Gold Cup Fever hits FHC Experience
Mouse Morris photographed after unveiling his Cheltenham Gold Cup, won by 'War of Attrition' in 2006, and gifted to FHC Experience, Fethard, where it will remain on display in a bespoke cabinet. Also included is Shannon Forrest (Manager FHC Experience).
Fethard Horse Country Experience hosted the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association (ITBA) Southern Region Awards on Friday night last March 9. It was a joyous occasion for FHC Experience as this was the first time they hosted an Awards Ceremony. The evening was made even more special for FHC Experience as they accepted a priceless donation from Fethard based trainer, Mouse Morris. 'War of Attrition' won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2006 and Mouse gifted his winning 'Gold Cup' to FHC Experience on the night. The Gold Cup will be on display in a bespoke cabinet within the 'Racing Legends' section of the exhibition alongside the National Hunt plinth where there is a great action shot of War of Attrition jumping his final fence en route to victory in Cheltenham.
Fethard Business and Tourism CLG are honoured to have a world-renowned trophy within the Tholsel and feel it further cements the pride that the local people have of FHC Experience. Manager, Shannon Forrest, commented, 'When I first heard that Mouse wished to donate his 2006 Gold Cup to FHC Experience, I couldn't quite believe it! It is an absolute privilege to display it within our exhibition and the whole team are looking forward to welcoming even more visitors from across Ireland and further a field that this will attract. What a way to celebrate the start of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival!'
Contribution to the Industry Award
Gerry Ross (left), ITBA Southern Regional Committee Chairman, presenting the Contribution to the Industry Award was to Mr James Mulcahy, Kilshane, Co. Tipperary. Also included is Shane O’Dwyer (right), CEO Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association (ITBA).
The Contribution to the Industry Award was presented to Mr James Mulcahy of Kilshane, Co. Tipperary, a Veterinary Surgeon by trade but has his hands in a heap of pies - avid Point-to-Point fan, was previously the Track Vet at Tipperary Racecourse, a very successful breeder and most recently together with his brother, this year bred Rajasinghe who won the Group 2 Coventry Stakes during Royal Ascot. CEO of ITBA, Shane O'Dwyer, said of Mr Mulcahy, 'He is jovial, accommodating and always professional and it is people like James who make this industry what it is.'
Shane O'Dwyer is already planning a trip back to Fethard for more ITBA members in the Summer and is looking forward to working with FHC Experience again in the future.
FHC Experience wish to thank the ITBA for holding their Southern Region Awards in Fethard and are sincerely indebted to Mouse Morris for his very generous donation.
Augustinian Provincial outlines difficulties the Order is now facing in Ireland
Fr. Iggy O’Donovan OSA (Prior Fethard), photographed with Fr John Hennebry OSA (Irish Provincial) after Sunday Mass celebrated in the Abbey Church last Sunday where Fr. Hennebry (right) visited and thanked the many loyal members of the congregation who attend and support the Abbey Church in Fethard.
Fr John Hennebry OSA who as provincial leads the Augustinian Order in Ireland visited the community in Fethard last weekend. He used the occasion of his visit to address the congregation in the Abbey. Fr Hennebry thanked the Fethard community for the ongoing support they have selflessly given to the Augustinians over the years. He outlined the difficulties the Order is now facing.
Vocations are few and the membership is aging. Some houses have been closed in recent years but as of now there is no threat to the Fethard community. He did, however, emphasise that the role played by the laity will have to be enhanced and there will have to be a level of cooperation between the various Augustinian communities throughout the country. Fr Hennebry noted the relationship between the Augustinians in Fethard and the Patrician Presentation Secondary School. He took the opportunity to congratulate the school on the marvellously positive report they received following the recent 'All School Inspection' by inspectors from the Department of Education.
Died recently in England
The death has occurred on Friday, February 23, 2018, of Patrick Sheehan, Killusty, Fethard. Patrick, husband to the late Maura and father to Elizabeth, passed away peacefully at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, England. He was surrounded with the love and care of his daughter Elizabeth, son in law Steven and adored granddaughters Stephanie and Isobel. Patrick will be deeply missed by all who knew him including his daughter, granddaughters, son-in-law, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins and friends.
Patrick's wish was to travel home to Ireland to his final resting place at the foot of Slievenamon. His funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, March 21, at 11am in the Sacred Heart Church, Killusty, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. He was an inspiration to us all and may he rest in peace.
Saints and Sinners welcome
As part of the preparation for the celebration of Easter a service of reconciliation will take place in the Augustinian Abbey, Fethard, during the vigil mass on Saturday evening, March 24, at 7.30pm. Saints and Sinners welcome.
The death has occurred on Monday, March 12, 2018, of Chris Mackey, Kilnockin View, Fethard, and late of Red City and Lincoln, England. Chris, deeply regretted by Mary, his sisters Kathleen Gallagher and Anne Devaney, his step daughters, relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard on Wednesday, March 14, from 5.30pm with removal to the Holy Trinity Parish Church at 7.30pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Party Night at Fethard Ballroom on St. Patrick's Night
This week Fethard Ballroom will hold its social dancing 'Party Night' on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday Night, March 17, celebrating 25 years since the re-opening of the Ballroom on March 17, 1993. Music on the night will be supplied by the very popular '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.
Historical Society thirty-years-old next week
Preparations are in place to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Fethard Historical Society which was founded on March 23, 1988, and thirty years to the day, on the evening of Friday, March 23, 2018, the society will celebrate the occasion in style in the Abymill Theatre and the Fethard community are invited to join in the occasion.
The evening will open, at 7pm, with an audio-visual presentation by the Historical Society and by two invited speakers who will take a wide-ranging look at Fethard area over the past thirty years, and more importantly, will look into the future and the exciting possibilities that lie ahead for this special part of the world. At 9pm, a reception will take place offering finger foods, wine, tea and coffee for all present - the many people from all walks of life that have played a part in making Fethard a better place to live and to visit.
The Fethard Historical Society, from its very beginning, prioritised the development of a tourism industry as one of the best ways of creating business and employment in the town and area. It would have surprised the 'founding fathers and mothers' that it would take thirty-years before Fethard was finally added to the tourist map of Ireland. But Fethard is now firmly on the radar of Fáilte Ireland, as can be now seen by the placing of 'Ireland's Ancient East' signage in the Square.
Looking Back; Going Forward!
The title being given to the whole evening of celebration March 23, is 'Looking Back: Going Forward'. While the Road Safety Authority might be wary of the title, it actually refers to Fethard's rich historical past may indeed be the key to a better future for the town and Slievenamon area in general.
The organisers would be glad to receive any stories or photos from the past thirty years of Historical Society activity. Contact can be made by emailing email@example.com or by phoning 087 9009722 or 087 9305232.
Daffodil Day in Fethard
It's that time of year again! A Daffodil Day Coffee Morning will take place in the Town Hall, Fethard on Friday, March 23, from 9am to 1pm. Daffodils and Daffodil Day Merchandise will be available for sale in the Town Hall and throughout the town that morning. This is a great event, for a very worthwhile cause and your support would be very much appreciated.
Senior Day at Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold a Senior Day on Friday, March 23. The chiropodist will be in attendance. All seniors welcome.
We are also holding a Table Quiz on Friday night March 23, in Butlers Bar at 9pm. Table of four will cost €24. There will also be a raffle on the night. All proceeds go towards the daily running costs of the centre and your support is greatly appreciated.
Student Enterprise County Final
Patrician Presentation pupils Megan Hackett and Ashley Bradshaw with their teacher, Mr Ian O'Connor and Ms Sue Anne O'Donnell, after winning the overall sales award at the Student Enterprise Awards in LIT on Friday, March 9, last.
Congratulations to the Patrician Presentation Secondary School's RAMM Keyrings team of Rachel Prout, Ashley Bradshaw, Megan Hackett and Maggie Fitzgerald on winning the Best Sales Team Award at the County Tipperary Student Enterprise Final in LIT Thurles on Friday last. Megan and Ashley represented the team on the day and collected the award. This is a fantastic achievement. More than twenty schools were entered for this competition. Many thanks to Sue Anne O'Donnell for her great support throughout the year and to Business Teacher, Mr O'Connor.
Two teams, ‘Libertas’ and ‘Age of Aquarius’, who represented Patrician Presentation Fethard at the Junk Kouture semi-final in Limerick on Friday, March 9: Caoimhe O'Meara, Daragh Fenlon, Rachel Prout, Laura O' Donnell, Maggie Fitzgerald and Emily Fitzgerald.
Two teams 'Libertas' and 'Age of Aquarius' represented Patrician Presentation Fethard at the Junk Kouture semi-final in Limerick on Friday, March 9, Caoimhe O'Meara, Daragh Fenlon, Rachel Prout, Laura O' Donnell, Maggie Fitzgerald, and Emily Fitzgerald. The models had to 'catwalk' for sixty seconds on stage to their chosen piece of music to an audience of over one thousand people which included students, teachers and VIPs from the southern region. Each model did a very good presentation of their outfits for the judges and gave a great stage performance, cheered on by parents, teachers, and students from the school. Good cheer prevailed on the bus home and everybody was very proud of how well both teams did on the night.
Well done and thank you to Ms Patricia Looby who is a great advocate for Junk Kouture and gives tirelessly of her time to the students in the lead-up to the competition. The school has a great record in the competition with outfits making the National Finals on a number four occasions to date.
We were delighted to welcome our incoming First Year Students for September 2018 into the school on Saturday for their entrance examinations. Many thanks to our wonderful Parents' Association for organising refreshments on the day for the parents of the incoming students.
Practice for Patrician Presentation Volleyball Referees
Four students from the school, who are qualified volleyball referees, were invited to referee the Munster Primary Schools' Spikeball Finals in Presentation Secondary School, Thurles last Friday. The following students were involved in the event: Lucy Spillane, Tullamaine, Laura Kiely, Coolmoyne and Eric and Dillon Costin, Fethard. They are all very capable referees and represented the school well on the day.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on March 7, were: 3, 8, 10 and 16. There was no jackpot winner and two 'Match Three' winners who received €75 each: Ian Cooke, Scotch Rd., Fethard; and Annette Quigley, Killenaule.
The following three 'Lucky Dip' winners received €50 each: Pat Fox, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; John Tobin, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard; and Chloe Gough, Ard Alainn, Fethard.
Next week's draw takes place on Wednesday, March 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, March 9, were: 11, 13, 21 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and no 'match three' winner. One Lucky Dip winner received €50: Michael Quinlan, Tullamaine; and four Luck Dip winners received €25 each: Kenneth O'Donnell, Tullamaine; Paula Gahan, Strylea; Patrick Lawlor, The Well; and John Kendrick, Cahir.
The next draw takes place on Friday, March 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.
Fethard avoids 'Emma' and enjoys the snow
Fethard Town Wall in a beautiful snow setting on Friday, March 2
Listening to the continuous red-alert updates on Thursday last, Fethard indeed was well-prepared for the oncoming clash between the 'beast from the east' and the lovely 'Storm Emma'. At the operative red-alert time of 3pm on Thursday we listened to reports on how the expected storm was progressing from the south . . . and waited patiently.
By 6pm, with still no significant wind or snow, we felt that we may have escaped by some mysterious unexpected tactic by Storm Emma as she leaped over Slievenamon, Killusty and Fethard and headed north in a hurry. By 9pm we were regretting all our cancelled plans to go out, as just wisps of snow blew gently around . . . still no storm.
So it continued as 'Gentle Emma' continued to bathe us in her white dust gathered from Siberia for the next few hours. This was no ordinary snow. Not like our usual fall of snow that melts three seconds after landing. This was different . . . floating around, looking for the perfect landing spot to build a 'drift'. Back listening to weather reports from other blustery places, we could happily relax watching our light white breeze in fading light.
Guiry family braving the snow at The Green, Fethard
Paul and Niamh Hayes helping their children Anna, Danny and Billy, build their ‘Snow Cat’ outside their home in Abbey Street.
Members of the Thompson family and friends out enjoying a walk in the snow by the riverwalk in Fethard
Morning arrived, one of the brightest for years, to the fluttering of birds trying to find a hard place to land as trees, branches, roofs, and ground were covered in this very attractive soft snow. 'Gentle Emma' had performed well and distributed her Siberian 'guests' everywhere, without the dreaded gusts.
March 1, 2018, will be remembered for many years to come and children will also recall building the biggest snowmen and other works of art, maybe never again to be surpassed. Now that the day has passed, and the memories slowly melt away, we can thank all those good people who visited neighbours, cleared pathways and roads, and helped make the meeting of Emma and The Beast, a pleasant experience, at least for most of us in Fethard.
No shortage of ‘ammo’ for these two boys L to R: Nestor Kashuba and Robert Thompson.
L to R: Gilian Shine and Venessa O’Donnell out for a cool walk in the snow
L to R: Sophia O’Brien and Katelyn O’Brien out for a walk in the snow on Main Street.
Elaine Purcell braving the weather for her daily walk.
Ms Triona Morrisson, Principal Holy Trinity National School, Fethard, preparing to make pathways safe before re-opening the school
The big ‘clear-up’ - Brian Sheehy, Chairman Fethard & Killusty Community Council, out with his tractor, helping to clear snow from the car park at Holy Trinity National School.
Erin and Keyla Carroll enjoying the snow in their new snowsuits
Well wrapped up for their walk in the snow are Tom Keane with Marcella Moyler and children T.J. and Zara Keane in front.
The death has occurred on Sunday, March 11, 2018, of Bridget 'Bridie' Lee (née O'Donnell) Loughcopple, Killusty, Fethard, peacefully in her 96th year, at South Tipperary General Hospital. Predeceased by her husband Joseph Lee, her sisters Peggy Brett and Kathleen Maher, her daughter-in-law Maire, and very deeply regretted by her loving sons Bill, Jim, Joe, John and Gerry, daughters-in-law Mary, Madeline, Anne and Jackie, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and her many friends. May She Rest in Peace.
Reposing at O'Donoghue's Funeral Home, Kickham Street, Clonmel, on Tuesday evening, March 13, from 5pm with removal at 7.30pm to Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty. Requiem Mass at 11am on Wednesday, followed by burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
GAA Easter Camp
Following on from the great success and positive feedback. Fethard Juvenile GAA are hosting an Easter Camp for children from 5 to 13 year olds, taking place from Tuesday, April 3, to Friday, April 6. The camp will open from 10am to 2pm daily for boys and girls.
To book your place or for further details, contact Michael O'Mahoney 087 6791735 or Deirdre McEvoy 087 2479023.
Fethard GAA Representatives
Fethard GAA Club are honoured and delighted for two great local young men, Charlie Manton and Paul Moloney. These two have given great commitment to both the Fethard club and county over the years and on behalf of the club, we are truly delighted to see both the lads experience success and the honour of playing with their respective Colleges. On February 17, Charlie Manton was on the UCD team that won the Sigerson Cup (Football); and on February 24, CathalMoloney was on the Maynooth team that won the Electric Ireland Ryan Cup (Hurling).
Maynooth University team included: Eoghan Byrne (Kilkenny); Steven Stafford (Wexford), Emmet Moloney (Tipperary), Philip Smith (Dublin); Cathal Moloney (Tipperary), Brian Hogan (Tipperary), Ross Donohoe (Wexford); Pádraig Walsh (Kilkenny), Jack Travers (Kildare); Frank Bass (Kildare), Brian McDonnell (Dublin), Ronan Smith (Dublin); Aaron Amond (Carlow), MJ Lalor (Laois), Seán Buggy (Kilkenny).
The jubilant UCD players celebrate their second Sigerson Cup win in three years. UCD Team included: Charlie Manton (Tipperary); Peter Healy (Antroim), Cillian O'Shea (Dublin), Conor Mullally (Dublin); Luke Fortune (Cavan), Jimmy Feehan (Tipperary), Stephen Coen (Mayo); Barry O'Sullivan (Kerry), Jack Barry (Kerry); Liam Casey (Tipperary) (0-03), Conor McCarthy (Monaghan) (1-06, 0-03f), Brian Byrne (Kildare); Eoin Lowry (Laois) (0-02), Evan O'Carroll (Laois) (0-01), Con O'Callaghan (Dublin) (0-01).
Fethard ICA AGM
The annual general meeting of Fethard ICA Guild will take place on Tuesday, March 13, at 8pm in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road. All members are asked to attend. Catering this month is by the 'Red Group'. New members are always welcome. Looking forward to seeing you all on the night.
Fethard Convent Community Hall
Are you on job seekers allowance for 1 year or over? Would you like to get involved in Fethard Convent Community Hall? If your answer is 'yes', then we would love to hear from you. The Convent Hall Committee are very lucky to have the assistance of a TÚS program to help with the running of the hall, but, unfortunately finding it hard to get people to work on the program for 19 hours a week. There is also a financial benefit under this program and rates, particularly for people under 25 years are better.
If you are interested you can do a self-referral with our TÚS coordinator, Richard Wood. The TÚS program makes it possible for the committee to keep the hall open and cater for a variety of events. We are very grateful to have TÚS and their great program working for the benefit of all the community. Positions are suitable for both males and females.
Friends of Slievenamon
Four months have passed since our public meeting was held on Thursday, November 2, when upward of seventy concerned local citizens and other mountain users convened in Killurney Hall to discuss problems with access to our beloved Slievenamon. The meeting was in response to concerns of proposed attempts to limit access to the mountain, especially in more recent months.
Those present will recall that a committee (Friends of Slievenamon) was formed on the night consisting of eight people who have taken on various tasks in relation to access and ownership. We have since had further meetings and members have been engaged in looking into the complicated background issues involved and have been liaising with relevant bodies such as Coillte, Mountaineering Ireland and the Land Registry. We have also been trying to arrange a meeting with the owner, but so far without success.
At our next committee meeting will be planning to arrange a further public gathering to bring people up to date with our findings and to pool knowledge: we will circulate the date and time in due course. In the meantime, it would be helpful if our committee could be updated with any news of recent difficulties with access. Please email such information to EMAIL.
Yours faithfully, Friends of Slievenamon committee.
Don't drink the water!
Irish Water have issued a ‘Do Not Drink’ warning for the Fethard Public Water supply. They also warn that boiling the water, or using a domestic water filter, will NOT make it suitable to drink.
The warning was issued on Monday, March 5, shortly after it emerged that a river in Mullinahone may be contaminated with kerosene. Irish Water say that, “Due to hydrocarbon contamination of the source supplying the Fethard Public Water Supply, Irish Water and Tipperary County Council, in consultation with the HSE, have issued a Do Not Drink notice for customers supplied by this scheme."
Areas affected include Fethard, Killenaule, Gortnahoe, Ballysloe, Ballynonty, Moyglass, Mullinahone, Drangan, Glengoole, Cloneen, Ballinure, Killusty and surrounding areas. This water should not be used for: drinking, drinks made with water, food preparation, washing or cooking of food, brushing of teeth, or making of ice. In particular, pregnant women should not drink this water.
This water should not be used for making up infant formula for bottled fed infants. An alternative source of water should be used. Bottled water can also be used to make up infant formula. All bottled water, with the exception of natural mineral water, is regulated to the same standard as drinking water.
It is best not to use bottled water labelled as ‘Natural Mineral Water’ as it can have high levels of sodium (salt) and other minerals, although it rarely does. ‘Natural Mineral Water’ can be used if no other water is available, for as short a time as possible, as it is important to keep babies hydrated. If bottled water is used to make up infant formula it should be boiled once (rolling boil for 1 minute), and cooled in the normal way.
The water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing, flushing toilets, laundry and washing of utensils, however, if you are experiencing skin irritation you may wish to avoid using water for showering or bathing or washing clothes. Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink. Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water. Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Please note that boiling the water will not be sufficient to make it suitable to drink.
Irish Water MD, Jerry Grant, formerly from Killerk, Fethard, has issued these warnings in the interest of people's safety.
Water tankers will be provided to assist customers in these areas. Details of the locations of these tankers will be available on the Service and Supply Section of the Irish Water website at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/
Irish Water is working with Tipperary County Council, the HSE and other relevant bodies to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Our priority at this time is to safeguard public drinking water supplies and public health. Production at the plant has ceased until the issue has been resolved and it may be a number of days before a full supply is restored. We will continue to keep the public informed on the progress of this work.
Irish Water and Tipperary County Council apologise for the inconvenience caused as a result of this incident and wish to assure customers that we are making every effort to restore supply as quickly as possible once it is safe to do so. Should customers have any concerns or queries, they should contact Irish Water’s 24/7 customer care line at 1850 278 278.
Fethard Mini Girls Rugby fun continues
Fethard U10 Girls recent match with Bruff in Fethard
Not to be outdone for the fun and enjoyment by the Youth Girls teams, our Mini Girls have recently played travelling teams from Bruff and Fermoy mini Girls in Fethard. Our U10s are an exciting bunch of girls who have shown great progression this season. With Christine Gaynor, Maggie Blake, Jessica Fox, Lillie Flannery, Emmaliegh Cuddihy, Miley Morrissey, Rimante Pociute, Katie Fox, Relitin Kenny, Chloe Hadden and Ana Shelly making up the two teams to play with Bruff. The talent is coming through for the future with this exciting team. With several matches cancelled recently by the weather, theses girls are busting at the seams for more rugby fun.
The girls also recently were lucky enough to play at Munster’s half time games in the hallowed Thomand Park . A marvellous opportunity for the girls to play and they really showed off their skills by proving the stronger of the two teams against Listowel Girls. A great time was had by all and who knows we hope to see some of the Girls playing for Munster in the future at Thomand. Lead ably by Aoife Bryne with Ciara Fitzpatrick, Emmaleigh Cuddihy, Aine Connolly, Amy Costigan, Phillie Gillman, Millie O’Hallorhan, Ciara McCarthy, Jamie Ferncombe, Katie Clancy and Zoe Prout, these girls made their Club very proud for their great performances, and thanks to Joe and Cliff for all their work with this fantastic team along with Thomas.
Fethard U12 girls played at Munster Rugby’s time match in Thomand Back L to R: Katie Clancy, Millie O’Hallorhan, Ciara McCarthy, Jamie Ferncombe, Zoë Prout. Front L to R: Aoife Bryne, Ciara Fitzpatrick, Emmaleigh Cuddihy, Aine Connolly, Amy Costigan and Phillie Gillman.
Fethard RFC Girls have been Great to Support Edel McMahon playing for the Ireland Women at Donnybrook these past few weeks. Furthermore, Edel played for the first ever Barbarians Women’s Team before Christmas that played in Thomand Park. Edel is working at the Fethard Equine Hospital next to the Community Field and most weeks since last summer volunteers her time to coach our Fethard Girls Youth teams. We are very lucky to have Edel’s wonderful input and support to the girls. Our Fethard Girls Rugby will be running a Bus subsidised by the IRFU to the Ireland Women's Game at Donnybrook, on Sunday 11th March and looking forward to continuing to cheer on Edel and the Girls in Green. If you are interested in travelling up on the bus for €15 including entrance ticket to watch the Six Nations Match against the Scottish Women’s team please contact Polly by Thursday evening on 086 339 4959.
Upcoming Fethard RFC Fundraisers this coming month, are our Fantasy Cheltenham at €20 a ticket where by you can be top tipster each day and over the 4 days. Please contact any committee member or Coach to buy your ticket. For more details please contact Polly on 086 339 4959
Also, we will be sending out “Guess the Score” Cards for the Ireland Vs England Rugby match on St Patricks Day this Friday Evening, to be back by Friday 16th March for all to have a bit of Fun, and raise some much needed funds to keep the young people in Fethard & Surrounding district having fun playing Rugby. Fethard RFC will also hold a Race Night on Easter Saturday March 31st in McCarthys Fethard. This is always wonderful fun as much as a valuable fundraiser. More details to follow.
The Snow might have postponed the Munster Girls Cup final last weekend, but some of our members and supporters had great fun last Saturday with their own 'Snow Girl'.
Finally, please come and lend your support to our Fethard Girls, in their Munster Cup final, which was postponed due to the snow last weekend and is now on this Saturday in Limerick. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more details. The Snow might have postponed the Munster Girls Cup final last weekend, but some of our members and supporters had great fun last Saturday with their own Snow girl.
Fethard and Killusty Anglers AGM
Fethard and Killusty Anglers AGM was held on Friday, February 23, at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre in Fethard. There was a good turn out to the AGM and a lot of material covered from an eventful 2017 season. We were delighted to have Simon Molloy (CES) ably assisted by his brother Michael and his friend Finbarr, who gave us an excellent and informative presentation on stream enhancement. Simon's visual presentation highlighted works carried out on other rivers to enhance the aquatic life and spawning redds for salmon and trout which in turn has a positive effect on all wildlife in and around the river. Simon is passionate about his work in improving spawning streams while working in conjunction with Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), and National Parks and Wildlife trust, which is all part of the National Angling Strategic Development Plan.
The National Strategic Development Plan has allocated approx. €32K of a grant to carry out stream enhancement works on the river Anner in the worst affected areas of this beautiful river. Simon has already dedicated a lot of his time in identifying the worse effected areas where there is siltation due to trees in the river, and overgrowing the river, causing a tunnelling effect, which stops any light onto the stream bed and kills any growth of Ranunculus and invertebrate habitat. There is a lot of analysis to be performed before any monies are granted, including a habitat report on the Anner including pearl mussel survey, ecologists report, electrofishing, and identification of worse effected areas from those submitted. Past projects on similar sized rivers have given staggering results with increase in fish stocks with typical increases of up to 600% (electrofishing comparison). We wish Simon and his team every success with this for the future.
The officers elected at this year’s AGM were Chairman; Colm Hackett, Secretary; Seán Maher and Treasurer; Albert Adcock. Tom Fogarty, our chairman of over 20 year’s service stepped down this year and handed the baton on to another enthusiastic Fethard man. We wish Tom all the best in his semi-retirement from club duties, but he will always be there to give us all a bit of common sense and give Colm a kick in the backside when needed. Sunday 11th March is set for bank cleaning with all to meet at Thorny Bridge at 10.30am, please support this if you can as every pair of hands makes a big difference.
The annual club competition date is set for Sunday, April 8, meeting at Thorny bridge at 10am. If you are interested in joining our club please contact Colm Hackett on 086 8397868 or Seán Maher on 085 7050580 for membership cards (Seniors €25, Juniors €10, OAPs Free) or come along to our bank cleaning or competition to meet some of us. The new season starts on March 17, and new members are always welcome, and we encourage you to try this fantastic hobby, it’s a great way to clear the head and get out in the fresh air. Our club members will do their very best to show you how to get started or teach you new methods you may not have tried yet. The Gods do not deduct from mans allotted span, the hours spent in fly-fishing. Tight lines to all for 2018.
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
Looking back to the Snow of January 1982
View of Congress Terrace from Jesuits Walk, Fethard, across the flooded sand pit where many used to skate on the ice, January 1982
Watergate before any renovations started on Fethard Town Wall in January 1982
The Square, Main Street, Fethard, January 1982
Children sleighing on a homemade cart on the icy roads in Barrack Street, January 1982.
Burke Street in the snow January 1982
Back in out of the cold to the Country Club Disco
Pictured at a Fethard Festival Disco in The Country Club Ballroom in June 1982 are. Back L to R: John O’Shea, Paul Looby, Roger Mehta, Michael O’Riordan, Philip Ryan, Damien Trehy, and Anthony Clancy. Front L to R: Willie O’Meara, Denis O’Meara and Adrian Pollard.
Would any of our hurling fans have any information on this hurling team photo, that I presume was a Tipperary team from the jerseys. The only helmets used in those days were bandages and caps as can be seen from the bloodied one on the player 3rd left in front. The hurleys also look the worst for wear . . . maybe they badly needed an active Tipperary Supporters Club to raise funds. Yet they won many All-Irelands!
James Burke (USA) posted this photograph of his mother, Breda Burke (back left) with Rita O'Shea and their children from left, James Burke, Joe Burke, Mary Burke, Richard Burke, Catherine O'Shea, Patrick O'Shea and John O'Shea. The foot in the sand (on right) belongs to a buried Martin O'Shea. Taken in Tramore in the sixties.
Breda Kearney posted this photo of her late brother, Francis Kearney photographed with Jimmy Higgins in Lonergan's Bar in 1985.
John Kenrick posted this photograph of a group of customers of Hayes Betting Office, Burke Street, in the early 1980s.
Tommy Sheehan, posted this early photograph of his brothers and sisters taken at their home in St. Patrick's Place.
Pat Marshall posted these two photographs, of his parents above Michael O'Meara and Alice (née Hartigan) of Grawn.
Pat Marshall 's second photo above is of the Hartigans from Grawn Top L to R: Theresa Coffey( née Hartigan), Tom Hartigan who lived at Powerstown and Jack Hartigan. Bottom in white Lizzie Drummy (née Hartigan) his aunts and uncles.
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