New Cozie Corner Holiday Home, Fethard
The Cozie Corner Holiday Home is situated at the crossroads on Main Street in Fethard (at the Ballroom), and is owned by Willie and Theresa O'Donnell, who also run the Cozie Bed and Breakfast.
While one section of the building is occupied as a residence, the remainder is now available as guest accommodation, and is entirely self-contained as shown in the link. CLICK TO OPEN FACEBOOK PAGE
It is primarily being advertised as a holiday home, and it is hoped that it will become useful in particular to families coming home to Fethard and surrounds to visit with their extended family and friends. At other times it will be used as an extension of the B&B when extra accommodation is required for over-night guests etc. Contact Theresa for more information on +353 52 6132276.
The death has occurred on Friday, February 16, 2018, of Hugh Lynch, Kilnockin, Fethard, and formerly of Dungimmon, Mount Nugent, Co Cavan. Hugh, predeceased by his sister Margaret. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Ann, his daughter Finola, brothers Michael and Philip, sister Ellen, son-in-law Tom, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, grandchildren Lisa, Jean, Tommy and Richard, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at home in Kilnockin on Saturday, February 17, from 4.30pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass in the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, on Sunday at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Died Recently in Callan, Co. Kilkenny
The death has occurred on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, of Ellen (Nellie) Fleming (née Noonan), Fearanshea, Fethard, and Holyhill, Westcourt, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny.
Nellie, predeceased by her husband John, is deeply regretted by her loving family, sister Nancy Buckley (Callan), brother Jimmy Noonan (England), nieces, nephews, relatives, family and friends. May Nellie Rest in Peace
Reposing in Molloy’s Funeral Home, Callan, on Thursday, February 15, from 6pm with Rosary and Vigil Prayers at 7pm. Funeral Prayers on Friday morning followed by removal to The Church of the Assumption, Callan, for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in Calvary Cemetery, Fethard, Co. Tipperary.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom to 'Update'
Musicians Jim and Noel from 'Update' photographed in Fethard Ballroom when they last played for the Ballroom’s Christmas Party, back by popular demand this coming Sunday, February 18.
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday Night, February 18, to the very popular music of 'Update' who also played for the Ballroom's Christmas Party and back by popular demand. 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.
Bad weather didn’t deter book lovers from Annual Book Fair
Snowfalls and treacherous roads may have posed a challenge but didn't prevent over thirty bookdealers arriving safely (and promptly) in Fethard last Sunday morning 11th February for the 23rd Annual Tipperariana Book Fair. They travelled from as far afield as West Cork, Dublin, Wexford, Kilkenny, Limerick, Laois, Offaly and Waterford for the Book Fair they themselves rate as the finest one-day book event in the country. As usual, Tipperary was well represented with booksellers from Clonmel, Thurles and Cahir as well as local Fethard man Rory Walsh.
Photographed at the Tipperariana Book Fair at Fethard Ballroom are L to R: Meave Moclair, Maree Moclair and Sinead Moclair from Fethard.
Photographed at the Tipperariana Book Fair at Fethard Ballroom are L to R: John Ryan, Dick Gough and Denis O'Donovan
Photographed at the Tipperariana Book Fair at Fethard Ballroom are L to R: Brendan Kenny and Bernadette McManus
There was literally something for everyone such was the variety of books, memorabilia and collectibles on display. Antiquarian books, historical volumes and special interest literature were supplemented by popular fiction, biographies, literary classics and children's books.
The Fethard Historical Society has its own stall each year at the Book Fair and it relies on donations from the public. This year proved a bonanza year for the Society as it received a number of generous donations of exceptionally fine books, most of which sold during the course of the afternoon. The proceeds from the books sold by the society go to finance its activities throughout the year.
Having a chat at the Tipperariana Book Fair at Fethard Ballroom are L to R: Terry Cunningham (organiser) and Seamus King (Cashel).
Photographed at the Tipperariana Book Fair at Fethard Ballroom are L to R: visitors Tomás O Cadhain, Richard Long and Mark McNally from Moycullen Historical Society, Co. Galway, who are hoping to organise a similar Book Fair in Galway.
Long time supporter, Peter Binder, browsing at the book fair
Don and Breda Daws, O'Neill Books, Thomastown, Kilkenny, at their stall.
The Café was busy from the outset providing an endless supply of teas, coffees, sandwiches and delicious home-made treats. As well as providing a welcome respite from the inclement weather outside, the café also served as the perfect venue for meeting up with friends, taking a breather from browsing the bookstalls and reviewing purchases. The ladies running the café were delighted to have the assistance of local secondary school students Samantha Buckley, Emma Geoghegan and Sam Quigley.
Eamonn Sweeney returned to the Book Fair again this year with his keyboard to provide the background music that adds so much to the ambiance and which has become a signature trademark of the event.
Winners of the 'Tipperariana Book of The Year 2017' are members of the editorial committee who had a stall at this year's Book Fair in Fethard and sold all copies of their winning publication 'Boherlahan-Dualla Historical Journal Vol. 20'. Back L to R: Tom Ryan, Paddy O'Dwyer. Front L to R: Alice Coman, Mary Ryan and Marian Ryan.
Prominent among the authors present was the winner of the Tipperariana Book of the Year Award 2017, the Boherlahan Dualla Historical Journal. Editors Marian Ryan and Paddy O'Dwyer were there with other members of the committee. The committee are to be commended for producing such a wonderful journal to such a consistently high standard for the past twenty years. The last available copies of the Journal sold out at the Book Fair but there are still some back issues of previous journals available.
A highlight of the afternoon was the raffle and, coincidentally, all the winners are long-time, faithful supporters of the Book Fair: 1st Prize a Valentine's Hamper was won by Mary Alice O'Connor; 2nd Prize the definitive book on Fethard by Michael O'Donnell was won by Eileen Scanlan; 3rd Prize a Framed Photo of Holy Trinity Church, was won by Bernadette McManus; and 4th Prize a Box of Chocolates was won by Catherine Ryan.
Photographed at the Tipperariana Book Fair at Fethard Ballroom are Front L to R: Tristan Byrne, Ewan Byrne. Back L to R: Freya Byrne and Ines Byrne all from Killusty.
Photographed at the Tipperariana Book Fair at Fethard Ballroom are L to R: John Carew, Sean Nugent and Canon Tom Breen A.P.
Helping at the Book Fair Information Stall are L to R: Marie Murphy and Gemma Burke.
As a thank-you to the bookdealers for their ongoing support of and participation in the Fair, the Fethard Historical Society always holds a special raffle for them which sees the lucky winner refunded the fee for his stall. This year's winner was Maurice Regan, Paulstown Books.
Sunday's snowy weather may have caused a slow start to the Book Fair but as the afternoon progressed there was a continuous stream of customers, lots of familiar faces and a surprising number of new visitors who had travelled quite a distance- from Dublin, Galway and Waterford to name a few. Overall, even though numbers were slightly down on previous years, sales of books remained high so this year's Book Fair proved as successful as all the others.
Photographed at the Tipperariana Book Fair at Fethard Ballroom are L to R: James Scully and Pat Coffey (Clonmel)
Eddie Power, Clonmel, photographed at his stall at the Tipperariana Book Fair
Photographed at the Tipperariana Book Fair at Fethard Ballroom are L to R: Triona Burke, Lily Tobin and Gillian Tobin
Photographed at the Tipperariana Book Fair at Fethard Ballroom are L to R: Catherine Ryan, Siobhán Hayes, Mary Hanrahan and Holly Hayes.
Photographed at the Tipperariana Book Fair at Fethard Ballroom are L to R: Theresa Nolan, Willie Nolan and Des Marnane
Pupils of Fethard Patrician Presentation School helping at the book fair L to R: Samantha Buckley, Sam Quigley and Emma Geoghegan.
Interested collectors browsing at John Ryan’s stall.
Fethard Historical Society’s second-hand book stall.
It is worth noting that without the availability of premises such as the Fethard Ballroom it would not be possible to hold an event such as the Book Fair. The new Ballroom committee are to be commended for the efficient running of the Ballroom and the Fethard Historical Society wishes to acknowledge the assistance afforded to them without which the Book Fair would not take place.
Community Games news
Table Quiz team photographed at the County Final of the Community Games U14 Table Quiz, held in the Presentation Secondary School, Thurles, on Friday night last. Back L to R: Isobel Maher, Clodagh Foley. Front L to R: Maryanne Fitzgerald and Amy Morrissey. Well done to these girls who gave a very good account of themselves.
Fiona Barry, Tullamaine, was all set to travel to contest the U12 Recitation, one of the events on the Talent programme is Silvermines last Sunday, but unfortunately this was postponed until next Friday night, February 16, at 7.30pm due to bad weather. Best of Luck again Fiona.
Entries for the County Finals of Swimming closed on last Sunday and it looks like being a massive event in Thurles this Sunday, February 18. Warm up takes place between 9am and 9.15am for girls, and between 9.15am and 9.30am for boys. Competitions commence at 9.30am. The full programme of swimming events published on the sports pages of Nationalist.
Art and Handwriting - please contact Noreen Sheehy
Parents of any child who came first or second in either the Art or Handwriting are asked to please immediately contact Noreen Sheehy at 087 3184298 to confirm that your child will attend as the closing date for entries with the County Board is Sunday next, February 18. Your place may be offered to the runner up if you are not available. Please take note that those going to the county final must also pay a further €2 entry fee to Noreen or Siobhan Maher. Both Finals will take place in Presentation Secondary School, Thurles on Sunday, February 24. Handwriting will commence at 10am and Art at 12noon. Best of luck to all.
Fethard RFC Girls through to Munster Cup semifinal
Fethard U15 Girls Rugby team that qualified for the Munster Cup semifinal. Back L to R: Hannah Green (supporter), Evelyn Gayson Molloy, Marta Gonzalez, Sophia O’Brien, Aoibhe Gayson, Natasha McGarry, Eabha Fitzgerald, Shauna Maher, Nicole Vaughan, Hannah McCabe. Front L to R: Aisling Morrissey, Orlaith Breen, Kate Flannery, Lucy Murphy, Karen Bennett, Annica O’Connor and Ella Shelley
Fethard U15 Girls Rugby are through to the Munster Cup Semi Finals, following their emphatic victory over the newly formed combined team of two strong Ladies Limerick clubs of St Mary's RFC & UL Bohs last Saturday.
Unfortunately, after the recent wet weather and overnight deluge of rain - particularly over Fethard Community Field - the pitch was not playable. So, swiftly Kilfeacle RFC confirmed 90 minutes before kick-off, that they very generously would allow us to relocate for this tough Munster Cup quarter-final game.
Our Fethard squad quickly organised themselves under captain Kate Flannery at out half with a great kick off. With incredible encouragement and good teamwork by all, very soon Karen Bennett at inside centre sprinted away with the first of her two tries, and Karen was solid on all areas of the pitch in attack and defence. Aoibhe Gayson converted the first of her seven kicks as well as scoring the 7th try of the match near the end of the second half. Strong runs from Aoibhe and the girls our second try came from Natasha McGarry at Openside flanker who powered through the opposition with great spirit. Natasha continued this throughout the game and proved vital in this game. St Mary's UL Bohs put a score on the board but unable to convert. Marta Gonzalez on the wing scored the third and her first try in her first competitive match for us as well as not letting anyone down the wing. Evelyn Gayson on the opposite wing put in some fantastic support runs and off loads with some great tackles, but following a cut to her knee in the first half was replaced by Hannah McCabe. Hannah who on only her second game gave great back up to the girls in midfield and another great asset to this team. Annica O'Connor at full back was great under the high balls and also used her great kicking skills to very good use, and put in strong runs to prove a menace to the opposition.
Nicole Vaughan at Number 8 was extremely strong throughout the hour and was robbing ball, tackling strongly, as well as making plenty of great ground, time after time. Ably assisted by Blindside flanker Orlaith Breen, who was quick to the rucks and offered the centres great support regularly. Our Front row with Eabha Fitzgerald at 2 whose great throwing in at the line outs, as well as putting in huge tackles in Midfield, made great ground and rucked strongly throughout as well as great off loads setting up tries. Sophia O'Brien at loose-head has improved tenfold, tackled and carried the ball throughout the whole 60 minutes alongside the support of great tight-head prop Shauna Maher, who kept the opposition back at the breakdown, as well as vital tackling and ball carrying for the team to make ground and strong support throughout.
Our second row Aisling Morrissey was solid on defence and tackled at every opportunity as she had to keep the defence tight. Working well with versatile Ella Shelley, after proving strong support with her quick hands and sharp thinking, off loaded the ball out to the wings. Ella then moved out to the wing and again proved solid on attack with smart hands to change the direction of the game.
Our Scrum half Lucy Murphy encouraging and marshalling the charges, gives confidence to the team putting in tackles at all opportunities, and carrying ball, off-loading swiftly, as well as quick feet and hands at the breakdown to off load to formidable Kate Flannery. Kate was top try scorer of the match with three tries and her first try came in the second half which was from a quick thinking free and there was no stopping her. St Mary's UL Bohs scored their second try to up the intensity of the game, but the Fethard girls continued their hard work to secure the ball at every opportunity to confirm their great teamwork. Not forgetting those important team players who were unable to play this weekend of Niamh Doyle, Orla Maher, Niamh Flatley, Ciara Scanlon, Lia Coady, Ciara Moloney and Amanda O'Keeffe. A solid team performance by this girl's team to make their Coaches, parents and club very proud. Thank you girls, you are a super bunch to coach.
Thank you very much to Jason Flannery for his great work with these girls. Also this season, we have to also thank Pat O'Donnell, Michael Fogarty, Edel McMahon, Matt Brown (Munster Rugby) and Thomas Murphy who have all given their time to work on different aspects of the girls games.
Also, I must not forget the wonderful support from all the parents and Joe Griffiths to encourage the girls to continue progressing. Furthermore vital sponsorship support from our sponsors O'Donnell Fencing.
New girls are always welcome to join us on Monday evenings in Rosegreen 7.30pm to 8.30pm and Friday evenings in Fethard. Girls rugby from age 6 to 18, yes we have something upcoming for every lady in the district. We will soon be starting up our Sevens Rugby as well as setting up a tag/touch rugby for youth girls in the early spring. Also would you be interested in U20s Ladies or a Ladies Sevens team for the craic? If interested in 'Giving it A Try', contact Polly on Tel: 086 339 4959. Come on the future for the girls in green.
Fethard boys remain on track for promotion
Emmet O’Shea heading for the try line in Fethard’s victory over Douglas/Carrigaline
Fethard got their league campaign back on the road on Sunday last following a prolonged Christmas break due to the extreme weather conditions over the last few weeks. Douglas /Carrigaline travelled to Tipperary on Sunday in what was a top of the league clash against the bottom. Fethard were quick to get on the scoreboard when a strong scrum on the 22 saw Conor Kavanagh split the defence to score an opportunistic try. It was long when a cross field kick was gathered by P.J. Morrissey who crossed for a try. Fethard lineout worked well with Paul Maloney and Cian O'Connell dominating while in the scrum also was solid with Jamie McCormack, Chris Large and Tommy Keavney more than holding their own. Gary Kavanagh and Joe Morgan crossed for further tries leaving the half time score 26-0, Kavanagh adding three conversions.
Jamie McCormack is try bound
Thanks from Community Soup Kitchen Food Drive
Our very grateful thanks to all the people in Fethard who generously donated to the Clonmel Community Soup Kitchen Food Drive for Christmas 2017.
We are a solely voluntary organisation who provide Free Hot Food in the Clonmel Community Soup Kitchen from the Clonmel Railway Station cafe two evenings per week in Clonmel. We are hosted by the IUNVA, Post 24, and our doors are open to all, everyone is welcomed with Soup, Sandwiches, Tea and Coffee.
Due to the demand we also provide free groceries 6 days per week to families in the area of Clonmel, Cahir, Fethard, Cashel and Carrick on Suir. At present we have approx 115 families who receive donations from us on a weekly basis. We are able to do this because of the donations that we receive from local supermarkets, Tesco, Aldi and Lidl through Food Cloud but most importantly from the donations of shelf items, such as tea coffee sugar, cereal, pasta, rice, soup etc from you the local community. We are a completely voluntary group, with over 20 members, who give their time to keep this initiative going.
Our numbers are ever increasing with families and people finding it difficult to put basic food on the table every week, we are a completely confidential service, people can just contact us and we will arrange for some items to be delivered to them on a weekly basis. But we cannot keep this going without the continued support from you.
At Christmas, through the generous donation from the people in Fethard, Clonmel, Cahir and surrounding areas, we supplied 115 families with full hampers, provided over fifty-six meals at the annual Christmas Dinner, on Christmas Eve, thirty-six families received Turkey Ham and the trimmings for Christmas Day, and since then we have been able to include long life items in the shopping bags.
Our thanks to Pamela Sweeney for collecting and delivering the donation to us in the railway station. We do not know the names of all who donated from Fethard but we would like to thank you all, without your kindness and good will it would not be possible.
- Ina and Amanda on behalf of Clonmel Community Soup Kitchen.
Calling the Fethard 'Class of 1983' for April Reunion
Photographs are beginning to pour in for the Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School 'Class of 1983' reunion, which is being organised for anyone attending the class from Juniors to Leaving Cert, are all welcome to attend. The reunion is planned for Saturday, April 7, 2018, at McCarthy's Fethard. Contact Margaret (Trehy) Gleeson for further information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also view photographs and keep up to date at the group's event Class of 1983 Reunion FaceBook Page
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on February 7, were: 23, 24, 25 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and no 'Match Three' winner. Three drawn tickets received €50 each: Liam O'Connor, Knockelly Road, Fethard; Abagail Sheehan, Reflections, Fethard; and Anna Cooke, St., Patricks Place, Fethard.
The following three 'Lucky Dip' winners also received €50 each: John Hunt, Lisronagh; Brud Roche, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; and Ger McCarthy, Kerry Street, Fethard.
Next week's draw takes place on Wednesday, February 14. 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, February 9, were: 4, 21, 23 and 33. There was no jackpot winner and two 'match three' winners who received €75 each: Sally Butler, Kilknockin; and John Slattery, Coolmoyne.
The next draw takes place on Friday, February 16, 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 Thursday, February 8, 2018, of Ann Daly (née Slattery), St Patricks Place, Fethard. Ann, pre-deceased by her husband Arthur, deeply regretted by Liam, Marie, Majella, Arthur, Roger and Pamela, sisters Maura and Delia, brother Noel, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace.
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.
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
Baby Marie O'Meara, daughter of Nora and Michael O'Meara, St. Patrick's Place, who won first prize in the under six-months section at Fethard Festival Baby Show on June 27, 1982,
Austin O'Flynn (centre) photographed with Peter O'Dwyer (left) and Mary Bourke who won the individual Disco Dancing competition at Fethard Festival Disco that opened Fethard Festival on Thursday, June 24, 1982.
Aidan Kenny, if you're wondering where Jason got his climbing skills look no further than this photo from June 1982.
Big welcome for American visitors from Rocklands GAA Club, New York
The Fethard boys U16 football team that played a visiting team from Rocklands GAA Club, New York, in a challenge game in the Barrack Field on July 31, 1982, and attended a special reception in the Fethard Arms afterwards. The Americans were excellent fielders and got amazing length into their rather unorthodox method of kicking, and won by double scores, 2-13 to 1-6.
Rocklands GAA Club U16 Football Team, New York,
Big welcome for American visitors
Nationalist August 14, 1982
The under-16 Gaelic football team from Rocklands GAA Club, New York, proved, too strong for the Fethard under-16 team in a challenge game at Fethard on July 31, 1982.
Lacking a little in the fundamental skills of the game, the Americans were excellent fielders and got amazing length for juveniles into their rather unorthodox method of kicking.
Their athleticism, competitiveness, fitness, spirit and combination really amazed the large attendance and one feels it is on these lines local interests should endeavour to develop the game as a means of improving standards. Rocklands won by double scores, 2-13 to 1-6. A brilliant display of goalkeeping by Fethard custodian Tom Ryan saved Fethard, last year's runaway winners of the county under-15 title, from a heavier defeat. In fairness to the Fethard boys a number of their best players were feeling the effects of a gruelling South Tipp minor final against Carrick Swans the previous night.
Special functions were laid on by the Fethard club for the young visitors and their mentors. Trophies were exchanged between Fethard Juvenile chairman; Ned Sheehan, and his American counterpart. The Americans, who had already beaten teams in Cork and Clare, stated Fethard were their strongest opponents on their Irish tour and also paid great tribute to the excellence of the Fethard playing pitch.
Their display was a treat to Watch and they are more than welcome back in Fethard on I any future tours.
First Communion in Moyglass (May 22, 1994)
This group was photographed in the mid 1980s while they were school friends. By the time the 1988 Emigrants Newsletter was published, they are separated by the need to emigrate in search of work. Back left to right: Vincent Murphy, Willie O’Meara, Tommy Sheehan, John Sheehan, Harry Bradshaw, James Connolly, Annette Sheehan, Francis Kearney. Front: Willie Morrissey, Roger Mehta, Peter O’Dwyer, Philip Ryan, Michael Ryan and Owen Cummins.
Group photographed at the Fethard St. Patrick's A.C. Dinner Dance held in Keans Cahir House Hotel, on Saturday, January 29, 1983.
More information on the 'Big Apple' and the official opening day on July 23, 1982.
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 Country Club are bringing the club style of entertainment to Fethard - £30,000 worth of psychedelic lighting is being installed by Michael Foley, Lighting Contractor, Dublin. Many DJs from around the country will appear at the 'Big Apple' playing all the latest records in the Irish and British charts.
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.
At the 'Big Apple Disco' in Fethard Ballroom in September 1982!
Complimentary ticket to the Big Apple Disco, held on Friday nights in Fethard Country Club Ballroom in the early 1980s
A group of young Fethard boys photographed at a Judo Exhibition held in Fethard Ballroom in September 1982 with a view to forming a local club. The club was formed one month later, October 9, 1982, by Michael O’Meara and Johnny Sheehan, both from St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard, and achieved considerable success at all levels over the following years.
Items for inclusion on this website and on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
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