Fethard & Killusty Emigrants’ Newsletter on sale
Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter is now available in the following local shops at €12 each, Centra Supermarket (The Green), Daybreak Supermarket (Kerry Street), Fethard Horse Country (Town Hall, Main Street), Annie’s (Burke Street) and Post Office (Main Street). Copies will also be posted this weekend to Fethard emigrants living throughout the world.
We take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported us with donations and help throughout the year and make this annual publication possible and posted free of charge to emigrants since it first started in 1959.
The death has occurred on Monday, December 10, 2018, of Sean 'Glamour' Walsh, Curraghtarsna, Fethard. Sean (Glamour), deeply regretted by his loving wife Josephine, daughters Angela and Rose, son John, grandson Lee and partner Donna, brother Frank, sisters Agnes and Dina, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, relatives, close neighbours and friends.
Reposing at Lonergans Funeral Home, Cashel, this Friday, December 14, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday in Church of St Joseph the Worker, Moyglass, at 11.30am, followed by burial in adjoining Cemetery. No flowers please. May he rest in peace.
Christmas Craft Fair at Fethard Horse Country Experience
On Saturday December 15, from 11am - 4.30pm, there will be a Christmas Craft Fair in the Fethard Horse Country Experience. There will be a great variety of stalls featuring craft producers from Tipperary and beyond, along with some lovely vintage and collectable items. Lots of unique, bespoke gifts available. Please come out and support local craft producers this Christmas time. Bring a friend or two and join in the festive fun in Fethard!
Marie Crean exhibits a selection of her handmade quilts
On Friday, December 14, from 11am onwards, Marie Crean will display a selection of her handmade quilts in the reception/cafe area of Fethard Horse Country Experience, Main Street.
Marie has decades of experience in quilt making and has won many awards for it. She will be present to discuss her work and answer any questions visitors may have.
STAG Golden Jubilee Art Exhibition
STAG Golden Jubilee Art Exhibitions in all the main towns in South Tipperary have wound down at this stage of our 50th Anniversary year with two last exhibitions now running: a mini Exhibition in Fethard Horse Country Experience and an exhibition in Cashel Library both on display until mid December - Great Artwork by very many artists from South Tipperary and well worth a visit.
Festive themed Artwork for the By Pass Roundabout at Tesco and in the vacant shops in Market Place both in Clonmel are now completed by Junior ( Primary and Senior Sections) and Adult members from the South Tipperary Art Group ( STAG) with major input from our man friday, Michael and his accomplice Andy – much appreciated indeed as without these two busy elves STAG’s fanciful ideas would not have come to fruition !! We hope the South Tipperary Community, especially the children from all around the county, will enjoy the Christmas artwork! Maureen Purcell, Organiser STAG 086 8096823
Santa Clause is coming to town on Friday, December 7
Santa photographed with Lauren Connolly and Cian Connolly, last year after arriving at The Square Fethard. This year Santa will be back on Friday, December 7, at 2.30pm to turn on the Christmas Lights.
All children (and parents) take note that Santa will be arriving by sleigh at The Square, Fethard, on next Friday, December 7, at 2.30pm. A large crowd is expected to welcome him and join the carol singing by the pupils of Holy Trinity National School, followed by the official turning on of the Christmas Lights in Fethard.
Santa will then make his way to the Convent Community Hall, where the fabulous entertainment company, Giggles Entertainment, will be present with lots of special guests to entertain while Santa meets all his Fethard friends in his specially prepared grotto.
Red Remembrance Ribbons for Christmas
This year the ‘Red Remembrance Ribbon Christmas Appeal’, will also take place again. This is a time of year when we remember our family and close friends who have died and are no longer with us. As a mark of respect and remembrance, red ribbons are hung on Holy Trinity Parish Church railings over the festive season, where they will be blessed on Christmas morning.
These ribbons will be available for sale at €2 in Centra Supermarket, The Green, and Mandy’s Flower Shop, Main Street, and also on The Square on Friday, December 7. When purchased, you write the name of a deceased loved one you would like to remember on the ribbon, then they are hung on the Parish Church railings until Christmas when they will be blessed. All money raised will be used to bring some Christmas cheer to someone who is ill in our community. Thank you for your support with this appeal over the last few years and hopefully we will see lots of red ribbons on the church railings again this year.
This annual event is organised by the volunteers on the Convent Community Hall committee, who would really appreciate anyone who has a few spare hours available to help in setting up the hall on Thursday, December 6, or on Friday afternoon to help out when Santa arrives. A large crowd is expected and extra volunteers are badly needed for the smooth running of the afternoon. If you would like to help please contact Pamela at Tel: 086 8743752.
Please note that this is a free community event made possible with the financial backing of Tipperary County Council, and this year, Fethard Community Heritage Group (formerly Fethard Business and Tourism group), are very kindly making a financial contribution.
Wanted – 'Green Bottles' sitting anywhere!
Transition year students from Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard have been recycling green plastic bottles to make a large Christmas Tree to place in the school yard. We are halfway there, but need more green bottles to complete this project. If you have any empty green plastic bottles, could you hand them in to the art room at the school. Even if it’s just one or two, large or small, it would help to realize this project. Thank you.
St. Vincent de Paul Annual Collection this weekend
Fethard Vincent de Paul will hold their annual collection this weekend, Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9. This collection is our only fundraising in the parish throughout the year and we ask for your continued support if you can help us in any way.
St. Vincent de Paul has operated in this parish since 1895 and our local conference members wish to say a very sincere thanks to all those who continue to generously help us throughout the year. The business people of the parish are extremely good to us and our annual collection is amongst the largest of those held in the parish.
May we also wish everybody a Happy and Holy Christmas and a New Year which will be peaceful and prosperous.
Children's relaxing bedtime storybooks launched
A group of happy children photographed with Pamela Walsh, author of her first children's bedtime storybooks launched on Sunday last, December 2, at Fethard Horse Country Experience, which was a great success.
Pamela Walsh is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and author of her first children's relaxing bedtime storybooks. Pamela held a launch for her books on Sunday, December 2, at Fethard Horse Country Experience which was a great success.
Pamela, a mother of two, knows and understands how important it is for children to have a good night’s sleep. The idea for the books began with her own children when helping them relax at bedtime. They loved it so much that Pamela would tell a ‘Relaxing Story’ every night. She then decided to write two books to help other children relax and prepare for sleep.
The two books tell the story of Tom, or Sarah, as they take a sleepy adventure through the Enchanted Forest where they meet a host of sleepy animals on their way to bed and finally meet the sleep fairy whose job was to sprinkle the magic sleeping dust down over the Enchanted Forest. What better way to start the sleep process than a ‘relaxing story’ as her children like to call it. This short story book can also create a wonderful bonding time for your family to enjoy.
Books Retail at €12.99 (plus postage & packing €3) and can be purchased online from her website www.calmhypnotherapy.ie Alternatively, books are available from O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy in Fethard, Fethard Post Office, Centra Fethard and Killenaule, Town & County in Fethard, The Narrow Space in Clonmel and Boyles in Thurles.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday night, December 9, which is the annual ‘Christmas Party Night’. All are welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing from 9pm to midnight.
Neilie, the original ‘Marathon Man’
Well done to Neilie Hall, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard, who has run the Dublin City Marathon every year since 1996.
This year Neilie raised €2,637 for Hospice and must be highly complimented for his effort and continuous support for this very worthwhile service in our community. Since he first started running the marathon, he has raised a total of over €40,000 for South Tipperary Hospice Movement. Well done Neilie!
Fethard GAA congratulate Jack and Matt
Congratulations to Jack Quinlan and Matt Coen who represented Fethard on the South Tipperary U13 Hurling Team that won the Peadar Cummins Cup last weekend. This was a huge achievement and the first time in seven years the South Tipperary won this trophy, beating Mid Tipperary in a superb final. Matt had the honour of captaining the plate competition two weeks ago also and Jack had some great performances, particularly against East Cork a few weeks ago. He also had a super final causing havoc to Mid Tipperary’s defence. Well done lads.
Fionn MacCumhaill Players stage ‘The year of the Hiker'
The Fionn MacCumhaill Players, are putting the final touches to their production of John B. Keane’s, 'The year of the Hiker', and will begin their tour of Tipperary and Kilkenny, at the Brewery Lane Theatre in Carrick-on-Suir this coming Thursday, December 6; followed by Rosegreen Hall on Friday 7; Thomastown, Kilkenny, Saturday, December 8; and finishing at Crocanóir, Mullinahone, on Sunday, December 9.
The Year of the Hiker, by John B Keane, is a very entertaining piece of drama with all the highs and lows typical of this great Irish writer. Early booking is advised for all shows. For tickets or information contact Tel: 086 834208
Christmas Raffle Results
Fethard Senior Citizens’ Club held their annual Christmas Raffle on Sunday, December 2, at their Christmas Party in the Anner Hotel.
The following are the winners: 1st prize, €200, Peter Gough, Ard Alainn, Fethard; 2nd prize, €100, Dan O’Brien, Bella Road, Clogheen; 3rd prize, Christmas Cake and Whiskey; Leo Darcy, Killusty, Fethard; 4th prize, Whiskey and Sherry, Austy O’Flynn, Burke Street, Fethard; and 5th prize, Tin of Biscuits, Ian O’Connor, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.
The committee are very grateful to everyone who bought tickets to support our club and thank you to local Fethard businesses who kindly sponsored raffle and spot prizes.
Santa at Gaules Bar, Burke Street, on Saturday, December 8
Nominations for the November Sports Achievement Award
The following nominations were received for the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for November:
Julie Connolly – Julie has just been announced as lady ‘Golfer of the Year’ at Cahir Golf Club.
Freya Byrne – Twelve-year-old Freya won the Irish Canoe Slalom Junior Ladies C1 Flat Water Series for 2018.
Fethard Ladies U19 Gaelic Football Team – This team rounded off a great year for Fethard ladies by winning the county title beating Moyle Rovers in the final played in Littleton.
Galteemore Kickboxing Club – More success for this young club during November with two U8 winners in Jeyden Setters and Ryan Bradshaw; Silver medal for Anthony Barry in Shannon at U16 level; Nathan Costin and Shaun Mansell were adult winners in Shannon; and also the club had seven winners at a recent event in Waterford.
Fethard Rugby Club Mens Firsts – Winners of three-in-a-row league games beating Cobh Pirates, Old Christians and Ballincollig.
Patrician Presentation Senior Boys Volleyball Team – This team has advanced to the All-Ireland semifinal stage by beating St. Michael’s Dublin and Glenstall Abbey Limerick.
Ryan Walsh – Winner of a Dean Ryan Cup medal with his school Thurles CBS, beating De La Salle college from Waterford in the final.
Matt Coen and Jack Quinlan – These two young hurlers played a pivotal role in helping the South Tipperary U13 team to regain the Peadar Cummins Cup for the first time in eight years.
Fethard Holy Trinity National School U13 Football Team – Winners of their sector in the Tipperary Primary Schools Competition by beating Borrisoleigh in the final.
Sami Laaksonen, Zack Smyth, Charlie Walsh and Noah O’Flynn – These four young soccer players from Fethard all played their first game for the South Tipperary Development Squad recently.
The winner will be announced at a special presentation function in Butler’s Bar on Friday night next, December 7. All are welcome.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on November 28, were: 7, 24, 26 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Margaret Phelan, Strylea, Fethard; Mary Delahunty, Castlehiggins, Fethard; and John Kenny, The Green, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Alice Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; Kathleen Connolly, The Valley, Fethard; and Bridget Lonergan, Newchapel.
Extra Christmas Prizes of Turkeys and Hams
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, December 5, when we will have extra free draws for ‘Christmas Prizes’ of turkeys and hams. 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.
Fethard Community Sports Lotto
The numbers drawn on Friday, November 30, were: 13, 15, 28 and 34. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘match three’ winner. One luck dip winner received €50: Dean Moloney, Fethard. Four lucky dip winners received €25: Eleanor Roche, Strylea, Fethard; Russel O’Meara, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; Laura Moloney, Cahir; and Jason and Caroline Nevin, Fethard.
The club will hold its last draw of the year on Friday, December 21, in the Well Bar at 9.30pm. This draw will have an additional thirteen prizes as follows: 1st out after main draw will receive €500, followed by two draws for €250 and ten draws for €100.
New shops open on Main Street, Fethard
Mandy Quigley in her new shop ‘Fethard Flowers by Mandy’ on Main Street.
A recent welcome site on Fethard’s Main Street was the opening of two new shops to brighten up the street and encourage shoppers back to Fethard. Local Mandy Quigley, who worked from home for many years, also took the plunge and moved to Fethard where she has more room to display her products and easier access to her customers.
Noel McNamara, who owned a thriving butcher’s shop in Abbey Road, Clonmel, decided to move to Fethard and work his trade in a less hectic environment.
Noel McNamara in his new Butcher’s shop on Main Street, Fethard.
We are delighted to see new businesses open in Fethard and we wish both the very best in their new venture.
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
These are a selection of photographs taken in 1999 . . . a lot of changes since then . . .
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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