Monday, August 26, 2019
Fethard fans overjoyed with Tipperary's All-Ireland win
Here in Fethard the churches were almost empty for Sunday morning mass, as the locals made their ‘mass exit’ for Croke Park, as they do when Tipperary play in an All-Ireland final. The churches may have been empty but by 3.30pm the bars were full as the big screens were unrolled to help spot every puck of the ball and every foul committed, accompanied by involuntary shrieks of excitement.
What Fans! Almost all the Fethard spectators agreed that Tipperary would have won the match even if Richie Hogan wasn’t sent off. There was even a sense of compassion for Kilkenny in the second half as Tipperary scored two fast goals and looking like they could score six more. It wasn’t a close a finish as many expected but knowing Brian Coady’s leadership, no Tipperary fan could relax until the final whistle. Not many agree, but personally speaking, I’ve always felt that a ‘red card’ can often ruin a game, maybe a better solution will be found in the future that will have less impact on the overall game and still manage to punish the offender.
What a Result! Liam Sheedy breathed new hope into Tipperary hurling when he returned to manage this team, complemented by his choice of backroom advisors. It was very encouraging to see the former number of ‘Tipperary Supporters Club’ members return in force to support and acknowledge Liam’s team’s achievements on the playing field, culminating in fulfilling his dream by winning another fantastic All-Ireland for Tipperary. Well done to all involved and thanks for the memories that will last a lifetime and beyond.
Guided Tour of Medieval Fethard this Saturday
National Heritage Week has been a great success all over the country and it both motivates groups to put on events and it also motivates the general population to get ‘up’, ‘out’ and ‘explore’ the world around us
Fethard is still recognised, at national level also, as being a unique place. For instance, it will be used by the Munster Vales tourism group as a location on their ‘Tour Guide Training’ course, which is being run over three days, in three different towns in Cork, Limerick and Tipperary this September. Two further members of the Historical Society will join the course, as it is important that the town has a bank of trained guides that can receive visiting groups to the historic town. Further Information on all Heritage Week events can be viewed on www.heritageweek.ie
Walkers make their way to Holy Year Cross on Slievenamon
After Mass everyone enjoyed the tea and refreshments on offer. No one is sure where all this food comes from but it is hugely appreciated and thanks to one and all involved. This year we saw many new faces on the walk, and it is great to see parents bringing their young children to the event, you are giving them memories that will last a lifetime.
Our thanks firstly to our hosts the O'Donnell family for the use of their field every year, thanks also to the Fethard Scouts and the Fethard and District Day Care Centre. It is almost impossible to name all who help make this event materialise, but thankfully, that list is getting longer each year and believe me we need each and every one of you.
Next year will mark the 70th anniversary of the erecting of the first Cross on Slievenamon, and we hope that many of you will be able to join us on this special day where we will remember all those who began this tradition and say thanks to all of you who turn up, year in year out. You keep this great Parish tradition alive.
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
The staff at RibWorld, Fethard, have arranged a special Mass in memory of their colleague Damir Tomic in Holy Trinity Parish Church this Friday, August 23, at 10am. Damir's remains will be returned to his family home in Croatia for burial in the the coming days.
Outing to Lough Derg and Killaloe, Saturday, August 31
The summer ‘outing’ of Fethard Historical Society on Saturday week, August 31, promises to be very diverse and interesting indeed. It will be very much a day of ‘outdoorsy’ events with a guided visit to the national Irish Seed Savers Centre, followed by a short boat trip out to Inis Cealtra (Holy Island) in Lough Derg and a guided tour of its Round Tower and monastery.
A special event included will be a ‘guided walk’, firstly to tree covered Béál Ború (Brian Ború’s family ring-fort), and then continue walking by the Shannon into the town of Killaloe with its many Brian Ború locations; St. Flannan’s Cathedral (13th century), the Killaloe Canal and Washerwomen’s Bridge.
People are asked to bring a packed lunch and one of the coffee breaks will include a stop in a community run enterprise, whose workings will be of interest to the Fethard visitors. The total cost of the day, including three coffee/tea stops, is €40. An evening meal, at people’s own discretion, will round off the evening in Killaloe.
Bus will leave the Town Hall, Fethard, at 8.30am and we envisage it will be 10pm approximately when we return to Fethard. Bookings, limited to 30 people, can be made by emailing: email@example.com or by texting 087 9305232.
Emily competes well at Dublin Horse Show
Emily also won the Ridden Horse Championship with ‘HSB Limited Edition’ at the recent Killusty Show, who also send their best wishes to Emily on her success in Dublin.
Bridge lessons for beginners
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Mary Delahunty, Castlehiggins, Fethard; Brendan Kenny (online ticket); and Peggy O'Reilly, c/o Friendship Club, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, August 21. 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 next draw takes place on Friday, August 23, in Burke’s Bar at 7.30pm, when the jackpot is €22,800 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.
Newfoundland-Irish group looking for Fethard Family Hosts in 2020
The friendship group have contacted the Fethard Historical Society to see if Fethard would ‘host’ the Newfoundland group for ‘three nights B&B and one ‘getting to know you’ evening meal in August 2020. The same Newfoundland group will also spend three nights in Co. Waterford and three nights in county Wexford.
The organising tour group, and Fethard Historical Society at local level, will look after all other arrangements and arrange daytime and evening programmes for the visitors. One evening - going by what happened other years - is a ‘concert/music session’ where local Irish and Newfoundlanders get together to trade music and stories.
The Fethard Historical Society, are willing to act as the ‘Fethard host group 2020 ‘ if sufficient offers of three free nights B&B are provisionally indicated before the Irish group fly out to stay with the Newfoundland families on August 23.
Up to half the population of Newfoundland have Irish ancestry and the forbearers of these Irish Canadians nearly came exclusively from counties Waterford, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Wexford. They all left in the 1700s and early 1800s (before the Great Famine) to work in the fishing industry. In fact, the Irish word for Newfoundland is Talamh an Éisc, which literally means ‘the fishing grounds’. Many people from the Fethard area also travelled their for work and some eventually settled there where their existence is recorded on the local headstones.
Anyone who would wish to host a couple or a single person(s) in August 2020, can contact the Fethard Historical Society by phone: 087 9009722, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to enough volunteers coming forward to ensure our ‘exiles’ will be welcomed home as they welcome the Irish to Newfoundland every second year.
Articles invited for Annual Emigrant's Newsletter
Faces and Places from the Past
Some photographs taken in 1993 in our area
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