Triumphant Times for Killusty National School
Killusty National School’s Spike Ball Team
Following on from a story of sporting success for Killusty National School in 2018, 2019 is shaping up to tell a similar story - a story of how commitment and dedication finds its just rewards. Matching the achievements of last year would be no easy feat. In 2018 our U13 county hurling finalists played bravely in Semple Stadium, our mixed Athletics team secured second place in the South Tipperary Track and Field event and our individual gold medallist, Oisín Ryan, ran impressively at the Tipperary Cross Country supported by a very strong Killusty athletic squad. All these sporting achievements of 2018 paved the way forward and left us with an inspiring act to follow in 2019.
And the children of Killusty School certainly rose to the challenge. After months of dedicated after-school training in Spike Ball, our mixed and boys’ teams played their regional qualifier in the Watershed, Kilkenny on January 28. Our boys’ team put up a spirited display winning all their group matches convincingly, finishing with first place in the group stages. They narrowly lost out on qualifying for the All-Ireland, after a tremendous performance in their knock-out Final. The mixed team also finished top of their group on the day and secured their well-deserved place in the All-Ireland competitions, after an enthralling knock-out match. All roads led to UL for the All-Ireland competition where the top sixteen teams in the country battled it out for national honours. Placed in Pool A, our mixed team won two out of their three group games against the Cork and Galway regional winners and were pitched against defending champions for their Knock-Out match. After putting up a fantastic performance victory finally eluded us. Although triumph was not ours on the day, Children in Killusty School made history by becoming the first Spike Ball team to participate in the All-Ireland Spike Ball Finals.
Soccer team qualified from the South Tipperary FAI competition
Killusty School boys’ soccer team that qualified from the South Tipperary FAI competition in Cahir Park on February 27.
On the soccer front, Killusty School enjoyed a similar success story whereby our boys’ soccer team qualified from the South Tipperary FAI competition in Cahir Park on February 27. The boys acquitted themselves well by finishing top of their group and securing a place in the Blitz final against Knockavilla National School. Finishing 1-1 after full time, an exciting penalty shootout would decide the winners. Both teams stepped up to the mark and after 5 penalties it remained tied. Sudden death would declare the winners – not for the faint hearted. Killusty players maintained mature composure to emerge victorious. Our place is now firmly booked in the County Finals in May.
Spurred on by the boys’ success, our girls’ soccer team travelled to Cahir to compete in the south Tipperary FAI competition on March 6. The girls put in a battling performance to win two out of their three games, finishing second in their group. Alas this result ended their soccer journey for 2019.
Killusty N.S. pupils Joe Purcell, Inés Byrne and Freya Byrne who were succesful in theis year’s Community Games
Success also came our way in Community Games competitions in March this year whereby fantastic art and hand writing entries were submitted, resulting in many medals making their way to Killusty NS. Following on from Parish success, three of our pupils would enjoy further glory in the County Finals in Thurles on March 9. Joe Purcell and Inés Byrne were crowned county Under 10, Handwriting Champions while Freya Byrne was a silver medallist in the under 14 Art competition.
Going forward in 2019, we remain committed in our participation and look forward with optimism to maintaining the hard-working Spirit of our Country School.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School News
Patrician Presentation team that took the honours in the inaugural Rachel Kenneally Cup Final by defeating St. Anne's, Tipperary Town, in Golden on a scoreline of 3-10 to 2-7.
Ladies Footballers win County Senior Title
On Monday, April 1, Patrician Presentation took the honours in the inaugural Rachel Kenneally Cup Final by defeating St. Anne's, Tipperary Town, in Golden on a scoreline of 3-10 to 2-7. Leah Coen opened the game with the first point, followed by another from Alison Connolly. The match was very intense and leaders from midfield, Alison and Lucy Spillane, really motivated the team. The half-time score read St. Anne's 2-5, Patrician Presentation 1-5. The girls had plenty of momentum in the second half, and a fantastic goal from Alison really pushed the team on. Carrie Davey and her backline cleared their lines with great saves by Caoimhe O'Meara. Our captain Maggie Fitzgerald wrapped up the final score of the afternoon. It was a fantastic afternoon of football and we are really proud of the effort and commitment these girls have given the team. Well done to all the team and to coaches Ms. Yvonne Murphy, Mr. John Cummins and parent, Mr. Micheál Spillane.
Team members:- Caoimhe O'Meara, Jessica Moloney, Michelle Cronin, Grainne Murray, Ciara O'Meara, Carrie Davey, Kelly Ryan, Lucy Spillane (0-1), Ailson Connolly (1-2), Nell Spillane, Maggie Fitzgerald (0-1), Heather Spillane (0-1), Ella-Mai Hackett, Leah Coen (2-5), Emma Lyons, Kaycie Aherne, Shakira Bradshaw, Áine Connolly, Emily Davey, Mary Ann Fitzgerald ,Taryn Purcell, Sarah Smith, Éabha Ryan, Lauren Needham, Chyanne McDonald Creed, Sadhbh Morrissey.
The TY pupils under the tutelage of their French Teacher, Ms. Whelan organised a Crêperie in the school’s Cookery Kitchen on Monday last. The students worked on the recipe in French class and it was a cross curricular initiative with the Home Economics Department.
Parents’ Association Gaeltacht Scholarships 2019
Winners of the Gaeltacht Scholarships in Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard: Éabhha Ryan, Laura Kiely and Caoimhe O’Meara pictured with two representatives of the Parents’ Association, Theresa Hurley and Noreen Hackett and School Principal, Mr Pat Coffey.
The winners of this year’s Gaeltacht Scholarships are 5th Years, Laura Kiely and Caoimhe O’Meara who will spend some time in Coláiste Corca Dhuibhne in the Kerry Gaeltacht and Éabha Ryan who will travel to a college near Ballybunion . Well done to the girls and thank you to the Parents’ Association for sponsoring these scholarships.
We wish our TY and 5th Year students and their accompanying staff members: Ms Whelan, Mr O’Connor, Mr McGree and Ms Cronin all the best on their forthcoming trip to Paris. The students all study French in the school and will visit Paris from Wednesday, April 10, to Saturday, April 13. While in Paris they will visit Eurodisney, Notre Dame, Le Musée du Louvre and many of the other famous French tourist attractions.
Boyne Valley Neolithic Heritage Site
Patrician Presentation Secondary School pupils while visiting the World Heritage site of Newgrange and the passage tombs of Knowth and Dowt.
Last Thursday, April 5, the TY pupils and a number of 5th and 6th Year Art Students visited the World Heritage site of Newgrange and the passage tombs of Knowth and Dowth. The group were accompanied by teachers, Ms Patricia Looby and Ms M. A. Fogarty. Newgrange is 5,200 years old and located in the Boyne Valley in Ireland’s Ancient East. Newgrange was built by Stone Age farmers. The mound is eighty-five meters in diameter and thirteen meters high in an area of about one acre.
A passage measuring nineteen meters leads into a chamber with three alcoves. The passage and chamber are aligned with the rising sun at the Winter Solstice.
Newgrange is surrounded by ninety-seven large stones called kerbstones, some of which are engraved with megalithic art; the most striking is the entrance stone
The late Thomas Fitzpatrick
The death has occurred on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, of Thomas Fitzpatrick, Burke, Virginia, USA and formerly, Rocklow Road, Fethard. The late Thomas was born in Fethard, on April 3, 1920, to Patrick and Margaret Fitzpatrick (née Cauty). Devoted father and grandfather to sons Thomas and James (deceased), to grandchildren Sarah, Matthew and Joanna, and to daughter-in-law Joyce. Loving brother to Patrick, Josephine, Nellie (Shortall) and James all deceased. Survived by numerous wonderful nieces and nephews in Ireland, UK and USA.
Served honourably in the Royal Air Force and then emigrated to the USA. Admired for his musical ability, intellectual curiosity and other wonderful traits. Retired from Shearson American Express after many years as a computer programmer.
Funeral service was held on Sunday, January 6, 2019, in Hodder Farenga Funeral Home, 899 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10704. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, January 7, 2019, in St. Barnabas Church, Bronx, New York, followed by interment in St. Raymonds Cemetery, 2600 Lafayette Ave, The Bronx, New York 10465, USA. May He Rest in Peace.
Bicentennial of Holy Trinity Parish Church
This is a very special year for Fethard as we celebrate the Bicentennial of Holy Trinity Parish Church.
In 1802, Fr. John Ryan came to Fethard and undertook the building of a new church within the walls of the town. The site for the new church was donated by Mr William Barton of Grove, who also donated one hundred guineas towards the building costs. The building work began on April 2, 1818, and Mr William Barton was invited to lay the foundation stone of the new church on April 26. The Church opened with the celebration of the first Mass on Trinity Sunday 1819. Although the church had officially opened on Trinity Sunday 1819, it was far from fully finished. When Fr. Michael Laffan succeeded Fr. Ryan as Parish Priest in 1823, he undertook the completion of Holy Trinity Church. The floor was paved with stone flags, the front gallery was erected, and the church was painted and decorated. Towards the end of the century, a number of parishioners became benefactors of the church.
A booklet will be produced later this year to commemorate the Bicentennial of Holy Trinity Parish Church and the organising committee are very interested in receiving any information or photographs that can be used in this publication. 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.
Fethard Festival date set for Sunday, June 16
This year’s Fethard Festival Family Fun Day has now been set and will take place on Sunday, June 16, with the usual fun of the fair by the Town Wall park beside the river Clashawley, with live music and lots of stalls! Other events over the weekend will be announced closer to the date.
For those living away from Fethard, this may be the opportunity to plan your holiday around June 16, when you will see Fethard at its best along with the thousands who attend the Fethard Festival and associated events every year. Mark the date in your diary!
Daffodil Day Thanks
Photographed at the ‘Daffodil Day’ Coffee Morning and Cake Sale in Fethard Town Hall, are L to R: Ken Lee, Garrett Ahearn, Mark Fitzgerald and Sinead Hyland. The incredible amount of €7,731.34 was raised for the Irish Cancer Society on the day.
Many thanks to the generous support of the people of Fethard, Killusty, Cloneen and surrounds, in raising the incredible amount of €7,731.34 for Daffodil Day on March 22. The total raised has grown year on year, thanks to you our loyal supporters. The money raised goes directly to the Irish Cancer Society and helps fund cancer research, the Nurseline Nurses and the Volunteer drivers.
Photographed at the ‘Daffodil Day’ Coffee Morning and Cake Sale in Fethard Town Hall on March 22, are L to R: Olwyn O'Brien, Catriona Boland, Kathleen Connolly and Anita Pollard.
We would also like to acknowledge all those who worked so hard to make the day such a success. Particular thanks is due to all those who donated daffodils, the daffodil pickers and sellers who were at work from early morning, the bakers and coffee makers who greeted everyone so warmly in the Town Hall, our sponsors for their generous raffle prizes and the transition year students of The P.P.S.S. Fethard for helping on the day. We would also like to acknowledge Anne Connolly, Fethard P.O. who initiated Daffodil Day in Fethard and whose enthusiasm still inspires. We sincerely appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you all again next year.
The death has occurred on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, of Breda O'Donnell (née Ryan), Bannixtown House, Fethard and Donohill, peacefully at South Tipperary General Hospita. Breda, wife of the late Percy O'Donnell, predeceased by her siblings John Ryan and Mary Buckley. Sadly missed by her loving daughters Moya (Desmond), Deirdre and Carmel, grandchildren Andrew, Michelle and Jack, sons-in-law Michael and Ger, sister-in-law Sally, devoted nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard on Wednesday, April 10, from 6pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Killusty, on Thursday, April 11, at 11.30am, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Easter Raffle Results
Fethard Senior Citizens’ Club held their Easter raffle in Tuesday, April 2, and the following winners were drawn: Easter Hamper was won by Jack Trehy; Kettle by Miceál McCormack; Lamp by Margaret Dorney; Cushions by Eileen Ryan; Rugs by Mary Healy; Wine by Billy Lee; Biscuits by Sharon Burke; and the Chocolates by Kate O’Shea.
The Senior Citizens’ Club are very grateful to all who purchased tickets to support our club.
Well done Sam!
Sam Donovan, Byrneskill, Killusty, who was a gold medal winner in the U10s 60m sprint at the recent County Indoor Championships held at Nenagh A.C.
Fethard U10 Community Games girls’ football team that beat Cashel-Rosegreen in Round 1 and Killenaule in Round 2.
Competitors from Fethard & Killusty Area who competed the the County Gymnastics finals on Sunday in Cahir House Hotel. Niamh Manton, Fiona Barry and Sophie Manton.
Sisters Amy and Jane Corcoran from Railstown, Fethard represented Cashel Area at the Community Games gymnastics finals where Amy won a bronze medal. The girls are grandchildren of Chrissie O'Meara, Knockbrack, Fethard.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on Sunday, April 14, to the music of ‘Dermot Lyons’. 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. For further information or for booking the ballroom, contact Eileen Coady, Tel: 086 0776420 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fethard Parent and Toddler Group are back in Convent Community Hall
Fethard Parent and Toddler Group are back in the Convent Community Hall every Thursday morning from 10am to 12 noon. Parents are invited to come along for a ‘cuppa’ where you will meet other parents while all the kids play and get to know each other. A very social occasion where everyone is welcome. We organise loads of fun things to do, arts‘n’crafts, ride on, building blocks, dress up, and loads more – with snacks and refreshments for all. Cost is just €4 per child.
We are a Parent and Toddler Group – an informal group within the local community, which provides an opportunity for young children and their parents/carers to meet. Parent/toddler groups can be a great way of meeting other people with children the same age as yours in your area. Hope to see you all there!
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday, April 3, were: 17, 21, 24 and 25. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner. The following drawn tickets received €50 each: John Hunt, Lisronagh; Emily Ryan, Moyglass; and Audrey Dewitt, Strylea, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: J. Mullins, c/o Friendship Club; Eileen Coady, The Valley, Fethard; and Tom Purcell. Burke Street, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, April 10. 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, April 5, were: 3, 17, 30 and 35. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘match three’ winners who received €50: Maggie Fitzgerald, Ladies Football Club; and Kenneth Condon, Clonmel.
The next draw takes place on Friday, April 12, in Burke’s Bar at 7.30pm, when the jackpot is €20,900 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.
The death has occurred (unexpectedly) on Saturday, April 6, 2019, of Caroline Noonan, Rosemount, Cloneen.
Caroline, predeceased by her father Jim, will be sadly missed by her mother Mary, Marc, her sisters Clodagh and Audrey, Pleuni, brothers-in-law Ben and Alan, nieces Laura, Jess, Becky, Caoimhe and Ellie, nephew Kealan, aunts Elaine and June, uncle Abe, cousins, extended family and friends. May she rest in peace.
Arriving in the Church of the Nativity, Cloneen, on Monday, April 8, at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 11.30am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. House strictly private please.
Parish Church Services now 'LIVE' on internet
Holy Trinity Parish Church services are now broadcast worldwide on the internet since installation was completed on April 4, 2019. A live video link is available at parishchurch.net and will continue to be also available from our Current News page as you can see the link now HOLY TRINITY PARISH CHURCH-LIVE above the blue Facebook icon.
Fethard & Killusty Novena starting Monday, April 8
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.
Fethard Text Alert introduce new device to aid crime prevention
Fethard Text Alert Group will introduce new device to aid crime prevention in Fethard at 8pm on Tuesday, April 9, in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, Fethard, where Cllr Mark Fitzgerald invites all to an information evening on the newest weapon to aid the prevention of crime in the Fethard & Killusty area.
Working with An Garda Siochana, Local Council and propertymarking.ie, this new method will work by stamping your property items (example smartphone or lawnmower) with your unique Eircode. This meeting will be very beneficial to all householders, farmers and tradespeople. Participating communities to date have notices a significant reduction in crime.
Nominees for March Sports Achievement Award announced
The following twelve nominations were received for the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for March:
- Burkes Pub Darts Team – County Junior A title champions by beating The Punters Rest, from Cahir, in the final which took place in The Pure Drop in Ardfinnan.
- Sam O’Donovan – County Indoor U10 gold medallist for the 60 metre sprint at the Nenagh indoor track.
- Ciara Spillane and Amy O’Donnell – Junior All Ireland schools camogie title winners with their school Cashel Community College.
- Lucy Spillane – A member of the Tipperary Senior Ladies football team that maintained their Division 1 status by beating Monaghan in Thurles.
- Shane Neville, Robert Wall and Toby Collier – These young Fethard rugby players helped Rockwell College to Munster Junior cup success by beating St. Munchin’s in the final.
- Thomas Condon – Thomas plays soccer with Glengoole United, who were recently promoted to the TSDL Premier division, after winning Division 1.
- Hazel Galloway – Hazel competed for Ireland at the World Masters Athletics Championships held in Poland. She finished a very creditable 9th and 10th overall in her two disciplines, the 60 metres and the 200 metres.
- Bernard Feery – At the World Masters Athletics Championships held in Poland, Bernard achieved a top 20 finish in both the 10,000 metres and the half marathon.
- Fethard Ladies U18 rugby – Winners of the U18 Munster Plate title by beating Skibbereen in the final.
- Gary Kavanagh – Recently fulfilled a personal ambition by being picked by Munster Junior panel for 2019.
- Aoife Morrissey and Katie Wyse – These two young Fethard ladies were members of the victorious Clonmel Loreto Secondary School’s Munster Championship winning Ladies Junior Football team.
- Fethard U14 hurlers – Winners of the South Tipperary Feile title by defeating Kilsheelan in the final.
The winner of the March Award will be announced at a special presentation function on Friday night, April 12, at Butlers Sports Bar, Fethard. All are welcome to attend.
‘No show like a Joe show’ at Fethard Ballroom
The Drifters showband, featuring Joe Dolan and his brother Ben Dolan, as they appeared in the New Spotlight Annual 1967. Fethard Ballroom welcomes back Joe Dolan’s family and his original band to take the stage again in Fethard on Saturday, May 4, at 8pm, when they proudly present ‘Remembering Joe’ The Joe Dolan Show -As it Was!
Members of Fethard Ballroom's organising committee for the 'Remembering Joe' show in Fethard Ballroom on Saturday, May 4, featuring the original Joe Dolan Band. Tickets at €25 are available from Fethard Post Office and Marian's Clonmel. Bar extension and disco to follow. L to R: Seamus Barry (Chairman Fethard Ballroom), Eileen Frewen, Sean O'Donovan, Anne Nevin and Michael O'Rahilly.
In Fethard Ballroom’s heyday, in the 1970s, there was one popular man who always pulled the crowds, in fact, we’re told by the manager of The Country Club, as it was known then, that Joe Dolan packed in 1,400 supporters to the hall, a record attendance never to be broken. Those who were lucky to be present at that dance will remember, there was no room to dance, and hardly room to move.
Joe Dolan was loved throughout Ireland and broke many hearts when he died suddenly on December 26, 2007. His family and band members have continued to play music in memory of Joe and these touring shows popularity continues to grow wherever they appear.
The Drifters showband, featuring Joe Dolan and his brother Ben Dolan, as they appeared in the New Spotlight Annual 1967. Fethard Ballroom welcomes back Joe Dolan’s family and his original band to take the stage again in Fethard on Saturday, May 4, at 8pm, when they proudly present ‘Remembering Joe’ The Joe Dolan Show - As it Was!
Fethard Ballroom welcomes back Joe Dolan’s family and his original band to take the stage again in Fethard on Saturday, May 4, at 8pm, when they proudly present ‘Remembering Joe’ The Joe Dolan Show -As it Was! Staring, Ben Dolan, Adrian Dolan, Ray Dolan, Sandra Dolan and Karen Carroll. Tickets at €25 are now on sale and can be purchased at Fethard Post Office and Marian’s Clonmel. This show will invoke many memories of the ‘Showband Era’ where romance flourished without a bar extension. But moving on with modern times, Fethard Ballroom will also provide a bar extension on this special occasion, with a disco to follow.
Proceeds of this event will go towards the Ballroom Committee’s maintenance of the roof, leading to many more years’ dancing in our very unique ‘Ballroom of Romance’.
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.
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.
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