Monday, September 3, 2018
Sharing Stories and Making Connections!
To mark National Heritage Week and European Year of Cultural Heritage, Fethard Historical Society hosted three separate events on Friday last, August 24.
The theme for this year’s Heritage Week, ‘Share a Story, Make a Connection’, was a perfect fit, as the society has endeavoured over the past thirty years to tell the story of Fethard in all its rich diversity. The society is always conscious of the need to connect with the young people of Fethard as it is they who will, hopefully, be the future custodians of our unique heritage. This year, they invited the Transition Year students of the secondary school under the aegis of their Art teacher, Ms Pat Looby, to depict their favourite aspects of the town. The resultant drawings were displayed in the Abymill and are also reproduced in the Digital Atlas of Historic Fethard.
Introducing the panel of speakers Mary Hanrahan, chairperson, stated how fortunate the society is to have ready access to such erudite historians with whom it has long association. The seminar began with Marie Taylor’s presentation, ‘Continuity and Change in the Parish of Fethard: 1185-1665’. Marie’s talk gave a very interesting overview of the Anglo-Norman manorial settlements surrounding Fethard such as Rathcoole, Coolmundry, Peppardstown, Tullamaine and Crumpsland (now Crampscastle).
Barry O’Reilly then followed with, ‘Forward with Fethard: Developing the Historical Picture’ an insight into the many sources relating to Fethard, particularly the estate maps and how best to interpret them. Barry emphasised the importance of referring back to such primary sources even as new archaeological material comes to light.
Dr David Butler’s lecture focused on those branches of the Butler family within a fifteen-mile radius of Fethard. The family most nearly associated with the town is the Butlers of Dunboyne who resided in Kiltinan Castle. They were patrons of the Augustinian Abbey and several were buried there including the infamous Bishop Butler of Cork.
There was a short interval for refreshments during which Pat Reid, Heritage Council and Jennifer Moore, Irish Historic Towns Atlas, displayed their respective information stands.
After the break, Sarah Gearty explained the background to the Irish Historic Town Atlases, how they link into the European Historic Town Atlases and how they can be used.
Rachel Murphy then proceeded to explain how her project to develop a digital atlas came into being. She took the audience through the various stages, including the Transcribathon, and the conversion to digital format of the maps and information.
The second event was a guided tour of Fethard led by Mary Hanrahan starting in the Augustinian Abbey, Burke Street, Court Castle, The Town Hall, the medieval Holy Trinity Church, the Town Wall, the Síle na gig at Water Gate and then returning to the Abymill along the river walk. Along the way visitors, many of whom were in Fethard for the first time, were introduced to such highlights as the Harry Clarke Studio window, the Dunboyne Chapel, heraldic plaques, the scaled model of the Town c.1650 and the replicas of Fethard’s famous medieval wooden statues. There were stories too of General Thomas Francis Burke, female wood carvers, Blessed William Tirry, Amy Everard, the coming of Cromwell and the Jolly love story.
On returning to the Abymill, there was just time for most welcome refreshments before Sarah Gearty took to the stage again, this time to launch the Historic Town Atlas for Fethard. Sarah also presented Pat Coffey, Principal, Patrician Presentation Secondary School with a copy of the Atlas and thanked him for his support and use of the school’s facilities during the project to digitalise the Atlas.
In conclusion, Mary Hanrahan thanked all those who participated in the events and expressed Fethard Historical Society’s gratitude to the Heritage Council for funding this event and for their ongoing support. Mary also thanked the project volunteers, the Irish Historic Town Atlas at The Royal Irish Academy, Prof. Tadhg O’Keeffe, Róisin O’Grady (Tipperary Heritage Officer), Ordinance Survey Ireland and the Patrician Presentation Secondary School for their support.
The Fethard Historical Society can be contacted at email@example.com and on their Facebook page. The Digital Atlas for Fethard can be accessed online at www.digitalatlasfethard.com
Fethard Community Playgroup
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Big send off as popular principal retires in Cloneen
After holding the rein for 10 years and teaching in the school for 18 years, Ann decided her time had come to relax and enjoy her retirement. Her husband, Michael and sons Paul and David were among the many family members present to help in the celebration of her retirement mass.
The mass was celebrated by the Very Rev. Fr. Lambe and the beautiful singing was provided by the Cloneen choir and the children from the school. The music was expertly performed under the guidance of choir mistresses Mary Noonan and Gillian Coulter.
The children of Cloneen N.S. played a large part in the mass, with readings, hymns and reminiscences of stories about Ann in times gone by. Offertory gifts were presented, which included the school bell and memorabilia of all the 37 years of teaching in Ann’s career.
The Deputy Principal, Una Kiernan said some poignant words on her experience teaching with Ann and Ann herself finished the mass with her fond memories of her time in Cloneen N.S. She also paid tribute to SNA’s Aileen White and Trish Fitzgerald on their departure, and thanked them for their contributions to the school over the years.
The congregation then filtered over to the school grounds where a marquee was kindly erected by Milo McGrath and a fantastic spread of cakes, buns, coffee and tea was generously provided by the parents of the school and the Parent’s Association.
The Board of Management made a presentation to Ann along with another presentation from the Parent’s Association. The weather was mild, and the atmosphere was relaxed. A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all and it was a deserved tribute to a lady who gave her all for the good of the children of the surrounding area of Cloneen National School.
Reposing in University Hospital Waterford Mortuary Chapel on Friday, August 31, from 5.30pm with prayers at 6pm. Removal at 6.30pm to St. Nicholas' Church, Ballyduff Lower. Requiem Mass on Saturday, September 1, at 11am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery immediately afterwards.
Out for a riverside walk
Fethard Scout Group registration
To continue to provide an active, challenging and varied programme for young members, each section (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers) will need adult volunteers who are willing to help our leaders at meetings and outings. Volunteering as little as one meeting per month would be very much appreciated.
Adults interested in volunteering please contact Group Leader Rachel at Tel: 086 8472069. Garda vetting through Scouting Ireland, will be sought for all new volunteers.
Summer Tapas Evening in aid of Tipperary Rape Crisis Centre
It is encouraging to work with local businesses and companies such as Dooks Restaurant that support our commitment to tackling sexual violence and working towards the elimination of sexual violence through campaigning, research, education, and awareness raising.
For over thirty years, the Tipperary Rape Crisis Centre and Counselling Centre has been at the heart of Tipperary delivering vital services. We work towards highlighting the need to eliminate sexual violence against women, men, children, and young people and to create a safer society. Our services depend on the generosity and active involvement of the Tipperary community.
The Tipperary Rape Crisis Centre provides support and services to survivors of rape, sexual trauma, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. We support women, men and young people. Unfortunately, child sexual abuse happens to far more children and young people than most ever believe. Many of our clients present, having suffered historical child sexual abuse. In fact, around 65 per cent of women who contact Tipperary Rape Crisis Centres are adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The Centre provides free counselling to survivors of rape and child sexual abuse (male and female) and to their families, friends, or anyone affected by sexual violence and trauma. We provide services to young people from 14-18 yrs with parental or professional referral.
At the Tipperary Rape Crisis Centre, we know how important it is to have outreach services in other towns and communities in the county. We currently offer our services in Cashel, in Carrick-on Suir and Thurles by appointment.
Tipperary Rape Crisis Centre runs education programmes for students throughout Tipperary. Sexual violence education and awareness talks are offered to Post Primary Schools covering sexual violence, consent, relationships and other related topics.
Over the last 18 months, our news has been dominated by headlines relating to sexual violence which has led to an increased unprecedented demand for our counselling services. This demonstrates that our work to prevent sexual violence is needed now more than ever.
Why not organise your own event to raise funds for Tipperary Rape Crisis Centre, with your family, friends or work colleagues? Whether it be a coffee morning, table quiz, denim day, golf classic, or any other creative fundraising opportunity. If you are thinking of organising an event, we will provide information, posters and leaflets to help you promote it locally. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (052) 6127677 or 086 6697971 for further details. You can also reach us at TRCC Website www.trcc.ie and free phone 1800 340 340 for support.
Elocution and Speech & Drama
Aldi Community Games National Finals
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Ger McCarthy, Kerry Street, Fethard; Mary O'Dwyer, Knockelly Road, Fethard; and Dermot Kane (online ticket).
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, August 29. 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, August 31, 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.
St. Patrick’s Place Reunion
Confusing house numbers
In 1970, the houses were re-numbered in an anti-clockwise direction, which resulted in the original houses from No19 to No 28 being changed to No 65 to No 74. The original houses No 1 to No 18 retained their original numbers. This created a little confusion with postal services for a short while and unfortunately will again when we receive information referring to those living in houses No 19 to No 28, for the St. Patrick’s Place Reunion. We hope the attached photograph will help explain the houses affected.
Don’t forget our next meeting of ‘St. Patrick’s Place Reunion 2018’ will take place on Tuesday, August 28, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre. All welcome. Information, photographs or questions can be emailed to email@example.com
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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