Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter
Club Secretaries and organisations are reminded that their submissions for this year’s newsletter are needed as soon as possible. We are also inviting anyone with articles and photographs that they wish to be included in this year’s issue to be also summitted as soon as possible. You can email same to: firstname.lastname@example.org or hand them in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, or Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard.
Donations & Church Gate Collection
Donations can also be given to Carmel Rice or Joe Kenny. and all donations of €10 and over will be acknowledged in this year’s Newsletter. You can alternatively make your donation at our Annual Church Gate Collection on weekending October 20 and 21. If you put your donation in an envelope and write your name and address on the outside, we will also acknowledge your donation in this year’s issue.
You can also make a secure donation by Credit Card or PayPal by clicking the 'DONATE' link below.
If you have relatives abroad that you wish to receive the newsletter you can also send us their address by email to: email@example.com or hand them in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, or Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard.
Fethard Golf Challenge Cup
Making the draw for the Fethard Golf Challenge Cup competition that takes place in Slievenamon Golf Club on Saturday, October 13, are organisers L to R: John Hurley, Bill O'Sullivan and Nat McCarthy. The Challenge Cup is kindly sponsored by Michael 'Mouse' Morris and the medals kindly sponsored by Burkes Bridge Bar.
A Pub Society Golf Competition for the Fethard Golf Challenge Cup, kindly sponsored by Michael Mouse Morris, will take place on Saturday, October 13, at Slievenamon Golf Club. Four teams of 12 will consist of eight four-balls, four four-balls singles and a non-playing captain. The four teams will be captained by Michael Smyth (The Well); Bobby O’Leone (Burkes Bar); Annette Murphy (McCarthys Hotel); and Nat McCarthy (Butlers Bar).
Non-handicap players will play off 18 for Men and 26 for Ladies. The four captains will decide under the rules of golf any disputes and if we don’t have an outcome, organisers Bill O’Sullivan and John Hurley will have a casting vote. Medals for the competition are kindly sponsored by Burkes Bar.
Died in England
The death has occurred on September 15, 2018, of Josephine Mary Gilpin (née Foley), Exeter, Devon, England, peacefully after a short illness.
Forever missed by Jonathan, Marian, Jodie, Tom and Elle. Her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends will lovingly remember her.
May she Rest in Peace.
Disappointing start to Bridge Club season
It has been a disappointing start to the new bridge year with so few people turning up to play. Two of the main competitions are already over with less than a quarter of the members participating. Next Wednesday, October 17, we play the first round of the Player of the Year competition and we hope to see everybody back playing. Bridge starts at 7.15pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact Gemma Burke 086-6064148.
On Wednesday, September 26, we played for the Free Sub Gross and the results were: 1st Gross, Betty Walsh and Monica Anglim (winners of free sub); 2nd Gross, Tony Hanrahan and Keith Woodlock; 3rd Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 1st Nett, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke; 2nd Nett, Margaret Slattery and Mike Burke; 3rd Nett, Carmel Condon and Brendan Kenny
Patrician Presentation News
Thanks to Mr McGree for organising a very successful Study Week in the school from October 1 to 5. All the Year Groups had a Study Workshop and individual subject teachers gave the pupils study techniques for their own subject areas.
Bag Packing in aid of Extra-Curricular activities
Deputy principal Ms M.A Fogarty photographed with Laura O'Donnell, Bernadette O'Meara, Mary Sinnott, Catherine Ryan and Laura Kiely at the Patrician Presentation Secondary School’s fundraising ‘Bag Pack’ in Dunnes Stores, Oakville, Clonmel, in aid of the school’s extra-curricular activities.
Thanks very much to all the members of our Patrician Presentation Secondary School community who helped with our fundraiser for extra-curricular activities over last weekend. We are very grateful to the management and staff of Dunnes Stores in the Oakville Shopping Centre for supporting us, and to all the members of the public who contributed over the weekend.
3rd Year School Retreat
All Third Students took part in a school retreat last Thursday, organised and facilitated by Ms Maher who is qualified to give retreats having done a Shekinah Course.
The Shekinagh Course focuses on youth retreat facilitation skills and is for anyone who is interested in the spiritual and human development of young people. The school thanks Ms Maher most sincerely for all her work each year with the retreats. Thanks also to Fr. Iggy O’Donovan OSA for celebrating Mass with the students at the end of the Third Year retreat.
TY visit to the Escape Room Activity
The TY students will take part in an Escape Room activity in Waterford next Thursday, October 11. The activity is being organised by Mr Walsh, TY Co-ordinator. It is an ‘escape’ physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles.
Sports Achievement Award for September
Pat O'Donnell (left) receiving the 'Mentor of the Month' award from Liam Downey representing sponsors, J & C Kenny, Wine Distributors, Co. Galway, and Butlers Bar Committee Member, Mary Godfrey.
The joint winners of the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for September were, apprentice jockey Ben Coen– a prolific winner in September steering home nine winners; and Fethard Ladies Intermediate Gaelic Football Team who were first time county intermediate title winners and represented Tipperary in the Munster Intermediate semi-final but were beaten by a strong Aghada team from Cork. This month’s awards were presented by Liam Downey representing sponsors, J & C Kenny, Wine Distributors, Co. Galway.
Members of Fethard Ladies Intermediate Football Team accepting the joint Fethard Sports Achievement Award for September, from Liam Downey representing sponsors, J & C Kenny, Wine Distributors, Co. Galway. L to R: Nell Spillane, Lucy Spillane, Liam Downey and Leah Coen.
Shay Coen (right) accepting the joint Fethard Sports Achievement Award for September, from Liam Downey representing sponsors, J & C Kenny, Wine Distributors, Co. Galway. Shay accepted the award on behalf of his son Ben Coen who was the joint winner with Fethard Ladies Intermediate Football Team.
The winner of the ‘Mentor of the Month Award’ was Pat O’Donnell, Fethard Rugby Club. Pat played with rugby with Rockwell; played hurling and football with Fethard GAA and has coached young players from aged 10 to 18 for the past seven years. He is currently coaching the Under-18 ladies’ rugby team and has five players included on the current Munster panel, and the same amount last year, with one also progressing to play internationally. Pat is also current chairman of the East Munster League and president of Fethard Rugby Club.
The awards were presented at a special function on Friday night, October 5, at Butlers Sports Bar.
Happy 80th Birthday Olly
Olly Fitzgerald, formerly from St. Patrick’s Place, and now living in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK, is photographed celebtrating his 80th birthday with his brother and sisters in Fethard. L to R: Tony Fitzgerald, Olly Fitzgerald, Biddy (Fitzgerald) Kearney, and Mary (Fitzgerald) Mulcahy.
Happy 80th birthday wishes to Olly Fitzgerald, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, and formally of St Patrick's Place, Fethard, who enjoyed early birthday celebrations with family and friends while on his yearly visit home to Fethard. Olly is a regular visit to Fethard and a great supporter of Fethard Newsletter. His 80th birthday is Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
'A Night on Broadway' at the Abymill
The Abymill Theatre Fethard will host ‘A Night on Broadway’ in aid of the HOPE Foundation on Friday, October 19 and Saturday October 20, at 7.30pm. Tickets are €15 each. Contact Carol at Tel: 087 2346737.
Shane Neville, Kilnockin, Fethard, a TY Student will be donating funds raised to the HOPE Foundation in Kolkata, India, when he visits there next February.
Cookery Demonstrations for Parents
Cookery demonstrations for parents will commence on this 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.
An October Evening with the Choirs
Friends of Bridgewater House and Knocklofty Rural Day Service will present ‘An October Evening with the Choirs’ on Friday, October 19, at Old St. Mary’s Church, Mary Street, Clonmel, at 8pm. Admission is €15 which includes entry into a draw for two-nights B&B at The River Court Hotel, Kilkenny, for two people.
The choirs include The Gordonaires, Fethard Choral Society, Nire Valley Voices, Cahir To Sing, STSA Clonmel and special guests Marji Maxwell and the choir of Bridgewater House and Knocklofty Rural Day Service.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday night, October 14, to the very popular music of ‘Michael Collins’. 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.
‘Ireland after the Rising 1916-1918’
Fethard Historical Society will host a lecture, ‘Ireland after the Rising 1916-1918’ by Dr. Noreen Higgins McHugh at 8 pm in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road, on Thursday, October 18. Admission is €4. Dr. Higgins McHugh is a Tipperary historian who has previously lectured for the society on such topics as genealogy and the Tithe Wars.
Thomas Ashe photographed between guards in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, after the 1916 Rising – (An Phoblacht, July 3, 2017 edition)
In this lecture she will look at what was happening in Ireland after the 1916 Rising: the execution of the leaders, national and international reaction to those executions, the Royal Commission of Enquiry, the Home Rule Scheme, the trial of Roger Casement, the deportations to internment camps in Britain with emphasis on life in Frongoch Interment Camp in Wales. Noreen will also speak about the Prisoners’ Aid Association, the National Aid Association, the death of Thomas Ashe and the rise of Sinn Féin culminating with their success in the General Election of December 2018.
She intends to talk too about January 1919 on the night as it will be relevant, considering we are nearly at the end of 2018 and she herself is involved in a conference relating to the 100th anniversary of the Soloheadbeg ambush in January 1919, which is traditionally the start of the War of Independence.
All are welcome to what promises to be a very interesting insight into the aftermath of the 1916 Rising and what was happening in Ireland one hundred years ago.
Sean Treacy remembered
The late Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness speaking at the Sean Treacy commemoration ceremony held at Kilfeacle cemetery on Sunday, October 16, 1994.
The Tipperary Republication Commemoration Committee will remember Tipperary man Sean Treacy and his comrades in Kilfeacle cemetery, on Sunday, October 14, at 3pm. This year’s commemoration will be presided over by Ciara McCormack, SF election candidate. The oration will be delivered by Michelle O’Neill MLA, vice president of Sinn Fein and Deputy First Minister.
The Cork Republican flute band will close proceeding on the day with our national anthem. All are welcome on the day. Following the ceremony, we will proceed to Golden village to lay a wreath at the Thomas McDonagh stature. Coiste Cuimhneachain Phoblachtach Tionraid Arann.
Fethard U16 girls battle to victory
Fethard Girls Rugby U16 Team Back L to R: Clodagh Fanning, Evelyn Gayson Molloy, Orla Maher, Karen Bennet, Shauna Maher, Sophia O’Brien. Front L to R: Kate Ross, Jessica Stokes, Aoibhe Gayson Molloy, Kate Flannery, Orlaith Breen, Rachel Ryan and Lia Coady. Missing from picture is Lucy Austin.
Fethard RFC Girls U16s battled back to victory on Saturday last in their tough league game against Shannon RFC. All the girls gave 110 percent and we were very proud of them.
Team was: forwards Sophia O’Brien, Shauna Maher, Lia Coady, Orla Maher, Clodagh Fanning, Orlaith Breen (scored two tries) with Aisling Morrissey as back up working with the backs of Evelyn Gayson Molloy, Kate Flannery (1 try), Karen Bennett (1 try), Aoibhe Gayson Molloy (3 conversions), Jessica Stokes, Rachel Ryan and Kate Ross with Lucy Austin as back up. Well done to all with a hard-fought result of 26-24 to Fethard.
The girls have a busy weekend ahead for our U18 and U16s with their next league games coming up. Our U8s, U10s, U12s and U14s travel to Clonakilty for the Munster Girls Rugby Blitz on Sunday, October 14.
Calling all ladies and girls
Would you or your daughter like to ‘Give It A Try’ at girls / ladies rugby? New members are always welcome to join our training that takes place in Fethard Community Field on Monday and Friday evenings. So please do come along and see the fun. For enquiries or further information please contact Polly on 086 3394959.
Fethard and District RFC News
Fethard Rugby minis were in blitz action over the weekend in Clonmel with a strong turnout at all age groups. Our U10s are in action in UL Bohs next Sunday, October 14, in a Munster Aviva Mini Rugby Festival. Arrival time 9.45am. All details will be sent out by text on Friday.
Our age grade and mens’ teams all had an exceptionally tough weekend. Our U14s, despite excellent efforts from Max McInerney, Killian Begley, Pauric Heffernan, Sam Austin and Joey Flynn, lost out to a very strong Cashel side.
Our combined U18s lost out in their first competitive game of season going down to Thurles 14–29. Our J2 team, despite a second half rally, lost out to Clonmel on Saturday evening. Our J1 team travelled with light numbers to Kinsale on Sunday and put in a fine performance away from home, only succumbing to Kinsale due to lack of replacements. Fethard finished the game with only 13 players on the field. The final result was 14-27 to Kinsale.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on October 3, were: 12, 22,23 and 27. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: John Slattery, Barrettstown, Fethard; P. J. Henehan, Main Street, Fethard; and Eileen Purcell, Burke Street, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Eddie O'Brien, Burke Street, Fethard; John Hunt, Lisronagh; and Majella Daly, Strylea, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, October 10. 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, October 5, were: 4, 6, 8 and 24. There was no jackpot winner and five ‘match three’ winners who received €30 each: Jimmy O'Meara, Strylea, Fethard; Paul Hayes, Burke Street, Fethard; Mary & Benny, Killenaule; Vera Sheehan, Killusty; and Gemma Gahan, Camogie Club.
The next draw takes place on Friday, October 12, 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 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.
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
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.
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: email@example.com
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: 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
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