|Strictly No Dancing – at least for the time being!
Photographed after dancing the Charleston at the 'Strictly Come Dancing' exhibition held in Fethard Ballroom in 2016. L to R: Kaylin O’Donnell, Nell Spillane, Sally Butler and Megan Hackett.
Monday, May 25, would have marked the 10th Anniversary of Marina’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, but unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s event had to be cancelled.
All proceeds raised this year were to go to South Tipperary Hospice and Marina would like express a special ‘thank you’ to all those who have already sponsored this worthy event, including: Denise O’Meara, ‘D’s Studio’; Sa Farag, Plastering Contractor; Christy’s Collectors Market & Car Boot Sale; Cathy Doran, Neuromuscular & Sports Therapy Clinic, Fethard; Geraldine Shanahan, The Coachman, Clonmel; Jim Strang & Sons, Kilsheelan; Paul Deegan, Human Resources Director, Fiserv; and O’Gorman, Brannigan, Purtill & Co. Ltd. Accountants, Clonmel.
Marina would like to reassure everyone that this event will go ahead for South Tipperary Hospice at a later date. If you would also like to help sponsor this worthy event, please contact Marina at Tel: 086 3649677.
St. Rita's Camogie Club rising to the challenge!
Congratulations St. Rita's Camogie Club have now reached the FINAL of the competition for 'Best Camogie Jersey in Tipperary' and have now qualified for the final . . . with your help we can push them over the line! Further details when available.
The Nenagh Guardian newspaper is running a competition on Twitter to find the Best Camogie Jersey in Tipperary. St. Rita's have reached the quarter stage and now need to get more people voting for them to WIN!. The voting pole is only open for 24 hours, and the semifinalists will be announced on Twitter tomorrow afternoon.
Greetings from Berlin to Kerry Street
Love from Berlin to Kerry Street, from Helena, Matthias and their children, Fianna and Éinín.
Helena McCormack sends her love to her parents, Mary and Miceál McCormack, Kerry Street, from Berlin, and to tell them we miss them so much they can't wait to get home again (sometime)– hope everyone is keeping well in Fethard!
If anyone else would like to send a message or photo home, and tell us how ye're getting on, we'd be very happy to publish it here on the Fethard website. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Well done Matthew!
Fethard Rugby Club wish to congratulate their U18 player Matthew Burke on being called up to the Munster U19 Schools Squad. Well done Matthew!
Down Memory Lane – Burkes Bar Dart Teams 1972
On Monday night, April 10, 1972, Burkes Bar A and B darts teams competed in the Dundrum Darts Tourney and accounted for Erin Foods (Thurles) and Bruff (Co. Limerick). After a somewhat shakey start, Burkes A team won 5-1 out of the best of nine games.
Scoring was as follows: Noel Curran and Jim Allen representing Burkes beat Erin Foods 2-1; following that Bill Sharpe and his son Noel beat the Erin Foods second pair 3-0. So, for the second time Jim O’Meara and Derry Curran didn’t have to show their skills.
The B team won their first game but were unluckily beaten in the following two, score 1-2 to Erin Foods B. Then ‘Herself’, Mickey O’Brien and Pat Mullins, won their three games leaving the score 4-2; next up was Arthur Daly and Paddy Croke who won their first game in their set to make the score 5-2, winning the best out of nine games for Burkes Bar.
On the following Monday week (April 24), Burke’s team were to travel to Dundrum where their ‘A’ team play Hayes (Clonoulty) and ‘B’ play McGrath’s (Cashel). We’re not sure of the result but if they won, they would have qualified for the last eight, and for the ‘money’.
Restrictions eased from Monday, May 18
Restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 eased somewhat on Monday, May 18, and we found this pictorial illustration published in the Dail Mail on Saturday, May 16, one of the easiest and simplified to understand. In the meantime, wherever you are – Stay Safe!
The Emerald Chinese Takeaway Opening Hours
The Emerald Chinese Takeaway on The Square, Fethard, has reopened since May 2, and is accepting orders by phone for collection or delivery, Tel: (052) 6132914 or 087 3619666. Due to the Covid-19 situation opening hours have changed temporarily as listed below, and will remain until further notice.
Menu available on Facebook Page
- Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri & Sat – 4pm to 10pm
- Sundays – 3pm to 10pm
- Tuesdays – Closed
Orders for collection, please ring (052) 6132914 or 087 3619666 when you are outside and our staff will bring your food out to you. Many thanks for your cooperartion. Please stay safe and well during this dificult time, and most of all, enjoy your food.
Augustinian Abbey opens for Private Prayer on May 18
Fethard Augustinian Abbey will also open for Private Prayer on Monday next, May 18. The church will open daily from 10am to 4pm to facilitate those wishing to visit the Abbey for private prayer.
Fethard Parish Church opens on Monday next, May 18
Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, will open its doors for personal visitation from next Monday, May 18, on a daily basis from 11am to 3pm. In accordance with our Health Service recommendations, social distancing and hand hygiene will be implemented inside the Church, which is all so important to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
Entry and exit from Side Doors only
The side door on the left-hand side of the church as you approach from Main Street will be used as the main Entrance only. Visitors will then exit from the opposite side entrance as you leave the church, which will be used for Exit only.
We look forward to opening our doors to the public again and thank all who have continued to participate in our online daily Mass Service broadcast at www.parishchurch.net
Fethard food company sold to leading UK group
TippFm News by Pat Murphy - May 12, 2020
A Tipperary food company has been sold to a leading UK group. Fethard-based pork processor, M&M Walshe Holdings, has been purchased by the Eight Fifty Food Group. The Walshe family have been involved with M&M Walshe since the business was founded in 1981 – they will remain involved once the deal is complete.
They have three sites – RibWorld in Fethard, Callan Bacon in Kilkenny and Stirchley Bacon in Redditch in the UK where they produce gammon, bacon and sous-vide meat. With sales of over 100 million per year M&M Walshe employs around 550 people in all.
The acquisition will mean the Eight Fifty Food Group will have sales of around 1.6 billion Euro and employ more than 7,500 people across 19 sites in the UK and Ireland. The Eight Fifty Food Group was created from the merger of UK-based pork processor Karro and the Youngs Seafood brand. The deal is subject to approval from the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
Slievenamon Golf Club preparing to reopen on May 18
TippFm News by Jamie O'Flaherty - May 12, 2020
The green-keeping staff at Slievenamon Golf Club have been working flat out to ensure that the course is in top condition for when it re-opens on Monday, May 18. President of the club Brian Powell told Tipp FM that course staff haven’t had a day off since they closed to the public in March.
He says the course is in supreme condition: “Our maintenance crew, under Paul Kenny our head greenskeeper, and Michael Walsh, have been working flat out all of the time that we’ve been closed. They haven’t had a day off in fact since we closed the club on March 17 or 18. The guys have been working every day since. The course is in superb condition and golfers are going to love it.”
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
Unravelling the ‘Legion’ event pictured below . . .
We did believe the following photographs were taken at a Legion of Mary 'Peregrinatio Conference' held at 8pm in the Convent Hall, Fethard, on Friday, April 14, 1972, as the various groups and individuals appear to be Legion members from various parishes, photographed afterwards socialising in the Convent Hall. After further trying to identify the event and the year, it was pointed out that Christmas decorations were in the background of some photos, but as far as we can recall other parishes were never invited to Christmas parties, unless it was a special ‘Legion’ event.
Looking over past Newsletters, Church News Sheets and Fethard Notes in the Nationalist – it still points to 1972 and maybe the following occasion mentioned in the Annual Newsletter in 1972 excerpt from Legion of Mary report of that year.
Annual Newsletter 1972 (excerpt).
This year marked the thousandth meeting of the Fethard Senior Praesidium. We thank God that our Praesidium, since its inception on Tuesday, December 2nd, 1952, has survived. (1972 was also their 20th Anniversary).
Fethard Legion celebrated their 1,000 meeting of the Praesidium. To celebrate the occasion, we held a Night Vigil in the Parish Church for peace, a function which was enjoyed by all members. the occasion was tinged with some sadness because of the absence of Thomas O’Connell (died September 20, 1971). That we could celebrate our Thousandth Meeting was due in no small measure to him. We ask you to remember him and all deceased members of the Legion in your prayers. We thank God and His Blessed Mother for the graces and blessings the Praesidium has received over the last twenty years, and in appreciation of this we hope all our members will continue to render a faithful service.
Any further information, corrections or names would be greatly appreciated.
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