Ladies Football Club AGM
Fethard Ladies Football Club will hold their AGM on this Friday, January 11, at 8pm in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street. All are welcome to attend.
The death has occurred on Thursday, January 3, 2019, of Michael 'Mickey' Flanagan, Derryluskin, Fethard. Michael (Mickey), predeceased by his loving daughter Bernadette, deeply regretted by his loving wife Margaret, his sons Tony and David, his daughters Roseann and Caroline, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and large circle of friends.
Reposing at home in Derryluskin (Eircode E91 W202) on Sunday, January 7, from 4.30pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass in the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, on Monday at 12 noon followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. May he rest in peace.
Students help layout Abbey Crib
Fr Iggy O'Donovan OSA photographed with students from Patrician Presentation Secondary School Fethard, who helped design this year’s Christmas Crib in the Augustinian Abbey. Also included are teachers Pat Coffey (Principal), Ian O’Connor and Billy Walsh.
One of the most striking features of the Christmas celebrations in Fethard has to be the crib in the Augustinian Abbey. It is located off the body of the main church in the ruins a more ancient medieval building. Indeed, the setting could not be more fitting and appropriate for a crib to be in a ruined stable. The work on display is largely the work of a group of students from the Patrician Presentation Secondary School in Fethard. The finished product is stunning and at the same time extremely simple.
The young workers took full advantage of the setting making particular use of the crumbling stonework. This they lavishly decorated with rich greenery, ivy, holly, laurels, moss and more. They even managed to procure some beautiful blooming furze (gorse), and as they were trying to create an old stable, they threw in for good measure some old rusty tools which Joseph the carpenter might have used in olden times.
A crowning feature of the work is that it is a ‘walk in’ crib and on entering one could literally be going back centuries in time. As a work marking the birth of Jesus it is indeed striking. Its simplicity is, at the same time, its very richness.
Fethard Country Market Hamper Winner
David Curran (right), treasurer Fethard Country Market, presenting the Fethard Country Market’s Christmas Hamper to draw winner Trish Leahy at her beauty salon on Main Street, Fethard.
The Annual Draw for the Fethard Country Market Hamper was won by Trish Leahy, Trish’s Beauty Salon, Main Street, Fethard. Fethard Country Market is taking a short break over the holiday period and will return to normal on Friday morning, January 18.
Fethard Country Market wish to thank all their customers for their support throughout 2018 and look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.
Died Recently in England
The death has occurred 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.
Reposing in McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, on Saturday, January 5, from 5pm to 7pm. Funeral Mass in the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, on Sunday at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. May he rest in peace.
Fethard Ladies Football Medal Presentations
Goal Mile festive run for charity
Group of dedicated walkers and runners photographed on Christmas morning to raise funds for the annual ‘Goal Mile’ in Fethard.
The organisers of this year’s ‘Goal Mile’ in Fethard would like to thank all who came along to participate and to give their support in this year’s run and walk to raise funds and awareness for GOAL's programmes in the developing world.
This year numbers were up as the weather on Christmas morning was kind and very suitable for a little exercise which also yielded a final count of €1,228 for a very good cause. Again we thank you for your support and wish all a very happy New Year
Members of the Connolly families taking part in the Goal Miile in Fethard on Christmas Morning.
Danny Kane and his granddaughter, Phoebe Staehelin, taking part in the Goal Mile on Christmas morning in Fethard.
L to R: Rose Dugliss and Lisa Hanrahan taking part in the Goal Mile on Christmas morning in Fethard.
All ready to take part in the Goal Mile charity run held on Christmas morning in Fethard
Ladies photographed at the start of the Goal Mile charity run on Christmas morning in Fethard.
Bernadette O’Meara and Sandra Mahe photographed at the Goal Mile charity run on Christmas morning in Fethard.
Photographed at the Goal Mile charity run on Christmas morning in Fethard are L to R: Willie O’Meara, Ian Cooke and Susan Cooke.
Members of the Walsh Family photographed at the Goal Mile charity run on Christmas morning in Fethard.
Group photographed at the Goal Mile charity run on Christmas morning in Fethard.
New Year’s Eve dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its New Year social dancing on Sunday, January 6, to the music of T. Bone Country. 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 New Year.
Dean Lee reminisces Fethard GAA
Monsignor Christopher Lee (centre) photographed with Mick Ahearne (editor) and Mick Frawley (GAA) at the launch of ‘Fethard Centenary GAA Story 1887-1987 ‘ in the Abymill Thetare, May 1989.
The late Monsignor Christopher Lee, who died on March 15, 2004, is remembered here as he reminisces Fethard GAA in 1987. Monsignor Christopher Lee was a former curate and Parish Priest in Fethard and described as a pastor, scholar and writer. Greatly influenced by his father’s interest in all aspects of Gaelic culture, Monsignor Lee was synonymous with the GAA and in particular the clubs in the parishes in which he served. He once remarked that all games were good, any game is better than no game, but the best of games for Irish boys and Irish girls are the Irish games. The following interesting notes relating to Fethard GAA for their Centenary GAA Story 1887-1987 are recalled from his time served in Fethard.
An interesting item
When part of the Fethard Barracks area was being handed over to South Tipperary Health Board for a housing scheme (St. Patrick’s Place), the late Ned Beary, as secretary of the Health Board signed on behalf of the board while his brother signed on behalf of the Department of Defence.
Gaelic football predominant game in South Tipperary
Outside the country people generally associate hurling with Tipperary. Most are not aware that gaelic football is the predominant game in the area of South Tipperary stretching from Emly in the west to Grangemockler in the east beyond Slievenamon. It was the game played in my own native Glen of Aherlow. That Tipperary plays in Group III of the National League may be part explanation of why people in other countries are rather vague about Tipperary football.
Football and hurling have had a kind of seesaw history in my life (with a short spell of Rugby thrown in for good measure while I was at secondary school). When we were students in Maynooth football and hurling were the games that mattered. There was keen competition for the championship between the various years’ classes and considerable rivalry in the league games as well. (I was lucky to win a football league medal on a team captained by archdeacon Coady, Clonmel, native of Grangemockler)
First appointment as curate
My first appointment as curate was Knockaney, Co. Limerick. There it was all hurling, and I could not but become attached to it, particularly as the captain of the parish junior team played a creditable part in Limerick’s Senior all Ireland victory in 1940. (I used to tell the boys that I’d cheer for Limerick against every team except Tipperary!)
Then in 1942, I was changed to Fethard where I soon came to hear of the Parish’s great football tradition. The club was justifiably proud of it, and the teams were determined to uphold it. The memory of the challenge to any club in Ireland was very fresh as was the memory of the game with Ballinasloe. That year in preparation for the South and County Championships a parish league was now run. It was an ideal way of training, and Fethard won both trophies.
The following year Fethard won the south again. World War II was raging and travel to far away games presented many a problem. Traps sidecars and bicycles were bought very much into use, with the odd charcoal burner car on occasion. My father, a great follower of football, travelled on a sidecar to see Tipperary play Cork in Fermoy all the way from Aherlow. He died a couple of weeks after having been in Croke Park for the 1944 Football final.
I became quite attached to the football, even so far as to remonstrate with Brother Albert Small over his preference for hurling for the boys in the secondary school, which he had opened in 1941. It was hard to blame him, he came from Borrisoleigh parish. Besides, Coolmoyne Hurling club was in the parish and a number of the footballers played hurling with that club and vice-versa. Brother Albert was very proud when Liam Connolly was on an All-Ireland winning team, and when boys from the school won places on Tipperary Minor Hurling teams.
The swing to hurling came again for me in 1949. I was changed to Thurles, and at the end of the year I found myself chairman of the famous Sarsfield club. The golden era of Tipperary hurling was round the corner. One couldn’t help becoming an ardent follower of the game, with the Sarsfields winning many county Championships and the county, a number of All Irelands. Yet I was able to get to most of the games Fethard played in the South and County competitions and be glad when victory came Fethard’s way.
In 1960 I was transferred back to the Fethard Parish as P.P. in succession to Canon Ryan, who had been my P.P. as Curate. The see saw had come down again on the football side, for, though camogie and hurling had made good strides, football still rules supreme. In the mid-sixties, the under 21 footballers won three County Championships in a row. A number of he players went on to become really good senior footballers and play their part in the occasional senior success with a little better luck in Fethard could have won more often. It was grand to find that the sportsfield, once the parade of ground of cavalry of the British Army, had become the property of Fethard G.A.A. and had been improved so greatly that it was a favourite venue for championship games.
Back to Cashel in 1974
Finally, in 1974, when I was transferred to Cashel, the seesaw came down on the hurling side, but not completely so. There is considerable participation in Football in the Caiseal Ri Cormac Club. Our local Leahy Park, kept in excellent condition, is a favourite divisional and county venue. Fethard have played there quite often and won quite often to, though not as often as they should or some of us would have wished. As the years go by, teams and matches tend to become confused and to be telescoped together in one’s memory. It will be grand to have them separated again and recalled in detail of names and venues and dates, with accurate results of who won and who lost. In the long run it matters little who won and who lost, so long as the games were played with manliness and honour. That was the spirit in which the Fethard members played for the Club. May they always do so. May the account of Fethard’s varied activities of GAA sportsfield down the years since 1885 be of great interest to Fethard people at home and in exile.
Monsignor Christopher Lee, who died on March 15, 2004, is laid to rest inside the front gates of St. John the Baptist Church, Cashel.
Creative Christmas Tree
Patrician Presentation TY students unique Christmas Tree made from plastic bottles, photographed above by day and night on the school grounds.
Massive congratulations to Patrician Presentation Transition Year Students who worked alongside art teacher, Ms Pat Looby, to produce a unique and creative Christmas Tree made of plastic bottles over the past few weeks. Thanks to all of who gave in bottles to the school for us to be able to realise this creation. The tree was a beautiful sight earlier in the week. Unfortunately, the high winds on Monday night caused damage to the creation. However, a smaller version of the original tree is on view in the Augustinian Abbey. So too is the work of our Transition Year Students on the Crib.
The school was delighted to be part of both of these projects. Many thanks to our students, Ms Pat Looby, our Programmes' Co-ordinator Mr Billy Walsh, to the public for the bottles and to Fr Iggy O’Donovan OSA for all his help.
The death has occurred on Sunday, December 30, 2018, of Paddy Fitzgerald, Callington, Cornwall, England, and formerly Knockelly, Fethard, in his 93rd year.
Paddy was always a proud Fethard man and loved to receive the Fethard & Killusty Emigrant’s Newsletter.
Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Funeral arrangements later.
A pre-baptism meeting will take place in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, on Monday, January 28, at 7.30pm, for parents who wish to have their child baptised during the coming weeks. This meeting is subject to demand, so you are asked to please contact Fr. Liam Everard P.P. or Canon Tom Breen prior to attending.
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 email@example.com
These are a selection of photographs taken in 1999 . . .
Pictured above and below are pupils from Nano Nagle Primary School in Fethard who planted a 'Tree for Peace' on Wednesday, April 21, 1999. The tree was presented by the School's Parents' Council as part of a national tree planting project dedicated to peace and the victims of Omagh. Every primary school community, parents, teachers and children, were asked to plant and nurture a 'peace tree' in their school or locality.
Marian Gilpin and John Fogarty in a scene from The Hogan Musical Society’s production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in March 1999.
Kathleen Bradshaw and Eileen Burke in a scene from The Hogan Musical Society’s production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in March 1999.
Photographed outside Newports Shop on St. Patrick’s Day, 1999 are L to R: Mamie Morrissey, Sarah Mullins, Berna Morrissey and Geraldine Maher.
Photographed on St. Patrick’s Day, 1999 are L to R: Mossie Hayes and Theresa Cummins
Photographed on St. Patrick’s Day, 1999 are L to R: Ned Donovan and Jack Maher.
Members of the children’s choir on St. Patrick’s Day, 1999.
Members of the children’s choir on St. Patrick’s Day, 1999.
Members of the children’s choir on St. Patrick’s Day, 1999
Organist, Goldie Newport on St. Patrick’s Day, 1999.
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