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Tipperariana book award for ‘Emigrants Newsletter’
Members of Fethard Historical Society and guests photographed at the presentation of the Society's Tipperariana Book of The Year Award for 2019, 'Fethard & Killusty Annual Newsletter', 60th anniversary edition. Back L to R: Sandra McInerney, Rachel Murphy, Gwen Cooke, Jorg Mille, Tim Robinson, Jack Healy (guest speaker), Terry Cunningham, John Cooney, Michael Mallon, Catherine O'Flynn, Mary Healy. Front L to R: Marie Murphy, Mary Hanrahan (chairperson), Joe Kenny (Fethard & Killusty Newsletter), Mary Darmody guest speaker, Thurles Library Local Studies, Gerry Long and Pat Looby. This year's Tipperariana Book Fair will be held in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday, February 9, from 2pm to 6pm.
Members of Fethard Historical Society and guests photographed at the presentation of the Society's Tipperariana Book of The Year Award for 2019, 'Fethard & Killusty Annual Newsletter', 60th anniversary edition. Back L to R: Sandra McInerney, Rachel Murphy, Gwen Cooke, Jorg Mille, Tim Robinson, Jack Healy (guest speaker), Terry Cunningham, John Cooney, Michael Mallon, Catherine O'Flynn, Mary Healy. Front L to R: Marie Murphy, Mary Hanrahan (chairperson), Joe Kenny (Fethard & Killusty Newsletter), Mary Darmody guest speaker, Thurles Library Local Studies, Gerry Long and Pat Looby. This year's Tipperariana Book Fair will be held in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday, February 9, from 2pm to 6pm.


The organisers of the upcoming Fethard Book Fair, which will be held on Sunday, February 9, have awarded the 18th Tipperariana Book of the Year, for 2019, to the 60th anniversary edition of the Fethard and Killusty Newsletter’ - better known locally as the ‘Emigrants Newsletter’. The award was presented to Joe Kenny, editor of the Newsletter since 1988, at a ceremony in the ICA Hall, Fethard, last Friday night, February 24.

Winner of the Fethard Historical Society's Tipperariana Book of The Year Award for 2019, 'Fethard & Killusty Annual Newsletter', presented to editor Joe Kenny, who accepted the award on behalf of the production team at a reception held in the ICA Hall Fethard on Friday, January 24. Also included are Mary Hanrahan (left), Chairperson of Fethard Historical Society and Dóirín Saurus, who designed the presentation award marking the 60th anniversary of the Newsletter's production.
Winner of the Fethard Historical Society's Tipperariana Book of The Year Award for 2019, 'Fethard & Killusty Annual Newsletter', presented to editor Joe Kenny, who accepted the award on behalf of the production team at a reception held in the ICA Hall Fethard on Friday, January 24. Also included are Mary Hanrahan (left), Chairperson of Fethard Historical Society and Dóirín Saurus, who designed the presentation award marking the 60th anniversary of the Newsletter's production.

The two-hundred and fifty-page 2019 edition of the ‘Emigrants Newsletter’ is continuing a tradition started by the Fethard branch of the Legion of Mary back in 1959. The whole Irish economy - and society in fact - were in a state of near collapse during the 1950s era, with nearly a half-million people emigrating in a dozen years, from a country of only three million people.

The concept of the ‘emigrant newsletter’ was a national project by the Legion of Mary to get parishes all over Ireland to produce an annual ‘parish newsletter’, that would then to be sent to the huge Irish ‘diaspora’ overseas, so as to keep them in touch with the ‘old country’.

Guest speaker Mary Guinan-Darmody speaking
Guest speaker Mary Guinan-Darmody speaking

Mary Guinan-Darmody, County Library’s Local Studies section in Thurles, was the guest speaker on the night, and she outlined that many parishes in Tipperary initiated the ‘newsletter’ idea, but that Fethard was unique in continuing the tradition uninterrupted for 60 years - from 1959 to the present. Speaking Mary went on to say, “ I believe it to be the oldest and longest running parish journal in the county and with the dedication of its hard-working committee will be around long after many of the other journals have unfortunately ceased. It is therefore very fitting that it has been selected as the recipient of the Tipperariana Book of the Year 2019.”

Patrician Presentation Secondary School students Kayce Aherne and Sarah Smith (right) photographed with Mary Guinean-Darmondy (centre).
Patrician Presentation Secondary School students Kayce Aherne and Sarah Smith (right) photographed with Mary Guinan-Darmody (centre).

Mary, then went on to explain the importance or significance of a parish journal.

"A quick answer might be that it brings both locals and those who are living far away up to date with events that have happened throughout the year, from a social and cultural viewpoint. Indeed it does this. But in my opinion, parish journals do a lot more than this. Their significance is much more important and far reaching, on historical, cultural and social levels. They record the present so that in future, that present, having become the past, will be a record worth exploring by people yet unborn.

There is no one formula for a successful parish journal, all have similarities but each has its own individual characteristics depending on the parish, the history of the parish and the approach of the editorial committee. It doesn’t mean that one is right and one wrong. Journal articles include Historical facts and oral traditions of the locality – it may be growing up in the 1930s or 1940s, the big snow, the local landlord, townland names, old mills, the Great War and of course now, the War of Independence and the local participants etc.

Just taking one past journal – In 1974, the Fethard journal records the restoration of the Holy Year Cross which had already been erected on Slievenamon in 1950. In a few sentences, we are brought back 70 years.

It gives a brief history of Fethard GAA Club history which was founded in 1855, almost thirty years before the famous 1884 meeting in Hayes Hotel, Thurles founding the Gaelic Athletic Association. While not everybody has the patience to sit and read through an entire history book, the parish journal is a taster, an appetiser to several aspects of the parish, including sports.

How lovely to see something like the U12 Football/Hurling photo, kids who might never otherwise be mentioned and who may never go ahead to county acclaim but their contribution and participation is recorded there for posterity.

The Fethard newsletter is published by the Emigrants Newsletter committee ....even though I am not an emigrant, having moved only about twenty miles away from Fethard. I can easily imagine what it must mean to somebody far away...

In the 2019 journal, I read ’A man for all Seasons’ and some forty years after leaving school, while never been taught by him I can still see Timmy O’Connor walking round the school in his sports coat and pants. At the end of the article, the group photo of teachers from 1973 brings back a collection of memories both of the teachers and incidents associated with my fellow pupils - like the day when Miss Baldwin, later Mrs Stokes (only unnamed teacher) – had to rescue Jacinta O’Connell who managed to put the needle from the sewing machine through her finger.

For 50 people to read the journal, it could mean something different to each of them, whilst again I recognise several photos, like the one of Jack O’Shea outside his shop again brings me back to my childhood when my sister Kitty worked there before her marriage. To somebody else, this photo may bring back memories, of friends they chatted with while sitting on the bar stool or the pair of shoes for a special family event that were repaired by Willie Stapleton in Jack’s shoe repair shop. It might be one article or one photo but the memories that it can evoke and for a brief moment, one is brought back to an earlier time, possibly a more carefree time.

What a treasure trove, to have all sixty editions of the journal, the amount of information they contain, gems that are being lost with each passing year. Without the Fethard journal of 1995, who would be able to name the members of the Fethard Confraternity Band of the 1920s? Cultural life is part and parcel of a community, the sports, drama, music all so valuable in uniting a parish and improving our daily life. Parish Journals chronicle these in an easy read format and can form the useful basis for which a more complete history to be developed at a later point.

I once heard the academic Raymond Gillespie define Local History as the ‘history of a Group of people in a particular place over a period of time’ and to me this is exactly what the parish journal is and should be. In this case the history of us 'Fethard people in Fethard over time’.

So long live the parish journals, particularly the Fethard Parish Journal while I most likely won’t celebrate my 100th birthday, I hope it will."

L to R: Mary Healy, Fethard Historical Society, presenting a bouquet to Rita Kenny, and Joe Kenny.
L to R: Mary Healy, Fethard Historical Society, presenting a bouquet to Rita Kenny, and Joe Kenny.

In praising the longevity and exceptional high standard of the Fethard Newsletter, she also drew attention to the many other present day parish newsletters and historical journals in the county, saying that they will also be a huge resource for future historians, and will act as ‘the memory of the people’ in this fluid digital age. Another, quite incredible, feature of the Fethard & Killusty Newsletter saga is that it is posted free of charge annually to over 700 emigrants worldwide, a fact which really demonstrates that Fethard remembers her own.

John Joe Keane, originally from Barrack Street, is a regular contributor to the Emigrants' Newsletter and brought along one of his poems on the night, which was read by Terry Cunningham.
John Joe Keane, originally from Barrack Street, is a regular contributor to the Emigrants' Newsletter and brought along one of his poems on the night, which was read by Terry Cunningham (below).


Terry Cunningham reading John Joe Keane's poem

A Night to Remember
The Friday night ceremony saw a large gathering of people who are, and have been, associated with the Newsletter story over the years. Apologies were received from Carmel Rice (Newsletter secretary) and Brendan Kenny who were unable to attend on the night.

Dóirín Saurus and John Cooney
Dóirín Saurus and John Cooney

Dóirín Saurus, Crampscastle Pottery, created the presentation piece depicting the 60th anniversary of the Emigrants’ Newsletter, and then presented it to Joe Kenny, who accepted the award on behalf of the current production crew and all those involved in the Newsletter since it first began in 1959. He also thanked the Historical Society for the honour of been chosen for the prestigious county-wide ‘Book-of-the-Year’ award and wonderful reception bestowed on the Newsletter’s local representatives who were able to attend. He also thanked Mary Guinan-Darmody, who was most accommodating and helpful while researching items at the County Library’s Local Studies, at The Source, Thurles.

Fethard native and now Cork based actor and performer, Jack Healy,  speaking at the Award Presentation
Fethard native and now Cork based actor and performer, Jack Healy, speaking at the Award Presentation

The ‘formal’ aspect of the evening was rounder off by Fethard native and now Cork based actor and performer, Jack Healy, who recited amongst other things, the famous (or infamous) poem, ‘The Traders of Fethard’, composed in 1932 by Coolbawn bard Paddy Carroll, which comes from a time when ‘political correctness’ was not yet invented.

Photographed at the presentation of the Fethard Historical Society's Tipperariana Book of The Year Award for 2019, are L to R: Gwen Cooke, Sandra McInerney and Jorg Mille.
Photographed at the presentation of the Fethard Historical Society's Tipperariana Book of The Year Award for 2019, are L to R: Gwen Cooke, Sandra McInerney and Jorg Mille.

Photographed at the presentation, are L to R: Tony Newport and Miceál McCormack.
Photographed at the presentation, are L to R: Tony Newport and Miceál McCormack.

Photographed at the presentation are L to R: Gus Fitzgerald, Austin O'Flynn and Eileen Coady.
Photographed at the presentation are L to R: Gus Fitzgerald, Austin O'Flynn and Eileen Coady.

Photographed at the presentation are L to R: Jimmy O'Shea, Michael Kenrick and Rory Walsh.
Photographed at the presentation are L to R: Jimmy O'Shea, Michael Kenrick and Rory Walsh.

Photographed at the presentation are L to R: Brian Sheehy, Gemma Burke and Edwina Newport.
Photographed at the presentation are L to R: Brian Sheehy, Gemma Burke and Edwina Newport.

Photographed at the presentation are L to R: Anne Gleeson, Kathleen Maher, Josie Fitzgerald.
Photographed at the presentation are L to R: Anne Gleeson, Kathleen Maher, Josie Fitzgerald.

Photographed at the presentation are L to R: Margaret Walsh, Margaret O'Donnell and Ian O'Connor.
Photographed at the presentation are L to R: Margaret Walsh, Margaret O'Donnell and Ian O'Connor.


Tim Robinson talking to John Cooney
Tim Robinson talking to John Cooney


Some of the group attending the presentation.
Some of the group attending the presentation.


Enjoying some refreshments afterwards
Enjoying some refreshments afterwards

Twenty-Fifth Book Fair on February 9, 2020
The 25th Tipperariana Book Fair takes place from 2pm to 6pm in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday, February 9, and anyone who wishes to make contact with the organisers can email bookfair@fethard.com or text or phone 087 9305232 or 087 9009722. See also TIPPERARIANA.COM

Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Fethard Ballroom continues its New Year’s social dancing on Sunday, February 2, to the music of ‘Pat Costello’. 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: eileencoady@hotmail.com

Senior Citizens Club meeting this Tuesday
Fethard Senior Citizens’ Club’s first meeting of 2020 will take place on this Tuesday, February 4, at 7.30pm. in the Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street. New members are always welcome to join our club, we meet on the first Tuesday of each month.

Fethard Athletic Club meeting this Thursday
A new decade is seen as heralding a new beginning for Fethard Athletic Club, so the club is sending out an open invitation to all Fethard athletes, past and present, as well as other interested members of the community, to come together at 8.15pm on Thursday, January 30, in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road, Fethard, to forge a new vision for the future development of the club. A committee is to be formed at this meeting of the Fethard Athletic Club and all are welcome to come along.

Past Pupil Mia gives Senior Cycle Talk
Dr Mia Treacy (centre), past pupil of Patrician Presentation Fethard pictured with a group of our Sixth Year students.
Dr Mia Treacy (centre), past pupil of Patrician Presentation Fethard pictured with a group of our Sixth Year students.


Dr Mia Treacy gave an inspirational talk to Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School’s senior students with regard to how best to prepare for the Leaving Certificate, and the options for students thereafter. The talk was very well received. Mia is a past pupil of the school and currently a lecturer in Education in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. We are very proud of Mia's achievements and we are always delighted to welcome back past-pupils of Patrician Presentation Secondary School to talk to our students.

Fethard ICA February meeting
February meeting of Fethard ICA will be held on Tuesday, February 11, at 8pm in the ICA Hall, Rocklow Road, Fethard. New members are very welcome.

Fethard Day Care Centre ‘Senior Day’
Fethard & District Day Care Centre will hold a Senior Day on Friday, January 31, from 10am onwards. The Chiropodist will be in attendance. All seniors are welcome.

Fethard Bridge Club
On Wednesday, 19 January, we played for prizes sponsored by Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara and the results were: 1st Gross, Monica Anglim and Betty Walsh; 2nd Gross, Rita Kane and Kay St. John; 3rd Gross, Anna Cooke and Eileen Frewen; 1st Nett, Gemma Burke and Carol Kenny; 2nd Nett, Berney Myles and Alice Quinn; 3rd Nett, Frances Burke and Carmel Condon.

Next Wednesday, February 5, we play the second round of the Player of the Year competition which is a change of partner. Bridge starts at 7.15pm each Wednesday. Anyone looking for a partner contact Gemma Burke 086-6064148.

Crocanóir thriving after 10 years and 100 concerts
John Bermingham (right) practising a few tunes with his son Sean in the music rooms at Crocanóir
John Bermingham (right) practising a few tunes with his son Sean in the music rooms at Crocanóir


Crocanóir – the music venue at the end of the boreen nestled in the foothills of Slievenamon (Eircode E41 N998) – has become firmly established by both audience and entertainer who love the intimate atmosphere in Ballycullen, where regular concerts, theatrical performances, music lessons and workshops in dance and creative writing are also held.

Proprietors, John and Monika Bermingham, held their first concert in 2010 and weren’t sure if they’d get ten people to attend, never mind survive for ten years, but here they are in 2020 – one hundred concerts later – still singing after all these years! Their sincere thanks is extended to everyone who came on board and helped create magical musical memories at the end of the boreen.

The next concert coming up at Crocanóir is the very popular Dónal Clancy, on Saturday, February 8, starting at 8pm. Dónal Clancy performed a special commissioned show for Clonmel World Music in November 2019, entitled ‘Dónal Clancy’s Folk ‘n Blues Revue’. Such was the audience reaction that Donal will be touring the show in 2020. The show includes bluesy versions of songs from legends like Bob Dylan, Elizabeth Cotton, Rev Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy among many others including some of Dónal’s own compositions.

Dónal is the son of Liam Clancy, from the world-famous Clancy Brothers and he is proudly carrying on the family tradition of storytelling and ballad singing of the highest order. Liam Clancy gave him his first guitar at the age of eight and he was playing professionally by his early teens. Donal was a member of trad group ‘Danu’ for many years, and has toured and recorded with Riverdance fiddler, Eileen Ivers. He was a guest with The Chieftains on their ‘Tears of Stone’ tours in Japan and the US. Dónal Clancy, in his own right, is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest guitarists and ballad singers. Donal has, since the death of his father, focused his attention on the family repertoire of songs that he grew up with. He is bringing the tradition to audiences all over the world. Come along to Crocanóir on Saturday, February 8, for a great musical treat, starting at 8pm. Further information and booking, contact John or Monika at Tel: 086 8907329. Congratulations on ten years of great music!

Fethard U18 Girls Rugby through to Munster League Semi Final
Fethard U18 Girls Rugby team who have again qualified for Munster League semi-final –  the 5th season in a row! Photographed with coack Pat O’Donnell and Polly Murphy
Fethard U18 Girls Rugby team who have again qualified for Munster League semi-final – the 5th season in a row! Photographed with coack Pat O’Donnell and Polly Murphy
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Congratulations to our Fethard U18 Girls Rugby team who are again through to the Munster League semi-final. An incredible achievement for these girls of Annica O'Connor, Eabha Fitzgerald, Karen Bennett, Lucy Murphy, Anna Kennedy, Gabby Spicer, Mairead McCarthy, Orlaith Breen, Ciara Gahan, Clodagh Fanning, Nicole Vaughan, Tilly Magnier, Aoife McGrath, Aoibhe Gayson Molloy, Rachel Ryan, Aoife Burke, Aisling Beth, Leah Coen and Alison Connolly.

They are away this weekend to Ennis who won last year's final. Wishing the girls the best of luck and special thanks to coach Pat O'Donnell for all his work with the girls. Great for the Club as this is the 5th season on a row that the U18 Girls team have made a Munster semi-final. New members are always welcome to come and ‘Give It A Try’. Enquires to Polly 086 3394959.

Community Games Table Quiz postponed to February 14
The County Final of the U14 Table Quiz had been postponed to Friday, February 14, in the Presentation Secondary School, Thurles. Panel of 6, team of 4. Entry fee is €8 per team. Entries on the night. Areas may send as many teams as they wish. Competitors must be under 14 on July 31, 2020 and must live in the area.

The County Final of Swimming will take place in Thurles pool on Sunday, February 16. Closing date for entries at Area level is Wednesday, February 5. Please contact Noreen Sheehy if interested.

Swimming events

Freestyle: Girls U8 Freestyle 25m; Boys U8 Freestyle 25m; Girls U10 Freestyle 25m; Boys U10 Freestyle 25m; Girls U12 Freestyle 50m; Boys U12 Freestyle 50m; Girls U14 Freestyle 50m; Boys U14 Freestyle 50m; Girls U16 Freestyle 50m; Boys U16 Freestyle 50m.

Breaststroke: Girls U12 Breaststroke 50m; Boys U12 Breastroke 50m; Girls U14 Breastroke 50m; Boys U14 Breastroke 50m; Girls U16 Breastroke 50m (new event); Boys U16 Breststroke 50m (new event).

Backstroke: Girls U10 Backstroke 25m; Boys U10 Backstroke 25m; Girls U12 Backstroke 50m; Boys U12 Backstroke 50m; Girls U14 Backstroke 50m; Boys U14 Backstroke 50m; Girls U16 Backstroke 50m; Boys U16 Backstrock 50m.

Butterfly: Girls U14 Butterfly 50m; Boys U14 Butterfly 50m; Girls U16 Butterfly 50m; Boys U16 Butterfly 50m.

Relays: Girls U13 Freestyle Relay 4 x 25m Panel of 6; Boys U13 Freestyle Relay 4 x 25m Panel of 6; Girls U16 Medley Relay 4 x 50m Panel of 6; and Boys U16 Medley Relay 4 x 50m Panel of 6.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on Wednesday, January 22, were: 2, 25, 28 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘Match Three’ winner so the following three drawn tickets received €50 each: A.S. Pomphrey (online ticket); David Kane, c/o Rita Kane; and Dermot Darcy, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard.

The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners received €50 each: Michael Russell, c/o S. Moloney; Ian Gough, St. Patrick's Place, Fethard; and Richie Nevin, c/o Friendship Club.

Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, January 29. 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, January 24, were: 1, 19, 31 and 33. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘match three’ winner. One lucky dip winner received €50: Nellie Ryan, St. Patrick’s Place, Fethard. Two lucky dip winners received €25 each: Siobhán Whyte, c/o Eoin Whyte; and Eoghan & Teresa Hurley, Strylea, Fethard.

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 next draw takes place on Friday, January 31, in Burke’s Bar at 7.30pm, when the jackpot is €24,800 and the seller's prize is €1,000. The funds raised are used to promote sport in the local community.

Donating books to the Book Fair?
Every year, people from all over the county are very supportive of the Tipperariana Book Fair and donate books to the organisers, Fethard Historical Society, for sale on the Society’s stand at the fair. This year’s fair takes place on Sunday, February 9, from 2pm to 6pm in Fethard Ballroom.

Every year, people from all over the county are very supportive of the Tipperariana Book Fair and donate books to the organisers, Fethard Historical Society, for sale on the Society’s stand at the fair. This year’s fair takes place on Sunday, February 9, from 2pm to 6pm in Fethard Ballroom.

Modern books in good condition, are always sought after at the fair, as the thirty or so dealers who attend have mostly more serious and antiquarian type books on their stalls.

It is true to say that there are very few ‘valuable’ books – in the monetary sense – lying around. But there are lots of ‘sought after’ books and pamphlets, especially in older households, that may seem ordinary and uninteresting but can be of great interest to collectors and even wanted by Tipperary County Libraries for their Local Studies Centre in The Source in Thurles. So, the organisers will gladly receive all books – especially ones of local and Tipperary interest. If possible, people who are clearing out old houses should try and contact a member of the Historical Society to advise in case some rare items are not ending up in the dump.

Everything is not on the Web!
It is sometimes taken for granted by younger people that ‘everything’ is stored in ‘the cloud’ and can be googled if needed. But, the fact is, that everything on the web has to be put there by someone, and most older, local ‘stuff’ probably never will be uploaded, so it is very important that copies are kept by the various libraries for the use of researchers and social historians in the future. People who wish to make contact with the organisers of the bookfair, can email: bookfair@fethard.com or text/phone 087 9305232 or 087 9009722.

Tipperary Books and the Book Fair
25th Annual Book Fair on Sunday, February 9, 2020
It’s amazing how time flies, and a ‘book fair in the Ballroom’ that began on the second Sunday in February in 1996 is still going strong after twenty-five-years.  The organisers – Fethard Historical Society – did not know what to expect all those years ago as it was a ‘new idea’ for everyone involved. But, it did take off from year one and has not looked back since.  
One contributory fact was, that good advice was sought and taken, from knowledgeable ‘book dealing people’, in particular, the late Rudi Holzapfel who ran a great second-hand and antiquarian bookshop in Tipperary town at that time. In fact, the formula worked so well that it has not changed much in the past 25 years; as the Americans say, ‘If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.’  So, it is still held on the second Sunday in February, with an in-house Café and a piano player on stage to add more ambience to the event. The presence of the large Ballroom space makes such a venture possible and it is also wonderful that the Fethard Ballroom is also very much a going concern twenty-five-years later.

The name ‘Tipperariana Book Fair’
People sometimes ask where the name ‘Tipperariana’ came from, and like most things it happened by accident. For the second fair in 1997, Rudi Holzapfel compiled a forty-page booklet, listing all the better known ‘Tipperary books’ produced in the last two centuries. He also gave ‘guide prices’ that antiquarian book collectors would pay for all the books listed. ‘Tipperariana’ was the title he gave to his booklet and ever since the organisers have called the annual fair ‘The Tipperariana Book Fair’. The Tipperariana Book Fair has now been adopted by all Tipperary people as ‘their’ county book fair and this has added to its continuing success.

Book donations gladly received.
The book fair is the one fund raising venture of the Fethard Historical Society during the year, and the sale of donated books at the fair forms a big part of the overall income. Anyone wishing to donate books can contact any member of the society or email: history@fethard.com or phone 087 9305232 / 087 9009722 and arrangements will be made to receive the books in the coming weeks.
There are a few aspects of the upcoming Tipperariana Book Fair, on Sunday, February 9, that are particularly important for books of Tipperary and local interest. Firstly, the book dealers who come from all over the country to the fair make sure to gather up their ‘Tipperary interest’ books and have them for sale on the day, knowing that there will be a market in Fethard for all Tipperariana type books and memorabilia. The reverse is also true, with punters being very happy to come across a local book that they always wanted, as it may have some photo or reference in it to their family or locality.

Secondly, the organisers of the book fair , the Fethard Historical Society, receive donations of ‘ould books’ that otherwise might end up in the skip , and the odd one can be rare or special in some way and will go for sale at the fair and make some purchaser very happy on the day.

Tipperariana Book of the Year
A feature of this whole annual focus on books in the county is the nomination, by the organisers of the Book Fair, of their Tipperariana Book of the Year. Every year over thirty or more substantial books or journals are published in county Tipperary and the Book of the Year concept is just another way to draw attention to, and give recognition to, the authors and publishers of such books. In many ways these books are the ‘stored memory’ of the people of Tipperary and their importance will only increase with the passing of time.

The organisers also try to invite as many as possible of the authors of ‘Tipperary’ books – published in the preceding year – to come to the fair to promote, sell and sign their books.

Anyone wishing to make contact with the organisers of the upcoming 25th Tipperariana Book Fair on Sunday, February 9, or who wish to donate books, can email bookfair@fethard.com or text or phone 087 9305232 or 087 9009722.

Jake Carter coming to The Abymill
Jake Carter will do a once-off intimate concert in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard, on Saturday, March 7, starting at 8pm. The concert is run to raise funds for Cappanagarrane Horse Rescue. You are asked to please come along and support this deserving cause to help fund the rescue and rehabilitation of so many horses who would otherwise have no chance of survival. Cappanagarrane Horse Rescue is the only registered horse rescue service in Tipperary. Tickets are just €25 each and early booking is advised as tickets are limited. Booking now by contacting Anne at Tel: 086 0834208.

Jake Carter will do a once-off intimate concert in the Abymill Theatre, Fethard, on Saturday, March 7, starting at 8pm. The concert is run to raise funds for Cappanagarrane Horse Rescue. You are asked to please come along and support this deserving cause to help fund the rescue and rehabilitation of so many horses who would otherwise have no chance of survival. Cappanagarrane Horse Rescue is the only registered horse rescue service in Tipperary. Tickets are just €25 each and early booking is advised as tickets are limited. Booking now by contacting Anne at Tel: 086 0834208.

Faces and Places from the Past – 36 Year Ago
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 fethardnews@gmail.com

Some more local photographs from the archives:

Watching a match in Clonmel are L to R: Brendan Kenny, Billy Kenny and Danny Fitzgerald from Killenaule who worked at Chadwicks in Clonmel.
Watching a match in Clonmel are L to R: Brendan Kenny, Billy Kenny and Danny Fitzgerald from Killenaule who worked at Chadwicks in Clonmel.

Fethard players and supporters in the Fethard Arms after winning the South Intermediate Hurling Final 1982. L to R: Abe Kennedy, Andy Fox, Davy Morrissey, Michael Keane, Noel Harrington and Noel Sharpe.
Fethard players and supporters in the Fethard Arms after winning the South Intermediate Hurling Final 1982. L to R: Abe Kennedy, Andy Fox, Davy Morrissey, Michael Keane, Noel Harrington and Noel Sharpe.

Community Council Committee photographed in the Town Hall after a fundraising auction in aid of the reconstruction of the Tirry Club into a Community Service Centre in 1978. L to R: Mick Ryan, Percy O’Donnell, John Whyte, Tommy Butler, Peter Colville, Malachy Brett, Austin O’Flynn, Nellie Colville and Michael O’Dwyer.
Community Council Committee photographed in the Town Hall after a fundraising auction in aid of the reconstruction of the Tirry Club into a Community Service Centre in 1978. L to R: Mick Ryan, Percy O’Donnell, John Whyte, Tommy Butler, Peter Colville, Malachy Brett, Austin O’Flynn, Nellie Colville and Michael O’Dwyer.

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.

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