Road Resurfacing Work on Main Street, August 12-20
Road resurfacing works on the R689 Main Street Fethard, from 8am to 7pm from August 12 to August 20. Temporary traffic management with some diversions around Fethard will be in place and delays can be expected. Please note that car parking restrictions will apply at Main Street during course of the works. Tipperary County Council regrets any inconvenience caused. Please visit www.tipperarycoco.ie for more information
The death has occurred on Saturday, August 10, 2019, of Daithí Shine, Congress Terrace, Fethard. Daithí, deeply regretted by his parents Mike and Joan, his brothers and sisters P.J., Pamela, Gillian, Stephen and Derek, his daughter Jenna, his great-grand aunt Nellie, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace
Reposing in Congress Terrace on Sunday from 5pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, on Monday at 12 noon followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the Palliative Care Team in South Tipperary General Hospital and Tipperary Hospice.
Coffee Morning in aid of Childline
Betty Walsh is holding a coffee morning at her house in Baptistgrange on this Saturday, August 10, from 10am to 2pm. It is to raise funds for Childline, with Laura Lynn and Ronald McDonald also taking part in a cycle from Dublin to Stradbally on August 30, in association with Tour de Picnic charity which is being held at the end of the month. All are welcome to come along and support the Coffee Morning.
Kennys celebrate 'Happy Noughty' birthdays
Seven members of the extended family of the late Maggie and Laurence Kenny, from Hillview, The Green, Fethard, who celebrated their ‘Noughty' birthday this year, photographed at the second family 'Zero Party' gathering at Slievenamon Golf Club. L to R: John Kenny, holding baby Oisin Kenny, Joe Kenny, Martin Jenson, Catherine Kearney holding baby Éadaoin Greaney, and Michael Kenny.
Ten years ago, on Sunday, August 2, 2009, members of the extended Kenny family, The Green, enjoyed a memorable gathering at Slievenamon Golf Club. That year nine members of the family celebrated ‘Noughty’ birthdays – Mary was 80; Joe 70; Michael 60; daughter and niece, Catherine 50; nephews Gary 40 and John 30; Grandnieces Chelsea and Kelda and Grandnephew Martin were 10 – and it was decided to organise a party to mark this significant situation. A group photograph taken that day is a special one treasured by family members.
Ten years have obviously passed since then so on Sunday last, the Kennys gathered once again to celebrate the ‘Noughty’ birthdays. As well as acknowledging the birthdays it was an ideal opportunity to welcome new members who have joined the family in the intervening years – Milly, Eleanor, Amy, Ruby, Christopher, Darren, Fionn, Oscar, Ciara, Joe and Ruairi. Significantly, three new babies have been born this year – Oisin, Leah and Eadaoin – so we are assured that the ‘Noughty’ birthdays can continue to be celebrated in the Kenny family for many decades to come.
Kathleen, the most senior member of the Hillview Kenny family was presented with a posy of flowers to signify her presence at the second family 'Zero Party' gathering held at Slievenamon Golf Club.
Special mention was given to the most senior member, Kathleen, who was presented with a posy of flowers to signify her presence to the delight of everyone. The event was very much enjoyed by all present. It was wonderful to have everyone together, cousins mingling and reminiscing and the newer generations meeting and creating bonds that should last their lifetime. A special occasion that marked not only the birthdays but also celebrated the true significance of family. “Happy ‘Noughty’ Birthday” to the relevant ones and we can but ponder what the future holds for when in ten years-time it can all be done again.
Large group of extended Kenny family who attended the second 'Zero Party' gathering held at Slievenamon Golf Club on Sunday, August 4, 2019.
Pilgrimage to Slievenamon this Sunday August 11
The annual parish pilgrimage to the Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon takes place on this coming Sunday, August 11, with our usual 1pm start from the Hill Wall from where the pilgrims will depart, reciting the Holy Rosary and Stations of The Cross at interval stops while on the climb. On the return from the Cross, the annual Holy Mass will be celebrated in O'Donnell's field at 3.30pm. We appeal to all who possibly can to please take part.
Fethard Sports Achievement Award for July
The ‘Mentor of the Month’ winner for August was Pat Culligan, chairperson of Killusty Pony Show for the past ten years, receiving his award from this month's sponsor Des O'Meara, who runs a Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic at Tullamaine, Fethard and 36 The Mall, Waterford City.
Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Awards for July were presented on Friday night last, August 2, in Butlers. A large group of nominees, supporters, customers and spectators attended the presentations.
The first award presented was ‘Mentor of the Month’ to Pat Culligan, chairperson of Killusty Pony Show for the past ten years. Pat is the driving force behind the annual show, held in the idyllic location, at the foot of Slievenamon. This year the committee celebrated their 57th show attracting over 250 entries throughout Ireland. The event, run by voluntary committee, continues to grow and is now established as one of the best shows in Ireland. The award was presented by this month’s sponsor, Des O'Meara, who runs a Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic at Tullamaine, Fethard and 36 The Mall, Waterford City.
The winner of the Sports Achievement Award for July was local greyhound trainer David Flanagan who trained an incredible 12 winners in July. The award was presented by this month's sponsor Des O'Meara, and accepted by David's wife, Margaret and their son Michael Flanagan.
The winner of the Sports Achievement Award for July was local greyhound trainer David Flanagan who trained an incredible 12 winners in July alone, which brings his total so far this year to over 50 winners. David and his wife Margaret Barrett, run their very successful business, ‘Sunset Kennels’, from their premises situated at Derryluskin, Fethard.
The award was accepted by David’s wife Margaret and their son Michael, from this month’s award sponsor, Des O'Meara.
Proprietor Philip Butler concluded by congratulating all the nominees and thanking all present for coming along to offer their support. Nominations are now being accepted for the Fethard Sports Achievement Award for August.
Fethard success at Galway Races
Congratulations to local trainer Harry Kelly, Rathvin, Fethard, who enjoyed the biggest win of his training career with the victory of ‘Great Trango’ in the €120,000 Handicap Hurdle at Galway Races on Saturday last, August 3.
On Monday, July 29, another well-established local trainer, Joe Murphy, Crampscastle, Fethard, also had a winner at Galway Races when ‘Galtee Mist’, ridden by Colm O’Donoghue, ran a great race to finish 20/1 winner, beating Joseph O’Brien’s fancied ‘Syrena’ by a head. ‘Galtee Mist’ is owned by Tom Egan and Bridget Dillon, who is also connected to the Dillon family, formerly from Main Street, Fethard.
Fethard Soccer – present and past
Members of Fethard & Killusty boys U12 Soccer Team, current Community Games Munster champions after beating teams from Limerick, Clare and Kerry. Their next game is the All-Ireland semi-final when the play the Roscommon champions on August 17 in UL. Team coach Jimmy Smith is photographed holding their Munster trophy along with team members who attended the award presentation. L to R: Criostóir Sheehy, Zach Smith, Noah O'Flynn, Rory O'Mahoney and Gavin Neville.
It is a tremendous achievement for the Fethard & Killusty boys U12 Soccer team to be crowned Munster Community Games champions and beating teams from Limerick, Clare and Kerry in the process. Fethard is very proud to see these young stars now reach the All-Ireland semi-final on Saturday, August 17, when they play the Roscommon champions in University Limerick. It would be great to see a large turnout to cheer this team on to another sensational victory and honour all the players, coaches and parents for their dedication, work and ongoing achievements putting Fethard on the map!
Fethard soccer in the 1940s – anyone remember?
It is interesting to record that Fethard did have a Junior Soccer team in the 1940s, despite the introduction in 1901 of Rule 27, commonly called ‘The Ban’, which prohibited GAA members from playing or watching, ‘foreign games’ like soccer and rugby union. Rule 27 was thankfully abolished seventy-years later in 1971.
Maybe somebody will recall the full names of a Fethard soccer team that played Old Bridge at The Showgrounds, Clonmel, on Sunday, May 12, 1940. The game was the first round of the Clonmel Junior League, and well contested throughout. With nine minutes to go, Matty Dunne scored for Old Bridge, but a minute later Dahill equalised with a good shot from fifteen yards out. A feature of the game was the brilliant play of O’Donnell (Old Bridge), former Cahir Park player and holder of a Free State Cup medal.
The Fethard team were: Nugent (goal), Madden, Gunne (captain), Dahill, Heffernan, Cass, McCarthy, Coffey, Matthews, Breen and McMahon. All good GAA names! Maybe somebody will remember their first names?
Birr Air Display
Model Aircraft enthusiasts photographed at the Birr Air Display on Sunday last. L to R: Eamon Morrissey, from the Midland Model Flying Club, and Kevin Wilson, Rathkenny, Fethard, from the Tipperary Model Flying Club.
Commemoration in honour of Seán Treacy
On All-Ireland Sunday, August 18, Tipperary Gaels are invited to participate in a commemoration in honour of Seán Treacy, one of the leaders of the Third Tipperary Brigade of the Irish Republican Army during the Irish War of Independence. The Commemoration will take place at the site of his death in Talbot Street, Dublin, where he was killed on October 14, 1920 (aged 25), in a shootout with British troops during an aborted British Secret Service surveillance operation. This year’s oration will be delivered by An t-Uas. Aodhgán Ó Fearghaíl, Iar-Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael.
Fethard Historical Society's Summer Outing
Fethard Historical Society are making preliminary plans for their summer outing that aim to include visits to Inis Cealtra (Holy Island) on Lough Derg (north of Killaloe) – one of the most famous historical and ecclesiastical sites in Ireland; followed by a visit to nearby Irish Seed Savers Association – one of Ireland’s leading conservation non-profit, voluntary groups that grow, save and share rare varieties of heirloom vegetable seeds and Irish heritage apple trees. Located in Scariff, Co Clare, where they have a 20-acre certified organic farm full of heritage orchards, seed gardens, native woodland, ponds, polytunnels and a visitor centre.
This will be an 'outdoorsy' type of outing with a short (15 minute) open boat trip and walking in farmland-type settings. It will also be an early start, 8.30am, and late home after stopping for a meal of own choice en route. More details, including costs, will follow.
Further information from Terry: Tel: 087 9305232.
When Fethard had a ‘Wishing Cup’
It is not generally appreciated, at least by the younger generation at any rate, that the town of Fethard had a charter of incorporation granted to it, just as Clonmel enjoyed since the reign of Edward I. Actually in 1376, the same Edward granted certain revenue rights to the Fethard Corporation for the purpose of walling the old town, and a similar grant was later made by Henry IV.
In 1924 a Fethard correspondent wrote to ‘The Nationalist’ stating that he had been very surprised to discover, in a well-known place of business in Clonmel, the official measures of liquid capacity by which the old Corporation of Fethard tested the accuracy of the measures used by local traders. The set of measures were of copper and had engraved on them the name ‘Fethard Corporation’ and were dated 1835.
The correspondent further stated that the Corporation official yard stick was of solid brass, dated 1820, and engraved with the name of the then reigning monarch George III and was still to be seen in Fethard. The old official weights – apothecaries and avoirdupois – also of solid brass were at one time in the possession of the late Dr. Samuel Hackett.
Array of office bearers
The writer inquired what had happened to Fethard Corporation ancient sword and wishing cup believed by some to have been in the possession of the late Lord Lismore at Shanbally Castle? When these measures, weights, ancient sword and wishing-cup were in use by the Corporation, Fethard had the then customary array of office-bearers and officials with high-sounding titles – its Sovereigns, Vice-Sovereigns, Portreeves and Sergeant-at-Mace and, of course, it had its roll of Freemen too.
Older members of the community may recall that the Minute Book of the old Fethard Corporation – full it is said of much local historical matters of value – was accidentally destroyed by fire many, many years ago.
(The above excerpts were taken from The Nationalist, published Saturday, June 30, 1956, entitled ‘Headlines of Yesterday’ – Gleanings from our files of Early 1924.)
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on Sunday, August 11, to the music of ‘Michael Sexton’. All are welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing from 9pm to midnight. Admission is €10, which includes tea and cakes. For further information or for booking the ballroom, contact Eileen Coady, Tel: 086 0776420, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Ireland South Finalist
South Tipperary finalist in ‘Miss Ireland’ is Bailey Gavin, photographed above with her grandfather Michael Nevin, formerly from, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
Miss Tipperary South finalist in ‘Miss Ireland’ is Bailey Gavin daughter of Kathleen and Adrian Gavin and granddaughter of Michael and Christine Nevin, Rocklow Road, Fethard. Miss Ireland final is been held in Dublin on September 14, and we send Bailey our best wishes in the final.
Fethard Bridge Club lessons for beginners
Fethard Bridge Club will commence bridge lessons for beginners on Monday, September 2, at 7.30pm in the Tirry Centre. Anyone interested in taking lessons should contact Margaret Slattery 086 2187744, David O’Meara 087 7697474, Tony Hanrahan 087 6771139 or Gemma Burke 086 6064148.
James Lee photographed with his bride Seloua Zerzie, after their wedding that took place in St Genis-Pouille, France. James is a grandson of the late Bridie Lee, Loughcopple, Fethard.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday, July 31, were: 10, 13, 16 and 21. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘Match Three’ winners who received €75 each: Caroline Flanagan, Fethard; and Helen Crotty, Killusty.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Marie O'Sullivan, Main Street, Fethard; Anne Butler, Butlers Bar, Fethard; and Teresa Fogarty, Pike Street, Killenaule.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, August 7. 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, August 2, were: 5, 16, 29 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and two ‘match three’ winners who received €50 each: Peter Evans, Canon Hayes Court, Fethard; and Mickey Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
The next draw takes place on Friday, August 9, in Burke’s Bar at 7.30pm, when the jackpot is €22,600 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.
Holy Year Cross Pilgrimage to Slievenamon takes place on Sunday August 11
Setting off on the 2011 pilgrimage to Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon are L to R: Mary O'Keeffe, Rena Sheehan, Helen O'Keeffe, Megan O'Keeffe, Kieran Duggan, Larry O'Keeffe and Billy Prout. This year's pilgrimage takes place on Sunday, August 11, 2019
The annual parish pilgrimage to the Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon takes place on Sunday August 11, with our usual 1pm start from the wooden cross by the Hill Wall.
The Holy Year Cross was erected by the people of the parish to commemorate the Marian Year and was blessed by the late Rev. Patrick O’Donnell, Archbishop of Brisbane, Australia, on August 15 1950. The cross was made of wood and was illuminated both on Christmas night and Easter time using a lamp powered by wet batteries. By 1974 the wood of the Holy Year Cross had to be replaced by a concrete structure.
Articles invited for Annual Emigrant's Newsletter
Preparing for Killusty Show’s Fancy Dress Parade back in 1988 are members of the O’Donnell family and friends – one of the photographs received for this year’s Emigrants’ Newsletter.
Work on compiling this year's Annual Emigrant's Newsletter has now commenced. We invite anyone interested in submitting articles or photographs for this year’s issue to contact Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, Tel: (052) 6131663 or by email: email@example.com
Faces and Places from the Past
The following are a selection of photographs of faces and places taken in our locality that may bring back memories to many of our readers and visitors to fethard.com Please send any comments or photo information, names and event, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some photographs taken in 1990 in our area
Judo winners taken on Parish Church steps with medals won in the All-Ireland championships, Palmerstown, Dublin. March 1990. Back L to R: Kenneth Sheehan (silver), Pat Doocey, P.J. Tobin (bronze). Middle L to R: Stephen O’Donnell (gold), P.J. Colville (silver), Avril Colville (bronze), Aine Doocey (bronze), Valerie Colville (silver). Front L to R: Michael Costelloe (bronze), Eric O’Donnell (gold), Kevin O’Donnell (bronze), Jackie Grant, Patrick Marshall and Matthew Grant.
Fr. Michael Kennedy photographed with a group from Clonmel at a Youth Day held at the Rosminian House of Prayer, Glencomeragh, Kilsheelan in March 1990.
Photographed a Youth Day held at the Rosminian House of Prayer, Glencomeragh, Kilsheelan in March 1990 are L to R: Kathleen Quigley, Michael Barry and John Moore.
Fr. John Cully photographed with a group attending a Youth Day held at the Rosminian House of Prayer, Glencomeragh, Kilsheelan in March 1990.
Photographed at Fethard GAA Dinner Dance May 1990 are L to R: Louise Gleeson, Elizabeth Burke, Mary Ryan, Fiona Boland and Ann Marie Quinlan.
Joe Allen with the Hackett brother and friends at Fethard GAA Dinner Dance May 1990.
Former Coolmoyne Hurlers L to R: Michael Ryan, Mick Ahearn and Michael Quinlan photographed at Fethard GAA Dinner Dance May 1990.
L to R: Fr. Tom Everard, Kathy Guinnan and Fr. James Meehan photographed at the official opening of the new St. Joseph the Worker Church in Moyglass on March 25, 1990.
L to R: John Foley, James Simpson, Archbishop Dermot Clifford and Michael Smith photographed at the official opening of the new St. Joseph the Worker Church in Moyglass on March 25, 1990.
For Facebook members, many of these photos are also published on Fethard Faces and Places from the Past page. This Facebook page is used for sharing old Fethard photographs with members of the group and is open to anyone interested in joining.
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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