Munster Arts Competition coming to Fethard in May
Medieval Fethard’s Town Wall, Holy Trinity Church of Ireland and Watergate – perfect inspirational material for this year’s ‘Medieval’ theme in the Munster Arts Competition taking place in Fethard on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. (Photo Joe Kenny, Fethard).
Fethard’s ICA Hall will host the forthcoming Munster Arts Competition on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. The theme of art competition is ‘Medieval’ and is open to over 18-year-old Munster residents only. Entries can be artist’s interpretation, original work, painting, drawing, ceramic, wood or sculpture. Maximum size of work 60cm x 60cm (2ft x 2ft). For entry details email: email@example.com
There are two phases to the competition
Phase 1: An A4 size print or photograph of each art piece, maximum three pieces of work, each piece to be numbered, to be submitted by May 1, with the artist’s fee of €20 in postal order format. Please include the artist’s name, address, phone number and email address. The title of submission can be written on the back of each print included. These will then be shortlisted.
Phase 2: Those artists who are shortlisted will be informed by May 6. They will deliver their original work four days before competition exhibition, along with an easel or plinth to exhibit their work. A postcard with artist’s title and information to be with the work for the competition exhibition.
Proceeds of this competition will go to the following Registered Charities: Alice Leahy Trust (Homeless), and Limerick Suicide Watch. We do not accept responsibility for loss or damage to works and the judges’ decision is final. Further details from: Marie O’Hara, Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Tel: 087 7539230.
Congratulations to Fiona Barry winner of U16 Solo Dancing Competition at the County finals of the community games Talent Events held in Boherlahan on Friday night. The talented Fiona also won Gold in U12 recitation last year so she will proudly represent Tipperary at the Aldi Community Games National Finals in University of Limerick next May for the second successive year. Well done Fiona.
The following six competitors will represent Fethard Killusty area at the forthcoming County Swimming Finals in Thurles: Lily Murphy, Lauren Connolly, Suzie Murphy, Isobel Maher, Ronan O'Meara and Mark O'Meara.
Judging of the Art & Handwriting competitions are currently taking place. Schools will be visited with the results announced next week. The county final will take place in conjunction with the Winter Festival of Sport in Thurles on March 9.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on Sunday, February 24, to the music of ‘Dave Lawlor’. 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.
‘School of Rock’ Music Dance Workshop at Fethard Ballroom
A ‘School of Rock - the Musical’ dance workshop will take place in Fethard Ballroom on this coming Saturday, February 23. To book a place email Henry James on firstname.lastname@example.org or message/telephone 087 1835976.
Are you taking part in this year’s ‘Fethard Spring Clean’?
Registration is now open for this year’s National Spring Clean which will take place during the month of April all over the country. Taking part in the National Spring Clean is very straight forward. Local groups are invited to organise a clean-up around the Fethard area, to take place any time during April. You can register your event online, or by Tel: 01 400 2219.
Throughout the month of April, The National Spring Clean will bring together communities throughout the country to tackle the problem of litter in local areas. This initiative is organised by An Taisce and supported by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
The key objectives of the campaign are to:
- Encourage clean-ups throughout the whole month of April;
- Promote personal responsibility for litter;
- Heighten awareness of litter and waste issues;
- Highlight the importance of Recycling and Re-use;
- Increase the number of events and participants annually; To Foster community.
Fethard Players invite you to their Annual General Meeting
Fethard Players will hold their Annual General Meeting on Monday, February 25, at 8pm in the Abymill Theatre. Fethard Players, having just finished a very successful run of, ‘It’s The Real McCoy’, are now planning ahead for the coming year and invite all interested in drama and theatre to come along and attend this year’s AGM.
Long history of ‘drama’ in Fethard
The present Fethard Players had their roots in the Fethard Dramatic Society which was formed in 1913, and continued on since under the titles of, The Sodality Players, The Tirrey Players, and since 1940, The Fethard Players.
Fethard Players cast of 'Drama at Inish' that was performed in the Town Hall from January 12 to 19, 1958: Back: Eddie O'Neill (producer), Mary Goldsborough, Goldie Newport, Helen O'Connell, Donal O'Sullivan. Front L to R; Babe Anne McLellan, Paddy McLellan and Carmel Rice. Also in the cast were Percy O'Flynn, William O'Flynn, Austy O'Flynn, Tom Barrett and Louis O'Donnell. The play was produced by Eddie O'Neill.
Their efforts included at least two productions each year which included the annual Passion Play and Pantomime. Other presentations were Frank Vosper’s ‘Love From a Stranger’; A. P. Herbert’s ‘The Monkey’s Paw’; Synges ‘Riders to the Sea’; O’Casey’s ‘Shadow of a Gunman’; McAdams ‘Tempting of Dermot O’Hurley’; and numerous George Shiels’ compositions including ‘Paul Twyning’ and ‘New Gossoon’, T. C. Murray’s ‘Autumn Fire’ and ‘Spring’, and works by many other authors, in various one, two and three-act plays.
Former Presidents of the society before 1960, included Fr Robert Noonan (Fethard 1914-1928); Fr Thomas Mulvihill (Fethard 1932-1939); Fr. William Breen (Fethard 1937-1942); Fr William Hogan (Fethard 1939-1956).
Despite forty-six years of unbroken productions, it was 1958 before the Fethard Players’ first appearance in a drama festival when they entered the Tipperary Drama Festival with Lennox Robinson’s, ‘Drama at Inish’, produced by Eddie O’Neill.
Fethard Bridge Club results
On Wednesday, February 6, we played the third round of the Player of the Year competition which was a change of partner and the results were: 1st Gross, Monica Anglim and Mary Tierney; 2nd Gross, Noreen Evans and Kay St. John; 3rd Gross, Margaret Slattery and Alice Quinn; 1st Nett, Eileen Frewen and Keith Woodlock; 2nd, Nett Anne Connolly and Tony Hanrahan; 3rd Nett, Judy Doyle and Catherine Croke.
Next Wednesday, February 27, we play the fourth and final round of the Player of the Year competition. Bridge starts at 7.15pm each Wednesday. Anyone looking for a partner contact Gemma Burke 086-6064148.
Senior Day at Fethard Day Care Centre
The Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold a Senior Day on Friday next February 22, from 10am. The chiropodist will be in attendance. All seniors welcome.
Junk Kouture online voting all this week!
Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School regional finalists in the South Section. L to R: ‘Elemental’, model Michelle Cronin, team members Rachel O’Loughnane and Patrick Shine; ‘Athena’, model Allison Connolly, team members Nell Spillane and Paige Ryan; ‘In a Tangle’, model Samantha Buckley, team members Phoebe Duggan and Megan Ryan.
Voting commences at 10am today Monday, February 18, and is open until midnight on Friday, February 22. You are required to register before voting at the following website: app.junkkouture.com
The public online votes, which are worth 10 percent of their overall marks received, are very important to qualify for the Grand Final. You can vote once a day so please support our local entrants in Fethard which you will find in the South section of the online voting website.
Each outfit has a team of two to three students working on each piece, including the model. Each team used their artistic skills and social awareness for their designs, with inspiration coming from issues of Environmental Pollution, Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Modelling ‘In a Tangle’ is Samantha Buckley, with Phoebe Duggan and Megan Ryan on the team. This outfit is made from hundreds of green water bottles, garden netting and plastic milk bottles, cut, twisted and put in place.
Modelling ‘EleMental’ is Michelle Cronin, with Rachel O’Loughnan and Patrick Shine on the team. This is made from thousands of little cut out pieces, resembling sequins, from plastic prescription drugs’ packaging, and hand sewn in place.
Modelling ‘Athena’ is Allison Connolly, with Nell Spillane and Paige Ryan on the team. This is made from thousands of ‘helicopters’ or seeds from the sycamore tree and other forest finds, all meticulously shaped and placed.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on February 13 were: 13, 21, 22 and 26. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner who received €150: The Friendship Club, Fr. Tirry Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Noel and Bob Maher, Barrack Street, Fethard; Danny Croke, Killenaule; and Stuart Looby, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, February 20. 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.
GAA Sports Development Lotto
The numbers drawn on Friday, February 15, were: 6, 14, 33 and 36. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘match three’ winner. Four Lucky Dip Winners received €25 each: Rena Sheehan and Cian Roche, Killusty; Daniel Gleeson, Juvenile GAA; Darren Phelan, Clonmel; and Julie Quigley Clonmel.
The next draw takes place on Friday, February 22, in Burke’s Bar at 7.30pm, when the jackpot is €20,200 and the seller's prize is €1,000.
The committee of Fethard GAA/Sports Centre Development Lotto would like to thank all our supporters near and far who participate in our weekly lotto draw. The funds raised are used to promote sport in the local community.
Tipperariana 2019 – a lot more than just a fabulous book fair
The annual Tipperariana Book Fair, now running for twenty-four years, has morphed into a social institution where book-lovers emerge once a year to replenish their friendships and storage space. It is obvious from the returning faces and hearty handshakes on Sunday last, the occasion was a lot more than just a book fair.
An important feature of the Tipperariana Book Fair is the ample space available in Fethard Ballroom that allows thirty dealers to display their wares and in excess of 200 visitors to mingle, chat and even browse the books on offer as time allows. The literary ambience and chat is further enhanced by the regular pianist Eamon O'Malley, whose fingertips have the ability to sooth the busiest legs. If some rest is required or extended chat required, one can sit at the in-house café for tea, cakes and other refreshments on offer.
Photographed at the Tipperariana Book Fair held in Fethard Ballroom are L to R: Gavin Tyrell, Jake Daniel, Billy Hayes and Anna Hayes from Fethard
Observing the large attendance from ‘everywhere and anywhere’, their happy disposition and willingness to chat with friends and strangers, one could nearly believe it was ‘their’ book fair. This opinion can be further advanced by the huge contribution of ‘used’ valuable books donated to the Fethard Historical Society’s fundraising second-hand stall at the fair. The organising committee are astonished with the good-will and support received from these very generous benefactors and thank them sincerely for their encouragement.
Photographed at the Tipperariana Book Fair held in Fethard Ballroom are L to R: Willie Nolan, John Ryan, Proinsias Ó Drisceoil and Michael Darmody.
Next year’s Tipperariana Book Fair will be a very special celebration being the 25th Anniversary of what is now recognised as ‘probably’ the best book fair in Ireland. For those not using digital diaries that can automatically enter recurring dates like, the 'Second Sunday in February', as a reminder of our annual Tipperariana Book Fair . . . maybe take a few seconds now, to note Sunday, February 9, 2020, on your calendar of upcoming events not to be missed.
Members of Cahir Women's History Group whose book, 'Daughters of Dún Iascaigh', won the Tipperariana Book of the Year Award for 2018 photographed at their stall at the Tipperariana Book Fair. L to R: Breeda Ryan, Karol De Falko and Jenny Kiely.
Photographed at the Tipperariana Book Fair held in Fethard Ballroom are L to R: Matilda Stapleton and Julia McHugh.
Photographed at the Tipperariana Book Fair held in Fethard Ballroom are L to R: Jim Ryan, Kathleen Ryan and Mick Ahern from Clonmel.
Next year’s Tipperariana Book Fair, on February 9, 2020, will be a very special celebration being the 25th Anniversary of what is now recognised as ‘probably’ the best book fair in Ireland.
Health & Wellbeing and Cookery Demonstrations for Parents at Fethard Convent Community Hall
Cookery demonstrations for parents will continue in Fethard Convent Community Hall, every Wednesday for 8 weeks, from 10am to 12 noon. Come along meet new friends, have a cuppa and chat and get delicious recipes each week. Pay as you go, €5 per week. For inquiries, text or phone Grainne Molony Tel: 087 7088670.
Exciting 'Reel to Reel' concert coming to Abymill
On Saturday, February 23, the Abymill Theatre will host an extraordinary 'Reel to Reel' Concert starting at 8pm. The concert will feature a nine piece band, which was just a little big for organiser, John Bermingham’s usual venue at Crocanoir. So they decided to move to the beautiful Abymill Theatre in Fethard instead. Tickets can be purchased from John at 086-8907329.
'Reel to Reel' will feature the unusual fusion of uileann pipes, accordion, cello, keyboard, drums, bass, mandolin, electric and acoustic guitars, to create a magical, unique sound across a wide range of musical genres. All proceeds of the night will be donated to the L'Arche Community, Callan. The first community in Ireland was founded in 1978 in Kilmoganny, County Kilkenny. L'Arche in Ireland is currently home to over fifty people with intellectual disabilities and the assistants with whom they share life.
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 1982 . . .
Girls taking part in a Moyglass Road Race in 1982
Boys taking part in a Moyglass Road Race in 1982
Bro Ultan’s retirement day from St. Patrick’s Boys School 1982
St. Patrick’s Boys School pupils photographed at the retirement of Bro Ultan in 1982
Jack O’Shea’s Bar team that took part in the Fethard Festival Relay Race 1982
Winning team that took part in the Fethard Festival Relay Race 1982
Teacher and coach, Anna Judge, photographed with Fethard Secondary School volleyball team in 1982
Fethard Pioneer Association members photographed in 1982
Jimmy Ryan, Watergate, helping with the demolition of the old creamery in Fethard in 1982.
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.
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