Fethard Sports Achievement Awards
The Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Awards for 2018 commenced last weekend when the monthly awards winners for January, February and March were presented on Friday night last, March 30, which also coincided with the first time that bars were allowed open on a Good Friday. The first two monthly presentations were delayed due to the adverse weather conditions experienced that affected fixtures and presentations alike earlier this year.
Ann Butler presenting the 'Mentor of the Month' award to Chris Coen
The first award presented was the ‘Mentor of the Month’ which was won by Chris Coen, long associated with Killusty Soccer Club and Fethard GAA Club. In later years Chris achieved fantastic results mentoring the underage local boys and ladies football teams and achieving county titles at top grades. The award was presented by Ann Butler, representing Butler’s Sports Bar, who sponsored the night’s awards.
The winner of the Butler's Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Awards for January, Paul Moloney, receiving his award from Ann Butler.
The January award winner was Paul Moloney who played a major part in helping his college Maynooth team to win the Electric Ireland Ryan cup for hurling.
The joint-winner of the Butler's Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for February, Edel McMahon, receiving her award from Ann Butler (right). The other joint-winner was Eoin Tynan but unable to attend.
The February award had joint winners, Edel McMahon and Eoin Tynan. Edel who lives and works in Fethard, was part of the Irish ladies Six Nations Rugby Championship team for 2018, and also proved to be a huge asset to the Fethard ladies underage rugby teams’ success who benefited from her coaching skills. Eoin, who was unable to attend on the night, is a well-known racquetball player who was victorious in the over 40 singles at the recent prestigious Tralee tournament and narrowly beaten with his partner in the final of the doubles.
The winner of the Butler's Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for March, Charlie Manton, receiving his award from Ann Butler.
The March award winner was Charlie Manton, Main Street, Fethard, who was goalkeeper on the UCD team that defeated NUIG to win the Sigerson cup for football.
In conclusion, proprietor Philip Butler, thanked all present for attending the presentation ceremony. He congratulated those nominated and winners, and looked forward to returning back to the monthly presentations for the remainder of the year.
Fethard & District Coursing Club
The Annual General Meeting of
Fethard & District Coursing Club will take place on Tuesday, April 17, at 8.30pm in Fethard Ballroom. All members are requested to attend and new members are very welcome to come along.
Celebrating her birthday in Fethard over the Easter weekend was Mary Ryan, originally from St. Patrick's Place, photographed above with her partner John Gavin.
The death has occurred on April 3, 2018, of Peggy Dempsey (née Leahy), Rehill, Ballylooby, Cahir, and formerly of Sparagoleith, Fethard. Peggy, wife of the late Paddy, died peacefully in the wonderful care of the Mercy Hospital, Cork. Deeply regretted by her loving daughter Mary (Moore Haven), neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at St Theresa's Hospital, Clogheen, on Thursday April 5, from 6.30pm to 8pm. Requiem Mass on Friday in St. Kieran's Church, Ballylooby at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery.
Fethard Players in rehearsal for John B. Keane’s play Sive
Fethard Players will stage their production of ‘Sive’ in the Abymill Theatre from Tuesday, April 24, to Saturday, April 28. Tickets €15. A special family night will take place on the first performance, Tuesday, April 24, when all tickets are priced at €10. The play is produced by Jimmy O'Sullivan. Booking now at Fethard Town Hall or by Tel: 085 2045909. Early booking advised!
After being rejected by the Abbey Theatre, the Listowel Drama Group first performed Sive in Christy's Ballroom, Listowel, and the play was an overall success. In the first performance, Nora Relihan played Mena Galvin, Margaret Dillon performed as Sive, and the late John B. Keane himself played Carthalawn. The play is now widely known throughout Ireland and is usually used as a piece of theatre taught in Irish school systems.
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
next meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Council will take place on Tuesday, April 10, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday night, April 8, to the very popular music of ‘Images’. All are welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing from 9pm to midnight. Admission is €9 which includes tea and cakes.
‘Moody Mare’ exhibition opens this Thursday
Fethard Horse Country Experience proudly presents 'Moody Mare' exhibition by Sophie Carpentieri, which will run from April 6 to April 27. This is Sophie's first solo exhibition and we are delighted to showcase her work here in her adopted hometown of Fethard. As she said herself, “The sound of galloping horses dictates the rhythm of life in Fethard as well as the lines on the canvas.”
World-renowned painter, Peter Curling, Cashel Fine Art, will officially launch the exhibition on this Thursday, April 5, at 6.30pm and all are welcome.
Fethard and Killusty Anglers annual competition rescheduled
Fethard and Killusty Anglers annual competition is rescheduled for Sunday, April 15, at 10am meeting at Thorny Bridge. This is rescheduled due to the current high-water levels. All members are welcome and current and new members can join on the day if they wish to do so. Yearly membership for seniors is €25, juveniles €10, and OAP’s free. Please contact Colm Hackett on 086 8397868, or Seán Maher on 085 7050580 for membership cards at any stage, as all are welcome to this club within a friendly and encouraging environment.
River bank cleaning
River bank cleaning takes place on Sunday, April 8, meeting at Thorny Bridge at 10.30am, please attend and help out if you can for a few hours. Flyfishing is a fantastic past time and gets you out in the air in a wonderful environment on the Anner and Clashawley, which can help to relieve the normal stresses of everyday life.
Fethard and Killusty Anglers is one of the most successful competitive clubs in Ireland, with several All Ireland and Munster titles.
Senior and Juvenile anglers have represented Ireland in European and World Championships, five Nations and Bank Internationals, and they are all willing to give their time to anyone who wants to get started or learn new methods or techniques.
We have a friendly and encouraging environment so why not give it a try this Spring, and to any current members; tight lines for the season ahead.
‘Cash for Clobber’ Clothing Collection
St. Rita’s Camogie Club and Fethard Ladies Football Club will hold their Annual ‘Cash for Clobber’ clothing collection fundraiser on the following dates: Friday, April 27, between 7pm and 8pm, and Saturday, April 28, between 10am and 11.30am, both from outside the GAA Field in Fethard.
If you are presently ‘spring cleaning’ in your home, please keep us in mind for any clothing that you no longer need. We are very interested in taking adult and children’s clothes, paired shoes and boots, handbags, belts, sheets, curtains, towels and soft toys. But please note we cannot take duvets, pillows, dirty or wet clothing, mats or carpets, books, old mobile phones and laptops. Thank you for your support.
Please contact us if you have any queries: Mary O’Mahony (St Rita’s Camogie Club) Tel: 087 6980351; and Micheál Spillane (Fethard Ladies Football Club) Tel: 087 6217055.
Clonmel to Thurles Greenway, via Fethard proposal
A group of local interested people established a campaign group last summer with the purpose of campaigning for a Greenway that links the towns of Thurles and Clonmel, via Fethard, by using where possible, the former rail route that once linked the two towns.
To date, there is a strong possibility that Tipperary County Council and Bord Na Mona are very much open to redeveloping the state owned boglands as a cycling/walking track. This could be ‘Stage 1’ of the overall proposal and hopefully lead to further extensions and developments in future.
Bord Na Mona’s plans to decommission the ‘Briquette Factory’ and adjoining lands will result in jobs lost and be devastating for the local area. The creation of a greenway on the vacant land may provide a whole new world of opportunities in terms of creating new tourism and economic benefits and thus offset or even eliminate the impact of those job losses in time
As shown in the case of Waterford, a greenway would prove a huge boost for a predominately rural area such as Fethard, and a tremendously beneficial infrastructure linking all rural settlements along the Clonmel to Thurles route. It is estimated that there is a potential cycling tourism market of 20 million people that Ireland has not yet have the infrastructure to attract. From a health point of view, it would also be beneficial by creating an area of leisure and recreation, where families can enjoy the countryside and get exercise in a safe environment.
Your continued support for this campaign is essential and if you are willing to get involved or know of someone within your local community group who could potentially get involved and lend their energy and expertise to this campaign. Please contact: David Morrissey, Clonmel to Thurles Greenway Group. Tel: 087 4108075.
Class of 1983 Reunion this weekend
Presentation Convent Volleyball team members from 1983 who will celebrate a reunion with class members this weekend in Fethard. Back L to R: Elizabeth Walsh, Caroline Phelan, Patricia Donovan, Catherine Hayden, Anna Morrissey. Front L to R: Lorraine Quinn, Margaret Tierney, Olive Cunningham, Monica Kearney and Debbie Outram.
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School ‘Class of 1983 Reunion’ will take place on this coming Saturday, April 7, where they will assemble and commence with a school tour of their ‘alma mater’ at 6.30pm. Following this ‘tour of changes’ the group will retire to McCarthys Restaurant for finger food and refreshments where they will also share memories, photographs and catch up on thirty-five-years of living since they left Fethard Patrician Presentation School.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein (credited but not confirmed).
First Year Anniversary Mass
The first year anniversary mass of Breda Sheehan, née Neville, Derryluskin, Fethard, will be celebrated at 10am in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty, on this coming Sunday, April 8.
St. Vincent de Paul
Families that may need help with this year’s First Communion or Confirmation expenses are asked to contact any committee member of the Fethard St. Vincent de Paul or Denis Burke at Tel: 085 8086099.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on March 28, were: 2, 11, 15 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: John Tobin, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard; and Nelly Ryan, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Spud Culligan, Main Street, Fethard; Eileen Tobin, c/o Seamus Moloney; and Rita Burke, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, April 4. 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 30, were: 5, 11, 25 and 33. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘match three’ winners who received €75 each: Aine Ryan, Tullamaine; and Emma Smyth, The Well, Fethard.
The following ten Special Easter Luck Dip winners received €50 each: Gerry Aherne, Coolmore; Ruby Hall, Camogie Club; Mick Smyth (Jnr), The Well Bar; Nell Spillane, Tullamaine; Declan Morrissey, Fethard; Anna Lynch, Coolmore; James Cooney, Clerihan; Paddy Turner, Clonmel; Nicole Moloney, An Seanline, Fethard; and Clodagh Foley, Ladies Football Club.
The next draw takes place on Friday, April 6, 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.
Blues Guitar Workshop and Concert at Clonacody House
Country blues singer/guitarist Scott Ainslie, inspired by blues artist Mississippi John Hurt, will hold a Guitar Workshop, from 2pm to 4pm, at Clonacody House on Saturday, April 14. Later that night he will also perform an intimate concert at 8pm.
For any musicians wishing to take part in this unique workshop in the afternoon, the price is €20. You can also just attend his intimate performance at 8pm for €15, or attend both for the special price of €25. Booking now by contacting: Helen Carrigan Tel: 087 1689167.
“Scott is the kind of musician they don’t make anymore, in the mould of the late Pete Seeger - unpretentious, dead serious about his craft, dedicated, versatile . . .”
—Pamela Constable, The Washington Post (2015)
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
15 Years Ago This Month
Students Cleanup on March 28, 2003 - Third Year pupils from Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School photographed while undertaking a ‘cleanup’ of Old Chapel Lane in Fethard. Old Chapel Lane is one of the oldest lanes in Fethard and is included in the Fethard Medieval Tourist Trail. The students must be commended for their civic minded project.
St. Patrick’s Boys School Quiz Team on March 26, 2003 – Fethard’s St. Patrick’s Boys School quiz team who came third in the final of the National Parent’s Council, South Tipperary Cadbury Challenge Primary School’s Quiz. held in Thurles. L to R: Darragh Dwyer, Dave Gorey, Sam Manton and Colm Horan.
Daffodil Day in Fethard on March 21, 2003 – Tracy Coady, Sarah Kennedy and Mary Gorey, transition year pupils from Fethard Presentation Patrician Secondary School, selling daffodils outside Fethard Post Office on Daffodil Day.
Killusty, Youth League Division 2 Champions, photographed with cup after beating Galbally United 2-0 in the final played at Cooke Park on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2003.
10 Years Ago This Month
Pupils of St. Patrick's Boys National School Fethard photographed with Eamon Quirk from Bóthar who spoke and answered questions on life in Uganda and Tanzania. March 10, 2008.
Purchasing their daffodils for 'Daffodil Day' outside Fethard Post Office are L to R: Sarah Murphy, Hannie Leahy, Joe Barrett and Kitty Ahearne. March 7, 2008
Pupils of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School helping out with 'Daffodil Day' sales outside the Post Office. A new record collection this year amounted to €3,260. L to R: Samantha Morrissey, Carrie Sweeney and Sarah Conway. March 7, 2008
Twins, Tony and Thomas O'Reilly, Barrack Street, Fethard, photographed wearing their St. Patrick's Day badges after the St. Patrick's Day Mass held in Holy Trinity Parish Church Fethard March 15, 2008
Alice Leahy, founder member of TRUST Charity, photographed with 6th Class pupils of Nano Nagle Primary School where she spoke on the homeless people in Ireland as part of their 'Challenge for Change' school project. The pupils made a donation of €500 to the TRUST Charity. March 3, 2008.
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