The death has occurred on Thursday, October 4, 2018, of Brian Palmer, Green Farm, Fethard, peacefully at home; deeply regretted by his wife Caroline, sister-in-law Kate, nephews Rob and Tim and their families, relatives and friends.
Funeral to arrive at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard, on Wednesday, October 10, at 7.30pm. The Funeral Service will take place on Thursday at 2pm. Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu to The South Tipperary Home Care Team. House private.
Cookery Demonstrations for Parents
Cookery demonstrations for parents will commence on Wednesday, October 10, in Fethard Community Hall, every Wednesday for 8 weeks, from 10am to 12 noon. Come along meet new friends, have a cuppa and chat and get delicious recipes each week. Pay as you go €5 per week. Text/ Phone Grainne (087 7088670) to book a place.
Fethard ladies represent Tipperary in Munster
Following their recent victory in the County Final the Fethard Intermediate Ladies Football team now represent Tipperary and are playing the Munster Semifinal this Sunday, October 7, in Mallow against Aghada from Cork , starting at 2-15pm.
We hope to have a large Fethard crowd that will travel to Mallow to support the girls in this very important game.
Alice Leahy to launch her memoir 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 who will officially launch the book; 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. The Kindle edition of the book is now available for sale at Amazon.co.uk BUY THE BOOK ONLINE
Sports Achievement Award Nominees for September
The following eight nominees were received for the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for September.
- Dinny Burke – Winner of the monthly medal for September at Slievenamon golf club.
- Ben Coen – Apprentice jockey Ben was a prolific winner in September steering home nine winners.
- Fethard Ladies Intermediate Gaelic Football Team – First time county intermediate title winners with a comprehensive victory over Boherlahan.
- Jake Feery – Jake won the medieval marathon in Kilkenny in a time of 2 hours, 57 minutes and 7 seconds.
- Claire Bennett, Jennifer Fogarty, Fay Dowling, Rea O Donnell, Kate Gayson Molloy – Five U18 rugby players from Fethard who were capped by Munster during the recent Inter Provincial Championships.
- Mary Kenrick – Mary a Slievenamon golfer who won the Senior Alliance last weekend at Cahir Golf Club.
- Fethard Senior Mens’ Rugby Team – Nominated because of their promotion from J3 up to J2 in this season’s Munster League.
- Joe Murphy – Local horse trainer had 3 winners in September, namely ‘Gustavus Weston’, ‘Vitudurum’, and ‘Bay of Skaill’
The winner will be announced at a special presentation function on Friday night, October 5, at Butlers Sports Bar. All are welcome.
Volunteering – why not join our team at FHCE?
Fethard Horse Country Experience staff members and volunteers photographed at the FHCE’s first birthday. L to R: Kate O'Dwyer, Brid Ryan Bourke, Emma Lae Lay and Laura Condon.
Would you like to do something different with your spare time? Fethard Horse Country Experience (FHCE) are now looking for people to join their team of enthusiastic volunteers. We are looking for people to help meet and greet our many visitors from home and abroad who are willing to give two to four hours weekly at The Tholsel (Town Hall), Fethard, with flexible hours to suit your situation.
Interested? Contact FHCE before Friday, October 26, at Tel: (052) 8130439, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or just drop in during opening hours. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday and Bank Holidays from 10am to 4pm. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Nellie celebrates her 80th Birthday
Nellie Ryan, St. Patrick’s Place, recently celebrated her 80th Birthday and asked us to express her heartfelt thanks to everyone that made her recent 80th birthday celebrations so special. To those that sent flowers, birthday mass bouquets, presents, cards and took the time to telephone and call to her home, Nellie was overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity.
She went on to say, “Each and every gesture meant the world to me. To say I was surprised is an understatement. Thank you all for thinking of me and creating such lovely memories which I will treasure always.”
Mark wins four medals at Swimming Gala
Mark O’Meara, Red City, Fethard, who won four medals at the Munster Development Level 1 Swimming Gala held in Tipperary town on September 30
Congratulation to Mark O’Meara, Red City, Fethard, who won four medals at the Munster Development Level 1 Swimming Gala held in The Sean Treacy Memorial Pool, Tipperary town on September 30.
Mark’s had a very successful outing winning 1 gold medal, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal. He swam in four events and won a medal in all four events competed in, and in doing so, also knocked several seconds from his best times. Mark is a member of Clonmel Swimming Club where he swims every weekend.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday night, October 7, to the very popular music of ‘Declan Aungier’. 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.
Please note that the Annual General Meeting of Fethard & Killusty Community Ballroom will take place on next Tuesday, October 9, at 8pm in the Ballroom. All are welcome.
Fethard ICA will hold their October meeting on Tuesday, October 9, at 8pm in the ICA Hall on Rocklow Road, Fethard. Special guest speaker this month is Helena O’Shea and catering in charge of our ‘Green Group’.
Supporting your children to learn Mathematics
Patrician Brothers from India, Australia and Kenya who recently visited Fethard as part of a ten day Lorica Pilgrimage to Ireland. Photographed above at Patrician Presentation Secondary School with School Principal Pat Coffey and staff members. Back L to R: Helena Walsh (staff) Br Saji (India), Bro. Albert (India), Bro. Bin (India), Bro. George Xavier (India), Ian O'Connor (staff). Front L to R: Gwen Cronin (staff), Bro. Thomas Rice (Ireland), Pat Coffey Principal Fethard, Bro. Mathew Hayes (Chairperson Board of Management Patrician Presentation Fethard), Bro John Verhoeven (Australia), Bro. Jerome Ellens (India) and Bro. George Oricho (Kenya).
Thanks to those parents of 5th and 6th class students who attended our talk in Patrician Presentation Secondary School on Thursday, September 27. The talk was led by our school Principal, Mr Pat Coffey and our maths department.
Ms Walsh explained to parents how we assess students who come into First Year in the school using student passports, standardised testing and maths competency testing. These results allow the Mathematics Department to sequence the First Year Course to meet the learning needs of the incoming students.
Mr Coffey explained to parents that they could support their children develop their mathematical thinking using everyday numeracy activities. Examples ranged from cooking and money, to sport. Children need to be encouraged to develop dispositions where they are not afraid to be wrong, and where they are encouraged to express and communicate their thinking. All incoming students from this September onwards will be studying mathematics under the New Junior Cycle. The learning outcomes in the new Mathematics Specification place emphasis on skills such as investigation, exploration, analysis, application, discussion and evaluation. Therefore, when parents are helping their children to prepare for these skills encouraging students to develop their problem-solving skills is very important.
Mr Walsh explained the importance of proportional reasoning to parents and gave examples of problems which could be used by them. He demonstrated to parents how they could use concrete resources such as Lego, connection kits, and home-made resources to develop students’ conceptual understanding of abstract terms, and to advance their problem-solving skills.
Mr Coffey suggested the use of a free website: nrich.maths.org which also could be used as a resource for parents. The slides from the evening are available under the document section of our school website: fethardsecondaryschool.ie
We are conducting a study week in the school this week. A questionnaire will be administered to students during the week to ascertain the amount of study they are doing outside of school. Practical tips and methods on how best individual students with unique learning styles can best learn will be explored throughout the week in all classes. We are very grateful to Mr McGree for coordinating this week.
Visitors from Scotland
Visitors from Scotland photographed at the Pheasant Plucker's session in McCarthys are L to R: Torun Currie, John Shortall, Donald MacPherson, Paul Besso and Lewis Anderson. Donald is a son of Eleanor MacPherson (née O'Riordan) formerly from Kerry Street, Fethard.
Looking for information on Eva West
We’ve received the following request for any information on a photographer, Eva West, from Rachel Rath Email: email@example.com
“I am researching a photographer Eva West who, I believe, was based in Fethard when she wrote this article The ‘Leps’ of Tipperary published by Badminton Magazine of Sports and Pastimes, Volume XIX September 1904. She rented a house in the town with stables. Apparently, Burke was the Master of the Tipps Hunt and Tierney, the whip then.
I have read that she took photos of the soldiers in the barracks to send home, priests processions - Benediction from the Church to a field with people kneeling in the grass. There was another photo taken of a large lady with a brooch, “sent from America by a millionaire”. Lilian Bland stayed with her at some point (co-author of above article and regular collaborator) and her nephew too. They also covered the Gordon Bennett race and sold their images.
I'm wondering if she is potentially a daughter of Georgiana Grove Annesley and George White West if that is the case her full name could be Evelyn Grattan West.
Perhaps if anyone has any information about her? It would be great to hear your thoughts.”
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on September 26, were: 6, 14, 20 and 24. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: Daniela Sabatini, The Lantern, Fethard; and Frank Mullins, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Jimmy Connolly, Main Street, Fethard; Margaret Maher, Kilboy, Killenaule; and Yvonne Lawlor, Killenaule.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, October 3. 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 28, were: 1, 2, 7 and 35. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘match three’ winners who received €50: who received €75 each: Willie Mulcahy, Cahir; and Ursula Bradshaw, Fethard.
The next draw takes place on Friday, October 5, 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.
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.
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’!
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
Corpus Christi Procession in the Abbey Grounds 1953
Fethard Confraternity Band in the early 1920s. Back L to R: Mickey Gunne, Billy Mackey, Mickey Casey, Mickey Conway, Tom Hickey, Jack Dwyer, Johnny Croke, Ned Cummins, Connie Fitzgerald. Middle L to R: Paddy Dwyer, John Sayers, Willie Weston, Mickey Hickey. Front L to R: Rev. Fr. Noonan, Mick Sheedy, Johnny Fitzgerald, Tommy Wall and Tom Sheehan.
Dawn Foods Production Line 1995 L to R: Marian Thompson, Ann Looby, Annette Fox, David Purcell and John Kelly.
Fethard Minor Hurling Team beaten in the 1947 Final by Ballybacon at Clonmel. Back L to R: Mikie Cummins, Paddy O’Sullivan, Seán O’Donnell, Bobbie Hall, Joe O’Donnell, Michael Quirke, Tony Newport, Michael Henehan, Jimmy O’Donnell. Front: P. Shanahan, Joe Clarke, Richard Quirke, Cly Mullins, Willie Morrissey, Buddy Sayers, Jim Barry and Seán Walsh.
Fethard ICA Choir winners of the Rural Choir Competition for Small Towns at the Cork Municipal School of Music in April 1964. Back L to R: Mrs Lawless, Maggie Fox, ?, Alice Stapleton, Helen Lawless, Nellie Tobin, Bernie Whyte. Middle L to R: Helen O’Connell, Josie Casey, Olivia Hughes, Mrs Hazelton, Goldie Newport, Mrs Madigan, Jill Maher. Front L to R: Chrissie Byrne, ?, Colm Cleary, La Walsh and Mary Byard.
1995 Killusty National School Infant Class taking a break L to R: DavidLee, Sineád Lee, Samantha Feery and Lorraine Feery.
Ex-Servicemens Harness Making Class in Clonmel
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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