Fethard Players are ‘The Real McCoy’
Cast members of Fethard Players production of the hilarious comedy, 'It's The Real McCoy’, taking a break from rehearsal. The play, produced by Marian Gilpin, will be staged in the Abymill Theatre from Tuesday, November 20, to Saturday, November 24, and booking is now open at Tel: 085 2338513. L to R: Joe Hanley, Ann Walsh, Mia Treacy, Liam O'Connor and Mary O'Connell. Also in the cast are Niamh Hayes and Richie Hayes.
Fethard Players are currently in rehearsal for this year’s autumn production of a hilarious comedy by Tommy Marron, ‘It’s The Real McCoy’. This three-act rip-roaring Irish comedy is set in the mid-sixties and a that will have you in tears of laughter!
The cast members are: Mary O’Connell, Joe Hanley, Niamh Hayes, Richie Hayes, Mia Treacy, Ann Walsh and Liam O’Connor. The play is produced by Marian Gilpin and will be staged in the Abymill Theatre from Tuesday, November 20 to Saturday, November 24. Booking is now open at Tel: 085 2338513
The death has occurred on Sunday, November 4, 2018, of Richard (Dick) Fitzgerald, St Patrick's Place, Fethard. Richard (Dick), predeceased by his wife Lily, is deeply regretted by his sons Pat and Stephen, daughters Geraldine and Colette, brothers and sisters Biddy, Michael, Olly, Jimmy, Mary and Tony, grandchildren Elizabeth, Andrew, Eileen, Marie, Conor, Darra, Keith and Lily, great-grandson Ryan, son-in-law, 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, November 6, from 4.30pm with removal to Holy Trinity Parish Church at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Mary's Dance presentation to Fethard Day Care Centre
Mary Richardson presenting Fethard & District Day Care Centre with the proceeds of a dance she organised in Fethard Ballroom to support the great work of the centre where her late mother, Margaret Brophy, spent many happy days. Back L to R: Mary Slattery, Joan Heffernan, Breda Nolan, Jim Quigley, Esther Leahy, Paddy Tobin, Tina Shine, Pat Hayes, Monica O'Shea, Jimmy Mullins, Ivica Garbinska (staff). Front L to R: Des Martin, Bobbi Holohan (secretary), Mary Richardson (Fethard Ballroom). Geraldine McCarthy (Supervisor Fethard & District Day Care Centre), Eileen Coady (Fethard Ballroom) and Austy Slattery.
Sports Achievement Award nominees for October
The following nominees were received for the Butlers Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for October.
- Fethard U16 Gaelic Football Team – Winners of the county title by beating Loughmore in the final by 1 point in a fantastic game of football.
- Paul McCarthy – Paul had a podium finish at the final round of the European Drifting championships and he also secured 4th place overall in Ireland for 2018.
- Carla Costigan Blake – Winner of the ladies prize at an international Skate fishing competition held in Westport Co. Mayo.
- Declan Walsh – Overall winner at an International Skate fishing competition held in Westport Co Mayo.
- Mark O’Meara – At a Munster Development Level 1 Swimming Gala held in Tipp town, he returned with a 4-medal haul, 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze.
- Ray O’Connor – Ray had his first winner as an owner when his horse ‘The Galant Way’, trained by Harry Kelly, won at Tinahely Point-to-Point.
The winner will be announced on Friday night, November 2, at a special presentation function in Butlers Sports Bar. All are welcome.
Christmas Shoebox Appeal
This year’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal is now here again, and we ask for your continued support by filling a shoebox with a range of simple Christmas gifts, and drop it off at your local drop-off point at Centra, Fethard, or Monica Pollard, Rocklow Road, before November 9.
All you need to do is get an average size shoebox (or a plastic storage container would also be great) and wrap it with Christmas paper. Choose who you'd like to receive your gift – a boy or a girl, in one of three age groups: 2-4 years, 5-9 years or 10-14 years. For further information or leaflets contact Monica Pollard, at Centra Foodmarket, Fethard, or by Tel: 087 1258591. Click to Download Leaflet
Clonmel to Thurles Greenway public meeting gets strong support!
Organisers of the first public meeting to promote the Clonmel to Thurles Greenway project are photographed before the start of their well-attended meeting held in the Anner Hotel, Thurles, on Tuesday, October 23. L to R: Cllr. Kevin O'Meara, David Morrissey, Cllr. Jim Ryan, Declan McGann and Seamus Weber.
On Tuesday last, October 23, the first public information meeting regarding the possibilities of developing a ‘Thurles to Clonmel Greenway’ was held in the Anner Hotel, Thurles. The meeting was chaired by Cllr. Jim Ryan, a long-time advocate of greenways, joined at the top table by Cllr. Kevin O'Meara (Mullinahone), David Morrissey, Declan McGann, Seamus Weber and Jane Ryan. Apologies were received from Cllr. Imelda Goldsboro and Ciara McCormack who was unable to attend due to a family bereavement.
The meeting opened with an introductory talk from Cllr. Jim Ryan, who welcomed the large attendance and introduced the other speakers at the top table.
Following a very enlightening question and answer session which unfolded many brilliant ideas and viewpoints from those in the room, there is a huge sense of a real shared vision and optimism overall for this project. There was a consensus from all present that it was hugely important to involve the landowners involved and, all those whose lifestyle and work may be affected by the development. Those present were further educated by the positive contributions from landowners and farming representatives at the meeting.
Only up to 40 percent of original track may be used!
One of the main objections to the Greenway comes from affected landowners who already have other developments in place where the railway track originally existed. This was relieved somewhat when it was explained that a feasibility study would reveal many alternative routes and that only up to 40 percent of the original track may be needed to complete the greenway. It was also stressed that nothing would happen without the consent of the landowners. It was also explained that when the railway line closed back in the 1960s, Iarnród Éireann surrendered the land back to the landowners and was now in their possession.
Photographed in the Anner Hotel, Thurles, at the first public meeting to promote the Clonmel to Thurles Greenway and form a steering committee are L to R: Cllr. Kevin O'Meara (Mullinahone), John Cooney (Fethard), Paddy Gleeson (Drombane), Noel Buckley (Clonmel) and Joe Kenny (Fethard).
Overall it was agreed that the project will only succeed with good will from all involved and the realisation of the huge benefits a greenway could make to a community. Immediate benefits, as seen in the Waterford/Dungarvan Greenway, would see a huge increase in tourism and visitors, a safe place for family walking and cycling, an upsurge in local business, accommodation and a future for rural development.
Following contributions from those present from areas outside the Thurles area, it was suggested that further meetings should be held in other venues such as Clonmel or Fethard. With that in mind, Cllr Jim Ryan asked anyone willing to get involved on a steering committee to remain for a short while after the meeting. This group will decide how to best move the project forward, the first being the funding of a feasibility study.
While Tipperary County Council is very positive about the project, they are unable to fund a feasibility study, so it was decided to make an application under the Rural Development Programme (widely known as Leader).
Details of further meetings will be circulated, and further information is also available on the group’s Facebook page ‘Lets Get Tipp Off Track’ or tipperarygreenways
The death has occurred on November 3, 2018, of Henry Jeffrey (Harry) Ponsonby, Grove, Fethard. Harry, in his 88th year, died peacefully at home with his family. Deeply regretted by his wife Rosemary, son Julian (Joe), daughters Jane and Rosanna, daughter-in-law Patricia, sons-in-law Simon and Tim, grandchildren, niece, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral Service in the Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard, on Thursday November 8, at 11am. Burial at Kilcooley Parish Church at 4pm. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to South Tipperary Hospice and SSAFA (Ireland).
Fethard Players now in rehearsal
Fethard Players are currently in rehearsal for this year’s autumn production of a hilarious comedy by Tommy Marron, ‘It’s The Real McCoy’. This three-act play, produced by Marian Gilpin, is set in the mid-sixties and a rip-roaring Irish comedy that will have you in tears of laughter!
The cast members are: Mary O’Connell, Joe Hanley, Niamh Hayes, Richie Hayes, Mia Treacy, Ann Walsh and Liam O’Connor.
Rathcoole Cemetery repairs
The Fethard Rural Graveyards Group and TÚS are currently repairing a fallen wall at Rathcoole Graveyard Fethard. Photographed at work on the boundary wall are L to R: Mike Power, Gabriel Needham and Kevin McGonnell.
The boundary wall between Rathcoole graveyard and an adjoining farm, fell during the hot summer months earlier this year. It is now being repaired with the aid of TÚS who support the Fethard Rural Graveyards Group by providing a worker who helps clean and maintains the following four graveyards in our parish at Rathcoole, Tullamaine, Red City and Kilmaclugh (Grove Estate) that are in the group’s charge.
The strong growth caused by this year's unusual weather conditions made the work rather onerous and continuous. The committee is thankful to Tipperary
Fethard Bridge Club Results
On Wednesday, October 17, we played the first round of the Player of the Year competition and the results were: 1st Gross, Tony Hanrahan and Keith Woodlock; 2nd Gross, Carmel Condon and Eileen Frewen; 3rd Gross, Monica Anglim and Betty Walsh; 1st Nett, Margaret Slattery and Mike Burke; 2nd Nett, Noreen Evans and Noel O'Dwyer; 3rd Nett, Carol Kenny and Gemma Burke.
Next Wednesday, November 7, we play the second round of the Player of the Year which is a change of partner. Bridge starts at 7.15pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact Gemma Burke 086-6064148.
Supporting 'Cups Against Breast Cancer'
Photographed at the 'Cups Against Breast Cancer' Coffee Morning at the Fethard Horse Country Experience in aid of the Irish Cancer Society are L to R: Garda Joe Horgan (Kilsheelan) and Sergeant Tom Kelly, recently stationed to Fethard Garda Barracks.
Fethard Ladies’ Football Club’s Annual Dinner Dance
Fethard Ladies Football Club will hold their annual dinner dance on Saturday, November 17, in Clonmel Park Hotel at 7.30pm. Tickets are now available from any committee member.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday night, November 4, to the very popular music of ‘Michael Sexton’. 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. Patrick’s Place Reunion
Please note we have a change of date for the next meeting of St. Patrick’s Place Reunion due to the Bank Holiday Weekend. The next meeting will now take place on Tuesday, November 13, at 8.30pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, and all are welcome to come along.
Senior Citizens meeting
Fethard Senior Citizens’ Club will meet on Tuesday, November 6, at 7:30pm in the Tirry Centre. Please bring with you the Christmas Raffle tickets you have sold to date. Our Christmas Party takes place on December 2.
The death has occurred on October 28, 2018, of John Fahey, M.C.C.,P.C., Graystown, Killenaule, in the loving care of his family and the staff of St. Brigid's Hospital, Carrick-on-Suir. John, predeceased by his brother Patrick Joseph, is deeply regretted by his wife Anne, daughter Anna, sons Jack, Harry (his partner Jody) and Daniel, sisters Bríd (Bates) and Mary, brothers Denis, Martin and William, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. May he Rest in Peace.
Reposing at O'Connell's Funeral Home, Killenaule, on Tuesday evening, October 30, from 4pm to 7.30pm, arriving at St. Mary's Church, Killenaule, at 8pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday morning at 11.30am, followed by burial in Crosscannon Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations if desired to South Tipperary Hospice or Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland. 'Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam uasal dílis.'
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on October 24, were: 16, 17, 26 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: Joan O'Donohoe, Moyglass.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Breda Nolan, Ballinure; Shelia Duggan, Edmond Rice Park, Callan; and Ciara Harrison, c/o The Green, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, October 31. 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 26, were: 5, 24, 26 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘match three’ winner who received €100: Matt O’Dwyer, Red City, Fethard. Two lucky dip winners received €25: Stephanie Johnson, Main Street, Fethard; and Hazel Sheehan, Killusty.
The next draw takes place on Friday, November 2, 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.
Halloween Disco & Fancy Dress for juniors
Fethard & Killenaule Youth Project will hold a Halloween Disco & Fancy Dress for juniors (4th, 5th & 6th class pupils) on Friday, November 2, from 7pm to 9pm, in Fethard Convent Community Hall. Admission is €2 and all juniors are invited to come along and dress up for Halloween.
Fethard & Killenaule Youth Project is organised by Youth Work Ireland Tipperary and is a shared project between two parishes: Fethard Centre based in Convent Community Hall, Main Street, Fethard; and the Killenaule Centre based in the ETB Building, Main Street Killenaule. For further information contact: William Dunne, Community Youth Worker Tel: 083 8681062.
“We confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland”
November Cemetery Rosary Programme
Rosaries for the Holy Souls will be recited in the following cemeteries during the month of November.
- Sunday, November 4: Augustinian Abbey Cemetery at 3pm; and Everardsgrange Cemetery at 3.30pm.
- Sunday, November 11: Calvary Cemetery at 3pm; and Peppardstown Cemetery at 3.45pm.
- Sunday, November 18: Rathcoole Cemetery at 2.30pm; Tullamaine Cemetery at 3.30pm; and Redcity Cemetery at 3pm.
- Sunday, November 25: Killusty Cemetery after 10am Mass (approx 10.30am); Kiltinan Cemetery at 2.30pm; and Kilmaclugh Cemetery at 3.15pm.
All are invited to come along and remember our loved ones who have passed on to their eternal reward.
Clocks go back this weekend!
Don't forget to put your clocks back by one hour at 2am on Sunday, October 28, this weekend and gain an extra hour for that extended rest this bank holiday weekend.
Donal Clancy in concert at Crocanoir
Donal Clancy in concert at Crocanoir on Saturday November 3, at 8pm. Son of the legendary folksinger Liam Clancy, Donal has been carving out his own niche in the music world while keeping the Clancy family tradition alive. A gifted performer with a warm stage presence we look forward to welcoming Donal to Crocanoir for the first time. Another great night of music and song in store at the end of the boreen. Tickets contact John Bermingham at Tel: 086 8907329
A pre-Baptism meeting will be held in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, on Monday, November 26, 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.
- Parish Church: Fridays from after 10am Mass to 11.30am, and from 6pm to 9pm.
- Abbey Church: Thursdays from 11am to 12 noon.
GOAL's 'What On Earth?' public exhibition now open!
Photographed at the opening of the GOAL's 'What on Earth!' exhibition currently on display at Fethard Horse Country Experience until Saturday, October 27, are L to R: Ann Marie O'Brien, Aidan O'Brien, Ana O'Brien, Barbara Murphy and Jimmy O'Sullivan.
Ana O'Brien is photographed beside her work 'Racing Around The World' , one of the 100 unique resin globe sculptures which have been painted and decorated by some of Ireland's top artists and celebrities. The Public Art Exhibition will tour a number of key cities in Ireland before being auctioned off in November 2018 to raise valuable funds for GOAL. A selection of globes from the exhibition are currently on display at Fethard Horse Country Experience until Saturday, October 27. Opening Hours 11am to 4pm.
Ana O'Brien photographed with her
'Racing Around The World' globe in GOAL's 'What on Earth!' exhibition currently on display at Fethard Horse Country Experience until Saturday, October 27. Opening Hours 11am to 4pm.
Ana’s equine design to feature as part of GOAL arts project
More than 80 unique pieces of art will go on display at several locations across Tipperary this week as part of a public arts fundraising campaign for the charity GOAL.
The designs, part of GOAL’s ‘What On Earth’ project, with exhibitions at locations in Fethard, Clonmel, Cahir and Carrick-on-Suir from Tuesday, October 23, to Saturday, October 27, and will include a very special equine-related piece from Ana O’Brien, daughter of champion racehorse trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Ana and her family were present at the launch of the exhibition at Fethard Horse Country Experience last night, where a selection of the globes will be on display until October 27th. Located in the heart of the Golden Vale, the FHC Experience offers visitors the opportunity to discover the rich culture, heritage and history of the region. Part of Ireland's Ancient East, this interactive experience examines the relationship between the people, the land and the horse revealing how they are all inextricably linked.
Photographed at the opening of the GOAL's 'What on Earth! exhibition currently on display at Fethard Horse Country Experience are staff members L to R: Eileen Croke, Alan Vard (GOAL), Mary Healy, Mary Hanrahan and Stephanie O'Dwyer.
All participating artists were given a blank, white resin planet Earth sculpture at the start of the summer and were asked to create a design of the choice on the globe. The 100 globes are currently available to view online - with bidding having already started - and they will be touring the country over the coming weeks.
Ana said she was delighted to support the GOAL project and explained how she covered most of her globe in wood chip from the all-weather gallops in Ballydoyle and then attached horse shoes from some of the famous horses that were trained on those gallops. The shoes of Istabraq, Camelot, So You Think, High Chaparral, St Nicholas Abbey, Churchill, Winter and Minding are attached to the Globe. Between the eight horses, they won 53 grade 1 races all over the world including Australia, USA, Dubai, France, Ireland and the UK.
Photographed at the opening of the GOAL's 'What on Earth! exhibition currently on display at Fethard Horse Country Experience are L to R: Jimmy O'Sullivan, Aidan O'Brien, Ann Marie O'Brien, Ana O'Brien, Alan Vard (GOAL) and Eamon Sharkey (GOAL).
“This project has already captured the imagination of the arts community in Ireland, and I expect the public to fall in love with it too,” said National Campaigns Manager for GOAL, Alan Vard. “When people see the varying designs and themes that the artists have come up with, they are going to be blown away. These globes will become hugely sought-after and I would encourage people to get their bids in as early as possible. I would particularly expect strong interest from the corporate sector, local authorities, as well as art aficionados.”
Some of the other Irish artists taking part in the project include multi-award-winning names such as Donald Teskey, Tom Climent and Neil Shawcross; Leah Hewson, whose multi-layered globe and eye-catching geometric pattern is in keeping with her style of work; and internationally-recognised street artist, Maser.
Many of the Irish artists have worked on their individual unique pieces, while others have collaborated with well-known personalities, including Dublin footballer, Alan Brogan; golfer, Padraig Harrington and former international athlete, Sonia O’Sullivan.
Photographed at the opening of the GOAL's 'What on Earth! exhibition currently on display at Fethard Horse Country Experience are staff members L to R: Laura Condon (manager), Cliona Maher (South Tipperary Arts Centre), Maurice Moloney and Eamon Sharkey (GOAL).
The online auction is now open and the globes will remain on that site and open to bidding until Thursday, November 28, at 7pm. The designs will be exhibited at Fethard Horse Country Experience; Kickham Barracks, Clonmel; Cahir Castle; and Brewery Lane Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Suir, from Tuesday, October 23, to Saturday, October 27.
Emigrants Newsletter Donations
Reminder to get all your club reports, photographs and articles in as soon as possible it they are to be included in this year’s issue of the Fethard & Killusty Emigrants’ Newsletter.
We would like to thank sincerely all who contributed to our Church Gate Collection last weekend. A total of €1,025.50 was collected for which we are most grateful.
Donations can also be given to Carmel Rice or Joe Kenny or online at: https://fethard.com/donate/ and all donations of €10 and over will be acknowledged in this year’s Newsletter.
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If you have relatives abroad that you wish to receive the newsletter you can also send us their address by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or hand them in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, or Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard.
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
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