Fethard Players photographed at rehearsal for their forthcoming production of ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ which will be staged in the Abymill Theatre from Tuesday, November 14, to Saturday, November 18. The play is produced by Marian Gilpin. Photographed from left clockwise, Ann Walsh, Mia Treacy, Una Kiernan-Byrne, Niamh Hayes and Maeve Moclair.
Echoing the words of Rose, one of the central characters in ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’, “We’re off, we’re Away”, the Fethard Players are currently immersed in rehearsal at the Abymill Theatre, to bring to stage Brian Friel’s celebrated masterpiece, produced by Marian Gilpin, commencing on Tuesday, November 14, and running for five nights up to Saturday, November 18. Booking now at FHC Experience, Town Hall.
The cast, vibrant and enthusiastic, is made up of Ann Walsh as Kate, the eldest Mundy sister; Mia Treacy as the ebullient Maggie; Lisa Hanrahan as the quiet Agnes; Niamh Hayes plays the ‘Simple Rosie’ and Maeve Moclair, the youngest Mundy sister Christina. The male side of the cast enhances the sisters with Liam O’Connor playing Father Jack, the eldest and only brother back from Africa after years spent working in a leper colony in Uganda; the charming and reckless Gerry Evans is played by Tom Gilpin’. Richard Hayed takes the role of Michael, the narrator, although not directly appearing on stage with the sisters, is constant throughout, as this brief idyll of a summer in 1936 flows through his memory.
Died in England The death has occurred in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, of Pat Leahy, Leeds and formerly Kilnockin, Fethard. Pat, aged 75, is the eldest son of the late Jerry and Bridget 'Bridie' Leahy, Kilnockin, Fethard, and is survived by his wife Maureen, sons John and Brendan, sisters Rita and Teresa, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy.
Pat's funeral Mass will take place at 11am on Friday, November 3, at St. Anthony's Church, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, followed by cremation. His ashes will return to Fethard for burial at a later date to be announced. May he rest in peace.
Sheela na Gig – Venetian Glass Sculptures
One of Carmel Mooney’s colourful Sheela na Gig glass sculptures which will be on display from Thursday, November 2, at FHC Experience, Main Street, Fethard.
Fethard Horse Country Experience is thrilled to announce its upcoming exclusive exhibition of ‘Sheela na Gig – Venetian Glass Sculptures’ by Carmel Mooney, which will officially be opened at 6.30pm on Thursday, November 2, at FHC Experience, Main Street, Fethard. All are welcome to come along. Admission free.
International artist, Carmel Mooney, born in Kilkenny and lives and works in Dublin, has earned widespread recognition not only in Ireland, but across Europe and the Far East. Her early paintings are rooted in the mythology of the Irish Landscape, with its Stone Circles, Fairy Trees and Ancient Bogs. Several years were spent painting fiery volcanic landscapes in Europe, in particular Mount Etna in Sicily. Her Firebird series; a range of colourful glass sculptures, arose following an invitation to the Berengo Fine Arts Glass Studio at Murano, near Venice. This experience tempted her return to medieval times and create glass sculptures of the Sheela na Gigs.
Sheela na Gig
Much confusion and controversy has surrounded these enigmatic figures which remain carved in stone on medieval churches and castles in Ireland. They are a medieval mystery and part of our heritage. Here, a sense of these figures is interpreted through the medium of glass, executed in the furnace in Murano, Venice. These unique glass sculptures are the culmination of Carmel’s deep-rooted affinity with rural Ireland, featured in her paintings.
Fethard Horse Country Experience
Located in the heart of the Golden Vale, Fethard Horse Country Experience offers visitors the opportunity to discover the rich history, heritage and culture of the region. Part of Ireland’s Ancient East, this interactive experience, housed within the C17th Tholsel Building, examines the relationship between the people, the land and the horse, revealing how they are all inextricably linked.
The exhibition will be opened by Maureen Beary Ryan, Art Historian, Former Director of the friends of the National Gallery of Ireland at 6.30pm on Thursday November 2, at FHC Experience, The Tholsel, Main Street, Fethard, Co. Tipperary. The exhibition will continue to Thursday, November 23, open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Clocks go back this weekend!
Don't forget to put your clocks back by one hour at 2am on Sunday, October 29, next weekend and gain an extra hour for that extended lie-in this bank holiday weekend.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on Sunday Night, October 29, to the music of ‘Peter Burke’. 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.
Paul McCarthy wins third place in ‘Drift Superseries’
Local Irish Drift Championship driver, Paul McCarthy who finished in third place in the Drift Superseries this season.
Local Irish Drift Championship driver, Paul McCarthy finished in third place in the Drift Superseries this season. The Drift Superseries is a combination of the final two rounds of the Irish Drift Championship and the British Drift Championship. After the first round of the Superseries Paul was championship leader after securing first place in Watergrasshill, Co. Cork. From then on, the odds were stacked against Paul as he crossed the water to compete in two rounds in Britain and the final round in Mondello Park, Ireland.
Paul was up against machinery with more power and teams with bigger budgets but despite all odds and an array of mechanical issues Paul still managed to push his home-built Supercharged E36 BMW M3 to the limit which secured him his third-place trophy in the championship.
Paul has been competing in the drift championship for the past decade and will return next year with a newly built E36 BMW for the first round in Mondello Park next spring.
At Reception for Fr. Liam Everard P.P.
Helping at the reception for Fr. Liam Everard who was recently installed as Parish Priest are L to R: Rhiannon Johnson and Andrea Pyke, students at Patrician Presentation Secondary School.
Photographed at the recent reception for Fr. Liam Everard who was installed as Parish Priest are L to R: Bill Lee, Jimmy Connolly, Liam Cloonan and Paudie Everard.
Emigrants' Newsletter Collection Thanks
A sincere thank you to all who donated to the annual church gate collection for the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter last weekend, a total of €898 was collected for which we are most grateful.
We also remind those who have family members living abroad can also give their addresses to Carmel Rice or Joe Kenny. You can also send details of your address and connection with Fethard by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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St. Vincent De Paul new members wanted
The local Conference of St. Vincent de Paul is currently recruiting new members and any person over the age of 21 who wishes to become involved should contact any of the following numbers: 085 8086099, 086 8588118, or 086 8443622. Applicants must be willing to be Garda vetted and all is 100 percent confidential. Training will be provided.
New 'Glam Fashion Make-up' beauty parlour opens
Photographed at the official opening of 'Glam Fashion Make-up' beauty parlour, upstairs at Lonergan's, The Square, Fethard, are L to R: Rachel Browne, Hayley Carroll, Sue Anne O'Donnell, Andrea Carroll and Jack Murphy. Open at weekends by appointment only. Contact Andrea at Tel: 085 2526516
Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday, October 11, we played for the Free Sub Nett and the results were: 1st Nett, Margaret Slattery and Mike Burke (Winners of Free Sub); 2nd Nett, Noreen Evans and Noel O'Dwyer; 3rd Nett, Bill O’Sullivan and Vincent Cummins; 1st Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 2nd Gross, Anna Cooke and Bernie O'Meara; 3rd Gross, Gemma Burke and Carol Kenny.
Bridge starts at 7.15pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Fethard’s ‘Firsts’ on a roll
Gary Kavanagh about to land another kick for Fethard v Charleville
Fethard Rugby Club ‘firsts’ made the long journey to Charleville on Sunday last to play their game in the league, this was a massive game for both sides as both teams had won their first two league games and the winner would be top of the league.
Fethard were slow to start and some good pressure by the Charleville pack saw them cross the line for a well worked forwards try, Fethard settled into the game and a good lineout take by Paul Maloney saw the ball moved wide, Sam Bergerson broke the defence and fed Kieran Power who was in under the posts. Gary Kavanagh converted. Fethard worked their way up the field again and good carries by Justin Carey, Jamie McCormack and Richard Houlihan saw Fethard on the Charleville line and when Conor Kavanagh gave a wide pass to Joe Morgan he touched down in the corner, Gary Kavanagh landed a fine conversion, so at half time Fethard led by 14 points to 7.
Conor Kavanagh about to feed the Fethard scrum
Charleville strong pack carried a lot of ball into Fethard 22 and on two occasions were awarded penalties which they landed leaving just a point in it. Shane Kavanagh made a great break down the left wing and when he was eventually stopped just short of the line Ashley Weston was on hand to score, the younger Fethard team seemed to up it a gear against a tiring home team and from good work by Tommy Keavney and Danny Lambe in the left-hand corner saw a quick ball go through the hands out to second centre PJ Morrissey who scored in the corner. Overall it was a good win which puts Fethard at the top of the league table but there is still plenty to be worked on, our next game is at home on November 5, at 2.30pm against Tralee. Our seconds who have two wins from two play Carrick at home on Saturday evening 7pm, all support very welcome.
Fethard about to scrum against Charleville
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on October 18, were: 11, 24, 26 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner, so the following three drawn tickets won €50 each: Peter Gough, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Margaret Grant, Barrack St., Fethard; and Breda Wilson, Rathkenny, Drangan
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Lisa O'Donnell (online ticket); John O'Meara (online ticket); and Joan Gleeson, Knockelly, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, October 25. 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 20, were: 5, 20, 24 and 26. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘match three’ winner of €100: Megan Coen, The Green, Fethard.
Two Lucky Dip winners won €25 each: John Burke, Red City, Fethard; and Patrick Byrne, The Green, Fethard.
The next draw takes place on Friday, October 27, 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 death has occurred on Monday, October 23, 2017, of Breda Burke (née Lowry), Bridge Bar, Main Street, Fethard. Breda (Bridget), predeceased by her husband Dick. Deeply regretted by her loving family Martin, Eamon, Richard, James, Mary, Joe and Gerry, daughters-in-law Nora, Catherine, Siobhán and Sandra, son-in-law Pascal, sisters Nora Dillon, Kitty Joyce and Josie Holton, sisters in law Rita Lowry and Maureen Lowry, brothers-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at home on Tuesday, October 24, from 5pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday, October 25, at 11am in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
John Magnier wins Inaugural Tipperary Chamber ‘President’s Award’
Tipperary Business Awards 2017 – John Magnier being presented with the President’s Award from T.J. Kinsella (right).
Congratulations to John Magnier, Coolmore, Fethard, who was presented with the inaugural Tipperary Chamber ‘President’s Award’ at a gala, black-tie event in the Clonmel Park Hotel, recognising successful Tipperary based businesses in areas such as Sports, Art & Culture, Food, Retail and Hospitality.
Mr Magnier, who owns both Coolmore Stud and Ballydoyle Racing Stables, as well as employing 1,000 people there, is a major benefactor to the local community and commended the county on its pro-business environment as he received the award.
“This is a humbling experience for us and I mean ‘us’ as I accept this award on behalf of everybody in Coolmore and Ballydoyle. It means so much to us when we get this at home from all of you,” he said.
“This area benefits greatly from foreign investment but that foreign investment doesn’t have to stay here. In our case we have offices around the world but we encourage people to come here and we want our headquarters here. This is home for us.”
The award winners were announced at the Inaugural Annual County Tipperary Business Awards held on Friday, October 13, at Clonmel Park Hotel.
Our sympathy to Catherine Williams, Woodvale Walk, Fethard, on the recent unexpected sudden death of her sister, Anne-Marie O’Connell, Ardfinnan, on October 11. Interment took place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cahir. May she rest in peace.
Christmas Shoebox Appeal
The Christmas Shoebox Appeal is an Irish project that promises to get your 'Christmas Shoebox' into the hands of a needy child in Eastern Europe. All they ask is for you to fill a shoebox with a range of simple Christmas gifts, and drop it off at your local drop off point at Centra, Fethard, or Monica Pollard, Rocklow Road, before November 11. All you need to do is get an average size shoebox (or a plastic storage container would also be great), and wrap it with Christmas paper.
Choose who you'd like to receive your gift – a boy or a girl, in one of three age groups: 2-4 years, 5-9 years or 10-14 years. For further information contact Monica Pollard, at Centra Foodmarket, Fethard, or by Tel: 087 1258591.
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.
‘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).
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
Noel and Irene Sharpe with family members November 1990
Fethard Fancy Dress Parade 1990
Fethard Fancy Dress Parade 1990
Fethard Fancy Dress Parade 1990
Fethard Fancy Dress Parade 1990
Fethard Fancy Dress Parade 1990
Fethard Fancy Dress Parade 1990
St. Lukes Ball, January 1991. L to R: Judy and Sean Doyle, Joan and Liam Hayes
Fethard Presentation Convent group 1990.
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