Photographed above are L to R: Gerry Fogarty, Colleen Hill, Margaret Gleeson and Peggy Sullivan, at a recent function held in Hotel Minella to mark the retirements from St. Bernard's Childrens' Services, Fethard, of Gerry, Colleen and Peggy, and the ‘leaving’ of Margaret Gleeson. All will be missed greatly by their former colleagues and we wish them well.
Bedtime Story Books Launch in Fethard
Pamela Walsh is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and being a mother of two, knows and understands how important it is for children to have a good night’s sleep. What better way to start the sleep process than a 'relaxing story' as her children like to call it. This short story can help your little one to relax and feel calm at bedtime and can create a wonderful bonding time for your family to enjoy. This book may help your child to drift off to sleep while they listen to a wonderful relaxing story read by you.
If you would like to know more about these books you can come to the official launch in Fethard Horse Country Experience on Sunday, December 2, from 11am to 12.30pm.
Special Mass for all who have died in the past year
There will be a special Mass next Friday, November 30, in Holy Trinity Parish Church at 7pm for all who have died since this time last year.
A candle will be provided for a member of each bereaved family. Those who had a family member who died outside of the Parish last year are also welcome to bring forward a candle to remember them.
The death has occurred on November 22, 2018, of Sr Celsus Ryan, Presentation Convent, Fethard, deeply regretted by her loving Presentation Community, her nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, great-grandnephews, relatives and friends.
Reposing in Convent Chapel, Fethard, from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday with prayers at 5pm. Requiem Mass in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 11am on Sunday November 25th, followed bu burial in Calvary Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
Work on Burke Street Park to commence next week.
We have been officially advised that the commencement of the works to the New Park Development at East Gate Park, Burke Street, Fethard will commence on site next week from Monday, November 26.
The death has occurred on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, of Colin Warren, Slanestown, Fethard. Colin, deeply regretted by his family and friends. Colin will be remembered fondly in Fethard for his efficient Taxi service in the Fethard area.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard on Thursday, November 22, from 5.30pm to 7pm. Funeral Service in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard, on Friday at 1.30pm followed by cremation in the Island Crematorium, Rinaskiddy, Co. Cork, at 4pm.
Open Evening at Patrician Presentation Secondary School
The school’s ‘Open Evening’ for 5th and 6th Year Pupils will take place in the school next Monday, November 26, from 7pm to 9pm. All 5th and 6th Year pupils are invited to attend with their parents. Our school has received many accolades during the year both from the Department of Education’s Inspectorate, the former Minister for Education, Mr Richard Bruton, County GAA and the Royal Irish Academy.
County Success for 1st Year pupil
Well done to 1st Year pupil, Matt Coen, who recently captained the South Tipperary Team to victory in the ‘Peadar Cummins Cup’, played against the Mid-Tipperary team in Dundrum. Matt also won a sports ‘Player of the Month Award’ in the school for this great achievement.
Monthly Sports’ Awards
The following pupils won Patrician Presentation monthly Sports Awards: Carrie Davey (5th Year), for her huge contribution to all sports in the school both as a player and sports’ mentor in the school. Ciara O’Meara (2nd Year), for her dedication and positive attitude to sport in the school. Patrick Kennedy (3rd Year), for his great sports’ skills and reliability on Patrician Presentation’s sports teams
Junior Cycle in-service day
On Tuesday, November 13, the school was delighted to host five Junior Cycle subject clusters meetings for over 60 teachers and eight facilitators. Many thanks to pupils: Laura Kiely, Aran Larkin, Eric Costin, Lucy Spillane, Caoimhe O’Meara and Keenan Aherne who helped with parking and welcoming the teachers to the school. Thanks also to caretaker, Connie Sullivan, secretary, Gwen Cronin and Nuala Aherne (SNA) for all their practical help with the coffee breaks and administration of the event. McCarthy’s provided lunch for the participants and the facilitators, and we thank them for their efficiency.
Virgin Media News
Well done to our First-Year student Ben Ryan and his siblings who appeared on Virgin Media News during the week to discuss the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes.
Annual Christmas Bazaar at Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold their Annual Christmas Bazaar on Thursday, November 29, starting at 11am. All are invited to come along to support the centre at this annual fundraising event where you can enjoy a cup of tea and a chat, also partake in our Cake Sale, Monster Raffle and browse many seasonal crafts on sale, suitable for Christmas gifts. Looking forward to your continued support.
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
Students from Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School who participated in the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Mass held at the Augustinian Abbey in Fethard. Also included with the students are Fr. Iggy O’Donovan OSA, Ms Marie Maher (teacher), along with Garda Mary Lonergan, Garda Shane O’Neill and Deputy Mattie McGrath T.D.
Sunday last November 18, was World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. This memorable event is marked throughout the world on the third Sunday of November each year and is very much a community celebration and a fitting way of marking this important occasion.
The Remembrance Mass in Fethard was organised by Fr. Iggy O’Donovan OSA, and held in the Augustinian Abbey on Sunday last where family members who have been touched by road tragedy attended as did members of the Garda who represented first responders. Also in attendance were students of the Patrician Presentation Secondary School, under the guidance of Ms Marie Maher, along with Garda Mary Lonergan, Garda Shane O’Neill and Deputy Mattie McGrath T.D.
The participation of the Secondary School students brought a youthful vibrancy to the occasion. The offertory gifts, songs, poems and readings reflected the spirit of the occasion. Music was provided by the Augustinian Church Choir who also put in an excellent performance for the way above average attendance
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday night, November 25, to the very popular music of ‘Dermot Lyons’. 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. Vincent de Paul help for Christmas
Fethard St. Vincent de Paul society invite applications for those who may need help for Christmas this year. Please contact any member of the Fethard Conference before November 30, for application form. You can also call Tel: 085 8086099.
Final weekend of Cemetery Rosaries
The final weekend of Rosaries for the Holy Souls will be recited in the following cemeteries on Sunday, November 25: Killusty Cemetery after 10am Mass (approx 10.30am); Kiltinan Cemetery at 2.30pm; and Kilmaclugh Cemetery at 3.15pm.
Senior Day on Friday November 30
Fethard & District Day Care Centre will also hold our Senior Day on Friday, November 30, from 10.30am. The chiropodist will also be in attendance. All seniors welcome.
Fethard and District RFC News
A massive congratulations to Polly Murphy who this week scooped the first Munster Volunteer Appreciation Award. Well done Polly and thank you for your massive work and effort in promoting the game of youth rugby in Munster.
Fethard Rugby Club’s First XV team beat Ballincollig 12-11 in the Munster Junior League Division 2 on Sunday last. This was a tightly fought contest with Fethard sealing victory with the last kick of the game – a converted penalty from Joseph O’Connor. Fethard now have three wins in a row and face Clonakilty away next Sunday.
Our Second XV team also had an impressive win on Saturday evening beating a tough Kilfeacle side 19-10 in the Gleeson League. We face Carrick-on-Suir next Saturday.
Our Fethard-Cashel U18s were also in action on Sunday, narrowly losing to a well drilled Nenagh side by 22-19. Our Minis hosted Clanwilliam and Thurles on a cold and windy Sunday morning. Well done to all who participated and thanks to all the parents and coaches who planned and organised the games.
It was also a busy weekend for our ladies teams, with our U16s travelling to Bruff and the rest of our girls going to support the Ireland ladies team in Energia Park, Dublin.
Training continues every Friday at 6.45pm. Please remember to bring €2 for lights. Registration fees now due for all teams. Thank you.
Annual Newsletter preparing to go to print
This year’s Fethard & Killusty Emigrants’ Newsletter is now in the final stages of going to print and we thank all individuals, groups and organisations who have submitted articles. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that any late submissions will be included at this stage due to space limitations.
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: email@example.com or hand them in to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, or Carmel Rice, Brookhill, Fethard.
We remind anyone who has relatives or family members that have changed their postal address since last year to let us know as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary postage expenses when Newsletters are returned. The cost of postage alone for each Newsletter outside Ireland is €6. With this in mind, it is crucial to keep our costs down to a minimum. We thank you for your annual donations and those who supported our recent Church Gate Collection.
Fethard Bridge Club Results
The results of our game on October 31 were: 1st Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 2nd Gross, Tony Hanrahan and Keith Woodlock; 3rd Gross, Monica Anglim and Betty Walsh; 1st Nett, Alice Quinn and Vincent Cummins; 2nd Nett, Anna Cooke and Bernie O'Meara; 3rd Nett, Noreen Evans and Noel O'Dwyer.
On November 7 we played the second round of the Player of the Year competition which was a change of partner and the results were: 1st Gross, Alice Quinn and Mike Burke; 2nd Gross, Anna Cooke and Betty Walsh; 3rd Gross, Carmel Condon and David O'Meara;
1st Nett, Anne Connolly and Nell Broderick; 2nd Nett, Noreen Evans and Kay St. John; 3rd Nett, Bernie O’Meara and Vincent Cummins.
This Wednesday, November 21, we play for the Gross Turkey prize and next Wednesday, November 28 we play for the Nett Turkey prize. Bridge starts at 7.15pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact Gemma Burke 086-6064148.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on November 14, were: 3, 6, 16 and 18. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150 each: Eddie O'Brien, Burke Street, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Davy Maher, Barrack Street, Fethard; Liz Hunt, Lisronagh, Fethard; and Patricia Maher, Kilknockin, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, November 21. 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, November 16, were: 10, 21, 29 and 35. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘match three’ winner who received €100: Zoe Quinn, c/o Merrys Clonmel. Two lucky dip winners received €25: Mary Hurley, Fethard; and Jessi O’Meara, c/o V. O’Meara.
The next draw takes place on Friday, November 23, 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.
Fethard Rugby Firsts record second victory in Munster Junior Division 2
The Fethard Rugby Firsts that have defeated old Christians and Cobh Pirates in the last two weeks
Fethard firsts having been newly promoted to Munster junior division 2 recorded their second win in as many weeks when they showed amazing heart to grind out a 10-8 win over Cobh Pirates in Cobh on Sunday last. From the drop off, Tomas Keavney gathered and ploughed into the big Cobh pack. Michael Gaynor and Mark Ronan were in support and Fethard were soon in the opposition 22, constant pressure from Fethard saw the home team knock on and the quick-thinking Tim Daly was on hand to touch down. Josef O’Connor landed the conversion.
The very mobile back row of Chris Large, Justin Carey and Andrew Phelan dominated open play and some great defence by the home side just held them out. Cobh did land a penalty on half time to leave it 7-3 to Fethard at half time.
Fethard introduced veteran prop John Stokes which stabilised the scrum and some great breaks by the Kavanagh brothers saw Fethard apply the pressure in the Cobh 22, eventually rewarded by an O’Connor penalty. The home side were not done yet and about 30 phases of pick and go eventually got the over in the corner, the conversion was well wide, so we had a heart stopping last 10, but this young Fethard side showed some heart with Joey Noonan, Oliver Pearson and William Morgan lodging attack after attack and when the final whistle did sound it was a superb win for this young Fethard side. Next up is Ballincollig in the league in Fethard on November 18, at 2.30pm. All support very welcome, the seconds play Waterford City away at 4.30pm next Saturday.
Fethard Players Announcement
With regret we have to postpone the forthcoming production of ‘It’s the Real McCoy’ due to unforeseen circumstances.
Those who have booked tickets at Fethard Horse Country Experience and paid for them will be refunded and those who have made mobile bookings will be informed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Water levels in River Clashawley
The Clashawley river bed completely dry at Watergate, Fethard on September 5, and remained that way until November 6 when the water eventually returned.
We are trying to get some background information about water levels in the River Clashawley in the past and would be grateful for any information, photos or old records which can through more light upon this subject, with particular respect to the disappearance of the river in summertime. We want to know if this is a new phenomenon, or an increasing one.
Any such information, no matter how anecdotal, will help Mieke Muylart, who is an ecologist carrying out some research on the natural heritage of the River Clashawley in Fethard under the auspices of a grant from the Local Authority Water and Communities Office. The grant was successfully allocated following an application by the Fethard Historical Society and will also fund a piece of work by Dave Pollock, archaeologist who is recording the built heritage along the river bank in the town.
The background to this work is that the Fethard Historical Society and other groups including anglers and the Business and Tourism Group have been very concerned by the OPW plans to dredge the river in the town and build concrete walls and clay embankments to alleviate the risk of future flooding. Surprisingly, the OPW have rated Fethard as having a high risk of future severe flooding. They have acknowledged however that their plans did not take account of a number of remedial measures which local groups have suggested, such as re opening a blocked arch in Watergate Bridge, and other solutions, but remain adamant that major engineering works are required in the town.
The Fethard Historical Society survey is aimed at carefully recording the heritage along the flood plain as a baseline study to highlight the richness of the flora, fauna and medieval structures in this area. We hope that it will help in our negotiations with the OPW in due course as flood prevention measures are finalised and lead to the most sensitive and appropriate design possible.
Please send any information about the river, especially about the issue of drying up in the summer months to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 086 1739707.
Patrician Presentation Reigns
Fethard Patrician Presentation school’s Senior Volleyball team who successfully progressed to the All-Ireland Final. Boys’ team: Darragh Hurley (captain), Nevan Healy, Robert Hackett, Keenan Ahearne, Keith Morrissey, Cathal Ryan, Kieran O’Donnell, Eric Costin, Aran Larkin, Liam Hickey, Aaron Trehy. Coach: Mr Justin McGree, Assistant coach: Dillon Costin.
Congratulations to the Fethard Patrician Presentation school’s Senior Volley team who successfully progressed to the All-Ireland Semifinals, having beaten St. Michael’s, Ailesbury Road, Dublin, by two sets to nil and Glenstal Abbey, also by two sets to nil.
The team will now progress to the next stage of the competition in the University of Limerick in early December. Well done to the team and their coach, Mr Justin McGree.
Celebrating success in Patrician Presentation Fethard
Patrician Presentation Munster Championship Winners who were presented with medals by Mr John Cummins: Caoimhe O’Meara, Gráinne Murray, Michelle Cronin, Laura Kiely, Carrie Davey, Lucy Spillane, Ciara O’Meara, Nell Spillane, Alison Connolly, Leah Coen, Maggie Fitzgerald, Sadhbh Morrissey, Chyanne Mc Donald Creed, Emma Cronin, Samantha Buckley, Lauren Needham, Ella-Mai Hackett, Jessica Moloney, Éabha Ryan, Heather Spillane, Kelly Ryan, Sophia O’Brien, Aoife Allen, Anna Cummins and Abby Mc Grath.
The school community of Patrician Presentation Secondary School gathered on Friday, October 26 last to celebrate and to give thanks for the successes of the 2017-2018 School Year. In keeping with our Catholic Ethos, the day began with Mass concelebrated by Fr. Liam Everard and Fr. Tom Breen. In his homily, Fr. Everard reminded the students that God gives unique talents and abilities to each person and that these talents vary from person to person and sets them apart from other people. The School Choir, accompanied and led by Ms. Marian Gilpin, enhanced the ceremony with their beautiful singing.
Student Council Certificates were presented to Eabha Ryan and Dara O'Meara (2nd Year); Sadhbh Morrissey and Jack O'Donoghue (3rd Year); Michelle Cronin and Sam Quigley (4th Year): Chloe Nolan and Robert Hackett, accepted by his mother Noreen Hackett (5th Year); Amy Kenny and Aran Larkin (6th Year); photographed above with Ms Marie Maher (back left) who presented the awards and school principal Mr Pat Coffey (back right).
Mr. Coffey went on to highlight that the school aims to promote excellence in teaching and learning, spiritual and personal development, respect for self and others, citizenship and leadership, tolerance, justice and co-operation and a caring community. He also spoke about the unique selling points of Patrician Presentation, Fethard.
Mr. Coffey went on to acknowledge the generosity of sponsors, and also the many families and individuals, who have thought enough of our school community to create an award either in honour of a special family member or an area of special interest to themselves. He also mentioned the various awards made and congratulated the Leaving Certs of 2018 who have gone on to study psychology, primary teaching, law, nursing, agricultural science, arts, PLC courses, or have embarked on apprenticeships, gap years and other careers.
Mr Billy Walsh (back left) presented the 'Maths Eye Competition' winners with their awards: Michael Cuddihy, Michael O'Meara, Jack O'Donoghue, Tyler McCormack, Cian Lawrence, David Cowlard, Patrick Kennedy, Keenan Aherne, Sadhbh Morrissey, Emma Lyons, Ella-Mai Hackett and Simon Brawders. Also included is School Principal Mr Pat Coffey.
Addressing all the student award winners, Mr Coffey said that they should be proud of themselves and their efforts to use their talents to the full. The school is also proud of their achievements and commends their efforts to achieve their goals in life. All our students’ achievements, however small, are recognised by the school community and we strive to ensure that the school is a happy place of learning for all.
We strive to create an environment here in the school where every student is successful, and in various ways, with the many talents we have, all our students do achieve success. The great community we are here in Patrician Presentation Secondary School is a testament to all our students - and we are very proud of them all.
Mentor Badges were presented at the Awards Day to Laura O'Donnell, Lucy Spillane, Megan Hackett, Rachel Prout, Maggie Fitzgerald, Laura Kiely and Andrea Pyke, photographed above with special guest Ms Emma Morrissey and principal Mr Pat Coffey.
Finally, Mr Coffey thanked all the teaching staff of the school for their commitment and dedication to the school. He said that the excellent Whole School Evaluation Report, the excellence in teaching and learning, the care, the faith formation and development, the strong sense of inclusion both in curricular and extra-curricular provision would not be possible without the school’s committed teaching staff.
The ceremony continued with the presentation of the following awards: Student of the Year Awards: Kelly Ryan (1st-2nd Year), Keenan Ahearn (2nd-3rd Year), Amy Kenny (5th-6th Year). The Bishop Delany Award for best Leaving Cert results 2018 was presented to Mark Hayde.
Attendance and Punctuality Certificates: Ciara O'Meara (1st Year), Michael Cuddihy (2nd Year), Michelle Cronin (3rd Year), Keith Morrissey and Ashley Bradshaw (4th Year), and Lucy Whyte (5th Year). Mentor Badges were presented to Laura O'Donnell, Lucy Spillane, Megan Hackett, Rachel Prout, Maggie Fitzgerald, Laura Kiely and Andrea Pyke.
School Principal Mr Pat Coffey presenting the Padraig Pearse Perpetual Trophy (Best Junior Cert Results in Irish and History) to Rachel O'Loughnan.
School Principal Mr Pat Coffey presented the Padraig Pearse Award (Best Junior Cert Results in Irish and History) to Rachel O'Loughnan.
The Timmy O’Connor ‘Spirit of the School’ Award was presented by Ms Rita (O’Connor) Kenny to Michael O'Meara.
Rita (O'Connor) Kenny, representing the O'Connor family, presenting the Timmy O'Connor 'Spirit of the School' award to Michael O'Meara.
The winners of the ‘Adam O’Donnell Enterprise Award’ for TY students were Rachel Prout, Ashley Bradshaw, Maggie Fitzgerald and Megan Hackett. The Paddy Broderick Award for best Junior Cert results in Geography & Irish, was presented to Rachel O'Loughnan. The Marian Gilpin LAM Award for literature, arts and music was presented by Ms Marian Gilpin to Caoimhe O'Meara.
Ms Majella Whelan presenting the Fethard Quill Writer's Award to Aaron Trehy (Senior Cycle). Also included is school principal Mr Pat Coffey.
Ms Majella Whelan presenting the Fethard Quill Writer's Award to Anna Quigley (Junior Cycle). Also included is school principal Mr Pat Coffey.
Fethard Quill Writer’s Awards were presented by Ms Majella Whelan to Anna Quigley (Junior Cycle) and Aaron Trehy (Senior Cycle). The Sports’ Awards, sponsored by AIB Fethard, were presented by Mr John Palmer (Area Manager) to Leah Coen and Robert Hackett, who was unable to be present and accepted by his mother, Noreen Hackett.
Student Council Certificates were presented by Ms Marie Maher to: Eabha Ryan and Dara O'Meara (2nd Year); Sadhbh Morrissey and Jack O'Donoghue (3rd Year); Michelle Cronin and Sam Quigley (4th Year): Chloe Nolan and Robert Hackett, accepted by his mother Noreen Hackett (5th Year); Amy Kenny and Aran Larkin (6th Year).
Achievements in Art Awards were presented by Ms Pat Looby to: Samantha Buckley, Megan Ryan, Phoebe Duggan, Nevan Healy, Alison Connolly and Helen McCarthy.
Ms Marian Gilpin presenting the LAM (Literature Arts & Music) Award to Caoimhe O'Meara.
The ‘Great Fethard Bake-Off’ prize was presented by Ms Maher to Anna Quigley. Mr Billy Walsh presented awards to the 'Maths Eye Competition' winners: Michael Cuddihy, Michael O'Meara, Jack O'Donoghue, Tyler McCormack, Cian Lawrence, David Cowlard, Patrick Kennedy, Keenan Aherne, Sadhbh Morrissey, Emma Lyons, Ella-Mai Hackett and Simon Brawders.
Mr John Cummins presenting the 'Materials Technology Award' to Patrick Shine.
The ‘Materials Technology Award’ was presented by Mr John Cummins to Patrick Shine, followed by a special presentation of medals to the Munster Champions Winners: Caoimhe O'Meara, Grainne Murray, Michelle Cronin, Laura Kiely, Carrie Davey, Lucy Spillane, Ciara O'Meara, Nell Spillane, Alison Connolly, Leah Coen, Maggie Fitzgerald, Sadhbh Morrissey, Chyanne McDonald Creed, Emma Cronin, Samantha Buckley, Lauren Needham, Ella-Mai Hackett, Jessica Moloney, Eabha Ryan, Heather Spillane, Kelly Ryan, Sophia O'Brien, Aoife Allen, Anna Cummins and Abby McGrath.
The ceremony concluded with a presentation to special guest Ms Emma Morrissey by principal Mr Pat Coffey, who thanked Emma for giving so generously of her time and wished her the very best in her future career. Refreshments were then served to all visitors and guests.
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
These are a selection of photographs taken in 1999 . . . a lot of changes since then . . .
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