Fifty-nine children receive the Sacrament of Confirmation
Boys and girls from the national schools in the Parish of Fethard and Killusty who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday, May 11, in Holy Trinty Parish Church, Fethard. Photographed with Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Fr Liam Everard P.P., Canon Tom Breen and their teachers from Killusty N.S. and Holy Trinity N.S. Fethard.
Congratulations to all the boys and girls from the national schools in the Parish of Fethard and Killusty who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday last, May 11, in Holy Trinty Parish Church, Fethard. The ceremony was officiated by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, assisted by Fr Liam Everard P.P. and Canon Tom Breen.
The fifty-nine children who were confirmed are as follows: Kaycie Aherne, Katie Allen, Ben Allen, Shakira Bradshaw, Robert Brawders, Charlie Brennan, Lucy Brett, Freya Byrne, Bobby Clemson, John Coady, Jake Coen, Jenna Coen, Matt Coen, Aoibheann Collum, Áine Connolly, Andrew Connorton, Seán Coonan, Amy Costin, Rebekah Cuddihy, Keira Daniels, Emily Davey, Jack Davey, Ciara Donald-Besso, Amy Donnelly, Jacques Duggan, Jake Feery, Jamie Ferncombe, Haydyn Fleming, Jake Fox, Roisin Geoghegan, Cain Hall, Joshua Hall, Aoife Harrington, Will Harty, Danny Hayes, Holly Hayes, Liam Kiely, Aleksi Laaksonen, Lucy Lawrence, Leo Makhinya, Seán McEvoy, Evan Moore, Cian Murray-Breen, Rebecca Needham, Mark Neville, David O’Donnell, Isabelle O’Donnell, Joseph O’Flynn, Zoe Prout, Taryn Purcell, Jack Quinlan, Angel-Louise Reilly, Oisín Ryan, Callum Sharpe, Danny Shelly, Sarah Smith, Emily Spillane, Adam Tynan and Olivia Ward.
Irish Hospitality Award for Fethard Folk Park and Market
Congratulations to Fethard Folk Park and Market who won the overall award for 'Family Venue of the Year'. This was a fantastic achievement when you consider the competition in this category included well known national attractions such as: 'Foto Wildlife Park', 'Funtasia Theme Park', 'Burren Birds of Prey Centre', 'Westport House' and 'Loftus Hall'.
The presentation of the Irish Hospitality Awards 2018 welcomed 200 guests at Crowne Plaza in Dublin on Tuesday, May 1, in a celebration of the Irish hospitality industry and the success of local professionals and establishments. The national winners are a true reflection of high standard and customer service as they are chosen by members of the general public.
Well done to the Mullins family in Fethard for their many years in cultivating this local treasure and who are now receiving their well-deserved national recognition, and awards, for their work at running and promoting Fethard Folk Park and Market for the past 35 years.
The centre is the brainchild of Christy and Margaret Mullins and it opened its doors for the first time on St. Patrick’s Day, 1983. It now attracts visitors from all over Ireland to its location at Cashel Road, Fethard. Open every Sunday all year round, commencing at 9.30am for stall holders and 10.45am for general public. For further information call: Tel: 086 875 7490.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday night, May 20, to the very popular music of ‘Dermot Lyons’. 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.
'Strictly', Marina's School of Dancing!
Marina's School of Dancing will hold their annual 'Strictly Come Dancing' for young dancers on Monday evening, May 28, at Fethard Ballroom. Doors open at 7pm. This year's event is in aid of Fethard Holy Trinity National School and all are welcome.
Sinéad launches first 'Delalicious' cook book at Fethard Horse Country Experience
Sinéad Delahunty, photographed with her family at the launch of her first cookbook, Delalicious, at Fethard Horse Country Experience on Friday, May 11. L to R: her parents, Mary and Eamon Delahunty, Sinéad and her brother Brian Delahunty.
Congratulations to Sinéad Delahunty, Castlehiggins, Fethard, who launched her first cookbook, based on her online food blog Delalicious, at Fethard Horse Country Experience on Friday, May 11. The launch was very well attended and offered all present a very much appreciated chance to sample a wide selection of Sinead's creations make from simple healthy ingredients available locally.
Photographed at the launch of Sinéad Delahunty’s first cookbook, ‘Delalicious’, at FHC Experience, Fethard are L to R: Stacey Barnaville, Katie O'Brien, Brian Delahunty, Bríd Breen and Peter Donnelly.
Sinéad, daughter of Mary and Eamon Delahunty, has a extensive family background in farm life and cooking, which she cultivated from a very young age has inspired her passion for fresh ingredients. Juggling a full-time job as a physiotherapist, a Gaelic football career and a food blog, Sinéad knows the pitfalls of being under time pressure. She shows how a healthy diet using wholesome real food ingredients is achievable for everyone by easily incorporating meal planning and the art of batch cooking into your routine. You will find numerous ideas for leftovers, plus down-to-earth guidance on food storage, and shopping lists for cupboard essentials and seasonal additions.
Photographed at the launch of Sinéad Delahunty’s first cookbook, ‘Delalicious’, at FHC Experience, Fethard are L to R: Ann O’Dwyer, Sinéad Delahunty, Barbara Ryan, Angie McDermott and Helen Kennedy
“As a footballer myself, these recipes give me the energy I need to train, recover, work and perform, but you don't have to be an athlete to benefit from this book. Delalicious will give your body the nutrition it needs, whether you train to compete or exercise for health. The delicious, doable recipes embrace the natural food around us and will inspire you to eat for better health and boundless energy.”
“Not everything I have attempted or created in the kitchen has turned out as planned or even tasted in any way nice but that’s where patience, perseverance and practice come into play. Sport has taught me that you must learn from your mistakes, and cooking is no different. You must pick yourself up, dust off the flour, clean the pots and start again!”
Sinéad Delahunty, Castlehiggins, Fethard, photographed with friends at the launch her first cookbook, ‘Delalicious’, based on her online food blog. The book was launched in FHC Experience, Fethard, on Friday, May 11. L to R: Amy Stapleton, Kathy Robinson, Sinéad Delahunty, Imelda Aylward, Vivienne Ryan and Julie Robinson.
Photographed at the launch of Sinéad Delahunty’s first cookbook, ‘Delalicious’, at FHC Experience, Fethard are L to R: Carrie O'Donovan, Sinéad Delahunty and Eamonn O'Donovan.
Sinéad's book 'Delalicious' is now available nationwide and also from O'Sullivans Pharmacy, Fethard and online via Collins Press and Easons.
Fethard Festival date for your diary
This year’s Fethard Festival Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, June 17, and we again hope to have 'excellent weather' and a great day's entertainment, with the usual fun of the fair by the Town Wall park, with live music and lots of stalls!
The usual Fancy Dress Parade, sponsored by Fethard & Killusty Community Council will also take place with lots of prizes on offer. Now is the time to put your creative minds to work and organise some festive floats to add to the occasion. Voluntary help is also very welcome and if you wish to get involved please contact the Community Office (052) 6131000 and leave your name and number.
Fethard Bridge Club President’s Prize Winners
Fethard Bridge Club President, Mary Tierney (centre), presenting the President’s Prize to winners Monica Anglim (left) and Betty Walsh.
At our President’s Prize dinner held in Slievenamon Golf Club on Sunday, May 13, the following prizes were presented: President’s Prize winners were Betty Walsh and Monica Anglim; the winners of the Committee Prize were Tony Hanrahan and Keith Woodlock.
The winners of the Club Championship for the Hayes Trophy were Berney Myles and Alice Quinn. 1st Gross, Nell Broderick and Anna Cooke; 2nd Gross, Kay St. John and Rita Kane; 3rd Gross, Tony Hanrahan and Keith Woodlock. 1st Nett (tie) Nora Ryan and Gabrielle Schofield tied with Eileen Ryan and Jim Lahert; 3rd Nett, Kathleen Maher and Catherine Croke.
Fethard Bridge Club President, Mary Tierney (centre), presenting the Club Championship Hayes Trophy to winners Berney Myles (left) and Alice Quinn (right).
The winner of the ‘Player of the Year’ for the O’Flynn Trophy was Rita Kane. 1st Gross was a tie between Betty Walsh and Carmel Condon, 3rd Gross, Alice Quinn; 1st Nett was a tie between Eileen Ryan and Kay St. John, and 3rd Nett, Tony Hanrahan.
Fethard Bridge Club President, Mary Tierney, presenting the O’Flynn Trophy for ‘Player of the Year’ to Rita Kane (right).
Individual Championship for the Dick Gorey Perpetual Trophy was won by Rita Kane and the Kevin O’Dwyer Memorial Trophy was won by Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny.
Noel O’Dwyer (left) presenting the Fethard Bridge Club’s annual Kevin O’Dwyer Memorial Trophy to winners Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny.
‘Walls of Fethard’ four-mile race and fun run
Fethard Athletic Club will host their annual ‘Walls of Fethard’ four-mile race and fun run, on Thursday, May 24, at 8pm. Registration will take place from 6.45pm at the Convent Community Hall, Lower Main Street, Fethard.
Thanks for your ‘Coffee Morning’ support for Alzheimer's
A big thank you to all those people who supported the recent Coffee Morning to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland, especially those who baked cakes and buns, those who helped serve the teas and coffees, local people who donated raffle prizes and in particular those who came along and got involved in the event by enjoying the refreshments.
The Fethard Horse Country Experience proved to be a great venue and were most helpful. Over €800 was raised on the day and the money will be donated to the local Alzheimer's group in Clonmel, which provides a day centre for people with Alzheimer's and Dementia. We look forward to holding a similar event next year.
Community Games – County U14 Football Champions
Community Games County Champions 2018 – Fethard Killusty U14 girls football team. Holding banner are Aisling Moloney (Tipperary Ladies Football), and Micheál Maher (Games Director). Team Back L to R: Lucy Kenny, Kaycie Ahearne, Lily O'Mahony, Grainne Murray (captain) Jessica Moloney (goalie), Ciara O'Meara, Heather Spillane, Katie Wyse. Front L to R: Emily Spillane, Isobel Maher (vice-captain), Kelly Ryan, Nicole Delaney, Aine Connolly, Mary Ann Fitzgerald and Clodagh Foley.
Congratulations to Fethard Killusty U14 girls football team on a super performance against Boherlahan Dualla to become Community Games County Champions 2018.
The girls are now awaiting the draw for the Munster Finals. Preliminary games will be played on Saturday, June 30, with main finals on Saturday, July 7, all in University Limerick. I would definitely see this talented team with a favourites chance here. Many of the players have come through ranks beginning at U10 mixed level and also part of the team that played in National Finals in Athlone. We wish them the very best of luck.
Fethard Killusty U12 Girls football team who were silver medal winners in the Community Games County Final. Back L to R: Gillian O'Brien (Tipperary Ladies Football), Isobel Herbert, Freya Byrne, Grace Coen, Emmaleigh Cuddihy, Lucy Brett, Kiera Daniels, Aoife Harrington, Ailise Fitzgerald, Samantha Lambert (Captain Tipperary Ladies Football Team). Front L to R: Sarah Moore, Rebekah Cuddihy, Zoe Prout, Lucy Kenny, Emily Spillane and Meah Cuddihy.
Fethard U11 Community Games Hurling team. Back L to R: Alec Knightly, Sam Coen, Kelvin Ryan, Troy Delaney, Lee Delaney, Daniel Barry, Zach Smith. Front L to R: Criostoir Sheehy, Micheál O’Rahilly, Gavin Neville (captain), Noah O’Flynn, T.J. Keane and Rory O’Mahoney.
Huge thank you to Micheál and Sandra Spillane, Ed Collum and their team for their dedication and help to community games over the years. It was great to welcome Samantha Lambert (captain), Aisling Moloney and Gillian O'Brien, members of Tipperary Senior football team to present the medals. Also fitting is that Gillian's mum Norma (formerly Norma Hanrahan), is from Fethard. Aisling, a former community games competitor with Cahir, won gold medals at the National Finals and recalled memories of those times.
Aisling Moloney (Tipperary Ladies Football) photographed with captains Isobel Maher and Grainne Murray proudly displaying the County Shield.
The girls U12 team and the U11 hurling team all played well even though the scores eluded them but they can be proud of their achievements on reaching a county final. Thank you to the team managers, John Lacy, Jimmy Smith, Donie Barry, Ollie Woodlock, T.J. Keane and all volunteers who assisted in any way during the year.
Aisling Moloney (Tipperary Ladies Football Team) photographed with Aine Connolly, Emaleigh Cuddihy and Kaycie Ahearn
Date for local athletics will be announced shortly
Day Care Centre AGM
The AGM of the Fethard & District Day Care Centre will be held on Thursday, May 24, at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard. All are welcome.
An unusual find at Watergate
A story published in the 2007 edition of the Fethard & Killusty Emigrant’s Newsletter entitled, ‘An unusual find at Watergate!’, has been finally explained 11 years later by Catherine Gilbert, from Columbia, Connecticut, USA, after discovering the story on the internet and contacting us here in Fethard.
Original Article published in 2007
Sean O’Brien, originally from Killenaule and now living in Portlaw, relates this interesting story that happened while showing a U.S. lady around Killenaule-Moyglass parish. The lady, Sue Connolly-Watt, from Andover, Massachusetts, was seeking information on her ancestors in the parish from the Famine era. In the process, Sean brought her to Fethard and showed her around the town walls and then stopped to view the Sheila-na-Gig at Watergate.
While there and taking photographs, Sean drew the attention of his visitor to a tall narrow opening in the corner of the wall (maybe for archers?). The lady noticed a small packet within the opening, and on pulling it out saw a piece of tightly rolled paper tied securely with sewing thread! On opening it, much to their surprise, they saw that it was a photograph of a group of people and bore a description in fine handwriting about those in the picture who were members of a family named 'Eager'.
On the back of the photograph above the following was written: “John, James Jnr, Marjorie, Nora, Helen, Nana & Pop Pop, Dottie, Grace, Katherine and Robert. This is a family portrait of the Eager family from Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. Their two nieces have been travelling Ireland as a pilgrimage to remember this lovely, kind, generous family, all of whom in this picture have passed on. Please embrace them in your thoughts, prayers and memory as brothers and sisters of this motherland. Pray for their wonderful spirits — they live in our hearts with the same spirit. Thank You.”
Eleven Years later – Reply and Explanation
“Hello, I hope that I have made contact with the correct party. In 2007 there was a short article on the internet about a family picture that was rolled up and placed in a town wall in Fethard at the Shelia na Gig at Watergate. I believe that someone from Massachusetts (USA) found this photo rolled up and placed in the small opening in the wall. My sister happened to notice your article and family picture while browsing the internet. Much to her shock and surprise she recognized a very familiar photo of her aunts, uncles and grandparents. What a surprise to see that someone had actually found this placed in the wall in Fethard.
The year 2007 was the year the last family member of our mother’s family died and an opportunity to make a trip to Ireland opened up to us that same year. Having cleaned out many of their precious boxes of rosary beads, medals and religious cards we decided to take the journey to Ireland and drop off each of these precious articles collected over the years. We chose many sacred sights to leave these small treasures. How delighted we were to roll the photo and place it in Fethard Town Wall beside the Sheela-na-gig. We had read that ‘Sheela’ was the crux point on the edge of life and death, between death and rebirth and that she guards the gateway to the sacred. We thought for sure it was the best place to put our ancestral photo!
What a delight and surprise to see it published on the internet. We were also delighted to see that the woman who found the photo was visiting from Massachusetts – the same state we all were residents. Thank you for sharing it with your readers and letting them know how loved and cherished Ireland was to each of them. I wish you well and thank you for caring about the funny little treasure in the wall. "
— Sincerely, Catherine Gilbert, Columbia, Connecticut, USA.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on May 9, were: 2, 6, 7 and 17. There was no jackpot winner and four ‘Match Three’ winners who received €40 each: Mary Nyland, Cahir; Brendan Kenny, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Emily Ryan, Moyglass; and Teresa Fenlon, c/o Mary Sayers.
The following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Yvonne Lawlor, Killenaule; and Kathleen & Bernard, c/o Lonergan's
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, May 16. 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, May 11, were: 2, 10, 20 and 27. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘match three’ winners who received €75 each: John Pollard, Rocklow Road; and Anna Prendergast, St Rita’s Camogie Club.
The next draw takes place on Friday, May 18, in Burke’s Bar at 7.30pm, 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 Community Playgroup Open Night for Parents Fethard Community Playgroup will hold an Open Night for parents on Monday, May 21, from 7pm to 8pm. If your child will be attending our playgroup next year and have not yet filled in an enrolment form, this is an opportunity for you to do so. Please bring child’s vaccination dates and Personal Public Service (PPS) number on the night. Please note that forms will not be excepted after June as we are closed for the summer break.
Children from Fethard Community Playgroup photographed with their childcare workers on a recent visit to Patrician Presentation Secondary School where they got to see many different classrooms such as the woodwork room, science room, home economics room, art room and computer room. They also met siblings, past pupils, cousins and lots of familiar faces. The children really enjoyed their trip and sent a huge thank you to the school for being so welcoming and making it such a fun learning experience
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
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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