Local author wins many awards for 'childhood' book
As school reopening time approaches it brings to mind the award-winning book, ‘Roots and Wings – Childhood needs a Revolution’, by local author, teacher, mother and mindfulness practitioner, Alex Koster, Jossestown, Fethard.
Alex’s book is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers and anyone involved in caring for young people and interested in creating a happier, more balanced parent–child relationship. Simple but effective strategies such as connecting with nature, paying attention to what is present in and around us, help both adults and children achieve a greater peace and sense of belonging.
Based on the principles of mindfulness, the book also highlights the many changes in our society over the last 20-30 years. These changes include the dramatic rise and influence of technology, in particular the internet and social media. Alex wrote this book to help herself and others to make this journey in modern society a little bit easier and is full of practical ideas to bring peace, stability, joy and togetherness in our relationships with people and nature.
Alex Koster photographed recently at Moyglass Ned Kelly Festival Weekend with her husband Mickey Power and their daughters Julianna and Jona.
Alex has a website www.rootsandwings.pub where she further details the techniques to equip parents and educators to teach children the skills they need to understand and navigate modern life with confidence. The website also has glowing reviews on her must-read book ‘Roots and Wings – Childhood needs a Revolution’, which is also available online at www.amazon.co.uk
The book comes highly recommended as can be verified by the following awards that Alex has already received: Nautilus Award Gold Winner in the Category Family & Parenting (2018); Honourable Mention in the Erik Hoffer Book Awards (2019); Finalist for the New Horizon Award (2019); Finalist for da Vinci Eye Award (2019); Finalist in the Parenting & Family Category National Indie Excellence Awards (2019); Finalist in the Parenting & Family Category International Book Awards (2019).
Elocution, Speech & Drama
Classes resume in the Tirry Centre, Fethard, on Saturday, September 7. Please contact Nancy Farrell, Leinster School of Music & Drama / Irish Board of Speech & Drama. Tel: 086 3432526
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its social dancing on Sunday, September 1, to the music of ‘Finbar Dennehy’. 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: email@example.com
Smiles all round for 2019 Leaving Certificate results
Leaving Cert pupils from Patrician Presentation Secondary School posing for a photo with staff members after collecting their results in Fethard. L to R: Mr Ian O’Connor (staff), Ms Maryanne Fogarty (Deputy Principal), Helena Walsh (staff), Amy Kenny, Damien Cahill, Sean Phelan, Joseph Healy and Mr Pat Coffey (Principal).
Congratulations to the Leaving Certificate class of 2019 on their fine results at Patrician Presentation Secondary School. There were smiles all round when both the students and their parents collected their results and met with members of staff who were present at the school on Tuesday morning. All their hard work over the years paid off.
We thank them for their contribution to our school over the past number of years and wish them all the very best in their chosen courses and careers. We are confident in the knowledge that they will make a very valuable contribution to both the local community and their workplaces in the years ahead. Well done!
Louis Coen Memorial 100k Cycle raises over €17,000 for Palliative Care
Memebers of the Coen family, Killusty, presenting a cheque for €17,039, proceeds of the recent Louis Coen 100k Memorial Cycle, to representatives of the Palliative Care team at South Tipperary General Hospital and South Tipperary Community Hospice..
The recent Louis Coen Memorial 100k Cycle, organised by members of the Coen family in Killusty and their friends, raised a total of over €17,000 for the community and hospital Palliative Care team at South Tipperary General Hospital. The cheque was presented at a special function held at Burke’s Bridge Bar, Fethard, attended by cyclists, members of the Coen family and Palliative Care team representatives Nora Lyne, Maria Wilde, Margaret Fitzgerald and Anne Guiry.
Congratulations to the organisers, catering team, and the fourteen cyclists who volunteered to participate in the long 100k course around Killusty, Cloneen and Fethard. The cyclists were: Michael Quinlan, Gerry Murphy, P.J. Aherne, Mikey Aherne, Liam McInerney, Johnny Neville, Eugene Blanchfield, John Hurley, Chris Coen, Jimmy O'Meara, Tommy Gahan, Tom Anglim, Stephen O'Donnell and Tony Shelly.
Kevin O'Dwyer Memorial Soccer Tournament
Fethard Rugby Team, winners of the recent Kevin O'Dwyer Memorial Soccer Tournament. Back L to R: Andrew Phelan, Chris Large, Martin Blake (manager), Gary Kavanagh, Josef O'Connor, Jamie Morrisey. Front L to R: Conor Kavanagh, Paul Kavanagh (player coach), Matthew Lynch, Aine Hannigan and Jack Dolan.
County Intermediate Football Group 4 Round 2
Fethard 2-15, Carrick Swans 0-6
On Sunday, August 25, Fethard had a convincing win over Carrick Swans, having lost their Round 1 game by 1 point to Clonoulty Rossmore back in April, in the County Intermediate Football Championship. Having already exited the South Championship, they now have it all to do when they play Drum and Inch in the final Round 3 game to qualify for the semifinals in the next few weeks.
On Sunday August 25, they led at the short whistle by 1-9 to 0-2. The chief scorer in this half was Stephen Crotty with 0-5 (3 frees) and Jack Dolan 1-2 from play, while Conor Harrington scored 1-1, with the other point from centre-field player, Peter Wall.
In the second half they carried on where they left off with Jack Dolan scoring 1-2 – finishing the game as top scorer with a total of 2-4. Other scorers were Stephen Crotty 0-1 (f), Conor Harrington 0-1, Brian Healy 0-1, and Brian Delahunty 0-1.
Fethard team was: Charlie Manton, Joe Morgan, Willie Morgan, Alan O’Connor (captain), Jack Purcell, Alex O’Donovan, Richard Anglim, Peter Wall, Brian Delahunty, Brian Healy, Jack Dolan, Niall Anglim, Conor Harrington, Tommy Anglim, and Stephen Crotty. Introduced during the game was Harry Butler and Jessie McCormack
Youth Project hosts Greek Youth Exchange programme
Fethard and Killenaule Youth Project members and leaders photographed in Fethard Convent Community Hall with a visiting group from Greece, who were participants in the recent Greece-Ireland Youth Exchange facilitated by Youth Work Ireland Tipperary Rural Outreach programme.
Fethard & Killenaule Youth Project YWIT were hosts to a group of visiting student and leaders as part of their recent Greek Youth Exchange programme, where they participated in a variety of fun activities at various venues in the local area.
The Fethard & Killusty Youth Project was founded on December 5, 2016 and delivered by Youth Work Ireland Tipperary Rural Outreach programme to meet the needs and support the young people from the Fethard and Killenaule areas and their families. They hope to do this through the provision of group work and individual support.
The project caters for young people from 10 to 21 years and located in both the Adult Education Centre (Killenaule) and the Convent Community Hall (Fethard). If you wish to speak to any of the youth officers for more information, please don’t hesitate to make contact on Facebook or at the following number: Tel: 083 8684587.
Community Games success at National Finals
All-Ireland silver medal winners in Community Games U12 Boys Soccer photographed at the end of their exciting road after becoming County and Munster Champions and defeating Roscommon in the semifinal. Victory went to Cavan in the final after a super game. Thank you to Coolmore Stud for kindly sponsoring a new set of team jerseys. It's a wonderful achievement to reach an all Ireland final. Well done everybody involved. Back L to R: Micheal Cuddihy, Zack Smith, Daniel Barry, Noah O'Flynn, Rory O'Mahony, Sam Wyse, Jack Tobin, Gavin Neville. Front L to R: Sam Coen, Micheal O'Rahilly, Lee Delaney, Alec Knightly, Troy Delaney, Criostoir Sheehy and Kelvin Ryan.
Sam Donovan, who qualified for the semi final of the boys U10 100m pictured with
Michael Sheehan, Mayor of Limerick.
Jake Feery who competed in the U14 boys Cycling on Grass section at the Aldi Community Games National Finals.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday, August 21, were: 17, 22, 28 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winners. The following drawn tickets received €50 each: Alice Lawrence, Woodvale Walk, Fethard; Berney Myles, Saucestown, Fethard; and Eileen Purcell, Burke Street, Fethard.
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Agnes Evans, Congress Terrace, Fethard; Luke Hackett, Strylea, Fethard; and Keenan Aherne, Prospect, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, August 28. 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 23, were: 13, 30, 33 and 35. There was no jackpot winner and or ‘match three’ winner. One lucky dip winner received €50: Lauren Tobin, Kilknockin, Fethard. Two lucky dip winners received €25: Adi Lawrence, St Patrick’s Place, Fethard; and Liz & Jamie McCormack, Strylea, Fethard.
The next draw takes place on Friday, August 30, in Burke’s Bar at 7.30pm, when the jackpot is €22,900 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 on Monday, August 26, 2019, of Bill Bradshaw, St Patrick's Place, Fethard. Bill is deeply regretted by his sons and daughters, Margaret, Collie, Harry, Kevin, Anna and Linda, his brothers and sisters, grandchildren Michael, Colin, Jessica, Tommy, Buddy, Cody, Charlotte and Billy, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at his home on Tuesday, August 27, from 5pm to 7pm. Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, August 28, at 11am in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Tipperary Hospice.
Annual 'Cash for Clobber' clothes collection this Thursday
St. Rita’s Camogie Club and Fethard Ladies Football Club will hold their Annual 'Cash for Clobber' Clothing Collection Fundraiser on this Thursday, August 29. Bags will be collected at training up to and including Thursday, August 29, or contact the following
Mary O’Mahony, St. Rita’s Camogie Club, Tel: 087 6980351; or Micheál Spillane, Fethard Ladies Football Club, Tel: 086 6217055.
Please note We CAN take adult and children’s clothes, paired shoes and boots, handbags, belts, sheets, curtains, towels. We CANNOT take duvets or pillows, dirty or wet clothing, mats or carpets.
Fethard fans overjoyed with Tipperary's All-Ireland win
Celebrating Tipperary’s All-Ireland win in Fethard were Back L to R: Tara Regan, Paddy Casey, Joan Browne. Front L to R: Bernadette Browne, Joan O’Brien and Ger Browne.
What a Team! What a Manager! What a Win! What else can one say to describe the feelings of all Tipperary sporting fans after last Sunday’s tremendous win over our arch-rivals and neighbours Kilkenny. After a nervous twenty-five-minutes start holding off an un-ending Kilkenny assault on the Tipperary goal and players, normal play resumed leaving Tipperary only three points in arrears. From that moment on Tipperary never looked like losing.
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.
Tipperary fans celebrating in Fethard after Tipperary beating Kilkenny in the All-Ireland hurling final
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.
Tipperary fans celebrating in Lonergan’s Bar, Fethard after the match last Sunday
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.
Outing to Lough Derg and Killaloe, this Saturday, August 31
Lough Derg, as seen from above Holy Island. Pic: Niall Culligan
Anyone wishing to join the Historical Society’s summer outing this coming Saturday, August 31, can still email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text: 087 9305232. Bus will leave Town Hall in Fethard at 8.30am.
This is very much an ‘Outdoorsy’ type outing, involving a guided ‘gardens’ walk, short boat trip, with guide, to Holy Island and a little walking (local guide also) by the Shannon river into the Cathedral town of Killaloe itself. Bus will return to reach Fethard by 10pm. 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 for one of the three coffee stops, that 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.
Bridge 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.
Articles invited for Annual Emigrant's 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 1993 in our area
Enjoying the sunshine at Rás Sliabh-na-mBan in Kilcash on Sunday, June 27, 1993 are Front L to R: Ciara and Sara Egan, Ballypatrick; Claire Foley, Kilcash; Niamh Tobin, Cashel. Back: Claire and Brian Egan from Ballypatrick.
Caroline, Kenneth and Julie Cahill from Kilsheelan, pictured at Feile Chill Chais on Sunday, June 27, 1993
Fidelma O’Neill, Elm Park, Clonmel, minding baby Daniel McGurn at Strawberry Fair, Ferryhouse, Clonmel on Sunday, June 27, 1993
Jimmy Ryan, Powerstown, and Brenda Ryan, Wolf Tone Street, Clonmel, at Strawberry Fair on Sunday, June 27, 1993.
Willie O’Connell, Clonmel A.C. at Rás Sliabh-na-mBan in Kilcash on Sunday, June 27, 1993.
Local Ballingarry boys getting ready to have a game of hurling on June 29, 1993. L to R: Thomas Hayes, Tony Walsh, Noel Webster, Adrian Webster and Liam Cleere.
Susan Hayes and Patsy Ivors pictured on June 29, 1993, at a plaque erected by Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann in honour of local musician Larry Wall-Fitzpatrick who died in 1955.
Br. Raymond Forde, principal of St. Patrick’s National School Fethard, pictured with pupils on his last day teaching in Fethard on June 30, 1993. Br. Raymond’s retirement marks the end of 120 years of the Patrician Brothers association with the town.
Standing with the Parish Priest outside the Patrician Brothers Monastery in Fethard on June 30, 1993, are the last Brothers to live there. L to R: Br. Paul (retired), Canon James Power, Br. Raymond, and Br. Ultan (retired).
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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