Monday, September 24, 2018
Half-day workshop in Fethard for ‘Fragile Communities’
Tipperary County Council is hosting a half-day workshop at the Town Hall, Fethard, on the morning of Monday, September 24, which will appeal to research institutions, public agencies and community or voluntary organisations and individuals. Those taking part will learn about community social enterprise and the ‘Interface’ project, which stands for ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Fragile Communities in Europe’. They will also benefit from hearing the perspective of a community initiative and get an opportunity to participate in a facilitated workshop on ‘Fragile Communities’.
Other speakers include Maurice Moloney, who will give a community initiative perspective on The Tholsel and Fethard Horse Country Experience. Seamus Hoyne, Limerick Institute of Technology, will speak on Community Driven Social Enterprise.
Following a break for tea and coffee at 11am, a workshop and discussion session will be facilitated by Tom O’Donnell, Learning Development & Training Ltd. to explore how the ‘Interface’ project will help to develop a community. Tom O’Donnell is a training and development specialist with more than 17 years’ experience. In the early part of his career his focus was on coaching, personal development, and training trainers, however, in recent years he has become very interested in how groups and teams work and how some outperform others and achieve results in demanding circumstances.
For further information and registration contact Angela Sheehan at Tel: 0761 065000 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preparing your child for Secondary School Mathematics
Cashel Arts Festival
Chris Mullin, former British Labour politician, will deliver the keynote Bolton lecture in St John’s Cathedral on Saturday 22nd September. Before entering parliament, Chris Mullin reported from the wars in Vietnam and Cambodia. In the 1980s, in spite of bitter personal attacks from the British media, Chris Mullin led a campaign that resulted in the release of the Birmingham Six. His recently published memoir ‘Hinterland’ will form the basis of his fascinating talk.
Phelim Drew (son of Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners) brings a one man show to Brú Ború on Thursday 20th September with an adaptation of George Orwell’s classic ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’ a classic tale of riches to rags. The award winning international author Julian Gough will open the festival in Brú Ború at 7pm before the play.
There will be exciting visual arts to see and enjoy around Cashel, including opportunities to watch artists at work creating art in public spaces alongside exhibitions of local and international work.
We are adding new strands to the festival with the Taste of Cashel, where local produce and food will be to the foreground. As always we are providing opportunities to watch and engage with local craftspeople carrying on ancient and enduring crafts.
We are most grateful to our sponsors and partners. For booking details, see our website www.cashelartsfest.com. Cashel Arts Festival is also on Facebook and Twitter
Photographs wanted for St. Patrick’s Place Reunion
The next meeting to organise the St. Patrick’s Place Reunion later in the year will be held in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, on Tuesday night, September 25, at 8.30pm. All interested in getting involved are more than welcome to come along.
The committee are very pleased with the encouragement and interest shown so far and are now interested in gathering any photographs relating to St. Patrick’s Place people and events from when the first houses were built in 1941 to the present.
We have also received correspondence and photographs from overseas and would welcome any stories or information that relate to events, games, characters and families that lived in any of the houses for any period. You can also send photographs or information by Email: email@example.com
Meetings will continue to be held on the last Tuesday of every month in the Tirry Community Centre and you can always help in many ways by coming along, even if you’re not from St. Patrick’s Place! As most Fethard people will have experienced a variety of situations and contact with the people from ‘The Ring’!
Preparing for Scripture Sunday
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Table Quiz for Day Care Centre
Fethard J1s back in action last Saturday evening!
Exploring the Famine trip
The second part of the trip comprises a visit to The Famine Story in Skibbereen 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. 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 outside the Town Hall, Fethard, at 8am sharp, returning at 8pm approx. The cost of the trip is €30, which includes bus travel and entrance fees. All are welcome, members and non-members alike.
There are still a few places available so anyone interested should immediately contact Pat Looby, Kerry Street, Fethard, Tel: (052) 6131537 or Mary Healy, The Green. For further information please contact Mary Hanrahan on 087 9009722 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Geoffrey Keating Story
On Sunday, September 16, a trip to explore sites related to the Seathrún Céitinn/Geoffrey Keating story was a ‘pet’ day and the September sunshine drew a large number of participants.
The outing began in Moorestown where Dr. Bernadette Cunningham, Royal Irish Academy outlined what is known of Geoffrey Keating’s early life and his connection to the area. It has long been believed that he was born in the nearby townsland of Burgess around 1570 and the Keatings owned Moorestown until the 1650s, some ten years after his death. Tradition holds that Geoffrey was educated in the MacCraith bardic school in Burgess before going abroad to Bordeaux for his formal education as a Catholic priest. He returned to Ireland circa 1610 and became renowned as a preacher. His sermons sometimes riled the authorities of the time to such an extent that he had to go into hiding.
Today, the round tower house at Moorestown still dominates the landscape and the impressive bawn wall is largely intact as is the gatehouse. In such surroundings it is easy to imagine what life was like for the inhabitants of the castle long ago.
From Moorestown, the group travelled onto Cillín Chiarán in Tubrid, a little oratory or chancery church where it is believed Geoffrey Keating was buried. While the actual grave site is unknown, there is a plaque beside the doorway of this very simple building, erected in 1644, to commemorate his life. Inside the church, there is another monument to him, written in both Irish and English, which was put up in 1913.
Dr. Cunningham continued her narrative of Geoffrey’s life and work, gently debunking the myth that he had ended up taking refuge in a cave in the Glen of Aherlow while writing Foras Feasa ar Éirinn. This scholarly work obviously drew on a number of sources and contemporary manuscripts so he obviously had access to a well-stocked library, possibly that of the Butlers of Cahir.
While he was famous in his lifetime for two religious’ manuscripts, Trí bior-ghaoithe an bháis (moral reflections on how one should live and die) and Eochair sgiath an Aifrinn (a theology of the Mass), his importance today relates to Foras Feasa ar Éirinn. This manuscript, written by Geoffrey in beautiful flowing Irish, was a history of Ireland that also included all the myths, legends, stories and traditions that had been passed down through the centuries. Geoffrey translated it into Latin with a view to disseminating it in Europe.
As Fethard Historical Society member, John Cooney, remarked in his thanks to Dr. Cunningham for her wonderful talk, this was the first document that sought to define what it was to be Irish. It was copied in manuscript form many times in the 17th century and was to have a huge influence on the Gaelic Revival of the late 19th and early 20th century.
The tour ended with a leisurely exploration of the little church and graveyard.
Best of luck and support to our Ladies Football Team
The Intermediate girls are playing their County Final Sunday, September 23, at 2pm in Tipp Town. This is the biggest game in the club's history as the girls attempt to go to Senior level – just 3 years after playing at Junior B. These girls have put in years of hard work to get to this level and deserve the support of all club members. It would be great if we could have a large and vocal Fethard crowd wearing the Blue colours behind Chris, Sharon and the girls on Sunday. Hope you can make it. Best of Luck Girls.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Sr. Maria, Friendship Club, Fethard; Carmel Gahan, Cloneen; and Eileen Coady, The Valley, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, September 19. 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, September 21, 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.
Paddy,deeply regretted by his loving wife Anna, sons Ian and Karl, daughter Gwen, son-in-law Liam, daughters-in-law Susan and Edel, grandchildren Jenny, Rachel, Evan, Abbie, Anna and Danny, sisters Josie, Margo and Una, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, on Tuesday, September 18, from 5pm with removal to the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. Family flowers only please. House private.
'A Tale of Two Sheelas' – RTE Radio this weekend
In January 1990 a Sheela na Gig, a medieval stone carving featuring exposed female genitalia, was taken from the ruins of Kiltinan Church, near Fethard in County Tipperary.
A publicity campaign was organised to find the carving which was estimated to be worth millions and the story flashed around the world. A local archaeology enthusiast Jim O’Connor was questioned by Gardai about the theft. Jim maintains he was innocent and offered to carve a replica to replace the missing Sheela na gig.
Some time later, in the United States, an attempt was made by another Irish man to sell stolen carvings to the Burns Library at Boston College, an institution which hosts a large archive of Irish historical material. That case also received international attention and led to a sting by the FBI, with the assistance of the Garda Siochána to recover the stolen goods. But was the Kiltinan Sheela na Gig part of that haul? Tim Desmond follows the story of the Two Sheelas.
An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries.
Annual General Meeting of Fethard Ballroom Ltd
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.
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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