BirdWatch Ireland illustrated talk on Tipperary Barn Owls
The Tipperary Branch of BirdWatch Ireland will be hosting an illustrated talk on the Barn Owls of Tipperary on Thur 4th October at 7.45, Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard. This is a free event suitable for all. There will be also a raffle on the night for a couple of framed pictures of Barn Owls.
Alice Leahy to launch her new book in the Abymill
Alice Leahy, Director of Services Alice Leahy Trust, will launch her memoir, ‘The Stars Are Our Only Warmth,’ in the Abymill Theatre on Thursday, October 11, at 7.30pm. Alice, formally from Annesgift, Fethard, when speaking about her new book said, “It was important that a launch should take place in Fethard, the place where I grew up and experienced all that was good about community.”
The launch in the Abymill Theatre is an open event and all are welcome to attend. Guest speakers include Fran Curry, Tipp FM; and journalist Catherine Cleary, with time allowed for discussion and light refreshments. Master of Ceremonies for the night will be Jimmy O’Sullivan.
The book is published by O’Brien Press, the long established and well-known Irish family publishing company who will ensure books are available for sale at the launch. All royalties from the book go directly to the Alice Leahy Trust.
Fethard Bridge Club
Bridge resumed on Wednesday, September 12 and the results of our game on the night were: 1st Gross, Tony Hanrahan and Keith Woodlock; 2nd Gross, Kay St. John and Rita Kane, 3rd Gross, Nell Broderick and David O'Meara, 1st Nett, Betty Walsh and Brendan Kenny, 2nd Nett, Noreen Evans and Noel O'Dwyer, 3rd Nett, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke.
This Wednesday, September 26, we play for the Free Sub Gross and next Wednesday, October 3, for the Free Sub Nett. Bridge starts at 7.15pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact Gemma Burke 086-6064148.
Fitness Classes at Fethard Ballroom
Fitness classes will commence next week in the Fethard Ballroom: Circuits will start on Tuesday, October 2, from 7pm to 8pm; Low Impact Aerobics on Thursday October 4 from 10.15am to 11.15am. Both classes are suitable for all fitness levels. Cost is €7 per class. For more information contact Bobbi on Tel: 087 2130414.
Fethard Ladies – County Intermediate Champions
Fethard Ladies Football Team, County Intermediate Champions. Back L to R: Sharon O'Meara (coach), Aine Ryan, Jess Gleeson, Meabh Ellie Ryan, Maggie Fitzgearld, Sophie Delaney, Amy Fennelly, Laura Kiely, Caoimhe O'Meara, Aoife Morrissey, Lucy Spillane, Alison Connolly, Eimear Barry, Leah Coen, Chris Coen (coach). Front L to R: Nell Spillane, Aine O'Connell, Katie Ryan, Megan Coen, Carrie Davey, Niamh Hayes, Lauren Dowling (captain), Ciara Hayes, Kate Davey, Muireann O'Connell, Sophie Ryan and Jessica Dowling.
On Sunday last, September 23, Fethard ladies football team and supporters headed to Sean Treacy Park, Tipp Town, to contest the intermediate county final against Boherlahan and hoping to win their third consecutive adult county title. Having won the Junior B championship in 2016 and the junior A championship in 2017, the girls were well prepared but as this was a huge occasion for this young team, nerves seemed to be having an effect as balls were dropped and a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes being made. But in spite of that, they still went in at half time a goal up.
Some strong words at half time from coaches Chris Coen and Sharon O’Meara seemed to have the desired effect and the girls started to play their usual game to devastating effect. Playing some great football throughout the second half they went on to win on a scoreline of Fethard 6-13 to Boherlahan 3-05. It was with great joy that captain Lauren Dowling accepted the cup on behalf of her team mates from County Board Chairman, Lar Roche.
Fethard captain Lauren Dowling accepted the cup on behalf of her team mates from County Board Chairman, Lar Roche.
Well done to Leah Coen who was awarded ‘player of the match’. They now go on to represent Tipperary in the Munster Club Championship in two week’s time. A lot of great work has been put in by the girls over the last few years to achieve this level and a lot of credit must go to their trainers Chris and Sharon, and it was great to see a large crowd of Fethard supporters to witness this historic occasion. Well done to the Tipperary County Board on honouring the memory of former Tipperary footballer Rachel Kenneally on county final day.
Team coaches Sharon O’Meara and Chris Coen with the County Intermediate Ladies Football Cup
Two legends in concert at Crocanoir
Nollaig Casey & Arty Mc Glynn will play in Concert at Crocanoir on Saturday October 6, at 8pm. These two legends of Irish Folk and traditional music blend their talents for a night of music and song. Their musical careers have been an incredible journey that has seen them play with a host of leading performers from Van Morrison to Planxty, Riverdance to Sting, and The Chieftains to Emmy Lou Harris. Arty and Nollaig's musical ability place them firmly among the greats of Irish Music. A night not to be missed. Information and booking at Tel: 086 8907329.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday night, September 230, to the very popular music of ‘Brendan McGee’. 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.
Annual General Meeting
Please note that the Annual General Meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Ballroom will take place on Tuesday, October 9, at 8pm in the Ballroom. All are welcome.
Students celebrate Junior Cert results
Pupils from Patrician Presentation Secondary School Fethard photographed on Junior Cert Results Day 2018. They are pictured with Principal, Mr Pat Coffey, Deputy Principal Ms Mary Anne Fogarty and Junior Year Head, Ms Caitríona McKeogh.
There was much pride and celebration in Patrician Presentation Secondary School on Wednesday, September 12, as our students received their Junior Cert Results. There were solid results in all subject areas with a high number of students receiving results above the national averages.
The Principal Mr Coffey acknowledged the school’s committed teachers, the ancillary staff and supportive parents, all of whom are determined to continue Patrician Presentation’s great tradition of excellence. In Patrician Presentation we are committed to enabling each pupil to achieve their potential in a caring and supportive community. The school acknowledges the excellent results of some students but also applaud those students who worked hard all year and reached their potential. Congratulations to all.
TY students from Patrician Presentation Fethard photographed on the Waterford Greenway on Thursday, September 6.
Thank you very much to the following students who have agreed to be 5th Year Mentors this year: Laura O’Donnell, Andrea Pyke, Rachel Prout, Maggie Fitzgerald, Laura Kiely, Megan Hackett and Lucy Spillane. These girls were chosen by staff for the positions and were involved already in the induction process for 1st Year pupils and help out also with the school’s lunch scheme.
Visit to the Horse Museum
On Thursday, September 13, Mr Coffey and Business Teacher, Mr O’Connor visited Fethard’s Horse Museum with the First Year Pupils. Many thanks to Ms Mary Hanrahan for the excellent guided tour of the museum.
County Council agree to examine the feasibility of Clonmel to Thurles Greenway (The Nationalist September 20, 2018)
Pupils from Patrician Presentation Secondary School Fethard photographed on the Waterford Greenway on September 6.
Tipperary County Council has agreed to support a study that will examine the feasibility of turning the old Clonmel to Thurles railway line into a walking and cycling greenway a year after shooting down the proposal as not practical.
The Council's Community & Economic Development Pat Slattery informed the Council's monthly meeting in Clonmel last week that the local authority will support a feasibility study into the greenway proposal over the next few months.
The feasibility study will be a joint venture involving the Council, the Clonmel to Thurles Greenway Group, the Leader Programme and Irish Farmers Association.
Mr Slattery said the Council has adopted a framework of guidelines setting out the best practice for the development of greenways. It has also met the IFA about the issue and the organisation was anxious that the Council would be very conscious of landowners and their feelings when developing these projects.
The IFA had concerns about the development of these projects particularly where decisions are taken without their involvement.
He told The Nationalist the Council will find work with the community group set up to spearhead the project and support their application to Leader for funding for the feasibility study.
Independent Thurles Cllr Jim Ryan, who raised the Clonmel to Thurles greenway proposal at the meeting, welcomed Mr Slattery's comments in relation to the joint venture to produce the feasibility study.
"That is the boost the Committee was waiting for. Thank you for your support. It's more positive than a few months ago," he said.
Clonmel WUAG Cllr Pat English also spoke at the Council meeting in support of developing the old rail line between Clonmel and Thurles into a greenway.
He said he had worked on the proposal with the late Cllr Eddie O'Meara and felt it was an amenity that was needed.
TY students from Patrician Presentation Fethard photographed on the Waterford Greenway on Thursday, September 6.
Patrician Presentation Parents’ Association
Patrician Presentation Parents’ Association would like to thank everyone who supported our recent church gate collection. We raised €588.94 which will go towards school activities during the year. The support of the people of Fethard and surrounding areas is really appreciated by parents and the school community.
We would like to congratulate this year's Leaving Cert class on some fantastic results; once again students exceeded their own expectations and attained some very high points. This enabled them to pursue studies in Teaching, Law, Psychology, Nursing, Early Childhood etc. Results over the last few years have been great which is a testament to the students and their teachers. We have top quality teachers in our staff; which for a small town like Fethard is fantastic.
Also we would like to congratulate Mr Pat Coffey, our principal, on recently completing his PhD in Mathematical Education. Maths is such an important area of the curriculum, it's great to have a strong maths department within the school.
Finally a date for your diaries, our annual Table Quiz will take place in the Convent Hall on Monday, October 22, at 8pm. Refreshments will be provided and a great night is guaranteed.
Martin Phelan Annual Remembrance Pitch and Putt 2018
The nominated charity for this year’s ‘Martin Phelan Annual Remembrance Pitch and Putt’ competition was Fethard & District Day Care Centre and the procceds of €636 were presented on behalf of the Phelan Family, Strylea, Fethard.
Special thanks to the sponsors: Kenny's Centra, A&E Jewellers, Burkes Bar, The Well Bar, Slievenamon Golf Club, Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club, Alan Roche, Bulmers, and to all who took part again this year. A very special thanks to the organisers Dessie Harvey and Jerome Skehan.
FHS members impressed with trip to Skibbereen
Fethard Historical Society members photographed at the ‘Art and The Great Hunger’ exhibition in Skibbereen
An early morning start saw members of the Fethard Historical Society leave Fethard for Skibbereen. There was a brief stopover for tea and scones in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, before pushing on to West Cork Arts Centre to view the coming home: ‘Art and The Great Hunger’ exhibition. This collection belongs to the Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, U.S.A. The collection was made possible through the generosity of a bagel tycoon, Murray Lender. He was of Polish/Jewish extraction and in 1997, the 150th anniversary year, on learning the story of the Irish Famine he was moved to donate funding to establish the museum.
The collection comprises 19th century paintings created during and after the famine as well as modern artwork created in response to the Famine story. It is an amazing collection that show both the idealised Victorian paintings that tend to merely hint at the devastation, more graphic depictions of the ghastly reality of famine, and modern interpretations that are heart wrenching. It is amazing how artists like Rowan Gillespie imbue a seemingly simple bronze inscription of names with such powerful emotion. He is, of course, paying tribute to the nameless thousands who were interred in mass graves and redressing the balance by affirming the human dignity implicit in one’s right to be acknowledged as a named individual.
This is a story we all think we know but the Famine Museum brings it alive in such a way that one could be hearing it for the very first time; it is moving and shocking in equal measure. One leaves with a kaleidoscope of impressions: a famine that need never have happened as Ireland was exporting food in plenty, a stifling bureaucracy that considered such mundane details as the counting of empty sacks more important than recording the names of those that died , relief schemes that made no provision to pay those who worked, the heroic efforts of individuals like Dr. Daniel O’Donovan the compassion of the Choctaw Indians and the Sultan of Turkey, a populace literally reduced to rags, the mass emigration of desperate people. More than one member of the group remarked on the echoes of the Irish famine story that can be found across our world today.
The guides, Zena at the Art exhibition and Terry at The Famine Story, were superlative. They ensured that the group came away with a far greater understanding of the subject matter than would otherwise have been possible.
West Cork hospitality is alive and well as the society found during their day out. The Church restaurant, a former Methodist church, provided bright airy surroundings for a most enjoyable lunch while the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery extended a warm welcome both for morning coffee and a tea-time stopover on the way home.
The coming home: Art and The Great Hunger exhibition is on display in Skibbereen until October 13, 2018. It will be in An tSeaneaglais, Derry, from January 18 to March 16, 2019, before returning to America.
The Famine Story in the Skibbereen Heritage Centre will close on October 30 and reopen again in March 2019. Both are well worth a visit but one should allow plenty of time if you wish to take it all in.
Cashel Arts Festival
Photographed at the Cashel Arts Festival on Saturday last are L to R: Rita Kenny, Ann O’Donnell, Pat O’Donnell, Helena O’Shea, Martin O’Shea, Monica Hickey, Eddie Murphy, Shamie Hickey and in front Jack Kenny.
Preparing for Scripture Sunday
Preparing for Scripture Sunday on Sunday 28th October. We welcome the interest of many people in a special gathering on Tuesdays at the Fr. Tirry Community Centre in Fethard. At the first gathering on Tuesday, September 25, Mary Hanrahan spoke on the subject of Proclaiming the Word.
On Tuesday, October 2, Fr. Jordan O’Brien O.P. will speak on ‘The Word, preparing for God’s Word’, and on October 9, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly’s theme is ‘Scripture: God’s Word’. All take place at 7.30pm. Our attachment to God’s Word can grow on each of these nights. So be prepared to come along.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on September 19, were: 4, 18, 20 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Annie O'Brien, Burke Street, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Brendan Kenny, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; Sr. Maria, Friendship Club; and Des Martin, Fr. Tirry Park, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, September 26. 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, September 21, were: 4, 10, 17 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘match three’ winners who received €50: who received €75 each: John Murphy, c/o Pat Sheehan; and Mary Prout, Derryluskin.
The next draw takes place on Friday, September 28, 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.
The death has occurred on Monday, September 24, 2018, of Lena (Helena) O'Brien (née Callery), 14 Kickham Street, Mullinahone, formerly The Garage, Carrick Road, Mullinahone. Lena (Helena), pre-deceased by her beautiful daughter Stasia, is much loved and adored mother, sadly missed by her heartbroken family; Josephine (Jody) Shelley, Janette Blake (Fethard), Lena (Helena) Fanning (Fethard), David O'Brien (Davy Pat), son-in-law Noel, daughter-in-law Julie, grandchildren, sister, brothers, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends. May she Rest In Peace
Reposing at her residence, 14 Kickham Street, Mullinahone, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Tuesday, September 25, from 4pm with rosary at 8.30pm. Removal from her home on Wednesday morning September 26, for Requiem Mass at 12 noon in St. Michael's Church, Kickham Street, Mullinahone. Burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House strictly private Wednesday morning please. Family flowers only, donations, if desired, to South Tipperary Hospice Movement.
Preparing your child for Secondary School Mathematics
The Principal of Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Mr Pat Coffey, invites you to a talk on how best to prepare your child for secondary school mathematics. This is an invite for parents of children in 5th and 6th class.
Pat, who has recently completed a PhD in Mathematics Education will talk to you about strategies and ideas from everyday life that will be of help. The Mathematics Department will also be present on the evening to share their expertise with you. The talk takes place in the school at 7pm on Thursday, September 27.
Photographs wanted for St. Patrick’s Place Reunion
This photo, supplied for the St. Patrick’s Place Reunion by Jim Fitzgerald, Fenit Village, Co. Kerry, was taken in Croke’s sweet shop on the way to school c.1960. L to R: Jim Fitzgerald, Eddie Fogarty and Jimmy O’Neill.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
This photograph received from Sheila Dawson, Gloucester, England, shows herself (behind) and a young girl having a ride on a pony outside her Grandfather Stephen Dwyer's house in St Patricks Place.
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’!
Table Quiz for Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold a Table Quiz on Friday, September 28, in Butler’s Bar, Main Street, commencing at 9pm. Table of four will cost €24, and there will also be a raffle on the night. Please come and support this very worthy cause.
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
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