Annual Achievement Awards attract large attendance
Dorothy Wall, overall winner of the Butlers Fethard Sports Achievement Award for 2017, photographed with her parents Sophia and Anthony Wall and members of Fethard Rugby Club. L to R: Pat O'Donnell, Sophia, Dorothy and Anthony Wall, Polly Murphy and Paul Kavanagh.
The presentation of Butlers Fethard Sports Achievement Awards for 2017 took place on Friday night last, January 19, attended by a large crowd of enthusiastic sportspeople both young and old. The competition which is now in its 5th year was set up to recognise and honour sportspeople from Fethard parish at participation, administration or coaching/mentoring level. The format is that monthly winners are picked and subsequently go forward as finalists where the overall sportsperson of the year is selected by vote by the steering group. The steering group is made up of 15 people and incorporates all of the major sporting organisations in the parish.
Overall winner of the Butlers Fethard Sports Achievement Award for 2017 was young rugby player Dorothy Wall photographed above L to R: Philip Butler (Proprietor), special guest Tipperary hurler, John McGrath; winner Dorothy Wall; Jack Wallace representing awards sponsor Carling; and last year's overall winner Mouse Morris.
At last Friday nights ceremony there were a number of special guests. The sponsor, Carling, were represented by Area Manager Jack Wallace and his wife Ann. The second guest was last year's winner, Mouse Morris, winner of both the Aintree and Irish Grand Nationals in the same season. Special guest on the night was Tipperary hurler John McGrath from Loughmore. Although still only 23 he has become known as one of the game's most lethal forwards and will long be remembered as one of the full forward line that demolished Kilkenny in the 2016 All-Ireland final.
Special Guest Tipperary hurler, John McGrath, presenting the two special young 'Encouragement Awards' to Jadyn Setters-Coffey (left) for Kickboxing; and Sean Thompson-McGarry for Archery.
The prizegiving commenced with what are termed 'Encouragement Awards'. These are given at the steering groups discretion to up and coming young sportspeople generally who participate in sports that are not particularly well known. The two recipients in this category were Sean Thompson-McGarry for Archery and Jadyn Setters-Coffey for Kickboxing
Area Manager Jack Wallace, representing sponsor Carling, presenting the The Young Sportsperson of the Year award went to Ryan Walsh for his displays at both hurling and football on three fronts, club, school and county. L to R: John McGrath (special sporting guest), Ryan Walsh, Jack Wallace (sponsor), and Mouse Morris (special sporting guest).
The Young Sportsperson of the Year award went to Ryan Walsh for his displays at both hurling and football on three fronts, club, school and county. He is generally regarded as one of the best Fethard prospects in both codes and should look forward to a bright future.
Special Guest Tipperary hurler, John McGrath, presenting Carrie Davey with the 'Team of the Year Award' who accepted on behalf of winners, Fethard Ladies U16 Gaelic footballers, winners of the County A Title. L to R: Mouse Morris (special sporting guest), John McGrath, Carrie Davey, and Jack Wallace (sponsor).
Team of the Year went to Fethard Ladies U16 Gaelic footballers, winners of the County A title. This category proved difficult from which to elect a winner considering all the fine performances produced by Fethard teams especially ladies during the year. Others in contention but narrowly missed out were the Fethard Ladies U15 Rugby team as well as two other Ladies gaelic teams namely Minor and Junior.
Special Guest Tipperary hurler, John McGrath, presenting overall second place award to Megan Coen who accepted the award on behalf of winners Fethard Ladies Minor football team, County A Champions for the first time in the clubs history. L to R: John McGrath, Megan Coen and Jack Wallace (representing awards sponsor Carling).
There were three prizes in the Overall Sports Achievement on the year category. Third place went to well-known greyhound trainer David Flanagan and his wife Margaret. Prolific winner on greyhound tracks as well as on the coursing fields and has also been named as trainer of the year at both Thurles and Clonmel tracks. Second place went to Fethard Ladies Minor footballers, another fine young team that brought glory to their club and town by winning the A County title for the first time.
In first place and winner of the Butlers Fethard Sports Achievement Award for 2017 was young rugby player Dorothy Wall. This remarkable young lady won an Interprovincial title with Munster as well as playing for Ireland at an International 7s tournament. She is regarded generally as an outstanding player and a fine future prospect and is thoroughly deserving of the award.
Tipperary hurler, John McGrath, posing for a photo with Butler's bar staff, Anne Marie Butler (left) and Emma Hayes.
Special mentions were made on the night to The Nationalist Newspaper and particularly Michael Heverin for continuously supporting the event and also to local photographer, newspaper correspondent and Fethard website author, Joe Kenny, for all his help.
Catering was supplied by Marianne Butler Shortall who spoiled everybody in her own inimitable and imaginative culinary way. The night concluded with some lively sporting banter some true and some imagined.
Fethard Bridge Club
On January 10. Fethard Bridge Club returned after our Christmas break. The results of our game that night were: 1st Gross, Tony Hanrahan and Keith Woodlock; 1st Nett, Nell Broderick and David O'Meara; 2nd Gross, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny; 2nd Nett, Frances Burke and Betty Walsh; 3rd Gross, Berney Myles and Alice Quinn; 3rd Nett, Eileen Ryan and Jim Lahert.
This Wednesday, January 24, we play the second round of our Player of the Year competition. Bridge starts at 7.15pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Book Fair and Book of the Year
Every year the organisers of the Fethard Book Fair (Sunday, February 11, this year) choose a 'Tipperariana Book of the Year' and the winner for 2017 will be announced on Friday next, January 26. Every year over thirty substantial books or publications are published in Tipperary and the award helps to draw attention to this fact. It furthermore acknowledges the great efforts that authors and local heritage groups go to, all over the county, so as to keep the 'local stories' alive and saved for future generations.
Getting the word out and books in
The organisers of the book fair, the Fethard Historical Society, are asking local people to use their 'social media outlets ' to get the Date (Sunday 11th Feb) and Times (2pm -6pm) to as many people as possible as every year some people from outside the area are disappointed that they missed the fair through not being aware of the exact date. In former years the organisers used to post information to many hundreds of contacts, but the cost of postage is now curtailing that avenue of communication.
Word can also be spread that the fair organisers also accept donations of books that are then sold on the Historical Society's stand at the fair. Books can be delivered to the Fethard Ballroom between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 10th February the day before the fair. Arrangements can also be made to collect the books. Contact can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org or by texting or calling 087 930 5232 and 087 900 9722. Details are also available on www.tipperariana.com
Fethard GAA Club - A new year - A new Programme
Training schedules for 2018
U12 Football - Our U12s are set to kick of their new season with their training scheduled to start on Monday, February 5, from 6pm to 7pm on the new Astro Turf. Players are asked to bring a €2 contribution towards the lights on the night.
Our Minors and U21s have started back at football training. The U21 football competition is due to kick off on January 28, against Mullinahone. With some great talent coming up from the minor level to reinforce a strong U21 panel, we we hope to make our presence known in what may be the last year of the U21 age group.
Our adult team have set out its stall for a meaningful year in the Intermediate Championship with a good meeting held last Friday between the players and their new management team. Training is arranged for Saturday, February 3, starting at 7pm.
Playing at Intermediate Level offers the opportunity for players on the fringe of deciding to play or not over the last year, to get right back into it, and all are very welcome.
The death has occurred on Sunday, January 21, 2018, of Catherine (Katty) Aylward (née O'Shea), Roebucksland, Killusty, Fethard.Catherine (Katty), predeceased by her husband Jackie, son Pat, daughter-in-law Kathleen, brothers Nicky and Paddy, died peacefully surrounded by her family in the loving care of the staff of Melview Nursing Home. She will be sadly missed by her sons Chris, Sean and Tony, daughter Mary, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brother Jimmy, sisters Nora and Mary, nieces, nephews, relatives and a wide circle of friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday, January 23, followed by removal to the Sacred Heart Church, Killusty, to arrive at 7.30pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 11am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday Night, January 28, 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.
Killusty Pony Show AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Killusty Pony Show will take place on Tuesday night, February 13, at 7 30pm in the Fr. Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard. All are welcome and we would greatly appreciate any new members willing to get involved or help out.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on January 17, were: 9, 17, 26 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and one 'Match Three' winner who received €150: Willie Connolly, The Green, Fethard.
The following three 'Lucky Dip' winners also received €50 each: Liam O'Sullivan, Cois Falla, Fethard; Ger Cahill, Kerry Street, Fethard; and Annette Quigley, Killenaule.
Next week's draw takes place on Wednesday, January 24. 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, January 19, were: 3, 26, 28 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and no 'match three' winner.
One Lucky Dip winner received €50: Josie & Michael Costello, Strylea, Fethard. Four Lucky Dip winners received €25 each: Pamela Burke c/o Sarah Healy; Anna O'Sullivan LGFC; Joan Dunphy, Clonmel; and Caroline & Jason Nevin, Fethard.
The next draw takes place on Friday, January 26, 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.
Fethard & Killusty Community Games Swimming
Swimming finals will take place in Thurles Pool on Sunday, February 18. This will be a one-day event. Girls warm up at 9am. Competition commence at 9.30am. Boys warm up at 9.15am and competition commences at 9.30am.
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 and U16; Backstroke U10, U12, U14 and U16; Breaststroke U12 and U14; Butterfly U14 and U16; Squads Boys and girls U13 and U16.
- Rules of Swim Ireland to apply except where amended by Community Games rules.
- Races will be judged on touching the finish wall, 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
- In the breaststroke & butterfly races, the touch must be with both hands.
- In the squad, the incoming swimmer must 'Touch' before outgoing swimmer leaves the block.
- Order of Start: See National Community Games Rule Book, Page 23 Number 5.
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: email@example.com Full details of all competition may be viewed on the Community Games website.
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
Devlin’s Toyland, Gladstone Street, Clonmel, as advertised on the front page of The Nationalist on the weeks leading up to Christmas in 1961. This was every child’s fantasy land and I’m sure many remember taking the bus from Fethard to Clonmel to choose their christmas present from Santa! For those that don’t remember ‘Devlin’s’ . . . it was situated where Easons shop is presently (Later known as Binchys).
Children from Fethard who qualified for the Community Games Art and Model Making County Finals held in Fethard Ballroom. (April 3, 2004)
Under 13 Soccer team.
Donal O’Sullivan and Sean Henehan after Mass at The Augustinian Abbey in Fethard in the 1960s
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School pupils who helped with the sale of daffodils outside Fethard Post Office on Friday 19th March, 2004 — National Daffodil Day in aid of Cancer Research. The pupils raised almost €1,000 from their sales alone. L to R: Jillian O'Connell, Richard Gorey, Fintan Maher, Stephanie Fitzgerald and Suzanne Gorey.
Junior Infants at rehearsal for the Nano Nagle Christmas Concert 2004. Back L to R: Liam Quigley, Ebonie Burke, Aisling Gorey. Front L to R: Carly Tobin,. Laura Butler and Amye O'Donovan.
Photographed at the 'Class of 1984 Reunion' held in Butler's Bar Fethard in 2004 are L to R: Paul Looby, Jane Noonan, Kay O'Riordan, Lydia Newport, Carmel Coffey, Ann Cummins, Annette Walsh, Brian Burke, Frank Guiry. Front L to R: Anne Marie Quinn, Niall O'Connell, Helen Hogan, Teresa Lawlor, Helen Murray, Tomás Anglim and Bernadette Flanagan.
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.
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