Newsletter making its way around the world!
Helping with the packing and posting of this year's Fethard & Killusty Emigrant's Newsletter on December 11, were Back L to R: Shane Kenny, Miceál McCormack, Johnny Burke, Eamon Keane, Romy Condon, Ria Kenny, Niamh Kenny, Brendan Kenny, Brud Roche, Rory Walsh. Front L to R: Margaret Walsh, Michael Kenrick, Holly Kenny, Margaret McCarthy, Keavy Condon and Ian O'Connor.
Christmas Mass Times in Fethard & Killusty
- Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, Carols at 8pm followed by Mass at 8.30pm;
- Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, at 9.30am and 11.30am.
Holy Trinity Parish Church
- Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, at 7pm;
- Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, at 8.30am and 11am.
Killusty Church of the Sacred Heart
- Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, at 7.30pm;
- Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, at 10am.
GOAL Mile on Christmas morning
This year’s ‘Goal Mile’ in Fethard will commence at 12 noon on Christmas Day, assembling outside the Town Hall where participants will register and assemble. For further information contact Colm McGrath, Tel: 086 3502360.
The death has occurred on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, of Madge Hurley (née Danaher), Congress Terrace, Fethard, and late of Acorn Lodge Nursing Home, Dualla. Madge, predeceased by her loving husband Jimmy and son James. Deeply regretted by her daughters Anne, Breda, Victoire and Marjorie, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Reposing in McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard on Friday, December 21, from 5pm with removal to the Holy Trinity Parish Church at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. Family flowers only please. May she rest in peace.
The death has occurred on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, of Michael Gould, Killusty, Fethard, peacefully at St. Patrick’s Hospital, Cashel.
Michael, deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary B., daughters Kate and Gemma, son Patrick, grandchildren Alexandra, Amy and Christina, brothers, sisters, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposing at Devitt’s Funeral Parlour, Cashel, this Thursday, December 20, from 5pm with removal at 7pm to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty.
Requiem Mass on Friday at 11am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. May He Rest In Peace. Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland.
The death has occurred on Sunday, December 16, 2018, of Diarmuid O'Rahilly, Bawnbrack, Killenaule, and late of Ballymacarbry (after a tragic accident). Diarmuid will be sadly missed by his loving parents Patsy and Mary, his partner Debbie, his sisters Elaine, Trisha, Paula and Yvonne, his brothers Michael and Padraig, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, relatives, neighbours and large circle of friends.
Reposing at his parents' house at Bawnbrack (Eircode E41 NF82), Killenaule, on Thursday, December 20, from 4pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass on Friday at 11.30am in St Joseph the Worker Church, Moyglass, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.
Family flowers only please. Donations, in lieu, to Carrick River Rescue, The Civil Defence, The Mountain Rescue Team and The Coastguard.
Died Recently in England
The death has occurred in England on Sunday, December 9, 2018, of John Leahy, Grantham, Lincolnshire, England and formerly of Derryluskin, Fethard, unexpectedly at Lincoln County Hospital.
John, son of the late Mick and Mary, deeply regretted by his loving family, his sister Joan Ryan (Cashel), brothers Joe (Clonmel) and Pat (Fethard), brother-in-law Angus, sister-in-law Yvonne and Pat's partner Emma, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, cousins, relatives, friends and kind neighbours in Grantham and Fethard. Funeral arrangements later.
Augustinian Abbey will launch their Christmas season at Friday morning mass
The Christmas season will be formally launched at the Augustinian Abbey this Friday December 21, at 10.30am mass. The transition year students of the Patrician Presentation Secondary School will formally unveil the Christmas Crib on which they have been working in recent days. Using their fertile imaginations, they have created a very simple but striking stable scene in the old medieval ruins off the church. The Abbey community are grateful to the young students for giving of their time and energy under the guidance of Liam Cloonan and their teacher Ms Pat Looby.
Service of Reconciliation
On Saturday evening, December 22, a Service of Reconciliation will take place during the evening mass at 7.30pm. All are warmly invited to participate and if all goes according to plan, very few sinners will remain in the shadow of Slievenamon. Non-sinners, if such are to be found, are of course equally welcome.
On December 24, Christmas Eve, the Abbey Choir will perform a selection of carols beginning at 8pm. This will be followed by Christmas Mass at 8.30pm. The crib will be formally opened and blessed at the start of the mass.
To give the last word to Charles Dickens, whose Christmas Carol immortalised Christmas, speaking of the reformed miserable miser Scrooge wrote, "Ever afterwards it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge, may that be truly said of us and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless us, everyone!"
Festive Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on St. Stephen’s Night, Wednesday, December 26, to the very popular music of ‘Pat Costello’, and on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, to the music of T.R. Dallas. 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.
We take this opportunity to wish all our dancing patrons throughout the year, a very Happy Christmas and a huge thank you from the committee for your on-going support.
Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland
Photographed at the Christmas Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard are L to R: John Fryday, Rev. Canon Barbara Fryday and Ken Homfray.
Many thanks to all those who attended the annual Carol Service in Holy Trinity church of Ireland on Sunday, December 16. The church was packed and everyone enjoyed the service of carols and the reading of the Christmas story. The whole congregation joined in the Carol singing which greatly contributed to the festive occasion. As usual the church was beautifully decorated with lanterns, candles, floral decorations and an outstanding Christmas tree.
Photographed at the Christmas Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard are L to R: David Butler, Peig Butler and Richard Craig White
Canon Fryday and the congregation would like to acknowledge the fantastic singing from The Fethard Choral group under the direction of Ann Barry and in particular the two soloists Ciarán Maguire and Paul Hayes. Their performance was greatly appreciated as it is every year. Many thanks also for the delicious refreshments that were served afterwards. Canon Fryday and the congregation would like to wish everyone a Happy and Holy Christmas.
Photographed at the Christmas Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard are L to R: Noreen Frewen, Willie Frewen, Eileen Frewen and Bob Frewen.
Photographed at the Christmas Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard are L to R: Katie Whyte, Lucy Whyte, Paddy Whyte and Ned Hayes.
Photographed at the Christmas Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard are L to R: Sophie Carpentieri, James Reilly and Simon Paul.
Photographed at the Christmas Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Fethard are L to R: Gillian Murray, Conor Murray, Ciarán Maguire, Anita Maguire and Conor Maguire.
Have your say through the Diocesan Listening Process
Local parishioners are invited and welcome to have their say and help plan the future of the Diocese of Cashel and Emly. Submissions can be made online at www.cashel-emly.ie before December 31, 2018. Feedback will commence in spring 2019.
Anniversary Mass for Fr. James Holway
The 6th Anniversary Mass for Rev. Fr. James Holway, late of Madamsland, Fethard, and Templebraden Parish, Pallasgreen, will be celebrated on Christmas Eve in Kilteely Parish Church at 8pm. Please keep Fr. James in your prayers.
Cristmas Craft Fair well attended
Laura Condon (centre), Manager Fethard Horse Country Experience, photographed with her parents Anna (Fogarty) and Frank Condon at the Christmas Craft Fair.
Storm Deirdre didn't dampen spirits at FHC Experience's annual Christmas Craft Fair. A great variety of stalls were in attendance on the day, selling a wide variety of crafts and antiques. Attendees included Killusty Crafts, Dóirín Saurus Ceramics, Tinnock Farm, Ciaran Maguire Photography, Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School and Pipscrafts - to name just a few! A raffle in aid of the Fethard Daycare Centre was also held and over three hundred euro was raised. Our thanks to those who donated prizes, and to everyone who braved the bad weather to support small local businesses this holiday season.
Tina Shine doing some seasonal shopping at the Christmas Craft Fair at Fethard Horse Country Experience.
FHC Experience would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas and New Year. We will close for the holidays on December 22, and will open December 28 and 29, close for the New Year and reopen on January 4, 5, 11 and 12, from 11am to 4pm for those who wish to visit us over the holiday period.
Photographed selling their ware at the Christmas Craft Fair at Fethard Horse Country Experience are L to R: Enya Galligan, Jenny Doyle and Louis Doyle.
Gundega Kuma and her daughter Darta from Fethard, photographed at the Christmas Craft Fair at Fethard Horse Country Experience.
Photographed at the Christmas Craft Fair at Fethard Horse Country Experience are L to R: Pat Looby and Terri Sheehan.
Photographed at the Christmas Craft Fair at Fethard Horse Country Experience are L to R: Ann Marie O'Sullivan, Eileen Croke and Michael Croke.
Jack Davey manning his stall for Fethard Hurley Keyrings at the Christmas Craft Fair at Fethard Horse Country Experience. Jack is a pupil at Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School News
On Wednesday last, the 1st year pupils participated in a circus workshop facilitated by the Wobbly Circus group. The pupils learned skills including tight wire walking, juggling, diabolo and devilstick techniques, stilt walking, plate spinning and much more. Well-Being forms a huge part of the new Junior Cycle Curriculum and this workshop gave the pupils confidence in their own abilities and promoted their co-ordination skills. The workshop was enjoyed by all the pupils and they put on a performance for the staff at the end of the day. Well done to all our pupils.
Well done to the school’s soccer team which defeated a Cork team 1-0 in Killusty last Friday. Thanks to their teachers Mr Walsh and Mr O’Connor for their ongoing work with the team. The following pupils were on the panel for the match: Kieran O’Donnell, Nevan Healy, Tyler McCormack, Darragh Hurley, Keenan Aherne, Michael O’Meara, Luke Allen, Micheál Cuddihy, Oisín O’Shea, Dara O’Meara, Keith Morrissey, Michael Flanagan, Cathal Ryan, David Cowlard, Jason Thompson, Charlie Hackett, Robert Hackett, Aran Larkin and Jack O’Donoghue
Fethard Christmas Fair
The school was delighted to be involved once again in the Fethard Christmas Fair held on Saturday, December 15, in The Fethard Horse Experience Museum. We were represented on the day by First Year Pupils: Jack Davey, Matt Coen and their company, Fethard Hurleys and Sweet Candy run by Aine Connolly, Emily Davey and Kaycie Aherne. Business Teacher Mr O’Connor and Enterprise Officer, Ms Sue Anne O’Donnell act as mentors to all these groups. Well done to all those involved in the event.
Tipperary Regional Youth Service
Thanks to Ms Pauline Strappe for her very interesting workshop on the world of work which she delivered to our Transition Year pupils on Thursday last. Ms. Strappe and Tipperary Regional Youth Service have a long history of involvement with the school and supported several workshops for the TY pupils during the year.
First Year School Retreat
A big thank you to Ms Maher for facilitating the First Year Retreat last week. It was a special day for all the First Years and thank you also to Br. Matthew Hayes, the Chairperson of our Board of Management, for helping out on the day and to Fr. Gerry Horan OSA for celebrating the Mass at the conclusion of the retreat.
Our TY students have helped organise the Abbey Crib this year in conjunction with Fr. Iggy O’Donovan and Ms. Looby. The Abbey Crib is always a joy to behold and focuses the whole community on the true meaning of Christmas.
Study during the Christmas Holidays
We expect all our Junior Cert and Leaving Cert pupils to get back to study/revision as soon as possible after the Christmas festivities in preparation for the Mock Exams which are scheduled for early February. They have been taught how to draw up study plans for themselves as independent learners and should devote a proportion of each day during the holidays to study.
The latest session of Bodhrán classes have concluded for the term and the classes will be offered again to all First Years in the New Year. We are grateful to Marian Smullen who teaches the classes after school on Tuesday evenings.
Christmas Greetings to all the School Community and many Blessings for 2019.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on December 12, were: 14, 17, 30 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: Maura Clooney, Cluain Ard, Fethard; and Josephine Shelly, Moyglass.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Lar Looby Jnr., Woodvale Walk, Fethard; Laura Lyons, Ard Alainn, Fethard; and Marie O'Sullivan, Cashel Road, Fethard.
Christmas Prizes of Turkeys and Hams
The three extra draw winners of a Christmas Turkey were: Bridget Quirke, Ballinard, Fethard; Therese Ryan, Clerihan, Fethard; and Sarah Standbridge, Saucestown, Fethard. Three winners of a Christmas Ham were: Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard; Tanya Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; and William Needham, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, December 19, 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 14, were: 13, 15, 16 and 33. There was no jackpot winner no two ‘match three’ winner. One lucky dip winner received €50: Sean Brown, Clonmel. Four lucky dip winners received €25: Ella Wall, An Sean Line, Fethard; Martin Burke, Main Street, Fethard; Aoife Dunphy, Garrinch, Fethard; and John Kenrick, Cahir.
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 ticket 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 selling well and now available in the following local shops at €12 each, Butler’s Bar & Off Licence, Centra Supermarket (The Green), Daybreak Supermarket (Kerry Street), Fethard Horse Country Experience (Town Hall), Annie’s (Burke Street) and Post Office (Main Street). Copies were posted last week 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 wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.
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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