Monday, January 22, 2018
Reposing at Bretts Funeral Home, Mullinahone, on Tuesday, January 23, from 5pm with prayers at 7.30pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday, January 24, at 11am in The Church of the Visitation, Cloneen, followed by burial in the adjoining Cemetery. Family flowers only please. House private on Monday evening please.
Fethard & District Day Care Centre
Hanora, deeply regretted by her nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
New dancing committee at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday Night, January 21, to the music of ‘Dermot Lyons’. 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.
The committee are very pleased with the growing attendance at their Sunday night dances and have organised an attractive diary of social dancing for the year ahead. The Ballroom Committee are as follows: Seamus Barry (chairperson), William Morgan (secretary), Eileen Coady (treasurer and bookings Tel: 086 0776420), Peter Grant (public relations), Mary Richardson (band bookings 087 2387608), Liam Sweeney (food manager), Sean Spillane, Gay Horan, Sean O'Donovan, Tom Tobin, Gerry Long, Michael O'Rahilly and Brian Sheehy.
Annual Sports Achievement Award Presentation
The Achievement Awards competition is open to any nominated sports people who live, work, or from the Fethard & Killusty parish. Anyone can nominate a person or group from any sport either directly to any of the steering group, Butlers Bar or through our Facebook pages. The format for the competition is that a monthly winner is selected from amongst all the monthly nominees and these winners all progress to the grand final which, this year, takes place on this coming Friday night, January 19.
The monthly winners in 2017 were as follows: David Flanagan (January); joint winners Patrick Scully and Jack O’Rourke (February); Aobh Ní Shé (March); Robert Hackett (April); Fethard U16 Ladies Football Team (May); Joe Murphy (June); Luke Coen (July); Ryan Walsh (August); joint winners Anner Gaels Minor Hurling Team and Fethard Ladies Junior A Football Team (September); Dorothy Wall (October); Denis Burke (November); and joint winners Fethard U15 Girls Rugby Team and Fethard Girls Minor Football Team (December).
Fethard & Killusty Community Games
Competitors may enter only one piece at each level of competition. A competitor will be required to copy a piece of text in their own handwriting. This may be an extract from a newspaper, a poem or an extract from a book etc.
Entries will be collected at Fethard & Killusty National Schools on January 25. Competitors from the Fethard area going to School elsewhere are asked to submit their entry to Noreen Sheehy Tel: 087 3184298.
U14 Table Quiz
Closing date for entries is Saturday, February 3. Closing date for submission to County Secretary is Saturday, February 10, as programme has to be compiled and issued prior to competition. Entry fee is again €2 per individual and €8 per squad to Noreen Sheehy Tel: 087 3184298.
Swimming Events are as follows: Freestyle U8, U10, U12, U14 & U16; Backstroke U10, U12, U14 and U16; Breaststroke U12 and U14; Butterfly U14 and U16; Squads Boys and girls U13 and U16.
Competitors must be under the age specified in all competitions on July 31, 2018. Further Information from Co-ordinator: Micheál Maher Tel: 086 2716888; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Full details of all competitions on the Community Games Programme may be viewed on the National Website.
Loving family man and great footballer Sean Moloney remembered
Sean was a dedicated and loving family man, a very hard worker, a good friend and a kind considerate and helpful neighbour. However, it is fair to say that Sean will be long remembered for his great love of sport, particularly Gaelic games and his own talent at gaelic football.
Sean was arguably the best defender to ever wear the blue jersey of Fethard and few have worn any jersey with as much pride. Scrupulously on the field his tigerish tackling and never say die attitude were admired and respected by teammates supporters and opponents. The best forwards in Tipperary in the 50s 60s and 70s found in Sean, a player of real quality and only few enjoyed much success against him. His great popularity was shown by the large crowds attending his removal and funeral, and his football reputation by the number of old opponents who turned up to pay their respects.
Sincere sympathy is extended to his loving wife Alice and six adult children, his sister Mary McGrath, his brother Walty and his beloved grandchildren and his four special friends, Tossy Lawton, Jimmy Connolly, John Whyte and Frank Coffey, who travelled to many matches with him.
His equal will not be seen soon again. – (D.B.)
Unwanted Book donations
The organisers have also now established a relationship with The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) whereby any books that are not sold on the day (or that are not being carried over to the following year) are in turn donated to the NCBI who then sell them in their very well organised charity shops (over 90) all over Ireland. The organisers of the Fethard Book Fair are very happy with this development as it is very much a ‘win win’ arrangement for everyone. Contact details are as follows: email@example.com or Tel: 087 9305232 or 087 9009722.
Educator of Excellence Award for Mary Gorey
Among the coveted awards won by students at the school include first place in the Senior Technology Category, a Science Foundation of Ireland award for student John Ryan in 2017 as well as five other awards that year.
Mary, daughter of Maura and David Gorey, Main Street, Fethard, and past-pupil of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School, received her Educator of Excellence award in recognition of her efforts to encourage such widespread participation by the students in BTYSE.
Irish Walled Towns Network supports Fethard’s impressive town walls
The Irish Walled Towns Network was established by The Heritage Council in 2005 and is formally linked to European Walled Towns, which is the international association for the sustainable development of walled towns, walled cities and fortified historic towns. There are currently 28 member towns and villages throughout Ireland: Athenry, Athlone, Athy, Bandon, Buttevant, Carlingford, Castlefergus, Carrick-on-Suir, Cashel, Castledermot, Clonmel, Cork City, Derry/ Londonderry, Drogheda, Dublin City, Fethard, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Kilmallock, Limerick City, Loughrea, New Ross, Rinn Dúin (Rindoon), Trim, Waterford, Wexford and Youghal.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Frank Napier, The Green, Fethard; Esther Leahy, Ballintogher, Killenaule; and Jimmy Mullins, Knockbrack, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, January 17. 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
One Lucky Dip winner received €50: T.J. Sheehan, Killusty. Four Lucky Dip winners received €25 each: Donna Nagle, Clonmel; Ann Tillyer, Ballyvaden; Linda Aherne, Prospect; and Elaine Connolly, Carrick-on-Suir.
The next draw takes place on Friday, January 19, 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.
All Ireland Community and Council Awards
Fethard Horse Country Experience is starting the New Year with wonderful news, they have made it to the finals of the 2018 All Ireland Community and Council Awards. The Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA highlight and recognise communities and councils working together, bringing national recognition to projects and developments that may otherwise go unrecognised. Town, Borough, City and County Councillors across the island of Ireland nominate projects across 20 categories that demonstrate the work implemented through unique projects that enhance their local area for the good of the community.
Cathaoirleach of Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District, John Fahey nominated FHC Experience in the Best Tourism Initiative category sponsored by Fáilte Ireland. Manager, Shannon Forrest, states that it’s a fantastic achievement for a niche visitor attraction in its ninth month of operation to reach the Finals of a National Awards Event like this. Other nominees in this category are Munster Vales, Waterford Greenway and Seamus Heaney Homeplace.
The Gala Awards Ceremony will be held in Croke Park on February 3 with Marty Morrissey as host. We wish Fethard Horse Country Experience and the Fethard Business and Tourism CLG the very best of luck.
Newsletter still available
This year’s issue, costing €10, is receiving very good reviews from home and abroad, in particular for the interesting photographs and articles that span over 250 pages.
Book Fair Coming Soon
The committee have now started to get the word out there by every means possible so people can put the date in their calendar for that Sunday. Much the same organisational formula is followed every year, because it has worked well and, as the Americans say, “If it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.”
The organisers have also now established a relationship with The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) whereby any books that are not sold on the day (or that are not being carried over to the following year) are in turn donated to the NCBI who then sell them in their very well organised charity shops (over 90) all over Ireland. The organisers of the Fethard Book Fair are very happy with this development as it is very much a ‘win win’ arrangement for everyone.
Membership for the year is €10 for a family and €7 for an individual.
The Late Tom Keane – 'The Strong Wall'
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. – (John Joe Keane)
Fethard Historical Society thirty years old in 2018
First item of the year will be the ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year for 2017’ award will have to be announced and presented in late January and the Book Fair organised and carried through on Sunday, February 11.
After that, the focus will turn to celebrating the 30th anniversary of a community group that has worked tirelessly over those thirty years to ‘cherish their home place’ and also to gain national recognition for the unique walled town of Fethard. All indications and especially the support coming from national agencies, show that it has been highly successful in its endeavours.
Apart from a special event to honour the ‘thirtieth birthday’ the society are also planning a three-day trip to Wales, especially to the town and area of Abergavenny in south Wales. It is from there that William de Braose came with his Norman knights to wrestle control of this part of South Tipperary from the century old rulers, the O’Briens of Thomond. William, whose family still had lands in France, was by all accounts a nasty bit of stuff and in fact was known as the ‘Ogre of Abergavenny’ and for very good reason too. He in turn, and his own wife and family, came to very sad endings when he fell foul of his overlord, King John of England.
Hopefully, this trip will take place in early summer and anyone generally interested in joining the trip should email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text or phone 087 7548877.
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