FHC showcased at Pride of Place awards
Photographed at the presentation of the Pride of Place Awards on Saturday, November 30, are Fethard Horse Country Experience representatives L to R: Catherine Britton, Eileen Croke, Laura Condon, Mary Hanrahan and Liam Cloonan.
Representatives from the Fethard Horse Country Experience attended the presentation of this year’s Pride of Place Awards in the Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny, on Saturday November 30. Over 800 people were in attendance, representing a diverse range of community-based organisations from all over the island of Ireland.
The event was hosted by Helen Carroll and Bobby Kerr, and live streamed to thousands of people. The importance of community engagement was stressed throughout, with Co-operation Ireland’s Chairperson Tom Dowling commending all the nominees for their hard work and commitment to their local areas.
The FHC Experience wish to express our thanks to Tipperary County Council for the nomination and our congratulations to the Kerry Camino on their win in the Community Tourism category. Congratulations are also due to our fellow Tipperary nominees, the Soloheadbeg Commemoration Committee, for their well-deserved runner up award in the Creative Place Initiative category.
St. Vincent de Paul annual Church Gate Collection this weekend
St Vincent de Paul will hold their annual collection on this Saturday, December 7 and Sunday December 8. There has been an increase in requests for help in recent years and this was especially evident this year, all donations are welcome, large or small.
If you don't meet us at the church gates your donation would still be welcome. We ask you to consider putting your small change into the Vincent de Paul collection boxes in local shops as all those small amounts add up for us. An official receipt will be issued for all known donations. Our finances are audited and comply with the charity’s regulations. Thank you for supporting us in the past and have a happy Christmas.
Bunny Hop back at Fethard Convent Community Hall
Bunny Hop, Music and Movement for babies to four-year-olds is returning to Fethard, starting in January at Fethard Convent Community Hall.
To book for January please contact Nicola 087 6742401 or by email: email@example.com. Parents, Grandparents and childminders all welcome. Bunny Hop classes an idea for Christmas gift.
Annual Craft Fair on Saturday December 7
The Fethard Horse Country Experience's Annual Craft Fair will take place on Saturday December 7, from 11am to 4pm. There will be a great variety of stalls featuring locally produced crafts, as well as some lovely vintage and collectable items on offer. There will also be a raffle with all proceeds going to the Fethard Critical Illness Fund.
This year the Craft Fair will be spread out over two floors in the FHCE, so attendees will also be able to enjoy access to our exhibition for free. Please come out and support local businesses this Christmas time.
Sports Achievement Award nominations for November
The following six nominees were received for the Butler’s Bar Fethard Sports Achievement Award for November:
- Fethard Ladies U19 gaelic footballers – County champions for the third year in a row by beating Aherlow in the final.
- Caia Crowley – Won an U16 Irish Kickboxing WKU 52 KG title by defeating the current champion in Derry.
- Sinead Delahunty – With her gaelic football club Foxrock/Cabinteely she completed a County and Leinster senior double.
- Holy Trinity N.S. – Winner of Roinn B U13 gaelic football for Tipperary schools.
- Mark Neville – A member of South Tipperary’s U13 gaelic football team winners of the inter - divisional Dominic Browne trophy.
- Oisin Ryan – A member of South Tipperary’s U13 gaelic football team ,winners of the inter-divisional Dominic Browne trophy.
The winner will be announced at a special presentation function on this Friday night, December 6, at Butlers Bar. All are welcome.
Fethard & Killusty Emigrants’ Newsletter on sale
Helping with the packing and posting of this year's Fethard & Killusty Emigrant's Newsletter on Thursday, December 5, were Back L to R: Monica Hickey, Johnny Burke, Brud Roche, Ian O’Connor, Rory Walsh. Front L to R: Carol Kenny, Mary Healy, Margaret Walsh, Margaret O’Donnell amd Michael Kenrick.
Fethard & Killusty Emigrants Newsletter is now available in the following local shops at €12 each, Centra Supermarket (The Green), Daybreak Supermarket (Kerry Street), Fethard Horse Country (Town Hall, Main Street), Annie’s Grocery (Burke Street), Butler's Off License and Post Office (Main Street). Copies will also be posted this weekend to Fethard emigrants living throughout the world.
Shane Kenny with his band of helpers ready to help pack and post this year’s Emigrant’s Newsletter. L to R: Keavy Condon, Ria Kenny , Holly Kenny and Romy Condon.
We take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported us with donations and help throughout the year and make this annual publication possible and posted free of charge to emigrants since it first started in 1959.
Social dancing ‘Christmas Dinner Dance Party’ at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues with its ‘Christmas Dinner Dance Party’ and social dancing on Sunday, December 1, to the music of ‘Checkers’. All are welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing. Tickets for Dinner Dance are €30 each which includes wine, soft drinks & raffle. Dinner at 7pm sharp.
For further information or for booking the ballroom, contact Eileen Coady, Tel: 086 0776420, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
At the Christmas Bazaar
Photographed at Christmas Bazaar in aid of Fethard Day Care Centre are L to R: Hanna McGarry, Thelma Griffith and Joan O'Donohoe.
Photographed at Christmas Bazaar in aid of Fethard Day Care Centre are L to R: Eleanor Roche and Mary Fitzgerald.
Photographed at Christmas Bazaar in aid of Fethard Day Care Centre are L to R: Peg O'Reilly, Kitty O'Sullivan and Eileen Ryan.
Photographed at Christmas Bazaar in aid of Fethard Day Care Centre are L to R: Fr. Liam Everard P.P., Geraldine McCarthy, Geraldine Whyte, Mary O'Doherty, Mary O'Connell and Eileen O'Donnell.
Fethard ICA December Meeting
Fethard ICA will hold their December meeting on Tuesday, December 10, at 8pm, in the ICA Hall on Rocklow Road, Fethard. Catering in charge of the ‘yellow group’. New members are very welcome.
Fethard Senior Citizens’ Christmas Raffle winners
On Sunday, December 1, Fethard Senior Citizens Club enjoyed their annual Christmas party in The Anner Hotel. Thank you to our loyal supporters who purchase raffle tickets each year. The following were the lucky winners;
- 1st: €200, Nora O’Meara, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.
- 2nd: €100, Hanna McGarry, Tirry Park, Fethard.
- 3rd: Christmas cake & Bottle of Whiskey, Carrie Kavanagh, c/o Coolmore Stud.
- 4th: Bottle of Whiskey & Bottle of Sherry, Patti Thompson, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.
- 5th: Tin of Biscuits, Darragh Callanan, Ballyfoyle, Co. Kilkenny.
The committee appreciate the generosity of the local businesses who kindly donate spot prizes for our Christmas celebration.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School news
Helping at Patrician Presentation Secondary School Open Evening on Monday, November 25, are L to R: Lucy Kenny, Aoibheann Collum and Emily Spillane.
There was a huge turnout at our recent Open Evening. Many thanks to all who turned up to meet with our staff hear from our school principal, Mr Coffey, and to see our excellent facilities. There was a great atmosphere on the night which is indicative of the Patrician Presentation family. Our Parents’ Association were also present on the evening to meet and greet prospective parents, and to provide light refreshments.
Helping at Patrician Presentation Secondary School Open Evening on Monday, November 25, are L to R: Éabha Ryan, Michael Flanagan and Oisín Ryan
Boston Scientific LCVP Trip
Patrician Presentation LCVP students visiting Boston Scientific in Clonmel.
As part of the Patrician Presentation senior Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, our students accompanied by their teachers Mr O’ Connor and Mr McGree visited Boston Scientific in Clonmel. Students studying the LCVP programme can develop their vocational, interpersonal and technological skills by combining academic study and the focussing on enterprise. The trip to Boston Scientific offered our students the opportunity to have a tour of the plant, become more informed of the products that are manufactured there, and also to investigate the careers on offer. The school would like to express our gratitude to all those at Boston Scientific in Clonmel who took the time out to meet with our staff and students.
Munster Quarter Final Victory
Patrician Presentation senior ladies football team who had a fine Munster quarter-final victory over Pobalscoil Youghal in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on a score line of 5-13 to 5-3.
Congratulations to our senior girls’ ladies football team who had a fine victory over Pobalscoil Youghal with a score line of 5-13 to 5-3 in Páirc Uí Chaoimh recently. This is a great win for the school, and we are eagerly awaiting the semi-final. Congratulations to the teachers Ms Murphy and Mr Cummins involved and also to Sandra and Micheál Spillane. The panel on the day consisted of: Aoibheann Collum, Lucy Kenny, Lauren Needham, Nell Spillane, Gráinne Murray, Emily Spillane, Lucy Spillane, Carrie Davey, Leah Coen, Ciara O’ Meara, Heather Spillane, Kaycie Aherne, Áine Connolly, Jessica Moloney, Mary Ann Fitzgerald, Kelly Ryan, Samantha Buckley, Emily Davey, Taryn Purcell, Zoe Prout, Sarah Smith, Ailíse Fitzgerald, Shakira Bradshaw, Ella-Mai Hackett, Alison Connolly, Michelle Cronin, and Maggie Fitzgerald.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto extra draw for ‘Christmas Turkeys and Hams’
The numbers drawn on Wednesday, November 27, were: 2, 3, 9 and 17. There was no jackpot winner and one ‘Match Three’ winner, who received €150: Oisín Kelly, c/o Carol Kenny, Fethard. The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Lilly Barrett, Main Street, Fethard; Tommy Sayers, Crampscastle, Fethard; and Marie Corcoran, c/o Jimmy Connolly.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, December 4, and we start our Annual Christmas Special Draw for three Christmas Turkeys and three Christmas Hams each week up to Christmas. On Wednesday, December 18, we will also include ten €50 ‘Lucky Dip’ free draws. This will also be our last draw until the New Year and we sincerely thank all our supporters over the past year for your on-going support. All proceeds go towards community projects in Fethard. The Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €1,000.
Coffee Morning for Hope Foundation at Clonacody House
Ellie Devaney is currently fundraising for the Hope Foundation and to reach her fundraising target she is holding a coffee morning and festive treats. at Clonacody house, Fethard, on December 16, from 9am to 2pm. Ellie would greatly appreciate your support for her trip to Kolkata by coming along on Monday, December 16.
GAA Sports Development Lotto
The numbers drawn on Friday, November 29, were: 2, 8, 16 and 25. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘match three’ winner. One Lucky Dip winner received €50: Tom Delahunty, Ballydoyle, and two Lucky Dip winners received €25: Eddie Mason, Ardfinnan; and Peter Nagle, c/o The Well.
The next draw takes place on Friday, December 6, in Burke’s Bar at 7.30pm, when the jackpot is €24,300 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.
Christmas Cracker fundraiser for Fethard Ballroom featuring Gina & The Champions with special guest Ronan Collins on Sunday, December 29, at 8pm. Tickets €25 available from Fethard Post Office (052) 6131217 and Marions Clonmel (052) 6123813 or online at www.eventbrite.ie Bar Extension with Disco with 'Mad Mike' to follow.
Fethard Survey ends this weekend
There was a very good response from Fethard & Killusty’s Community Survey and the information received will now be processed with a view to further improving the Town. While a lot has been achieved over the years, we now consider it an opportune time to plan for the future. We thank everyone who already participated in the survey and we encourage anyone who hasn’t, to do so this weekend (before Monday, December 9).
All we are asking you to do is to list the following:
- Things I DISLIKE about Fethard;
- Things I LIKE about Fethard;
- My IDEAS TO IMPROVE Fethard.
All these opinions will be collated and based on this. After further consultations we can start planning for new projects for the Town.
Christmas Flower Demonstration
Mandy Quigley looking forward to her Christmas Flower Demonstration on Thursday, December 5, at Slievenamon Golf Club, startring at 7.30pm
A Christmas Flower Demonstration by Mandy Quigley of ‘Fethard Flowers by Mandy’ will take place on Thursday, December 5, at Slievenamon Golf Club, at 7.30pm. Admission is €10 and tickets are available from Slievenamon Golf Club. Refreshments and raffle on the night.
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 email@example.com
Some photographs taken in and about our area twenty-five years ago . . .
Pat O’Gorman (centre) pictured in Fethard after his family arranged a surprise visit to his native town. Pat worked at Rice’s farm in Brookhill, Fethard, until he was 17 years of age, he then left for England and wasn't back home since. On his arrival met many of his old friends and neighbours and was also brought on a tour of the farm where he worked and the house where he lived. L to R: Mrs. Susan Carol Rogers, Pamela and Pat O’Gorman, Janice Maureen May (daughter), Dermot Rice, Brookhill, and Chris Nevin, proprietor of The Gateway B&B where he stayed while in Fethard. (Photograph taken May 26, 1994)
Two local lads on a bicycle made for two cycling on Main Street, Fethard on June 6, 1994.
Fr. Denis Shanahan and Mrs Frances Harrington pictured with the six boys who received their First Holy Communion after Sunday Mass in Killusty on June 12, 1994.
Photograph taken from Fethard Ballroom balcony of a large crowd at 'The Paddies' during the London-Fethard Reunion Festival Dance held on June 24, 1994.
Community Council chairman Bernard Walsh presenting award and bouquet of flowers to Ann-Marie O’Meara, Fethard, who was chosen as the 1994 Festival Queen at the Fethard-Killusty London Reunion Festival Dance in Fethard Ballroom on June 24, 1994.
Together again after 25 years are these Fethard Patrician Presentation School classmates pictured at their Leaving Cert Class of 1969 Reunion held on June 25, 1994, after taking part in a tour of the old and new secondary school in Fethard. Back L to R: Michael Smith, Martin O’Mahoney, Vincent Woodlock, Jimmy Hayes, Michael O’Sullivan and Abe Kennedy. Middle: Kathleen (Keane) Maher, Carol Cross, Peggy (Delahunty) Fox, Ann (Tierney) Boyle, Seamus Maher, Frances (O’Flynn) Ryan, Eva (Hackett) O’Keeffe, Patsy (Sayers) Kirwan. Front: Gemma (Kenny) Burke, Matthew Tynan, Anne (Shelly) Fortune, Gerry O’Riordan and Patricia (O’Connor) Clear.
Celebrating their 50 anniversary on June 26, 1994, were the members of Fethard Macra Na Feirme club and to mark the occasion their entry in the 1994 Fancy Dress Parade won the ‘Best Group’ award.
Members of Juvenile GAA Club photographed at Fethard Killusty London Reunion Festival Fancy Dress Parade held in Fethard on June 26, 1994.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.
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