Local motorbike enthusiasts photographed at the official opening of Ballynonty Garden of Remembrance on March 19, 2012, where many of their late friends will be remembered at Mass on Thursday, August 2, at 7pm.
Mass will be celebrated in The Garden of Remembrance, Ballynonty, on Thursday, August 2, at 7pm All are welcome to come along and remember our loved ones, friends and family members who tragically lost their lives on the country roads in our locality and those surrounding Slieveardagh.
St. Patrick’s Place Reunion Meeting on Tuesday, July 31
This old photograph from St. Patrick’s Place features the late Joe O'Dwyer holding a child on an ass in the plots at St. Patrick's Place. If you are interested in helping organise the St. Patrick’s Place Reunion, please come along to the next reunion meeting on Tuesday, July 31, 8.30pm in the Tirry Centre, Barrack Street. All are welcome.
The next meeting of the St. Patrick's Place Reunion 2018, will take place at Tirry Community Centre, on Tuesday, July 31 (last Tuesday of the Month), starting at 8.30pm. All interested are more than welcome to come along. Bring along your photos and stories also, as it is planned to publish a booklet in conjunction with the reunion. If you have any ideas or suggestions, from home or away, you can also email them to: email@example.com
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.
Out for a stroll by Fethard Town Wall
Esther McCormack, The Green, and her daughter Tishie taking a stroll by Fethard Town Wall during the recent spell of good weather.
'Plein Air' Afternoon on Monday next
All are welcome to come along to the Town Wall Park at the Valley, on Monday next, July 30, from 1.30pm, for an informal 'Plein Air' afternoon, meeting at the footbridge. Bring your brushes, paints, easel using any medium of your choice. Entry fee is €5 with a nice prize on offer. For further information Contact Marie 087 7539230.
Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint 'en plein air', which is the French expression for 'in the open air.'
The death has occurred on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, of Peggy Kennedy (née Toomey), Air Hill, Prior Park, Clonmel, and late of The Bungalow, Kickham Street, Clonmel, wife of the late Mattie Kennedy, peacefully in the loving care of the nurses and staff of Melview Nursing Home. Very deeply regretted by her loving daughter Sandra, sons Pat, Matt, Bill and John, daughters-in-law Honora and Liz, son-in-law Pat, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Denis, sisters Nora and Angela, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relative and friends. May Peggy Rest in Peace.
Reposing at her residence on Thursday, July 26, from 2pm with prayers at 8pm. Funeral arriving at SS Peter and Paul's Church on Friday at 12.45pm for Requiem Mass at 1pm. Burial immediately afterwards in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday night, July 29, to the very popular music of ‘Catriona’. 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.
Tipperary Barn Owl Nest Box Scheme
Pupils Hanna Sheehy and Ava Ward (right) holding a Barn Owl at a display of birds by falconer Willie Corcoran held at Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School, back some years ago in 2014
The Tipperary Branch of BirdWatch Ireland is looking for your records of Barn Owls. The branch received funding from the Heritage Council of Ireland to commence a nest box scheme for Barn Owls. The Barn Owl is an iconic bird of the Irish Countryside. Our Barn Owl population is estimated at approximately 300-400 breeding pairs. Tipperary is one of three counties which are considered the stronghold of this species. Unfortunately, with the demise of old barns and old trees with suitable cavities Barn Owls are struggling to find suitable nest sites. Our project is aiming to record as many sightings of Barn Owls in the county and to commence a nest box scheme for Barn Owls. If you have any Barn Owl sightings we would love to hear them. Alternatively, if you are in a position to host a Barn Owl box on your property we would like to hear from you too.
Visitors to Fethard
Lou Totonchi (née Kenrick), formerly from Burke Street, photographed while home on holiday with her husband Emil Totonchi (left), her brother Michael and wife Mary Kenrick (right). Emil and Lou now live in Glenview, Illinois, USA, with their extended family and are frequent visitors to Fethard.
Community Games Collection
Fethard & Killusty Community Games will hold their annual church gate collection on this coming weekend July 28 and 29. The games enjoyed great success during the year. Several competitors from the area competed at the county and Munster finals along with the All Ireland finals of the winter games.
As the season draws to a close we look forward returning to University Limerick on the weekend of August 18 and 19, where the under 14 girls football team will all proudly compete in the All Ireland Finals.
We wish the team members and athletes every success: Emily Spillane, Katie Wyse, Aoibheann Collum, Isobel Maher, Ciara O’Meara, Heather Spillane, Lily O’Mahony, Kaycie Ahearn, Grainne Murray, Lucy Kenny, Nicole Delaney, Mary Ann Fitzgerald, Kelly Ryan, Clodagh Foley, Aine Connolly along with Jake Feery, Killusty (cycling) and Sam Donovan, Byrnskill (athletics). But success comes with a price. Your support of the collection would be very much appreciated.
Two-day Hospice fundraiser in Moyglass this weekend
L to R: Charles McCarthy and Tom Kelly checking the oats for this year’s two-day event next weekend, Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, at Moyglass.
This year’s two-day fundraiser for Hospice, organised by Coolmoyne and Moyglass Vintage Club, will kick-off with a tractor run at 6pm on Saturday, July 28. This event will be a road and farm run and will leave Joe Trehy’s farm, Mobarnane, at 6pm and travel via O’Dea’s Cross, Knockbrett, to Liam O’Connor’s farm for approx 2km and emerge at Joe Gleeson’s to travel via Farranaleen Cross, Moyglass, Hunt’s Cross, Silverfort Cross and back by Mobarnane to Joe’s farm. We ask all our participants to please come in time and be registered and ready to go by 6pm.
On return there will be a Barbecue followed by music by Ciara Tillyer and a live band with a disco to follow. This is a Barn Dance and will also have a platform for dancing. Wrist bands for this event will also gain entry to Sunday’s event.
Photographed at the 2015 Silage Extravaganza in Moyglass are L to R: Hugo Browne, Gerry Long and Majella Walsh
Unfortunately, due to the recent drought conditions, there will not be enough grass for a full silage cutting event, so Sunday will now be mainly a ‘Static Vintage Show’ with lots of family entertainment. The show opens at 12pm and live music on stage at 1pm from Sabrina Fallon, followed by T.R. Dallas at 3pm. A platform will be on site to cater for dance enthusiasts.
The official opening by Michael Moroney will take place at 2.30pm followed by a Dog Show at 2.45pm, run by John Smullen and family, and sponsored by Michael Phillips and Gain Feed. We are very grateful for their kind help. The classes for the dog show are as follows: (1) Best puppy under 12 months; (2) Best small dog (Jack Russell size); (3) Best medium dog (Cocker spaniel size); (4) Best Large Dog (Labrador size); (5) Dog from outside Tipperary (any breed); and (6) Fancy Dress (open to all dogs).
A demonstration silage cutting will take place at intervals as required. This demonstration is to honour the Godfrey Brothers – Dinny and Austy – both very well-known locals who cut silage in the sixties and seventies. Dinny and Austy will be on site to participate in the demonstration and it will be well worth a visit to see and hear all the fabulous stories from that era. Also, it will good to see the machinery that was in use at that time and to actually see it operating. Another additional attraction is ‘Vintage Haymaking’, which will have all the old implements on display. a Vicon Lily hay turner will be operating, and cocks and pikes will be made and tied with ‘suggans’. A pike lifter will also be on site and eventually, we will make square bales with a vintage baler. All the machinery involved will be vintage. A special thanks to Cecil Melbourne and the others who will be supplying machinery and implements.
Committee members and helpers of Coolmoyne & Moyglass Vintage Club event who are looking forward to this year’s Tractor Run, Barbacue and Barn Dance on Saturday, July 28, and ‘Static Vintage Show’ and family fun day on Sunday, July 29. All proceeds to South Tipperary Hospice.
Vintage threshing is also being introduced and we wish to thank all those involved. The oats and sheaves are being supplied by local man Tom Kelly, the Reaper and Binder and cutting of the oats is all being taken care of by the Leamy family from Dualla and the Threshing Mill is being very kindly supplied by Terry O’Brien and Sliabh-na-mBan vintage club.
We are extremely grateful for the huge effort by all to help us out to raise much need funds for South Tipperary Hospice. Families are in desperate need of the services that South Hospice provides, and the purpose of our event is to raise money and awareness to keep these services going. Up to four hundred people a month receive ‘face to face’ visits by South Tipp Hospice nurses and we are hopeful that people will turn out in large numbers to our event to enable these valuable and essential services to continue.
The County Sea Horse will be making its first appearance on Irish soil and we are very grateful to Martin Fernihough who is also bringing a very rare 4WD Massey Ferguson 65 all the way from the UK to support our event. We also have a bunch of enthusiasts driving their tractors all the way from Co. Armagh to Moyglass, they are members of Belleek’s Vintage Club and deserve great credit. It is people like these that appreciate the good cause we support and row-in by making a special effort in coming to Moyglass to be part of it, especially when the weather has affected your overall planned event.
Donal and Kitty O' Rourke photographed with their daughter and grandchildren at the last Silage Extravaganza in July 2015
Nevertheless, there will be ample food and ice-cream to cater for our patrons and, as witnessed in 2015, access and egress is excellent and will be well controlled on the day. The Gardai will have a community stand on site and will also have Gardai on duty to control traffic. A full range of kids’ entertainment will be available to cater for all their needs. Machinery trade stands will cater for the machine enthusiasts and a host of other trade stands to cater for families. The art of butter-making is an interesting procedure that will be demonstrated, and something for everyone included in the variety of different stands. Tracy Hughes of Eva’s Adventures from Armagh will be present to sell her books and raise funds for those who suffer from Cancer, especially kids, as the books are based on her late niece Eva, who tragically died aged seven.
Appeal to create a new record
We appeal to all owners of County tractors and MF 65 tractors to bring them along so that we can create a new record for numbers of both on one site. We are getting huge support from The Irish County Tractor Club and hopefully, we can beat the current record which is held in the U.K. Please come and support this fundraiser.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on July 18, were: 6, 9, 13 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Margaret Phelan, Strylea, Fethard; Liz Hunt, Lisronagh; and Anna Cooke, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
The following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Mary Looby, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Mary Shanahan, c/o Nellie Ryan; and Mike Cahill, c/o Margaret Walshe. Total prizemoney paid out this week was €300.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, July 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, July 20, were: 6, 17, 22 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘match three’ winners who received €75 each: Sam Lonergan, Ballysheehan Stud; and Jody Becker’s Kelleher, Ballymacarbry.
The next draw takes place on Friday, July 27, 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.
Day Care trip to The West
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre spent a fabulous week’s holiday in Westport, Co Mayo recently. The Castle Court Hotel was marvellous looking after our every need and the people in Westport were very welcoming to all our members. Some of the group are photographed above before leaving. Back L to R: Dolores O'Donnell, Denise O'Donnell, Des Martin, Mary Morgan, Kitty O'Sullivan, Pat Hayes, Hanna Mc Garry. Front L to R: Sr.Maria Fletcher, Eileen O'Donnell, Chrissie Nash, Mary Slattery and Maura Meagher.
‘Senior Day’ at Fethard Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre are holding a Senior Day on Friday, July 27, from 10.30am. The Chiropodist will be in attendance and all seniors are welcome. Please note that the next Senior Day will be held on Friday, September 28.
The death has occurred on Monday, July 23, 2018, of James (Jimmy) Barry, Tullamaine, Fethard, peacefully at home. Jimmy, predeceased by his wife Kathleen, loving father of Seamus, Kay, Tom, Michael, Eamon, John, Mary, Noel and Paul, is deeply regretted by his brother Michael, sisters-in-law, Mary and Grace, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, on Tuesday, July 24, from 4pm with removal to the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday, July 25, at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Hospice Support Collection
The Fethard Support Group for South Tipperary Hospice would like to thank sincerely all who supported their recent annual church gate collection held in Fethard, Killusty and Moyglass. A total of €1,319 was collected for which we are most grateful and your continued support for this deserving cause is most appreciated.
Evening sun from Rocklow Road
Evening sun shines on Fethard and Slievenamon showing shades of 'Blue and Gold', from a slightly different field than what we are used to. Photo taken from Rocklow Road, Fethard on July 16, 2018.
The next pre-Baptism meeting will be held in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, on Monday, August 13, at 7.30pm for parents who wish to have their child baptised during the coming weeks. Meetings are subject to demand. Please contact Fr. Liam Everard P.P. or Fr. Tom Breen A.P. prior to attending.
Articles invited for Annual Emigrant's Newsletter 2018
Work on the production of this year's Annual Emigrant's Newsletter has now commenced. We invite anyone interested in submitting articles or photographs for this year’s issue to contact Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, Tel: (052) 6131663 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
This year’s annual pilgrimage to Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon will take place on Sunday, August 12. The annual parish pilgrimage to Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon takes place each year on (or nearest suitable date) the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.
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.
Fethard Juvenile GAA Cúl Camp
Fethard GAA Cúl Camp takes place from August 20 to August 24, open to boys and girls aged 6 years to 13-year-olds. Registration online at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie where you can select your nearest venue, available places and book online. Cost for first child is €60; second child €50; third and fourth €40. Supervisor is Ann Marie Moroney Tel: 087 7973829
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.
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
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School Debs Ball, held on August 30, 2001. Slideshow of photographs from the event.
Perhaps the most noteworthy feature in 1979 was the fielding of a Fethard GAA Junior Hurling team, considering no Intermediate player was eligible to play. Fethard went on to win the Junior Hurling League that year. The photograph above was taken at the celebrations afterwards in the Fethard Arms. The Junior Panel was: Pat Ryan, Michael Downes, John Barrett, Chris Aylward, Chris Looby, Pat Sheehan, Willie Prout, Eddie Fox, Michael Kenrick, John Gazely, Martin Bolger, Richard Hayes, Waltie Moloney, Gerry Lawless, Anthony Colville, Maurice Harrington, Paschal Hanrahan, Willie O’Donnell, Lory Byrne and Fr. O’Gorman.
Edwina Newport and Hannie Leahy photographed in Newports Shop on Main Street in January, 1999.
Paddy Dahill's house on The Valley, up for sale in January 1999
Kerry Ryan photographed with her mother Patrician Ryan, in 1998.
Burkes Bridge Bar presently, this photograph was taken when Jack O'Shea moved to Fethard and bought this, his first pub, he later moved further up Main Street and bought what is now Butler's Bar. Jack and Dick Burke married two sisters, Breda (Burke) and Rita (O'Shea).
The late Jack Ryan from Kerry Street as many would remember!
The Square, Fethard, when all the shops were active as shops . . .
Athletes from Fethard pictured at the County Community Games Finals at Roscrea on Sunday, June 28, 1998. Back L to R: Brian Sullivan, John Noonan, Eoin Sullivan. Middle L to R: Danielle Lawrence, Stephanie Lawrence, David Sullivan, Aoife O'Keeffe. Front L to R: Sarah Gleeson, Ciara O'Keeffe and Tim Gleeson.
Fethard News Items for inclusion on this website and on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.