Abymill Theatre is celebrating its 30th Anniversary year of staging local Drama, Art, Music and a variety of other productions, both local and national, here in Fethard.
To mark the occasion, we invite all involved over the years, or who helped in any way to make our dream come true, to join us for a social gathering in McCarthys, Fethard, on Thursday, May 31, from 8pm onwards.
The death has occurred on Friday, May 25, 2018, of Michael Purcell, Grove Road, Fethard. Michael, deeply regretted by his brother Jimmy, sister Mary, niece Kathleen, nephews David and James, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing in McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard on Tuesday, May 29, from 5.30pm with removal to Holy Trinity Parish, Fethard, at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Area Community Games Athletics & Cycling on Grass
The death has occurred on Friday, May 25, 2018, of Catherine 'Kitty' Delany (née Wall), Parsons Hill, Fethard, E91 CY94. Kitty, wife of the late John Heffernan Delany, is sadly missed by her loving family; Marguerite (Inistigue), John (Fethard), Tom (Australia), Helen (Australia), Noel (Fethard), Catherine (UK) and Paula (UK), sisters Joan (O'Donnell), Phyllis (Slattery), sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchild, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and her large circle of friends. May she rest in Peace.
Reposing at her residence this Sunday, May 27, from 3pm with removal at 7pm to the Augustinian Abbey, Fethard. Requiem Mass on Monday at 11am followed by funeral immediately afterwards to Calvary Cemetery, Fethard.
Happy '100th Birthday' Nellie
Nellie Purcell, Congress Terrace, Fethard, photographed on Monday last doing a bit of gardening while also looking forward to celebrating her 100th Birthday on Thursday, May 24. Nellie wasn’t too impressed with Tipp’s performance in the hurling championship game against Limerick last Sunday and is hoping for better days to come.
Nellie Purcell captured while celebrating her 100th Birthday in Raheen House, Clonmel, on Thursday, May 24, having a dance with her nephew-in-law Michael Shine, Congress Terrace.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday night, May 27, to the very popular music of ‘Peter Burke’. 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.
Getting ready for this year’s Fethard Festival Family Fun Day on Sunday June 17 ?
This year’s Fethard Festival ‘Family Fun Day’ takes place on Sunday, June 17, from 2 to 5pm, by the medieval town wall.
This year’s Fethard Festival Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, June 17, with the usual fun of the fair by the Town Wall park, with live music and lots of stalls! Other events over the weekend will include a Treasure Trail on Saturday, June 16, and the Annual Duck Race (660 Ducks) on the river Clashawley.
On Sunday, June 17, we’ll have the usual Burger and Ice Cream stalls (free to children attending local primary schools), Hurdy Gurdys, GAA Blitz, Rugby Blitz, Various Stalls, Vintage Tractors Parade, Beanna Cluain Meala, Dog Show, Macra na Feirme and lots more. We will also hold Monster Hamper Festival Draw sponsored by local business people. Further Festival details to follow.
The usual Fancy Dress Parade, sponsored by Fethard & Killusty Community Council will 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.
Bicentenary of Holy Trinity Parish Church
Holy Trinity Parish Church 1953 – photographed after the May Procession and listening to a sermon by Canon Ryan. Included are the 'Children of Mary' and altar boys from Parish on the left and altar boys from the Augustinian Abbey on the right hand side.
To mark the beginning of the bicentenary of our Holy Trinity Parish Church on the Feast of the Holy Trinity, May 27, Mary Hanrahan, chairperson of Fethard Historical Society will speak at our Masses on that weekend.
To help celebrate this special year there will be a general parish meeting on Tuesday June 5, at 7.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, to which all organisations and groups in the parish are invited to attend.
Fethard Choral Society perform in New Ross
Fethard Choral Society pictured outside St. Mary & St. Michael’s Church, New Ross, where they competed in the annual A.I.M.S. Choral Festival.
Fethard Choral Society travelled to St. Mary & St. Michael’s Church, New Ross, on on Sunday last, May 20, where they participated in the A.I.M.S. Choral Festival.
The choir competed in two categories: ‘Light Touch’ and ‘Music From a Disney Film’. This is the fifth year the choir has travelled to New Ross for the festival. It is always an enjoyable day and a great opportunity to hear choirs from all over Ireland competing in different categories.
The death has occurred on May 23, 2018, of Paddy Tierney, Gardiner`s Hill, Cork City and formerly Fethard, unexpectedly but peacefully at home. Paddy (late of T & A Building Supplies) dearly loved husband of Joan (nee McSweeney) loving father of Regina, Áine and Susan and dear brother of Áine and the late Rita. Sadly missed by his loving wife, family, sons-in-law Michael, John and John, grandchildren Cliona, Emmet, Jane, David and Richard, relatives and friends.
Lying in repose at the Coburg Street, Funeral Home of Jerh. O’Connor Ltd. Removal on Friday evening at 7.30pm to St. Joseph’s Church, Mayfield. Requiem Mass at 12 noon Saturday. Funeral afterwards to St. James’ Cemetery, Chetwynd. Family flowers only, donations, if desired, to Friends of St. Anthony, Sisters of the Apostles, Ardfoyle Cork. House private, please. “May he rest in peace”
Free check-up and advice mobile unit in Fethard
The Marie Keating Foundation will bring their mobile information unit to Main Street, Fethard, on Wednesday, May 30, from 11am to 3pm. The mobile unit will be parked outside O’Sullivans Pharmacy on Main Street and will offer their free confidential check up service to everyone. Their Foundation’s current campaign is highlighting that 4 in 10 cancers can be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes.
Please make use of this fantastic service to help you make a change for the better. If you are worried about any skin discoloration or mole, please call to the nurse and she will check and advise you free of charge.
‘Walls of Fethard’ 6K Fun Run this Thursday
Helen Carrigan, Clonacody House, Fethard, a loyal ongoing supporter of Fethard Athletic Club, proud to promote this Thursday’s ‘Walls of Fethard’ 6K Fun Run on this Thursday, May 24, starting at 8pm.
Fethard Athletic Club will host their annual ‘Walls of Fethard’ four-mile race and fun run, will take place on this Thursday, May 24, at 8pm. Registration will take place from 6.45pm at the Convent Community Hall, Lower Main Street, Fethard.
This annual event, now running in Fethard for at least seventeen years when, back on August 10, 2001, the race headquarters was the ICA Hall; over 60 athletes entered with the following winners; Senior Men 1st: Michael. Hassett (St. Catherine’s AC); Senior Women 1st: C. Walsh (West Waterford); Local Man 1st: F. Quirke; Local Woman; 1st: L. Rice.
Today the ‘Walls of Fethard’ 6K fun run attracts entries from all over the country and county, and we look forward to very favourable weather this coming Thursday for all to come along and take part in this enjoyable event. Registration will take place from 6.45pm at the Convent Community Hall, Lower Main Street, Fethard
Students enjoy trip to the Wild Atlantic Way
Transition Year students from Patrician Presentation Secondary enjoyed a three-day visit last week to the Delphi Outdoor Pursuit Centre near the Killary Fjord in Co. Mayo. The group of 18 pupils were accompanied by teachers Ms Y. Murphy and Ms M.A. Fogarty. While in Delphi, the group took part in many activities ranging from canoeing to adventure walks where the pupils enjoyed the spectacular Delphi Valley and the beaches in the area. The pupils worked in teams to help them become confident leaders and better team players. The trip also aimed to encourage the pupils to discover an inner courage and a sense of adventure. This introduction to this part of Ireland was appreciated by all the students and we hope that it built new friendships and nurtured confidence in the group.
Munster Ladies Football Title for Patrician Presentation
Congratulations to the Patrician Presentation Secondary School Ladies Junior Football team on their great win over Boherbue, Co. Cork, in Kildorrery on Friday last. The ladies won the Munster Junior D Plate with a score of 9-7 to Boherbue’s 4-6.
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School Ladies Junior Football team that won the Munster Junior D Plate by beating Boherbue, Co. Cork, on a scoreline of 9-7 to 4-6.
The following girls were part of the team: Caoimhe O’Meara, Carrie Davey, Leah Coen, Gráinne Murray, Michelle Cronin, Laura Kiely, Heather Spillane, Kelly Ryan, Lucy Spillane, Maggie Fitzgerald, Alison Connolly, Ciara O’Meara, Nell Spillane, Emma Lyons and Chyanne McDonald. Substitutes: Samantha Buckley, Lauran Needham, Ella-Mai Hackett, Sadhbh Morrissey, Abby McGrath, Aoife Allen, Sophia O’Brien, Anna Cummins, Jessica Moloney and Éabha Ryan. Well done also to the team management of teachers: Mr Cummins, Ms Murphy and parent, Micheál Spillane.
Fethard Bridge Club officers elected at AGM
At the AGM of Fethard Bridge Club held on Wednesday, May 16, the following officers and committee were elected; Noel O’Dwyer (president), Margaret Slattery (vice-president); Carmel Condon (secretary), Betty Walsh (treasurer), Bill O’Sullivan (assistant treasurer), Brendan Kenny (public relations officer), Gemma Burke (partner facilitator). The following tournament directors were elected: Frances Burke, Gemma Burke, Tony Hanrahan, Alice Quinn and Betty Walsh; and committee members: Mary Tierney and Keith Woodlock
Bridge is now finished for the summer and will resume on September 12. For anyone interested, summer bridge continues in other clubs in the area.
Coolmoyne & Moyglass Vintage Club Silage Extravaganza
Some of the large attendance at a previous Silage Extravaganza (2015). This year’s event takes palce on Sunday, July 29, 2018.
This year's Silage Extravaganza, taking place in Moyglass on Sunday, July 29, promises to be the largest working event in Ireland for 2018. We have already received entries from all over Ireland and the 'County Sea Horse' will make its first visit to Ireland. It is a unique opportunity to see the greatest gathering of rare vintage machinery working on one site. The location is the same as 2015 (Nr M8 Jnt 8).
There will be something for all the family with live music, one of Ireland’s best known entertainers, T. R. Dallas, will be the main attraction for music followers, Sabrina Fallon and local traditional musicians and platform dancing will add to the atmosphere, childrens entertainment, trade stands, dog show and numerous other side shows.
There will be ample food and ice cream stands etc to cater for the anticipated huge crowd. The charity to benefit will again be South Tipperary Hospice and we all know the important role that they play in our community.
This event is run on a voluntary basis and shows what a community can do to help others and bring a national event to a small country village. Admission €10, Children Under 12 Free. So make a note in your diary and be part of what promises to be one of the biggest events of 2018. If you would like to enter machinery please contact: Seamus 086-2547162, Pat 086-8535759 and if would like to book a trade stand please contact Seamus 086-2547162 or Joe Trehy 086-2506603. Large machine stands can be booked with Charles 085-7820234 or Adrian 087-9883185.
All Ireland Mini Rugby Festival at the Aviva
Fethard U12 Girls Rugby team, Munster representatives, photographed at the Aviva All-Ireland Mini Rugby Festival with Irish Rugby Player Fergus McFadden. Back L to R: Zoë Prout, Katie Clancy, Amy Costin, Millie O’Halloran, Jamie Ferncombe, Ciara Donald Besso. Front L to R: Aoife Bryne, Verona Madigan, Emmaleigh Cuddihy, Aine Connolly, Alice Sheehan-Walsh and Lily Murphy.
Fethard U12 Girls had the most amazing time last Saturday, at the Aviva All Ireland Mini Rugby Festival. It was a huge honour for our players and Club to be chosen from Munster as representatives at last Saturday’s exciting Aviva All Ireland Mini Rugby Festival held in the Aviva Stadium. Our girls played four wonderful games against teams from Leinster, Ulster and Connaught along with The Kerry Girls. The festival was so well organised and the atmosphere was electric. The day also involved a tour of the stadium which was an incredible experience.
Special mention to our joint captains, Verona Madigan, at out half who was one of our top try scorers with excellent speed and great tackler in all the games; and Katie Clancy Quirke, who got stuck in throughout and stepped up to lead. Lily Murphy yet again was superb at scrum half, and the break down and continued to sweep up loose balls. Ciara Donald Besso was extremely strong in the line outs. Millie O’Halloran took plenty of balls on to make ground and worked well with Jamie Ferncombe whose tenacity resulted in a number of tries scored by herself and set up for team mates.
Alice Sheehan Walsh was dynamite in tight spots off-loading with quick hands. Improving Amy Costin was strong throughout with good tackling. A strong and consistent performance by Zoë Prout, as always in defence, kept the opposition at bay, by strong tackling with great ball turnovers on all four games. Speedy winger Aoife Byrne was super with the ball out wide to great effect. In the Center, Áine Connolly was a huge asset and not only scored lots of tries but showed tremendous speed and worked well with tough tackler Emmaleigh Cuddihy who was consistently supporting her team mates to revive the offloads. The girls were a credit to their club and their families and should be commended on their progression this season.
We would like to thank Aviva, the IRFU and Munster Women’s Rugby who have supported this wonderful festival. Furthermore, thank you to Gus Wallace Travel for all the first-class service this season for our outings around Munster and further afield.
Watch this space for our ‘Girls Awards Night’ – date to be announced!
Please support and help out at the Fethard Festival BBQ on a Sunday, June 17. Please contact Polly on 086 3394959 if available to offer your assistance on the day.
We have been chosen to run a girls ‘Give It A Try’ Programme this summer for the IRFU, which will commence in two weeks. If you are interested please contact Polly on 086 3394959. This programme is run by the Irish & Munster Women's Rugby committee for Girls U10s up to U16s, to have great fun ahead of the season which starts in September. In July we host a Fethard RFC Youth Tag Rugby Tournament for both young girls and boys and also an adult tournament. More details to follow.
This Friday, May 25, is 'Voting Day'
Whatever way you decide to vote this week . .
. the most important fact is that you do take the opportunity to vote 'Yes' or 'No' as you choose, and make your vote count in this life-changing referendum to approve a Bill seeking to repeal the Eighth Amendment.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on May 16, were: 4, 6, 15 and 18. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: Denis O'Meara, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; and Rose-Ann Carroll, Lonergan's Bar, Fethard.
The following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Dick O'Brien, Chapel Lane, Fethard; Carmel Murphy, Crampscastle, Fethard; and B. Tobin, c/o Kathleen Connolly.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, May 23. 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 18, were: 2, 14, 18 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘match three’ winners who received €75 each: Patsy Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; and Tom Fitzgerald, Ballingarry.
The next draw takes place on Friday, May 25, 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.
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.
Christy and Margaret Mullins photographed at Fethard Folk Park and Museum in October 1983, the same year it opened.
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.
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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