Monday, February 12, 2018
Annual Book Fair takes place this Sunday, Feb 11
The 23rd annual Tipperariana Book Fair takes place in the Fethard Ballroom this coming Sunday, February 11, from 2pm to 6pm in the afternoon.
What started out as an experiment back in 1996 has become the biggest fair of its kind in the country, North or South. This year there will be up to forty book stalls present with dealers of antiquarian and second-hand books coming from all over Ireland. Irish people always have a special interest in books about Ireland or about their native place and the dealers make sure to bring all their Tipperary and Munster books with them to the Fethard Fair.
Most of the books on the Antiquarian book stalls sell from between €10 and €40, but you can also part with five hundred euro for the odd very rare book should you really want to and add to your library. However, some dealers stock modern paperbacks and these sell for modest prices. Also, the organisers, Fethard Historical Society will have their own stall with thousands of excellent books donated by the public to sell for very small money.
The Society also receive 'book collections', containing rare books from well-wishers, which are then sold on at the fair. As well as generating income for the society this 'clearing house' function of the fair means that wanted books end up finding a good home on the day. Otherwise they may just be dumped in a skip as people may not be aware that a particular book is 'special' to someone else.
As usual the Café will operate on the day and the piano player will return to sooth the browsing masses from his perch on the stage. The entrance fee is still €2, with accompanied children going free. This means a family can have a good day out and go home with a bag of books for €10 if they so wish, and some will probably end up having tea and cakes as well!
Should anyone wish to donate books, they can be brought to the Ballroom on Friday, February 9, between 8pm and 11pm, or on Saturday, February 10, from 11am to 4pm. Should someone be unable to bring books to Fethard then arrangements can be made to collect them. Contact can be made with the organisers by texting or phoning 087 9305232 and 087 9009722, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Further informatiom also available on website www.tipperariana.com
Reposing at her son Liam's residence at Rocklow Road, Fethard, on Friday, February 9, from 5pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, on Saturday at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
A busy weekend for Fethard Girls Rugby
Fethard girls' rugby had a busy weekend with matches in Fethard on both Saturday and Sunday. The Fethard RFC Youth Girls were first up on Saturday in the Community Field, where two teams from Ennis travelled in large numbers with maximum subs for the girls first round of the Munster Cups.
Our U18s were victorious in their first round of the Cup beating Ennis, with great defence to keep a clean sheet and score numerous tries to put 47 points on the scoreboard. This team fresh from their Munster League final put up a solid performance, and were led by Claire Bennett ably assisted by Dorothy Wall, Jenifer Fogarty, Kate Gayson Molloy, Orla O'Donnell, Therese Ryan, Ciara Morrissey, Isobel Kennedy, Aoife Hayes, Faye Dowling, Matilda Magner, Lauren Dooley and newcomers Niamh Harrington, with Thurles guest players of Amy McGrath and Molly Williams along with Bantry's guest of Andrea Stocks. A super bunch of girls with great team work to keep the positive progression of this great team who never give up.
Our Fethard Girls U15s put up a tough performance to come away victorious 39-12 against a strong Ennis team. Led by out-half Kate Flannery, the Fethard girls worked well together and with the opening try from Aoibhe Gayson Molloy second centre who, along with Kate Flannery, scored twice each and also adding to the scoreboard were Lucy Murphy scrum half and Annica O'Connor fast left winger. Aoibhe Gayson Molloy also converted three of the tries and added a penalty. Karen Bennett, inside centre was constant support with safe hands and Evelyn Gayson Molloy a strong right wing. Nicole Vaughan marshalled at No 8, ably assisted by forward Shauna Maher, who, with Niamh Flatley, were strong tackling along with Sophia O'Brien. Second row of Ella Shelley and Orla Maher were strong throughout. Full back Orlaith Breen was strong in defence and supported Aisling Morrissey and newcomer Hannah McCabe who are great assets to complete this team who on their previous match won the Munster U15 League in Thomond Park before Christmas.
On Sunday our Fethard U13 Girls hosted the first round of the inaugural Munster U13 League Tournament in Fethard Community Sports Field with over 120 girls playing from 16 clubs in Munster.
Our Fethard U13 girls had an amazing day with special thanks to Joe Griffiths, Cliff O'Halloran and Thomas Murphy for the coaching of this great bunch. Today was momentous that Fethard RFC were strong showing their fine rugby skills in all their games. The future is bright with fun aplenty for the girls with a great league ahead, organised by Ger Hicks, Bantry Bay RFC, along with Amanda Greensmith of Munster Women's Rugby.
Well Done with the improved performances from our Fethard girls, Jamie Ferncombe, Ciara Donald Besso, Sarah Smyth, Katie Clancy, Claire Mee, Aoife Byrne, Aine Connolly, Millie O'Halloran and Imogen Magner supported by Zoë Prout. The girls scored fine tries starting with Aine with great support from Claire, Imogen, Sarah, Millie, Aoife, Katie, Jamie, Ciara and Zoë you make your Club, coaches and parents very proud of your wonderful improved performances today.
Thank you to all the coaches and parents who most importantly helped out this weekend marking pitches, carrying bags, baking, cooking, making refreshments, tidying up at the end of the games following their excellent support from the sidelines. To provide soup, sandwiches, cakes, snacks and refreshments for over 200 girls this weekend and their families in the dry conditions was really appreciated. Also a special mention of thanks to our Fethard Girls sponsor, O'Donnell Fencing, with their continued and valued support by sponsoring a new set of jerseys that were proudly on display this weekend.
Fethard Girls Rugby provides rugby fun for all ages for U8s to U18s through all the age groups. Newcomers are always welcome with fun rugby available right through to the summer and the 'Sevens Season' also ahead soon. So if any of you are interested in joining us, please come along on a Friday evening in Fethard at 6.45pm, for 6 to 13 year olds; 8pm for Girls 14 to 18 year olds; or Mondays in Rosegreen at 7.30pm for all ages 6-18 year olds. For more information contact Polly Tel: 086 3394959.
Great achievement for Fethard Kickboxing
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Culture Night Visitors
Fethard Senior Citizens meeting cancelled
The next meeting will now take place on Tuesday, March 6, and we have ample space at the Tirry Centre to accommodate new members. So please come along and join us for tea, chat, friendship and bingo.
Fethard Bridge Club
This Wednesday, February 7 we have our charity night. Bridge starts at 7.15pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact Berney Myles at 6132038.
Community Games County Finals reminder
On Sunday next, February 11, all Talent events will take place in Silvermines Hall commencing at 2pm. Entries for this competition are now closed. We wish Fiona Barry, Tullamaine, the very best of luck. Fiona is the first ever competitor from Fethard Killusty area to compete in the Recitation event which is included in the Talent programme.
On Sunday, February 18, the Boys and Girls Swimming events take place in Thurles Pool. Warm Up for Girls commence at 9am and boys warm-up at 9.15am with competition commencing at 9.30am. Entries close with County Secretary on Sunday, February 11. It is imperative to notify Noreen Sheehy immediately (no later than Thursday, February 8) if anyone from our area is interested in competing any of the following events.
Freestyle Under 8, 10, 12, 14 & 16; Backstroke Under 10, 12, 14 and 16; Breaststroke Under 12 and 14; Butterfly Under 14 and 16; Squads Boys U13 and Girls U13, 25-meter freestyle; and Boys and Girls U16 50-meter Medley. Panel of 6.
Art & Handwriting entries are currently being judged. The County Finals of both take place in the Presentation Convent, Thurles, on Saturday, February 24.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The following three 'Lucky Dip' winners also received €50 each: Ursula Bradshaw, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; Peter Gough, St., Patricks Place, Fethard; and B. Delahunty, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard.
Next week's draw takes place on Wednesday, February 7. 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 next draw takes place on Friday, February 9, 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 50 Years Ago - First London-Fethard Reunion remembered
"The highlight of the (Legion) year was the first re-union of Fethard and Killusty people in England organised by the Praesidium. This was held on May 3, in Knights of St. Colombas Club, Landsdowne Road, Holland Park, London, W.11. This function was attended by 160 people from Fethard and Killusty. From every point of view it was an outstanding success and a night to remember. Many old friendships were renewed, former school pals met again, some after a lapse of 30 years. The general opinion of those present was that it should be made an annual event. This has been decided and arrangements have been made to hold the 1969 re-union on Friday, May 2, 1969, in the Knights of St. Colombas Club, 11 Landsdowne Road, Holland Park. We regret if anyone didn't receive invitations to the re-union. we rely on you to keep us up to date with any changes in address."
Legion of Mary
The number of active members in the parish in 1968 were: eight seniors, twenty-two intermediates, and thirty juniors. Two members went on the Apostalate (a form of evangelistic work), one to England and the other to Rome.
Today, the Legion of Mary is still active in Fethard & Killusty Parish, with nine senior members. Weekly meetings are held on Monday evenings in the Augustinian House, Fethard. New members are always welcome. Contact the Augustinian Abbey for further details at Tel: (052) 6131273.
Killusty Pony Show AGM
Class of 1983 School Reunion
Derived from, a love of native place,
Ned Kelly being a feature at the outset,
To all concerned, take a bow, well done,
- (John Joe Keane)
Fethard Faces and Places from the Past
Night Club for Fethard (Nationalist July 17, 1982)
The 'Big Apple' night club in Fethard is one of the newest night spots to be opened in Tipperary for many years. From Friday, July 23, 1982, the whole scene of the former Country Club ballroom will change from the sounds of the ballroom days to flashing lights and disco music.
The management of the club appeal to all patrons to dress properly, and those wearing denims, leather jackets or any other garments that would take from the good name of the Club will not be admitted. For the present the Club will be held on Friday nights, but they hope to have Sunday night discos as well.
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