The death has occurred on Saturday, October 21, 2017, of Louis Coen, Killusty, Fethard. Louis, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary, daughters Debbie, Louise, Sarah and Shonagh, sons Chris, Shay, Martin, Colm and Brian, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, sister, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at his home in Killusty on Monday, October 23, from 5pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass on Tuesday October 23rd at 11am in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty, followed by burial in the adjoining Cemetery. House private on Tuesday morning. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the Irish Cancer Society.
Newsletter Church Gate Collection this weekend
The annual church gate collection for the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter will take place in Fethard and Killusty on weekend, October 21 and 22. We ask for your continued support for this annual production which is now in operation for over 55 years and posted free of charge to our emigrants and families living away from home. This year, as before, we depend on your donations to provide this much appreciated service to our parish emigrants.
Donations can be handed in to Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard, or Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, or alternatively put in an envelope with your name and address and handed in at our Church Gate Collection at the weekend October 21 and 22. All donations of €10 and over will be acknowledged in this year's publication, unless you specify to remain anonymous. You can also donate online see below:
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‘Scout’ Butler plaque unveiled
Group of Fethard Gaels who attended Calvary Cemetery last weekend for the unveiling of a plaque in memory of the late Frank ‘Scout’ Butler, who was Tipperary goalkeeper on Bloody Sunday, Croke Park, November 21, 1920
On Saturday last, October 14, Fethard paid tribute to a GAA legend Frank ‘Scout’ Butler who played in goal for the Tipperary team in Croke Park on Bloody Sunday in November 1920 when 13 people were shot dead by British Forces, including Tipp player Michael Hogan from Grangemockler. Fethard players Gus McCarthy and John O'Shea also played on that fateful day.
Scout always attributed his own survival to the fact that he had fought in Flanders in WW1 and he informed some of the trigger-happy soldiers of this. A direct link to that event was the fact that a son of one of the Tipperary players, Tony Nolan from Mullinahone, was present on Saturday in Calvary Cemetery in Fethard when a memorial to his father's team mate was unveiled and blessed.
Please pray for all those who died or were involved on that most terrible day in GAA history.
Installation Mass for Parish Priest
Photographed at the installation of Fethard’s new Parish Priest last weekend are L to R: Fr John O’Brien OSA, Canon Tom Breen AP, Fr. Jim Irwin, Bishop’s Secretary, Fr. Liam Everard P.P. and Fr. Iggy O’Donovan OSA Prior.
The official Installation Mass for our new Parish Priest, Fr. Liam Everard, took place on Saturday night, October 14, at Holy Trinity Parish Church. The ceremony was performed by Fr. Jim Irwin (Bishop’s Secretary) assisted by Fr. Liam Everard, Canon Tom Breen, Fr. Paul O’Brien OSA and Fr. Iggy O'Donovan OSA.
Following the official handing over of the Parish ‘keys’ all were invited afterwards to refreshments in the Convent Community Hall where Fr Everard was joined by family members and well-wishers in his new appointment.
Fethard’s new Parish Priest, Fr. Liam Everard, photographed with family members at his installation Mass last weekend in Fethard L to R: Bernie Doheny (sister), Marie Coghlan (sister), Fr. Liam Everard P.P., Ger Everard (brother) and Claire Doheny (niece)
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, October 22, to the music of ‘Derek Veale’. 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.
Augustinian General visits Fethard Abbey
Photographed at Fethard Augustinian Abbey on the occasion of a visit from the Augustinian Prior General, Fr Allefandro Moral, are L to R: Fr. Paul O’Brien, Fr. Gerry Horan, Fr. Iggy O'Donovan (Prior), Fr Allefandro Moral (Prior General) and Fr. John Hennebry (Irish Provincial).
In the past few days the Augustinian friars at the Abbey have been visited by their Prior General, Fr Allefandro Moral. He, himself a Spaniard, is the leader of the world wide Augustinian Order and normally resides in Rome.
The local community Frs Iggy O'Donovan, Gerry Horan and Paul O'Brien were delighted to welcome their distinguished guest. Fr Moral visited all the Augustinian communities in Ireland in the course of his visit.
As part of his tour he participated in a seminar at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick on the life of Martin Luther, marking the fifth centenary of the Reformation. Luther was a great Augustinian scholar and this year the order are celebrating his great attempt, back in 1517, to reform the Church and root out scandal and corruption. Much still remains to be done in this field but as Augustinians it is important that we mark this milestone anniversary.
Hence, we were honoured that the Prior General visited us at this time. He marvelled at the fact that the Augustinians have had a continuous presence in Fethard since 1305. No mean achievement.
— Fr Iggy O’Donovan OSA (Prior)
Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Quiz Time on Monday next
Please support the Parents’ Association Quiz, in aid of School Funds, in Fethard Youth Centre on Monday next, October 23rd at 8 pm. All are welcome. Adult tables of 4 €28 and Students €5 each.
School Awards Day
The annual School Awards’ Ceremony will take place in the school on Friday next, October 20th. The ceremony celebrates the academic, social, cultural, sporting and personal achievements of our pupils.
Holy Trinity Primary School’s Visit
On Friday Morning last, 6th Class pupils from Holy Trinity School visited our school for both Woodwork and Maths classes. The visit was facilitated by Maths teacher, Mr Walsh and Woodwork teacher, Mr Cummins.
John Leahy met one of his big fans in Fethard at the weekend when Mary O’Brien bumped into him while getting his morning paper.
Roadworks in Fethard
The following update on roadworks in Fethard was received by the Community Council from Marcus O'Connor, Director of Roads, Transportation and Health and Safety with Tipperary County Council.
“Tipperary County Council is proposing to upgrade the footpaths along Barrack Street and the Killenaule Road. It is also proposing to upgrade the public lighting on these roads and to install a pedestrian crossing on Barrack Street.
The Killenaule road will also be resurfaced from the speed limits in as far as the junction with Barrack Street. This work is currently being tendered and we anticipate starting towards the end of the month or early November depending on the weather and the availability of contractors.
There are no plans to carry out roadwork in the vicinity of Congress Hall in the current year.”
Fethard Angler is All Ireland River Fly Fishing Champion
Fethard and Killusty Angler Seán Maher, who succeeded in winning the All Ireland River Fly Fishing Championships 2017, on September 17, and will now represent the Irish International team at the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships in Tasmania.
Congratulations to Fethard and Killusty Angler Seán Maher who succeeded in winning the All Ireland River Fly Fishing Championships 2017, on September 17 last. Seán last won this event representing Fethard and Killusty Anglers in 2008. Seán has now qualified to represent the Irish International team in the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships to be held in Tasmania.
The All Ireland competition was held on the river Bride in Conna, Co. Cork, and was hosted by Conna Trout Anglers club. The event was held over two 3 hour sessions of catch and release fishing. Each angler draws a beat on the river for morning and afternoon sessions of approximately 200 to 300 yards, to be fished within the two three-hour periods. Each angler must use barbless hooks and has a steward assigned to them to measure and record each wild brown trout caught over 20cm, before it is safely returned to the river to fight another day.
The conditions were very difficult with low clear water and bright sunshine for most of the day, which forced many anglers to keep low and kneel at times in the river, to avoid spooking any of the wild brown trout. The competition consisted of 38 anglers representing the four provinces of Ireland where each of these anglers had qualified from their provincial finals to represent their particular province. The most successful methods proved to be single dry fly and dry dropper methods in the slower water, and small nymph patterns fished in the streamy and pocket water.
The six top overall individual results from thirty-eight provincial competitors were as follows: 1st Seán Maher (Munster), 2nd Sean Dempsey (Leinster), 3rd Peter Driver (Leinster), 4th Vincent Kelly (Munster), 5th Kevin Oates (Leinster), 6th Paul McCarthy (Munster). The longest trout prize went to Kevin Oates from Leinster and the Munster team won the provincial title overall.
Credit Union Talent Competition
L to R: Fiona Barry, Tullamaine, who took first place on the U10 Credit Union Talent Competition last Sunday in Clonmel, and Tara Moquet, Fethard, who was runner-up. Well done to both.
Fethard Rugby News
Unbelievable win for our J2s last weekend in their local derby away to Clonmel. It was the home side who started strongest and went into a 6-nil lead. When Joseph O’Connor replied with a penalty for Fethard. Clonmel playing with a strong wind in the first half extended their lead and went into the break 13-3.
Clonmel extended their lead further early in the second to lead 18-3. Fethard then began to up their game and with strong carries from Tommy Keavney and Paul Scully making great ground. Some good lines from Tommy Murphy created space out wide which saw Willie Morgan put Jack Kealy in for a try, which O'Connor converted.
It was then Fethard really piled on the pressure and some good line out throws from Owen Cleary hitting Matthew Welsh and Adam Kealy created a great platform for the backs. Clonmel were now starting to feel the pressure and Disco Phelan, like a hurdler, broke through the Clonmel defence to touch down under the post, to leave the score 18-15 in favour of the home side. With time almost up Andy Welsh claimed the kick-off and set up another Fethard attack. Alan O'Connor really upped the pace, and from a number of good phases saw Clonmel defenders getting narrow, Joseph O’Connor identified this and spread the ball wide, and Michael Power with some great footwork saw him cross the line to touch down. To leave the score 20-18 in favour of Fethard. Well done!
Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game on Wednesday, October 5 were: 1st Gross, Carmel Condon and Frances Burke; 2nd Gross, Tony Hanrahan and Keith Woodlock
3rd Gross, Nell Broderick and David O'Meara; 1st Nett, Anne Connolly and Eileen Frewen; 2nd Nett, Bill O’Sullivan and Vincent Cummins; 3rd Nett, Noreen Evans and Noel O'Dwyer.
This Wednesday, October 18, we play for Halloween Prizes. Bridge starts at 7.15pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
The next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council
will take place on Tuesday, October 24, at 8pm in the Tirry Cimmunity Centre, Barrack Street.
Table Quiz for Fethard & District Day Care Centre
A Table Quiz in aid of Fethard and District Day Care Centre will take place in Butlers Sports Bar on Friday, October 27, at 9pm.
Fethard and District Day Care Centre caters for clients from Fethard, Killenaule, Mullinahone, Drangan, Cloneen, Killusty, Moyglass and Ballinure. The centre provides a warm, comfortable meeting place, where clients meet their peers, play bingo, do arts and crafts, exercises suitable to their needs and are served nutritious meals prepared on the premises. Meals-on-Wheels are also delivered three days a week.
Please support this worthy local cause.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on October 11, were: 1, 16, 17 and 21. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner, so the following three drawn tickets won €50 each: Eamon Kennedy, Cois Falla, Fethard; Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard; and Sheila Duggan (online ticket).
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Nellie O’Donovan, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard; Daniella Sabatini, The Lantern, Fethard; and Berney Myles, Saucestown, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, October 18. 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, October 13, were: 5, 11, 24 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘match three’ winner. One Lucky Dip winner received €50: Dominic Kearney c/o Biddy. Four Lucky Dip winners won €25 each: Donal Ryan, Tullamaine, Fethard; Kathleen O’Brien, c/o Merrys, Clonmel; Bridget Cooney, Rathdrum; and Harry & Patsy, c/o Burke’s, Fethard.
The next draw takes place on Friday, October 20, 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.
The Castle Man Comes to Fethard
The legendary ‘Castle Man’, Mike Salter, photographed in Fethard examining some of the many fine medieval features in situ.
This week saw the visit to Fethard of the legendary ‘castle man’, Mike Salter. Mike finished off his most recent fourteen-day tour of Ireland with a couple of nights in Fethard before heading to Rosslare and beyond to his home in Worcestershire, England.
But this is by no means Mike’s first tour to Ireland – he has been many times. Indeed in 2003 Mike came over an astonishing nine times and visited all 32 counties in the run up to the publication of his five-volume series covering Connacht, Leinster, Ulster and two volumes on Munster, North and South.
Mike has devoted his life to the study of the castles found in all the corners of the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. He has now published more than thirty detailed inventories of these intriguing buildings complete with photos and many hand-drawn plans. He is a terrier when it comes to rooting out stories and information about the history of these places and he will boldly go where no bull will deter him. His books adorn the studies of the most august academics in these islands. It is true to say that some of his work remains the only substantive record of buildings and features now lost or at risk.
Archaeologists Jean Farrelly and Barry O’Reilly hosted Mike and his glamorous wife Val to tea on Wednesday, September 27 and the discussion ranged into the most intricate details of carving, corbelling and crenellating.
Mike is also interested in Irish churches and monasteries and so spent a good deal of time examining the fabric of the stonework in Holy Trinity (C of I) and graveyard searching for clues in the tooling of the stone surfaces and in the geometry of the artefacts and architecture. Mike was particularly intrigued by the magnificence of Court Castle in an urban/ecclesiastical setting and he noted the rare over-hanging garderobe that adorns Edmond’s Castle.
Mike promises his readership a magnificent new book about saving castles from ruin which will feature a good number of Irish and Scottish castles and a smaller number from Wales and England. Publication is expected within the next few months.
If you would like to own your own copy of any of Mike’s books on heritage buildings you will find them at very accessible prices at his dedicated website: www.follypublications.co.uk
We wish Mr Salter well with his endeavours and may falling stones and angry bulls always miss him and leave him well.
Tipperary Civil Defence looking for new members
Tipperary Civil Defence are currently recruiting new members. If you, or you know of anyone who may be interested in joining Civil Defence, please ask them to contact Dolores Fahey, Civil Defence Officer, at Tel: 087 2435001 for further details..
Please note that all new recruits are not allowed training until their Garda vetting is processed and they have been listed as probationary members.
Frank ‘Scout’ Butler plaque unveiled on Saturday
A plaque will be unveiled to the memory of Fethard’s Frank ‘Scout’ Butler at Calvary Cemetery on this coming Saturday, October 14, at 4pm. The ‘Scout’ Butler, from The Green, Fethard, will be forever remembered as the Tipperary goalie, who played on the county senior football team on Bloody Sunday against Dublin in Croke Park on November 21, 1920. On that infamous day of violence, members of the Auxiliary Division and RIC opened fire on the crowd at Croke Park, killing eleven civilians and wounding at least sixty, three of which died later, Robinson and Carroll on November 23, and Tom Hogan on November 26.
Frank ‘Scout’ Butler was one of the many young men of twenty from Fethard district who saw active service in the trenches during the Great War 1914-1918. Frank, as he was leaving Croke Park following the shooting on Bloody Sunday, was halted by an auxiliary. “Where’s your gun Paddy,” the auxiliary demanded. “I left it in Flanders”, replied Frank. “What was your regiment and company?” was the next question. Frank reckoned his prompt, correct reply probably saved his life. Frank lived the remainder of his life at his house on The Green up to his death on October 13, 1977 and burial in Calvary Cemetery on October 15, 1977.
The death has occurred on Monday, October 9, 2017, of Kathleen Heffernan (née Meagher), Abbey Close, Gowran, Kilkenny and formerly Knockelly Castle, Fethard, and Cloneen. Kathleen, wife of the late Christopher, sadly missed by her daughters, son, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, Bridget, staff and friends at Gowran Abbey and her many relatives and friends. May she rest in peace
Reposing at her home on Wednesday, October 11, from 4pm to 7pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday in the Augustinian Abbey Church, Fethard, at 11.30am, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. No flowers please. Donations, if desired, to St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny.
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.
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