Warm welcome for Santa Clause
Group of excited children happy to see Santa arrive by sleigh at The Square, Fethard, to turn on the Christmas lights.
Santa received a warm welcome on a cold afternoon when he arrived by sleigh to The Square, Fethard, on Friday, December 7, to officially turn on the Christmas lights in the town. A large crowd braved the weather to meet Santa and join the carol singing by the pupils of Holy Trinity National School, which also saw the members of the school band join the festivities and play some seasonal tunes for all present.
Santa answering a lot of questions from one of his big fans.
Santa then make his way to the Convent Community Hall, where the fabulous and lively entertainment company, Giggles Entertainment, entertained all the children while they waited for their chance to visit Santa in his specially prepared grotto. A special thanks to our local Garda for his help in traffic control on the day, which worked really well.
Santa gets a 'high-five' from the children as he arrives in Fethard.
Having a 'selfie' with Santa at The Square, Fethard
Lucy Lonergan having a photo with Santa at The Square, Fethard
L to R: Fionn O'Meara and Adam Ward waiting for Santa at The Square, Fethard
Children from Holy Trinity National School singing for Santa.
Holy Trinity National School Band performing for Santa at The Square, Fethard.
School Principal, Mrs Triona Morrisson, presenting a cheque for €400 to Santa, raised by the pupils of Holy Trinity National School for Temple Street Children's Hospital.
Santa’s helpers ‘leaping for joy’ as they make their way for Santa to his Grotto at the Convent Community Hall.
Remembrance Ribbons for Christmas
This year’s ‘Red Remembrance Ribbon Christmas Appeal’, has also commenced and already there’s a large number of ribbons tied on the Parish Church railings to remember our family and close friends who have died. 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 are available for sale at €2 each in Centra Supermarket, The Green, and Mandy’s Flower Shop, Main Street. All money raised will be used to bring some Christmas cheer to someone who is ill in our community. Thank you for your support.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on this coming Sunday night, December 16, to the very popular music of ‘Checkers’. 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.
Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland
Canon Barbara Fryday and congregation would like to invite everyone to the annual festive Christmas Carol Service which takes place in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland Fethard on Sunday, December 16, at 7pm. This celebration of the birth of Christ will include all well-known carols and readings outlining the Christmas story.
Fethard Choral Society will also be present to sing some favourite Christmas carols. Refreshments will be served afterwards, and it is hoped that there will be a large attendance to enjoy this annual event.
St. Vincent de Paul Collection
The St. Vincent de Paul Society, Fethard, would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed so generously to their Annual Church Gate Collection last week. The total amount came to a staggering €3,543 for which we are extremely grateful.
We are still accepting donations if anybody wishes to contact our treasurer Vincent Doocey, or any member of the Fethard committee. We also have donation boxes placed in local shops throughout the year. We wish all supporters a very Happy Christmas.
Three winners share November Sports Achievement Award
The three joint winners of the Butlers Bar Sports Achievement Award for November are photographed above receiving their awards from Sean O'Sullivan, representing this month's sponsor, O'Sullivan Insurance, Clonmel. L to R: Freya Byrne, Sean O'Sullivan, Matt Coen and Jack Quinlan.
The Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for November was shared by three winners on Friday night last, November 7. The joint winners were Freya Byrne who won the Irish Canoe Slalom Junior Ladies C1 Flat Water Series for 2018; Matt Coen and Jack Quinlan, two young hurlers who played a pivotal role in helping the South Tipperary U13 team to regain the Peadar Cummins Cup for the first time in eight years. The awards were presented by Sean O'Sullivan, representing this month's sponsor, O'Sullivan Insurance, Clonmel.
The November ‘Mentor of the Month’ award was won by Jason Lawrence (left), who plays a leading part in the running of Galteemore Kickboxing Club. Jason is photographed above receiving his award from Sean O'Sullivan, representing this month's sponsor, O'Sullivan Insurance, Clonmel.
The ‘Mentor of the Month’ award was won by Jason Lawrence. Jason plays a leading part in the running of Galteemore Kickboxing Club. As coach and trainer, Jason also achieved considerable success at competitive outings with the younger members of the club. He also recently completed a referee’s course.
Members of Galteemore Kickboxing Club photographed at the presentation of the presentation of the Butlers Bar Sports Achievement Award for November. Back L to R: Nathan Costin, Shaun Mansell. Front L to R: Daniel Coffey, Jeyden Setters, Ryan Bradshaw and Jason Lawrence who won Mentor of the Month’ award for November.
The presentations were made in Butler’s Bar on Friday night, December 7.
Fethard Bridge Club Results
On November 21 we played for the Gross Turkey prizes and the results were as follows: 1st Gross, Tony Hanrahan and Keith Woodlock (Winners of Gross Turkey); 2nd Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 3rd Gross, Nell Broderick and David O'Meara; 1st Nett, Betty Walsh and Monica Anglim; 2nd Nett, Gemma Burke and Carmel Condon; 3rd Nett, Nora Ryan and Gabrielle Schofield.
On November 28, we played for the Nett Turkey prize and the results were: 1st Nett, Margaret Slattery and Mike Burke (Winners of Nett Turkey); 2nd Nett, Anna Cooke and David O'Meara; 3rd Nett, Eileen Frewen and Anne Connolly; 1st Gross, Tony Hanrahan and Keith Woodlock; 2nd Gross, Betty Walsh and Monica Anglim; 3rd Gross, Berney Myles and Alice Quinn.
This Wednesday, December 12, we play for Christmas Prizes. Bridge starts at 7.15pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact Gemma Burke 086-6064148.
Fethard Athletic Club
Congratulations to Fintan Rice, Brookhill, on his great run last Sunday in the Masters’ Cross Country at Thurles Croke’s Complex. Over a very dry course, Fintan paced himself excellently to come through the field to take third place in his category. Having come back to the sport after a five-year break, this was his first competitive event. Well done!
On December 30, the Masters’ and Senior Indoor Track and Field will take place in Nenagh. A number of athletes will take part and represent the club. On the second Sunday in January the county senior cross-country will take place in Galbally and we expect to have the club represented.
Congratulations to Sean Tobin, Clonmel Athletic Club, on his tenth-place finish in the World Cross Country held in the Netherlands on Sunday last.
Please note Registration is now due for 2019 season.
Patrician Presentation News
Mr Billy Walsh showing visiting pupils some of the new exhibits that help teach maths in a more interesting way.
Open Evening 2018
Thank you to all staff members, Parents Association, school mentors, Students Council and numerous students who helped out on the School’s Open Evening on Monday, November 26. There was a great crowd of parents in attendance for the Principal, Mr Pat Coffey’s address at 7.15pm. Our school has a rich cultural heritage in the Fethard Community and it is significant to see an increase in our school numbers in this anniversary year of the birth of Nano Nagle, the foundress of the Presentation Sisters, three hundred years ago. The deadline for enrolment for the 2019-2020 school year is Friday next, December 14. If you have any further enquiries please contact the Principal, Mr Coffey at (052) 6131572.
Past-pupil Kevin Burke, looking at some of the intricate demonstrations based on maths, with pupils at the Patrician Presentation Secondary School Open Evening in Fethard
The school would like to acknowledge the achievements of our recent past pupil from the Leaving Cert Class 2016, Orla Walsh. Orla is in her 3rd year, studying Agricultural Science at UCD and was recently one of three students out of an initial cohort of over 300 students to receive a prestigious award from the UCD Faculty of Agricultural Science. She received the award in recognition of her outstanding work and research in the area of Health and Safety in Agriculture and Food and Nutrition. So as the 2018/2019 Champion for Change in Agriculture, Food and Nutrition she will be devoting a portion of her efforts and energies as a health and safety ambassador for the Agricultural Science Faculty at UCD. She will also strive to promote health and safety in Farming/Agriculture through her chosen subjects and topics. Congratulations to Orla and continued good wishes for her studies from all at Patrician Presentation, Fethard.
Helping at the Patrician Presentation Secondary School Open Evening in Fethard are students L to R: Kaycie Ahearn, Emily Davy and Aine Connolly.
End of Term Exams
All our students completed their term exams on Tuesday of last week and Principal, Mr Coffey has exhorted them to get down to hard work in the run-up to Christmas. The Mock Exams for exam students will begin during the first week of February. Meanwhile, the one-hour Homework Club and the two-hour Evening Study period continues each evening.
Workshop on exercise and nutrition
Tipperary hurler, Mr Noel McGrath, gave a workshop on exercise and nutrition to our TY students on Tuesday last. We thank Noel for giving of his time to the school so generously each year. He is a great role model for the students and we wish him well in both his professional and hurling careers.
The TY students completed their Self-Defence module on Friday last. We hope that this course will be of use to them as they become more independent and venture past Fethard and on to college.
Wanted Green Plastic Bottles
Patrician Presentation TY Students have been recycling green plastic bottles to construct a large Christmas Tree in the school front yard. They are half-way there but need more green bottles to complete the project. If you have any empty green plastic bottles, large or small, could you hand them in please to the school as soon as possible. Even if it’s only one or two bottles, large or small, it would be a great help to the project. Thank You.
Fethard & District Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre wish to thank all who helped make our Christmas Bazaar a great success. We would like to thank staff, volunteers and all the businesses who support us every year. We wish all a Very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on December 5, were: 1, 8, 28 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following drawn tickets received €50 each: Elaine Purcell, Burke Street, Fethard; Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard; and John O'Dwyer, c/o Friendship Club.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Celina Sheehan, Mullinahone; Callum Coady, Carrick-on-Suir; and Dóirín Saurus, Crampscastle.
Christmas Prizes of Turkeys and Hams
The three extra draw winners of a Christmas Turkey were: Siobhan Curran, Doog O'Donohoe and Audrey Devitt. Three winners of a Christmas Ham were: Nicky Noonan, Peter Kenny and Harry Smyth.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, December 12, when we will also 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, December 7, were: 8, 19, 22 and 35. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘match three’ winners who received €100: Hilda Laslett, Mullinahone; and Chrissie O’Meara, Grove Road, Fethard. Two lucky dip winners received €25: Jimmy Purcell, Gortnahoe; and Barbara Gunn, An Sean Line, Fethard.
Next Weeks draw will take place on Friday, December 14, when the Jackpot is €20,000 and Sellers Prize is €1,000.
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. All are welcome to come along to this ‘Party Night’. Lots of spot prizes.
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
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 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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