Madam Nonies Monstrous Proposal, written by Paul Maher, is a play about a big bad old woman with a very bad big idea!
Fifty seven years ago Nonie Madden left this town a pauper child; now she returns one of the wealthiest women is in the whole of America. She offers the huge sum of two million pounds to the town but there is one terrible condition . . . which gives the townspeople an awful dilemma.
Written and directed by Paul Maher, with funding assistance from Tipperary Co. Council, this 45 minute play with a cast of 8 is presented as lunch-time theatre at the Brian Boru Bar Cashel for ages 9 plus. Tickets for play & light lunch €15 (Children €7.50) Book online cashelartsfestival.com or at Heritage Centre 61333 . Info Paul Maher 087 4135228. Play is also at Ardmayle Heritage Centre, Cashel Sept. 28th 9pm. Tickets €10 on the door. Paul Maher’s work has been short listed for PJ O Connor Awards, Listowel Writers Week; Windsor Fringe & London Festival of Pub Theatre; for Kenneth Branagh Award & British Theatre Challenge (twice). His work has been performed by drama groups throughout Ireland.
The death has occurred on Saturday, September 8, 2018, of Breda Walsh (née Tobin), St Patrick`s Place, Fethard. Breda, deeply regretted by her loving daughters Gemma and June, sons Maurice, Eugene and Patrick, grandchildren, great-grand-daughter, brothers, sisters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at her son Eugene's house, Killenaule Road, Fethard on Monday, September 10, from 5pm with Rosary at 8pm. Funeral Mass in the Augustinian Abbey Church, Fethard on Tuesday at 11am, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
The death has occurred on Saturday, September 8, 2018, of Edmond 'Gus' Slattery, An tSean Líne, Fethard and formerly, Kilnockin.
Edmond (Gus), deeply regretted by his wife Kathleen, his daughter Anne, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his brother John, sister Eileen, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at home on Sunday, September 9, from 5pm with Rosary at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Monday at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Fethard Players invite you to play readings
That time of year again when Fethard Players commence with play readings in the Abymill on Monday, September 10, from 7.30pm to 9pm, for this year’s production staging in November. If you are interested in drama and getting involved, please come along and add your voice and your talent!
Fethard Bridge Club
Fethard Bridge Club reopens on Wednesday, September 12, at 7.15pm after the summer break. New members welcome.
The results of our game played after the AGM on May 16 are as follows: 1st Gross, Monica Anglim and Betty Walsh; 2nd Gross, Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara; 3rd Gross, Frances Burke and Carmel Condon. 1st Nett, Tony Hanrahan and Keith Woodlock, 2nd Nett, Catherine Croke and Kathleen Maher; 3rd Nett, Vincent Cummins and Bill O’Sullivan.
Anyone looking for a partner please contact Gemma Burke 052-6131799.
Short talks at Moorstown Castle and Old Tubrid Church
The ruined churchyard at Tubbrid, situated between Cahir and Clogheen, where Geoffrey Keating is believed to be buried.
Dr Bernadette Cunningham from the Royal Irish Academy is one of Ireland's foremost experts on Irish manuscripts. She has written several books including ' The World of Geoffrey Keating,' published in 2000. She will give two short talks at Moorstown Castle and at Old Tubrid Church Grounds when Fethard Historical Society will visit on Sunday, September 16.
Geoffrey Keating or Seathrún Céitinn, renowned priest and poet, who wrote the famous manuscript 'Forus Feasa ar Eirinn' in modern Irish, is believed to have been born in Moorstown Castle and buried in Tubrid. To have a copy of this manuscript was considered a prized possession by many migrants from Ireland to America in the 19th century.
Moorstown Castle was bought by Richard Grubb through the Landed Estates Court in 1855 and was one of the Tipperary locations used in Stanley Kubrick's 1975 film ‘Barry Lyndon’. The property remains in private ownership.
The circular castle at Moorstown, only nine miles from Fethard, is a delightful place to visit where Dr Cunningham will give a short talk on the family background of Seathrún Céitinn and from there we will proceed to Tubrid where there will be another short talk on Seathrún Céitinn's work and achievements.
This trip promises to be both informative and interesting as both locations provide extensive views of the countryside. People are invited to gather at the Town Hall, Main Street, Fethard, on Sunday, September 16, at 2.15pm for car-pooling and to arrive at Moorstown for 3pm. We are delighted to welcome back Dr Bernadette Cunningham whose previous lecture to the society on Seathrún Céitinn proved very popular.
For further information contact John on Tel: 086 1271132.
Fethard Rugby girls back in training!
Fethard girls in training for the oncoming season in girls’ rugby L to R: Jen Fogarty, Claire Bennett, Orla O' Donnell, Faye Dowling and Kate Gayson
What a season we have just had with Fethard Girls RFC! Where the tremendous effort put in by all girls throughout the different age groups, paid off with super results. The U18 Girls were Munster League finalists, reached the Cup semi-final and were joint Munster Sevens Winners with Listowel Combi team. The U15 Girls won the League, went on to take the winner’s title for the Cup and also won the Sevens competition. The minis had a fantastic season, playing numerous matches up and down the country. These young ladies enjoyed the fantastic opportunities of playing in the Aviva Stadium for the Aviva Mini’s tournament and getting to play at a half time game in the famous Thomond Park during a Munster Game. In total, the Fethard Girls played a very impressive 151 games last season in tournaments and blitzes. Thank you to all parents/guardians that dropped the girls to and from training sessions and matches. Let’s hope that this coming season will be as successful and enjoyable for all involved! The new Season ahead is ready to get underway, with games later this month and Girls Rugby Training is back with Training Times: U8s, U10s, U12s and U14s: Monday at 7pm to 8pm and Friday 6.45pm to 8pm. U16s and U18s: Monday and Friday in Fethard at 8pm to 9pm. For further information, please contact Polly Murphy on Tel: 0863394959.
Training on the Munster Provincial teams
Following a busy summer for Fethard Girls rugby with the Give It A Try Programme along with Tag rugby & Touch rugby tournaments we also had seven girls training on the Munster Provincial teams for U18s, Ladies and Irish squad On Saturday, our Fethard Girls Claire Bennett (vice-Captain), Jen Fogarty, Kate Gayson, Faye Dowling and Orla O’Donnell made us so proud of their achievements playing with Munster U18 Girls as they got their Interpros title challenge underway, against Leinster on the New 3G Astro surface at Independent Park in Cork. The girls played so well and were 14-12 up at half time, however, things didn’t quite go their way in the second half and Leinster came out on top for a finish. The girls travel with Munster on Sunday to the Sportsground to take on Connaught.
A special mention to Sarah Garrett a former Fethard player who is training with the extended Munster women’s Squad. Furthermore, we must not forget Dorothy Wall who has been super busy training with the Irish Sevens Squad traveling over the summer months and successfully beating England, Scotland and Wales on a number of occasions in different competitions. Dorothy’s training commitments with the Irish Squad in Dublin is a huge achievement and we are all very proud.
Fethard Pedallers Cycling Club
Members of Fethard Pedallers Cycling Club about to head off on a training cycle from Fethard Car Park. L to R: Don O'Connell, Richie Geeves (Ballingarry), Kieran Butler, Jim Horan (Drangan) and Alice Butler.
Exploring the Famine trip
On Saturday, September 22, Fethard Historical Society will visit Skibbereen focusing on the story of the Famine. The trip will begin with a guided tour of coming home: Art & The Great Hunger. This exhibition from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University interprets the famine visually through its display of outstanding historical and contemporary art. The art, from the 1830s to today, by some of the most important Irish and Irish-American artists, represents and remembers the loss of life, the emigration, the economic devastation and the erosions of language and culture. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see the exhibition which was held in Dublin Castle from March-June this year and will be displayed in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin from January to March 2019 before it returns to America.
Following lunch, the Society will visit The Famine Story in Skibbereen’s Heritage Centre. Skibbereen became infamous as one of the worst affected areas in all of Ireland and the true enormity of this national tragedy is revealed in microcosm through Skibbereen’s famine Stories. The history of the era is told through exhibits, dramatisations and interactive stations. One can listen to the personal accounts of those who experienced the Famine in Skibbereen and also take a ‘virtual tour’ of the Famine sites in the town and hear the stories associated with them.
The tour bus will leave from the Town Hall at 8 am sharp returning at 8 pm approx. The cost of the trip is €30, including bus travel, the guided tour of coming home: Art & The Great Hunger exhibition and admission to the Skibbereen Heritage Centre. All are welcome, members and non-members alike.
To secure a place please pay €20 booking deposit before Saturday, September 15, to either Pat Looby, Kerry Street, Fethard, (052) 6131537 or Mary Healy, The Green. For further information please contact Mary Hanrahan on 087 9009722 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Four generations of Newports
Four generations of Newports – Tony Newport, Congress Terrace, Fethard, photographed with his daughter Liz, grandson Derek and great-grand-daughter Freyja.
Our sympathy to Siobhán Maher, Tinakelly, Fethard, on the sudden death of her brother, James Waters, Cootes Lane, Kilkenny and formerly of Corcoran Terrace, Kells Road, Kilkenny.
James, aged 53, died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, September 2, 2018, predeceased by his parents Jimmy and Joanie, loving father of Michael, husband of Tina and much loved brother of Siobhán and Eamonn, sadly missed by his family, brother-in-law Michéal, sister-in-law Karen, nieces Abaigéal, Isobel and Hannah, uncles, aunts, cousins, extended family, neighbours and friends.
Rest In Peace
Reposing in Johnston's Funeral Home, John’s Green, Kilkenny, on Tuesday, September 4, from 6.30pm with Rosary at 8pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday morning at 11am in St. Patrick's Church, College Roadd, Kilkenny. Funeral afterwards to St. Kieran's Cemetery.
Visiting Fethard Recently
Meeting up for a social drink in Butler's Bar are visiting friends from USA L to R: Anthony Hayes, Rory O'Connor home from San Francisco, Patrick Burke home from Milwaukee, Calysta Phelan (Milwaukee) and John Shortall.
Fethard and District RFC News
As the evenings are slowly drawing in and the school buses are back on their busy routes it can mean only one thing — RUGBY IS BACK!
All age grades of minis and teen’s rugby kicks off at 6.45pm on Friday, September 7. Our fantastically successful girl’s teams also continue training this Friday (such is their dedication they did not take a summer break, boys teams take note!).
Our seniors have been back it a few weeks now with the pre-season nearly complete. Training continues at 8:00 on Wednesday s and Fridays. Why not come give it a try, training is open to all.
Look forward to seeing you all on Friday. If you have any questions please contact club chairman Martin Murphy 086 0678874
Fethard Sports Achievement Award for August
The following twelve nominations were received for the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for August, 2018.
- Hazel Galloway – Gold and Silver for this lady in the All Ireland masters 100 and 200 metres which took place in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
- Sam Donovan – Bronze medal winner in the U8, 60 metres sprint at the All Ireland Community Games finals.
- Jake Feery – Very creditable 6th place finish at the All Ireland final of the U12 grass cycling competition as part of the Community games.
- Fethard U12 Hurling Team – Winners of the South Tipperary A title for the first time in their history beating Carrick Swan in the final.
- Michael Kenrick – Local golfer Michael was the recent winner of the McGarry Cup held at Slievenamon Golf Club.
- Billy Treacy – Billy’s horse ‘Can’t Be Done’ had a fine win at Ballinrobe in the Corrib Oil handicap hurdle.
- Sean McGarry Thompson – Continuing his good form in the field of Archery with another gold medal performance in Portlaoise.
- Aine Connolly – Winner of the All Ireland U12 Eventing competition held at Ballindenisk, Watergrasshill, Co Cork.
- Brian Higgins – Winner of the 2018 Scratch Cup at Slievenamon golf club.
- Harry Kelly – Great win for Harry at the Galway races when his charge ‘Great Tango’ ridden by Wayne Lordan came home at 12/1.
- Jacqui Freyne – Performance and Development Manager with Athletics Ireland, is a member of the coaching staff to Ireland’s successful U18 Athletics team at the European Championships held in Hungary.
- Brian Manton – had a heat and final win in a Junior Hot-Rod race at Tipperary raceway driving a 1000cc Nissan Micra.
The winner of the August Award will be announced on Saturday night next, September 8, at a special function at Butler’s Bar (please note change of night to Saturday). All are welcome.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday night, September 9, to the very popular music of ‘Checkers’. 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.
St. Vincent De Paul
Fethard guild of St. Vincent De Paul has a small fund available for students in need of help meeting costs of third level education. If you would like to apply please contact any member of the committee or text your name and address to the following number to receive an application form: 085 8086099.
A pre-Baptism meeting will be held in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, on Monday, September 24, 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.
Yoga Classes commencing at Tirry Centre
Yoga Classes will commence in the Tirry Community Centre, Fethard, on Monday September 17, at 7.30pm. Classes are suitable for beginners and intermediate levels.
Yoga is a great means of enhancing physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. In health terms, Yoga can also help develop flexibility, suppleness and muscular strength without causing strain, increase energy levels and helps to tone the body. Booking essential and for further enquiries contact Peg at Tel: 086 3027927.
Golf Classic in aid of South Tipperary Hospice
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on August 29, were: 2, 4, 19 and 27. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Paula Carey, c/o Eileen Connolly.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Tom Kearney, Killusty; Margaret Grant, Barrack Street, Fethard; and Ursula Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, September 5. 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, August 31, were: 1, 7, 12 and 36. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘match three’ winner who received €100: Helena McCormack, Kerry Street. Two Lucky Dip winners received €25 each: Noelle Cullinan, Clerihan; and Frankie Napier, The Green, Fethard.
The next draw takes place on Friday, September 7, 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
The next meeting of St. Patrick’s Place Reunion steering committee will take place on Next Tuesday, August 28, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, and we invite anyone interested in helping with the event to come along. Photographs stories and any memories would be more than welcome.
Confusing house numbers
Houses No 1 to No 74 in St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard. The houses numbered in green are the correct numbering as used today. The original houses No 19 to No 28 shown in yellow, were changed when the houses were renumbered in 1970.
At the moment a list of occupants that lived in all the houses is being compiled and we would appreciate your help with any information of anyone who lived in St. Patrick’s Place, particularly from the earlier years after 1941, when the first 28 houses were built. At present there’s a total of seventy-four houses in St. Patrick’s Place, built at four different stages with the first twenty-eight built in 1941. In 1952 a further ten houses were built; in 1966 twenty houses were added; and the last sixteen houses were built in 1970.
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
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.
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
FCA group taken at Kickham Barracks in 1965. L to R: Tom Ryan (Carrick-on-Suir) John Fogarty (Fethard), Pat Lonergan (Carrick-on-Suir), Connie Coen (Fethard) and Willie Moroney (Carrick-on-Suir).
’Going Home from the Poker Classic’ Fethard Festival Parade 1980. L to R: Barry Connolly, John Ward, Edmund O’Neill, Ted Connolly, Jimpy Connolly and Michael Whyte.
Fethard Business in 1913
Members of Fethard Foróige Club photographed with leaders at their meeting on Friday, April 27. 2007, before heading off for a trip to the cinema in Clonmel. The club held their meetings every Friday evening in the ICA Hall from 7pm to 8.30pm.
Fethard GAA members photographed at the grave of John Keating in Calvary Cemetery Fethard where he was honoured by South Board as part of the Centenary Celebrations in South Tipperary on May 27, 2007. L to R: Joe Ahearn, Sean Moloney, Tony Newport, Dick Fitzgerald, Liam Connolly, Percy O'Flynn and Austin Godfrey.
Photographed at the training session for Fethard Ladies Football on March 10, 2007 are L to R: Áine Proudfoot, Aileen Butler, Annie Prout and Alana Coady.
Photographed at the training session for Fethard Ladies Football on March 10, 2007 are L to R: Jade Pattison, Laura Ryan, Áine Phelan and Amy Pollard.
Photographed at the training session for Fethard Ladies Football on March 10, 2007 are L to R: Jane Kenny, Áine Phelan, Jean Anglim, Emma Hayes and Hanna Daly.
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.
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