Fethard men save two lives in US In two separate incidents over the New Year, two Fethard men were involved in saving two lives, the first incident involved a woman saved by Paul Fogarty-Brown and his husband Karlton Brown, when she started choking at a Boca Raton steakhouse in Boca Raton, Florida, USA. The second incident was an attempted suicide in New York City, which was averted by the prompt action of passer-by Gerry Nevin. Our congratulations to Paul and Karlton, and to Gerry for their courage and skill in dealing with both cases.
Boca Raton, Florida
L to R: Paul Fogarty-Brown and his husband Karlton Brown, who saved a woman’s life at a Boca Raton steakhouse in Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
Paul Fogarty-Brown, 34, son of Frank and Una Fogarty, Fethard, and his husband, 39-year-old Karlton Brown were celebrating a friend’s birthday on Tuesday, January 1, at Morton’s Steakhouse in Boca Raton when they heard a commotion at a table nearby when a woman began choking during dinner. Paul and Karlton, who are both CPR certified, said the woman, looked to be in her 60s, lost consciousness as the couple approached. Karlton says he and Paul were the only customers, out of dozens, who knew CPR. So they put the woman on the floor and performed CPR on the woman for at least 12 minutes.
"She lost consciousness," said Paul Fogarty-Brown, "And then her pulse and her heart stopped. She is completely purple, her forehead, her eyes, her lips”.
“When I did the last major thrust, the steak dislodged.” Karlton said. “As soon as we got the steak dislodged and she took that huge gasp of air, Paul felt her pulse come back.” But they continued administering aid until emergency responders arrived. They said the woman was rushed to hospital and is doing well now. She messaged the couple on Thursday thanking them for saving her life, calling them her saviours.
Karlton Brown, who is a volunteer firefighter, has to go through CPR training every two years. But both said they liked to attend basic life support training in order to be ready for any emergency. They also encourage more people to go through CPR training. It would make a great New Year's resolution.
New York City
Gerry Nevin, formerly from St. Patrick’s Place and Ballintemple, Fethard, and now living in New York.
Gerry Nevin, is a son of the late Kathleen and Dick Nevin, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard, and now living in New York with his partner Sylvia. On Thursday morning, January 3, Gerry was up early to take his dog Suzie for a walk around 6.15am. While on his walk he noticed a car across the road with its lights on and the engine running. He also noticed something unusual hanging on the back of the car and something silver going down the side of the car. He was just going back home when he decided to investigate as he thought it looked a bit odd. It was still dark when he looked into the car but he couldn't see anyone.
When Gerry looked to his right to see what the silver on the side of the car was, he saw a hose coming out of the back window and going around to the back of the car. He then knew straight away what he had come across and that there must be someone in the car. He tried to open the door but it was locked. He then started banging on the window. He tried to pull the pipe out of the window but the window was all sealed with duct tape and the hose taped down the side of the car, so he ran around to the back of the car and pulled the hose out of the exhaust pipe. The white he had seen was tea towels and rags that the guy had stuffed into the exhaust pipe.
The guy, who was lying flat in the car, got out and Gerry could see that he wasn't right as the fumes must have started to take affect. Gerry was so shaken that he couldn't even phone the police so when he saw a neighbour out, he asked him to ring. The guy was eventually taken away to hospital. When the police arrived, they told Gerry that he had saved the man's life.
Fethard Players are back with ‘The Real McCoy’
Fethard Players production of the hilarious comedy, 'It's The Real McCoy’, produced by Marian Gilpin, will be staged in the Abymill Theatre from Tuesday, January 29, to Saturday, February 2, and booking is open from January 10 at Tel: 085 2338513. Special family night on Tuesday when all seats are €12.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its New Year social dancing on Sunday, January 13, to the music of ‘Brendan Lee’. 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 look forward to starting of the New Year with lots of great music and dancing.
Sports Achievement Award Nominees for December
The following four nominations were received for the Butler’s Bar Sports Achievement Award for December.
Fintan Rice – Following a layoff from the sport Fintan recently returned to a bronze medal finish at the Over-45 Tipperary Cross Country Championships held at Thurles Crokes.
Polly Murphy – In December Polly became the first recipient of the Munster Rugby volunteer appreciation award.
Fethard U11 Boys Gaelic Football – This team completed a remarkable year for this group with victory in the South Tipperary Winter League.
Bernard Feery – A successful month for Bernard on two fronts, he brought home gold, silver and bronze from the county Tipperary Indoor Championships Over-55 held in Nenagh, and also a silver Over-55 medal from the County Masters Cross Country Held at Thurles Crokes.
The winner will be announced on Friday night next, January 11, at a special presentation function held in Butlers Sports Bar, Main Street, Fethard. All are welcome.
New Year Celebrations
Ringing in the New Year in Lonergans Fethard
As we say goodbye to 2018, many will also be happy to say goodbye to the memories of a fairly harsh year overall. Although we’re academically coming out of a recession, we’re still experiencing an increase in homelessness, hospital trollies instead of beds, repossession of houses and evictions, and a slow meltdown of rural society and towns.
It’s sad and worrying to see a government use more and more penalties as a means to force people to conform, instead of offering solutions to the long-term grief these enforced changes cause. Any optimist living in rural Ireland would sense a return to the dark-ages.
New Year’s Eve was an exception in Fethard, when young and old joined forces to celebrate what’s good in rural Ireland, family, friendship, fun and frolics. It was heartening to see so many people in good spirits as they seriously and generously showered wishes to all for a better New Year to come.
At this time every year we particularly remember all those who have died in the past twelve months, in particular, all who have helped make Fethard a better and happier place to live. A special thanks to all the volunteers and local organisations who continue to provide much needed services to our community. A very rural Happy New Year to all.
Celebrating the New Year in Fethard L to R: Craig Ryan and Becky Kenny.
Celebrating the New Year in Fethard L to R: Darren Prout, Kevin Brown, Bridget O'Donnell, Bernadette Brown and Tara Regan.
Celebrating the New Year in Fethard L to R: Kevin Dunne, Paul Mackey, Thomas Mackey and Daniel Mackey
Tommy and Rhoda Purcell enjoying the New Year in Fethard.
Celebrating the New Year in Fethard L to R: Rachael O'Meara and Lesley Ann Prendergast.
Celebrating the New Year in Fethard L to R: Kelly O'Halloran and Darren Moloney.
Celebrating the New Year in Fethard L to R: Aaron Hanlon, William O'Meara and Danny O'Regan.
Celebrating the New Year in Fethard L to R: J.J. Freeman and Jade Hackett.
Celebrating the New Year in Fethard L to R: Samantha Brennan and Marie O'Hara.
L to R: Donal Leahy, Noel Maher, Justin Maher and Karl Maher
L to R: Tony Sayers, Tony McGarry and Brud Roche
L to R: John Slattery and Edwina Sharma
L to R: Brendan Brett, Ollie Maher and Bernard O'Donnell
L to R: James Reilly and Ned Delaney.
L to R: John Carroll, Roseanne Carroll, Breda Slattery and Martin Shelly.
L to R: Tina Kenny and Noel Callan
L to R: Chloe Lawrence and Dallan Shine
L to R: Tara Regan, Chantelle Casey, Jade Hackett and Becky Kenny
L to R: Chantelle Casey and Evan Murphy.
L to R: Bradley Phelan and Chloe Byrne.
L to R: Dara Harcourt and Reece McNamara.
L to R: Edwina Sharma, Erica McGrath and Rose O'Halloran.
L to R: Kiya Lawrence and Becky Kenny.
L to R: Erica McGrath and Chantelle Casey
Hardworking bar staff L to R: Siobhán Curran and Clodagh Bradshaw.
Happy New Year
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.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School
We wish all members of the School Community a happy, peaceful and healthy 2019 and we look forward to working together with you in this New Year.
Best of luck to the U16 Volleyball team and their coach Mr. McGree, who will contest the All-Ireland Semi-Finals of their division in Loughrea on Tuesday, January 8th.
Sincere sympathy to members of the school community who were bereaved during the holidays and in particular to those recently bereaved: the Flanagan Family, Derryluskin, on the death of Michael and the Pyke family on the death of Patrick Currivan, Cashel. May they rest in peace.
The Mock Exams will take place early in February and we encourage all our exam students to settle back down to study immediately after the holidays. Evening Study recommences on Monday, January 7, at 4.05pm. The pupils were provided with study plans for the first week of the New Year and we hope that they used the time to catch up on work and to revise for the upcoming exams.
If you wish to enrol your son or daughter in the school next September and have not completed an application form, please contact the school as soon as possible on Tel: (052) 6131572.
Second Year Retreat
The Second Year Bríd Year Group will have their retreat, kindly facilitated by Ms Marie Maher, on Wednesday, January 9.
Winter Walking Festival
The annual Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival takes place from January 25 to 27, based in Aherlow House Hotel. The festival is organized by the Glen of Aherlow Fáilte Society and walks are led by members of the Galtee Walking Club. Three walks each day. For further details or brochures contact Tel: 062 56331 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Fethard News Items for inclusion on this website and on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.