'Big Picture' – Were you there in 1973 ?
Patrician Brothers Centenary Celebrations 1973
Fethard Patrician Brothers Past Pupils Union held their fourth Annual Dinner Dance in Hearns Hotel, Clonmel, on Friday, April 13, 1973, with over two hundred and forty guests attending. But the highlight of the year was the Centenary Celebrations of the arrival of the Brothers in Fethard, which took place on Sunday, June 3, 1973. His Grace, Dr. Thomas Morris concelebrated Mass with Rev. Canon Lee, P.P.: Rev. Fr. Leddin, OSA, together with four past pupils of the school, viz. Rev. M. Hayes, P.P., Bristol; Rev. W. Hayes, Holycross; Rev. T. Scott, Australia; and Rev. J. Walsh, O.S.A., Australia.
The Patrician Schools Band from Galway entertained people before Mass. A reception for guests was held in the Town Hall at 1.30pm, during which the Archbishop paid glowing tributes to the Brothers for their devoted work down the years in the field of education. The day’s celebrations were brought to a close with a most entertaining concert in the Convent Hall, where the Patrician Accordion band from Mallow gave a recital during the concert.
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Water Outage Fethard
Leak detection works may cause supply disruptions to Fethard and surrounding areas today, Wednesday, July 29. Works are scheduled to take place from 1am until 5am on Wednesday, July 29. A traffic management plan will be in place for the duration of the works.
We recommend that you allow 2-3 hours after the estimated restoration time for your supply to fully return.
This Year's Holy Year Cross Pilgrimage Cancelled
Last week we hoped to hold a scaled back pilgrimage to the Holy Year Cross on Sunday, August 16, but, during the week, the Munster Archbishops held a meeting and it was decided, in the interest of health and safety, to cancel all outdoor activities and as a result, this year's pilgrimage to the Holy Year Cross on Sliabh-na-Mban has been canceled.
This year is the 70th anniversary of the erecting of the first cross on the mountain, we should in our own way remember and pray for all those who put the time and considerable effort to build it. We will honour their memory at a future date when things return back to normal.
The death has occurred on Monday, July 27, 2020, of Johnny Murphy, Kilnockin, Fethard. Johnny, pre-deceased by his wife Doreen; is deeply regretted by his loving sons and daughters Pat, Nina, Gerard, Jackie and John, his sisters Patricia, Johanna, Anne (England) and Philomena (Australia), daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
May he rest in peace.
Reposing at McCarthy's Funeral Home, Fethard this Wednesday, July 29, from 5pm with removal to the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard, at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday, July 30, at 11am followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Due to HSE and Government guidelines, we would ask those attending to maintain a social distance. The funeral will be live streamed on parishchurch.net. Condolences and messages of support for the family may be left on the online condolence page by CLICKING HERE.
The death has occurred on Monday, July 27, 2020, of Marie Carroll Long, Crumlin, Dublin and formerly Lismortagh, Fethard, peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, after a brave battle, in the wonderful care of the staff of Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Margaret 'Marie', beloved wife of Ted and loving mother of Avril, will be very sadly missed by her loving family, extended family, work colleagues and her many friends. At rest now.
In line with HSE/ Government advice and to ensure the safety of all Marie's family and friends, a small private funeral will be held. Her family would ask that over the coming days, everyone who knew Marie would take some time to light a candle or say a prayer in her memory.
Condolences may be left in the online condolence book by CLICKING HERE. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu to Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross. Marie's Funeral Mass will be streamed live on Wednesday, July 29, at 10am.
GAA Sports Development Lotto
Fethard GAA Sports Lotto draw results for Friday, July 24, are as follows: the numbers drawn were: 1, 18, 24 and 29. There was no jackpot winner and no ‘match three’ winner. One lucky dip winner received €50: John Sheehan, Killusty. Two lucky dip winners received €25 each: Kathleen O’Brien, Clonmel; and Philip Butler, Main Street, Fethard.
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, July 31, when the jackpot is €26,400 and the seller's prize is €1,000. The funds raised are used to promote sport in the local community.
Information on a Mary O’Brien Crampscastle
We have a request for information on the O'Brien family who lived in Crampscastle, Fethard, in the 1940s.
On a recent visit to Fethard by a descended of James and Kate O'Brien, both of whom died in Crampscastle, one piece of information discovered was a six-year-old child’s death register record which gives the following information:
“Mary O'Brien, Crampscastle, Fethard, Died, May 17, 1947, at the Fever Hospital, Clonmel, six-years-old. Child of a domestic and died from General Tuberculosis certified. Informant Mary Carrigan, Occupier Fever Hospital Clonmel. Death Registered on June 23, 1947. Registrar Gertrude M. Murphy assistant.”
There is no mention of the child’s parents on the record but feel that this Mary O'Brien must be a relative and would very much like to know more if anyone could help. If anyone has information please send us your email or contact details and we will pass it on. EMAIL
Tribute to Jim Shine, 1945-2020
The following obituary was written by Ben Shine, dedicated to his late brother, Jim Shine, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, England, and formerly of Burke Street, Fethard, who died on Thursday, June 25, 2020, aged 75.
Brothers Ben (left) and Jim Shine, Fethard
A forensic-minded scientist with a love of fun and mischief, Jim Shine was a devoted husband, loving father, brother, grandfather, loyal friend and wonderful colleague, who will be enormously missed by friends and family.
Born on May 28, 1945, to Ben and Nessa Shine, the young Jim grew up in Fethard, Co. Tipperary, with younger brother Benny. A talented artist from a young age, he enjoyed football and hurling, and was a gifted sprinter in his early days.
Educated at the local Patrician Brothers School, Jim served as an altar boy at the local Augustinian church before being awarded a scholarship to the De La Salle College in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. A diligent student, in his teens he was awarded another scholarship to St Joseph’s University College, Co, Carlow.
Invariably, wherever Jim could be found, so too could music be heard. A lifelong love was forged at a young age and he played the accordion and tin whistle as a youngster, before mastering the guitar. With a natural feel for music, he could lift any instrument and pick out a tune at will, a skill which stood him in good stead as a young man in London when he would perform on stage in a band, together with his father Ben on the violin.
The Shines emigrated from Ireland to the UK in 1963, and he completed his education in London before starting work at Rank Hovis McDougall in 1965, an organisation to which he would dedicate his entire 40-year career as a cereal scientist.
Jim shine loved London of the sixties and as the decade drew to a close he met Siobhan. In a whirlwind romance they married in 1969.
Jim loved London of the sixties and as the decade drew to a close he met Siobhan. In a whirlwind romance they married in 1969, just six months after meeting. The skeptics of the day said it would never last, but they could hardly have been more wrong as the couple built a life and loving family over more than 50 years until Jim's death. Their children Ossian, Tara and Liam; and nine grandchildren, always remained the guiding light of Jim's life, and the recipients of his love and generosity.
After just a few years of marriage, Jim earned a promotion which brought with it a change of pace and lifestyle for the young family as, in 1973, Jim swapped the bright lights of London for Yorkshire's East Riding, exchanging nights of playing the pub circuit with his band for more sedate, rural pursuits, including Yorkshire village cricket. Jim continued to climb the professional ladder. He was rewarded with another promotion and in 1979 the family, now of five, moved to the south coast.
The late Jim Shine and his wife Siobhán
In the 1980s Jim's career flourished as he became a pre-eminent expert in grains and an authoritative voice on trade bodies; travelling widely throughout Europe and global wheat producing giants including Canada and China always searching for, in his words, the perfect wheat for the perfect flour for the perfect bread. Throughout these travels Jim would make firm friends as well as burnish a talent for after-dinner speeches, a skill which would later prove useful.
Jim's expertise was widely recognised by colleagues and beyond. European mill owners speak fondly of him, while another industry leader would say, "...with Jim (a problem) never seemed like a problem -- more an education, given with a wry smile and a twinkle in the eye".
The extended Shine family including children Ossian, Tara and Liam; and nine grandchildren, who always remained the guiding light of Jim's life, and the recipients of his love and generosity.
That ability to impart knowledge led to Jim producing videos and lectures for Chemistry students at the Open University.
Showing great capacity for balancing a demanding career with the challenges of home life, while his career was growing Jim simultaneously took an increasingly large role at the nursing home run by Siobhan. An instant hit with the elderly residents, he befriended many and performed numerous roles from driver, to musical entertainer, to Father Christmas on many occasions. An enthusiastic and skilled cook at home, Jim applied his scientific attention to detail in the kitchen, and loved nothing more than cooking for always appreciative friends and family.
An active member of the Knights of Saint Columba for most of his life, in 1988 Jim joined the Catenians. Their central tenets of friendship, family and faith spoke to the essence of Jim and for more than 30 years he greatly cherished the friendships forged in the Catenian family. He was the President of the Southampton Circle from 1999-2000 and also 2012-2013, during which second term he co-hosted a very successful Centenary Celebration. He became renowned for his after-dinner stories and jokes, a capacity for which made him a highly popular visitor to other circles while President.
Provincial President from 2003-2004, fellow Catenians describe Jim as always encouraging, helpful and thoughtful, and generous with his time and experience.
Jim Shine with his brother Ben in recent years
After retiring from his career in 2005, Jim was able to further indulge his love of travel with more trips to such far-flung places as Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka, always immersing himself in the culture, and making friends with the locals. His favourite trips, though, were always to Ireland - the country he left in 1963 but which had never left him. Irish music continued to run through his veins and from the comfort of his Hampshire home he remained immersed in the minutiae of Irish politics. Obscure Irish newsletters were an ever-present on his iPad, and he took great pride and pleasure in speaking Irish to his grandchildren in Co. Cork.
Family remained his focus to the end, and he was never happier than when playing with his grandchildren; speaking Irish to them, playing music with them, fishing with them, teasing and joking with them. Singing to them, reading to them and even flying down a zipwire with them.
His absence leaves a hole in many lives, but we feel his love still.
MY BIG BROTHER JIM - 1945-2020
As kids we lived together
We fought, we laughed, we cried,
We did not always show the love
That we both had inside.
We shared our dreams and plans
And some secrets too.
All the memories we share
It’s what bonds me now to you,
We grew to find we have a love
That is still very strong today
It’s a love shared by our families,
That will never fade away.
You are my brother not by choice
But by the nature of our birth,
I could not have chosen a better one,
You were the best on earth.
Especially proud of all your achievements,
and the Legacy of your family.
‘Ar Dheis Dé go Raibh a anam’
— Ben Shine (Jim's ashes will be taken home to his beloved Ireland, to be buried in the family grave at a later date.)
Keating family information requested
Bernard Adsett sent us this request for information.
“I am wondering if you can help me or point me in the right direction. My wife’s grandfather, Thomas Keating, came from Fethard and went to England with the Hartigan family about 1910. Thomas had siblings – two sisters, Noreen or Norah, and Mellor. Mellor we think was married to the Station Master and had a son Liam. If it helps, he had a seriously bad broken leg while still in Fethard. He settled in England and married in 1913 and had two children, William and Norah. My wife is trying to trace some family history and maybe when it is safe would also like to visit Fethard.”
Any help you can give us would be much appreciated. Thanking you in anticipation. Bernard Adsett (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
This week we take a look back at some photographs from our files of Fethard people fondly remembered by our older readers.
Mrs Sarah Cashman, The Back Green, Fethard, holding two puppies outside the back door of Kiltinan Castle, where she worked at that time.
Paddy McCormack, born on February 21, 1923, was raised on Main Street, Fethard, where the funeral parlour is now. The family moved to live in Ballinure around 1937 and he married his wife Maureen (née Ryan, Ballysheehan, Cashel) on February 4, 1946. Paddy and Maureen are photographed above with their daughter Eileen and their four sons, Miceál, Ned, Stephen and Pat, on the occasion of their daughter Eileen's marriage to Michael Sheridan, from Dualla.
La Walsh photographed with Captain Arthur Curtin, Tullow, Killusty. They later married on September 20, 1974, and he was buried on September 20, 1979, exactly 5 years later.
Kate Cantwell, Burke Street, holding her grandchild, Marie McCarthy, a daughter of Peggy (née Cantwell) and Dick McCarthy, Burke Street. Marie later married Donal O'Sullivan, Main Street, Fethard.
Gathering heather at The Vee, one of Kate Cantwell's Sunday outings by hired car around the 1930s L to R: Jo Barrett, Tommy Tyrrell (driver), Peggy Cantwell, Madeline Looby, Annie Barrett, Kate Cantwell and Nancy Flynn.
Chatting in the meadow L to R Josie Holohan (later Mrs Casey), Madeline Looby, Jo Barrett and Mary Kenrick (later Mrs Byard).
Relaxing on the lawn are L to R: Peggy Jenkins and Peggy Cantwell. (Peggy Jenkins was later killed in car crash).
Sister Kitty and Nell McCarthy, McCarthys Hotel, Main Street, photographed playing croquet.
Madeline Looby and Peggy Cantwell paddling their feet in the river at Grove, taken in 1927.
Peggy Cantwell and Jack Wall (a brother of the late Derek Wall) taken in Burke Street.
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