London Calling ‘Christmas Special’
JW Productions will perform their musical production ‘London Calling - Christmas Special’, in Cloneen Hall on December 16, at 8pm. Tickets will be available at the door on the night at €10 each and €8 (concession). The show will feature some songs from the group’s oncoming tour which will be heading to the West End in January, and also some of your favourite Christmas songs to get you into the festive mood!
All money raised on the night will be put towards getting our group to London to perform in the West End. Money made on the raffle will go towards local girl, Ciara Butler, to help fund her oncoming trip to India with the Hope Foundation. Ciara will be showing off her extraordinary voice singing solos in the concert. Ciara needs to raise €3,400 to fund her trip to Calcutta – €2,400 of which will go towards the Hope Foundation charity.
Community Games Annual General Meeting
Fethard & Killusty Community Games will hold their Annual General Meeting in the Tirry Community Centre on this Thursday, December 14, at 8pm.
We wish to invite parents of all children between 6 and 16 years to attend this important meeting which we intend to use as a platform to highlight the opportunities that are available to children at the moment. There will be no pressure on anybody to accept positions. There are a lot of changes on the community games programme with winter and summer games now taking place to cater for the huge number of events on offer.
Entries for all teams on the winter games programme close on January 10, with the draws taking place on January 17. Finals will commence very early; the county finals of the 2018 Cross Country have already taken place. County final of swimming is brought forward to Sunday, February 18, in Thurles pool.
Please make a date of December 14 in your diary, when we really need to discuss forthcoming events on the 2018 programme for one hour, which could have a big impact on your child’s life.
Big news at the moment is that Community Games National Finals will take place in the University of Limerick for at least the next three years. Looking forward to seeing you.
Christmas Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland
Canon Barbara Fryday and the congregation of Holy Trinity Church of Ireland would like to invite everyone to their annual Christmas Carol Service which takes place on Sunday, December 17, at 7.30pm.
The Christmas story will be celebrated in the form of readings and carols and the Fethard Choral Society will be singing three pieces including O Holy Night. Refreshments will be served afterwards .
Santa Clause is coming to town on Friday
Santa all ready to arrive by sleigh in Fethard on this coming Friday, December 8, assisted by his two helpers, Annette O'Donovan and P.J. Henehan.
All children (and parents) take note that Santa will be arriving by sleigh in Fethard on next Friday, December 8. After making a quick visit to Holy Trinity National School, where he will be welcomed by the children, he will call to The Square at 2.45pm for carol singing and the official turning on of the Christmas Lights in Fethard.
Following this annual duty for Santa he will make his way to the Convent Community Hall where a huge party will take place and the distribution of Christmas gifts. For those waiting to visit Santa in his grotto, there will be lots of side-shows to keep everyone busy such-as disco, ballooning and, of course, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, who are also coming to add to the atmosphere.
Red Ribbons for Christmas
This year’s ‘Red Ribbons’, to remember our deceased loved ones, will be available to purchase outside Centra Supermarket, The Green, on Friday, December 8. Please write the name on your ribbon and, if you prefer, leave it at the shop where they will be collected and put up for you on the church railings.
Shoe Boxes for homeless
Any items or ‘shoe box’ for the homeless can be dropped off at the Convent Community Hall on Wednesday, December 13, between half 7pm and 8.30pm. Alternatively, you can contact Pamela at Tel: 086 8743752, who will arrange to collect items.
New Junior Cycle at Secondary School
Patrician Presentation school’s teachers participated last Thursday in an in-service course on the new Junior Cycle Reforms. In the words of the NCCA, “The New Junior Cycle places students at the centre of the Educational Experience, enabling them to actively participate in their communities and in society and to be resourceful and confident learners in all aspects and stages of their lives.”
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School teachers and pupils launhing their new team strip at the school’s Open Evening held on Monday, November 27.
New Sports Strip launched
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School launched their new sports’ jerseys during the school’s annual Open Evening held on Monday, November 27. Mr Gerry Aherne, a past pupil of the school, representing Coolmore, presented the jerseys.
The death has occurred on Monday, December 4, 2017, of Sean Moloney, Red City, Fethard. Sean, deeply regretted by his loving wife Alice, his sons and daughters Geraldine, John, Adrian, Louise, Mark and Claire, his brother Waltie, his sister Mary, grandchildren, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard on Wednesday from 5pm with removal to the Holy Trinity Parish Church at 8pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. No flowers please. Donations in lieu to Tipperary Hospice.
Carol Service at The Abbey on Sunday
Annual Carol Service will take place in the Augustinian Abbey this Sunday, December 10, at 6pm. As usual the Fethard Choral group will be joined by the member sof the Abbey Choir and children from Holy Trinity Primary School. Free admission and refreshments afterwards in the Abymill Theatre. All are welcome.
Fethard go into Christmas break top of the league
Fethard Senior Rugby Team. Back L to R: James Smyth, Thomas Keaveny, William Morgan, Danny Lambe, Emmet O’Mahony, Shane Kavanagh, P.J. Morrissey, Andy Walsh, Richard Houlahan, David Morgan, Connie Coen. Front L to R: Ned Grogan, Bill Phelan, Conor Kavanagh, Paul Moloney, Sam Bergerson, Thomas Murphy, Ashley Weston and Gary Kavanagh.
Fethard secured a bonus point win over Killorglin in Fethard on Sunday evening last. This was a top of the league clash, so a win was vital to both sides.
Fethard were first to score when some great phases saw the ball spread wide and Sam Bergeson fed Gary Kavanagh who split the Killorglin defence to score in the corner. James Smith and Thomas Keavney carried a lot of ball and from a ruck on the right-hand side, Ashley Weston fed P.J. Morrissey who rounded the full back to score. Kavanagh converted.
Fethard’s back row of Richie Houlihan, Paul Maloney and Shane Kavanagh tackled the big Kerry forwards and on occasions drove them back as they tested the Fethard defence. A scrum in the middle saw the Fethard back line work a great move that saw Kavanagh score again leaving the half time score 17-nil to Fethard.
Thomas Keaveny (Fethard) jumping for the ball on line out.
The bigger Killorglin pack then piled on the pressure and were rewarded with a try of their own. The Fethard scrum gained the upper-hand with Elmo O’Shea, Bill Phelan and Danny Lambe driving their pack backward with some great box kicking by Conor Kavanagh that kept Fethard in the opposition’s 22. Some great phases saw Danny Lambe cross for the bonus point try.
Overall a solid performance by this young Fethard team who are now just three games away from promotion but there is still a lot if work to be done.
Gary Kavangh carrying the ball for Fethard
Fethard Seconds loose for first time in the Gleeson league
Fethard travelled to Thurles on Saturday evening to play in the Gleeson league and despite great games by Oliver McGrath, David Morgan, Matthew Walsh and Thomas Murphy had to give best to the home team.
Fethard U14s played a very close 19-all draw against Thurles. The U16s were narrowly beaten by a combination of Dungarvan and Carrick while the combination of Fethard and Cashel defeated Kilfeacle.
Fethard minis hosted Waterford city in Fethard and a great mornings rugby was enjoyed by both teams, minis are in Kilfeacle next Sunday.
Fethard & District Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre wish to thank all who contributed to our very successful Annual Christmas Bazaar. We also thank all the businesses in Fethard, Drangan, Cloneen and Killenaule for their continued support.
This year we had some new sponsors on board. We wish to thank our cake bakers those who contributed to our bric-a-brac stall, our ticket sellers, volunteers, staff, T.Y. students, our clients, committee and to all who came to the Bazaar. Each and every one made the day a great community effort.
We wish you and your families a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas.
Fethard Bridge Club
The results of our game on Wednesday, November 1 were: 1st Gross, Alice Quinn and Berney Myles; 2nd Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 3rd Gross, Nell Broderick and David O'Meara; 1st Nett, Betty Egan and Mary Tierney; 2nd Nett, Bill O’Sullivan and Vincent Cummins; 3rd Nett, Catherine Croke and Kathleen Maher.
On Wednesday, November 8 we played the first round of our Player of the Year competition and the results were: 1st Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. Johan; 2nd Gross, Anna Cooke and Bernie O'Meara; 3rd Gross, Carmel Condon and Frances Burke; 1st Nett, Margaret Slattery and Mike Burke; 2nd Nett, Gabrielle Schofield and Nora Ryan; 3rd Nett, Rita Holohan and Breda O'Grady
On November 22 and 29 we played our Gross and Nett Turkey competitions the results of which will be announced at our Christmas Party on December 10. On Wednesday, December 6, we play for Christmas Prizes. Bridge starts at 7.15pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Christmas Party night at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom on next Sunday Night, December 10, to the fabulous music of ‘Update’ (formerly ‘Montana’). at our annual 'Christmas Party' night, with hot meal, starting at 7pm. Raffle, water, mineral, and wine included. Get your tickets at €30 each from any committee member or by contacting Eileen at 086 0776420.
Months’ Mind Mass for Fr. John Meagher OSA
Fr. John Meagher OSA, month’s mind Mass will take place in the Augustinian Abbey at 7.30pm on Saturday, December 16.
Award for Killusty
Killusty Tidy Town has been awarded by Tipperary County Council as the ‘Best newcomer in the National Tidy Towns’ competition among smaller settlements in the district. An awards’ ceremony will take place in Scoil Ruain on December 7, at 7pm. This is an excellent achievement for Killusty and the volunteer members of the Tidy Town who contributed to achieving this award.
Sports Achievement Award nominations for November
The following twelve nominations were received for the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for November. The winner will be announced at a special presentation night in Butler’s Bar on Friday night, December 8.
- Fethard Holy Trinity National School – Winners of the Jack Bergin perpetual shield for best boys’ large school at the county schools cross country championships.
- Dinny Burke – Following another fantastic year of golf, Dinny was named Player of the Year at Slievenamon Golf Club.
- St. Rita’s Camogie U14 Team – County B league winners beating Silvermines in the final played at the Ragg.
- Mouse Morris – Trainer of ‘Alpha Des Obeaux’ recent winner of the Clonmel Oil chase.
- Fethard Holy Trinity National School – winners of Tipperary schools U11 boys gaelic football title.
- Sean McGarry Thompson – Twice archery competition winner in November at Portlaoise and Dunbrody.
- Tony McGarry – Winner of the veteran section of the South-East archery championships held at Dunbrody, Co Wexford.
- Aaron Nolan – Duel sportsman winning an U11 schools’ gaelic football medal with Moyglass school and two gold medals for Archery in his category.
- Fethard U11 Boys Gaelic Football Team – Winter league winners beating Clonmel Commercials after extra time.
- Killusty National School 4th Class Girls – Bronze medal for the 4th class girls in the county schools’ Cross-country championships.
- Killusty National School 5th & 6th Class Boys - Gold medal for 5th and 6th class boys at the county schools Cross Country championships.
- Killusty National School Boys U13 Gaelic Football Team - Winners of the small schools’ county title after some outstanding performances.
Extra Christmas draws with Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
Next draw, December 6, we commence our extra special free ‘Christmas Draws’ for three turkeys and three hams and continue for the following two weeks December 13 and 20. So make sure you have a chance of winning one of these seasonal prizes each week by buying a lotto ticket from our sellers or online.
The numbers drawn on November 29, were: 2, 8, 12 and 17. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Dennis O'Meara, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Christine O'Meara (online ticket); and Kathleen O'Riordan, c/o Seamus Moloney.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Tony Maher, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard; Chelsea Kenny, Killusty; and Farrah Cummins Doyle, Slievenamon Close.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, December 6. 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, December 1, were: 3, 24, 33 and 34. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘match three’ winner.
One Lucky Dip winner received €50: Mary Godfrey, Derryluskin. Four Lucky Dip winners received €25 each: Jack Spillane, Tullamaine; Tina O’Mahoney, Clonmel; Megan Coen, Clonmel; and Alma Flynn, Clonmel.
The next draw takes place on Friday, December 8, 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.
Another County Title for Fethard!
Congratulations to Fethard Ladies Minor Girls team who won the Minor 'A' County Football Final against Aherlow on Saturday, December 2, at Monroe Sports Complex. This was the club's last game of the 2017 season as the girls added the minor title to the U16 'A' and Junior 'A' titles already won this year.
Died in New York
The death has occurred in Albany, New York of Anthony 'Tony' Schmitz. Tony is the husband of
Mary Sheehan Schmitz (originally from Red City, Fethard). Mary and Tony recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in Albany.
Mary is a daughter of Thomas and Kathleen Sheehan, Redcity, and a sister of Pauline Morrissey, St. Patrick's Place. Mary left Fethard in 1954 and now has five children and five grandchildren in New York. Our sympathy to his extended family. May he rest in peace.
Annual Christmas Fair December 16
Join us for our first annual Christmas Fair on Saturday December 16th! There will be craft, jewellery and food producers along with vintage and collectable items for you to choose the perfect Christmas present from. Bring a friend or two and enjoy the festive fun in #Fethard! We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful medieval town! Please help us to spread the word - thank you
The death has occurred on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, of Patrick (Pat) Phelan, Prior Park Crescent, Clonmel, and formerly of Grawn, Fethard. Pat died peacefully at St Brigid’s District Hospital, Carrick-on-Suir, surrounded by his loving family. Pre-deceased by his brother Gerry, beloved husband of Kathleen and much loved father of Karen (Strang) and Susan (King). Sadly missed by his loving wife, daughters, brothers John, Tom, Billy, Robert and Vincent, sisters Ann (Lennox) and Alice (Burgess), grandson Adam, sons-in-law Jason and Thomas, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends. May he Rest in Peace
Reposing at Condons Funeral Parlour, Clonmel on Wednesday evening from 5pm, with removal at 7.30pm to SS Peter & Paul’s Church. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 1pm followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery, Fethard. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired to South Tipperary Home Care Team. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Dogs and Graveyards
Locals (and non-locals) visiting graveyards are requested not to bring their darling pets with them on these occasions. We visit graveyards to show respect for those dear to us who have passed on. Unfortunately, dogs in particular, do not show the same respect – quite the opposite in fact – and leave paths and actual graves in a very unflattering state after doing their business.
We’ve had many complaints, despite the warning ‘No Dogs’ on the entrance gates, of perfectly attended graves being dug up by dogs and with their ‘leavings’ left on graves and paths – insulting to those above and below the ground! So please –No Dogs – take them for a walk but not to the graveyard!
Vincent de Paul Annual Collection
Fethard Vincent de Paul will hold their annual collection on weekending, Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10. We are not asking anybody to leave themselves short or to abandon other charities. However, if you can help us in any way, we will also promise our very best efforts to pass on your help to those who come to us in need of assistance.
St. Vincent de Paul have operated in this parish since 1895 and the object of the society, here and everywhere else, is to help people in need. Over 11,000 volunteers around the country are involved in this great work and all money comes from public donations.
Our local conference members wish to say a very sincere thanks to all those who continue to generously help us throughout the year. The business people of the parish are extremely good to us and our annual collection is amongst the largest of those held in the parish. We have great cause to be thankful to this community.
May we wish everybody a Happy and Holy Christmas and a New Year which will be peaceful and prosperous.
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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