Monday, July 9, 2018
Clonacody ‘Musical Picnic' this coming weekend
On Saturday evening at 8pm, we have a 'Moonlight Serenade' with Derek Ryan and Ryan Morgan. On Sunday afternoon from 2pm who can relax and enjoy Pat Marnane and Fran Garry, along with Limerick piper Matt Bashford. On Sunday Night, commencing at 7.30pm, we are proud to present the 'Clonacody Proms', performing the very best from the repertoire of Rodgers and Hammerstein staring ‘The Two & A Half Tenors’ with special guests Deirdre Ryan and Sarah-Ellen Murphy. Proceeds are in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA).
Weekend tickets cost €30 each; Sunday afternoon is a special rate of €20 for a family ticket. Individual concert tickets cost €20. For further information or tickets contact Tel: 087 2491228 or 087 1689167.
Bring a picnic, bring a chair, bring the family – all welcome. Full bar and food service available with children’s bouncy castles, face painting and lots more.
A small but dignified group of parishioners and relatives attended the ceremony, that took place in the shade of many of the mature trees on site and in the welcome cool of that very hot evening. It was a very pleasant and peace-full setting for such a dignified ceremony and was greatly appreciated by all who were present.
The graveyard is under the care of the Fethard Rural Graveyards committee who were present on the night, along with local volunteers, Christy Williams and Joe Lee. TÚS community work scheme, also supply a worker to the committee and, with the welcome addition of financial aid from Tipperary County Council, the graveyard is maintained and kept clean and accessible for the public and relatives to visit and pay their respects.
The committee also look after three other local graveyards in the area, Rathcoole, Red City, and Tullamaine. Grass-cutting and general maintenance is ongoing at present and the contribution of our TÚS worker is greatly appreciated by the committee, as are all those who volunteer their time in caring for these historic graveyards.
Throughout the coming years, it is hoped that similar Masses will be said in each of the graveyards under the care of the committee.
Larry will be deeply missed by his many friends in Fethard and Cahir and family in England. May he rest in Peace.
Funeral service at 11am in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard, on Monday, July 16, followed by private cremation.
Articles invited for Annual Emigrant's Newsletter 2018
Help is always needed gathering articles and photographs, indeed, one of the most time-consuming chores is trying to put captions to the photographs with correct names. Other ways people can help is interviewing, writing articles, typing or inviting others to write articles in good time for publication.
The first issue of the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants' Newsletter was published by the Legion of Mary in December 1959 and is dated 'Christmas 1960'. On checking the dates of the events and deaths featured in the newsletter we discovered that they all happened in 1959 so we concluded that the Newsletter was published in December 1959 and posted in January 1960. This 'first newsletter' was discovered in a drawer by Pat Shine, formerly from Crampscastle and now living in London. Today, over fifty years later, the newsletter has grown into a full colour 200-page production and is still posted free of charge to all our emigrants living throughout the world.
Celebrating twenty years teaching piano
This year’s exams were held in Fethard which have become an annual event for the students attending over the past years. With a large number of examinees, the 2018 exams were held during the last week of May. After an anxious wait for results the dedication and hard work paid dividend for the students, with honours and first class honours obtained, including eight medals awarded to students of various levels.
The following list includes students awarded with medals from the Leinster School of Music based at Griffith College Dublin: James Clooney, Gavin Neville, Jack Hennessy, Micheal O’Rahilly, Jenna Hayes, Yasmin Woodlock, Mark O’Meara and Joe Traynor.
Stuart would like to say a big thank you to students and parents past and present for their support over the twenty years of teaching with a warm welcome to returning students in September 2018 as well as the new group of beginners starting lessons for this upcoming academic year. For information and enquiries please feel free to call Stuart or Maura Clooney, Cashel Road, Fethard 087 9540234 or (052) 6132567.
Sports Achievement Nominations for June
The winner will be announced at a special presentation function held on Friday night next, July 6, at Butlers Bar. All are welcome
Cemetery Mass at Calvary on Tuesday, July 17
Support for local critically ill children
Pilgrimage to Holy Year Cross
The Holy Year Cross was erected by the people of the parish to commemorate the Marian Year and was blessed by the late Rev. Patrick O’Donnell, Archbishop of Brisbane, Australia, on August 15, 1950. The cross was originally made of wood and was illuminated both on Christmas night and Easter time using a lamp powered by wet batteries. By 1974 the wood of the Holy Year Cross had to be replaced by a concrete structure.
Toddlers Summer Party
Fethard Juvenile GAA Cúl Camp
Games include Hurling, Football, Camogie, Ladies Football and Rounders and early booking is advisable as only those registered online can be guaranteed their gear to arrive on time.
Church Gate Collection
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Killusty Pony Show this Saturday, July 7
The first show held in 1962
Mrs de Sales La Terriere (1889–1968)
As Joan Grubb, she first came to public attention by abandoning the convention of riding side-saddle, as was expected of women. She was the first woman to ride astride at the Olympia London International Horse Show, where her 'gentleman's' style of riding caused controversy, she persisted in doing so at other international competitions. Her riding career was cut short at the outbreak of World War One. After the war she married Lieut. Col. F.J.B. de Sales La Terriere, and had two children, Tadhg and Rory.
Mrs la Terrier’s grave and that of her mother, Mrs Grubb, are in the grounds of Kiltinan overlooking the Castle. Inscriptions read: Alice Hannah Grubb, died, August 29, 1955. Joan Mary de Sales la Terrier, died, February 3, 1968, aged 78 years.
Visiting Fethard Relatives
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Michael Flanagan, c/o Tom Purcell; Johanna Bradshaw, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard; and Friendship Club, Barrack Street, Fethard. Total prizemoney paid out this week was €300.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, July 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 next draw takes place on Friday, July 6, 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.
Midsummer Ramble to Red City
On arrival at the cemetery, Mary Hanrahan, Chairperson, Fethard Historical Society, gave a brief history of the site. It was first called Killmalogue, the church of St. Millogue, an ancient Gaelic monastic site. She explained that the name ‘Red City’, which came later, is actually a mistranslation of the original Gaelic ‘Cathair Dhearg’. In modern usage ‘cathair’ means ‘city’ but long ago it actually designated a circular or round fort built and ‘dearg’ referred to the red sandstone from which it was built. When the Normans came to this area sometime after 1185 the fort was still standing. They took over the native Irish site, kept the place name, created a manor and built the Red City parish church, the ruins of which still remains.
One of the main features of the Red City site is that the Church is located at one side of the road and the graveyard, instead of being beside the church as usual, is on the other side of the road. Local legend tells us that it came about as follows: Moll Dunlea, one of the principal witnesses in the trial of Fr. Nicholas Sheehy in 1766, gave false testimony against him as a result of which he was hanged in Clonmel. Moll was reputedly an unsavoury character and having ‘sworn on’ the priest she came to a bad end. Sometime after the death of Fr. Sheehy, Moll was drunk, fell down into a cellar, died and was buried in Red City cemetery. The morning after her interment, the locals woke to find that during the night the cemetery had moved across the road leaving Moll’s grave in isolation beside the church. Terry Cunningham then briefly recounted the story of Fr. Sheehy who was reputedly born in the neighbouring townland of Barrettstown.
Local folklore also says that a large black dog haunts the road at this site at midnight. There was also a large rock known as the Rock of Red City which was supposed to be connected to the Abbey church in Fethard by a tunnel. This rock was also used as a Mass rock during Penal times.
Canon Barbara Fryday brought along a rare ecclesiastical history published in 1905 from which she shared details that gave a most interesting insight into the parochial life of Red City in the 19th and early 20th century.
Gerry Long and Seamus Barry, who are part of the small but very active Cemetery Group who undertake the maintenance of the local graveyards, were also present. Gerry spoke about their latest initiative which is to provide information about the graveyards by means of a QR code that can be read by using an app on a smartphone. The QR code can simply be placed in a suitable location, no major maintenance is required and visitors to the sites can easily access the information. Having developed the QR code the next stage of the project is to gather the information: historical facts, stories, local folklore etc. Gerry is looking for information relating to the graveyards at Red City, Tullamaine, Rathcoole and Kilmaclugh and he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mention was also made of the Irish customs relating to midsummer, dating back to pre-Christian times, which centred on St. John’s Eve, June 23. Communities came together to light large bonfires; torches lit from the bonfire were used to invoke a blessing on people, livestock and land to ensure a good harvest. If someone had just built a house, it was the custom to take embers from the bonfire to kindle the first fire on the hearth of the new building.
The evening rounded off with a most welcome mini-picnic before the group made their leisurely way back along the one-mile scenic road to Fethard.
Augustinian pilgrimage to Knock
World Meeting of Families
Free Tickets for Croke Park, Festival of Families on Saturday evening, August 25 will become available for a family from each parish through the Diocesan Office at a later date.
Tickets for the Pastoral Congress on Wednesday, August 22 & Thursday, August 23, only are still available for purchase online.
Native American to lead Famine 1848 Walk, July 28 at 3pm
Fethard & Killusty Community Council AGM
Fethard Faces and Places from the Past
Fethard Festival Fancy Dress Parade August 21, 1988, assorted photographs taken during the 'Street Festival' and judging at St. Patrick's Place – 30 Years Ago
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