness of winter – so that I couldn’t escape back to Dublin – I felt in love with Fethard from the very first day I met with the people, and it has remained like that, up to the moment I am to leave.
In my several sermons, here in the Augustinian Church, I told all of you that being a missionary in Ireland has been my dream fulfilled. I have always been proud to tell you my background and life story.
In 1967, I was born into the hands of an Irish FMDM (Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood) Nun, Sr. Finbar, presently in a nursing home in Motherwell, England. A few weeks later I was baptised by Fr. Sean Dowling OSA (RIP) from Cork. At the age of eight I was given my First Holy Communion by Fr. Jim Martin OSA (RIP) from Limerick. When I was nine years of age I was enrolled into the junior seminary and I believe this was very much supported through the ‘Black Babies’ donation boxes, because my father was a domestic worker with the missions and I was helped through that. This again was facilitated by Fr. Philip Sinnott OSA (RIP) from New Ross, who was the current priest in charge of the mission station by then.
I was then confirmed by Bishop Patrick Francis Sheehan OSA (RIP) from Tramore, Co. Waterford, and when I finished my formation as a student, I was ordained to the priesthood by him again. So, you can see why my missionary coming to Ireland today feels reciprocal, after first moulding me through donations for the Augustinian ‘black babies’ many years ago. The very mentioned of this, made me well integrated into the community.
Fethard had been my missionary foundation in Ireland. Here I have gotten in touch with real Irish cultural way of life, in a rural setting like this one. I would not have learned as much of the Irish culture in a big city like Dublin where life has been a little more diluted with present-day multiculturalism.
For making me feel at home and well-integrated, permit me to say thank you to all of you present and those that are not here, especially your family members in diaspora. I may not be able to mention all names, but permit me to say thank you to my brothers Gerry and Martin in the community, Frs. Tom Breen and Liam – our new parish priest, the tireless sacristans, Mike Kenrick, Eddie Sheehan and Margaret Taylor; Liam Cloonan and staff in the community, the active flower ladies, those cleaning the church constantly, our lovely choir group under the direction of Ann Barry; offertory collectors, readers, Eucharistic ministers and all of you that make our liturgy enjoyable here in the Abbey church. If I have not mentioned any person or group in particular, please know that you are all special. I have been and still very proud to be associated with you. I know my heart is small but I promise you there is a place for each one of you, for me to carry you.
An African proverb says, ‘Changing from one forest to another does not make a Leopard change her spots’. The goodness I got here, I am taking it with me to Drogheda and I will gladly tell them, that goodness is from Fethard – the only town with newly opened museum featuring a ‘Country Horse Experience’.
On a final note, permit me to humble acknowledge that I am human and as such if unknowingly and unintentionally I have offended anybody please let go and forgive me and I do the same on my own part. And indeed, that is what makes us Christians. Thank you very Much and may God bless us all. Amen.”
— Fr. Lazarus Barkindo OSA
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.