Monday, July 23, 2018
Fethard Ballroom – continuing the work of improving facilities at popular venue
In 1972, Wexford business man Danny Doyle purchased the hall, renamed it as ‘The Country Club’, and added Fethard to his list of fourteen other hugely successful dance halls run by him in Ireland at that time. As the golden ballroom dancing years ebbed, Danny Doyle closed the Fethard ballroom in 1988 and put it up for sale. The ballroom was left derelict for some years before community action ensured it would survive as one of the few remaining ‘Ballrooms of Romance’ left in Ireland. In 1992, after much haggling, the Ballroom was purchased by Fethard & Killusty Community Council and, with a tremendous community effort, was re-opened as a community facility on March 17, 1993.
Today, twenty-five years later, the Ballroom has continued to flourish as a fantastic venue for social dancing. It is still run by a changing but dedicated group of community volunteers that maintain this hugely beneficial community asset used continuously for a variety of functions.
Every Sunday night, social dancing attracts visitors from all over the South-East to come along and dance on the spacious dance floor and listen to some of the ever-popular dance bands from far and near. As the love of country music and social dancing continues to grow, the committee have responded with refurbishing the hall to the highest standards while retaining a friendly and social environment that ‘romance’ at all ages can flourish.
On Sunday last, Holy Cross had almost 9,000 dancing in the rain to country music, back in Fethard Ballroom, dancing also continued on Sunday night, without the rain, to the wonderful music provided by ‘Muriel O’Connor and Fran Curry’. At the usual tea and refreshment social break between dancing at 10.30pm, the ever-working committee officially opened their new fully-equipped wheelchair toilet.
Congratulations to all involved and to a fantastic facility that has stood the test-of-time through generations of dancers and lovers of all ages.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
St. Patrick’s Place Reunion Meeting
Meetings will continue to be held on the last Tuesday of each month where you can come along and share your ideas and join our steering committee that will organise the event for later this year. For further details contact Joe Ryan at Tel: 086 6036995.
Fethard do well at Community Games Munster Finals
Congratulations to competitors from Fethard & Killusty Area who did so well at the Aldi Community Games Munster Finals in University of Limerick on Saturday, July 7.
Fethard & Killusty U14 girls football team were super, having a runaway victory over Waterford in their semifinal and facing formidable opponents from Cork in the final. But the Tipp girls took no chances, they defended well in the first quarter, availed of all opportunities that came their way and showed they were a force to be reckoned with at half time. They kept up the pressure in both phases of the second half with each girl playing their part to ensure victory. Their co-ordination, speed and ability to read the game proved their dedication to training was worthwhile. Final score was Tipperary 4-8, Cork 2-5.
Photographed on the right is Ciara O'Meara, Captain Fethard U14 Girls GAA team, as she proudly holds the Munster shield aloft following her team becoming Munster Champions in U.L. on July 7, 2018
These girls are a credit to their mentors Micheál ‘Hammer’ Spillane, his wife Sandra and Ed Collum whose commitment to the sport is endless. Community Games are very grateful for their support and lucky to have them. The side-line was full of Fethard supporters which added to the excitement of the occasion of becoming Munster champions.
The national final of U14 girls’ football will take place on Sunday, August 19, due to the National Programme being streamlined some events will take place all on one day.
Team members were: Emily Spillane, Isobel Maher, Kelly Ryan, Nicole Delaney, Aine Connolly, Mary Ann Fitzgerald, Clodagh Foley, Katie Wyse, Heather Spillane, Lucy Kenny, Kaycie Ahearne, Lily O'Mahony, Grainne Murray, Jessica Moloney (goalie), and Ciara O'Meara.
Earlier in the day the Area contested both U14 and U11 Tag Rugby semi-finals and again, each competitor played their heart out but were unable to hold the challenge of Clare teams one of whom held the title of national champion last year. It is a great achievement to represent one's county at a Munster final where the children will have benefited from the experience. Huge thank you to Polly Murphy, coach assisted by her daughter Lucy who provide so many opportunities for the children despite having so many other commitments.
The U14 Tag Rugby Team consisted of: Amy Costin, Paddy Ryan, Ciara Donald Besso, Jack Stokes, Zoe Prout, Aine Connolly. The U11 Tag Rugby Team members were Emmaleigh Cuddihy, Alec Knightly, Sam Knightly, Christopher Lee, Miley Morrissey, Richard Murphy, Thomas Murphy, Criostóir Sheehy and Cormac O'Donnell. Again, it was lovely to see all parents enjoying themselves in the sunshine on a memorable day for all involved.
Fethard Pedallers raise €5,000 for charity from ‘Pink Cycle’
This cycle was a phenomenal success and was very well supported by cycling clubs throughout the country and the Tipperary Sports Partnership. It was great opportunity for all to help raise funds these two very worthy charities in our community. The fantastic help from the hardworking Daycare Committee and helpers, who provided lovely refreshments on the day, was greatly appreciated.
‘Senior Day’ at Fethard Day Care Centre
Hospice Support Collection
Evening sun from Rocklow Road
Cutting Loose in Holycross
Silage Extravaganza 2018 – will go ahead despite grass shortage
Coolmoyne and Moyglass Vintage Club set out to run our second Silage Extravaganza for July 29, 2018, with two main ambitions, namely, community camaraderie, and to raise much needed funds for South Tipperary Hospice. After monitoring grass growth over several weeks we have reached a decision that adequate grass will not be available for a full proper working event this year, as our area had little or no rainfall since early May. As a result of these weather conditions and in fairness to exhibitors, we decided to give adequate notice that our event will still go ahead without the usual silage cutting.
Our main ambition still remains and we have rearranged events to compensate for the change. We will hold our tractor run on Saturday evening which will consist of road and farm driving and a barbecue, music and craic on return to Joe Trehy’s farm at Mobarnane. A marquee will be erected to cater for drivers and patrons.
We will also stage a vintage silage harvesting demonstration, a vintage hay making demonstration, and a harvest threshing, that will be part of our new list of events for Sunday, July 29 (see poster above). We have also discovered a rare round silage pit adjacent to us and the land-owner has kindly given permission to visit and view same. The silage for these pits would have been cut and drawn and compacted using horses. A most interesting discovery that had been overgrown for years.
All other events including record attempts for the most County Tractors and most MF 65 tractors will go ahead as advertised. We would be delighted if entrants still brought along their Vintage Silage harvesters for the static display. The County Sea Horse will make its first visit to Ireland and all makes of vintage trucks, cars, and bikes are most welcome.
T.R. Dallas, Sabrina Fallon and local artists will provide music and song. A platform for dancing will also be provided. A dog show will allow patrons to bring along their favourite pet. A full range of kids’ entertainment will be on site, including Bouncy Castles etc.
We are also in the process of producing a novelty calendar which will be very interesting. These calendars will be on sale on the day and will also be available after the event. The Gardai will also have a stand at the event with the possibility of the mounted unit and the Garda Command Vehicle being on site (depending on other demands).
Although we bow to ‘mother nature’, we are hoping that with these additions and your continued support we will have a mighty weekend that will bring enjoyment to both entrants and patrons.
– Matty Tynan (Chairman)
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.
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.
Augustinian pilgrimage to Knock
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Sarah Standbridge, Saucestown, Fethard; and Seamus Moloney, Cloneen. Total prizemoney paid out this week was €250.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, July 18. 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 20, 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.
Native American to lead Famine 1848 Walk, July 28 at 3pm
Fethard Faces and Places from the Past
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