New Digital Map of Fethard
Dr Rachel Murphy, who will co-ordinate the Digital Map of Fethard project, photographed with Brian Sheehy, chairman Fethard & Killusty Community Council, at the 30th Anniversary Celebrations of Fethard Historical Society on March 23, 2018.
The Fethard Historical Society have just received the good news that their application for funding towards the creation of a Digital Map of Fethard has been approved by the Heritage Council in their Grants List for 2018.
The project is to create a digital mapping ‘app’ of historic locations in Fethard from Medieval times through to the nineteenth century. The content for the project is The Historic Town Atlas of Fethard which was produced by the Royal Irish Academy in 2003. This Atlas was Number 13 on The Historic Town Atlas (I.H.T.A.) series and it was a great honour that Fethard was one of the earliest historic town to be chosen for such a prestigious project at that time. The author and compiler of the Number 13 Fethard Atlas was Dr. Tadhg O’Keeffe of UCD and many of the maps used had been preserved in Grove House and their reproduction and inclusion in the Atlas was enthusiastically supported by the Ponsonby family.
This new project is being co-ordinated by the Historical Society, but central to the whole project is society member Dr Rachel Murphy of UCC - long-time resident of the parish- whose area of expertise includes the whole digital mapping area and also the use of ‘ArcGIS’ software to produce user friendly mapping and information applications for both locals and visitors alike.
The Historical Society will be seeking help from anyone with normal typing skills to join some ‘transcription’ sessions so as to transcribe the material from the No. 13 Fethard Historic Town Atlas onto computer for use in the new Digital Map.
2018 Annual General Meeting of the FHS
Further information on the Fethard Digital Atlas Project will be outlined at the AGM of the Fethard Historical Society on Tuesday next, May 1, at 8.30pm in the ICA Hall on Rocklow Road and members and non-members are very welcome to attend. As the recent 30th Anniversary celebration of the society demonstrated on March 23, the Historical Society has been an important community organisation for the past three decades and it has played a vital role in reminding official agencies that ‘Fethard Walled Town’ is of national importance and deserves special attention. It must be admitted that all the effort has finally paid off and that all the government bodies have in fact given great support to Fethard in recent years – and the Mapping Grant is further evidence of this.
The next thirty-years now beckon and we invite the next generation to take up the ‘baton’ and go forward in ways that are in keeping with current needs, but also to have fun along the way, as the social aspect is a very important part of the society’s ethos. Therefore, a big welcome awaits anyone who wishes to join the society and who wants to explore aspects of Fethard’s history - other than its medieval heritage- and there’s no shortage of material. For instance, some Fethard people were very prominent in the whole ‘fight for freedom’ a hundred years ago and this needs investigation and exposure in the coming years. Then, going way back to pre-Christian times, you have the sagas of two-thousand-years ago when Fionn MacCumhaill and The Fianna were hunting deer with their great hounds around Slievenamon. These stories would be especially interesting to children if researched and ‘delivered’ in new and exciting ways.
Annual Membership is €7 for an individual and €10 for a family and contact can be made with the Historical Society via email at email@example.com or by phoning 087 9009722 or 087 9305232
Ladies Football Munster Success
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School ladies football team who had a great 4-18 to 2-4 win over Scoil Mhuire, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, in the Munster Senior Ladies Football semifinal
Well done to the Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School ladies football team who had a great win over Scoil Mhuire, Newcastle West, Limerick, in the Munster Senior Ladies Football semi-final with a final score of 4-18 to 2-4. The girls showed great skill and determination during the match and we look forward to the Munster final which will take place in the next few weeks.
The following girls were involved with the team: Leah Coen, Gráinne Murray, Ciara O’Meara, Maggie Fitzgerald, Sophia O’Brien, Emma Cronin, Michelle Cronin, Aoife Allen, Samantha Buckley, Emma Lyons, Sadhbh Morrissey, Laura Kiely, Kelly Ryan, Jessica Moloney, Abby McGrath, Anna Cummins, Chyanne McDonald Creed, Ella Mai Hackett, Éabha Ryan, Ciara O’Meara, Heather Spillane, Nell Spillane and Lucy Spillane. Well done also to their teachers: Ms. Murphy, Mr. Walsh and Mr. Cummins.
Some seats still available for ‘Sive’
Fethard Players cast members at rehearsal for their stage production of ‘Sive’, which continues its run up to Saturday, April 28, in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard. L to R: Liam O’Connor (Mike Glavin), Mia Treacy (Mena Glavin) and Anne Connolly (Nanna Glavin). Booking now at Fethard Town Hall (FHC Experience), or Tel: 085 2045909.
Fethard Players commenced their five-night run of ‘Sive’, in the Abymill Theatre, on Tuesday, April 24, and will continue until Saturday, April 28, starting at 8.15pm each night. Some seats are still available for the remaining performances at €15 each. Booking at Fethard Town Hall (FHC Experience) or by telephone at: 085 2045909. The play is produced by Jimmy O'Sullivan.
The death has occurred on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, of Michael 'Mick' Phelan, Kiltinan, Fethard, and Lampolla, Spain. Michael, deeply regretted by his daughters Trudy, Mandy and Caroline, sons-in-law Declan and Alex, grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.
Funeral to arrive at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty, on Thursday, April 26, at 7pm. Funeral Mass takes place on Friday, April 27, at 11am followed by private cremation.
Slievenamon Golf Club ‘Drive-In’
Slievenamon Golf Club’s captains drive-in will take place on this Sunday, April 29, at 11 am. Slievenamon Golf Club is now under new ownership and management, so do come along and play your part in returning this wonderful facility to its former glory. A great day for golf is expected by all, members, visitors and spectators.
Intermediate Football Championship, First Round
Fethard Intermediate football team who beat Fr. Sheehys 3-11 to 1-13 in their Intermediate Football Championship, first round game played in Ned Hall Park on Sunday last, April 22. Back L to R: Kenneth O'Donnell (selector), Eoghan Hurley, Jack Devaney, Cathal Hurley, P.J. Morrissey, Niall Hayes, Jack Ward, Willie Morgan, Charlie Manton, David Hayes, Ger Maher, Harry Butler, Thomas Condon, Ciarán O'Meara, Christopher Sheehan, Tommy Anglim. Front L to R: Packie Hallissey (manager), Alan O'Connor, Brian Healy, Joe Morgan, Jack Dolan, Alex O'Donovan, Paul Moloney, Brian Delahunty, Niall Anglim, Conor Harrington and Tommy Gahan (selector).
On Sunday last, April 22, Fethard and Fr. Sheehys faced off for the first round of the 2018 Intermediate Football Championship. The game, which was played in Ned Hall Park as a late change from the scheduled Marlfield, was charged and extremely competitive as both teams vowed to hit the championship running and secure valuable points early in their campaigns.
From the start and throughout all the first half, Fr. Sheehys proved themselves well as they dominated a lot of the play and took their scores well even while playing against a strong breeze.
In the second half Fethard came out with determination and grit and took the game to Fr. Sheehy’s. The game ebbed and weaved and just as Fethard got their first and second goal. Fr. Sheehy’s fought back and took some nice points but, Fethard with a new sense of belief and desire, pushed hard and over the last 15 minutes took some great scores to pull ahead and run out with a 4-point winning margin.
The final score was Fethard 3-11, Fr. Sheehys 1-13, in a game that was close and well contested.
Fethard & Killusty Anglers
Robert Hackett (left), winner of this year’s Fethard & Killusty Angling Club’s junior competition, photographed with club secretary, Seán Maher, who was winner of this year’s senior competition. Sean is photographed above while coaching Robert at the recent Munster Juvenile Fishing Tournament on the river Anner at Thorney Bridge, Fethard.
Fethard and Killusty Anglers annual competition was held on Sunday, April 15, and was blessed with a good attendance, considering the wet and windy weather and high river conditions.
The flyfishing was really tough and many trees ended up decorated with our fly imitations during the day, which was accompanied by the odd foul word! The river Clashawley fished a lot better than the Anner, due to the water levels. However, we are expecting good fishing in a couple of weeks' time when rivers will have dropped to normal levels. The results for the day in the Seniors were: 1st Seán Maher, 2nd John Lalor. Juveniles: 1st Robert Hackett, 2nd Conor Cagney and Robert Hackett also won the heaviest trout prize.
Well done to our juveniles who are an excellent example to all of us in the club, for their commitment to fly fishing and achievements at Munster, All Ireland, and International level. We would also like to thank Andrew Ryan, Clonanav Fly Fishing, Ballymacarbry, for his generosity in sponsoring some of the prizes for the competition. This competition could not take place, or the club exist, without the kind permission of the land owners to allow us access to these beautiful rivers. A special thanks to Liam Croke, for creating access to his land at Thorny Bridge for the competition. We remind all our members and competitors to please respect the land when fishing, take care not to damage any fencing and bring home any rubbish you may encounter after the winter/spring floods.
New members are always welcome and can join by contacting Colm Hackett on 086 8397868 or Seán Maher on 085 7050580. There is no better way to spend a day or few hours outside on our beautiful waters at the foot of Slievenamon. Tight Lines to all for the rest of the season and remember that the Gods do not deduct from mans allotted span, the hours spent in flyfishing.
Well done to Ginny Hutton who finished second in her category at the Tipperary Masters Road Championships held in Clonmel on Sunday, April 22. Ginny runs with Fethad Athletic Club.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday night, April 29, to the very popular music of ‘Teddy and Cathal Barry’. 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.
Munster Triple for Ladies Rugby
Fethard U15 Girls Rugby completed the Munster Treble this season by winning the Munster Youth Sevens Competition Back L to R: Nicole Vaughan, Clodagh Fanning, Aoibhe Gayson Molloy, Karen Bennett, Niamh Doyle, Eabha Fitzgerald, Jason Flannery (coach). Front L to R: Annica O'Connor, Kate Flannery, Evelyn Gayson Molloy, Marta Gonzalez (Captain) and Niamh Flatley. Missing from photo is Orla Maher who was receiving medical treatment after the match accompanied by assistant coach Marie Gayson.
Fethard U15 Girls Rugby completed the Munster Treble this season by winning the Munster Youth Sevens Competition, that was rearranged from Mid-April due to Weather, in Shannon RFC last Saturday.
The tremendous triple was accomplished by this special team of Girls along with a wonderful squad, who have trained well all season throughout the winter in all weathers. The Squad of Kate Flannery, Karen Bennett, Niamh Doyle, Eabha Fitzgerald, Marta Gonzalez, Aoibhe Gayson Molloy, Evelyn Gayson Molloy, Nicole Vaughan, Annica O'Connor, Clodagh Fanning and please note that Orla Maher was missing from the medal presentation picture as Orla was receiving medical treatment ably assisted by Marie Gayson, our girls Assistant coach on the day. Also missing from the Squad on the day was Lucy Murphy, Orlaith Breen, Shauna Maher, Ella Shelley, Sophia O'Brien, Aishling Morrissey, Hannah McCabe, Amanda O'Keeffe and Natasha McGarry. These girls were an important part to make all this possible, and even though unable to make Saturday the success was also due to their commitment to the team.
Finally, special thanks for coach Jason Flannery for travelling down and making it possible and all the wonderful Monday evening Coaching sessions. Also, thanks to coach Polly Murphy for keeping them all going throughout the season and all in order with the organising. Special thanks to all who have made this season possible. Wishing a speedy recovery to Orla Maher with her shoulder injury.
What an unbelievably brilliant team this season, to have won their Munster League and Championship Cup and now 7s Champions of Munster. We must also thank Rosegreen Community Field, for allowing us to train Monday evenings under lights throughout the season from the end of August to the end of April, to keep the invaluable progression of this team going. The girls never gave up on Saturday and wow, they certainly made their Club and families super proud.
Saturday was another display of absolute brilliance and teamwork with the scores of their five matches, starting in the first round Beating Shannon 14 tries to 1, then next up beating Carrick 6 tries to 2, next up they Beat Ennis (B) 6 tries to 3. In the semi-finals they Beat Bruff by 7 tries to 3 and they won the final against Ennis (A) 6 tries to 3.
Congratulations also to our own Fethard U18 player, Dorothy Wall, who has been chosen as captain for the Irish Women’s Sevens U18 Squa for this coming weekend's European Championships in Vichy, France. Wishing Dorothy and the rest of the Irish team all the very best and we will be watching and cheering Dorothy and her team mates on via the Rugby Europe website, where they have live streaming of the matches on Saturday and Sunday. A huge achievement for Dorothy and her family. Dorothy is currently studying for her leaving cert in the Presentation in Thurles.
We also had a busy Saturday with both our U10 and U12 Girls playing very successfully while having huge fun and great enjoyment at the Rockwell College's Pan Munster Tournament.
Finally, the weekend would not be complete without congratulating the Fethard / Cashel combi team of U18 Boys who won their East Munster competition on Sunday in fine fashion. Well done to all involved and special thanks to the U18 Boys team jersey sponsors – Coolmoyne Couriers and Dundrum Nurseries.
Coffee Morning in aid of Alzheimer Society of Ireland
Please give your support to a Tea & Coffee Morning on Friday, May 4, from 9am to 1pm at Fethard Horse Country Experience, Main Street, Fethard, where you can sample some home-baking – gluten-free also available – and lots more. All proceeds in aid of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. A raffle will also take place.
‘Cash for Clobber’ clothing collection this weekend
St. Rita’s Camogie Club and Fethard Ladies Football Club will hold their Annual ‘Cash for Clobber’ clothing collection fundraiser this coming Friday, April 27, between 7pm and 8pm, and on Saturday, April 28, between 10am and 11.30am, both from outside the GAA Field in Fethard.
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.
Poetry Day Surprises in Fethard
The FHC Experience will come alive with the spoken word at 4 pm next Thursday April 26, when we celebrate Poetry Ireland Day. Come along to read a poem, your own creation or someone else’s, or simply join us for a cuppa while listening to others share their favourite poetry. There’ll be a surprise or two in store also! All are welcome.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on April 18, were: 2, 8, 15 and 29. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Liz Hunt, Lisronagh; Patricia Maher, Kilnockin Road, Fethard; and Maria Murphy, Coleman, Fethard. The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Eileen Ryan, c/o Nellie Donovan; Patricia O'Meara, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; and Brud Roche, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, April 25. 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, April 20, were: 4, 10, 13 and 14. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘match three’ winner who received €100: Pamela Burke, c/o Sarah Healy. Two lucky dip winners received €25 each: Donal Cummins, New York; and Pamela Burke, c/o Sarah Healy.
The next draw takes place on Friday, April 27, 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 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
Twenty Years Ago – June 1998
Pat Looby, artist in residence at Nano Nagle Primary School Fethard, pictured with pupils while working on their art project for the school yard. June 18, 1998.
Pat Looby, artist in residence at Nano Nagle Primary School Fethard, pictured with pupils while working on their art project for the school yard. June 18, 1998.
Twenty Years Ago – January 1998
Mouse Morris whispering some encouragement to 'His Song' who was second favourite for Cheltenham Champion Hurdle 1998.
Killusty 6th class winners of the Fethard Credit Union Primary Schools Quiz in Fethard Ballroom, January 22, 1998. L to R: Dawn Russell, Edward Hickey, Shane Aylward and Claire Ryan.
L to R: Patricia Lee, Damien Donovan, Sharon Duggan and John Kearney, taking part in the Fethard Credit Union Primary Schools Quiz in Fethard Ballroom, January 22, 1998.
L to R: Mike O’Hagan, Lory Kenny, Alan O’Connor and Christopher Sheehan, taking part in the Fethard Credit Union Primary Schools Quiz in Fethard Ballroom, January 22, 1998.
L to R: P.J. Morrissey, Killian Cannon, Christopher Needham and William Doyle, taking part in the Fethard Credit Union Primary Schools Quiz in Fethard Ballroom, January 22, 1998.
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