Dear Eamon and Green Party elected representatives,
I hope I fully understand the huge dilemma facing the Green Party at present about the hazards of sharing power. I agree with the broad thrust of the Green Party's demands in their response to the FF/FG Framework document.
However, as a Green Party member and voter in the last election, I strongly believe that provided there is a reasonable degree of agreement on the main demands especially carbon emissions that we should now enter government. Because the alternative scenario, ie a FF/FG/Independent/whatever, government will almost certainly mean even less chance of averting a climate catastrophe. To use yet again that hackneyed truism, perfection must not be the enemy of the good.
Within my own 'bubble' of friends and acquaintances, Green Party members, recent election Green voters, and beyond, I am getting a very strong message along the above lines: We don't have time to wait in Opposition. Thank you for reading. – Alan Moore, Fethard.
Child's Bicycle Found A small child's bicycle was found on Sunday evening, April 26, at Fethard Ballroom. Someone may have forgotten to put it back in their car after exercising. Owner is asked to please phone the following number for details: 086 8437400.
Remembering Fr. Abe Kennedy Remembering our good friend Fr. Abe Kennedy, who died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, and whose first anniversary we celebrate this week. This video tribute prepared by Bill Ahessy is a fitting reflection of the colourful life Abe lived and the many lives he touched in a special way . . . never to be forgotten! May he rest in peace.
A Day in the Life: Tipperary 2020 within 2km
Yes, life in lockdown is necessary. It is also historic. Tipperary County Council Library Service wants to record it using the old saying ‘A picture paints a thousand words’. Through Tipperary Studies, its designated history department, the library service invites you to get involved in its photographic project ‘A Day in the Life: Tipperary 2020 within 2km’.
The May Bank Holiday weekend is approaching – a weekend which traditionally sees Tipperary roads, streets, hotels, parks, playgrounds, sports grounds and more all teeming with life . . . people out and about enjoying themselves. What a contrast this year!
Tipperary Studies invites you to go out with your camera over the May weekend – within 2km of course. Take a picture of your area in all its stillness. Submit it to Tipperary Studies with your details, saying where and when the picture was taken. Why? Tipperary Studies will add it to both its photographic and digital archive collection, thus creating a record for the future.
We aren’t finished yet! Tipperary Studies aims to replicate the photos at the next possible opportunity, when life returns to what we know as ‘normal’. Whilst, we might like to forget life in lockdown, history dictates that we remember even the worst of times. Please help Tipperary County Council Library Service record this for future generations. For further details, www.tipperarystudies.ie; Email firstname.lastname@example.org ; Tel 0761 06 6100.
'Poetry Day Ireland' – next Thursday, April 30!
As you may be aware, Mary Hanrahan, Chairperson, Fethard Histoical Society, hosted a poetry reading in the FHC Experience for the past few years that has proved to be a great success. Mary is going to continue this year on Thursday, April 30, but obviously with a difference given the times that are in it.
This year's Poetry theme is, 'There Will Be Time', which gives us plenty scope. Ms Tori McMorran, the new manager of the FHC Experience in Fethard, is very kindly going to facilitate the event online via Zoom at 4pm on Thursday next April 30. All are invited to take part. You just have to join us online via Zoom and read your chosen poem or short prose piece. It can be one you've written yourself or a favourite piece you like.
Just please let Mary know the name of your poem, the poet and whether it is happy, sad, humourous etc. Please confirm by email email@example.com on or before Monday, April 27, so we can organise the reading programme. Mary will be back in touch with details on when and how to access the the online Zoom meeting. If you would prefer not to read 'live' then simply make a video or audio recording of yourself reading the poem and email it to Mary by Monday, April 27, and we will post them to the FHCE website.
If you know of someone else who would like to join in, please sign them up and we can still have a lovely event celebrating 'Poetry Ireland Day' together. We always have coffee and cookies so we can still do the same at home – maybe even a glass of wine might be possible under these circumstances! Looking forward to celebrating World Poetry Day together at 4pm next Thursday. – Regards, Mary.
Killusty Pony Show – another casulty of Covid-19
Mr Pat Culligan, Chairman of Killusty Show, regrets to inform us that thay have decided to cancel this year's Killusty Pony Show in the interest of public health and safety. He also said, "To all our sponsors, judges, stewards, workers, riders and pony owners, we wish you a happy and safe summer. We will be back, bigger and better next summer, 2021. Stay safe! "
During Pat Culligan's walk in Grove Wood on the morning of Wednesday, April 22, he came across this beautiful 'bluebell' – a most unusual colour – pat had previously seen blue, white and pink, but not this colour before. He sent us this photograph to see if maybe some of fethard.com readers might have? Replies or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fast Response: Anne Magor (local Horticulturalist) – the right woman in the right place – identified the flower as the common Spotted Orchid
Keep to the right side of the road!
As more people take to the country roads to exercise, it would be good to remember that, if no footpath is available, always walk to the right-hand side of the road to face oncoming traffic. This is also very important for walkers to maintain social distancing from those coming in the opposite direction.
We are extremely lucky in Fethard to have so many choices of quiet scenic walking routes to avail of in comparison to many living in cities or larger urban towns. Although the 2 km restriction appears to be prohibitive, it does not limit what distance you walk as long as you remain within a radius of 2 km from your home. The FIND YOUR OWN LOCATION information elsewhere on this page can be used to show 2 km from your exact home location.
Some photographs below taken on the walks around Fethard.
Fethard Playground and Park, Cashel Road, Fethard.
Clashawley river walk from Abymill to Watergate Bridge, Fethard
Watergate Bridge, Fethard
Jesuit's Walk, Fethard
Jesuit's Walk, Fethard
Jesuit's Walk, Fethard
Harrington's Walk, Fethard
Slievenamon view from Harrington's Walk, Fethard
Kerry Street, Fethard
View of Fethard from Monroe, Cashel Road, Fethard
The death has occurred on Sunday, April 19, 2020, of Michael Burke, Farranshea, Fethard, and formerly of Chicago, Illinois, USA. Michael, died in the care of the staff of St Benedict's, Cashel, and is deeply regretted by his loving wife Frances, his sons and daughters Patrick, Michael, Peggy, Brian, Kevin and Elizabeth, his brother Patrick, his sisters Nellie, Biddy and Mary, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, sister-in-law, his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May He Rest in Peace.
Due to current Government and HSE restrictions on public gatherings, Michael's funeral will take place in private. You may view the Funeral Mass online at www.parishchurch.net at 4pm on Monday. You may also sign the online 'Condolence Book' and send messages of support to the family by CLICKING HERE.
Remembering Michael Burke, Farranshea, Fethard
following video snapshot of the Burke family from Farranshea, Fethard, was compiled by the late Michael Burke's son, Patrick and his partner Caly, who live in Milwaukee, USA.
Michael Burke died on Sunday, April 19, 2020, and is deeply regretted by his loving wife Frances, his sons and daughters Patrick, Michael, Peggy, Brian, Kevin and Elizabeth, his brother Patrick, his sisters Nellie, Biddy and Mary, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, sister-in-law, his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May He Rest in Peace.
Contact local Garda if you need help If you have any concerns for the elderly or vulnerable people living alone or yourself, please contact An Garda Siochana at Clonmel at any time Tel: (052) 6177640. You may also contact local Garda Shane O’Neill at Fethard Station on Mobile: 085 8859244.
If you have recently noticed some colourful rocks laying around in unusual places, they are the results of a delightful project, 'Fethard Rocks!' by Joseph and Kate. The children created a trail of colourful rocks and had a rock hunt where others could join in the event on their Facebook page.
Basically, the children pick a flattish stone, or shells decorate them and leave out for people to find out walking. Then when you find a stone/ shell they photograph it. Then display them on the group's Facebook page. Then they can move them, and all see how far the stones/shells travel. Hopefully they can make people smile while out walking and give the kids something to do.
Happy hunting everyone and remember to tell your friends about this group. 'We Rock together!' Well done to the Facebook page administrators Sorcha King and Marieclare McNicholl and all the participants. It definitely cheered up many people as they took their daily exercise and were greeted with a friendly colourful stone – Fethard Rocks!
The death has occurred on Sunday, April 19, 2020, of Michael 'Mick' Quinn, Moyglass, Fethard, after a long battle with cancer, bravely borne. Mick is deeply regretted by his loving wife Jacquie, daughters Susan, Fiona, Jacqueline and Marian, his brothers Hugh and Joe, his sisters Marie, Kathleen, Lil and Breda, sons-in-law, grandchildren Gavin, Jamie, Cillian, Ciara, Aaron, Cathal, Aoife and Oisin, relatives and a large circle of friends. May he rest in peace.
Due to the current Government and HSE guidelines on public gatherings, Mick's Funeral will take place privately. The Funeral Mass can be watched online at www.parishchurch.net at 11.30am on Monday.
You may also sign the online 'Condolence Book' and send messages of support to the family by CLICKING HERE
Fethard doing well in the 'Lockdown'
In these rather unusual times, there appears to be nothing happening in the social and sporting life of Fethard but behind the scenes there's a great community effort working tirelessly to help all our most vulnerable residents cope with the ongoing effects of the current Covid-19 pandemic.
The offering of help from community volunteers exceeded all expectations and has been a fantastic help in getting delivery services organised from local shops up-and-running in all areas, inside the town and surrounding areas. This is extremely important for those living alone and particularly those senior citizens who are ‘cocooning’ as a recommended precaution.
Other voluntary services to be highly commended are the local Meals on Wheels, who are now operating seven-days a week to cover the extra demand for hot meals delivered to the door of those using the service. The members involved are also very grateful for the support of Coolmore Stud at this time.
The local Post Office is also a vital link with those living in isolation. An Post has introduced new services to support communities during the current Covid 19 crisis. ‘Request a Check-In’, is a facility for family members to request a specific ‘An Post Check-In’ by the local postman or postwoman for an older or vulnerable person during the current ‘Cocooning’ period. Family members can register for the free ‘Request a Check-In’, service by completing the postal address and eircode of the customer. These details will be relayed directly through An Post’s digital network to the customer’s local postperson who will call to the address. Should the customer have any specific needs for groceries or prescription, the postperson will provide them with details linking them to the Local Community Response Forum. For full details of all services visit An Post Website CLICK HERE.
Keeping within the 2km distance from home
The Irish government have implemented further social restrictions in an effort to combat Covid-19. Any non-essential movement beyond your home is limited to a 2km radius for exercise.
This BOUNDARY MAP (click to enlarge) will give you an idea of a 2km radius from Fethard Town centre. To get an exact idea of 2km from your own home there is also an online site that will show you the radius from your home by draging a pin to your exact location on the map for a precise measurement from your door. FIND YOUR OWN AREA TO EXCERCISE
If the map doesn't show; enable location services on your phone and for your browser, allow the site permission to your access your location.
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
Remember a time when one could freely go for a drink at any time you choose – the pubs were open – and no such thing as 'maintaining a social distance of 2 meters', well here are some photographs from a time that was quite the opposite in Fethard, back in February 2001.
McCarthys Bar, February 26, 2001. L to R: Suzanna Manton, Philip Carroll, Mary Carroll and Maureen Maher
McCarthys Bar, February 26, 2001. L to R: Pat McDonnell, Marie Holohan, Marjorie Ahearne, Mary Hanrahan and Jimmy O'Sullivan.
McCarthys Bar, February 26, 2001. L to R: Finola Horan, Pat White, Austin Godfrey, Mary Godfrey, Donal Leahy and Tess Leahy.
McCarthys Bar, February 26, 2001. L to R: Ger Manton, Kate Phelan, Eamon Phelan, Sally Hayes and Jimmy Hayes.
McCarthys Bar, February 26, 2001. L to R: Philip de Coursey, Conor McGuire, ?, ?, John Ward and Liza Ward.
McCarthys Bar, February 26, 2001. L to R: Sean Ryan, Assumpta Coffey, Niall Hickey and Annette Hickey.
McCarthys Bar, Fethard, February 26, 2001. L to R: Rita Kenny, Mary Delahunty, Helena Delany and Martha Sheehan.
McCarthys Bar, Fethard, February 26, 2001. L to R: Frank Wyatt and Jack Moclair.
McCarthys Bar, Fethard, February 26, 2001. L to R: Noel Morrissey and Eoin Whyte.
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.
Munster Arts - promoting awareness of emerging artists
Munster Arts are presently promoting awareness of emerging artists. We have run a few programmes over the years in Fethard, Co Tipperary. The six county councils in Munstera have also agreed to promote the event through their newsletters. Munster colleges, art groups etc have been informed of this event which will take place on May 18th and 19th. The deadline for entries is May 1st, 2020.