Monday, August 13, 2018
Knitting in the sunshine
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Slievenamon Pilgrimage to Holy Year Cross this Sunday
This year we are going to start a photo gallery with pictures of both patrons who are sadly no longer with us and a few photos from the archives. If you have a photo or photos that you would like to display please bring them along you can take them home afterwards. All your generous donations will be given to the Fethard Day Care Centre who have given us great assistance down through the years. So remember the date, remember the time, and please don't be late.
Achievements Awards now in its 6th year and growing
In the intervening six years there has been upwards of 600 nominations of teams and individuals from more than 40 different sports and has highlighted not just the depth of talent but also the high level of participation and activities as well as the innumerable volunteers who make it all happen. In an effort to acknowledge all the voluntary background work done in order for teams to compete and succeed the Sports Awards steering group decided to introduce a ‘Mentor of the Month’ award where one volunteer per month is chosen and honoured at the presentation night. It is the intention of the steering group that all volunteers and mentors will eventually all get honoured. As an example the ‘Mentor of the Month’ for July was John Hurley, who has a very impressive past history in the GAA club, both as a player and administrator, but his honour for July was mostly for his involvement with Anner Gaels U16 footballers – recent South Tipperary winners.
The steering group for the awards is made up of fifteen people from most of the sporting bodies in the area and meet once monthly to pick a monthly winner. Monthly nominees are received and processed, and the winner is chosen by vote. Nominations are forwarded by the steering group as well as from members of the public but with the best will in the world some deserving nominees are sometimes missed, so if anybody wants to nominate any sporting achievement please do so through any of the steering group or drop your nomination into Butler’s bar or off licence. The steering group are Mary Godfrey, Austin Godfrey, Nat McCarthy, Gerry Murphy, Annette Connolly, Bobbi Houlihan, M.J. Croke, Des O’Meara, Paraic McCormack, Liam Hayes, Richie Cummins, Keith Dalton, Kevin Coffey and Philip Butler.
The twelve monthly winners all automatic qualify for the overall end of year award where the overall winner for the year is chosen along with the ‘team of the year’ and the ‘young sportsperson of the year’ awards.
When this competition was first discussed some people suggested that Gaelic football and horse racing were the only sports that really interested Fethard people. It’s true that the afore mentioned play a very significant role in the fabric of life in Fethard but, there is considerably more on offer from a sporting point of view and Butlers Fethard Sports Award scheme will continue to unearth, recognise and reward such activities.
Fethard Hunting 50 Years ago
Fethard Heart of Irish Hunting
Very Rev. Christopher Canon Lee, DD, P.P. came personally to welcome Killenaule, Cashel and Kilfeacle Beagles at Convent Bridge. Fethard, last Sunday and wished them well and good hunting. The triple meet was by invitation of Barrettstown Harriers.
The day was fine and the turnout, of sporting people was equally so. In reply to Canon Lee’s welcome Lieut-Col P. C. Blake said that uninformed city slickers had been casting aspersions on this ancient Celtic sport of hunting game on foot in letters to daily papers and scurrilous personal letters to our clergy. They had not sufficient back-bone to come before such a fine gathering of sporting country people and make their puny objections. He thanked landowners for sportingly giving a welcome to the hunt and appealed to all followers to close gates, to do not damage to fences and avoid bloodstock and livestock. The three packs were glad, he said, to accept the invitation of Barrettstown Harriers.
Mr Johnnie Marshall carries The Horn
Mr John Looby nominated Mr J. J. Marshall. Joint Master, Kilfeacle, as huntsman for the day. Very many followers wished Johnnie well wear in his new Irish tweed blue and old gold/tan hunting coat. His first one 14 years ago was of imported material.
He moved off with 21 couple for Mr Delaney’s (Red City) but the pack didn’t integrate so well; the noise from the traffic and big crowd didn’t help and hounds did not know each other. This posed a big problem for the huntsman who had to resort to every trick in the extensive hunting bag of his long experience to show any sport at all.
Mr Jim Looby, huntsman, Barrettstown Harriers, who has a fine antique hunting horn, was first to help when he sohoed a hare in the middle of the pack. ‘Twas a pity the blood sports fanatics weren’t present to see that hare leap – like the deer which she is called after in Irish – six feet over the hounds, land ten feet away, clear and take a left swinging circle. The excitement of hounds and followers was intense.
Good Spin over Market Hill
So much so that she was headed and doubled back by Delaney’s house and headed for the ploughed field where scent went patchy due to strong autumn sunshine. They carried the line to Cahir/Fethard road where the hare crossed.
Meantime hounds hunted a heel line back to the same field and the huntsman, taking hounds along the road, re-entered Delaney's road field again. Not everyone agreed with this tactic. Nevertheless, Johnnie’s judgment was again vindicated when another small stag was on wheels swinging right for the plough. Surely the game must know that scent won’t carry so well there? Anyway, hounds having welded together somewhat better with Killenaule Amber of the chopped tail leading, pressed on across the garden and road past Din Burke's and up Market Hill. As if to show we were in real hunting country and outlier for thought all this music was too near to be wholesome took off for the screen and ample covert of Mr Goodbody’s (Lakefield) and thence to Grove wood.
Great Credit due to Barrettstown Harriers
With particularly fine specimens moving in all directions (we hope this does not upset Sir Charles Parke's all-embracing plans) you could forgive the pack for dividing. Paddy Coffey and Johnnie O’Brien gave wonderful help in collecting hounds for a new draw. Jim Crean’s (lower Market Hill) never fails to hold a hare but despite the best efforts of huntsman, hounds and John Looby, Tom Cummins, Johnnie Hurley, Jim Ryan, Jimmy Gorman, Christy Nagle, Denis Martley, Nicky Fitzgerald, the fine fields of cover proved blank. At that we had had three hours of music, excitement and good sport so all were happy when Johnnie blew the call for home.
Johnnie O’Brien, who hopes to don the blue and gold jersey as a whip when his duties at Rathduff stud permit, will miss next Sunday’s meet by invitation of Mr and Mrs T. F. Ryan. MFH, Scarteen. He was third whip for the first meet there 13 years ago. By the way, Barrettstown Harriers have a loose organisation in which all members help but as in every voluntary body the big can is carried by the few. In this case, John Looby and Tom Cummins. Tom’s dedication to sport, in spite of his modesty, extends to freely making his car. tractor, time and energy available as and when required.
Excellent hospitality was extended to Killenaule and Kilfeacle. Cashel were unable to partake, as they had to bring hounds home. Mrs Aherne, assisted by Mrs Looby and Mrs Fitzgerald, provided a first-class meal. The hunt dance afterwards was a great success.
What's the betting on Fethard?
Many old sportsmen in Fethard claim that it is the centre of Ireland’s best hunting locality. Does the name of the place in Irish give us any clue to this? Maybe with all the talk of higher education, teach-ins. sit-downs and mergers, some higher educated person would venture an answer to this simple question. Anyway, place names in Irish tell a story: their English corruptions tell us nothing. Fethard has a concentration of castle: Barrettstown, Cramp's, Slanestown, and others meaning that the area was of strategic importance and/or a very desirable place to live. To live in the full sense of the word meant that there were facilities for full enjoyment of the pleasures of the chase, amongst many other things.
The honour of being the heart of Irish hunting which, ipso facto, must also be in the running for world honours, is a big one. Fethard is definitely at the starting gate with the white flag up. At all events, Barrettstown Harriers are put to the pin of their collar to hunt the area of Coolbawn, Coolmoyne. Knockelly, Farranaleen, Killerk, Downey’s cross and Coleman – not to speak of the immediate environs of the town.
‘Irish Known for their brutality’ (– K. Malone)
Very Rev. M. O'Dwyer. PP. Golden and Kilfeacle, has received the following letter as part of a veritable fan mail in the same vein:
Whoever K. Malone is that person cannot be related to a decent Dublin citizen such as Biddy Mulligan who would be too gracious, courteous and educated to accuse the Irish people of brutality to God's creatures. And what about the commercial exploitation of the live, defenceless poor people of Dublin which ensures a smug existence for some in suburbia? A recent review of a book on nature has this to say: Animals when unduly crowded, even if the density is of their own seeking, go to pieces. They become vicious, insanitary and neurotic; mothers neglect their young. The elaborate behaviour patterns which evolution has produced for their protection cease to exist. How much of the modern sickness of civilization, or the prevalence of psychic and mental disorder, of senseless violence, may be due to the abandonment of country for city life and gross overcrowding in living and working conditions?’ Perhaps K. Malone who has adjudged the Irish people guilty of brutality would let us have the answer to the reviewer's question in the public press rather than by a smear letter to a revered pastor?
– (The Nationalist November 30, 1968)
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: June Gough, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Michael Monaghan, Waterford; and Mary Delaney, Roan, Killenaule.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, August 8. 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
Five luck winners in the ‘Bank Holiday Bonus Draw’ received €100 each: Stephen O’Donnell, Tullamaine; Samantha O’Brien, Burke Street; Esther Breen, Barrack Street; Gerry Hannon, Crossard, Fethard; and John Kenrick, Cahir.
The next draw takes place on Friday, August 10, in Burke’s Bar at 7.30pm, when the jackpot is €20,000 and the seller's 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.
Ryan family reunion
St. Patrick's Place Reunion – stories, memories and photographs wanted!
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.
Fethard Faces and Places from the Past
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