The death has occurred on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 of Margaret Smith (née Murphy), Monroe, Fethard. Margaret died peacefully, at St Brigid's Hospital, Carrick-on-Suir, surrounded by her family, and is deeply regretted by her daughters Carol and Janet, sons Liam and Jimmy, sisters Joan, Philomena, Patricia and Anne, brother Johnny, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard, on Thursday, March 14, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Funeral Mass on Friday in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 11am, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Celebrating the bicentenary of Holy Trinity Parish Church
In preparation for our booklet celebrating the bicentenary of Holy Trinity Parish Church in Fethard, we are seeking any early photographs of events at the parish church, such as weddings, first communions, confirmations altar boy groups, Children of Mary and Mens Sodality groups.
All photographs will be scanned and returned. The oldest photos will be included in the booklet and the rest placed on exhibition. Photos maybe also emailed to email@example.com The deadline for sending photographs is April 15, 2019.
Sports Achievement Award winners for January/February
Members of Fethard Ladies U16 Rugby Team, winners of the Sports Achievement Award for February, photographed with their award. Back L to R" Sophie O'Brien, Leah Coady, Rachel Ryan, Ciara Gahan, Polly Murphy (coach), Kate Ross, Orla Maher, Louise O'Donnell (coach). Front L to R: Aoibhe Gayson (captain), Karen Bennett, Evelyn Gayson, Jess Stokes and Marie Gayson (coach). Also on the team are: Lucy Fogarty, Kate Flannery, Orlaith Breen, Aishling Morrissey, Clodagh Fanning, Saoirse Davis and Shauna Maher.
The first sporting achievements of 2019 were acknowledged locally on Friday, March 8, at the commencement of the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Awards for the coming year. The awards for January and February were presented by M.J. Croke, representing this month’s sponsor Cashel Motors.
M.J. Croke, representing this month’s sponsor Cashel Motors, presenting the 'Mentor of the Month' award to popular winner Peggy Colville.
The first award of the evening, ‘Mentor of the Month’, was presented to Peggy Colville, who is known country wide for her lifelong dedication to Community Games, at local, county and national level. Peggy is well deserving of this award and a very popular winner.
The winner of the January Sports Achievement Award was Deirdre Goggin, Deirdre was winner of ten, from a possible twelve, races in her native Cork’s Road Harness Racing Championships, winning best rider and best female rider awards along the way.
M.J. Croke, representing this month’s sponsor Cashel Motors, presenting the Sports Achievement Award for January to Deirdre Goggin.
The winner of the February Sports Achievement Award was Fethard Ladies U16 Rugby Team. This amazing local team won the Munster U16 League for the third year in a row. Along the way they beat great teams from Bruff, Carrick, Nenagh, Newport, Shannon, Bohemians and beat Abbeyfeale in the final which was played in Cork City.
The presentations were attended by a very large crowd and organiser, Philip Butler, is looking forward to another great year of local sporting achievements in the parish of Fethard & Killusty. Nominations for March are now being taken at Butler’s Bar.
Fethard and Killusty Anglers AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Fethard and Killusty Anglers will take place on this coming Thursday, March 14, at 8pm in Tirry Community Hall Fethard. All current members and those interested in joining or receiving information about our club are welcome.
Social dancing and much more at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17, to the 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.
Twenty-six years ago, St. Patrick’s night, March 17 1993, proved to be a very memorable night in Fethard when the former Country Club Ballroom opened its doors under the umbrella of Fethard and Killusty Community Council. The ballroom was purchased about twelve months previously and was in very bad repair. However, the community spirit came to light in a big way and various members of the community spent endless nights working to reinstate this building to its former glory. As much voluntary labour as possible was used and on St. Patrick’s night, March 17, 1993, the dream became a reality.
Fethard Ballroom Board and Committee Back L to R: Sean O'Donovan, Brien Sheehy, John Long, Liam Sweeney, Gay Horan, Michael O'Rahilly. Front L to R: Peter Grant (Public Relations Officer), Mary Richardson, Seamus Barry (Chairman), Eileen Coady (Treasurer and Bookings) and William Morgan (Secretary). Also on the committee are Paddy Hickey, Brian Guiry, Tom Tobin, Vincent Phelan and Denis Hayden.
Other events at Fethard Ballroom
Many tales of happy romance started in Fethard Ballroom over the years and continue to do so. The present enterprising committee believe that there is ‘more to life than love’ and have introduced a wide range of activities to the ballroom. In addition to the weekly Social Dancing every Sunday night from 9pm to midnight, there are weekly ballroom dancing classes every Thursday night by ‘Maurice’, Circuit Training Classes by Bobbi Holohan, Junior Ballroom Dancing by Marina’s School of Dancing and for card lovers, there is a weekly social Card Game every Friday night at 8.30pm, with cash prizes and includes refreshments. Slimming World takes place every Wednesday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. The ballroom is also available for private functions and receptions.
Choreography Workshops this Saturday
Starting up again on this coming Saturday, March 16, are classes in choreography workshops by Henry James Dance, Tel: 087 1835976 to register.
For further information on any of these events or for booking the ballroom, contact Eileen Coady, Tel: 086 0776420 or Peter Grant, Tel: 087 6180541. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrician Presentation Secondary School news
Patrician Presentation Secondary School 5th Year pupils photographed at their Shekinah Retreat last week. Included with the students are Ms Marie Maher (Retreat Facilitator), Bro. Matthew Hayes (Chairperson of the Board of Management) and Fr. Iggy O'Donovan OSA, Prior Fethard Augustinian Abbey.
Congratulations to Ms Looby and the two Junk Kouture teams who qualified for the National Finals of Junk Kouture in the 3 Arena in Dublin in May. There were eighty-three finalists in the Southern Finals of the competition held in Limerick on last Friday night and it is a great achievement for our school to feature two outfits in the fifteen chosen for the Grand Final in Dublin.
The first outfit ‘Athena’, modelled by Alison Connolly, was designed and made by Alison. Nell Spillane and Paige Ryan provided invaluable support to Alison on the night and impressed the judges with their choice of materials and attention to design.
The second qualifying outfit ‘EleMental’ was modelled by Michelle Cronin with a design team of Rachel O’Loughnan and Patrick Shine. This team spent hours designing and making the outfit with great attention to detail.
Our commiserations to Samantha Buckley, Phoebe Duggan and Megan Ryan, whose outfit ‘In a Tangle’ was unlucky not to also qualify on the night. Samantha gave a great performance on the catwalk and we thought that this outfit would also make it through to the finals. ‘Beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach!’ Hopefully it may also qualify for Dublin by getting a ‘wild card’.
Thank you to all the students, teachers, Fr Iggy O’Donovan OSA, parents and friends who travelled to the University of Limerick to support us on Friday. It was much appreciated!
Seachtain na Gaeilge in Patrician Presentation
A number of activities have been arranged during Seachtain na Gaeilge in our school by Irish Teachers, Ms. Uí Cheallaigh and Ms. Murphy: Tráth na gCeist, Peil Cuigear an Taobh, Bingó Locó, Rang Ealaíne Bob Ross, Féile Scannánaíochta, Todhraíocht Taisce, Céilí agus Dún an Fhéile. Well done to all concerned.
School sports’ stars of the month
Well done to Gráinne Murray on winning the school’s February sports’ star award for her performance with the Junior Volleyball Team. She has improved her volleyball skills in recent months and shows great promise for the Cadette and Senior Volleyball teams in the future. The boys’ sports’ star award winner was Oisín O’Shea, who is not only a super soccer player but also has great volleyball skills. Well done to Gráinne and Oisín on their great achievement.
Holy Trinity National School
Fethard Holy Trinity National School’s soccer teams who competed in the Cahir Park Soccer Tournament held on Monday, March 4.
Well done to Fethard Holy Trinity National School’s two soccer teams who competed in the recent Cahir Park Soccer Tournament held on Monday, March 4. Both teams made it through to the finals. One of our teams won their final and will now progress to the county finals in the coming weeks. Well done boys!
Young author published!
Well done to Holy Trinity National School’s Fifth class pupil, Taylor Blake, whose narrative piece was published in The Primary Planet magazine last week.
Well done to Fifth class pupil Taylor Blake whose narrative piece was published in The Primary Planet magazine last week. Children from all over Ireland send their writing in each month in the hope of getting it published. Taylor is an avid reader and a superb writer and certainly has a very bright future ahead of her. Well done Taylor!
Fethard Bridge Club results
On Wednesday, February 27, we played the last round of the Player of the Year competition and the results were: 1st Gross: Berney Myles and Alice Quinn; 2nd Gross: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara; 3rd Gross: Rita Holohan and Betty Walsh; 1st Nett: Nora Ryan and Gabrielle Schofield: 2nd Nett: Anne Connolly and Eileen Frewen: 3rd Nett: Judy Doyle and Joan Hayes.
Next Wednesday, March 20, we play the second round of the Club Championship. Bridge starts at 7.15pm each Wednesday. Anyone looking for a partner contact Gemma Burke 086-6064148.
Fethard Community Games
Fethard Competitors pictured at the Community Games County Final of Handwriting with Back L to R: Emma Roche. (mascot), Megan Lyons (bronze), Micheal O'Rahilly, Cody Bradshaw, Joe Purcell (gold). Front L to R: Emma Murphy and Ronan O'Meara.
Well done to competitors from Fethard Killusty Area who did so well in the Community Games County Finals of Art and Handwriting. Joe Purcell, won his second successive gold medal in U10 Handwriting and Ines Byrne won Gold in U12 Handwriting. Both are from Killusty. Freya Byrne, Killusty won silver in U14 Art; Megan Lyons, Coolmoyne won Bronze in U12 Art. Joe and Ines will compete at the National Finals in University of Limerick next May along with Fiona Barry Tullamaine who contests the U16 Solo Dancing. Fethard and Killusty area now have a Facebook page where all happenings in the area are recorded and can be checked.
Sporting family – four members of the Byrne family from Killusty ,photographed at the Community Games County Finals. Back L to R: Freya Byrne (silver), Ines Byrne (gold). Front L to R: Ewan Byrne and Tristan Byrne.
Summer Games Programme
The draw is now made for the Summer Games Programme. Any Individual who is interested in being a team manager must submit a Garda Vetting application online immediately. Fethard have ten teams entered for the summer programme. Managers are requested to get their teams together immediately as some first rounds must be completed by April 1, and the remainder by April 8. North and South Finals to be played by May 4. County Finals will take place in Holycross on Saturday, May 18.
Caitlin Feery who competed at the Community Games Art County Final.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on March 6, were: 7, 19, 20 and 32. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: Nicky Noonan, Barrack Street, Fethard; and Orla Lawrence, c/o Patsy Lawrence.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Yvonne Mulvihill, Ballylongford, Co. Kerry; Emily Ryan, Moyglass; and Ian Cooke, Scotch Road, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, March 13. 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, March 8, were: 5, 11, 12 and 24. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘match three’ winners who received €50 each: Martin Burke, Main Street, Fethard; and Benny Hahessy, Carrick-on-Suir.
The next draw takes place on Friday, March 15, in Burke’s Bar at 7.30pm, when the jackpot is €20,500 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.
Waiting list for Community Playgroup places
Fethard Community Playgroup are asking people who have put their children’s names down to attend playschool for September 2019 to please let us know if you still need the place. We now have a waiting list and unfortunately, we won’t be able to hold places for children if not confirmed as soon as possible. All enrolment forms must be completed and submitted before May 10, 2019.
Fethard Community Playgroup is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 12 noon and from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. All mornings are booked out but a few places are still available for our afternoon sessions. You can contact us on (052) 61 32316.
The death has occurred on Friday, March 8, 2019, of William Joseph (Bill) Murphy, Coolmoyne, Fethard, peacefully at home. Bill, beloved father of the late Stephen, is deeply regretted by his loving wife Anne, sons Sean and Michael, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brother Mick, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at Devitt’s Funeral Parlour, Cashel this Saturday evening, March 9, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Funeral Service in Devitt’s Funeral Parlour on Sunday, at 11am followed by burial in Ardmayle Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to South Tipperary Hospice. As a mark of respect to Bill, Coolmoyne Transport will be closed on Monday, March 11, 2019.
Fethard & Killusty Novena 2019
This year’s Fethard & Killusty Parish Novena will take place from Monday, April 8, to Tuesday, April 16, starting times at 7.30pm on Monday to Friday; 7pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday. This year Holy Trinity Parish Church is celebrating 200 years and we invite all to join us for this special Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
New Tipperary Rangers gathering on March 16
On Saturday, March 16, at 2pm the good and faithful will gather again at the monument in Noan, Ballinure, to pay homage to the memory of the New Tipperary Rangers Hurling and Football Club that existed in that area from 1946 to 1960. A few words and prayers will be recited as in former years, followed by a chat with neighbours and a chance to rekindle memories and recall old friends. All are welcome to come along and keep this annual tradition going – you’d never know who you might meet!
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.
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. Once you have registered you will receive a FREE clean-up kit from An Taisce.
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 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 1982 . . .
Group taken at the Fethard GAA Dinner Dance in Cahir House Hotel and 'Player of the Past' Presentation to Bill Connors, November 1982.
Photographed at Fethard GAA Dinner Dance in Cahir House Hotel and 'Player of the Past' Presentation to Bill Connors in November 1982 are L to R: Johanna Bradshaw, Mattie Bradshaw, Kathleen Bradshaw and Rory Bradshaw.
Group photographed at Fethard GAA Dinner Dance in Cahir House Hotel and 'Player of the Past' Presentation to Bill Connors in November 1982.
Group of Moyglass Macra members photographed at meeting in Moyglass Hall in November 1982.
Group at NACA Presentations in Fethard Arms (December 1982) L to R: Fergus McCormack, Roger Mehta, Tommy Sheehan, Joan Shine, Miceál McCormack, Mary McCormack, Chris Coen, Douglas Hannigan, Moira Casey, Jeff Hannigan and Sean Hannigan.
Printers soccer team: Martin Quinlivan, Pat Barry, Larry Fahy, Billy Byrne, Eddie Anderson, Jeddy Walsh, Ernie Maken (capt) and John Hunt photographed at the Killusty Seven-a-side Soccer Tournament Final, August 1982.
Ballylooby seven-a-side soccer team who beat Printers 2-1 in the final of the Killusty seven-a-side Soccer Tournament, August 1982. Ballylooby Team: Pat O’Brien, Mick O'Brien, Pat O’Brien, Tommy Fitzgerald, P. J. Moloney, Dick Doyle, Pat Phelan (capt), Eamon Condon and Eamon Gleeson.
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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